14 Day North Continental (Apr-Dec 2014)
Milan (2 nights) Venice (2) Florence (3) Sorrento (2) Rome (3)
Lugano, Como, Sirmione, Padua, Pisa, Capri, Pompeii, Naples
From $3390 per person
This tour is exactly the same as our 14-day Italy North Classic (in reverse), except dinners are not included. We know that some of our travelers enjoy the experience of dining on their own at local restaurants and trattorias. Your tour guide will have a multitude of dining suggestions. Of course, a full buffet breakfast is included daily.
- 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!
- Wine Tasting. Vineyard tour and wine tasting.
- 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 (Friday) - Depart USA
- Day 2 (Saturday) - Arrive in Milan, Afternoon at Leisure
- Day 3 (Sunday) - Milan, Lugano, Switzerland, Como, Milan
- Day 4 (Monday) - Milan City Sightseeing, Sirmione, Venice
- Day 5 (Tuesday) - Venice, City Sightseeing, Murano Glass Factory
- Day 6 (Wednesday) - Venice, Padua, Florence
- Day 7 (Thursday) - Florence, City Sightseeing including ‘The David’
- Day 8 (Friday) - Florence, Pisa, Wine Tasting in Tuscany, Florence
- Day 9 (Saturday) - Florence, Sorrento
- Day 10 (Sunday) - Sorrento, Capri, Sorrento
- Day 11 (Monday) - Sorrento, Pompeii, Naples, Rome
- Day 12 (Tuesday) - Rome, Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Afternoon at Leisure
- Day 13 (Wednesday) - Rome Sightseeing, Afternoon at Leisure
- Day 14 (Thursday) - Flight Home, Rome, USA
DAY 1 - Friday - Depart USA
Boarding our overnight flight, we’re off on the adventure of a lifetime.
DAY 2 - Saturday - Arrive in Milan ➤ Afternoon at Leisure
Benvenuti in Italia! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Milan airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you.
This afternoon you will meet your tour guide who will have some excellent dining suggestions for your first night in Italy.
DAY 3 - Sunday - Milan ➤ Lugano, Switzerland ➤ Como ➤ Milan
From Milan we enjoy an exhilarating excursion to Lugano. Here we can fill our eyes with beauty and our bags with gifts. We continue to Como, the place loved by the rich and famous. Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron and George Clooney.
Back in Milan, one of the world’s trendiest cities and one of the strongest bastions of traditional Italian cooking. BB
DAY 4 - Monday - Milan City Sightseeing ➤ Sirmione ➤ Venice
This morning we visit the mightiest Gothic building ever created- Milan’s Duomo, its capacity 40,000 people!
Next we stroll through the spectacular glass-topped galleria-the world’s first shopping mall. Continue to Piazza Della Scala, home of the famed La Scala Opera House.
On the way to Venice, let’s stop at one of the most popular sights on Lake Garda - the peninsula of Sirmione. Crossing the drawbridge, we enter a peaceful world of hot springs, Medieval castles and phenomenal views of the Dolomites.
Our arrival in Venice is by boat. Venice is breathtaking with its misty lagoon and palaces seemingly floating on water. Nothing beats dining in a cozy Venetian restaurant enjoying local specialties and fine local wines. BB
DAY 5 - 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?”
Tonight, instead of a traditional dinner, do as the Venetians do! Enjoy “cicchetti,” Venetian style tapas, served in various pubs all over Venice. BB
DAY 6 - Wednesday - Venice ➤ Padua ➤ Florence
We’re off to Florence today with an inspiring stop along the way. 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. Next to Florence! Home of Dante, Boccaccio, Botticelli, da Vinci, and some say, the best gelato in Italy!
Back at the hotel, our tour director is happy to offer this evening’s restaurant suggestions. Perhaps, world famous Florentine steak? BB
DAY 7 - Thursday - Florence ➤ City Sightseeing including ‘The David’
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 a chisel.
You’ll be sure to find a perfect Florentine dinner spot tonight. BB
DAY 8 - Friday - 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! We’ll return to Florence for some free time. Tonight, ask your tour director for a nearby spot to enjoy fresh Tuscan fare. BB
DAY 9 - Saturday - Florence ➤ Sorrento
Our journey to Sorrento takes us through the rolling hills, scenic vineyards and post-card perfect vistas of Tuscany and Umbria. Soon, we are in Sorrento, high on a beautiful plateau, greeted by the sapphire blue Gulf of Naples and majestic Mount Vesuvius.
When most Americans think of Italian food, they’re usually thinking of the dishes of Naples and Sorrento - spaghetti with tomato and basil, mozzarella and pizza are all from this area. Here’s your chance to try the “real thing!” BB
DAY 10 - Sunday - Sorrento ➤ Capri ➤ Sorrento
This morning you’ll be taken to Capri, the world’s most enchanting island. You can explore to your heart’s 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, it’s time to enjoy another fine gastronomic experience. BB
DAY 11 - Monday - Sorrento ➤ Pompeii ➤ Naples ➤ Rome
Pompeii - an entire city perfectly preserved as it was on that fateful day almost 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 their children and dogs.
Late this morning, we continue on to Naples. We enjoy a brief panoramic tour of the city.
A few hours later, we enter the gates of Rome and settle into our hotel. BB
DAY 12 - Tuesday - Rome ➤ Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel ➤ St. Peter’s Basilica ➤ Afternoon at Leisure
This morning we visit Vatican City, “headquarters” for more than a billion Catholics worldwide. We begin at the Vatican Museum, a treasure trove of sculptures, paintings and tapestries.
Our visit culminates in the Sistine Chapel, the room where the pope is elected. We enter in total silence, not wanting to disturb Michelangelo’s famed frescoes, depicting stories from the Bible and the “End of Times.” You’ll be fascinated by which of Michelangelo’s contemporaries he assigned to heaven and which to hell.
We’ll also visit St. Peter’s Basilica. We’ll see Michelangelo’s Pieta, sculpted when he was just 24, and Bernini’s seven-story bronze canopy soaring high above the main altar.
This afternoon, Rome is all yours to explore! Tonight, treat yourself to one of Rome’s fine restaurants for a fabulous dinner. May we suggest some Roman specialties Bucatini all’ Amatriciana; Spaghetti alla Carbonara; Roasted lamb with garlic and rosemary; stuffed artichokes (To die for!) ....is your appetite whet yet? BB
DAY 13 - Wednesday - Rome Sightseeing ➤ Afternoon at Leisure
Hail Caesar! All aboard our chariot for a panoramic tour of Imperial Rome including 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.
This afternoon, Rome is all yours! Shop, fountain hop, explore to your heart’s content. Tonight, treat yourself to one of Rome’s fine restaurants for a delizioso dinner! BB
DAY 14 - Thursday - Flight Home ➤ Rome ➤ USA
This morning we board our flight home. No tears. You’ll exchange e-mails with your new friends and make plans for the future. How about we all meet again on a Perillo tour to Hawaii! 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, hosts, etc.
Depart USA Friday - Return Thursday
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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.
The Manin Hotel is located in the heart of Milan, close to La Scala Theatre, the "Duomo di Milano" and the Fashion Quadrilateral, with a unique view over the city’s most beautiful park.
The Manin, a 4-star hotel with a century of tradition, is one of the most appreciated historic houses in the centre of Milan for its comfort and tranquillity. It is located opposite the public gardens named after Indro Montanelli.
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.
Plaza Hotel Lucchesi
This four-star hotel is located in the historical center of Florence. All the main monuments are within a short distance of the hotel: the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the Ufizzi Gallery, the Church of Santa Maria Novella, the Academy of Fine Arts. The hotel is an ex-Franciscan convent dating back to the 15th Century, which has been restored.
Parco dei Principe
The exclusive Parco dei Principi luxury hotel stands on one of the most charming and unspoiled stretches of the Sorrentine Peninsula, set on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Gulf of Naples, in the heart of Sorrento.
Superior First Class traditional six-story hotel, built in 1903 with a columned, curved facade. Located on the fashionable Via Veneto, opposite the US Embassy and near Villa Borghese park and museum, the Ambasciatori has a Hard Rock Cafe downstairs!
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Make the most of your time in Italy with these great optional tours:
|Tour||Price in EUR||Price in USD*|
|Lake Como Boat Cruise||€ 30||$40|
|Gondola Serenade||€ 42||$56|
|Dinner Certosa with Monastery Visit||€ 61||$81|
|Siena - Half Day Tour||€ 48||$64|
|Tarantella Show||€ 30||$40|
|Capri Tour||€ 96||$128|
|Moses & the Trevi Fountain||€ 45||$60|
|Catacombs Visit||€ 53||$71|
*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.
Lake Como Boat Cruise
Duration: 1.5 hrs
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Como on this boat cruise. Along the way, admire the Baroque and Neoclassic Villas and luxuriant parks. During springtime, the amazing water-front terraced gardens burst into spectacular colors with extravagant varieties of azaleas and rhododendrons.
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.
Siena – Half Day Tour
City: Siena from Florence
Duration: 3-4 hrs
Head out from Florence to take a half-day tour of another lovely Tuscan city, Siena.
Duration: 2 hrs
Immerse yourself in the bright lights, colors and scents of this fun Italian tradition dating back to 1800. After dinner, enjoy the Tarantella - a traditional Italian stage show.
Duration: 12 hrs
Take a full-day, guided walking tour of Capri and Ana Capri. This tour includes a visit to the Blue Grotto and lunch.
Duration: 2 hrs
The Catacombs are the underground cemeteries of the early Christians. We visit this ancient burial tomb of St. John in Lateran Basilica and also see the Holy Stairs.
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!