Guided tour

Rome: Early Vatican & St Peter's Guided Tour with Breakfast

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.

Rome: Early Vatican & St Peter's Guided Tour with Breakfast

Activity provider: City Wonders Ltd.
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From US$ 102.94 per person

Likely to sell out

Enjoy an exclusive banquet breakfast and a guided tour of the Vatican. Enter before opening hours and enjoy skip-the-ticket-line access to explore the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica.

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Duration 3 hours
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Skip the ticket line
Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Get early bird access to the Vatican Museums for an exclusive buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard
  • Explore the Vatican Museums in small groups for a more immersive experience
  • See masterpieces of art from the papal collections
  • Wander the Hall of Maps and Gallery of Tapestries
  • Skip the long ticket lines to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
Full description

 Have the Vatican to yourself on this exclusive early morning tour that whisks you through closed doors for a buffet breakfast in the peaceful Pinecone Courtyard, before anyone else enters the museums.

 

Feast on an Italian-American breakfast buffet of cooked-to-order eggs, meats, cheeses, muffins, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, and pancakes made by the Vatican's pancake chef.

 

Dine in the Pinecone Courtyard, alongside one of the Vatican Museums' most beautiful works of modern art, and experience tranquility rarely seen by Vatican visitors. Follow your guide to explore the Vatican Museums. With only 13 people per group, take the time and space to appreciate the art.

 

See rooms such as the Hall of Maps, Gallery of the Tapestries, and the Gallery of the Candelabra. Your guide will bring works of art to life, pointing out things you would have missed on your own.

 

Continue to the legendary Sistine Chapel. Then, skip the ticket lines to enter St. Peter’s Basilica. See the altar and marvel at Michelangelo’s La Pietà sculpture.

Includes
  • Skip-the-ticket-line early access to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica
  • Buffet breakfast inside the Vatican Museums
  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums & St Peter's Basilica
  • English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 13 people or less
  • Headsets when appropriate (so you can always hear your guide)
  • Hotel pickup or drop off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet at the bottom of the wide steps across from the entrance to the Vatican Museums. The steps are located between Caffè Vaticano and Hotel Alimandi Vaticano, on the corner of Viale Vaticano and Via Tunisi. The City Wonders Co-ordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets for easy recognition. The closest metro stop is Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani (Line A/Red Line). From Ottaviano - Musei Vaticani, exit the turnstiles, walk straight to the back of the station and go to the left-side exit. Once you've reached the left-side exit, go out on the side marked "Viale Giulio Cesare." Walk straight (west) down Viale Giulio Cesare (which turns into Via Candia) for 3.5 blocks, crossing three junctions (Via Vespiano, Via Leona IV, and Via Santamaura). At the 4th junction (Via Tunisi), turn left and walk straight down Via Tunisi for a block.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Tripods
  • Backpacks
  • Umbrellas

Know before you go

  • All visitors must pass through airport-style security, during the high season the wait may be up to 30 minutes
  • In the event of bad weather, the breakfast portion of the tour will be indoors and not in the Pinecone Courtyard
  • Saint Peter’s Basilica is subject to last-minute closures for religious ceremonies, when this occurs customers are offered an extended tour of the Vatican Museums: while the local partner endeavors to notify tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases refunds or discounts are unavailable
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (like booster shots, negative COVID tests, and vaccine certificate with a QR codes) may change with little notice: it is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government website
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 113 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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The guide was super knowledgeable about the catholic religion and the Vatican. We were worried that the kids in our group (ages 10-16) would get tired of the tour but genuinely enjoyed. We took the guide’s advice and took the elevator to the top of St. Peter’s basilica which was an amazing experience. Highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting the Vatican.

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November 21, 2022

With Ciara a great tour guide! We had imagined the breakfast to be much better based on the description, also that there weren't that many people there. The whole big restaurant was full. But everything that came after that was really mega, which was also due to Ciara. It was also nice that we could stay in the Vatican after the Vatican Museums and enjoy even more, for example high on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

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October 2, 2022

Overall the trip was excellent. Our guide was terrific (Edward)- his communication, his excitement, passion, enthusiasm, along with his huge knowledge was the making of the tour. He went above and beyond by also helping one of the other less mobile guests by taking their arm when they got tired. Breakfast also surpassed expectations.

September 14, 2022

Product ID: 34187