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Calabria - Italy's Hidden South

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Your charming hotel set in magnificent grounds is the ideal base from which to explore the stunning natural beauty of Calabria

Discover ancient castles, snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls and picturesque villages from your 4-star hotel, set in tranquil woodland, where an organic farm and vineyard provide a feast of Italian cuisine.

Touring

8 Days from £859

Oct 2017 - Oct 2018 Departures

Overview

What's included

  • Return flights from Stansted with Ryanair
  • 7 nights half board in a 4-star hotel
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 
7 dinners including 1 in a local restaurant
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Audio Guide
  • Wi-fi on board your coach

Included holiday highlights

  • 
 Walk in the beautiful grounds of Grand Hotel San Michele and relax on the hotel’s private beach
  • Head to a local restaurant to sample traditional delicacies
  • Enjoy a wine-tasting
  • Visit the delightful towns of Belvedere and Diamante
  • Enjoy the food and wine produced in your hotel’s own farm and vineyard

Itinerary

Depart on your scheduled flight to Lamezia Terme in Calabria today. On arrival, transfer to your hotel, the 4-star Grand Hotel San Michele in Cetraro. This will be your home for the next seven nights.

Your hotel is set in magnificent grounds, and today we include a guided walk through its gardens and woodlands. Take in the splendid views out to the Mediterranean Sea before visiting the hotel’s organic farm which produces much of the delicious food you will dine on during your stay here, which includes pasta dishes containing aubergine, tomato and sausage. You’ll have the opportunity to sample some of these local delicacies before moving on to the hotel’s crowning glory – its vineyards. 
Enjoy a tasting of the fruity wines that are produced here and learn about the wine-making process before joining your host and your Tour Manager on a stroll. This is a wonderful opportunity to find out more about the region and the Calabrian way of life in the deep south of Italy.Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure – the hotel’s private beach is the perfect place to relax if you want to soak up the sun and the lovely sea views. If you discovered a favourite wine on today’s vineyard visit, why not sip a glass at sunset on the hotel’s pretty terrace.

After breakfast join us on today’s included half-day excursion to the delightful towns of Belvedere and Diamante.


Your tour begins as you explore Belvedere’s ancient streets, passing by ornate Baroque balconies and archways as you make your way up to Belvedere Castle. From here you’ll be able to admire magnificent mountain views.


Next you’ll continue on to Diamante, where you’ll experience colourful streets decorated with murals created by local artists. As you stroll along the promenade look out to Cirella Island, once the haunt of pirates, then browse the bustling market. Make sure you buy some peperoncino (chilli pepper), which is Diamante’s speciality, and maybe take a seat at a pavement café and enjoy an icy granita as you watch the world go by.

The rest of your holiday has been left free for you enjoy just as you wish. You’ll have plenty of time to take advantage of your hotel’s excellent facilities, which include a tempting swimming pool and a 9-hole golf course. Your hotel also boasts its own stretch of private beach, the perfect destination if you want to soak up the sun.


If you would like to get out and about and discover more of Calabria, we also offer a range of optional exursions during your stay.


Today you may choose to join our three-quarter-day excursion to the town of Altomonte. Here you can admire centuries of glorious architecture, step into the cool interiors of ancient churches or take shade under the cloisters of Dominican monasteries. If you’re feeling energetic, you can clamber up to the turrets of the Norman Tower – you’ll be rewarded with delightful views.

Spend today at leisure exploring at your own pace or relaxing at your hotel. This evening we include dinner at a local restaurant so you can sample some more Calabrian hospitality.

If you want to discover the great outdoors, today’s optional full-day excursion will be just right for you. You’ll explore Sila National Park, where you will encounter snow-capped mountain peaks, lush pine forests, crystal-clear streams and charming villages where time has seemingly stood still.

Today you could choose to join our three-quarter-day optional excursion to historic Cosenza – the region’s main town.


You’ll have the chance to admire the Romanesque architecture of its cathedral and the Baroque exterior of the exquisite Teatro Rendano as you explore. You’ll also discover a host of interesting shopping opportunities if you’d like to pick up some last-minute souvenirs to take back home.

Your holiday comes to an end today as you head to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Cosenza

Cosenza

from £38

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Explore Cosenza, a pretty town where you can lose yourself among narrow alleys, steep stairways and medieval squares. Make your way to its historic central piazza where you’ll discover a huge statue of the philosopher Bernardino Telesio surrounded by impressive architecture. Admire the Baroque exterior of the exquisite Teatro Rendano and the Romanesque façade of the 12th century cathedral which houses beautiful frescoes and the sepulcher of Isabel of Aragon within. You'll also find some interesting shops here which gives you the opportunity to bring home a momento or two from your holiday.

Three Quarter Day - Moderate Walking - Local Architecture & History

Altomonte

Altomonte

from £36

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Step back in time with a visit to the charming medieval hilltop town of Altomonte. In its historic centre you’ll discover remarkable architecture such as the Church of Santa Maria della Consolazione, whose façade is decorated with a magnificent rose window, and a Dominican monastery with a well preserved medieval courtyard. The town boasts a stunning picturesque landscape towering over the valley of the river Esaro and is well known to the locals as the "Wedding City" thanks to the beautiful setting it offers.

Three Quarter Day – Moderate Walking – Spectacular Views & Historic Interest

Sila Mountains

Sila Mountains

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Dramatic snow-capped peaks are reflected in crystal-clear streams, charming villages where time has seemingly stood still and nestle among the fragrant pine forests. Remember to bring your camera along to capture the sights you’ll witness on this exploration of the glorious Sila Mountains which cover an area of around 2,000 square kilometres in the heart of Calabria. You will have some free time at the Sila National Park to relax by one of the pretty lakes or take a lovely relaxing and peaceful woodland stroll.

Full Day – Moderate Walking – Stunning Scenery

Prebookable Package

Prebookable Package

from £103

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You can save money and enhance your holiday with this prebookable excursion package...

Altomonte / Sila Mountains / Cosenza

Accommodation

The Grand Hotel San Michele is a wonderful 4-star family run hotel full of charming Mediterranean elegance. It is located close to the town of Cetraro nestled within the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean and Tyrrhenian Sea, with views spanning as far as the Aeolian Islands.

As well as being situated within the cliffs offering wonderful views, the hotel is surrounded by over 40 hectares of organic farm - home to the local produce provided. The farm at the San Michele is made up of three vineyards, orchards and a vegetable garden. The unique organic farm provides the hotel with fantastic daily produce including fruit, vegetables, milk, cheese, eggs, olive oil and home-made jams. The vineyards produce red, white and rosé wines along with a selection of homemade liquors such as Grappa. The hotel pride themselves on serving seasonal and fresh produce, as well as displaying wonderful seasonal flowers within the hotel.

Not only are you able to enjoy the local organic produce, you can also walk on the farm and surrounding woods for the chance to spot some of the wildlife. As well as exploring the farm and woods, you can also enjoy a game of golf on the 9-hole golf course. If you prefer, you can relax on the private beach or sip a local glass of wine on the terrace. Hotel facilities also include a swimming pool, two restaurants and a piano bar. There are around 60 bedrooms, each with its own individual charm and private facilities, air-conditioning and TV.

Hotel Amenities:
  • 2 restaurants
  • Three large terraces
  • Swimming pool
  • Golf course
  • Private beach
Room Amenities:
  • Private facilities
  • Air-conditioning
  • TV

Grand Hotel San Michele, Cetaro

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Dates and Prices

Departing from

Departure date

Duration

Was

Now

Status

 

London (Stansted)

Thursday 05 October 2017

8 Days

£859

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Thursday 05 October 2017

Departs

08:00 London (Stansted)

Arrives

12:00 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Thursday 12 October 2017

Departs

12:25 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Arrives

14:35 London (Stansted)

Operated by

Ryanair

London (Stansted)

Thursday 17 May 2018

8 Days

£959

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Thursday 17 May 2018

Departs

08:00 London (Stansted)

Arrives

12:00 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Thursday 24 May 2018

Departs

12:25 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Arrives

14:35 London (Stansted)

Operated by

Ryanair

London (Stansted)

Thursday 14 June 2018

8 Days

£999

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Thursday 14 June 2018

Departs

08:00 London (Stansted)

Arrives

12:00 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Thursday 21 June 2018

Departs

12:25 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Arrives

14:35 London (Stansted)

Operated by

Ryanair

London (Stansted)

Thursday 13 September 2018

8 Days

£1,079

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Thursday 13 September 2018

Departs

06:30 London (Stansted)

Arrives

10:30 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Thursday 20 September 2018

Departs

10:55 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Arrives

13:05 London (Stansted)

Operated by

Ryanair

London (Stansted)

Thursday 04 October 2018

8 Days

£859

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Thursday 04 October 2018

Departs

06:30 London (Stansted)

Arrives

10:30 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Thursday 11 October 2018

Departs

10:55 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Arrives

13:05 London (Stansted)

Operated by

Ryanair

Customer Quotes

Every Travelsphere customer is asked to fill out a questionnaire when they return from their holiday so we can see how we have done and to ensure we maintain our high standards.

Below are a selection of customer quotes taken directly from the customer questionnaires:

We had an absolute gem, our tour manager Arnold, he was always very helpful, very knowledgeable and would always go the extra mile nothing was too much trouble, a real asset to your company. The hotel was excellent, everything we expected and more
Mrs Janet Folkes- Ketttering
 
Calabria - Italy's Hidden South - 2014
Hotel owner Ornella gave an excellent talk about the history of the hotel and guided tour of estate & tasting delicious home-made items. Armando matched the expectations to the weather and has amazing knowledge of the area.
Miss Marcia Wheeler- London
 
Calabria - Italy's Hidden South - 2015