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Head off the beaten path in Italy

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20222023
8 days From £1,299 per person

2022 Tour code: 22TRF

About the tour

Discover Italy's best-kept secret as you head off the beaten path in unspoilt Calabria. Step into a world of pristine beaches lapped by turquoise waters, rolling hills dotted with citrus trees, and sleepy, old-world towns bursting with charm.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - To Lamezia & Tropea

Meet in London or travel to your local airport for the flight to Lamezia. From here, begin the journey to Calabria, a striking region in the 'toe' of Italy that's somewhat untouched by tourism. You arrive in Tropea and check into your all inclusive hotel.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Tropea

You're introduced to Tropea with a guided walking tour, followed by free time to explore. Perched on a rugged cliffside overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, Tropea epitomises Calabrian beauty. With its dazzling white beaches, dramatic rock formations, maze of cobblestoned streets and history bathed in myth and legend, the town offers the perfect introduction to the undiscovered delights of Calabria.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 - Stromboli

Enjoy a free morning in Tropea; your hotel is close to the Old Town and offers a free shuttle service to its own private beach. This afternoon you catch a boat to Stromboli. Crowned by mighty Mount Stromboli, an active volcano that throws out small but regular eruptions, the island is nicknamed 'the lighthouse of the Mediterranean'. After time in Stromboli village, with its dramatic black sand beach and great restaurants and cafés, leave by boat at sunset. This is the perfect time to admire the volcano's epic natural light show, as fountains of glowing crimson burst from its core against the night sky. You anchor nearby and spend time marvelling at the eruptions before returning to Tropea.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - Tropea

You have a day free to relax or explore Tropea further. You could sit by the pool at the hotel with a refreshing drink from the all inclusive selection. If you'd like to head out into Tropea, perhaps enjoy a taste of the region with a cup of Earl Grey in a local café. 90% of the world's bergamot comes from Calabria, which is used to create the delicate tea.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Reggio di Calabria & Scilla

Begin your day with a train journey to Reggio di Calabria, a coastal city that looks out across the ocean to Sicily. The waterfront here is so stunning, it's been nicknamed 'the most beautiful kilometre in Italy', and you soak up its beauty on a guided tour. Admire views over the beach and blue-green waters before continuing to the fishing village of Scilla, where you're free to explore. Named after the Greek mythological sea monster Scylla, the town is packed with history. There's plenty of little bars and restaurants you could pop into for a glass of wine or bite to eat. Food in the region is simple and delicious, highlighting local produce like Calabrian chilli and 'Nduja, both delicious in a bowl of pasta. You return to your hotel by rail.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Serra San Bruno & Stilo

Step back in time in Calabria's historic towns and villages, first visiting Serra San Bruno. This enchanting village sits nestled in the mountains surrounded by woodland and is crowned by a serene monastery. Discover the town's quaint centre filled with ancient stone buildings on an insightful guided tour. Next, visit rural Stilo, one of Italy's most beautiful towns, which looks over a seemingly endless green sea of olive groves and lush countryside down to the Ionian Sea. You have free time to explore its delightful jumble of narrow lanes, staircases and archways, which open onto quaint piazzas lined with tempting bars and coffee shops.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Pizzo

Take the train to Pizzo, a characteristic coastal town where pastel-coloured houses cling to the cliffside, leading to a sandy beach with crystalline waters. Arriving at the station, step back in time as you transfer into the town centre by Ape Calessino, an iconic Italian vehicle made popular in the 1960s and still loved today for its retro appeal. In Pizzo, you head to a local café to sample the town's famous speciality - Tartufo di Pizzo, a delicious chocolate and hazelnut gelato desert. This is followed by time to explore at your own pace. Relax by the sparkling waters, or perhaps visit the Chiesetta di Piedigrotta, a chapel filled with intricate statues carved out of a rocky cave, found a short walk from the town.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 - Home

Bidding farewell to Calabria, your holiday comes to an end as you transfer to Lamezia airport for your flight to the UK.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Michelizia Resort, Tropea

Michelizia Resort, Tropea

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3.4 stars3.4 / 5 · 15 reviews

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Robert Carter

4 stars

Submitted 25/Sep

Tropea is beautiful and the hotel very good. The included excursions need tweaking as some were over long. Our tour manager was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic but a disaster area with organisation. For a railway holiday, one day on trains was sparse (should have been two but the train was cancelled). Lovely part of Italy with few British tourists.

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C Chipchase

2 stars

Submitted 22/Sep

This was our first trip with the company, and expect it will be the last. Tropea and surrounding areas are beautiful would recommend visiting this area but no ncessarily for a week. Hotel room very small, with liimted storage space, would rate 3 star or below. Comunication between the company the tour guide and the group of holiday makers was dreadful, very disorgansied, resulting a few disasterous trips, The all inclusive package was very limited and you were made to feel guilty if you asked for a second glass of wine at dinner time. The saving grace of this holiday was that the group of holiday makers were all lovely people and we were brought together with a Dunkirk spirit despite the above issues.

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LAC

2 stars

Submitted 22/Sep

Not up to usual Great Rail/Rail Discoveries Group Tours. Hotel, The main areas of Restaurant and outdoor Pool were very nice ( although you had to dodge the trailing plants in the ubiquitous hanging baskets in the restaurant) The “All Inclusive” included alcohol was very limited. One or two choices of beers, red or white wine, lemoncello and one other liqueur of dubious content and bottled water available until 10pm. The first few days the wine served in the restaurant was very sparse. One small measure, two if you were lucky. This improved somewhat as the week progressed. Some of our party seemed to fare better than others. The food was ok but a bit repetitive. The staff were all very pleasant. Some days when there were other tour groups in, it was very busy with not a lot of room to navigate the line for food. The main course was served, the rest was buffet, help yourself. There was entertainment in the evening, Monday-Friday by the pool bar, Solo singer/keyboard/guitar player who we thought was great. Rooms. Our ground floor room was tiny and very dark, only having one small window with outside dark wood shutters. One wardrobe with shelf underneath we used for shoes. One small bedside table each with small drawer. There were no other drawers in the room. Luckily, I had read similar on Tripadvisor so took a couple of hanging shoe and jewellery holders which I used for underwear, jewellery and small items. The bathroom was also quite small, one small shelf above sink. There was pump dispenser for shower gel but I took our own and shampoo/conditioner/body lotion. We had to keep the bathroom door shut as the floor was constantly hot, probably due to pipe work for the above rooms. The room was kept clean and bed/towel change during our stay. The tour. We didn’t have a tour manager who came with us from the UK. There was a Rail Discoveries Rep at Stansted to issue us our boarding passes for outward and inbound flights. He was late arriving and difficult to spot as he wasn’t standing at the Ryanair section but over to the side. Some of our group didn’t even spot him. Ryanair, haven’t flown with them for over 10 years and have no desire to ever fly with them again. We were not given flight locator or flight booking reference numbers by RD so you couldn’t choose your seat in advance. We were unlucky to get middle and isle seat on both journeys with occupied window seats. It was the most uncomfortable, hard ridged seat, minimal leg room ( hubby is 6’2” and sat in isle seat, constantly getting bashed by trolley) No cash excepted, card payment only and in Euros. Poor exchange rate also. Our tour guide who met us at Lemezia (who turned out not to be a tour guide unless it involved archeology was pretty useless. Not checking numbers, not giving information out to the group, was elusive at times, never had a session where you could go and get information from him. Didn’t change the printed itinerary (to which there were changes) unless it involved archeology (something he was excellent at) he really wasn’t interested. After one disastrous day halfway through the week, the local tour company bought in another tour guide to help out. He was excellent and gave us everything we needed. The list of issues we had is quite lengthy and I will certainly be writing to RD. We did Puglia with this company in 2019. That was a great trip which prompted me to book this trip. We have done many trips with GRJ which have always been excellent with great tour managers who have been able to sort out any issues. After this experience I’m very reluctant to book with them again.

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Caroline

3 stars

Submitted 21/Sep

Tropea is a lovely town. Hotel staff very pleasant. A cross between a resort beach holiday and a tour. Organisation needs tightening up though and more time made available to spend in areas of historical interest and beauty.

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A Fletcher

4 stars

Submitted 21/Sep

Rubbish room,rubbish tour operator.Beautiful place.

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A Skinley

3 stars

Submitted 20/Sep

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