Calabria 4-day tour by air
Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 May 2018
We are pleased to announce our 4-day tour by air to Calabria. This tour follows hot on the heels of our fully booked 4-day Calabria tour being held in April as also our three Walking Tours in Calabria being held during March and April 2018.
During this tour, we will get a taste of this interesting and beautiful region of Italy, enjoying a memorable experience of breathtaking lush scenery with exceptional sea, country and mountain views, including visits to typical fishing and mountain villages, as also a visit to the capital, Reggio Calabria.
Visiting: Pentidattilo, Bova, Gambarie, Parco Nazionale dell' Aspromonte, Reggio Calabria, Scilla, Tropea, Cucullaro, Straits of Messina, Catania, Villa San Giovanni
Thursday 17 May 2018
0400 Meet at Malta International Airport for check in
0550 Departure from Malta on board Air Malta flight KM640 to Catania
0630 Arrival at Catania International Airport Vincenzo Bellini, followed by departure by coach to Messina, with a short stop for coffee (not included in price) along the way if time permits (if not one can have a snack on the ferry)
0815 Arrival in Messina and embarkation on the ferry
0840 Departure from Messina. During the short ferry trip, one can opt to take in the splendours of the majestic Straits of Messina from the ferry deck or to enjoy a coffee (not included in price) from the on-board cafeterias
0900 Arrival in Villa San GIovanni and departure to Pentedattilo
1030 Arrival in Pentidattilo. Pentedattilo (Calabrian Greek: Pentadàktilo) is a ghost town in Calabria, southern Italy, administratively a frazione of Melito di Porto Salvo. It is situated at 250 m above sea level on the Monte Calvario, a mountain whose shapes once resembled that of five fingers (whence the name, from the Greek penta + daktylos, meaning "five fingers"). We will have the opportunity to explore the nooks and crannies of this medieval village.
1200 Transfer by coach to Bova
1330 Arrival in Bova. Bova (Calabrian Greek: Chòra tu Vùa) is one of the Greek-Bovesian speaking villages of Bovesia, one of the two Griko-speaking areas of southern Italy. The village is inscribed into I Borghi più belli d'Italia list. Here we will proceed to a typical trattoria, where we will enjoy a 5-course traditional Calabrian lunch (included in tour price), consisting of antipasto, pasta, meat-based main course including vegetable side dish, dessert, coffee and liquer. Lunch is inclusive of unlimited local wine and mineral water. After lunch we will explore the town of Bova, where we will visit the castle which is perched on the highest point of the village and which affords spectacular views of the whole Ionian coast of Sicily stretching from Siracusa to Messina and dominated by the beauty of the magnificient Mount Etna.
17:00 Departure to Gambarie, located in the beautiful natural setting of the Parco Nazionale dell' Aspromonte.
18:30 Arrival at our hotel, the 3 star Superior Spa Hotel Centrale (www.hotelcentrale.net). Check in and allocation of rooms
20:15 Dinner at our Hotel
Friday 18 May 2018
07:30 Buffet breakfast at the Hotel
09:00 Departure to Reggio Calabria
10:00 Arrival in Reggio Calabria, which is the capital of the province bearing the same name. Reggio Calabria is the oldest city region of Calabria and was severely damaged in the devastating earthquake of December 1908. Here we will be able to visit the city centre, including the imposing Lungomare Falcomata', which was described by well known Italian poet Gabriele D'Annunzio as Italy's finest kilometre ("il chilometro piu' bello d'Italia"). We will be able to admire the spectacular views over the Straits of Messina. Free time in the historical centre of Reggio Calabria, which is dotted with imposing and quaint Liberty style buildings, where one can also visit the world famous Riace Bronzes at the Magna Grecia National Museum. Free time for lunch (not included in price) in Reggio Calabria.
1430 Departure to Scilla.
1515 Arrival in the picturesque fishing village of Scilla, which has been immortalised as the town of the Greek Mythology sea monster, Scylla. Here we will be able to visit the historical centre on the upper part of town where the Castle is located, moving down to the coastal district of Chianalea, where we will meander through the old alleyways which house the fishermen's old houses, most of which have an arched stone basement where the fishing boats are moored right on the coast. Free time in Chianalea.
1730 Departure to Gambarie
1830 Arrival at our hotel. Free time, where one can also join the tour leader on a walk to experience the sunset over the straights of Messina from a vantage point located 1km away from the hotel
2030 Dinner at the Hotel
Saturday 19 May 2018
0730 Buffet breakfast at the Hotel.
0830 Departure to Tropea, with a brief pit stop along the way
1045 Arrival in Tropea. Dating back to Roman times, Tropea is effectively a terrace on the sea. As a result, the town played an important role during Roman, Norman and Aragonese times. Legend has it that Hercules, on his return from the Pillars of Hercules in Spain, stood on this side of the beautiful Calabrian coast, then referred to as the Coast of the Gods, and made Tropea one of his ports. We will explore the historical centre, with its splendid Norman Cathedral, which is famous for the Byzantine picture of the Virgin Mary of Romania. Again according to legend, a boat coming from the East Byzantine empire was steered into the port of Tropea by a storm. After repairing the damage, the captain tried to leave but the ship could not be moved from the harbour. That same night, the Bishop of the city, Ambrogio Cordova, dreamed of the Virgin Mary asking him to remain in Tropea and become its protectress. The dream repeated itself for several nights. Eventually the bishop summoned the senior officials and the citizens and together they went to the port to take possession of the picture of the Virgin Mary. As soon as the picture was brought to shore, the ship was able to depart. The Virgin Mary promised to defend the city from pestilence, earthquakes and war. Many events that took place since then seem to attest to this. It is claimed that the Virgin Mary appeared several times in dreams to the Bishop, warning him of an earthquake that would devastate Calabria. On 27 March 1638, the Bishop established a penitential procession, involving all the people from Tropea. The earthquake which struck that very day caused no harm. The citizens of Tropea were also saved from the 1783 Calabrian earthquakes, which were much stronger and more tragic than the 1638 earthquake and which affected the whole of Calabria. This event strengthened the devotion towards the Virgin Mary of Romania, leading to her proclamation by the citizens as the Patron Saint of Tropea. During the Second World War, Tropea suffered a bombing but the six bombs which fell on Tropea remained unexploded. Free time in Tropea including free time for lunch (not included in price)
15:00 Departure to Gambarie, with a short pit stop along the way.
17:30 Arrival at our Hotel. Free time.
20:15 Dinner at the Hotel
Sunday 20 May 2018
0730 Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Free time in Gambarie, during which one can go for a walk in the beautiful woodlands surrounding this village located in the heart of the Parco Nazionale dell' Aspromonte or enjoy the spa at the hotel (not included in price: prior booking directly with the hotel reception is recommended)
1045 Check out from the hotel and departure by coach to the Osservatorio della Biodiversita' di Cucullaro, just 2km away from the hotel. Here, with the help of our local park guide, we will visit the Visitors Centre (entrance included in tour price), where we will be introduced to the various rich array of birds, flora, fauna, trees and insects typical of the Parco Nazionale dell'Aspromonte. We will also be able to see a faithful reproduction of a neolithical building typical of the area.
1245 Return by coach to Gambarie. Here we will proceed to a typical trattoria, where we will enjoy a 5-course traditional Calabrian lunch (included in tour price), consisting of antipasto, pasta, meat-based main course including vegetable side dish, dessert, coffee and liquer. Lunch is inclusive of unlimited local wine and mineral water.
1530 Departure towards Villa San GIovanni
1645 Arrival in Villa San Giovanni and embarkation on ferry
1715 Departure by ferry to Messina
1830 Arrival in Messina and transfer by coach to Catania.
2000 Arrival at Centro Commerciale Auchan Porte di Catania for some shopping time (if time permits)
2100 Departure to Catania airport
21:15 Arrival at Catania Airport in time for check in and embarkation on our Airmalta flight KM513
2315 Departure from Catania
2359 Arrival in Malta
Prices per person:
Children aged 2 to 14 years: €399
Children aged under 2 years: €150
Air Malta flight Malta-Catania-Malta, inclusive of all taxes and charges
23kg checked baggage and 10kg cabin baggage on both flights
All coach transfers
Ferry Messina-Villa San Giovanni-Messina
Accomodation for three nights (based on twin, double or triple room sharing) on half board basis at 3* superior Spa Hotel Centrale (www.hotelcentrale.net), in Gambarie, Province of Reggio Calabria.
Three Course dinner inclusive of free flowing wine and mineral water at the Hotel on Saturday, Sunday and Monday evening
Buffet breakfast at the Hotel on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning
Typical 6-course meat-based Calabrian Lunch on Saturday at a Trattoria in Bova, consisting of Antipasto, Pasta, Main course including vegetable side-dish, Dessert, Coffee and Liquer. Free flowing wine and mineral water.
Typical 6-course meat-based Calabrian Lunch on Tuesday at a Trattoria in Gambarie, consisting of Antipasto, Pasta, Main course including side-dish, Dessert, Coffee and Liquer. Free flowing wine and mineral water.
Entrance and guided tour to the Osservatorio della Biodiversita' di Cucullaro within the Parco Nazionale dell' Aspromonte National Park
Service of experienced Go Sicily Travel tour leader Mario Spiteri CPA
Single Room Supplement: €25 per person per night x 3 nights = €25
Insurance (Citadel Insurance Economy Policy): €12.50 per person plus 11% stamp duty (minimum €13)
Deposit of €150 per person on confirmation plus 100% of insurance if required
Balance by 4 May 2018 or immediately on booking for bookings made after 4 May 2018.
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