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Warm Waters & Warm Welcomes

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 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.

What does this price include?

  • 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

Your Itinerary

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Hotel Santa Lucia, Panghlia, Tropea

This traditional, southern Italian four-star hotel is beautifully set above the Tyrrhenian Sea, just two miles north of Tropea.

Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

  • Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

  • Please note: Since some attractions visited offer free admission to visitors at certain times of the year, we do not include entrance fees. These will be payable locally where applicable.

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