Calabria

From £1,199
Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Sep 2020
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From £1,199
Duration 8 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Sep 2020
Tour Overview

Stay put at your family-run hotel boasting a farm, vineyard and beach, and join included tours to ancient castles, medieval towns and snow-capped peaks. ​ 

  • Leisurely Touring
  • Half Board
  • All Highlights Included
  • Max Group Size 30

Your Holiday Includes

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide 
  • Return flights from Stansted with Ryanair 
  • A dedicated Just You representative to greet you at selected UK airports
  • 7 nights in a 4-star hotel 
  • 14 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 dinners including a welcome drink
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation & porterage
  • All highlights included 
  • Audio Guide
  • Complimentary wi-fi onboard your coach

Included Holiday Highlights

  • ​​Tour of Grand Hotel San Michele grounds & tasting of local produce
  • Visit Belvedere & murals of Diamante
  • Sila Mountains
  • Dinner at Sbarra-family restaurant
  • Tour of hilltop ​Altomonte
  • Visit medieval Cosenza

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Lamezia Terme

​You'll fly to Lamezia Terme today and transfer to your hotel in Cetraro. Set in an enviable location, overlooking the coastline, it's the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy the gastronomic region of Calabria. This evening you can get to know your travelling companions over a welcome drink before dinner​.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Cetraro

​Your hotel is set within magnificent grounds, so why not join the owner on a stroll through the delightful gardens. We'll stop to take in the views out to sea and visit the organic farm which produces most of the delicious food that you will dine on during your stay. We'll pause to sample the produce and admire the hotel's crowning glory - its vineyards. 

This afternoon you can relax and enjoy the hotel's facilities. Perhaps take the lift down to the private beach and spend some time soaking up the sun as you gaze out across the turquoise waters​.

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Belvedere & Diamante

The ancient streets of Belvedere are a short distance from our base in Cetraro and we'll head here after breakfast this morning. In the company of your Tour Manager you'll enjoy a walk up to Belvedere Castle, discovering archways and ornate Baroque balconies along the way. We'll also visit Diamante, where the streets are filled with murals by local artists. As we stroll along the promenade, look out to Cirella Island, once a pirate haunt, then enjoy some time to explore the town further with your travelling companions. Perhaps take the chance to browse around the bustling market, or relax and watch the world go by from an inviting pavement café. ​​
The evening sees us get the chance to experience some true Calabrian hospitality and cuisine, as the Sbarra family welcome us to their restaurant. The house and old olive mill is surrounded by a large organic garden where vegetables and fruits used by the restaurant are grown.
You can watch the sunset from the terrace as you enjoy your meal, cooked by the owner's wife using produce taken straight from the garden.


Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Sila Mountains

​Today's fabulous excursion takes us into the Sila Mountains, which cover a vast area in the heart of Calabria. We'll encounter snow-capped peaks, crystal clear streams and charming villages where time has seemingly stood still. You'll have some free time in the Sila National Park to take a woodland walk, or simply relax by a pretty lake taking in the spectacular scenery​.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Altomonte

​Today we'll head inland to Altomonte, a charming hilltop town which boasts centuries of glorious architecture and art treasures. Step into the cool interiors of ancient churches, shade under the cloisters of a Dominican monastery and clamber up to the turrets of the Norman Tower as you explore this exquisite town. ​

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Cetraro - at Leisure

​We have left today free for you to relax at leisure or explore further with your travelling companions. Perhaps take the hotel shuttle bus (payable locally) into the village of Cetraro and wander amongst the narrow cobblestone streets, churches, shops and cafés. Back at the hotel, you might be tempted to take a dip in the pool, sip a glass of wine on the pretty terrace or maybe play a round of golf on the hotel's 9-hole course​. This evening we'll gather for a farewell dinner and get-together.​​

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Cosenza

​Yet more history awaits in the town of Cosenza. Here, you can lose yourself among narrow streets, steep stairways and delightful medieval squares. On today's tour we'll admire the Romanesque architecture of the 12th century cathedral and the Baroque exterior of the Teatro Rendano. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Lamezia Terme - UK

​Today we'll transfer to the airport for our flight back to the UK.​

Meals included: B

Additional Information

​Pools are typically open from May-October, at the discretion of the hotel.​

Accommodation

Grand Hotel San Michele

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