You know that Neil and I have been extremely blessed/fortunate to have been able to travel to so many beautiful places, in this world, especially since you have helped us book some of those awesome trips.
This trip, however, was quite different. How you may ask? Well, I consider myself an extremely organized person that can plan most vacations without any problems and/or challenges. However Italy is like no other country – it is large and all of the major cities take some skilled
maneuvering to be able to get in and out of. Also, to try and plan/organize all of the major tourist attractions would have been a full time job, and I still don’t know if I would have been able to pull it all off.
I’ll admit Neil and I were skeptical at first, wondering what the group was going to be like. If it would be a large or small group, and would we all get along. I am happy to say that our group consisted of only 26 of us and we all got along quite well. We even had three guys who thought they were comedians, most of the time, and kept us all laughing.
Our tour guide was Anna, and our driver was Stefano – they both have over 30 years of experience, and they really made our trip special/wonderful. Anna was an extremely knowledgeable person who would go out of her way to help you in any way that she could. While Stefano, had the patience of a “Saint” in order to be able to drive our bus all around those small tiny roads.
We did and saw everything that you want to see while in Italy. In Rome, we went from the Colosseum to seeing the Vatican and getting blessed by the Pope, to seeing the Sistine Chapel (simply breathtaking) to Pompeii to Michelangelo’s David, to Wine Tasting in the Tuscany area. Taking Gondola Rides with Singers in Venice, to seeing the fashion capital of the world
Milan. There was so much to see and do, in addition to taking all of extra excursions that they had to offer. I know I am leaving out so many places we went and things that we saw, however this e-mail would end up being two or three times the length, if I were to do so. 🙂
We walked, talked, laughed and ate our way through Italy and still lost weight – that was the best part. As for the weather, we had perfect and I
mean perfect weather. It was sunny with bright blue skies and not a cloud in sight, with the weather being between 73 and 83 degrees every day, without any rain (okay, it rained one night while we were inside at a restaurant but we did not see it or hear it).
The additional days we added on in Sicily, we were by ourselves, and believe me we were spoiled not having a tour guide with us. We got around on our own and took a bus to various cities; however we did not see as much as I had hoped, due to being on our own.
The rooms were nice and we had either a balcony or a terrace every place we went – wasn’t sure if it was because we were celebrating our Wedding Anniversary or just plain “lucky”…anyway, it was one of the best trips we had ever taken.
I can truly say that if we are never fortunate enough and/or blessed enough to get back to Italy, I would be happy knowing that I saw everything that I wanted to see. However, if we are ever fortunate enough to go back, I would love to spend more time around the Amalfi Coast/Sorrento/Capri area since it was just beautiful and I love the water.
I cannot say enough about this company, Perillo Tours definitely is an organized company, with great tour guides and bus drivers that really know
how to give “customer service”. I would highly recommend them to anyone.
This trip is probably one of our top 3 or 4 trips that we have ever taken; and we cannot thank you enough for helping us book this once in a lifetime trip.
Thanks again for everything,
– Neil and Darla Eisenhard
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You did a fantastic job and made some wonderful memories for a lot of people especially me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
– Lou Ann (Scott’s Mom)
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