What makes this tour unique?
On this exclusive tour we enter the Vatican Museums 1 hour and 15 minutes before any other tour operator (and before most of the staff) so you have a unique opportunity to enjoy the world's smallest country in the peaceful hours usually reserved for the Pope.
You'll experience our smallest group tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica in small groups. And with a head start on other tour groups and the general public, you'll avoid most of the crowds!
This is the only tour in the world offering an exclusive banquet breakfast in the tranquil Pinecone Courtyard, with beautiful views of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. Running for a limited time only, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Book now or miss out!
The 2014 season has ended, and the 2015 running dates for this tour haven't been loaded yet. Please contact customer care if you would like to be added to the waitlist. Otherwise, please check back in the coming weeks.
The Vatican Isn't Open Yet, But Our Tour Is
For the first time ever Dark Rome is offering you a unique opportunity to enter the Vatican Museums before they open for an exclusive courtyard breakfast. Not offered by any other tour operator, this tour allows you to share a banquet breakfast in the tranquility of the Pinecone Courtyard before even the staff of the Museums enter, then tour the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Exclusive Tour of the Holy See
The first tour of this type ever offered by any tour operator, we have exclusive access to early morning breakfast at the Vatican Museums. We meet before opening time and lead you through the quiet corridors of the Vatican Museums to the main outdoor courtyard of the Vatican Palaces – the Pinecone Courtyard, home to one of the Museums’ most famous modern works of art. Here you’ll enjoy a leisurely meal of traditional Italian fare as well as an American buffet complete with our own pancake chef!
Best Works in the Vatican
After breakfast you’ll split into groups of 20 people or fewer and your expert, English-speaking guide will take lead you on an exploration of the best works in the Vatican Museums. Still early, the galleries and rooms will be quieter now than later in the day so you’ll have more space to enjoy works such as the 2nd century Laocoon Group and the Raphael Rooms. Of course we’ll also visit the Sistine Chapel, home to Michelangelo’s famous frescoes.
Skip the Line Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica
From the Sistine Chapel we have special access to a Skip the Line entrance of St. Peter’s Basilica. We’ll use this to avoid long lines outside gaining immediate access to Christianity’s most breathtaking church. Here your guide will show you Michelangelo’s ‘Pieta’, the incredible altar and the dome that threatened the career of so many architects.
Start off Your Tour of a Lifetime Right
Finished just in time for lunch, the exclusive Vatican Breakfast Tour is the perfect way to kick-start the trip of a lifetime. With special No Wait Partner’s Access and early entry at the Vatican Museums you won’t waste time waiting in line, while little details such as small groups and expert, English-speaking guide ensure that you get the very best from your time.
What could be more exclusive than breakfast at the Vatican? And it's only available to Dark Rome customers!
Read Our Feature in Canary Wharf Magazine
Canary Wharf Magazine took our Exclusive VIP Vatican Breakfast Tour. Here's what they had to say: "You'll enjoy an extravagant spread before exploring the city's limits ahead of anyone else. The Vatican is a truly sublime, otherworldly place and your experience of its treasures will only be enhanced by watching the city come to life in an ethereal, early-morning light." Read the full article here.
*On Wednesdays St. Peter’s Basilica may be closed to facilitate the Papal Audience. Customers who wish to visit St. Peter’s Basilica are advised to travel on another day. The Basilica is also subject to last minute closures for religious ceremonies. When this occurs, we are happy to offer customers an extended tour of the Vatican Museums. While we undertake to tell tour groups ahead of time if there are any planned disruptions to Basilica opening hours, this is not always possible and in these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. Knees, shoulders and backs must be covered.
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