14 Day North Classic (MAY THRU OCT 2012)
Overnight Stays: Rome (3 nights), Sorrento (2), Florence (3), Venice (2), Milan (2)
- Great Hotels. Centrally-located, First-Class & Deluxe hotels, exclusively.
- Smaller Groups. 20-to-40 guests per tour.
- More Legroom. Deluxe, state-of-the-art motorcoaches with EXTRA legroom.
- Airport Transfers. Arrival and departure transfers in Italy.
- Buffet Breakfast Daily. A very hearty start to each day!
- 9 Dinners. Including pasta or soup, choice of entrees, vegetable, salad, dessert, coffee, wine, mineral water, beer or soft drink.
- Wine Tasting. Vineyard tour and wine tasting.
- Wireless Headsets to hear your guide clearly and distinctly in public places.
- 1 Tote Bag Per Person, baggage tags and travel documents included.
- Baggage Handling. Never touch your bag! (except at airports).
- Hotel Taxes, Hotel Service Charges and All Tips for hotel and restaurant personnel.
- Professional Tour Directors and licensed local guides.
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At a Glance:
- Day 1 - Depart USA
- Day 2 - Arrive in Rome, Afternoon at Leisure, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 3 - Rome City Sightseeing, Afternoon at Leisure
- Day 4 - Rome, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Dinner Out Tonight
- Day 5 - Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 6 - Sorrento, Capri, Sorrento, Dinner Out
- Day 7 - Sorrento, Drive to Florence, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 8 - Florence, Morning Sightseeing including "The David", Dinner Out
- Day 9 - Florence, Pisa, Wine Tasting in Tuscany, Florence
- Day 10 - Florence, Padua, Venice, Dinner Out
- Day 11 - Venice, City Sightseeing
- Day 12 - Venice, Verona, Milan City Sightseeing, Dinner In Hotel
- Day 13 - Milan, Lugano, Lake Como, Milan, Dinner Out
- Day 14 - Flight Home
DAY 1 - Depart USA
Boarding our overnight flight, we’re off on the adventure of a lifetime.
DAY 2 - Arrive in Rome, Afternoon at Leisure, Dinner in Hotel
Benvenuti a Roma! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Rome airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you.
There will be time to relax this afternoon before our evening’s dinner with fine local wines at our hotel. D
DAY 3 - Rome City Sightseeing, Afternoon at Leisure
Hail Caesar! All aboard our chariot for a panoramic tour of Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, Largo Argentina (where Caesar was stabbed by Brutus), the Jewish Ghetto and the Circus Maximus.
Then we’ll enter the Colosseum, reliving the brutal entertainment of the gladiators and the lions, refereed by the Emperor himself.
Tonight we thought you’d enjoy a dinner on your own. Ask your tour guide for a recommendation, or simply relax and enjoy your hotel restaurant. BB
DAY 4 - Rome, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Dinner Out Tonight
This morning, it’s a 5- minute drive to another country – Vatican City! With our expert local guide we’ll tour the Vatican Museums, a treasure trove of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries and Renaissance paintings. Our visit culminates in the Sistine Chapel, the room where the Pope is elected.
Next we visit St. Peter’s Basilica, by far the largest church in Christendom. We’ll see Michelangelo’s Pieta, sculpted when he was just 24, as well as Bernini’s seven-story bronze canopy located above the main altar.
Tonight we’ll recount our explorations with good food, good wine and great friends at a fine local restaurant. BB, D
DAY 5 - Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento, Dinner in Hotel
This morning, we motor to Naples. Have your cameras ready because we will arrive in Naples via Vomero Hill overlooking the sapphire Bay of Naples, Capri and proud Vesuvius. We descend to the heart of the city along the sea front promenade, seeing Castel dell’Ovo, San Carlo Opera House, Santa Lucia, Town Hall and the Angevin Castle where today’s date appears in flowers!
Then, it’s off to Pompeii. Imagine, a city perfectly preserved as it was on that fateful day 2,000 years ago, when ash and lava literally stopped it in its tracks. You’ll see the tragic fossils of people attempting to escape along with children and dogs.
Tonight, dinner at our hotel with fine wines. BB, D
DAY 6 - Sorrento, Capri, Sorrento, Dinner Out
This morning you’ll be taken to Capri, the world’s most enchanting island.You can explore to your hearts content on your own or your tour conductor may have other ideas. You’ll be as captivated by Capri as Emperor Tiberius who used the Blue Grotto as his personal swimming pool.
Tonight, still glowing from the sun, we’re off to a Sorrento eatery for fine food and wine. BB, D
DAY 7 - Sorrento, Drive to Florence, Dinner in Hotel
Departing Sorrento, our deluxe motorcoach navigates the rolling hills, scenic vineyards and postcard-perfect vistas of Umbria and Tuscany. Along the way, we’ll travel by the beautiful Tiber River Valley and the medieval villages of Orvieto and Orte.
This evening’s dinner features fine local wines at our hotel. BB, D
DAY 8 - Florence, Morning Sightseeing including "The David" , Dinner Out
Florence - the fountainhead of the Renaissance, awaits our inspection!
Our day of sightseeing includes the majestic Duomo built in 1296, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its renowned “Gates of Paradise” doors.
We follow the medieval streets to the most striking square in Florence, Piazza della Signoria, home of Santa Croce Church, Michelangelo’s final resting place.
“Breathtaking” is the only word to describe one’s first view of Michelangelo’s David. Yes, it’s quite large and detailed. But the real magic is in how Michelangelo transformed a lifeless rock into a man - full of pride, wary of his adversary, yet quietly confident. All with just a hammer and chisel!
Tonight we’ll recount our explorations at a great local restaurant. BB, D
DAY 9 - Florence, Pisa, Wine Tasting in Tuscany, Florence
The bell tower of Pisa is among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. Architects say it would be world famous even if it were perfectly straight. This morning we’ll see for ourselves, along with the beautiful Cathedral and Baptistery.
This afternoon we’ll visit a typical Tuscan winery to learn about the grape, the “nose,” food pairings and most importantly – which glass to use! Cin-Cin!
Tonight, we return to Florence for dinner on your own. BB
DAY 10 - Florence, Padua, Venice, Dinner Out
Visitors to Padua are often surprised by a sense of deep spirituality. St. Anthony (patron Saint of lost objects) is interred here in the serene Basilica which dates back to the 1200s.
Venice arrives to us as in a dream. Gondolas drift along, not just for show, but to deliver the staples of everyday life. Our arrival is also by boat, as we’re eager to start exploring.
Tonight we’ll recount our explorations at a great local restaurant. Good food, good wine and great friends. Now that’s Italian! BB, D
DAY 11 - Venice, City Sightseeing
This morning we’ll meet our expert local guide for a walking tour of St. Mark’s Square, the great Byzantine Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs and an inside visit of the Doge’s Palace.
This afternoon you’ll have a chance to “get lost” in the city’s labyrinth of canals, bridges and tiny piazzas. Being a small island, it’s impossible to stray very far. But it won’t hurt to master the phrase “Dov’e’ Piazza San Marco?”
Dinner is on your own tonight. BB
DAY 12 - Venice, Verona, Milan City Sightseeing, Dinner in Hotel
This morning we bid farewell to Venice and our drive to Milan is delightfully interrupted by a visit to romantic Verona. We’ll stand in the courtyard below Juliet’s balcony where Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers professed their love.
Soon we’re in fashionable Milan, where we begin with a panoramic drive around the city and a visit to the impressive, gothic Duomo. We’ll stroll through the spectacular glass topped Galleria, the world’s first shopping mall and onto the famed La Scala Opera House.
Tonight, it’s dinner at our Hotel! BB, D
DAY 13 - Milan, Lugano, Lake Como, Milan, Dinner Out
This morning’s visit to Lugano is actually in Switzerland, but this Alpine paradise clings to its Italian roots. The natural beauty is accompanied by great shops filled with Swiss specialties – like clocks, watches and, of course, chocolate!
Next we visit Como, the charming town and pristine lake of the same name, lined with lovely villas.
Our last night together will be at a fine Milanese eatery. No tears! You’ll exchange email addresses with your new friends and make plans for the future. How about we all meet again on another Perillo Tour to Hawaii. BB, D
DAY 14 - Flight Home
This morning we board our flight home, arriving in the USA the same day. While we say “arrivederci” to Italy, we realize we’re taking a little piece of it back home with us.
Thanks for traveling with the Perillo family, and please return soon. BB
Note: Please be advised that circumstances may change the day and/or sequence of scheduled activities, as well as the substitution of hotels, events, shows, sightseeing, itinerary, restaurants, hosts, etc.
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Prices below are land-only and do not include airfare.
For more information on airfares check out the "Air Information" section of this page.
|DEPARTURE DATES & LAND RATES May 2012 to October 2012||Per Person Double Room||Triple Room||Single Room||Kids (Under 12yr w/ 2 Adults|
TO ROME, RETURN FROM MILAN
Depart USA Friday - Return Thursday
Depart USA Sunday - Return Saturday
NOTE: Rates are per person and include roundtrip airport transfers in Italy at scheduled times. Airfare available from your hometown.
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Why book your flights with Perillo Tours?
- For a seamless travel experience from start to finish.
- Big savings in both Coach and Business Class.
- Reserve your flights now but pay later with your final payment.
- No fees for air ticket change or cancellation until ticketing at 60 days prior to your departure.
- Earn Frequent Flyer mileage.
Step 1: Choose the zone of your departing city.
New York City, JFK
Des Moines, IA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ft. Myers, FL
Ft. Wayne, IN
Grand Rapids, MI
Kansas City, MO
Little Rock, AR
Myrtle Beach, SC
New Orleans, LA
Oklahoma City, OK
San Antonio, TX
South Bend, IN
St. Louis, MO
W. Palm Beach, FL
Colorado Springs, CO
Great Falls, MT
Idaho Falls, ID
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
Palm Springs, CA
Rapid City, SD
Salt Lake City, UT
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Santa Ana, CA
CAN’T FIND YOUR HOME CITY? Give us a call and we’ll find the most convenient airport for you.
Step 2: Match your zone to find the sample airfare which depends on your exact departure date.
Choose the zone of your departure city and match it with the tour departure date to find airfare examples.
|Airline Zone||April 1 - May 15/ Aug 26 - Oct 28, 2012||May 16 - August 25, 2012|
These fares can help you estimate the full cost of you tour. We will quote your exact airfare within 2 business days of booking.
Since airfares are unpredictable the above ‘sample airfares’ are shown in order for you to estimate the complete cost of your tour. You must add estimated departure tax and a fuel surcharge of $450 per person to the above ‘sample airfares’ to estimate your full airfare. Your exact airfare will be advised within 2 business days of booking your tour.
Airfares DO include your roundtrip airport transfers in Italy at scheduled times, provided you arrive and depart on scheduled tour dates. If you wish to arrive earlier or extend you stay, airport transfers are not included.
We strongly recommend you BOOK EARLY as lowest airfares are on a first-come first-serve basis. Plus more availability on most convenient flights and best seats.
Air Upgrade At Affordable Prices
When you purchase your coach ticket through Perillo Tours, you can upgrade to Business/First Class for a surcharge of as little as $2799 per person. Live it up a little!
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Below are the hotels you will experience on this Perillo Tour.
NOTE: If a change in hotels becomes necessary for any reason, the hotel substituted will be equivalent of those shown.
NH Vittorio Veneto Hotel
This lovely four star hotel is nestled on the edge of the Villa Borghese Park at the top of Via Veneto, the "Fifth Avenue" of Rome.
Grand Hotel Beverly Hills
This first class, four star, modern hotel, built in 1971, is situated in the vicinity of the Villa Borghese and the fashionable Via Veneto.
Hotel La Pace
The Grand Hotel La Pace is a new, five star hotel, opened in May 2001. It is located in an oasis of tranquillity, far from the traffic noise, with a panoramic view of the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, yet close to downtown Sorrento.
Plaza Hotel Lucchesi
Luxurious and quality hospitality in Florence has, since 1860, been synonymous with the Plaza Hotel Lucchesi Florence. The hotel is located in the heart of the city on the right bank of the Arno River, with a marvelous view of Florence and a southern exposure. We are across from Piazzale Michelangelo and San Miniato al Monte, a few steps away from the church of Santa Croce, the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery and a short distance from the Duomo (Cathedral), as well as the Accademia where the celebrated David by Michelangelo is kept.
Deluxe Luna Baglioni
A member of the leading hotels of the world, this five-star, luxury hotel is located just steps from the Piazza San Marco, in the very heart of Venice, just a short distance from some of the city's most famous historical attractions.
Refined elegance, comfort and exclusive services, a water landing for gondolas and motor boats and a romantic restaurant on the terrace: the Hotel Bonvecchiati, which has been welcoming guests to the heart of Venice since 1790, is just 3 minutes from Saint Mark's Square and 5 from the Rialto Bridge, for the most exclusive and unforgettable of visits.
Grand Hotel Minerva
This superior first-class, modernized hotel is set in a five-story building dating from 1700. It is situated in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, in the heart of historical Florence, and offers 99 rooms.
Information on Doria is coming soon.
Grand Hotel Visconti Palace
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Want to start your vacation early or extend your stay in Italy? A Perillo Tour’s representative will be happy to help with the arrangements. Along with extra night hotel accommodations, your air tickets may be booked to arrive before your tour begins or remain after your tour ends.
Many customers prefer to arrive early to unwind and relax prior to the tour’s start date. Others like to extend their stay to visit with friends or relatives or explore on their own.
Whatever you desire Perillo’s team will help you plan and coordinate your entire journey.
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Memories are the most magical part of any Perillo experience. Here are a few memorable moments from our clients.
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