Tour description

CALABRIA & THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS SMALL GROUP TOUR

Experience the Southern Italy lifestyle with a small group of 12/14 participants only! Distinctive and delightful, with crystalline seas, pretty countryside and endless sunshine, Calabria is a land of natural beauty, warm hospitality and amazing food and wine. A unique, much-loved southern region.Dramatic mountains, Byzantine rock-hewn churches, sun-baked olive groves, stunning Romanesque architecture and some of Italy’s best beaches are tempting more and more visitors to the exciting little-known regions. Calabria has an otherworldly landscape of tremendous mountain ranges, dark forested valleys and villages so melded with the rock face that they seem to have grown there. Its extensive coastline bears the marks of many conquering invaders:the Normans, the Spanish, the Turks, the Swabians and the Greeks. Yet, despite its diverse influences, Calabria has its own distinct and authentic identity.

Calabria contains startling natural beauty and spectacular towns that seem to grow out of the craggy mountaintops. This is where to head for an adventure into the unknown.

We have a real passion for Calabria & the Aeolian Islands and look forward to sharing it with you! Trust the locals…


SMALL GROUP TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

  • Guaranteed departures small group tour: Small, intimate group of only 12/14 participants only !!
  • More than 10 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences
  • Admire The splendid GREEK RIACE BRONZES sculptures of ancient Greece in Reggio’s ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
  • TROPEA’S GREEN and BLUE SEA: Swim in clear waters that sparkle in gem-like hues of jade, aquamarine, turquoise and sapphire.
  • Walk on the volcanic AEOLIAN ISLANDS of Sicily, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Off the beaten path SERRA SAN BRUNO & its CARTUSIAN ABBEY
  • AEOLIAN PARADISE-Escape to these mythic islands for spectacular swimming
  • LOCAL ARTISAN FOODS-Indulge in almond wine, pistachio cake and the sweetest strawberries
  • Visit UNESCO AEOLIAN ISLANDS
  • Discover LIPARI and its ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURES
  • Enchanting VULCANO ISLAND with its YELLOW SULPHUROUS BATHS and VOLCANIC CRATERS
  • Boat trip to SALINA ISLAND, the highest and greenest,topped by symmetrical volcanoes
  • Visit a MALVASIA WINERY in SALINA
  • Accommodations: 7 nights in charming hotels with a total of 3 nights in PIZZO CALABRO,4 nights on LIPARI ISLAND
  • Visit popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Local Tour Manager, experienced to accompany you throughout your journey
  • Tour city guides included in Tropea,Serra San Bruno,Reggio Calabria,Lipari
  • Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned Mercedes car or 9/19 seats motorcoach
  • All transfers while overseas, baggage transfers & porterage are included
  • Included gratuity for all city guides as per itinerary
  • No hidden extras
  • We strongly recommend arriving a day or more prior to tour start
  • Included meals: All breakfasts, 2 foodie experiences, 4 dinners, 2 lunches, (main meals include local wine, mineral water, espresso coffee or tea only)
  • We strongly recommend arriving a day or more prior to the beginning of the tour. We’ll be happy to make to suggest a charming hotel in Lamezia Terme
  • Our unique Hotels: PIZZO CALABRO ”PICCOLO GRANDE HOTEL” or similar, LIPARI ISLAND “GRAND HOTEL ARCIDUCA” or similar
  • The tour will begin on Day 1 from Lamezia Terme airport and end with group morning transfer to Catania airport and train station on Day 8
  • Activity level: Good/Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View here) & FAQ (View here)
  • Trip interruption & cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-insurance.com to protect your vacation
  • Purchase of European Travel & Health Insurance is strongly recommended.
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

8 DAYS SCENIC BEAUTY OF CALABRIA & THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS TRAVEL ITINERARY 

TOUR LIMITED TO 12/14 PARTICIPANTS FROM LAMEZIA TERME TO CATANIA

Day 1: WELCOME TO CALABRIA & CHARMING PIZZO CALABRO

Arrive at Lamezia Terme Airport or train station where you’ll be met by your driver and local tour director and travel to the splendid coastal town of PIZZO CALABRO for first three nights at “PICCOLO GRANDE HOTEL” or similar.In the evening meet your tour director for a town orientation tour followed by dinner on your own.Overnight stay in PIZZO CALABRO

Day 2: TIMELESS TROPEA WITH WINE TASTING

One of the most picturesque towns on Calabria’s largely built up Tyrrhenian coast, TROPEA ‘s town architecture reveals medieval Norman and Arab touches as well as a more austere Baroque style than that of Rome or Naples. It also offers superb views of the sea and beaches. The old town hangs on to a cliff-side facing a large rock, formerly an island.The rock is topped by SANTA MARIA DELL’ ISOLA, a former medieval Benedictine sanctuary. The CATHEDRAL is of Norman origin, although it has been rebuilt several times. Upon arrival, we set off on a walking tour of the town center, appreciating not just the charm of the brick and stone houses hugging the steep lanes, but greeting the local people we meet and witnessing their daily routines.We stop for lunch in a well know winery near Tropea before returning to Pizzo Calabro for enjoying the Calabrian Dolce Vita! Overnight in PIZZO CALABRO

Day 3: SPIRITUAL SERRA SAN BRUNO & THE RIACE BRONZES IN REGGIO CALABRIA

The day starts with a visit to the fairy tale-like mountain village of SERRA SAN BRUNO,the spiritual, artisan and agricultural center of Calabria, located between the Sila mountains and the Aspromonte National Park. Enjoy a walk to its miraculous lake and explore the site of the CERTOSA, the Cartusian Abbey where the Cartusian monks still live today. After an included street food experience, we’ll drive to REGGIO CALABRIA to visit the National Museum which houses a fine collection of artifacts from ancient Rhegion- a Greek city on the site of the present town-and from other Greek sites.Chief among its treasures are the GREEK BRONZES, larger-than life statues of warriors dredged from the sea off Riace Marina in 1972.It is possible that the statues originated from an Athenian shrine at Dephi built to celebrate the victory of Marathon.Spend the rest of the afternoon in Pizzo maybe visiting the intriguing CHIESETTA DI PIEDIGROTTA, an underground cave full of carved stone statues.Pizza Dinner is included in a local restaurant in the center of Pizzo. Overnight stay in PIZZO CALABRO

Day 4: WELCOME TO LIPARI & THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS

The Aeolian Islands are a little piece of paradise. This morning you’ll take a ferry to the island of LIPARI, the largest and most developed of the Aeolians. Along the way, we stop at VOLCANO ISLAND, with its yellow sulphurous baths and volcanic craters.Spend the next three nights on LIPARI ISLAND at the charming “GRAND HOTEL ARCIDUCA” or similar, located a short walk from the town center.Before dinner on your own, meet your tour director for an included aperitif in one of the local bars.Overnight in LIPARI

Day 5: ENCHANTING LIPARI & THE EOLIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Lipari town is spread out under the imposing Castle rock, the ancient Greek acropolis, and along the bays of Marina Corta and Marina Lunga, to the north and south. Its volcanic origin is evident in the Muria Valley, with its red rocks,and on the north-east coast,covered by a vast flow of pumice,which hides Roman ruins of the 4th century AD.This morning a local expert will shed light on the main archaeological site of LIPARI, an island inhabited  for some 6000 years and settled in the 4th millennium BC by Sicily’s first known inhabitants, the Stentillenians who developed a flourishing economy, based on obsidian, a glassy volcanic rock.We have included today a visit to Lipari’s archaeological museum which displays finds from the islands’ long history,including tools and pottery left behind by Neolithic inhabitants-the museum is famous for its terracotta Greek theater masks and figurines of dancers and actors,the world’s largest such collection.After a local foodie experience, you’ll enjoy the rest of the day on your own for more discoveries.Dinner is included this evening in a local restaurant. Live like a local! Overnight in LIPARI

Day 6: BOAT TRIP TO SALINA & MALVASIA WINERY

After breakfast,a 25 minute boat hop from Lipari will take to laid-back SALINA ,a lush and fertile island. The famous Aeolian capers grow plentifully here,as do the grapes used for making MALVASIA WINE. After touring the island by Aeolian “Ape Calessino” (approx 2hrs) or minivan and an included visit to a local winery specialized in Malvasia wine, you’ll enjoy a typical eolian lunch in one of the best local taverns. Return to Lipari on time to enjoy “the dolce vita”.Overnight stay in LIPARI

Day 7: MY TIME IN LIPARI

In the morning,enjoy a tour by boat of the Lipari Island followed by the rest of the day at leisure.In the evening celebrate your adventure with an “Arrivederci dinner” sharing travel memories and toasting new friends.Overnight stay in LIPARI

Day 8: ARRIVEDERCI SOUTHERN ITALY

Group morning transfers to Catania airport and train station

TOUR DATES & PRICING

TOUR PRICE EUR 3,500       SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: EUR 500      Currency converter

Price is per person based on double room occupancy for 8 days/7 nights

SICILY

SICILYSicily is full of beguiling contrasts. The untamed west vies with the flawless Greek classicism of the east and every Mediterranean civilization has passed by, bequeathing marvels fit for the gods and a rich gastronomic heritage.Palermo has bustling markets and grand architecture. Sample fish couscous and the typically Sicilian atmosphere of  Palermo’s riviera. Erice is Read more

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