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sell15 Day Italy North Classic Friday Departure 2025

15 Days / 13 Nights   Starting at $5995 PP (Land Rate)

Perillo's Italy North Classic is the largest selling Italy tour in history. Developed in 1975 by Mario Perillo and Lucio Massari, it remains our most popular itinerary today. The 'Continental' tour delivers the identical itinerary (in reverse) but without dinners.

Itinerary

Depart USA - Rome

Boarding your overnight flight, you’re off on the adventure of a lifetime.

Arrive in Rome - Afternoon at Leisure

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.

You’ll have some time to settle into your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure to discover this magical city.

Tonight, you’ll meet your 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!

Rome Sightseeing - Dinner Out

You’ll enjoy 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 you’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 leader for a recommendation or venture out and explore the local restaurants in Rome! Be sure to try a Supplì, a quintessential Roman specialty: a Fried ball of rice filled with tomato sauce, meat, and melted mozzarella.

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

This morning, it’s a five-minute drive to another country—Vatican City! With your expert local guide you’ll tour the Vatican Museums, a massive collection of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries and Renaissance paintings.

Your visit culminates in the Sistine Chapel, the room where the Pope is elected. Next 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.

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

Tonight, recount your explorations with good food, fine wine and new friends at a local restaurant.

Rome - Pompeii - Sorrento - Dinner in Hotel

This morning you’re off to Sorrento – but first you’ll stop in Pompeii, approaching the view of the Bay of Naples on the way.

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.

Once in Sorrento, you’ll have some free time to relax before enjoy dinner in your hotel with fine wines from the Campania region.

Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento - Dinner Out

This morning you’ll be taken to Capri, the world’s most enchanting island. Upon arrival, you’ll take a private boat for a tour of the island (weather permitting). You’ll 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, visit one of the lesser-known but equally beautiful sea caves, the Grotta Bianca. Once you arrive back on Capri, you’ll have some free time to explore the island on your own or take advantage of a special optional excursion with your tour leader.

Later this afternoon, you’ll return to Sorrento and have some time to relax before heading out to a local restaurant for dinner.

Sorrento - Naples - Sorrento

This morning you’re off to Naples, the most authentic Italian city and certainly a world of its own. To enjoy and better understand this wonderful, yet complex city you will be accompanied by a local guide, born and raised in Napoli.

You’ll enjoy a walking tour towards the Royal Palace, then crossing the Santa Lucia neighborhood up to Via Cesario Console, from where you will have a beautiful view of the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius.

You’ll visit the courtyard of the Royal Palace, from where you can admire the internal staircase. Next, you’ll walk through the garden that leads to the Teatro Lirico San Carlo, the world’s oldest working opera house.

You’ll have some free time to walk around and perhaps stop at Gambrinus, the most famous café` in Naples and enjoy a local Neapolitan specialty: a sfogliatella or pastiera.

Once back on the bus, we will drive through the Spaccanapoli, which is the street that splits Naples in two.

This afternoon, you’ll visit Sorrento, known for its beautiful coastline, good weather and stunning views of Mount Vesuvius. You’ll have free time to sightsee and shop before returning to Naples.

The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy as you please.

Sorrento - Train to Florence - Dinner in Hotel

This morning, you’ll board a train to Florence! You’ll arrive in this beautiful Renaissance city and after checking into your hotel, you’ll have the afternoon free to enjoy!

This evening’s dinner features fine local wines at your hotel.

Florence - City Sightseeing Including The David - Dinner Out

Florence—the fountainhead of the Renaissance, awaits us! Your 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.

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.

Tonight, you’ll enjoy dinner at our favorite local Tuscan restaurant.

Florence - Pisa - Wine Tasting & Early Dinner 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 you’ll get to see this famous tower, along with the beautiful Cathedral and Baptistery.

This afternoon you’ll visit a typical Tuscan winery and you’ll get to meet our dear friend, Pierluigi Giachi, the world’s most enchanting sommelier to learn about the grape, the nose, food pairings and, most importantly—which glass to use! Enjoy a wine tasting with these special wines along with an early light dinner. Cin-Cin!

Florence - Padua - Venice - Dinner in Hotel

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. You’ll have some time to visit the Basilica and then some free time to explore on your own.

Next stop – Venice! Gondolas glide past us with their gondoliers singing. Your arrival is by bus and then switching into water taxis to reach your hotel. You’ll have some time to settle into your hotel and relax or go for a walk in this magical city.

Tonight, recount your explorations over dinner in your hotel. Good food, good wine, and great friends! Now that’s Italian!

Venice - City Sightseeing

This morning you’ll meet your 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, you’ll board the mostoscafo (motorboat) to the beautiful island of Murano, where you will visit one of the oldest glassblowing factories. The talented glass masters will show you two different glassblowing techniques: the hand-blown glass technique creating a small vase and the carved glass technique, creating a small sculpture like a glass horse, fish or cat.

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?

Dinner is on your own tonight. When in Venice, do as the Venetians do! Enjoy Cicchetti, Venetian style tapas, served in various pubs all over Venice.

Venice - Sirmione - Milan Sightseeing - Dinner in Hotel

On the way to Milan, you’ll stop at one of the most popular sights on Lake Garda – the peninsula of Sirmione. Crossing the drawbridge, enter a peaceful world of hot springs, the Medieval castles and phenomenal views of the Dolomites.

Soon you’re in fashionable Milan, where you’ll begin with a panoramic drive around the city. Next, visit the Piazza del Duomo (“Cathedral Square”), the main piazza of Milan named after, and dominated by the impressive Milan Cathedral.

You’ll stroll through the spectacular glass-topped Galleria, the world’s first shopping mall and on to the famed La Scala Opera House.

Tonight, enjoy a Milanese dinner in your hotel.

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, you’ll get to visit Como, the charming town and pristine lake of the same name, lined with lovely villas.

Your last night together as a group will be at a fine Milanese restaurant. No tears! You’ll exchange email addresses with your new friends and make plans for the future. How about you all meet again on another Perillo tour—to Hawaii or Spain!

Flight Home - Milan - USA

This morning you board your flight home, arriving in the USA the same day. Unless, of course, you have decided to extend your stay and let this unforgettable journey continue a little longer! While you say arrivederci to Italy, you’ll realize you’re taking a little piece of it back home with you.

Thanks for traveling with the Perillo family, and please return soon!

Inclusions

  • Centrally Located 4- & 5-star Hotels
  • More Motorcoach Legroom
  • Airport Transfers at Scheduled Times
  • Full Breakfast Daily
  • 9 Dinners
  • Olive Oil & Wine Tasting
  • Wireless Headsets To Hear Your Tour Guide Clearly
  • Travel Wallet, Baggage Tags and Travel Documents
  • 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
Mar 7 - Mar 21 $5,995 $7,995
Mar 14 - Mar 28 $6,295 $8,295
Mar 21 - Apr 4 $6,695 $8,695
Mar 28 - Apr 11 $6,995 $8,995
Apr 4 - Apr 18 $6,995 $8,995
Apr 11 - Apr 25 $6,995 $8,995
Apr 18 - May 2 $6,695 $8,695
Apr 25 - May 9 $6,695 $8,695
May 2 - May 16 $6,895 $8,895
May 9 - May 23 $6,895 $8,895
May 16 - May 30 $6,895 $8,895
May 23 - Jun 6 $6,895 $8,895
May 30 - Jun 13 $6,895 $8,895
Jun 6 - Jun 20 $6,995 $8,995
Jun 13 - Jun 27 $6,995 $8,995
Jun 20 - Jul 4 $6,995 $8,995
Jun 27 - Jul 11 $6,795 $8,795
Jul 4 - Jul 18 $6,795 $8,795
Jul 11 - Jul 25 $6,795 $8,795
Jul 18 - Aug 1 $6,795 $8,795
Aug 22 - Sep 5 $6,895 $8,895
Aug 29 - Sep 12 $6,995 $8,995
Sep 12 - Sep 26 $6,995 $8,995
Sep 19 - Oct 3 $6,995 $8,995
Sep 26 - Oct 10 $6,795 $8,795
Oct 3 - Oct 17 $6,695 $8,695
Oct 10 - Oct 24 $6,695 $8,695
Oct 17 - Oct 31 $6,795 $8,795
Oct 24 - Nov 7 $6,795 $8,795
Oct 31 - Nov 14 $6,495 $8,495
Nov 7 - Nov 21 $6,295 $8,295

Triple room deduct $500 per person from the Double rate.
Kids under 12 sharing with 2 adults deduct $2000 from the Double Rate.

Hotel Info

Overnight Stays: Rome (3 Nights) Sorrento (3) Florence (3) Venice (2) Milan (2)
Also Visiting: Pompeii, Capri, Naples, Pisa, Padua, Sirmione, Lugano, Como
Grand Hotel Palace ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Experience luxury at The Grand Hotel Palace, 5 star boutique located in the heart of Rome city center on the Via Veneto with dazzling rooftop views, elegant interiors and an abundance of historic charm. Example of Belle Époque luxury on the glamorous street of Via Veneto, it was designed by legendary architect Marcello Piacentini in 1927 and beautifully restored by award-winning architect, Italo Rota in 2010 to blend timeless Italian design with 21st century modernity. Marble floors, grand Murano crystal chandeliers and stunning frescoes by Venetian artist Guido Cadorin embody the true essence of La Dolce Vita.

Rome

Hotel Hilton Sorrento Palace ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Overlooking the coastline, Hilton Sorrento Palace is home to magical views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. Relaxation, excitement, beauty – experience it all at our idyllic Sorrento hotel. 

Breathe in the scent of glorious citrus groves while you lie next to six outdoor pools. Savor a cocktail or light bites at the poolside bar, or gaze out over the Bay of Naples from your room’s private balcony.

Sorrento

Hotel Rivoli ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

If you are searching for luxury accommodation in Florence city center, then the exclusive Rivoli Boutique Hotel will most certainly fulfill all expectations. Situated in the heart of Florence, this 15th century former Franciscan convent has been tastefully refurbished to provide comfortable, elegant accommodation whilst retaining the hotel's delightful periodic character and charm - from the lobby, with its unique opulent archways and pillars, classic ceilings and cross vaults to our lavishly frescoed lounges. 

Florence

Hotel Palazzo San Lorenzo ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Palazzo San Lorenzo is a new, four-star superior hotel with an elegant design mix of classical and contemporary. It offers 26 luxurious rooms and junior suites that have been carefully designed in every detail and equipped with every comfort in order to make your stay in Venice an unforgettable experience.

Located directly along one of Venice’s more characteristic canals in the heart of the historical city center, Palazzo San Lorenzo is distinguished by the curved Istrian-stone window sills and the bas relief of the hotel’s namesake.

Venice

Hotel Manin ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The Manin Hotel is located in the heart of central Milan, near La Scala Theatre, the "Duomo di Milano" and the famous fashion avenues via Spiga, via Manzoni and via Montenapoleone, with a magnificent panoramic 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 hotels in the Milan city center, renowned for its comfort and tranquility. It is located opposite the public gardens named after Indro Montanelli.

Milan

Hotel Sina 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.

Rome

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.

Sorrento

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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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.

A few days ago, my Wife and I returned from the North Continental Tour. We had never taken any tours before and, although we heard great things about Perillo, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. I am pleased to report that the tour exceeded all of our expectations. The hotels were excellent and in perfect proximity to see the many sites of Italy. Getting to, from and into each of the places we visited was a breeze. I’m sure that I do not need to tell you how wonderful each of the places we visited were or how great the food was. But I did want to tell you that our tour guide Paola really made our trip the outstanding vacation that it was. Her knowledge of history, food, wine, geography etc. was exceptional. She was always available to answer any questions or provide any assistance. As you can see in these photos, we had a great time and enjoyed each other’s company.

Mr & Mrs. E.F.