Splendours of Calabria – Italy's Southern Jewel

14 days from £1,299pp.


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

About the Tour

Join us on this fully escorted coach holiday to some of Italy’s most stunning regions, as we see the splendid sights of Calabria. On this holiday we visit Pizzo and Tropea, two gems of Calabria’s Tyrrhenian coast. What’s more, we see the elegant city of Reggio Calabria, with its historical Roman baths and Greek walls, before exploring the stunning coast of Scilla. With trips to Sorrento, Cosenza and beautiful views of Calabria’s countryside, plus, the option of visiting Serra San Bruno and Lake Garda available, this grand extravaganza will not disappoint! This holiday is part of our GRAND EXPLORER range.

Tour Includes


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

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Your Itinerary

    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. 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

    Your Excursions

    Included Excursions & Visits

    • Sorrento
    • Cosenza
    • Pizzo & Tropea
    • Reggio Calabria & Scilla
    • Calabrian Countryside

    Optional Excursions & Visits

    • Serra San Bruno
    • Lake Garda

    Notes


    Single Room Supplement from £259.00 (14 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 nights in Calabria at the 4-star Hotel Santa Lucia in Parghelia, or similar. In Abruzzo you will stay for one night 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.


     

    Italy

    Hotel Santa Lucia

    Santa Lucia

    Santa Lucia


    The Hotel Santa Lucia is located in the heart of the ‘Costa delgli Dei’, only a few kilometres from the beautiful resort of Tropea. Surrounded by its own gardens, the hotel is made up of a number of buildings, with reception, the bar and restaurant in the main part of the hotel. Relax by the large swimming pool, on one of the comfortable loungers or enjoy a drink at the pool bar. The restaurant, which boasts views across to the sea, offers buffet breakfast and served evening meals. All bedrooms have T.V., air-conditioning and telephone. Most rooms also have balcony. The hotel offers a free shuttle bus during the day to Tropea and the beach. To use the evening shuttle to Tropea, there is a small charge.

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • TV
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    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. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. 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 £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    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 interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers 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 vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air 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.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is 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 should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

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