Perillo Tours - Bad Experience

Old May 3rd, 2012, 02:48 PM
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Act 2 of the opera Nitroglycerin and Fettucini Bolognese...
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Old May 3rd, 2012, 03:58 PM
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I think this posters counterpart is currently posting about his "bad trip" with the same company - in order to get people to go to his blog with the intent to sell his real estate. if i were perillo tours, i'd seriously take a lawsuit out against joseph for his shady shanagians. what a bunch of baloney these two posters are.
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Old Jul 23rd, 2012, 10:40 PM
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Looking back at trips I've taken, I can barely think of one that hasn't included a major mishap of some sort. In hindsight we laugh about them now, as they've added color to the spectrum of our travel memories. I've traveled with several tour operators, including Perillo, to many foreign countries, always with an open mind and realistic expectations. I still love to travel after all these years.

I will say this: I am SO glad Joseph1950 was never on my bus.I read as much of his blog as I could tolerate and really don't think he should be leaving home. Dude sounds like an unstable individual.
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Old Dec 12th, 2012, 05:39 AM
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Perillo tour October, 2012
This was the worse trip that we ever took. The meals were terrible -the breakfast each morning in every hotel was not good. You only had a choice of (chicken,fish,calamari) every night for dinner in each City. There is a 10hr bus run that you are not told about & the next day there is a train ride that is over 6 hrs. The hotel in Sorrento was nice, but not clean. You are charged for optional tours that should be included in the price that you paid (which you paid a good amount to travel on this tour). The trip to Capri -they take you to a shopping area, then lunch for $100.00 pp. Everyone was disappointed. They have cut back in their transportation, meals and tours and it showed. Ask about all transportation in your tour (hrs, etc.) meals, accommodations, because everything was not listed and we found out the hard and expensive way. We went with another couple and thought this trip was going to be incredible. SO disappointed. We will never use Perillo again. Hire your own tour and see what you want and when. Go out to dinner of your choice. We couldn't wait to taste the food when we went and we have had better at home. I contacted them and their letter lacked concern for what we experienced and they basically told us that we should have used the open time when dinner was not included to try other restaurants. Well, we would have if we had time. There was no extra time to explore other restaurants. We basically ate at pizzerias after we had their meal, because we did not eat it. There were 41 people on this tour and they felt the same. I thought this trip to Italy would have been such a great time and we all found it to be be terrible. I sent a letter and received a response from customer service and asked that Steve Perillo respond. He responded basically with the same reply as Customer Service as was not going to remedy my concerns and/or request regarding the trip. I am so DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS TRIP.
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Old Dec 12th, 2012, 06:53 AM
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We gathered that you were not satisfied with your trip.

I cannot understand why anyone takes tours - 50 years ago, yes, but not now with the enormous amount of travel information available. Decide where you want to go, buy a guidebook, ask questions here, it's not too difficult, in fact it's part of the enjoyment of travel.
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Old Dec 12th, 2012, 10:07 AM
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First, Perillo is definitely a moderate tour. If you want better you need to go for Tauck or similar - and pay a lot more.

Second - buying a tour requires you to read and understand the itinerary and all the details. There should be no surprises. If there are either 1) you didn;t read thoroughly enough or 2) they are pulling bait and switch. If the former, no one an help you - if the latter - suggest you take them to small claims court.
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Old Aug 12th, 2013, 09:05 AM
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Hated our Perillo tour!!!!!! Still too upset to talk about it yet.
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Old Aug 12th, 2013, 09:11 AM
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sherri - if you are going to resurrect this thread you probably should give some information rather than just a uninformative blast of negativity.
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Old Aug 12th, 2013, 09:15 AM
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Perillo is definitely not upscale - middle of the road. But in high season - when all tour groups are competing for resources - people often find themselves in less desirable places than they would in shoulder seasons.

BUT - the key is knowing how to read the brochure to see what you are really getting - and checking the hotels in advance.

If i felt the tour was not
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Old Aug 12th, 2013, 11:18 AM
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I suppose my comment is just hearsay and doesn't count, but fwiw my neighbors have done two Perillo tours and loved them. My neighbors are "tour" people. (She doesn't believe in computers and he doesn't want to bother with research.)
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