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Perillo Tours

4.5 | Excellent
  • 89% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Local Specialist
Established
  • 1945
Headquarters
  • Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, USA
Trips
  • 8

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Perillo Tours Reviews & Ratings 89% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
Excellent 31 Great 2 Average 0 Disappointing 1 Terrible 3
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Does Not Recommend

Never again! Perillo is sliding downward quickly. February 2019

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 1.0
No on-site management. The staff has no supervision.
Hotel is moldering and crumbling. Serious personal safety issues of several kinds. Doors are left unlocked all night, my room door bolt was broken.
I had some very unsettling experiences in a hotel and Perillo tried to ignore me and make me go away.
Extremely inept, defensive, inexperienced and unprofessional staff.
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V

Does Not Recommend

Perillo uses hotel in Amalfi where there is no on site management. Lots of bad things happened to me there. Staff is rude, ancient hotel is crumbling and clearly in financial trouble. Perrillo has no competent professional service and won’t address serious issues they are responsible for. January 2019

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 1.0
Sleazy operation

J

Does Not Recommend

What happened? January 2017

2.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0
My Perillo trip to Greece: Athens is a maze riddled with ancient ruins and beautiful sites. The food was terrible at every place our tour group had chosen for us. We were not able to choose what we wanted to eat other than a choice of fish or meat. One would think that without a doubt at least the calamari would be excellent but every place that was chosen for us the food was either improperly cooked or rotten. My experience in Athens was horrible: there was not one person or vendor we encountered who did not try and deceive or take advantage of us in some manner. Our tour guide did nothing but make excuses for all of the mistakes and screw ups rather than try and correct them.
Then it was off to Mykonos. An extremely beautiful island. The restaurants chosen for us were terrible and once again our tour guide did nothing to try and resolve any dissatisfaction anyone in our group had no matter how slight. Our accommodations were horrible, and once again our tour guide did nothing but make excuses stating that it was the end of season. We were promised a full breakfast buffet daily, however the eggs were not only fertilized and red they were nearly raw. What was supposed to be bacon was nearly raw, the coffee was instant, I could rant about more but, the overall attitude of our tour guide as well as the staff was an "I don't care attitude". This is not only my opinion but the opinion of most everyone who was on the tour. Did I mention I had food poisoning twice while there?
Next and currently I am in Santorini. The views and islands are spectacular. However, I did not get to experience our boat tour today because I was in Bed all day with a severe fever which has finally broken. However, the bed bugs got the best of me and my legs and and arms look like I have some type of disease.
Perillo did not take into consideration anyone who may of had any type of physical handicap or illness. We were forced to carry our own luggage on and off each boat trip to each island. This may not sound so terrible but this entire vacation has been nothing but extremely stressful and unsatisfactory.
Mostly I blame our tour guide. She took no interest in making accommodations for any of us. And most importantly did nothing to ensure or safety in any manner.
My trip to Italy via Perillo was the best experience I had ever had and our tour guide was the best one could ask for. Raphael set a standard so high that I guess no one else is able to meet.
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Recommends

Great Hawaii vacation! January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Took a Perillo Tour to Hawaii in September 2015. It was awesome. Everything was taken care of and if there was any kind of problem, it was taken care of immediately! Our tour guide, Paul, was fun and very good. The people on the tour were fantastic and it really did feel like vacationing with family. One of these days, Perillo is on my list for my Italy tour.
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Recommends

Perillo knows how to do it right. January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Have you ever wanted to go to the most beautiful, interesting country in the world? If you've been to Italy, you've been there. If you haven't, you don't know what you are missing. My first trip to Italy was in 2005 with Perillo Tours. I fell in love; with the country, with the history, with the art, with the beauty and with the tour company. Since that first trip, I've returned eight more times. Each one with Perillo. I wouldn't do it any other way. Perillo knows how to do it right. You can leave all your worries with Perillo and enjoy your time in the most beautiful country. I've been asked many times. No, I don't work for Perillo. But I'm absolutely sold on the service they provide. From the folks you work with in New Jersey to the tour bus in Italy. It's all first class. So, do yourself a favor, book a tour. I promise there is nothing like it. And I'm always thrilled to share my experiences with anyone, should you want additional information regarding money, art, food, shopping (my favorite) or anything else. Just let me know and we can schedule some time to talk. Ciao!!
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Founded in 1945, and headquartered in New Jersey, Perillo was a pioneering company in the guided travel industry. 

What Makes Perillo Stand Out?

Perillo has been a name in the tourism industry since the 1940s, known for operating tours in Italy. Today Italy is still their main focus, though they have expanded to offer limited departures in Hawaii, Greece, and Costa Rica.

They provide well thought out and classic itineraries, showcasing the traditional sights, nicely augmented with local insider knowledge. Perillo is a classic tour company, offering several trip options including custom tours, destination weddings, and traditional escorted group trips. On the trip, you’ll benefit from their extensive experience and destination knowledge.  

Montepulciano Italy Tuscany tour Perillo

They have a dedicated Italy brand, “Perillo Italy Tours”, which expands on their long legacy providing Italy guided experiences, as well as a “Learning Journeys” brand. Their learning journeys travel to many more destinations, and cover a very wide range of interests, including certification classes for certain skills.

Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Perillo?

All ages are welcome on Perillo tours, however their type of travel may be more enjoyed by older travelers looking for a calm, fully managed tour. Perillo is a bit old fashioned. They do one thing and do it well, and haven’t changed much in the 60 years that they’ve been around. So if you’re looking for a traditional guided tour, busy but not with too many bells and whistles, Perillo is a great choice.

One unique offering through Perillo is their faith-based journeys. This was one of the first types of tours designed by Perillo. You can visit Greece and the Holy Land, as well as several important religious destinations in Italy. For travelers seeking an authentic religious-themed travel experience Perillo’s extensive experience leading and planning these kinds of tours is nearly unmatched.

Leaning tower of Pisa in Italy

Custom trip options are also available through Perillo. These custom group experiences cover a wide range of interests including yoga / health and wellness retreats, festivals, and learning tours geared toward universities. If you’re planning a destination wedding or honeymoon they have services dedicated to this as well.

Their Learning Journeys are perfect for solo female travelers and enthusiastic life learnings passionate about learning new skills, languages, or diving deeper into the history of a certain destination and culture.

Top Destinations

Venice Italy with Perillo tours

Perillo is known for, and primarily focuses on, Italy. Here their breadth of knowledge is impressive as they began operating packages in 1945. Perillo Italy tours cover the whole country, including Sicily, with special emphasis on classic sights and local eats.

Perillo also offers escorted tours in Hawaii, Greece, and Costa Rica.

Their “Learning Tours,” focus on niche educational travel and classes around the world, including Africa & the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.

Perillo Travel Style

Tried and true is Perillo’s style. They may have the most flashiest or easily navigable website out there, or the most unique itineraries, but they know guided tours, they know Italy, and they stick with the classics. Hotels, meals, and activities have been personally vetted and experienced by the founder, and they have everything down to a science.

Local village in Italy

Itineraries are between 9-10 days on average, often focusing on cuisine and historical sights. Groups tend to be between 20 and 40 people, and they often arrange private departures for large groups such as families or wedding parties.

Special interest tours are another popular kind of itinerary offered through Perillo. In Italy, they offer a number of golf tours, faith-based tours, and culinary tours. Learning tours often focus on cooking, as well as art and history, science, and wildlife.

Why Choose a Tour With Perillo?

Colosseum in Rome Italy lit up at night

For an experience in Italy like no other, Perillo operates tours from the major cities to the charming hill towns off the beaten path. Their itineraries are carefully crafted for a thoughtful balance of sightseeing, free time, optional activities, and relaxation.

They are not the flashiest of tour companys, and their website is somewhat difficult to navigate to find all the options available - of which there are a good number. But they certainly have laurels to rest on given their extensive background and long historic legacy in guided tourism.

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From Perillo Tours

We would like to introduce you to unique and exclusive customized tours for both first time travelers, as well as your most discerning and well seasoned groups.

For 66 years and three generations the Perillo family has perfected the art of traveling to Italy and beyond, making Perillo Tours America's leading tour operator to Italy. From major cities to the charming hill towns off the beaten path, Perillo's itineraries are crafted with the ideal balance of sightseeing, free time and activities that offer an immersion into rich traditions.

PT Groups can customize any tour to specifically suit your group needs...Your group, your way. One of a kind journeys exclusive and unique.

The customized group experience is perfect for:

Family Groups

Weddings

Faith-Based Travelers

Educational and Academic Groups

Affinity Groups and Clubs

Non-Profit Organizations

Conferences

Perillo Tours is proud to offer a new era in customized groups , including our exciting Learning Journeys! PT Learning Journeys was created so that students of all ages can experience the richness and diversity of the world, while applying learning through hands-on experience such as performances, cooking classes, language immersions and art studies.

We look forward to welcoming your group on a trip of a lifetime including visits to both traditional and exclusive, unique sights, tasty food specialties and the cultural immersion that only Perillo Tours can offer!

Since 1945, three generations of the Perillo family have perfected the art of traveling to Italy. And this means that when you book your vacation, you can relax and let us take care of all the details. For my grandfather, Joseph, and my father, Mario, nothing was better than receiving letters of thanks from the thousands and thousands of travelers who've journeyed with us. That's still true today. We invite you to discover why we've always been number one to Italy.

Why Perillo

For 66 years, three generations of the Perillo family have perfected the art of traveling to Italy. And this means that when you book your vacation, you can relax and let Perillo take care of all the details. For my grandfather, Joseph, and my father, Mario, nothing was better than receiving letters of thanks from the thousands and thousands of travelers who've journeyed with us. That's still true today. We invite you to discover why we've always been number one for travel to Italy.

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  • Visit San Jose – the capital of Costa Rica.
  • Enjoy the beautiful Sabana Park, Paseo Colón
  • Visit the National Museum, a faithful witness to Costa Rican history, Central Park, the Cathedral and the Congress Building.
  • Visiting the Gold Museum which is also a fascinating experience.
  • Visit Monteverde Cloud Forest, Hanging Bridges- Cheese Making Experience with Samplinga
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Small Group Tour
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Highlights

  • Enjoy the Roman Forum, Largo Argentina  and the Circus Maximus.
  • Enjoy the  tiny cobblestone streets and music-filled trattorias
  • Visit culminates in the Sistine Chapel, renowned for its Renaissance art
  • Visit the Baptistery with its renowned Gates of Paradise doors.
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Small Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
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Highlights

  • Venice, City Sightseeing, Murano Glass Factory
  • Florence, Sightseeing including ‘The David’, Dinner Out
  • Visit Rome, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Visit one of the world’s oldest glass blowing factories on the island of Murano
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Premium - 4 star
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Highlights

--Scenic Drive to San Ramon visiting en route the Artisan's Town of Sarchi

--Scenic Drive to Arenal Volcano

--Lecture On The Exotic Life Forms of Costa Rica

--Guided visit to Manial Antonio National Park

--Boat Excursion through the Tropical Mangrove Canal

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