Tour description

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 misterious ZUNGRI 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, 5 dinners, 1 lunch (main meals include local wine, mineral water, espresso coffee or tea only)
  • The tour begins on Day 1 from Lamezia Terme or train station with a group transfer at 14.00 to Tropea 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 

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

Day 1: WELCOME TO CALABRIA & ROMANTIC TROPEA

Arrive at Lamezia Terme airport or railway station where you’ll be met by your driver for a group transfer at 14.00 and travel to the splendid town of TROPEA which boasts centuries of glorious architecture and art treasure, for your first three nights in a beautiful hotel located near the village center. After an opportunity to rest and freshen up, you’ll be treated to a welcome aperitif at the hotel bar followed by dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in TROPEA

Day 2: TIMELESS TROPEA, PRIVATE BOAT TOUR & COOKING CLASS

One of the most picturesque towns on Calabria’s largely built up Tyrrhenian coast, TROPEA 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 a former medieval Benedictine sanctuary. The cathedral is of Norman origin, although it has been rebuilt several times’ walking tour of the town center will let you appreciate not just the charm of the brick and stone houses hugging the steep lanes, but greeting the local people you meet and witnessing their daily routines. After a visit to a stunning garden boasting amazing view of the coastline, you will end the morning with a private BOAT TOUR accompanied by some local appetizers.In the evening, we invite you in the house of a lady for a COOKING CLASS. Trust the locals!!! Overnight in TROPEA

Day 3: THE RIACE BRONZES IN REGGIO CALABRIA & WINE TASTING

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.Complete the day adventure with a visit to a popular WINERY for a tasting of their wines.Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in TROPEA

Day 4: MYSTERIOUS ZUNGRI & PICTURESQUE MOUNTAIN VILLAGE OF ALTOMONTE

This morning drive takes you to ZUNGRI, a hilltop village known for the hundreds of caves and grottoes dotting its sandstone cliffs.Here we will explore some of the caves and learn about the Basilian monks who established this ancient settlement and lived here between the twelfth and 14th centuries.Then we drive north to the picturesque 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. Spend the next two nights at a family hotel,with dinner included this evening in the family restaurant. Eat like a local! Overnight stay in MORANO CALABRO

Day 6: DISCOVER THE ALBANIAN VILLAGES OF FRASCINETO & CIVITA

We depart this morning to discover the enchanting UNESCO 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. We first visit the small Albanian-speaking village of FRASCINETO where 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. Then, drive 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. After an included light lunch in a family restaurant, return to Morano Calabro for the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in MORANO CALABRO

Day 7: THE DUCAL PALACE IN CORIGLIANO & THE LICORICE MUSEUM IN ROSSANO

After breakfast in the hotel, we drive to CORIGLIANO CALABRO to visit its stunning DUCAL PALACE, 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.We then continue our visit to the mountain village of ROSSANO CALABRO for an exclusive tour of the world-famous AMARELLI LICORICE FACTORY & MUSEUM.Overnight in PIZZO CALABRO

Day 7: MY TIME IN PIZZO CALABRO & THE CHIESETTA DI PIEDIGROTTA

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 CALABRIA

Morning transfers to Lamezia airport and train station

TOUR DATES & PRICING

2024 TOUR PRICE : € 3,000         SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: € 400      Currency converter

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

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Breathtaking Calabria

Rated 5.0 out of 5
07/11/2022

Just wanted to say a big thank you for one of the best tours we have ever been on. We saw a side of Calabria we could never have imagined and Luca our guide was fantastic and so knowledgeable. We meet lovely sisters Mary and Christina and we could not have asked for a better couple of people to see this truely hidden gem. Being children of Calabrian parents I wish they could have seen Calabria like this as well. Aldo & Katrin thank you again, will definitely book again with you!!

Angelina Pastucci (Australia)

Backroad Calabria

Rated 5.0 out of 5
29/10/2022

It has been a month since our Calabria tour and I am still reliving the memories in my mind! Once again Secret Italia made sure the hotels and activities were top notch! We love the fact that the hotels on your tour are not big hotels and they have the unique qualities of the surrounding area! They were charming and the service was wonderful. The hospitality was exceptional at the Barbieri Hotel! The daily itinerary had some amazing sites, especially the Devil Bridge! What an experience riding off-road to get there. We had so much fun that day. Your tours always include interesting places. They are not just the typical tourist places. And the food! The sweet peppers and onions of Calabria were my favorite. Each meal we had was better than the last. All of the restaurants were high quality. We were so very lucky to have our favorite tour guide Luca to show us the wonders of Calabria! He is so knowledgeable and gives such insight into the culture! Luca is the best!

Secret Italia does not disappoint! You continue to offer varied and interesting small group travel tours and I hope to travel with Secret Italia in the future!

Christine Sharkey (USA)




CALABRIA

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