All-inclusive, escorted tours can include everything from airfare and hotels to transfers, admissions and even some meals. These tours can offer great value and security to travelers. You may want to check to see if your tour includes some free time for you to wander around and have an adventure. Family-owned Perillo Tours, the largest tour operators in the area, has offered "elegant, carefree and affordable" trips to Italy since 1945, with rates that are all inclusive. Trafalgar offers first-class hotel accommodations, daily sightseeing and most meals, and the company claims that its tours will save you up to 40 percent of the cost of booking the trip on your own. Insight Vacations is dedicated to providing personalized service with smaller groups and centrally located, scenic and "heritage" hotels.
Perillo Tours specializes in Italy, and the company offers trips to major cities, including Rome, Florence, Sorrento and Venice, as well as to hill towns off the beaten path. Hotels are first class and deluxe, and meals include a full American breakfast and local wines with the nightly dinners. You are invited to book air flights through the company, or book on your own to use frequent flier mileage. Perillo offers three options for touring: fully escorted tours, hosted tours that combine the services of a tour agency with the freedom to plan days on your own, and fully independent tours. There are many Italian tours to choose from, including the "10 Day Vesuvius" trip that begins in Rome and goes on to Florence, Venice, Naples (near Sorrento) and then back to Rome.
Perillo Plaza, 577 Chestnut Ridge Road
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
Trafalgar boasts that more than 50 percent of its 2 million travelers worldwide return year after year. The fully escorted tours provide a balance between organized activities and free time for individual exploration. Travelers can expect daily sightseeing and most meals. With more than 60 years in the business, Trafalgar provides carefully selected hotels and visits to well-known attractions. The "Be My Guest" program, available for selected tours, allows you into family homes, farms and chateaux for a unique and authentic dining experience. The "Local Specialties" program brings you close to local traditions as you watch artisans at work and learn about their trade. The 14-day "Best of Italy" tour visits Rome, Sorrento, Venice and Florence, as well as the Isle of Capri and Milan.
Insight Vacations offers a small groups (average size 32 guests) for more intimate touring. The company specializes in a luxurious travel experience, with expanded legroom on its buses, dine-around options and a leisurely paced itinerary with many two- and three-night stays. The "Best of Italy" tour features two nights in Rome, Tuscany and Sorrento, along with overnight stays in Assisi and Venice. Tourists will enjoy a scenic cliff-top drive from Sorrento to Naples.
Insight Vacations Inc.
801 Katella Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92805