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CALABRIA 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, Basilicata 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.

Basilicata 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, Basilicata has its own distinct and authentic identity. Calabria contains startling natural beauty and spectacular towns that seem to grow out of the craggy mountaintops.

Sun and sea, food, wine and quality of life – explore this diverse and captivating regions.From the peaks of the Pollino to the crystalline waters of the Tropea peninsula, this small group tour immerses you in the natural beauty of Calabria.This is where to head for an adventure into the unknown.

We have a real passion for Calabria 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!!
  • More than 10 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences
  • Discover the large green forests of the POLLINO NATIONAL PARK
  • Admire some of the most splendid bronze sculptures of ancient Greece in Reggio’s ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
  • TROPEA’S GREEN and BLUE SEA: Swim in clear waters that sparkle in gem-like hues of jade, aquamarine, turquoise and sapphire.
  • Taste Italy’s spiciest cuisine in CALABRIA
  • Discover a family run winery near TROPEA
  • Boat ride on the COAST OF THE GODS
  • Guided tour of PIZZO with tastings of TARTUFO
  • Discover intriguing Albanian villages
  • Discover the spiritual SERRA SAN BRUNO and many more
  • Visit popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Local Tour Manager, experienced to accompany you throughout your journey
  • All entrances to historical sites are included as per itinerary
  • Transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned mercedes car or 19 seats motorcoach
  • Transfers while overseas, baggage transfers & porterage are included
  • No hidden extras
  • Included meals: All breakfasts, 4 dinners, 2 lunches, (main meals include local wine, mineral water, espresso coffee or tea only), wine and food tastings while on tour
  • The tour begins on Day 1 from Lamezia Terme or train station with transfers and end with morning transfers at scheduled times to Lamezia Terme airport or train station from Pizzo Calabro 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
OUR ACCOMMODATIONS
DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

CALABRIA SMALL GROUP TOUR TRAVEL ITINERARY

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

Day 1: WELCOME TO CALABRIA & ALTOMONTE, THE JEM OF THE POLLINO NATIONAL PARK

Arrive at Lamezia Terme or railway station where you’ll be met by your driver for a journey to discover the enchanting hilltown of ALTOMONTE for your first three nights at the family “HOTEL BARBIERI” or similar, located a short walk from the historical center.At 6.30 pm meet your tour director for a welcome drink followed by dinner in a local tavern where you will feel like one of the family.Eat like a local! Overnight stay in ALTOMONTE

Day 2: FALL IN LOVE WITH ALTOMONTE, WINERY & HANDS-ON-COOKING

This morning meet your local tour guide for a walking tour of the historic center of ALTOMONTE, where you will discover medieval alleys and traditional life of Calabrians.The historical center is characterized by cobbled streets, stone houses, beautiful buildings and superb views of the valley and mountain ranges. Altomonte has several attractive Gothic-style churches and there is a Civic Museum housed in the old convent adjacent to the Duomo. The present-day construction has a beautiful portal, bell tower with mullioned window and Baroque interior modifications. You will see the main city churches and the museum that contains among other works the famous “San Ladislao” of the school of Giotto.Following this, visit to a local farmhouse for an included WINE TASTING followed by an entertaining COOKING CLASS with the charming Laura.Dinner is included this evening in the family restaurant. Overnight in ALTOMONE

Day 3: DISCOVER THE ALBANIAN VILLAGES OF CIVITA & FRASCINETO

We depart this morning to discover the enchanting POLLINO NATIONAL PARK and its intriguing villages and towns that still preserve traces of Albanian culture more than five centuries after their ancestors fled to Calabria as Turks invaded Albania. Today, they form the largest ethnic minority in the region. They have their own language, literature, dress, and their own Greek Orthodox bishop. In the small Albanian-speaking village of FRASCINETO you’ll visit the Museum of Icons and Byzantine traditions, a true reserve of artistic treasures, as well as a rather unique institution in Calabria’s cultural landscape. Coming from Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece, the icons are more than 250 date back up to the 17th century. Continue to the Albanian mountain village of CIVITA on the southwestern side of the Pollino mountain chain, already in existence during the Middle Ages. It is also known for the “Devil Bridge”, a panoramic bridge built over one of Italy’s deep gorges, the so called “Raganello Gorge”.Dinner is included with the Barbieri family.Overnight stay in ALTOMONTE

Day 4: THE DUCAL PALACE IN CORIGLIANO CALABRO,LICORICE MUSEUM & SPIRTITUAL SERRA SAN BRUNO

This morning drive takes you to visit CORIGLIANO CALABRO to visit its stunning DUCAL CASTLE. Originally built in the 11th century, when the Normans fought the Byzantine rulers in Southern Italy, the fortress expanded in the first half of the 1300s thanks to the powerful Sanseverino family. In the 15th century, the castle was renovated, and its architecture took on the typical features of the Aragonese style; the structure was further altered in the 17th century by the Saluzzo family, and in the 19th century by the Compagna family. After an interesting tour of the world-famous Amarelli Licorice Factory and Museum,continue to the mountain village of SERRA SAN BRUNO with its CERTOSA,an Abbey where the Carthusian monks still live today.Drive to the picturesque fishing town of PIZZO CALABRO, staying at “PICCOLO GRANDE HOTEL“ or similar.Overnight stay in PIZZO CALABRO

Day 5: TIMELESS TROPEA

This morning we depart for one of the most picturesque towns on Calabria’s largely built-up Tyrrhenian coast, TROPEA ‘s architecture reveals medieval Norman and Arab touches as well as a more austere views of the sea and beaches.The rock is topped by SANTA MARIA DELL’ISOLA, a former medieval Benedictine sanctuary.Upon arrival, we set off on a walking tour of the town centre, 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 stunning restaurant boasting amazing view of Tropea and the sea.Overnight stay in PIZZO CALABRO

Day 6: THE RIACE BRONZES IN REGGIO CALABRIA, THE GHOST VILLAGE OF PENDEDATTILO & CHARMING SCILLA

This morning drive takes you to REGGIO CALABRIA to visit the National Museum which houses a fine collection of artifacts from ancient Region- 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.Return to Pizzo Calabro via a stop for a photo at the ghost town of PENDEDATTILO, an ancient village completely abandoned and time for lunch in the charming fishing village of SCILLA.Dinner is on your own this evening.Overnight in PIZZO CALABRO

Day 6: MY TIME IN PIZZO CALABRO 

After breakfast in the hotel, meet your tour manager for a walking tour in the historical area of Pizzo Calabro, to discover its hidden corners. The tour includes a visit to the intriguing CHIESETTA DI PIEDIGROTTA, an underground cave full of carved stone statues and the little 15th century ARAGONESE CASTLE.You cannot leave Pizzo without tasting the Tartufo di Pizzo – a gelato-based version of the truffle.Tonight, we’ll celebrate you with a farewell dinner in a charming local restaurant.Overnight stay in PIZZO CALABRO

Day 8: ARRIVEDERCI BEAUTIFUL SOUTHERN ITALY

Morning transfers to Lamezia airport and train station

TOUR DATES & PRICING

2022 TOUR PRICE : € 3,000         SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: € 300      Currency converter

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

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CALABRIACalabria, in southwest Italy, occupies the “toe” of the country’s boot-shaped peninsula. It’s a sun-baked region of rugged mountains, old-fashioned villages and dramatic coastline, with many popular beaches. Coastal Reggio Calabria, its largest city, is home to the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and its Riace Bronzes, a famous pair of Greek warriors dating back to the Read more