Splendours of Calabria, Abruzzo & a Taste of Sicily

14 days from £1399pp.


Taormina

Visit: Taormina, Italy

Sorrento

Visit: Sorrento, Italy

Tropea

Visit: Tropea, Italy

Scilla

Visit: Scilla, Italy

Abruzzo

Visit: Abruzzo, Italy

Lake Garda

Visit: Lake Garda, Italy

Join us on this fully escorted tour, of three of Italy’s most stunning regions, as we take in the splendid sights of Calabria, Sicily and Abruzzo via Sorrento. Visit Pizzo Calabro and Tropea, two of the gems of Calabria’s Tyrrhenian coast, and see the elegant city of Reggio Calabria, with its historical Roman baths and Greek walls, before exploring the natural beauty of the Calabrian countryside. Heading across the Messina straight, we travel to Taormina in Sicily, which encompasses stunning views of the mighty Mt. Etna. In Abruzzo, enjoy a delightful tour of this unspoilt region before our holiday comes to an end with a visit to the pretty shores of Lake Garda, with its lovely lake side villages. This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

We depart our overnight hotel early this morning as we begin our journey towards Italy (suitable refreshment stops will be made en-route). During the day we will travel through Switzerland, bypassing places such as Basel and Lucerne before arriving at our hotel in the Parma area for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We continue our journey south skirting Bologna, home of the famous Bolognese sauce and the Tuscan capital of Florence. We continue past the ‘eternal city’ of Rome and later Naples, Italy’s third largest city, before arriving at our hotel on the Sorrento Peninsula for a two-night stay (suitable refreshment stops will be made en-route).

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sorrento

Sorrento

Enjoy a day at leisure in resort or alternatively, join our included half-day visit to the beautiful resort of Sorrento. The town and area has been a popular holiday resort for over 2000 years with all nationalities and is the perfect place to watch the world go by. The town features beautiful architecture, many cafés, restaurants and lots of shops for you to explore. A popular souvenir from the area is Limoncello, the signature lemon liqueur. Spend time exploring the narrow streets and harbour area, browse the shops for souvenirs or sit back and relax with a traditional Italian pastry and a cappuccino – the choice is yours.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Cosenza

Cosenza

We travel south into Calabria to Cosenza, where we make a short stop in the historical medieval quarter. See the Byzantine cathedral, or enjoy a typical Italian coffee in the historical literary café Renzelli. We continue to our hotel in Parghelia in southern Calabria for a five-night stay (suitable refreshment stops will be made en-route).

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Serra San Bruno

Serra San Bruno

A day at leisure or why not join our full-day optional excursion to Serra San Bruno, pausing en route to admire the Angitola Lake. Serra San Bruno is a charming town which is situated among woodland and boasts fine examples of Byzantine architecture and beautiful churches in its historical centre. We will visit the museum of the Charterhouse of St. Bruno and the church. The museum creates a fascinating impression of the life of San Bruno and the incredible history of this Carthusian monastery. During the day we include lunch at a nearby restaurant, enjoying wonderful antipasti and pasta.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Capo Vaticano

Capo Vaticano

We explore a little more of the Calabrian countryside on our included excursion today. We head to Zungri, which boasts a pleasant historical centre – simple architecture, a representation of peasant life and a time long gone. See the Caves of Zungrì and the Church of Our Lady of the Snow. We will later visit a small family farm near Ricardi, which produces local food such as onion, olive paste, nduja (typical salami from Calabria and often created into a paste or sauce), wine, cheese and vegetables. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the produce and also to make a purchase or two! En-route back to our hotel, we make a short stop in Capo Vaticano from where you can admire some of the most beautiful views in Calabria with the cliffs and bays. The promontory of Capo Vaticano, which is made of white granite, dominates the coast and beautiful sandy beaches. It offers many views over the Aeolian Islands and the Straits of Messina. Capo Vaticano separates the Gulf of Gioia Tauro from the Gulf of Sant’Eufemia. It lies about 284 metres above sea level at its highest point and it is distinguished by the crystal-clear sea, beautiful white sandy beaches and rocky coast and romantic landscapes.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Scilla

Scilla

Today, our included excursion is to Reggio Calabria, an elegant city in Liberty style, which belongs to the Italian Art Nouveau period. Reggio Calabria is the most densely populated city in Calabria and lies on the southern tip of the Italian peninsula, between the slopes of the Aspromonte range and the eastern shore of the Straits of Messina. Take a walk on the Lungomare (seafront promenade) which was described by Gabriele D’Annunzio, the famous Italian writer and poet, as ‘the most beautiful kilometre in Italy’. Running parallel to the Lungomare is the main shopping street, the Corso Vittorio Emanuale III, where you will find excellent boutiques and shops. Whilst in Reggio Calabria, see the cathedral and you may wish to also visit the National Archeological Museum (at additional cost) which holds the richest collection of Magna Grecia finds and the famous Bronzes of Riace. Later we head to Scilla, a pretty little town set in the enchanting scenery of the Costa Viola. The promontory of Scilla lies in a strategic position above the Tyrrheanian Sea. It is dominated by Ruffo Castle which connects the fortress with the village of San Giorgio, Marina Grande and Chianalea. Scilla is the most famous town on the Costa Viola. The coast of Scilla is divided into two parts: Marina Grande and Chianalea. Here you will visit the old fishing village which is known as Chianalea, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and also one of the most evocative fishing quarters. In the narrow streets it is possible to admire the church of Santa Maria of Portosalvo and the small St. Joseph’s church.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Tropea

Tropea

Join our included excursion to Pizzo and Tropea, the two most precious jewels of the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria. Our first stop is Pizzo Calabro, one of the most beautiful and most famous fishing villages with a historical centre characterised by narrow streets and small squares. You can visit the small church of Piedigrotta, which is excavated in limestone cliffs right above the sea. There are around 140 steps down and the same back up, so sensible footwear is a must. The outer façade of the church is made of stone and very simple in style, but the inside is a marvel to witness. The incredible statues and sculptures show scenes of the gospels and tell the stories of many saints. We continue to Pizzo itself, which is situated on a steep cliff overlooking the Gulf of Santa Eufemia. High above the sea is the Aragonese Castle, which was built by Ferdinand I of Aragon in the 15th century. The historical centre is characterised by narrow lanes and streets with many interconnecting stairways and some squares with fountains. Before leaving Pizzo, you should try the famous Tartufo (truffle ice cream), highly recommended! We continue to Tropea, where you will have the opportunity to explore the historical centre rich in ancient palaces and the Norman cathedral. You will also see the Church of St. Mary of the Isle which is surrounded by the beautiful white sandy beaches with a view above the Aeolian Islands. Admire the incredible views from the various vantage points in the town. Relax in the many bars that line the squares of this most beautiful resort.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Calabria and head north to our hotel in the Abruzzo area for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We drive north to the Lake Garda area for a two-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Enjoy a relaxing day in resort or join our full-day optional excursion along the shores of Lake Garda visiting some of the picturesque villages on its shoreline. Spend time exploring the narrow streets or relax in one of the many cafés. During the day, our excursion allows us to take to the water on a boat cruise where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque views of the surrounding area from the lake.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel north to Belgium for our overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

At a Glance

Tour Includes

  • 13 or 15 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 11 or 13 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Sorrento
  • Cosenza
  • Pizzo & Tropea
  • Reggio Calabria & Scilla
  • Calabrian Countryside
  • Taormina (16-day tour)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Serra San Bruno
  • Lake Garda
  • Villages of Abruzzo (16-day tour)

Notes


Single Room Supplement from £259.00 (14 days), £269.00 (16 days).

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.

We depart our overnight hotel early this morning as we begin our journey towards Italy. (Suitable refreshment stops will be made en-route). During the day we will travel through Switzerland, bypassing places such as Basel and Lucerne before arriving at our hotel in the Parma area for an overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We continue our journey south bypassing Bologna, home of the famous Bolognese sauce and the Tuscan capital of Florence. We continue past the ‘eternal city’ of Rome and later Naples, Italy’s third largest city, before arriving at our hotel on the Sorrento Peninsula for a two-night stay. (Suitable refreshment stops will be made en-route).

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sorrento

Sorrento

Enjoy a day at leisure in resort or alternatively join our included half-day visit to the beautiful resort of Sorrento. The town and area has been a popular holiday resort for over 2000 years with all nationalities and is the perfect place to watch the world go by. The town features beautiful architecture, many café’s, restaurants and lots of shops for you to explore. A popular souvenir from the area is Limoncello, the signature lemon liqueur. Spend time exploring the narrow streets and harbour area, browse the shops for souvenirs or sit back and relax with a traditional Italian pastry and a cappuccino – the choice is yours.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Cosenza

Cosenza

We travel south into Calabria to Cosenza, where we make a short stop in the historical medieval quarter. See the Byzantine cathedral, or enjoy a typical Italian coffee in the historical literary café ‘Renzelli’. We continue to our hotel in Parghelia in southern Calabria for a six-night stay. (Suitable refreshment stops will be made en-route).

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Tropea

Tropea

A day at leisure or why not join our full day optional excursion to Serra San Bruno pausing en route to admire the Angitola Lake. Serra San Bruno is a charming town, which is situated among woodland, and boasts fine examples of Byzantine architecture and beautiful churches in its historical centre. We will visit the museum of the Charterhouse of St. Bruno and the church. The museum creates a fascinating impression of the life of San Bruno and the incredible history of this Carthusian monastery. During the day we include lunch at a nearby restaurant, enjoying wonderful antipasti and pasta.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Reggio Calabria

Reggio Calabria

We explore a little more of the Calabrian countryside on our included excursion today. We head to Zungri, which boasts a pleasant historical centre - simple architecture, a representation of peasant life and a time long gone. See the Caves of Zungrì and the Church of Our Lady of the Snow. We will later visit a small family farm, near Ricardi, which produces such local food as onion, olive paste, nduja (typical salami from Calabria and often created into a paste or sauce), wine, cheese and vegetables. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the produce and also to make a purchase or two! En-route back to our hotel, we make a short stop in Capo Vaticano, from where you can admire some of the most beautiful views in Calabria with the cliffs and bays. The promontory of Capo Vaticano, which is made of white granite, dominates the coast and beautiful sandy beaches. It offers many views over the Aeolian Islands and the Straits of Messina. Capo Vaticano separates the Gulf of Gioia Tauro from the Gulf of Sant’Eufemia. It lies about 284 metres above sea level at its highest point and it is distinguished by the crystal-clear sea, beautiful white sandy beaches and rocky coast and romantic landscapes.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, our included excursion to Reggio Calabria, an elegant city in Liberty style, which belongs to the Italian Art Nouveau period. Reggio Calabria is the most densely populated city in Calabria and lies on the southern tip of the Italian peninsula, between the slopes of the Aspromonte range and the eastern shore of the Straits of Messina. Take a walk on the Lungomare (seafront promenade) which was described by Gabriele D’Annunzio, the famous Italian writer and poet, as ‘the most beautiful kilometre in Italy’. Running parallel to the Lungomare is the main shopping street, the Corso Vittorio Emanuale III, where you will find excellent boutiques and shops. Whilst in Reggio Calabria, see the cathedral and you may wish to also visit the National Archeological Museum (at additional cost) which holds the richest collection of Magna Grecia finds and the famous Bronzes of Riace. Later we head to Scilla, a pretty little town, set in the enchanting scenery of the Costa Viola. The promontory of Scilla lies in a strategic position above the Tyrrheanian Sea. It is dominated by Ruffo Castle which connects the fortress with the village of San Giorgio, Marina Grande and Chianalea. Scilla is the most famous town on the Costa Viola. The coast of Scilla is divided into two parts: Marina Grande and Chianalea. Here you will visit the old fishing village which is known as Chianalea. Chianalea, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and also one of the most evocative fishing quarters. In the narrow streets it is possible to admire the church of Santa Maria of Portosalvo and small St. Joseph’s church.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Sicily

Sicily

Today Sicily awaits on our included excursion! We cross the Straits of Messina to reach Taormina, a beautiful town that offers wonderful panoramic views. In this town it is possible to reach beaches from the historical centre by a funicular offering a fantastic view above the bay of Taormina. Here you can visit the Greek theatre, one of the most famous monuments in Sicily. From there you can admire the unique bay of Giardini Naxos and the imposing Etna volcano. Later enjoy a walk along Corso Umberto with its countless shops, charming restaurants and bars to Piazza IX Aprile, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view and admire street artists and listen to Sicilian folk music.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join our included excursion to Pizzo and Tropea, the two most precious jewels of the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria. Our first stop is Pizzo Calabro, one of the most beautiful and most famous fishing villages with a historical centre characterized by narrow streets and small squares. You can visit the small church of Piedigrotta, which is excavated in limestone cliffs right above the sea. Please note there are around 140 steps down and the same back up, so sensible footwear is a must. The outer facade of the church is made of stone and very simple in style but the inside is a marvel to witness. The incredible statues and sculptures show scenes of the gospels and tell the stories of many saints. We continue to Pizzo itself, which is situated on a steep cliff overlooking the Gulf of Santa Eufemia. High above the sea is the Aragonese Castle, which was built by Ferdinand I of Aragon in the 15th century. The historical centre is characterized by narrow lanes and streets with many interconnecting stairways and some squares with fountains. Before leaving Pizzo, you should try the famous Tartufo - truffle ice cream, highly recommended! We continue to Tropea, where you will have the opportunity to explore the historical centre rich in ancient palaces and the Norman cathedral. You will also see the Church of St. Mary of the Isle which is surrounded by the beautiful white sandy beaches with a view above the Aeolian Islands. Admire the incredible views from the various vantage points in the town. Relax in the many bars that line the squares of this most beautiful resort.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We leave Calabria and head north to our hotel in the Abruzzo area for two nights.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Abruzzo

Abruzzo

The Abruzzo region runs along the Adriatic coast of western central Italy. Much of its inland area is wilderness which includes part of the Apennine Mountains to the north and extensive plains and forests to the south. To the east you will find the popular beaches and coastline of the Adriatic Sea, which attract many tourists each year. To make your most of the time in this part of Italy, why not join our optional excursion visiting some of the typical villages of Abruzzo and soak up the unique atmosphere? We start with a visit to Pescocostanzo, a charming hamlet at an altitude of 1400m. Visit the historical centre with its noble palaces, characteristic little shops and medieval churches. We suggest you to stop at a bakery and taste the potato bread, a typical product of Pescocostanzo. We continue to Sulmona, a pretty town famous for the “Confetti”. These small almond sweets with a crisp, sugar coating are a traditional confectionery and are an essential offering at any Italian wedding, baptism, anniversary, graduation or significant family event.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

We drive north to the Lake Garda area for a two-night stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Enjoy a relaxing day in resort or join our full day optional excursion along the shores of Lake Garda visiting some of the picturesque villages on its shoreline. Spend time exploring the narrow streets or relax in one of the many cafes. During the day our excursion allows us to take to the water on a boat cruise where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque views of the surrounding area from the lake itself.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel north to Belgium for our overnight stay.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

At a Glance

Tour Includes

  • 13 or 15 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 11 or 13 evening meals
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service or upgrade to Luxuria

Included Excursions & Visits

  • Sorrento
  • Cosenza
  • Pizzo & Tropea
  • Reggio Calabria & Scilla
  • Calabrian Countryside
  • Taormina (16-day tour)

Optional Excursions & Visits

  • Serra San Bruno
  • Lake Garda
  • Villages of Abruzzo (16-day tour)

Notes


Single Room Supplement from £259.00 (14 days), £269.00 (16 days).

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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Accommodation

You will stay for five or six nights in Calabria at the 4-star Hotel Santa Lucia in Parghelia, or similar. In Abruzzo you will stay for one or two nights at a 3-star hotel. You will also stay for two nights at a minimum 3-star hotel on the Sorrento Peninsula, and two nights at a 3-star hotel in the Lake Garda area. 

Overnight stays in northern France, Belgium and northern Italy will be in city-style hotels.


 

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

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Travel Information

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £25pp (9 days duration and over) on all European tours. In addition to this seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £15pp (9 days duration and over). This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on feeder journeys to/from the U.K. port. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law.

Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on the main tour coaches. Prices are approximately £1 or 1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by the driver. Drinks may also be served on the transfer coaches but this is not guaranteed.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure and will depend on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer coaches to and from the U.K. port may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air or TGV holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
We operate a passenger interchange at the Channel port. Transfer coaches, including taxis, minibuses, Megabus and National Express operate to and from the U.K. port. You will join your main tour coach at the port.
One medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage can be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach.
It could be either - This will be confirmed in your travel documents.

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