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sell12 Day North Continental 2024

12 Days / 10 Nights   Starting at $3395 PP (Land Rate)

The 'Continental' gives you the chance to dine on your own in Italy! Your tour guide will be happy to suggest everything from trattorias to the finest dining experiences.

Itinerary

Depart USA - Venice

SUNDAY: Boarding your overnight flight, you’re off on the adventure of a lifetime!

Arrive in Venice - Afternoon at Leisure

MONDAY: Benvenuti in Italia! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from Venice airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you.

Venice is breathtaking with its misty lagoon and palaces seemingly floating on water. You can enjoy this afternoon sightseeing and getting lost. No one wants to get lost while visiting a city, but Venice is an exception! A maze of narrow alleys and canals, the best way to discover it is by wandering around with no pre-defined route.

This evening, at 6 o’clock, we’ll meet our tour leader for a brief orientation and welcome drink in our hotel. After that, you can enjoy dinner on your own; nothing beats dining in a cozy Venetian restaurant enjoying local specialties and fine wines. Whichever place you choose, be sure to try the Squid Ink Risotto or Pasta!

Venice - City Sightseeing - Isle of Murano

TUESDAY: 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 motorboat to the beautiful island of Murano, where we will visit one of the oldest glass-blowing factories. Our glass masters will show us two different glass blowing techniques: the hand-blown glass technique creating a small vase and the carved glass technique, creating a small sculpture like a glass horse or fish.

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’è Piazza San Marco?

Tonight, instead of a traditional dinner, do as the Venetians do! Enjoy cichetti, Venetian-style tapas, served in various pubs all over Venice.

Venice - Padua - Florence

WEDNESDAY: 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 on 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. Be sure to try the world famous Florentine steak – “Bistecca alla Fiorentina.”

Florence - City Sightseeing Including The David

THURSDAY: Our day of sightseeing includes 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!

You’ll be sure to find a perfect Florentine dinner spot tonight.

Florence - Pisa - Oil & Wine Tasting & Early Dinner in Tuscany - Florence

FRIDAY: 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 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 dinner and wine tasting. Cin-Cin!

We’ll return to Florence for a free evening on our own to explore or perhaps go shopping for some souvenirs.

Florence - Naples

SATURDAY: This morning, we’re off to Naples, birthplace of the Neapolitan pizza.

This beautiful city is famous for its mix of Old- World character and modern charm. One of the oldest cities in Europe, Naples historic center (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is filled with art, architecture, and archaeology, but the best part may be the wood-fired pizza! You’ll be staying at one of the best hotels in Naples – a well-known 4 star hotel on Naples seafront promenade, a lively spot right in front of Castel dell’Ovo – the Hotel Royal Continental.

Naples - Capri - Naples

SUNDAY: This morning you’ll be taken to Capri, the world’s most enchanting, breathtaking island. Upon arrival, we take a private boat ride for a tour of the island. We cruise around the magnificent Faraglioni, Capri’s most iconic sight. These mythical towering rock formations, which jut out from the Mediterranean just off the island’s coast, were formed over the years by erosion from ocean waves.

Next, we visit one of the lesser-known but equally beautiful sea caves, the Grotta Bianca. Once we arrive back on Capri, we have free time to explore the island on our own or take advantage of a special optional excursion with your tour leader.

Tonight, still glowing from the sun, it’s time to enjoy another fine gastronomic experience.

Naples - Pompeii - Rome

MONDAY: POMPEII - Imagine…. a city perfectly preserved as it was on that fateful day, 2000 years ago, when ash and lava literally stopped in its tracks. You’ll see the tragic fossils of people attempting to escape along with children and dogs.

Later this morning, we continue on to Rome, viewing the Bay of Naples along the way.

A few hours later, we’ll enter the gates of Rome and settle into our hotel.

Rome - Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel - St. Peter's Basilica - Afternoon at Leisure

TUESDAY: This morning we visit Vatican City, headquarters for more than a billion Catholics worldwide. We begin at the Vatican Museum, a massive collection 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 Pietà, sculpted when he was just 24, and Bernini’s seven-story bronze canopy soaring high above the main altar.

(Please note that the visit of St. Peter’s Basilica is subject to availability based on the events planned by the Pope.)

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 …is your appetite whet yet?

Rome - Sightseeing - Afternoon at Leisure

WEDNESDAY: 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.

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.

*Colosseum entrance subject to ticket availability*

Flight Home - Rome - USA

THURSDAY: This morning you board your flight home.

No tears! Don’t forget to exchange emails with your new friends and make plans for a future trip – perhaps a Perillo tour—to Hawaii!

Inclusions

  • Centrally Located 4 & 5 star Hotels
  • More Motorcoach Legroom
  • Airport Transfers at Scheduled Times
  • Full Breakfast Daily
  • Vineyard Tour, Wine Tasting & Light Dinner
  • 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
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Dates & Rates

Depart - Return Per Person
in a Double
Solo
Traveler
Apr 21 - May 2 Last Seat! $5,495
Apr 28 - May 9 $3,995 $5,495
May 19 - May 30 Sold Out!
May 26 - Jun 6 Sold Out!
Jun 2 - Jun 13 Sold Out!
Jun 9 - Jun 20 Sold Out!
Jun 16 - Jun 27 Sold Out!
Jun 23 - Jul 4 Sold Out!
Jul 7 - Jul 18 Sold Out!
Jul 14 - Jul 25 Sold Out!
Jul 21 - Aug 1 Last Seat! $5,295
Aug 4 - Aug 15 Sold Out!
Aug 25 - Sep 5 Sold Out!
Sep 1 - Sep 12 Sold Out!
Sep 8 - Sep 19 Sold Out!
Sep 15 - Sep 26 Last Seat! $5,695
Sep 22 - Oct 3 Last Seat! $5,695
Sep 29 - Oct 10 Sold Out!
Oct 6 - Oct 17 Sold Out!
Oct 13 - Oct 24 Sold Out!
Oct 20 - Oct 31 Last Seat! $5,495
Oct 27 - Nov 7 $3,695 $5,195
Nov 3 - Nov 14 $3,495 $4,995

Triple room deduct $300 per person from the Double rate.
Kids under 12 sharing with 2 adults deduct $1000 from the Double Rate.

Hotel Info

Overnight Stays: Venice (2 nights), Florence (3), Naples (2), Rome (3)
Also Visiting: Padua, Pisa, Capri, Pompeii
NH Collection Palazzo dei Dogi ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Set in the calm residential quarter of Sestiere Cannaregio, the 5 star NH Collection Venezia Grand Hotel Palazzo dei Dogi provides an authentic Venetian retreat. It is located in the 17th century Rizzo-Patarol palace, an elegant location which in the past has been both a monastery as well as more recently the Embassy of France and Savoy. The hotel is close to local artisanal shops and a pleasant 20-min walk from the city’s iconic sights such as the Rialto Bridge and Piazza San Marco, with access to a private pier with views of the island of Murano.

Venice

Grand Hotel Adriatico ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

High standard international hotel, elegant and functional, managed by the historical hotelier family Caridi from Florence, this hotel in Florence is a modern 4 star hotel in the historical center of Florence that combines the great tradition of Florentine warm hospitality and personalized welcoming with efficiency and comfort of the best international hotels. Located in the heart of Florence, you will be close to all the magic this historic city has to offer.

Florence

Hotel Royal Continental ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The Royal Continental hotel is located on the Naples waterfront and offers an ideal location with superb views of the gulf. The property is centrally placed to visit all of the main attractions of the city as well as the beautiful Capri and Ischia islands and the coast of Amalfi and Sorrento. Our regular customers could tell you all about the welcoming, efficient and helpful staff.

Naples

Starhotels Metropole

Located in the city centre, near the Roma Termini railway station and the Rome Opera House, the Starhotels Metropole, with its evocative blend of comfort and class, shows Rome at its multifaceted best.

The Colosseum, the Fori Imperiali and the Trevi Fountain are reachable within a 10 minute walk.

Rome

Air Info

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.

Book Early

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.

Affordable Upgrades

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.

Security Measures

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.

Arranging your own air?

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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Optional Tour Add-Ons

Add-On
Price (in EUR)

Duration: 6 hrs
City: Capri

Experience the enchanting Isle of Capri in the company of a knowledgeable local guide on a full-day journey via open taxis. Delve into the island's authentic charm as your guide unveils its hidden gems, offering insights that only a resident could provide. Immerse yourself in the rich history and breathtaking natural wonders of Capri, from its storied past to its captivating landscapes. Indulge in a delightful lunch, included as part of your memorable excursion. Discover the essence of Capri through the eyes of a true insider, ensuring an unforgettable adventure filled with exploration and discovery. Lunch is included.

Duration: 35 min
City: Venice

Experience the quintessential essence of Venice with an unforgettable gondola ride accompanied by a mesmerizing serenade. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance of Venice, as you glide through its iconic waterways, serenaded by melodious tunes.

Duration: 1.5 hrs
City: Rome

Indulge in the ultimate panoramic experience of Rome from the open upper deck of a double-decker bus. Revel in unparalleled views of the city's iconic landmarks and majestic architecture as you soak in the beauty of Rome from a unique vantage point.

Duration: 1.5 hrs
City: Rome

Step into the captivating world of Renaissance Rome on our immersive walking tour, where we'll discover iconic landmarks like Bernini's Fountains, the majestic Spanish Steps, and the legendary Trevi Fountain—be sure to toss a coin and make a wish! (Note: On Monday mornings, the Trevi Fountain may be without water, as maintenance personnel collect coins.) Marvel at the grandeur of the Piazza of the Pantheon and immerse yourself in the lively ambiance of the renowned Piazza Navona. Join us as we embark on this fascinating journey through history and art, uncovering the splendors of Rome's Renaissance treasures.

Duration: 3-4 hrs
City: Siena

Embark on a delightful journey departing from Florence and venture into the heart of Tuscany to discover the captivating city of Siena. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture, Siena beckons travelers to explore its charming streets and iconic landmarks. Join us for a half-day tour filled with exploration and immersion into the beauty of this medieval gem nestled amidst the rolling hills of Tuscany.

Duration: 4 hrs
City: Rome

Immerse yourself in history as you explore the charming town and behold the magnificent Villa d'Este, a masterpiece of the Italian Garden and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marvel at its breathtaking array of fountains, grottoes, and captivating water displays accompanied by music. After this enchanting experience, return to Rome, enriched by the beauty and splendor of Italy's cultural heritage.

You can find out more about our Italy tours and talk with other passengers on our Perillo Tours Travelers Facebook page.

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We had a wonderful time on our Italian vacation. Everything was so well planned, we didn’t have to do anything, it was fabulous. The hotels we stayed at were very nice. The meals that were included were delicious. Really enjoyed our tour director Matia, she was so much fun and really taught us a lot of history. We will definitely use Perillo again. Thanks for everything!

Mrs. C.F.

My wife and I took your tour in may. I just wanted to tell about the fantastic experience we had with our group and the exceptional guides at every venue. we were quick to learn the first day with Irenea that it wasn't just a job it was there passion and there life. All the guides Mauro, Max and the rest (that I can't remember their names) went beyond anything we could have expected. They made our trip worth every penny that we spent

Mr. & Mrs. P.S.