Complete Early Morning Vatican Tour: Small Group with Breakfast

Badge of ExcellenceRoma, Italy
Sistine Chapel before the Crowds Complete Vatican Tour with Breakfast prior to Entrance

From USD 96.31

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The Vatican Museums attract millions of visitors every year and have the crowds and lines to match. On this tour, avoid the crowds by visiting the Sistine Chapel before they arrive, and take a carefully-crafted tour of the rest of the museums. Since you get an early start, breakfast at the tour operator’s office is included.
  • Visit the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
  • See the Sistine Chapel, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Raphael Rooms
  • Avoid the crowds with an early morning start and skip-the-line entry
  • A small group ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • VIP exclusive entrance before the general public
  • Expert English-speaking tour guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Skip-the-line access to St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuites

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • What a Life Tours
    Via Santamaura, 14B, 00192 Roma RM, Italy

    The tour meets directly at our office, the exact address is Via Santamaura 14/B. Please remember that Rome’s streets can be confusing, so we recommend allowing extra time in case you get lost.

End point

  • St. Peter's Basilica
    Piazza San Pietro, 00120 Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

    Tour ends inside the Basilica of St. Peter's.

What To Expect

What a Life Tours (Pass By)

Vatican Museums

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Gallery of Maps

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Gallery of Tapestries

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Sistine Chapel

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

St. Peter's Basilica

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

St. Peter's Square (Pass By)

Vatican City (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • While the Vatican Museums are equipped with elevators for wheelchair access, they are not conveniently located on the group tour route and only give access to specific sections of the Museums. As a result, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs on this tour.
  • Stroller accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  • Please plan on being at the meeting point 20 minutes prior to the start time.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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This was well organized...
Janet_C, Sept 2023
This was well organized and we didn’t have to wait too long and got ahead of large crowds. Our guide Carlotta was fantastic. Great knowledge and well trained. A gentle and respectful soul. She moved things along and yet gave us time to observe.
No line and early entry
Igor_M, Sept 2023
It was a nice tour. As you can imagine, the place is super busy. Early entry for a little extra money is definitely worth it. The tour guide - Francesca was very knowledgeable and passionate about her job. Would recommend.
Great Tour!!! Loved it!
Stanford_Y, Sept 2023
I loved the tour because the breakfast place was right next door to the tour agency and it was just a yummy warm croissant and a coffee to get your day started! Then we walked up the street to the Vatican wall entrance while our guide Semeli provided us upcoming details of our tour. She was very thorough in sharing how the process would work once inside and also allowed ample time to see the various statues and pieces of art. It was great that we got to take the short cut into St. Peter's Basilica, as the line outside for those who did not have that tour guide access was extremely long and it was very hot outside. We went directly from the Sistine Chapel and then down a corridor and into the entrance of St.Peter's. The Basilica was definitely worth it, with all the frescoes and the famous Pietra sculpture by Michelangelo. I also loved seeing the body of the Pope who had passed away. The only part I would have liked to see that this tour did not include was the Raphael Room, with the Masterpieces. I want to give a special shout out to our guide Semeli, who was so thorough and knowledgeable during the tour. The pace was great and the timing in the morning with fewer people was just perfect! I highly recommend this tour!
Worth it! Highly recommend.
Christine_R, Sept 2023
Our guide Lucia was fantastic! So knowledgeable, and a great sense of humor. We didn’t get to see St Peter’s because the ‘Pope needed to use it that day’, but they let us know that well in advance. Remember to cover shoulders and knees too enter the Sistine Chapel, absolutely amazing. Highly recommend this tour.
An excellent tour for those new to the Vatican
Jana_D, Aug 2023
The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s Church we’re all unbelievably beautiful. The tour was very organised, and it was great to meet early and have some simple breakfast. It was a good length for use, and our guide gave us a basic explanation in each room.
Wonderful Tour
Marcia_P, Aug 2023
Lucia was an amazing guide! She was so knowledgeable and personal and told some amazing stories about the Vatican and it’s history. It was definitely worth it getting up early to beat the crowds and heat.
Elaine tour guide Vatican
Julie_C, Aug 2023
Our tour guide was Elaine. She was excellent very knowledgeable and great sense of humor. Amazing experience highly recommend it
Great tour
Rose_K, Aug 2023
Lucia was a great guide. She was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. The tickets did skip the lines and did get us into the Vatican fast. I would highly recommend this tour. Lucia have fun in Montana
Awesome Tour!
Kathryn_M, Aug 2023
It was a great tour! Robert was out tour guide and was so knowledgeable with a ton of cool facts about everything! He was so nice and a great guide which made the long tour feel so fast. We had an amazing experience and the whole process was so smooth. Highly recommend!
Beat the Crowds !
MaryAnn_D, Aug 2023
Great way to beat the crowds! Our guide was very good! We covered as many highlights as time allowed! So much to see! The only big negative was the "breakfast". Very poorly executed by the Tour company (nothing negative about our guide). they should just offer something at their office while your waiting for the tour to begin....
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Dear MaryAnn, thank you for your feedback! We are a little confused, we do not prepare breakfast, what was the big negative about it? Please, to improve our services would be great if you could email us for further clarifications. Kind regards, Joseph
find a real "skip the line"
Shannon_S, Aug 2023
this was a fine experience. Better than a 3 star, but not good enough for a 4 star. There was a "breakfast" included that was before the tour. It was in the coffee shop next to the tour office. Everyone was given a croissant (even though we had noted that we had a vegan with us) as well as a tablespoon sized coffee. Nothing with the breakfast was bad or terrific, just unnecessary. I would have much preferred to eat at our hotel and meet later. Our guide met us where he was supposed to HOWEVER we waited well over 50 minutes before we were allowed in the first part of the tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and I thought we saw everything that we were supposed to see. so that combined with the breakfast was 2 hours of wasted time. when you are in Rome for only 4 days, that time is precious! However, since Viator messed up on TWO of our tours this vacation (one in spain and one in italy), we were grateful not to have another screw up. Hopefully they will eventually credit our credit card for the last minute cancelled tour. I have only emailed 4 days in a row, even though they said it would be issued the next morning. Maybe they were so busy trying to find us another Colosseum tour since they cancelled on us at the LAST minute???? Nope, we had to do that ourselves.
Not a great tour for...
Lauren_T, July 2023
Not a great tour for families. Guide was very knowledgeable, but did not know how to make it engaging for teenagers.
Definitely worth the time and money!
Jeffrey_W, July 2023
Francesca was a wonderful tour guide, and we really enjoyed the entire experience. Be prepared for a lot of walking, but that is expected and just means you get to see a lot of the Vatican museums. She was a wealth of knowledge and this tour was worth every dollar and the time we spent. This tour company was terrific, a spectacular way to see the Vatican!
6 stars plus! Best tour on our trip
Miranda_m, July 2023
The guide was outstanding if I could give more stars I would- he kept my teen son interested and engaged the entire time! It was very hot and a long tour but the guide made it go by quickly and had interesting information and excellent presentation. I would go back and see it agin with him!
Great tour
Angeletta_H, July 2023
Nice tour. Guide did a good job of keeping tabs on everyone and keeping us engaged. Would have enjoyed a little more explanation at St Peter’s. We went back in after because we didn’t see the altar at the very back of the church and didn’t realize there were tombs of popes in the downstairs.
Everything we wanted to see at the Vatican and more
Anthony_P, July 2023
Everything was what we were hoping for and more starting with cappuccino in a small café right through the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peters Basilica. Doing this kind of tour without a guide would have been a waste of our time. Our excellent guide provide the perfect amount of narrative for a short half day tour like this, was always accessible and she knew the best ways to avoid the crowds and spend the most of our time in the key areas
Great tour!
Eddie_W, July 2023
Yanira was an amazing guide- very knowledgeable and fun! Her expertise in the history and explanations throughout the museum was incredible. This tour was definitely worth it and highly recommended, especially if you can get in Yanira’s group!
Great Tour Guide!
Toni_G, July 2023
Elaine was a wonderful tour guide! Highly recommend her! Small group was beneficial. Very informative!
Educational, but not great value for the money
Crystal_M, July 2023
This is a very educational tour. Our guide was passionate and very knowledgeable. However, you do not actually see any part of the Vatican early as there is a long educational lecture out in the courtyard before you go in. By the time you go inside doors have been opened to the public and everything is very crowded. For a family with children, the amount of time spent standing still and listening compared to actually seeing things is a lot. I enjoyed this tour, we learned a lot, but I think there are probably tours that give better value for the money.
Unforgettable Tour of Vatican with the Exceptional Tour Guide
Igor_M, July 2023
We got really Lucky! Our Tour Guide Elaine made the Vatican excursion experience unique and flawless. Her level of expertise and presentation style made us forget about time and listen, and listen, and listen… We did not want Elaine’s excursion to end - it was So Much Interesting! World Class Level Professionals like Elaine make our trips filled with new knowledge and happiness! Thank you so much, Elaine! You have truly made our visit to Vatican special!

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