On this Perillo tour, you'll experience firsthand the wonders of Northern Italy. This treasure packed tours takes you throughout the celebrated northern gems including Bologna, Rapallo, Stresa, Parma, Venice, Cinque Terre, La Spezia, Portofino, Lugano, Lake Como.
* Centrally Located 4 & 5 star Hotels
* Smaller Tour Groups (20-32 guests/tour)
* More Motorcoach Legroom
* Airport Transfers at Scheduled Times
* Full Breakfast Daily
* 2 Lunches & 4 Dinners
* 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
Day 1 - Depart USA - Rome
Boarding your overnight flight, you’re off on a journey that will remain etched in your memory forever!
Day 2 - Arrive in Rome - Afternoon at Leisure - Dinner in Hotel
Benvenuti a Roma! We are pleased to offer complimentary transfers from the Rome airport to your hotel at scheduled times. Your Perillo representative will be at the airport to greet you. Enjoy some free time this afternoon—take a walk on Via Veneto, have a gelato or maybe do some shopping. Tonight, we’ll meet our tour leader for a brief orientation and welcome drink, followed by dinner in our hotel.
Day 3 - Rome - Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel - St. Peter's Basilica
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, renowned for its Renaissance art, especially the ceiling which was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512. The Chapel, which attracts more than five million visitors each year, is also 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 thought you’d enjoy a dinner on your own. Ask your guide for a recommendation or venture out and explore. Be sure to try Spaghetti alla Carbonara made with eggs, guanciale (bacon from pig’s cheek), black pepper and pecorino cheese. (Please note that the visit of St. Peter’s Basilica is subject to availability based on any events planned by the Pope.)
Day 4 - Rome - Gelato Tasting - Bologna - Dinner Out
This morning, after breakfast, we will enjoy a Gelato tasting! It's never too early for gelato! After this, we travel to Bologna, the gastronomic capital of Italy. To Italians, Bologna is known as the city of “Two Towers”; worldwide it’s known as the city of lasagna, tagliatelle, tortellini and Bolognese sauce. Good food must boost brain-power because Bologna is home to the oldest university in Europe! This afternoon is yours to enjoy on your own. Why not visit the market stalls selling beans, tomatoes and cheeses. Have lunch at a trattoria serving fresh pasta with their signature ragu sauce. The city is a food lover’s paradise! Tonight, we enjoy a fabulous dinner out with typical local specialties in a local restaurant.
Day 5 - Bologna - Parma - Lunch - Bologna
This morning, we travel to Parma, a city in the region of Emilia Romagna famous for its prosciutto, parmigiano cheese, architecture and gorgeous countryside. On the way, we’ll stop to visit a cheese factory for a taste of genuine parmigiano cheese—our favorite! In Parma, we’ll enjoy a visit to a prosciutto (ham) factory followed by a light lunch. Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. Be sure to try one of Bologna’s signature dishes: tortellini which take their shape from Venus’ navel!
Day 6 - Bologna - Excursion to Venice - Special Venetian Lunch - Bologna
The Grand Canal is just a short train ride away. Should we go? You wouldn’t want to miss one of the most unique cities in the world… Andiamo a Venezia! In Venice, everything and everyone floats. One floats luxuriously with such a sense of freedom, never tormented by traffic or even the sounds of honking horns. 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 city renowned for its seafood specialties. This evening we return to Bologna for dinner on our own.
Day 7 - Bologna - Sestri - Boat Trip to Portofino - Camogli - Rapallo - Dinner in Hotel
Today, we will discover Emilia Romagna, one of the most fertile and productive regions of Italy. We are whisked along the northern Italian countryside, arriving along the famous coast of Liguria. We will take a short boat ride to Portofino, a picturesque seaside village with brightly colored houses lining the shore. Portofino is also known as the resort of the rich and famous…a perfect place for our guests! Designer boutiques and dozens of cafés and restaurants line the main square, giving guests the chance to experience the real Italian “bella vita.” *Weather permitting. You’ll have some free time to visit the main square, the church of San Giorgio, which is said to have relics of St. George. You can also visit the Brown Castle, built in the fifteenth-century and used for harbor defense over the centuries. Next, we visit Camogli, another charming fishing village and resort. This town has a small harbor with shops and restaurants. You’ll have free time to sightsee, have a gelato or just sit back and people watch. We continue on to Rapallo, a pretty seaside resort town on the Italian Riviera. After a short visit of the city center, we check into our beautiful hotel and enjoy dinner with fine local wines.
Day 8 - Rapallo - Cinque Terre - Rapallo
Excitement awaits! Today we visit Cinque Terre, the ruggedly beautiful stretch of coastline inset with five tiny villages perched along the Italian Riviera. These 5 picturesque fishing villages are often the “top places to visit” for most travel magazines. First, we travel to Sestri Levante to board our train to tiny Vernazza, the jewel of the Cinque Terre. Here the way of life remains simple, unspoiled and without cars. Ah… Tranquility! Later today, we return to our hotel in Rapallo to enjoy the evening on our own.
Day 9 – Rapallo – Day at Leisure
Today is yours to enjoy as you please! Sightsee, shop and have some gelato! Tonight, enjoy dinner on your own. Ask your tour leader for some suggestions – there are many choices in this beautiful town!
Day 10 - Rapallo - Lake Maggiore - Isola Bella - Stresa
Today we drive to Stresa on beautiful Lake Maggiore. For centuries, Stresa has been a popular retreat for Europe’s aristocrats who have endowed the town with a number of beautiful villas. Next, we visit Isola Bella, “beautiful island,” one of the Borromean islands of Lake Maggiore. With its wonderful gardens and impressive palace, this lovely island will remain in your memory forever. After checking into our beautiful hotel in Stresa, enjoy one of your last dinners in Italy on your own. Time to really indulge!
Day 11 - Stresa - Lugano, Switzerland - Boat Ride on Lake Como - Stresa - Dinner in Hotel
This morning we enjoy an excursion to Lugano to explore the Italian section of Switzerland. Its close proximity to Italy makes the city a wonderful blend of Italian charm and Swiss sophistication. Stroll along the charming arcades, admire breathtaking lake views and, most importantly, shop for Swiss chocolate! Next, we enjoy a boat ride around Lake Como, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Italy. Many celebrities have homes on the shores of Lake Como—George Clooney, Gianni Versace, Sylvester Stallone and Madonna. Real estate offices will be open for your convenience! Tonight, we have a final dinner in the hotel with our new travel friends. Don’t forget to exchange email addresses and make plans for the future. How about you all meet again on another Perillo Tour—to Hawaii!
Day 12 - Flight Home - Milan - USA
Transfer to Milan Airport in time for your return flight to USA.