10 Day Marco Polo (Apr-Dec 2014)
Venice (2 nights) Florence (3) Rome (3)
From $2990 per person
- 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. (see conditions)
- Buffet Breakfast Daily. A very hearty start to each day!
- 5 Dinners. Including pasta or soup, choice of entrees, vegetable, dessert, coffee, wine, mineral water, beer or soft drink.
- Wine Tasting & Vineyard Tour.
- Wireless Headsets to hear your guide clearly and distinctly in public places.
- 1 Deluxe Backpack 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.
At a Glance:
- Day 1 (Sunday) - Depart USA
- Day 2 (Monday) - Arrive in Venice, Afternoon Free, Dinner Out
- Day 3 (Tuesday) - Venice, City Sightseeing, Murano Glass Factory
- Day 4 (Wednesday) - Venice, Padua, Florence, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 5 (Thursday) - Florence, Sightseeing including ‘The David’, Dinner Out
- Day 6 (Friday) - Florence, Siena, Wine Tasting in Tuscany
- Day 7 (Saturday) - Morning Drive to Rome, Imperial Rome & the Colosseum, Dinner in Hotel
- Day 8 (Sunday ) - Rome, Day of Leisure
- Day 9 (Monday) - Rome, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Dinner in Trastevere
- Day 10 (Tuesday) - Rome, Flight Home
DAY 1 (Sunday) - Depart USA
Boarding our overnight flight, we’re off to Italy on the adventure of a lifetime!
DAY 2 (Monday) - Arrive in Venice, Afternoon Free, Dinner Out
Benvenuti a Venezia! We are pleased to offer complimentary motorboat transfers from the Venice airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you.
After you settle in at your hotel, take a stroll through Venice. Get lost in the traffic-free streets and alleyways. There are so many wonderful things to see!
Tonight we’ll enjoy our first dinner together as a group at our favorite restaurant in Venice just steps from St. Mark’s Square. D
DAY 3 (Tuesday) - Venice, City Sightseeing, Murano Glass Factory
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.
Next we’ll board our motoscafi to visit one of the world’s oldest glass blowing factories on the island of Murano.
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 and there are lots of great choices around your hotel. Even Hemingway’s famous “Harry’s Bar” is just around the corner. Your guide will be happy to make suggestions. Just ask. BB
DAY 4 (Wednesday) - Venice, Padua, Florence, Dinner in Hotel
This morning it’s back to the mainland where we’ll meet our dependable driver for the ride to Florence. But on the way we’ll make a memorable stop.
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.
Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at our hotel. A toast (“brindisi”) to Florence and new friends! BB, D
DAY 5 (Thursday) - Florence, Sightseeing including ‘The David’, Dinner Out
Florence, the fountainhead of the Renaissancecity of Dante, Boccaccio, Bottecelli and Da Vinci!
Enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the city atop Piazzale Michelangelo, followed by our tour of the Academy of Fine Arts where Michelangelo’s proud David stands, the majestic Cathedral built in 1296, Giotto’s Bell Tower and the Baptistery with its ‘Gates of Paradise’ doors. We follow the medieval streets to the most striking square in Florence, Piazza della Signoria and then to Florence’s most compelling! Franciscan church built in 1294 - Santa Croce. It’s not only an artistic shrine with frescoes by Giotto, but also the burial place of 270 of the city’s most eminent inhabitants - among them Galileo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Rossini.
In the cloister next door we see the Pazzi Chapel - widely regarded as one of the most perfect early Renaissance creations.
Tonight, please be our guest at a fine local Florentine restaurant with flowing wines and great friends. BB, D
DAY 6 (Friday) - Florence, Siena, Wine Tasting in Tuscany
While the ambitious city of Florence was launching the Renaissance, Siena was her “laid back” country cousin. Just 30 miles south of Florence, she is considered the best preserved medieval city in Italy.
Our guided tour will include the elaborately carved Gothic cathedral, Town Hall and Piazza del Campo-site of the famous Palio horse race. You’ll have time for lunch on your own, shopping and a little more exploration.
This afternoon we’ll visit a typical Tuscan winery to learn about the grape, the “nose,” food pairings and more importantly-which glass to use! We’ll enjoy a wine tasting with these special wines. Cin-Cin!
Tonight, it’s dinner on your own in Florence. BB
DAY 7 (Saturday) - Morning Drive to Rome, Imperial Rome & the Colosseum, Dinner in Hotel
This morning we enjoy our drive south to Rome through Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio - the “green heart” of Italy.
This afternoon we enjoy a panoramic tour of “Imperial Rome” including Castel Sant’Angelo, the Roman Forum, Largo Argentina, 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 rejoin the 21st century with a typical Roman dinner at our hotel. BB, D
DAY 8 (Sunday) - Rome, Full Day of Leisure
A free day in Rome! But don’t sleep in too late - there’s much to do and see! Ask your tour guide for suggestions.
Why not start with an espresso in Piazza Navona, toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return and stroll across the Tiber for another look at the Vatican. Rome is a great city for walking, shopping and people watching.
Tonight, you’re free to enjoy a night in Rome on your own with your new friends. Be sure to have an ice cream at one of the best shops in Rome, close to the Trevi Fountain, Il Gelato di San Crispino. BB
DAY 9 (Monday) - Rome, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Dinner in Trastevere
This morning, it’s a 10 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 enjoy a delicious dinner in the characteristic district of Trastevere, one of the centers of the Roman night life. This lively area of tiny winding streets gives a taste of what one imagines Italy to be like, with cobbled streets and music-filled trattorias on every corner. BB, D
DAY 10 (Tuesday) - Rome, 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
BB=Buffet Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
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.
TO VENICE, RETURN FROM ROME
Depart USA Sunday - Return Tuesday
Nov & Dec dates depart on Thursdays
Prices below are land-only and do not include airfare.
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|LAND RATES||Double Room||Triple Room||Single Room||Kids under 12 w/ 2 adults|
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Your exact airfare will be advised within 2 business days of booking your tour. You are under no obligation to accept Perillo’s air schedule and quote. However, payment for tickets issued by Perillo Tours is due with “final payment.”
Airfares DO include your roundtrip airport transfer in Italy at scheduled times, provided you arrive and depart on scheduled tour dates. If you wish to arrive earlier or extend your stay, airport transfers are not included.
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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 $2700 per person. Live it up a little!
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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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Westin Hotel Europa e Regina
The magnificently-restored historical building complex that is the present-day 5-Star Westin Europa Regina hotel actually dates back to the 17th century. Guests can marvel over the opulent Murano glass chandeliers, antique mirrors and ornate ceilings in the public rooms, enjoy regional cuisine at the water-side Restaurant La Cusina accompanied by wines produced by local vintners or just simply relax with a coffee in the courtyard garden.
Grand Hotel Villa Medici
An historical residence located in the center of Florence at walking distance from all major art sites and shopping locations.
The Grand Hotel Villa Medici is located in the center of Florence, the 5 star hotel Villa Medici was the residence of one of the most important Italian families.
Now the charm of past ages still survives in the splendid rooms and the extremely elegant furnishings of the hotel in Florence.
Each room is decorated with antique ornaments, which enrich the magical atmosphere of this 5 star hotel in Florence.
Villa Medici is one of the best 5 stars hotels in Florence and it is the favorite destination of artists and important persons.
A refined restaurant and a garden with a swimming pool, complete the charm of this 5 star hotel in Florence.
Rose Garden Palace
First-class accommodations in the heart of Rome Housed in an early-19th century building in one of the most exclusive areas of Rome, a new and supremely elegant Rose Garden Palace takes its name from the delightful rose garden on its grounds.
The tall pine trees of Villa Borghese, the Spanish Steps, the stylish shops on via Condotti, the fashionable bars of via Veneto, the Tritone and fountains, the baroque churches, and the masterpieces on display in the Borghese Gallery, are all within easy walking distance from this Superior 4-star Rome hotel.
For whom loves the pleasure of staying in shape and relaxing, be sure to visit the Rose Garden's fitness center, pool and sauna.
NOTE: If a change in hotels becomes necessary for any reason, the hotel substituted will be equivalent of those shown.
Make the most of your time in Italy with these great optional tours:
|Tour||Price in EUR||Price in USD*|
|Gondola Serenade||€ 42||$56|
|Dinner Certosa with Monastery Visit||€ 61||$81|
|Uffizi Gallery||€ 40||$53|
|Moses & the Trevi Fountain||€ 45||$60|
|Pompeii - Full Day Tour||€ 129||$168|
|Tivoli Excursion with Lunch||€ 85||$115|
*USD prices are based on currency exchange rate of 1.33 and are subject to change. The final price will be confirmed upon booking based on the exchange rate at that time.
Duration: 35 min
Don’t miss out on a chance to have the quintessential Venice experience – a Gondola ride and serenade!
Dinner Certosa with Monastery Visit
Duration: 3 hrs
Enjoy a special dinner with music and dancing, plus a visit to a local monastery. La Certosa is the restaurant in front of the Charterhouse of Florence, built in the 13th century. Monastery Visit - In front of the restaurant stands the imposing, suggestive Charterhouse of Florence. It was founded in the 14th century by Niccolò Acciaiuoli to accommodate 12 monks, a prior and a small group of lay brothers. The Charterhouse in Florence is surrounded by high walls that, together with the stately Palazzo degli Studi, make the chartreuse look like a fortress.
Duration: 2 hrs
Visit one of the most important museums of paintings and sculptures in the world. This tour includes entrance fees and a private guide.
Moses & the Trevi Fountain
Duration: 2-3 hrs
Our first stop is the Church of St Peter in Chains to see the preserved chains and Michaelangelo’s statue of Moses. Then we continue to the Trevi Fountain (throw a coin in and make a wish!), the impressive Pantheon and the famous Piazza Navona. Before we head back, there’s a chance for you to enjoy our two favorite indulgences - pizza and gelato!
Pompeii - Full Day Tour
Duration: 12 hrs
Spend the day visiting the city infamously preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 19 centuries ago during the summer of 79AD. Enjoy lunch in one of the best local restaurants “Il Principe”.
Tivoli Excursion with Lunch
Duration: 6 hrs
Visit one of the most enchanting towns of the late Renaissance, home of Lucrezia Borgia’s son, famous for it’s gardens, marvelous fountains, waterfalls and centenary trees. Lunch is included.