For most international travelers, the Calabria region is uncharted territory. Located in Southern Italy at the tip of the boot, Calabria welcomes all types of travelers with its millenary history, rugged natural scenery, and pristine beaches. Offering the perfect blend of archeological sites, cliffside towns with Ancient Greek roots, flavorful cuisine, and crystal-clear waters, Calabria is a dream come true for travelers seeking a cultural vacation with plenty of opportunities for downtime. The following itinerary offers the perfect introduction to the Calabria region with time in coastal areas, such as Tropea and Scilla, in addition to the region’s largest city, Reggio Calabria. Along the way, travelers will experience unforgettable excursions, such as a cruise to admire the nighttime eruptions of Stromboli. Come discover the beauty and charm of Calabria during this once-in-a-lifetime 7-day vacation.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Tropea, Reggio Calabria, Scilla
Day 01: OUT-BOUND FLIGHT
Board your flight and begin your unforgettable trip to Calabria.
Day 02: TROPEA
After landing in Lamezia Terme Airport, meet with your private driver and travel to the stunning coastal town of Tropea. Check into your centrally located hotel, then begin exploring this enchanting town. Located on a cliff above the Gulf of Sant’Eufemia, Tropea is considered to be one of the most breathtaking coastal villages in the country.
In the evening, enjoy your first introduction to the fresh flavors of Calabrian cuisine during dinner at a family-owned restaurant. Afterwards, return to your hotel for a good night’s rest.
Day 03: TROPEA
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then take the day to discover Tropea’s many treasures. The historic center is home to several important monuments from Tropea’s past, including the twelfth-century Cathedral of Maria Santissima di Romania, the Church of Gesù, and the Church of Annunziata.
Of course, travelers should not miss the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell’Isola, which is located on a promontory and watches over Tropea. The clifftop sanctuary is set against the background of the brilliant blue sea and has become a symbol of the town that embodies the beauty of the Calabria region. The origins of the church are medieval, though the current building has undergone several reconstructions following earthquakes. In order to reach the sanctuary, travelers climb up a series of steps cut into the rock. The views from the top of the promontory are more than worth the trip, while the interior of the sanctuary features old stone walls and beautiful works of art.
Today you will also visit a farmhouse in the surroundings of Tropea for an unforgettable culinary experience and cooking class. During the excursion, you will learn about Calabria’s unique traditions and products, such as ‘nduja spreadable pork sausage. After visiting the farm, roll up your sleeves and participate in a hands-on cooking class. Immerse in the fresh, local flavors, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor. In the evening, return to your hotel for the night.
Day 04: TROPEA
Once you finish breakfast at the hotel, spend the morning and afternoon at a local beach of your choosing. From sandy beaches to picturesque coves, Tropea’s coastal location offers plenty of opportunities to go for a swim in the pristine water as well as sunbathe. For lunch, you can pack a picnic like the locals or enjoy regional specialties at a seaside restaurant.
In the afternoon, head to Tropea’s harbor and embark on a panoramic cruise to the island of Stromboli. Part of Sicily’s Aeolian Islands, Stromboli is an active volcano with consistent minor eruptions. Upon arrival, you will have time to explore the island and admire the natural scenery, including the black sand volcanic beaches. Afterwards, return to the boat to catch an unforgettable glimpse of the volcano’s natural explosions that light up the night sky. This stunning natural phenomenon is truly a sight to be seen. Then, return to Tropea by boat where you will spend the night at your hotel.
Day 05: TROPEA, REGGIO CALABRIA
In the morning, check out of your hotel and travel south to Reggio Calabria, which is the region’s largest city. Check into your new hotel and begin to explore Reggio Calabria’s vast city center.
As a city with Ancient Greek origins that date back to the third millennium BC, there is plenty of history to experience in Reggio Calabria. The Riace Bronzes, two rare examples of Greek bronze sculptures, have become a symbol of the city. These can be viewed at the National Archeological Museum of Magna Graecia in addition to countless other artifacts from the Magna Graecia period. Other historic sites include the Roman Baths, the Greek Walls, the Hypogeum of Piazza Italia, the Locri Epizefiri excavations, and Castello Aragonese.
Travelers can also choose to visit the Pinacoteca Civica art gallery, the Cathedral of Maria Santissima Assunta, or the Pythagoras Planetarium. In the evening, enjoy a nice seafood dinner followed by a stroll along the seaside promenade. Afterwards, return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 06: REGGIO CALABRIA, SCILLA
After finishing breakfast at the hotel, set your sights on the nearby coastal gem of Scilla. This small town features a historic center and beach-front area. Travelers could choose to visit one of the historic churches, such as the Church of Santa Maria Immacolata or the Church of Spirito Santo, or climb up to Castello Ruffo. Located on a promontory, the castle offers dramatic views of the cliffs and sea. If you prefer, spend the day on the pebble beach to relax and unwind in the tranquil atmosphere.
In the evening, return to Reggio Calabria where you can celebrate your unforgettable vacation during your last dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 07: RETURN FLIGHT
In the morning, travel to Reggio Calabria Airport and board your return flight.
PACKAGE START AT $ 4,904 Per person INCLUDES (*):
- Round trip flights in economy class with in-flight meals, drinks, and entertainment (**)
- Transportation by Private Car with Driver as per itinerary;
- 5 Nights accommodation in 4* Category Hotels or Similar in double/twin rooms with private facilities;
- Daily Buffet Breakfast;
- 3 Dinners as per itinerary;
- 3 Half day English Speaking Local and expert Tour Guide (Tropea, Reggio Calabria, Scilla);
- 1 Hands On Cooking Class and Food Tasting with Light lunch
- 1 Half Day Boat Tour.
- Panoramic Visits as per itinerary;
- Vat Taxes and service Charges.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
- All Land & Air prices: Additional U.S. & Foreign Departure Taxes and Surcharges Fee(s) assessed by the Airlines.
- Hospitality city tax which varies by city and hotel category. Where applicable it must be paid locally to the hotel.
- Porterage service.
- Entrance Fees to Monuments or Museums, Tips, Extras.
- All which is not listed under “PACKAGE INCLUDES”.
(*) Rate based on two adult persons sharing a double or twin bedded room with private bathroom. Single rooms are available at an additional supplement. Children’s, triple room rates and alternative accommodation arrangements are available upon request. (Additional and different charges may apply).
(**) Rate based on NYC departure gates. Alternative U.S. departure cities available upon request at 1-866-GO ITALY or Email Trips2italy .