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Calabria - Italy's Hidden South

8 Days from £949

Discover Calabria, one of Italy's hidden gems.

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Departure from: May 2018 - Oct 2018

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

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

  • Guided walk in your hotel's grounds
  • Enjoy a wine tasting
  • Visit the towns of Belvedere and Diamante


Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Lamezia Terme

Depart on your scheduled flight to Lamezia Terme in Calabria today. On arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel in Cetraro, which offers amazing views over the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 2 Cetraro

Your sightseeing begins today before you have even left your hotel! It is set in magnificent grounds so a guided walk through its gardens and woodlands is a great way to get your bearings. Enjoy sea views as you make your way to the hotel's very own organic farm. This is where much of the excellent food you will enjoy during your stay is grown, and you'll have the chance to sample some delicacies right now.
Next, we'll head to the hotel's crowning glory, its vineyards, where you'll gain insight into the wine-making process before a tasting of the fruity wines produced here. You can then take a walk with your host to learn more about the Calabrian way of life and this region in the deep south of Italy.
With the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps make a beeline for the private beach, sit back and soak up the sun. If you discovered a favourite wine on today's vineyard visit, why not sip a glass at sunset on the hotel's pretty terrace.

Day 3 Belvedere & Diamante

We'll leave the hotel this morning for an included trip to the delightful towns of Belvedere and Diamante. We'll stroll through the ancient streets of Belvedere, passing ornate Baroque balconies and archways en route to its castle, where magnificent mountain views await.
Diamante is next, and here you'll see colourful streets adorned with murals by local artists. From the promenade look out to Cirella Island, once the haunt of pirates, and in the market be sure to buy some peperoncino. This chilli pepper is the town's speciality. There's time too, if you like, to stop at a café to sample an icy granita and watch as the world goes by.

Day 4 Altomonte

The rest of your holiday has been left free for you to enjoy just as you wish. You'll have plenty of time to take advantage of your hotel's excellent facilities. They include a swimming pool, a 9-hole golf course and a private stretch of beach, so there's lots of things you can do.
However, if you're keen to see more of Calabria, we have a range of optional excursions available, starting today with a trip to the town of Altomonte. There's glorious architecture and ancient churches to admire, and if you're feeling energetic, you can climb up to the turrets of the Norman Tower for great views.

Day 5 Cetraro

Enjoy a relaxing day today, exploring Cetraro at your own pace or soaking up the sun on the beach.
There's a change of scenery this evening, as we get together and head to a nearby restaurant for dinner, with Calabrian hospitality and cuisine on the menu.

Day 6 Sila National Park

If you've reached your peak of relaxation, our optional excursion will get you out and about in the great outdoors of Sila National Park. As you explore with a Local Guide you'll encounter snow-capped mountain peaks, lush pine forests, crystal-clear streams and villages where time has seemingly stood still.

Day 7 Cosenza

If you want to continue your exploration of Calabria, be sure to come with us today on an optional visit to historic Cosenza. This is the region's main town, and the Romanesque architecture of its cathedral and the Baroque exterior of the exquisite Teatro Rendano are worth the trip alone. It's a great place too for shopping, so you might want to pick up some last-minute souvenirs.

Day 8 Lamezia Terme/UK

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


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

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Day 1 - 7 :

Grand Hotel San Michele, Cetaro
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


Dates and Prices

 
DEPARTURE
DATE
DEPARTING
FROM
DEPARTURE
WAS
NOW
STATUS
 

THU 17 MAY 18

London (Stansted)

GUARANTEED

£999

£949

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

THU 14 JUN 18

London (Stansted)

GUARANTEED

£1,029

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

THU 28 JUN 18

London (Stansted)

£1,029

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Thursday 28 June 2018

Departs

08:00 London (Stansted)

Arrives

12:00 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Thursday 05 July 2018

Departs

12:25 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Arrives

14:35 London (Stansted)

Operated by

Ryanair

THU 13 SEP 18

London (Stansted)

GUARANTEED

£1,079

£1,029

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Thursday 13 September 2018

Departs

08:00 London (Stansted)

Arrives

12:00 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Thursday 20 September 2018

Departs

12:25 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Arrives

14:35 London (Stansted)

Operated by

Ryanair

THU 04 OCT 18

London (Stansted)

GUARANTEED

£999

£949

Available

Outbound
Ryanair

Thursday 04 October 2018

Departs

08:00 London (Stansted)

Arrives

12:00 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Operated by

Ryanair

Inbound
Ryanair - FR

Thursday 11 October 2018

Departs

12:25 Lamezia Terme (S Eufemia)

Arrives

14:35 London (Stansted)

Operated by

Ryanair

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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.

Sila Mountains

FROM £36

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

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Altomonte

FROM £36

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

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Prebookable Package

FROM £103

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

Altomonte / Sila Mountains / Cosenza

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Cosenza

FROM £38

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

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Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

Favourite Moments

After visits to enchanting Belvedere and Diamante you’ll understand why the Italians have kept the secrets of Calabria to themselves.