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If you’re looking for a compact and affordable Italy Vacation - Perillo's 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!
DAY 1 (Thursday) - Depart USA
Boarding your overnight flight, you’re off on our adventure to Italy. Buon viaggio!
DAY 2 (Friday) - Arrive in Rome - Afternoon at Leisure - Dinner in Hotel
Benvenuti a Roma! Complimentary transfers from the Rome airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you. There will be time to relax this afternoon before you enjoy dinner at your hotel with some fine local wines. D
DAY 3 (Saturday) - Rome - Vatican Museum - Sistine Chapel - St. Peter’s Basilica - Dinner Out
This morning, travel on a 10 minute bus ride over to another country – Vatican City! With your expert local guide you will tour the Vatican Museums, a treasure trove 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. You’ll see Michelangelo’s Pieta, sculpted when he was just 24, as well as Bernini’s seven story bronze canopy located above the main altar. Tonight recount your explorations with good food and wines fit for the Emperor! BB, D
DAY 4 (Sunday) - Rome City Sightseeing - Afternoon of Leisure
Hail Caesar! All aboard the chariot for a panoramic tour of Imperial Rome including the Roman Forum, Largo Argentina (where Caesar was stabbed by Brutus), the Jewish Ghetto and the Circus Maximus. Then you will enter the Colosseum, reliving the brutal entertainment of the gladiators and the lions, refereed by the Emperor himself. Tonight enjoy a dinner on your own. Ask your tour guide for a recommendation, or venture out and explore the lively local restaurants in Rome. BB
DAY 5 (Monday) - Rome - Naples - Pompeii - Sorrento - Dinner in Hotel
After breakfast, (“colazione” in Italian), you’re off to Naples . . . birthplace of Caruso, Sophia Loren, Bel Canto and ‘O Sole Mio. Have your cameras ready because you will arrive in Naples via Vomero Hill overlooking the sapphire Bay of Naples, Capri, Ischia and proud Vesuvius. Descend into the heart of the city along the sea front promenade, seeing Castel dell’Ovo, San Carlo Opera House, Santa Lucia, Town Hall and the Angevin Castle where today’s date appears in flowers! Next, travel back to 97 A.D. to the town of Pompeii. A city perfectly preserved by the ash that rained down from Mt. Vesuvius, you’ll see the tragic fossils of the people attempting to escape with their children and dogs. And many of the streets, homes and stores that are intact. Tonight, enjoy a relaxing dinner in our hotel overlooking the bay of Naples. BB, D
DAY 6 (Tuesday) - Sorrento - Capri - Sorrento - Dinner Out
This morning you’ll be taken to Capri, the world’s most enchanting island. You can explore to your hearts 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! Later this afternoon, we sail back in time for dinner at a great Neopolitan restaurant with the fine wines of the Campania Region. BB, D
DAY 7 (Wednesday) - Sorrento - Florence - Dinner in Hotel
This morning you’re off to Florence via the Highway of the Sun. As you traverse the gently rolling countryside to the capital of Tuscany, we’re reminded of the geniuses who traveled this very path long before us - Dante, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, Botticelli. It reads like a “Who’s Who” of brilliance. Maybe some will rub off! Tonight, relax with your friends for dinner and wine at your hotel. BB, D
DAY 8 (Thursday) - Florence - Excursion to Venice - Special Venetian Lunch - Florence
The Grand Canal is not too far from Florence. Should we? Why not! Andiamo a Venezia! There is no normal life in Venice. Here, everything and everyone floats. One floats luxuriously with such 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 return to Florence for dinner on our own. BB, L
DAY 9 (Friday) - Florence - City Sightseeing Including ‘The David’ - Dinner Out Tonight
Florence - the fountainhead of the Renaissance - awaits your 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. 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 chisel! Your last night together will be at a popular Florence restaurant with great Tuscan wines. No tears allowed! 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! BB, D
DAY 10 (Saturday) - Flight Home
This morning board your flight home, arriving in the USA the same day. A warm “grazie” for traveling with the Perillo family and please return soon! BB
ROME - Hotel Victoria
SORRENTO - Parco dei Principi
FLORENCE - Grand Hotel Minerva
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We very much enjoyed our Hawaii trip. Our hotels were great and the breakfasts were wonderful. We also had a great tour guide who made our time spent on the bus fun.
Accommodations were excellent, planned excurions and dinners were also very good. The group of 25 made it a very enjoyable experience and we really felt we got a taste of Greek culture.
I have been on several tours outside of the Unites States and this one was one of the best I've had. I can probably attribute the success to our local main tour guide, and the other tour guides which were selected to take us around Hawaii. They were very knowledgeable of the islands. The main tour guide was excellent with his social skills. Did you know he was a great singer? MAHALO......ALOHA.....A HUI HOU!
Our experience was most positive. Agent was very helpful and it was very pleasant working with her. Our tour to Greece with Perillo was everything we had hoped for. We got to see many things, and also had time to relax. We found the pace of this trip just right for us.
Our tour far exceeded our expections. The hotels were great and a wonderful balcony view of the ocean. I could have done without the long 9 1/2 hour ride from Atlanta to Honolulu but this was necessary. I felt the lay over time was too short for all our connections to allow us to get some food. Delta's airline food stinks, we tried it on the way there. Our tour guide, was great. He has a great personality and was very informative about our adventures.
the visit to Pompei was very short and moving fast, i think this place need more time.
The Perillo Tours Italian tour director was one of the best I've encountered in my travels in Europe and the South Pacific.
Trip was excellent. Thank you.
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