Splendours of Calabria, Abruzzo & a Taste of Sicily

16 days from £1539pp.


Visit: Taormina, Italy


Visit: Sorrento, Italy


Visit: Tropea, Italy


Visit: Scilla, Italy


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.

    Continue to the Parma area in Italy for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Drive south to the Sorrento Peninsula for a two-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner


    Included half-day visit to Sorrento on the Neapolitan Riviera set high on spectacular cliffs.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner


    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.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner


    Optional, full-day excursion as we head to Serra San Bruno. On the way we will stop off to admire the Angitola Lake. Serra San Bruno is a charming town situated among woodland, and boasts fine examples of Byzantine architecture and beautiful churches in its historical centre. We later include lunch at a nearby restaurant.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Reggio Calabria

    Reggio Calabria

    Join our included excursion to Pizzo and Tropea, the two most precious jewels on Calabria’s Tyrrhenian coast. Our first stop is Pizzo Calabro, a beautiful and famous fishing village 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. Make sure you try the famous truffle ice cream, which is highly recommended. In Tropea 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 beautiful white sandy beaches with a view above the Aeolian Islands.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included excursion to Reggio Calabria, an elegant city in Liberty style, which belongs to the Italian Art Nouveau period. Take a walk on the seafront promenade which was described by Gabriele D’Annunzio, the famous Italian writer and poet, as ‘the most beautiful kilometre in Italy’. See the Roman baths, the Greek walls and the cathedral. We continue to Scilla, a pretty little town, set in the enchanting scenery of the Costa Viola. Here, you will visit the old fishing village which is known as Chianalea.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner


    Today, Sicily awaits on our included excursion. We cross the Straits of Messina to later reach Taormina, a beautiful town that offers wonderful panoramic views. From here it is possible to reach the beaches from the historical centre by a funicular offering a fantastic view over the bay of Taormina. Visit the Greek theatre, one of the most famous monuments in Sicily, and 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, see the street artists, and listen to Sicilian folk music.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    We explore a little more of the Calabrian countryside on our included excursion as we head to Zungri, which boasts a pleasant historical centre. We see the Caves of Zungrì and the Church of Our Lady of the Snow. We later visit a small family farm, which produces local produce such as onion, nduja (typical salami from Calabria), wine, cheese and vegetables. You will have the opportunity to taste and buy some of the produce. En route back to our hotel, we make a short stop at Capo Vaticano, to admire the stunning views.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner


    Join our optional excursion around this pretty and unspoilt region. We visit some of the typical villages of Abruzzo and soak up the unique atmosphere.

    • 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 free day in resort, or join our optional full-day picturesque excursion around the shores of Lake Garda.

    • 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

    • 15 nights hotel with continental breakfast
    • 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
    • Taormina
    • Calabrian Countryside

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Serra San Bruno
    • Villages of Abruzzo
    • Lake Garda


    Single Room Supplement from £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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    You will stay for six nights in Calabria at the 4-star Hotel Santa Lucia in Parghelia, or similar. In Abruzzo you will stay for two nights at the 3-star Abruzzo Marina Hotel in Silvi Marina, or similar. 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.


    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.
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