Exclusive Half-Day Vatican City Tour with Breakfast and Gardens

Take advantage of our official Vatican partnership on this exclusive Vatican City experience, including early entrance over an hour and a half before the crowds, buffet breakfast, tour of the Vatican Gardens by covered open-air bus, with a visit to the Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.

Duration

Duration
5 Hours

Operating Days

Operating Days
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

Start Time

Start Time
07:15

Meeting Point

Meeting Point
Vatican City
Details at Booking

Tour inclusions: you get all of this

  • Early entrance to Vatican Museums 1 hour and 30 minutes before the general public
  • 45-minute Vatican City and Gardens tour by covered open-air bus
  • Comprehensive 3-hour tour of Vatican Museums with Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Expert, English-speaking guide
  • Audio headsets, so you can always hear your guide
  • Small group of 25 or fewer

What makes this tour special?

Start your day with this Vatican tour including breakfast and exclusive access to Vatican City and its gardens. As the only tour operator offering this experience, you'll enjoy something truly unique as you walk into the Vatican before the general entrance is even opened. You will be escorted by your expert guide and a Vatican official to the café for an American and continental breakfast buffet with eggs, bacon, croissants, muffins, made to order pancakes, fruit, jam, cereal, espresso, coffee, fresh juice and other cold and hot beverages.

After breakfast, you'll be accompanied to a comfortably shaded open-air bus that will take you on a 45-minute scenic drive through the hidden parts of Vatican City and its 57 acres of lush gardens. Your guide will provide captivating commentary on the personal stories of the popes since 1279 in these beautiful areas dedicated to retreat and meditation. Thanks to our official partnership, you will be among the privileged few to see hidden gems like the Renaissance villa 'Casina Pio IV', the rose garden, the original medieval walls, the Italian garden, Vatican railway station, countless shrines, and the Pope’s private heliport.

After taking a breath of fresh in the greenest country in the world, you will be ready to explore the untold masterpieces inside the Vatican Museums on a comprehensive route covering the most important artworks. Your guide will provide you with details on the techniques and meaning of each work, as well as their historic context and stories they conceal. You will see the galleries of the candelabra, maps and tapestries before arriving at the unrivaled Raphael Rooms, where you will marvel at the 'School of Athens'. Topping the visit is Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, with its amazing ceiling frescoes and the 'Last Judgement', easily one of the most ingenius human creations of all time.

Learn the surprising truths behind two of the world's most important artistic geniuses as you experience their most coveted achievements first hand. You'll be amazed to hear that Michelangelo actually painted the 'Creation of Adam' standing up, and immortalized boorish commentary for his rivals and patron in his brushstrokes.

From the Sistine Chapel you will benefit from direct access to St. Peter's Basilica, where your guide will take you to see the treasures housed inside the world's most revered cathedral. Continue your study of Michelangelo with the 'Pietà', which he completed at age 24, as well as the inside of the dome he later designed, Bernini's ornate bronze baldachin, and countless other pieces of religious significance at the holiest shrine in Catholicism.

Walk in the footsteps of history with the cardinals, popes, and artists that changed the world forever, and see the beauty of the Vatican grounds on this fascinating tour you will surely never forget.

*St. Peter's Basilica and other religious sites may be subject to unscheduled closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an extended tour of the Vatican Museums, or appropriate alternative. While we undertake to tell guests beforehand if there are any planned disruptions to the Basilica's opening hours, this is not always possible. In these cases, we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Please note that appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access. See our Vatican Hours and Location page for more information.

*Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' access.


Get Inside Before the Crowds

With our exclusive early access, you’ll enter the museum more than an hour and a half before the general public for an incredible behind-the-scenes experience no other operator offers.


Enjoy a Delicious American Breakfast

Savor an abundant breakfast buffet with a delicious selection of pastries, fruit, eggs, meats, pancakes with fresh juice and coffee.


Explore Vatican City and the Gardens

Relax on a comfortably shaded private open-air bus for a 45-minute tour of the world's smallest country, then see the Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.

Last 5 Reviews out of 29 Reviews


JORGE 26 October 2016
Gio is an excellent guide, dominates its job very well, moves like a fish in water. Congrats.



ANDREW 24 October 2016
Lindy was amazing, couldn't have asked for a better guide!



MARIANA 17 October 2016
Very good guide



CHIARA 16 October 2016
Excellent, attentive, never gave the impression of rushing through crowds.



RENZO 07 October 2016
Amazing tour and well worth the price.


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