10 Days / 8 Nights Starting at $4550 PP (Land Rate)
If you're looking for a compact and affordable Italy Vacation - Our Vesuvius Tour is perfect! The itinerary is meticulously crafted by Steve Perillo and his team to run like a 'Swiss Watch' and be lots of fun too!
THURSDAY: Boarding your overnight flight, you’re off on a journey that will remain etched in your memory forever!
FRIDAY: Benvenuti a Roma! Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you. We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Rome airport to your hotel at scheduled times.
This afternoon you’ll have some time to relax or better yet, explore the Eternal City. There’s so much to see and do!
Tonight, we’ll meet our tour leader for a brief orientation and welcome drink. After orientation, you’ll be free for the remainder of the evening. Be sure to ask your tour leader for restaurant recommendations – so many wonderful places to eat in this amazing city!
SATURDAY: Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you certainly can’t see it in one—but we’ll try to show you as much as possible in the next few days!
This morning, we travel ten-minutes to another country—Vatican City. With our expert local guide we’ll tour the Vatican Museums, a massive collection 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 Pietà, 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 and wines fit for an Emperor at a local Roman restaurant!
(Please note that the visit of St. Peter’s Basilica is subject to availability based on the events planned by the Pope.)
SUNDAY: Hail Caesar! All aboard our chariot for a relaxing, panoramic driving tour of Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, downtown ancient Rome, the Circus Maximus, and the Great Synagogue, built in the heart of the Jewish quarter.
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 nearby recommendation or venture out and explore the local restaurants in Rome! Be sure to try a “Supplì,” a quintessential Roman specialty: Fried ball of rice filled with tomato sauce, meat and melted mozzarella.
*Colosseum entrance subject to ticket availability*
MONDAY: After a delicious breakfast in the hotel, we’re off on the beautiful drive south to Pompeii! On the way, we approach the view of the Bay of Naples, birthplace of Caruso, Sophia Loren, Bel Canto and ‘O Sole Mio.
We travel back to the Pompeii of 79 AD. A city perfectly preserved by the ash that rained down from Mt. Vesuvius. You’ll see the tragic fossils of the people trying to escape with their children and dogs, and streets, homes and stores that are all amazingly intact.
This evening we enjoy a dinner out at a local restaurant.
TUESDAY: This morning, we board our speedy jetfoil to the world’s most enchanting island—Capri. We’ll enjoy a private boat tour around the island (weather permitting). We’ll cruise by the magnificent Faraglioni, Capri’s iconic rock formations which tower above the Mediterranean Sea.
Next, we visit one of the lesser-known but equally beautiful sea caves, the Grotta Bianca. Then we’ll have free time to explore the island on our own, or take advantage of a special optional excursion with our tour leader.
Later this afternoon, we sail back and have some time to relax before heading out to a great Neapolitan restaurant for dinner.
WEDNESDAY: This morning, after a delicious breakfast, we board a train to Florence! We’ll arrive in time for lunch followed by a walking tour of the historical center of this most famous of all Renaissance cities!
We’ll visit the majestic Duomo Complex 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.
“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!
Tonight, we enjoy a Florentine dinner in our hotel with fine wines
*In the event of a train strike or such problems, we will travel to Florence by bus.
THURSDAY: The Grand Canal is just a short train ride away from Florence. Should we go? … SI! ANDIAMO A VENEZIA!
There is no normal life in Venice. Here, everything and everyone floats luxuriously with a sense of freedom, never tormented by traffic or even the sound of a horn.
Your guide will show you all the sights—St. Mark’s Square, the Basilica, and the Bridge of Sighs. Just around the corner from St. Mark’s Square, we’ll enjoy a special Venetian lunch in a town renowned for its seafood specialties.
This evening we return to Florence for dinner on your own. Make sure to try Pappa al Pomodoro, a rustic Tuscan soup made with tomatoes, garlic, onions and of course, Tuscan bread!
FRIDAY: Our last day together will be at our favorite winery! You’ll visit the Tenuta Torciano winery in Tuscany and meet our dear friend, Pierluigi Giachi, the world’s most enchanting sommelier. You’ll learn about the grape, the nose, food pairings and most importantly—which glass to use with each wine! You’ll also get to experience an olive oil and truffle oil tasting…and of course have some fresh bread with it!
This will all be followed by a fabulous lunch and wine tasting. Salute! Enjoy the remainder of the day and evening on your own, perhaps shopping for last minute souvenirs!
SATURDAY: This morning board your flight home, arriving in the USA the same day. Unless, of course, you have chosen to extend your stay! A warm Grazie for traveling with the Perillo family and please return soon.
- Centrally Located 4 & 5 star Hotels
- More Motorcoach Legroom
- Airport Transfers at Scheduled Times
- Full Breakfast Daily
- 3 Lunches & 4 Dinners
- Gourmet Ice Cream Tasting
- Vineyard Tour, Wine Tasting & Olive Oil Tasting
- Full Day Venice Excursion Including Lunch
- Wireless Headsets To Hear Your Tour Guide Clearly
- Travel Wallet, Baggage Tags and Travel Documents Included
- Baggage Handling Throughout (Except at Airports)
- Hotel Taxes, City Taxes, Hotel Service Charges and all Tips For Hotel and Restaurant Personnel
- Professional Tour Directors and Licensed Local Guides
- Complimentary Wi-Fi On Our Buses
Hotel Bernini Bristol ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Built in the late 1800's in a palace in the heart of Rome, and recently renovated, the hotel Bernini Bristol offers the glamour of a bygone era along with the most modern appurtenances and amenities. Its ample salons are enchanting with their period furnishings and tapestries, as are its rooms marked by a refined atmosphere and comfortable elegance.
Hotel Parco dei Principi ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The exclusive Parco dei Principi 5 star 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. Guests will enjoy the private beach and the charming sea-water swimming pool set in the prestigious and elegant gardens.
Sina Grand Hotel Villa Medici ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Set in a historic 19th Century Palazzo, Sina Villa Medici, Autograph Collection blends contemporary luxury with enchanting old-world charm. Meticulously refurbished, the 5 star hotel welcomes everyone with stylish accommodations enhanced by tasteful touches and inspiring views of the gorgeous grounds or the breathtaking Florence cityscape.
Airfares are unpredictable and impossible to estimate at time of brochure printing. Your airfare can range anywhere from approximately $1,000 to $1,900 depending on your departure city. Additionally, current departure tax and fuel surcharges are approximately $650 per person and are subject to change.
Your exact airfare will be advised within 3 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.
We strongly recommend you BOOK EARLY as lowest airfares are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Plus, more availability on the most convenient flights and best seats.
When you purchase your Coach ticket through Perillo Tours, you can upgrade to "Premium Economy" on select flights starting at $550 each way. For ultimate comfort enjoy Business Class/First Class for a surcharge of as little as $4,000 per person.
The Transportation Security Administration requires all passengers to provide the exact name as it appears on the government-issued passport, passport number, expiration date, date of birth and gender when making airline reservations. This information will be requested at time of booking for all flight arrangements made through Perillo Tours.
CRITICALLY IMPORTANT: Name corrections are subject to change fees, so please have your passport in-hand when calling us for flight reservations.
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Roundtrip airport transfers are provided at scheduled times if you arrive and depart the same day as the tour begins and ends. Click here for the schedule.
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My husband and I recently returned from the 14 day continental tour of Italy. We picked this tour as our honeymoon and could not be happier with our choice! We had such a great time and our tour guide, Paola was incredible! We saw so many breathtaking sights, learned so much about the history and culture of Italy and ate incredible food. This trip was absolutely amazing and I just want to thank Perillo for all their hard work, awesome tour guides, and showing us the best of Italy. We can't wait to come back!
Mr. & Mrs. M.C.
Mirna was a superb tour leader – the best I’ve had on multiple trips and tours worldwide!. Not only was she super organized and knowledgeable, she was extremely patient! Mirna handled all the guests professionally, tactfully and effectively. I would recommend Perillo Tours to anyone!
Mr. & Mrs. J.A.