Perillo Tours - Hawaii

Oct 4th, 2003, 06:31 AM
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Perillo Tours - Hawaii

Just wondering what your experiences are with Perillo Tours. I am looking to do a 3 island, 11 night tour next June for my Honeymoon and I am not sure if the prices is good or not. Am I better to try booking through AAA or another travel agent? Any advice or suggestions would be great.
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Oct 4th, 2003, 07:53 AM
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What is it about a tour that appeals to you most?
Perillo does a lot of tours in places like Italy (where first timers are often uncomfortable with the burden of working through language/custom/exchange differences).
But Hawaii is such an easy place to vacation, I'm wondering what kind of value Perillo's set up would add.

Appears that they charge around $7000 per couple, and you stay on Waikiki for 3 nights (Hyatt), Sheraton Kauai, Hyatt Maui.
Cost-wise you can certainly put together a better quality trip on your own at the same or better price, which is a hassle not worth the effort for some people.
Also, a whirlwind tour of 3 islands in 10-11 days with a lot of preconfigured tours/activities thrown in will not be very relaxing IMO, and I think you won't likely get a good flavor for any of the islands you visit using that kind of approach. Especially for a honeymoon, I'd really be concerned about how much you'd enjoy this kind of wham-bang schedule.
Just my opinion.
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Oct 4th, 2003, 07:54 AM
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Perillo Tours great for Europe but I would prefer Tauck Tours or Pleasant Hawaii Holidays for Hawaii.
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Oct 4th, 2003, 09:54 AM
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I love escorted travel but(gasp) would not consider doing so for Hawaii. 3 islands in 11 nights makes for a hectic pace in paradise. To make matters worse the hotels you'll be staying at are availible through between $100-$160/nt via priceline. You'd be paying to dollar staying at those resorts.
Another consideration is that driving in Hawaii is extremely easy. The only place that is busy is HNL but otherwise you'd be cruisin' at 35-55mph the whole time. There are many things to do (or just relax on the beach) that will interest you and you may not have enough free time to do so on the tour.
My suggestion would be to do lots of research - there's thousands of posts re Hawaii here, and book a vacation suited to your needs. Otherwise if you decide you still like a guided tour you can get quotes from & which give really good discounts for escorted travel. Congrats & have fun!
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Oct 4th, 2003, 09:56 AM
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Well, you asked for advice...At the most, do two islands. Kauai and BI would be my choices. Mauna Kea or Hapuna Prince on BI and Hyatt on Kauai. If you want to go the tour company route, Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays has some good packages. I personally would choose one island for the entire time: Kauai and split your time between the Princeville Hotel and the Hyatt.
Oct 4th, 2003, 01:42 PM
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You're on your honeymoon...are you sure you want to do a tour? In & out of tour busses with a bunch of strangers for 11 days?
I'd plan it myself if I were you and just pick 2 islands for that amount of time and do whatever you feel like doing each day and not have to follow someone else's schedule. IMO I'd select 2 of these:Maui,Kauai, or BI
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Oct 4th, 2003, 03:35 PM
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I strongly agree. With a tour, you are usually up very early and on & off the bus all day long. Can be exhausting. You need your strength for 'other' activities. After your wedding, you will want to veg out and do nothing for the first few days. Three islands are too much. Try 2. You have plenty of time until June, go on the internet and do your research. Visit a Barnes & Noble or a Borders and scan the travel books. You do not need a tour. Do your own thing and you will probably do it cheaper.

Remember that Hawaii is just another U.S. state. You can easily tour on your own at your own pace.
Especially on a honeymoon, you will want to be alone together and unstructured.

Just old are you?
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Oct 4th, 2003, 05:16 PM
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Tauck Tours are the most deluxe of the Hawaiian escorted tours.

However, I would not recommend an escorted tour on your honeymoon unless maybe you are senior citizens who enjoy the tour scene.
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Oct 4th, 2003, 05:27 PM
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GretchenK: In general, most Fodorites are "independent travel" sort of people. Even for many exotic places, most on here would advise against an organized tour almost anywhere. I am only saying this to let you know this is probably not the best source for suggestions about tour companies.

That being said - YOU WILL BE ON YOU HONEYMOON. Why do you think a tour would be preferable - or even adviseable for a honeymoon? I can't think of anything more depressing than being on a tour with a lot of oldsters on a honeymoon in Hawaii.
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