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MALTA GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY
We are pleased to announce this year's Annual GEO walking tourS organised for the ninth consecutive year by Go Sicily Travel. We are currently awaiting from the Malta Geographical Society (Established 1943 - www.maltageographical.org) for this tour to be officially sanctioned by them similar to our other trekking tours since 2011.


This year we are organising two tours:
Tour 1 by catamaran from Saturday 16 to Monday 18 March
Tour 2 by air from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 March

Walking Tour to Calabria – REGGIO CALABRIA Province
Visiting: GAMBARIE, SENTIERO ITALIA, ARASI, ZERVO’, PIETRA KAPPA, PIETRA CASTELLO, PIETRA LUNGA, PIANI D’ASPROMONTE, CIPPO DI GARIBALDI, SANT’ELIA DI PALMI, STRAITS OF MESSINA, VILLA SAN GIOVANNI


Tour 1 Saturday 16 - Monday 18 March 2019
3 days BY CATAMARAN


Booking is open and is on a first-come first-served basis. and places are limited. In view of the roads on the Aspromonte, we will be limiting the tour to 30 persons.

Full Programme
Saturday 16 March 2019
03:30 Meet at Virtu Ferries port terminal for check in and embarkation on Virtu Ferries catamaran mv Jean de La Valette
05:00 Departure to Pozzallo
07:00 Arrival in Pozzallo and disembarkation from catamaran
07:15 Departure towards Messina
09:15 Arrival in Messina and embarkation on the ferry to the Italian mainland
09:30 Departure from Messina. During the short ferry trip, one can opt to take in the splendours of the majestic Straits of Messina from the ferry deck or to enjoy a coffee (not included in tour price) from the on-board cafeterias
09:45 Arrival in Villa San GIovanni and departure to the hillier part of Reggio Calabria
10:30 We will arrive at the start of the Sentiero Italia, which is a 6,000 km trekking trail which starts from here, passes from the Appenines until it reaches Torino and then proceeds towards the East until it reaches the city of Trieste on the border with Slovenia. We will be walking along the first 8 km of the Sentiero Italia, where we will walk at a change in altitude of around 500 metres. Our walk will take us through the pre-Aspromonte hills, surfing which we will enjoy breath taking views over the beautiful Straits of Messina, Mount Etna and the aeolian islands, proceeding towards the Fortini Militari, which are three forts built in 1888 in order to guard this strategic area. Our walk will end at Arasi. During our walk we will be stopping for a lunch break, where we will be able to relax over a packed lunch.
17:00 Departure towards Gambarie, located at 1200 metres above sea level in the beautiful natural setting of the Parco Nazionale dell' Aspromonte.
18:30 Arrival at our hotel, the 3-star Superior Spa Hotel Centrale (www.hotelcentrale.net). Check in and allocation of rooms, followed by free time.
20:15 Dinner at our Hotel, consisting of Antipasto, two different pastas,  Meat-based main course including side dish, Dessert, Free flowing wine and mineral water.


Sunday 17 March 2019
07:00 Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel.
07:30 Departure towards Zervo’
09:15 Arrival in Zervo’. We will set off on a circular walk which will start off from the village of Zervo’, passes from a beautiful beech forest, proceeding towards a panoramic point over the Ionian Coast. We will then proceed towards the Vallata delle Grande Pietre, where we will be able to enjoy the spectacular Pietra Kappa, which is a large monolith 200 metres high, the Pietra Castello and the Pietra Lunga. During our walk, we will walk at a change in altitude of around 400 metres
13:30 Return to Zervo’, where we will proceed to a Mountain Refugio, where we will experience a traditional Calabrian 5 course lunch
15:30 Departure towards Piani d’Aspromonte
17:00 We arrive at Piani d’Aspromonte, where we will enjoy a circular walk which will lead us to the Cippo di Garibaldi and back.
18:00 Departure to Gambarie
18:30 Arrival in Gambarie, followed by free time
20:00 Dinner at our Hotel, consisting of Antipasto, two different pastas,  Meat-based main course including side dish, Dessert, Free flowing wine and mineral water.


Monday 18 March 2019
0730 Buffet Breakfast, followed by check out from the Hotel
08:30 Departure from hotel towards Sant’ Elia di Palmi
09:30 Arrival in Sant’Elia di Palmi. We will enjoy a three-hour circular walk in this beautiful area of the Parco Nazionale dell’ Aspromonte.
12:30 Departure towards Villa San Giovanni
13:15 Arrival at a typical restaurant in Villa San Giovanni, where we will enjoy lunch consisting of antipasto, pasta, dessert, coffee and liquer, with free-flowing local wine and mineral water.
15:00 Departure to the port of Villa San Giovanni, from where we will take the ferry to Messina
16:00 Arrival in Messina and departure towards Pozzallo, stopping for coffee and to use the bathroom at a roadside service station along the way.
18:30 Arrival in Pozzallo, where we will proceed towards the promenade in order to enjoy some free time before proceeding towards the port.
19:30 Arrival in Pozzallo port for check in and embarkation on the catamaran.
20:30 Departure to Malta
22:30 Arrival in Malta


TERMS, CONDITIONS & NOTES

ALL WALKS WILL NOT BE LONGER THAN APPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS

Any special dietary or medical requirements regarding food must be stated on booking.
Prices:
Per person:
Adults:  €450
Adults - members of the Malta Geographical Society: €440
PRICE includes:
Catamaran trip Malta-Pozzallo-Malta
All taxes and port charges
All transfers and excursions by private coach which stays with us throughout our stay
Ferry Messina-Villa San Giovanni-Messina
Accommodation for two nights (based on twin, double or triple room sharing) on half board basis at 3* Superior Spa Hotel Centrale (www.hotelcentrale.net), in Gambarie, Province of Reggio Calabria.
City tax on hotel stay
Three Course dinner inclusive of free flowing wine and mineral water at the Hotel on Saturday and Sunday evening
Buffet breakfast at the Hotel on Sunday and Monday morning
Packed lunch on Saturday
6-course meal at mountain taverna in Zervo’ on Sunday consisting of Antipasto, Pasta, Meat-based main course including vegetable side dish, dessert, coffee and liquer, inclusive of free-flowing local wine and mineral water.
Service of experienced licenced trekking guide from Calabria throughout our whole stay in Calabria
Service of experienced trekking tour leaders Mario Spiteri CPA and Frans A Attard
Insolvency Fund certificate

Other:
Single Room Supplement: €25 per person per night x 2 nights = €50


Insurance:
Citadel Insurance Economy Policy
Details of cover on the following link:
https://www.citadelplc.com/en/travel-policy
Inclusive of optional extension to cover for cancellation of service due to Adverse Weather Conditions
Adults aged 16 to under 70 years: €25 per person
Adults aged 70 to under 75 years: €40 per person
Please contact us if you are over 75 years.
Inclusive of premium, stamp duty and handling fee

Payment:
Deposit on confirmation: €100 + 100% insurance
Balance by Wednesday 06 March 2018
Book as early as possible.
The tour will be closed once all places are taken.


Contact Go Sicily Travel immediately on:
Mobile: 79742459
Email: info@gosicilyproperties.com
Website: www.gosicilytravel.com

Booking:
Please send an email to info@gosicilyproperties.com or sms to 79742459 or private message with the following information:
Name (full, as written on the passport / ID Card)
Date of birth
ID Card or Passport number
MGS membership number (if applicable)


We will acknowledge your booking via email and will provide you with details as to how to affect your deposit via one of the following methods of payment:

Cash payment (prior appointment required on 79742459) at our office at Go Sicily Travel, Cube Office Suites, 154, Eucharistic Congress Road, Mosta (the road in front of Mosta dome in the direction of Valletta on the left four doors up from Magri Cycle Centre)
Cheque payable Go Sicily Travel
Bank transfer
Bank deposit


Travelers must ensure that they have a valid travel document,
ie an unexpired passport OR an unexpired Malta identity card, VALID FOR TRAVELLING ABROAD.


Recommended :  European Health Insurance Card (Free of Charge) (www.ehic.gov.mt)


The programme may be changed at the discretion of the tour leaders.
Tour leaders: Mr Mario Spiteri (Go Sicily Travel) and Mr Frans A Attard (ex-Chairman, MGS)


Tour 2
Saturday 23 - Monday 25 March 2019
3 days BY AIR


2019 Walking Tour to Calabria – REGGIO CALABRIA Province
Visiting: GAMBARIE, SENTIERO ITALIA, ARASI, ZERVO’, PIETRA KAPPA, PIETRA CASTELLO, PIETRA LUNGA, PIANI D’ASPROMONTE, CIPPO DI GARIBALDI, SANT’ELIA DI PALMI, STRAITS OF MESSINA, VILLA SAN GIOVANNI, CATANIA




Booking is open and is on a first-come first-served basis. and places are limited. In view of the roads on the Aspromonte, we will be limiting the tour to 30 persons.


Full Programme
Saturday 23 March 2019
04:00 Meet at Malta International Airport at 4:00am for check in and embarkation on Air Malta flight KM640 to Catania Fontanarossa Airport
05:50 Departure to Catania
06:30 We arrive in Catania and are met by our coach which will be with us throughout our whole stay.
07:00 Departure towards Messina
08:30 Arrival in Messina and embarkation on the ferry to the Italian mainland
09:00 Departure from Messina. During the short ferry trip, one can opt to take in the splendours of the majestic Straits of Messina from the ferry deck or to enjoy a coffee (not included in tour price) from the on-board cafeterias
09:15 Arrival in Villa San GIovanni and departure to the hillier part of Reggio Calabria
10:00 We will arrive at the start of the Sentiero Italia, which is a 6,000 km trekking trail which starts from here, passes from the Appenines until it reaches Torino and then proceeds towards the East until it reaches the city of Trieste on the border with Slovenia. We will be walking along the first 8 km of the Sentiero Italia, where we will walk at a change in altitude of around 500 metres. Our walk will take us through the pre-Aspromonte hills, surfing which we will enjoy breath-taking views over the beautiful Straits of Messina, Mount Etna and the aeolian islands, proceeding towards the Fortini Militari, which are three forts built in 1888 in order to guard this strategic area. Our walk will end at Arasi. During our walk we will be stopping for a lunch break, where we will be able to relax over a packed lunch.
17:00 Departure towards Gambarie, located at 1200 metres above sea level in the beautiful natural setting of the Parco Nazionale dell' Aspromonte.
18:30 Arrival at our hotel, the 3- star Superior Spa Hotel Centrale (www.hotelcentrale.net). Check in and allocation of rooms, followed by free time.
20:15 Dinner at our Hotel, consisting of Antipasto, two different pastas,  Meat-based main course including side dish, Dessert, Free flowing wine and mineral water.


Sunday 24 March 2019
07:00 Buffet Breakfast at the Hotel.
07:30 Departure towards Zervo’
09:15 Arrival in Zervo’. We will set off on a circular walk which will start off from the village of Zervo’, passes from a beautiful beech forest, proceeding towards a panoramic point over the Ionian Coast. We will then proceed towards the Vallata delle Grande Pietre, where we will be able to enjoy the spectacular Pietra Kappa, which is a large monolith 200 metres high, the Pietra Castello and the Pietra Lunga. During our walk, we will walk at a change in altitude of around 400 metres
13:30 Return to Zervo’, where we will proceed to a Mountain Refugio, where we will experience a traditional Calabrian 5 course lunch
15:30 Departure towards Piani d’Aspromonte
17:00 We arrive at Piani d’Aspromonte, where we will enjoy a circular walk during which we will arrive at the Cippo di Garibaldi, where Giuseppe Garibaldi was cared for after having been injured in the leg during the Battle of the Aspromonte.
18:00 Departure to Gambarie
18:30 Arrival in Gambarie, followed by free time
20:00 Dinner at our Hotel, consisting of Antipasto, two different pastas,  Meat-based main course including side dish, Dessert, Free flowing wine and mineral water.


Monday 25 March 2019
07:30 Buffet Breakfast, followed by check out from the Hotel
09:00 Departure from hotel towards Sant’ Elia di Palmi
10:00 Arrival in Sant’Elia di Palmi. We will enjoy a three- hour circular walk along the Sentiero del Traccialino in this beautiful area of the Parco Nazionale dell’ Aspromonte. The difference in altitude of our walk today is of 300 metres. We will be able to enjoy spectacular views over the Costa Viola (Violet Coast), which takes its name from the colour of the sea during certain hours of the day.
13:00 towards Villa San Giovanni
13:45 Arrival at a typical restaurant in Villa San Giovanni, where we will enjoy lunch consisting of antipasto, pasta, dessert, coffee and liquer, with free flowing local wine and mineral water.
16:00 Departure to the port of Villa San Giovanni, from where we will take the ferry to Messina
17:00 Arrival in Messina and departure towards Catania.
18:30 Arrival in Catania, where we will visit the historical centre for some free time. Those who wish can join the tour leader for a short 45 minute urban trek visiting the Castello Ursino and the winding alleyways in this area.
20:00 Departure to Catania airport
20:15 Arrival at Catania Fontanarossa Airport for check in and embarkation on Air Malta flight KM643 to Malta
22:15 Departure to Malta
22:55 Arrival at Malta International Airport



TERMS, CONDITIONS & NOTES


ALL WALKS WILL NOT BE LONGER THAN APPROXIMATELY 3 HOURS


Any special dietary or medical requirements regarding food must be stated on booking.


Prices:
Per person:
Adults:  €490
Adults - members of the Malta Geographical Society: €480


PRICE includes:
Air Malta flight Malta-Catania-Malta inclusive of all taxes and airport charges, 23kg checked baggage allowance and 10kg hand luggage allowance
All transfers and excursions by private coach which stays with us throughout our stay
Ferry Messina-Villa San Giovanni-Messina
Accommodation for two nights (based on twin, double or triple room sharing) on half board basis at 3* Superior Spa Hotel Centrale (www.hotelcentrale.net), in Gambarie, Province of Reggio Calabria.
City tax on hotel stay
Three Course dinner inclusive of free- flowing wine and mineral water at the Hotel on Saturday and Sunday evening
Buffet breakfast at the Hotel on Sunday and Monday morning
Packed lunch on Saturday
6-course meal at mountain taverna in Zervo’ on Sunday consisting of Antipasto, Pasta, Meat-based main course including vegetable side dish, dessert, coffee and liquer, inclusive of free- flowing local wine and mineral water.
Service of experienced licenced trekking guide from Calabria throughout our whole stay in Calabria
Service of experienced trekking tour leaders Mario Spiteri CPA and Frans A Attard
Insolvency Fund certificate


Other:
Single Room Supplement: €25 per person per night x 2 nights = €50


insurance:
Citadel Insurance Economy Policy
Details of cover on the following link:
https://www.citadelplc.com/en/travel-policy
Adults aged 16 to under 70 years: €15 per person
Adults aged 70 to under 75 years: €30 per person
Please contact us if you are over 75 years.
Inclusive of premium, stamp duty and handling fee




Payment:
Deposit on confirmation: €100 + 100% insurance
Balance by Wednesday 13 March 2018
Book as early as possible.
The tour will be closed once all places are taken.


Contact Go Sicily Travel immediately on:
Mobile: 79742459
Email: info@gosicilyproperties.com
Website: www.gosicilytravel.com


Booking:
Please send an email to info@gosicilyproperties.com or sms to 79742459 or private message with the following information:


Name (full, as written on the passport / ID Card)
Date of birth
ID Card or Passport number
MGS membership number (if applicable)


We will acknowledge your booking via email and will provide you with details as to how to affect your deposit via one of the following methods of payment:


Cash payment (prior appointment required on 79742459) at our office at Go Sicily Travel, Cube Office Suites, 154, Eucharistic Congress Road, Mosta (the road in front of Mosta dome in the direction of Valletta on the left four doors up from Magri Cycle Centre)
Cheque payable Go Sicily Travel
Bank transfer
Bank deposit


Travelers must ensure that they have a valid travel document,
ie an unexpired passport OR an unexpired Malta identity card, VALID FOR TRAVELLING ABROAD.


Recommended :  European Health Insurance Card (Free of Charge) (www.ehic.gov.mt)


The programme may be changed at the discretion of the tour leaders.
Tour leaders: Mr Mario Spiteri (Go Sicily Travel) and Mr Frans A Attard (ex-Chairman, MGS)


For further details contact:
Mario Spiteri on 7974 2459 or email info@gosicilyproperties.com or facebook
Frans A Attard on 9920 8510 or email uptrend@onvol.net or facebook

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