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sell15 Day Italy North Classic Wednesday Departure 2024

15 Days / 13 Nights   Starting at $4950 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 and without Milan.

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, 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!

Rome Sightseeing - Afternoon at Leisure - Dinner Out

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’ll recount our explorations with good food, fine wine and new friends at a local restaurant.

*Colosseum entrance subject to ticket availability*

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 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.

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

You’ll have lunch on your own followed by a free afternoon in Rome.

Tonight we thought you’d enjoy a dinner on your own. Ask your tour guide for a recommendation!

Rome - Pompeii - Naples - Dinner in Hotel

This morning we head to 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.

Tonight we enjoy dinner in our hotel with fine wines from Campania region.

Naples - Capri - Naples - Dinner Out

This morning you’ll be taken to Capri, the world’s most enchanting island. Upon arrival, we take a private boat for a tour of the island (weather permitting). We cruise around the magnificent Faraglioni, Capri’s most iconic sight. These mythical towering rock formations, which juts 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.

Later this afternoon, we sail back and have some time to relax before heading out to a great Neapolitan restaurant for dinner.

Naples - City Sightseeing

Naples is 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.

Your guide will lead you to the main places of interest such as Piazza del Gesù and the famous Spaccanapoli street, full of excellent pizza places and pastry shops, but will also introduce you to this multicultural and lively city through the eyes of a true Neapolitan.

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

The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy as you please. Be sure to ask your tour leader for restaurant recommendations.

Naples - Drive to Florence - Dinner in Hotel

Departing Naples, our deluxe motorcoach navigates the rolling hills, scenic vineyards and postcard perfect vistas of Umbria and Tuscany. Along the way, we’ll travel by the beautiful Tiber River Valley and the medieval villages of Orvieto and Orte.

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

Florence - City Sightseeing Including The David - Dinner Out

Florence—the fountainhead of the Renaissance, awaits us! 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 chisel!

Tonight, we’ll take you to our favorite local restaurant for a typical Tuscan dinner.

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 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! We’ll 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. We’ll have some time to visit the Basilica and then some free time to explore ourselves and get some lunch.

Venice arrives to us as in a dream. Gondolas glide past us with their gondoliers singing. Our arrival is by bus and then switching into water taxis to reach our hotel. We’ll have some time to settle into our hotel and relax or go for a walk in this magical city.

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

Venice - City Sightseeing

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 mostoscafi 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 handblown 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, we 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, the Medieval castles and phenomenal views of the Dolomites.

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

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

Tonight, we enjoy a Milanese dinner at our 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 we visit Como, the charming town and pristine lake, lined with lovely villas.

Our last night together 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 we 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 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.

Inclusions

  • Centrally Located 4- & 5-star Hotels
  • More Motorcoach Legroom
  • Airport Transfers at Scheduled Times
  • Full Breakfast Daily
  • 9 Dinners
  • Vineyard Tour & Wine Tasting
  • 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
Oct 30 - Nov 13 $4,950 $7,150

Triple room deduct $300 per person from the Double rate.
Kids under 12 sharing with 2 adults deduct $1500 from the Double Rate.

Hotel Info

Overnight Stays: Rome (3 Nights) Naples (3) Florence (3) Venice (2) Milan (2)
Also Visiting: Pompeii, Capri, Pisa, Padua, Sirmione, Lugano, Como
Hotel NH Vittorio Veneto ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The NH Collection Roma Vittorio Veneto hotel is located in the heart of Rome. Near the city’s most popular street, Via Veneto, stylish street edged with high-end boutiques, elegant restaurants and pavement cafés, it is within walking distance of Rome’s most famous sights, including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, Villa Borghese Park and  Piazza del Popolo. The building was once a Vatican-owned convent, but a 2009 refurbishment has given it plenty of contemporary style.

Rome

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

Hotel Indigo Florence, an IHG Hotel ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Hotel Indigo Florence is a 4-star lifestyle hotel located in the charming Santa Maria Novella neighborhood.

Beyond the famed, nearby Duomo and Uffizi, embrace the city's artistic heritage as you explore local gems like the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, a magnificent testament to the city's rich history and artistry.

Discover our boutique hotel's elegantly designed rooms and suites, combining modern sophistication with authentic Florentine charm. Enjoy your morning coffee on our delightful patio, take advantage of our fitness, a serene retreat where you can savor moments of relaxation after a day of exploring.

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

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!

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This whole tour far exceeded my expectations! Francesco was a fantastic tour leader. He was adept at handling 39 personalities and made our tour very enjoyable! Thank you Francesco and Perillo Tours!

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