Calabria - Italy's Southern Jewel

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  • Newmarket Holidays

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Discover mainland Italy’s fascinating southernmost reaches, and explore the glorious Coast of the Gods, set between two seas of deepest blue. Based in a comfortable hotel above the stunning waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, a stone’s throw from colourful Tropea in its striking cliff-top setting, this holiday includes three wonderful excursions. Step back in time on visits to exquisite, unspoilt towns and shore-side villages including Cosenza, Chianalea di Scilla, Reggio di Calabria and Gerace, make the most of the opportunity to swim in the Mediterranean waters between Italy and Sicily, and perhaps cross them by boat on an optional day-trip to the stunning Aeolian Isles.

Highlights

Holiday Highlights

Seven nights on the shores of the blue Tyrrhenian Sea
Exquisite, cliff-top Tropea, its dazzling beaches and island church
Wander down to the water’s edge in delightful Chianalea di Scilla
See the views of distant Etna from Reggio di Calabria
Explore pretty, fortified Gerace and Locri’s ancient ruins
Visit historic, riverside Cosenza in its mountain setting

Destinations
  • Europe
  • Italy
Tour Types
  • 50 plus
  • Air Holidays & Breaks
  • Italian Holidays
  • AIR
  • Seniors
Departure Points
  • London Stansted

Itinerary

Day 1

Upon arrival, meet your tour manager and transfer south to your hotel in Parghelia, close to Tropea and overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Settle in to your surroundings, enjoy dinner at your hotel and perhaps watch your first Calabrian sunset.

Day 2

Today you're free to make the most of your hotel and nearby Tropea. Why not enjoy pleasures of the pool, take the shuttle bus to the nearby private beach, or into Tropea to explore its streets and dramatic cliff-top setting? Fringed at its foot by golden sands and blue waters, Tropea is a perfect place in which to rest and relax. It boasts a delightful old town of narrow streets, a glorious Norman cathedral and a café-lined main thoroughfare, the Corso Vittorio Emmanuale, which leads down to a viewpoint overlooking the azure sea. A rocky outcrop crowned by the beautiful Santa Maria dell’Isola church and monastery rises from the town's main beach, and dedicated sunworshippers enjoy their earthly pleasures on the idyllic sands to either side. Why not head to colourful Piazza Ercole in the early evening to take part in the traditional passeggiata as the locals stroll and chat their way through the streets?

Day 3

The first of our included tours is a perfect introduction to Calabria. It begins with a journey south along the Costa degli Dei (the Coast of the Gods), to ancient Scilla, set beneath imposing Castello Ruffo on its rocky promontory dividing two sandy beaches. The steets of the colourful town lead down to the exquisite fishing village of Chianalea di Scilla, a tumbledown delight where ancient houses cluster round the waters beside which fishermen tend their nets before setting out in search of swordfish, the most popular regional dish. After a chance to explore we'll head further south, to Reggio di Calabria, the regional capital. The town - once one of the first Ancient Greek colonies in Italy – is most famous for its location across the Straits of Messina from Sicily. On a clear day, the summit of Mount Etna can be seen from the seafront. Don’t miss the elegant shops and stores of Corso Garibaldi before we return to Tropea for dinner at the end of a fascinating day.

Day 4

Rest and relax in the hotel and its surroundings, or rise early to enjoy a memorable cruise to the volcanic Aeolian Isles. You'll set sail from Tropea's port and cross to Vulcano, docking in Porto di Levante beneath the island's brooding cone. While you're here why not enjoy a therapeutic volcanic mud bath (payable locally) or a swim before we continue to the largest Aeolian island, Lípari? Delightful Lípari Town hugs the bay beneath a 1000-year-old castle. Wander its colourful streets, head to a remoter island corner for another dip, or simply enjoy lunch or an ice cream in the sun. Passing island idyll Panarea, we'll head next to fabled Strómboli, and go ashore in Port Scari. If you're lucky you'll see Mount Strómboli fire a plume of incandescent cinder and ash into the air - always a dramatic sight, and a perfectly safe experience from the water when sea and wind conditions permit – before you return to Tropea at the end of a marvellous day.

Day 5

Today’s excursion takes you across Calabria to the Ionian Sea coast. Here Gerace's ancient streets and imposing cathedral, in their fortified hill-top setting, offer stunning views of the coast beyond, and the vast remains at Locri Epizefiri afford a glimpse of life some 2700 years ago. Enjoy a walking tour of Gerace, and visit the fascinating Locri museum to discover its archaeological treasures, during another wonderful day.

Day 6

Spend another delightful day at your hotel, on the beach or perhaps in Tropea, making the most of your sun-kissed surroundings.

Day 7

Your final half-day guided tour heads inland to the northern Calabrian city of Cosenza. Built on seven hills at the confluence of the Busento and Crati rivers, Cosenza is surrounded by mountains including the green slopes of Sila National Park. A fascinating place, where ancient and modern sit side by side (the city is markedly more prosperous than many of its regional counterparts) Cosenza radiates Southern Italian charm and the city’s grand piazzas and labyrinthine old town are delightful places to wander.

Day 8

Bid "Arrivederci" to your Calabrian hosts, and transfer back to Lamezia Airport to catch your flight home at the end of a holiday in Italy’s fascinating southern corner.

What's Included

Seven nights' dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation at the four-star Hotel Santa Lucia, Parghelia, Tropea
Return flights to Lamezia
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.

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Touring with Newmarket Holidays

With more than 35 years’ tour-operating experience, Newmarket Holidays can provide escorted tours, river cruises, cruise holidays and resort-based stays that combine superb value for money and the highest standards of customer care. Having won Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company six years running at the British Travels Awards, the company has become one of the largest and most respected independently owned tour operators in the UK.

Newmarket Holidays offers a huge array of escorted tours, short breaks, long explorations and holiday experiences for just about every interest and activity level, with transfers, excursions, carefully chosen accommodation and many entrances included in the price. All holidays also include a friendly and knowledgeable tour manager to help you make the most of your trip and to ensure your holiday operates as smoothly as possible. And although much of your escorted tour is prearranged, you’ll still have plenty of free time to relax and the flexibility to do your own thing.

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When you choose an air holiday, you can either tour as many attractions and cultures as you can fit in or base yourself at a quiet resort and take your pick from a collection of excursions and day trips. This means that your holiday can be as adventurous or as relaxing as you wish. If a cruise is your ideal group tour, Newmarket Holidays has departures from nearly every major port in the UK and can take you to places in and around Europe, the Canary Islands, the Baltic Cities, Greenland, the Far East, Australia and Africa. You can also choose from a wide range of European and worldwide river cruises or select a Christmas and New Year river cruise along the Danube, the Rhine or the Seine River.

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Please note: After many years of operation, Newmarket Holidays has decided to discontinue the UK and European coach breaks and tours departing from local pick-ups in the UK (as of 2019) to concentrate on its range of UK, European and Worldwide air holidays, ocean cruises and river cruises. 

 

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