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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?

  • Destination expertise
  • Well-balanced itineraries
  • Generous and satisfying meals
  • First-rate hotels

Perillo has been a name in the tourism industry since the 1940s, known for operating tours of 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?

  • Older travelers 
  • Solo female travelers
  • Those interested in classic, custom, and themed tours

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 tours. Here their breadth of knowledge is impressive as they began operating Italy tour 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

  • Large groups or private vacation packages

Tried and true is Perillo’s style. They may not 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 on Perillo tours have been personally vetted and experienced by the founder, and they have everything down to a science.

Local village in Italy

Perillo 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?

  • Classic sites and itineraries
  • Guides with significant destination expertise

Colosseum in Rome Italy lit up at night

For an Italy tour that appreciates the standards and approaches their itineraries from a local point of view, Perillo is the place to go. Their tours operate from the major cities to the charming hill towns more off the beaten path. You'll have a carefully crafted tour with 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.

Covid-19 Updates

Perillo is updating their status regarding trip operations on a regular basis. As of October 2020, all November 1 - 15th departures are postponable without subject to cancellation fees.  

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  • No single supplement


About the company

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


Faith-Based Travelers

Educational and Academic Groups

Affinity Groups and Clubs

Non-Profit Organizations


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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Are flights included?

While you can book your flight through Perillo, the airfare is not included.

What is the age range?

Perillo is popular among 50+ travelers

What kind of luggage should I bring?

Each tour member is limited to one large suitcase and small carry-on bag due to limited space on our buses. The airlines are charging extra fees for checked luggage exceeding 60" (calculated by adding the width + height + depth). The luggage should not weigh more than 50 lbs and should not exceed 62 inches total. Carry on bag should not exceed 45 inches total and no more than 11 lbs.