Southern Calabria and Eastern Sicily Tour

*Exclusive* Small Group Tour
of Calabria and Sicily

Spend a week discovering parts of southern Italy that are unknown to most of the world!

Join Cherrye Moore, owner of My Bella Vita Travel and her team of locals on this exciting in-depth look into their favorite places in southern Calabria and eastern Sicily.

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Overview

Join Cherrye and some of her favorite locals on this 8-day exploration of their favorite towns in southern Calabria and eastern Sicily. With hotel bases in the provincial capital of Reggio Calabria and trendy Taormina, this tour highlights the must-see sights of Taormina, Mt. Etna and Pizzo Calabro while introducing travelers to the team’s favorite lesser-known towns and villages in the regions.

Contact Cherrye today to book your place in this unique tour!

Calabria and Sicily Tour Itinerary

This 8-day small group tour shows travelers the highlights in southern Calabria and eastern Sicily while introducing them to fabulous “hidden” destinations known only to the locals!

Day1

Day 1:

Benvenuti in Italia

You’ll arrive in Reggio Calabria airport by 3:45PM where you’ll be met by your bilingual travel host and driver who will transfer you to your luxury B&B in the center of town. You’ll have a welcome drink and will have time to settle into your room. Then, in the early evening you’ll have a twilight orientation walk along the lungomare which has been called “the most beautiful kilometer in Italy.” You’ll end the evening with an abundant traditional Calabrese aperitivo.

Day2

Day 2:

Ghost Stories and Bergamot Groves

After breakfast, you’ll explore the tip of the toe by visiting one of the region’s most interesting towns – Pentidattilo. This abandoned ghost town takes its name from the Greek word meaning “five fingers” – so-called for the eerie geographical rock formation that beckons travelers to its borders. We’ll visit the village museum, the main church and learn about the tragic events of 1686 that continue to haunt this tiny village. For lunch, it’s over to our friend Ugo’s where you’ll have a chance to visit his bergamot orchard and have lunch overlooking the intriguing Amendolea Valley. In the evening, you’ll return to Reggio Calabria. Evening on your own.

Day3

Day 3:

Caves, Castles and Homer’s Odyssey

This morning, we’ll head north to Pizzo Calabro – a pretty fishing village on the Tyrrhenian Coast that is home to a 17th century cave church and 15th century stone castle made famous by Napoleon’s brother-in-law, Jacques Murat. We’ll have lunch in the area, then will cool off with Pizzo’s famous hazelnut-chocolate gelato truffles.

In the evening, we’ll drive to nearby Scilla for a guided walk of the ancient fisherman village of Chianalea. We’ll explore the narrow cobblestone streets while remembering Homer’s legend of Scylla, a beautiful mythological sea creature. In the port we may see one of Scilla’s antique sword-fishing boats. After our walk, you’ll have time on your own for dinner and to enjoy the unique atmosphere of Scilla “by night.”

Day4

Day 4:

Living Like the Locals

You’ll have the morning on your own to visit the museums, shop on the “Corso” main street or relax on the beach. In the early evening, you’ll drive a few miles outside of town for an exclusive pizza night farewell to Calabria festa beneath the stars at a private villa, complete with professional pizzaiolo pizza maker and wood-burning oven.

Day5

Day 5:

Voyage Across the Straits

You’ll have breakfast, then will bid farewell to Calabria and take the 20-minute ferry across the Straits of Messina and onto Sicily. After a quick noontime stop at the charming Messina clock tower, we’ll head to Ganzirri – a lake at the northeastern tip of the island unknown (and un-visited) even by Italians. We’ll have a scenic seafood lunch and then will continue to Taormina. Once there, you’ll check into your sea-view room in the center of town. After a welcome drink, you’ll have a chance to relax before meeting your hosts for an optional orientation tour of the town. Evening and dinner on your own.

Day6

Day 6:

Buongiorno Sicilia! – Warming Up on Mt. Etna

After breakfast we’ll head to nearby Mount Etna – Europe’s largest and most active volcano. We’ll ascend its volcanic slopes, then will tour an 18th century winery where we’ll have a late lunch and wine-tasting amidst chestnut trees. In the afternoon we’ll return to Taormina where you’ll have the evening on your own to enjoy this chic and glamorous town.

Day7

Day 7:

Taormina’s Hidden Treasures

After breakfast, we’ll meet our local friend, Davide, for a morning tour of his hometown. In addition to the popular Ancient Greek Theatre, he’ll show us some of his favorite hidden spots. Following the tour, you’ll have a typical summertime Sicilian “lunch” of granita with cream and sweet rolls. You’ll have the afternoon and early evening free to visit the beaches, shop in town or continue exploring the village.

In the evening, we’ll head to the magical terrace of a medieval villa for our farewell dinner. We’ll enjoy sea views, savor Sicilian wine and dine on local delicacies in an atmosphere only Sicily can offer.

Day8

Day 8:

Ciao Sicilia!

After breakfast, you’ll depart for the Catania airport. Ciao bella Italia!

*Note: This tour starts at Reggio Calabria airport and departs at Catania airport.

Email Cherrye at cherrye@mybellavita.com or contact us using our contact form today!

Tour DATES

The tour is scheduled for September 9-16, 2016. Space is limited to 12 travelers only!

Ask about how you can save $200 per person on this tour!

PRICE AND RESERVATIONS

The price of the tour is €2,835 per person based on double occupancy. A single supplement of €365 applies for single travelers. For more information or for a registration form, terms, conditions and payment schedule, please contact Cherrye at cherrye@mybellavita.com.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Accommodations and Transportation:
– 8 days, 7 nights in a double-occupancy room with private bath
– Group transportation throughout the itinerary, including group airport transfers

Meals:
– Breakfast daily
– Generous aperitivo on Day 1
– Multicourse lunch, with wine as described on itinerary (days 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
– Light Sicilian granita lunch on Day 7
– Farewell to Calabria pizza festa, with wine
– Farewell to Sicily dinner, with wine

Group Excursions and Tours
– Guided walks and tours of Reggio Calabria, Pentidattilo, Pizzo Calabro, Scilla and Taormina
– Exclusive pizza night in a private villa in Calabria
– Mt. Etna tour

* Unless indicated as “light,” all meals are abundant, multi-course meals and include wine.

WHAT’S NOT?

– Airfare to and from Italy, including to and from Reggio Calabria and Catania airports
– Travel insurance
– Shopping and personal expenses
– Meals not listed as ‘included’ in the itinerary
– Drinks or other cocktails not included in the itinerary
– Transportation and transfers not included in the itinerary
– All other expenses incurred during free time

The tour is designed for a small group, so space is limited. To reserve your spot, email cherrye@mybellavita.com. Your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit. Payments are made in USD based on the current exchange rate at time of payment.

Contact us today with questions or to book this tour!

We’ve compiled a list of common questions that you might have regarding the tour. If your question isn’t answered here, please email cherrye@mybellavita.com. We look forward to answering your questions about the tour and hope you will join us soon!

Calabria and Sicily Small Group Tour

What type of traveler would enjoy the Best of Calabria and Sicily Tour?

The tour caters to English-speaking travelers who want to see a few highlights of Calabria and Sicily while also getting an insider’s look at the locals’ favorites.

This is not a flag-following tour, but rather an opportunity for travelers to immerse themselves in authentic Italy. As with all of our tours, many of the events in our itinerary are exclusive to our tour, meaning you won’t find them anywhere else online. In fact, many of these activities are so exclusive that we can’t even offer them to our private clients or guarantee they’ll be included in future tours.

How many people can join the tour?

Besides the fact that we believe the most memorable travel experiences happen in small groups, our hotels, restaurants, chefs, cooks and guides are either part of a family-run business, an independent provider … or someone’s mamma, all of which cater specifically to small groups.

The Small Group Heritage Tour(s) of Calabria is limited to a maximum of 10 travelers.

The Best of Southern Calabria and Eastern Sicily Tour and The Calabian Table Tour are both limited to 12 travelers.

What happens if I can’t make the group transfer to the first hotel?

We hope everyone can make it to the airport in time for the group transfer to our first hotel. However, if you can’t, we will help you arrange a private transfer so you can catch up with the group. Additional fees may apply.

How do I reserve my spot?

To reserve your spot, email Cherrye at cherrye@mybellavita.com. We’ll send you a registration form and a copy of our terms and conditions. Your reservation will be confirmed when we receive your deposit.

How do I make a payment?

Payments are made in US dollars to My Bella Vita Travel, LLC. Detailed information and a payment schedule will be sent with your registration form.

What should we pack for the trip?

I’ve written a variety of posts on packing for Calabria and southern Italy, including How to Pack a Carry-on Suitcase, Carry-on Packing List, Essential Travel Gear for Your Trip to Southern Italy, Five Things to Pack for Your Trip to Italy and Five Things to Skip When Packing for Italy. Additionally, a packing list will be sent to you in your final packet.

What if I want to extend my vacation?

If you want to extend your vacation, you are in luck. Cherrye designs custom itineraries and vacations and is happy to assist you in adding days either before or after the tour. Additional fees may apply.

I’d love to do the tour, but I’m unavailable for your published dates. Do you anticipate adding new dates this year?

We are open to adding new dates or even helping couples and individuals who contact us find a mutually-agreed upon date that works for everyone. If you have a group of six or more, we can do the Small Group Heritage Tour of Calabria as a private tour – exclusive for your group. If you have a private group of 8 or more we can do the Calabrian Table Tour or Southern Calabria and Eastern Sicily Tour. Contact us for details and availability.

Do you book flights?

I don’t-but I can either coordinate with your travel agent, recommend an agent to you for group travel or tell you about the airlines I personally choose when I’m traveling.

So, will you be with us on our tour?

You bet! I’m part of the team that created the Calabrian Table Tour, The Small Group Heritage Tour of Calabria and The Yoga in Calabria Retreat and the Best of Calabria and Sicily Tour. I wouldn’t miss ’em!

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I’m Cherrye Moore, a Texas-born freelance writer, travel consultant and bed and breakfast owner in Calabria. This 13-page PDF booklet is the result of my personal experiences of traveling throughout Calabria, this as well as a compilation of the most common mistakes Calabria-bound travelers make when visiting this region.