From High Mountains and Forests to marvelous rural churches to the ruins of ancient cities to traditional artisans, Abruzzo offers many rewards. We focus our explorations on the Majella National Park, a haunt of wolves, bears, herds of chamois and some 300 varieties of birds.
Alpine meadows and forests of beech give way at the massif’s highest reaches to an almost desert landscape, with pockets of year-round snow. Mountain streams tumble down deep gorges and hidden valleys, where secluded rock hermitages from the Middle Ages can be found. Rich nature, old traditions and archeological findings contribute to make the Mount Majella territories a perfect place for excursions and trips.
SMALL GROUP - Organized Walks. This Package is designed for small 4 to 6 pax groups.
TOUR AT A GLANCE:
Day one: You are met by Abruzzo Passion at Pescara International Airport and transferred to your Accommodation.
Day two: Today you hike with your guide to the Cliff Sanctuary of San Bartolomeo and then, hiking to the Orfento Gorge where you enjoy gourmet lunch. Afterwards, you hike back to your Accommodation.
Day three: This dramatic walk is a circuit, delving deep down into the Gorge and up crossing the lush slopes of Monte Rapina.
Day four: Today's hike takes you through alpine meadows and woods of the Lama Bianca, with stupendous vistas of the Gran Sasso which, at 2912 m is the highest point in the Apennines.
Day five: Your hike takes you to the Summit of Monte Morrone, frequented by wolves and bear.
Day six: From the characteristic village of Decontra, you hike to one of the most extraordinary places in the Majella-the cave church of San Giovanni is hidden away amongst huge limestone cliffs, high on the wall of Orfento Gorge.
Day seven: A spectacular drive takes us up towards the Blockhaus: the highest road access to the summit plateaus of Majella. The walk begins along a ridge before a climbing traverse - which in two places has a short cable handrail - rounds a spur into the dramatic cirque of Le Murelle.
Departure Day: On your way back to the Airport you will visit the splendid Romanesque church of San Tomaso and then following your route to La Cisterna-beautiful pool of crystal clear water, fed by a spectacular waterfall from a spring high on the wall of the Orta Gorge.
** Explore the Majella National Park
** Stay in the picturesque town of Caramanico Terme
** Enjoy the stupendous mountain vistas during full day hikes
** Enjoy the wonderful cuisine and wines of the region
PRICE FROM: £ 1175 p. p.
Land only Price inclusive of:
** 7 nights B&B Accommodation with en-suite facilities (double occupancy).
** First and Last Dinner
** Full-time professional attention
** Organized hikes each day
** Delicious Picnic Lunch - Deli Style each day
** Paid entrance to all included activities
** All land transfers to and from tour area, and during tour
** All transfers from / to Airport
WHEN TO VISIT
The Majella National Park offers its visitors a scenery of extraordinary beauty in every season:
late in Spring flowers and trees blossom - this is the best time of the year, together with Autumn, to visit ancient villages and hermitages.
Summer is the best season to walk along the paths.
FLEXIBLE DEPARTURE DATES
There are regular flights by Ryanair from Stansted * (for UK Travellers) and worldwide to Pescara in Italy which brings you to within an hour’s drive of the magnificent Majella National Park
Pescara Airport is offering direct flights from London, Paris, Barcelona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Kiev, Moscow, New York and Toronto as low cost flights.
Rome Ciampino is only a 2.3 hours drive.
* * * WE RECOMMEND BOOKINGS AT LEAST FOUR MONTHS IN ADVANCE as In high season (from June to September) accommodation is easily overbooked.