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Kingdom of the Sun Calabria and Deep south Italy Tour
Kingdom of the Sun Calabria and Deep south Italy Tour

Kingdom of the Sun: Undiscovered Calabria & Basilicata || Highlights include Maratea and the mountain-top redeemer, Praia a Mare and the Madonna Della Grotta, Diamante the city of murals. Cooking, food and wine and highlights with chef Michelangelo Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-00248
  • Type : Private
  • Duration : 8 days
  • Departs from : Praia a Mare
  • Meeting Place : Praia a Mare Rail Station


Join us for this incredible 8 day package in undiscovered Calabria!

We offer guests a unique experience in Italy's deep south from our base in Tortora, on the border between the regions of Calabria and Basilicata.

If you are looking to get away from it all, enjoy sun and sea, while discovering genuine Italian culture, then this is the tour for you.  Daily excursions will take us to some of Calabria's most beautiful sea-side towns, including Praia a Mare, Scalea, Diamante and Tropea, where gorgeous seas and beautiful islands await you in a place where time almost seems to be standing still.  Far from the pressure of the city and work, slow yourself down to the pace of life here, drinking in the beauty around you and embracing the southern hospitality.  

Over the course of this 8 night tour, guests will experience tantalizing wineries, enjoy a cooking course and visit several museums which contain artifacts from Greater Greece.

Calabria and Basilicata are two of Southern Italy's least well-known or understood regions.  This package allows for guests to become familiar with local customs and traditions and meet with the locals in these area. A true gem! 



Day 1 - Arrival in either Naples or Lamezia - Private Transfer - Gala Welcome Dinner

Where we visit : Tortora, Tortora
Meeting Location : Praia a Mare Rail Station

Today you will arrive by train to the town of Praia a Mare.  We will help you to get to Praia a Mare and send you detailed arrival instructions.  

Upon arrival at the train station we will meet you and transfer you to the Italy Education & Retreat Center  where you will have a chance to unwind pool-side, enjoy a welcome cocktail and relax poolside.

Welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.


Meals : Dinner, Wine Tasting

Day 2 - Morning Orientation followed by Cooking & Orientation of Tortora

Where we visit : Praia a Mare
Enjoy today a leisurely breakfast after a long journey to arrive here you will need it!

At 11:00 AM we begin the day's cooking instruction with chef Michelangelo born and raised in this area, his famiy has been producing many of the local ingredients served up in today's course yet found in all the local markets all over the world.

We will cook together from 11 until 1 PM... those who wish to participate can and those who do not want to join, simply enjoy a totally sublime experience pool-side, second to none in Italy.

Lunch in hotel.

Relax time.

Dinner at leisure in town or in hotel at desire.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Wine Tasting, Cooking Class

Day 3 - Tortora and Aieta

Where we visit : Tortora, Aieta
This morning after a buffet breakfast we will venture into the mountains to experience Tortora's historical centre and the delightful town of Aieta. We will enjoy the museum of Greater Greece and meet some of the local artisans in these areas. Overnight in Tortora.
Meals : Breakfast

Day 4 - The coast of Maratea

Where we visit : Maratea
This morning we will depart for the incredible coastal region of Maratea, which offers spectacular views over the Mediterranean sea. We will visit one of Italy's most picturesque coastal areas.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 - Diamante and Scalea

Where we visit : Calabria

Diamante and Scalea are two towns along the Cedri Riviera which are absolutely beautiful.  Diamante is known as the city of murals and is colourful testament to creativity in Calabria and well worth a visit.  It is also home to the ruins at Cirella which were a part of the Magna Grecia legacy i.e. the expansion of Greater Greece.

Scalea has a beautful historic town and offers great beaches, wonderful cafe's and great shopping.

Tonight we will dine in Scalea and then return to Tortora for overnight at Italy Education & Retreat Center

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Altamonte and the Calabrian Hill Towns

Where we visit : Altomonte

This morning we will depart through the Lago Negro valley for the beautiful town of Altomonte which offers spectacular views over the Calabrian countryside.  

Altomonte is home to a beautiful castle and a fantastic museum as well as the Hotel Barbieri which is known throughout Calabria for its culinary delights.  Here, we will have lunch and enjoy a tour of Altomonte and experience the local traditions of the town. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Cooking Class at Hotel La Loggia and Time for Shopping in Praia a Mare

Where we visit : Tortora, Praia a Mare

This morning will be a leisurely time to enjoy the pool at the hotel and take a walk through the organic farm land which surrounds hotel La Loggia. 

At noon we will begin to prepare a typical Calabrese style lunch with an expert English-speaking chef who knows the local cooking traditions.  

After a delicious lunch there will be an opportunity for those interested to return to Praia a Mare to enjoy the beaches, shopping and/or a nice walk along the Lungo Mare (Sea-Wall). 

Dinner at Leisure either in Praia a Mare or at the hotel. 

Return to Tortora in the late evening.

Overnight at Italy Education & Retreat Center

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Time to Say Arrivaderci Calabria!

Where we visit : Praia a Mare

This morning our services will conclude in Praia a Mare where will transfer you back to the train station.  We will help you to organize your train travel today to either Lamezia, Naples, Rome and so forth.  The trains in Italy are easy to use and we will be happy to help you in any way that we can with this portion of your journey when you register for this tour.  We can also assist you and your traveling companions with any other portion of your journey in Italy.


Meals : Breakfast




Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. 4 star hotels in great locations
  2. Air-conditioned coach
  3. All entrance fees to sites and museums
  4. Breakfast and dinner daily
  5. Complementary Bottle of Wine
  6. Cooking class
  7. Daily Buffet Breakfast
  8. Detailed explanation of sites
  9. Dinners where indicated with wine included
  10. English speaking professional tour guide
  11. Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  12. Road Tolls
  13. Service Charges and Taxes
  14. Sightseeing tours as indicated in the itinerary
  15. Transportation in luxury vehicle

What's Not Included

  1. Food and beverages not mentioned in the program
  2. Gratuities of any type
  3. International fights
  4. Optional excursions during your tour
  5. Personal Expenses or Extras at hotels
  6. Travel Insurance

Sites and Locations Visited on this Tour

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Hotel La Loggia

Hotel La Loggia "the Lodge" is by far one of the most beautiful and contemporary hotels in the Calabria region. It offers visitors unparalleled views over the coastal region below and makes a great base to explore the beautiful coastal towns of Basilicata and Calabria.

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