Vatican Tours

Early Bird at the Vatican with Breakfast - Private

Explore the Vatican with VIP entrance before the crowds and a fresh, early bird breakfast.

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    On Request

  • Duration

    4 hours

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  • Private tour

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Why Choose it?

  • Invigorate your morning with a buffet breakfast in the Vatican.
  • Admire Michelangelo’s magnum opus, the Sistine Chapel, without any crowds.
  • Venture deeper into the Vatican, viewing the off-limits Cabinet of Masks.

Tour description

The Italians have a saying: chi dorme non piglia pesci - sleep, and you won't catch any fish. We might say that the early bird catches the worm. But given that this is the Vatican, the heart of the Catholic Church, the fish seems fittingly appropriate.

Your early bird Vatican tour lets you carpe diem, seize the day, by getting the most out of your time in Rome. Starting with a breakfast fit for the Pope in the verdant Pinecone Courtyard, you'll be thoroughly energized to meander through the expansive halls of the Vatican Museums, gaze up at the stunning ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and explore the world-renowned Saint Peter's Basilica

Meet bright and early outside the Vatican Museums then enter for breakfast

Meeting your licensed guide at 7:00 am outside the entrance to the Vatican Museums, you'll walk straight into the Vatican with VIP entrance long before the crowds arrive. A bountiful American breakfast buffet will be waiting for you in the Pinecone Courtyard, served hot and ready to energize you for a phenomenal trip through centuries of art and legends.

Explore the inspirational collection of the Vatican Museums

Roam the expansive halls with your licensed guide, who will regale you with stories that will bring the Vatican's repertory to life. Take a privileged peek into the Cabinet of Masks—an area off-limits to the general public, explore the shifting terrains in the Gallery of Maps, and revel in folklore and history in the Gallery of Tapestries.

Make your way in perfect peace and quiet towards the Sistine Chapel

The ultimate work of Michelangelo is just ahead, its tall ceilings and spacious floor empty of crowds. Witness the Sistine Chapel in gloriously soft morning light, illuminating the symbolic figures and impeccable details in this work of grandeur and transcendence.

Step inside Saint Peter's Basilica and discover its treasures

Built upon the site where Saint Peter was buried, this basilica is the largest - and perhaps most famous - of all the world's churches. Within it lie are masterpieces by Bernini and Michelangelo, the latter of whom was also responsible for designing the basilica's dome. Your expert Vatican guide will introduce you to all, nourishing you with the knowledge of their fascinating stories.

Finish in Saint Peter's Square before setting off for the rest of your day

Take a reflective moment outside Saint Peter’s Basilica to contemplate the collections of historical art. Admire Bernini’s optically-symmetrical colonnade and the obelisk centered in front. The fruits of your envious experience at the Vatican are ripe and ready for taking.


VIP early entrance
Breakfast in the Pinecone Courtyard
Licensed tour guide


  • Breakfast
  • Vatican Museums
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Cabinet of Masks
  • Saint Peter's Basilica
  • Saint Peter's Square

Kids friendly:

This tour is kids friendly, your children are welcome

Wheelchair accessible:

Yes. (Itinerary may differ).

meeting point:

Vatican Museums entrance, Viale Vaticano 100

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excellent guides

Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!