Abruzzo: On Foot through National Park and Postcard-like Views
Magic Abruzzo on Foot
1st Day: SAND DUNES AND TORRE DEL CERRANO
Stop during the tour into the small and very precious Natural Reserve Torre del Cerrano. This marine reserve is characterized by one of the old towers lying in the coasts of the Reign of Naples, which functioned as to push back the continuous attacks by Turkish and Saracens coming from the Sea. We are expecting a peaceful walking in the pinewood and a refreshing bath at the sea in one of fewest areas of the Adriatic coast that does still conserve sand dunes
POINT OF INTEREST: Torre del Cerrano, sand dunes.
ACTIVITY: Linear route to Torre del Cerrano; Possibility to swim at Pineto beach
TRANSFER: Pineto – Sulmona 95 Km – 70 minutes
Tourist ★☆☆☆1 hour walking, Lenght 4 km, 50 m gain.
2nd Day: VALLONE DI SANTO SPIRITO: HERMITAGES OF CELESTINO V AND CARAMANICO TERME
We are moving about in the Paths of the Spirit of the National Park of Majella, in the direction of the Hermitage of San Bartolomeo in Legio. This is surely one of the most picturesque religious places of the whole park: it is just difficult to perceive where the cave finishes and the hermitage begins. To follow, we’ll reach along the Path of the Spirit inside the beech forest, the wonderful Hermitage of Santo Spirito in Majella. To conclude, there’ll be a visit to the beautiful village of Caramanico Terme, by having an Abruzzi famous mutton-based picnic.
POINT OF INTEREST: Hermitage of Santo Spirito in Majella, Caramanico Terme, Abruzzi traditional mutton - based picnic
ACTIVITY: Linear route: Roccamorice – Hermitage of San Bartolomeo in Legio – Hermitage of Santo Spirito;
TRANSFER: Sulmona – Caramanico Terme 65 Km, 60 minutes.
Highlander ★★★★6 hours walking, 13 km lenght, 800 m gain.
3rd Day: THE CHARMING ROCCA CALASCIO AND SANTO STEFANO DI SESSANIO
Transfer to the old Sextantio, the delicious Santo Stefano di Sessanio, a little village saved by the decay and the depopulation caused by the end of transhumance of sheep. Excursion guided through postcard-like views, which overlook Piana di Campo Imperatore until the mythical ruins of Rocca Calascio and the Church of Santa Maria della Pietà. To conclude the afternoon, tasting of two local typical courses, lentils of Santo Stefano di Sessanio and canestrato cheese of Castel del Monte
POINT OF INTEREST: Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Rocca Calascio, lentils and cheese based picnic
ACTIVITY: Round route: Santo Stefano di Sessiano – Rocca Calascio;
TRANSFER: Sulmona, Santo Stefano di Sessanio 60 Km, 60 minutes.
Beginners ★★☆☆4 walking, 11 km Lenght, 400 m gain.
4th Day: THE OLD SHEEP WAY, THE CAVES OF STIFFE AND THE "SISTINA CHAPEL”
From the smart village of Fontecchio we are reaching on foot the village of Bominaco, a small and unknown Middle Age jewel that conserves wonderful religious buildings with frescos of the XIII century; then, we’ll climb up to visit the picturesque remains of the castle and the Hermitage of San Michele. In the afternoon, we are visiting the pleasant waterfalls and the less known rooms of Carso, that is, the Caves of Stiffe.
POINT OF INTEREST: Santa Maria Assunta Church and San Pellegrino Oratory, Stiffe Caves
ACTIVITY: Linear route: Fontecchio - Bominaco.
TRANSFER: Sulmona - Fontecchio 50 Km, 60 minutes.
Passionate ★★★☆4 hours walking, 10 km Lenght, 450 m gain
5th Day: CIVITELLA ALFEDENA AND VAL DI ROSE IN THE REIGN OF CHAMOIS
The excursion at ring shape of Val di Rose is one of the most beautiful excursions that can be done along the tracks of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. We’ll really get in touch with a wide range of landscapes starting by the secular beech grove to get to lands, crests and a wood made up of several species. We’ll have surely the possibility of catching side of the rare chamois living in the Appennini mountain chain, that find here its own habitat. To conclude, we’ll have a walking around the graceful village of Civitella Alfedena.
POINT OF INTEREST: Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park, Civitella Alfedana
ACTIVITY: Round route: Civitella Alfedena – Val di Rose
TRANSFER: Sulmona – Civitella Alfedena 70 Km, 75 minutes
Highlander ★★★★6 hours walking, 13 km Lenght, 850 m gain
6th Day: SULMONA, CAPITAL OF COMFIT AND HERMITAGE OF SANT’ONOFRIO AL MORRONE
We are expecting a guided visit to the centre of Sulmona that spreads from the road Ovidio, in which splendid buildings, the Middle Age Aqueduct and many other curious things give their exhibition. To follow, we’ll have also a stop at the Hermitage of Sant’Onofrio al Marrone that dates back to the XIII century.
POINT OF INTEREST: Hermitage of Sant’Onofrio al Marrone, Sulmona
ACTIVITY: Sulmona guided tour, Linear route hiking, sugared almond tasting
TRANSFER: Sulmona – Sant’Onofrio al Morrone 10 Km, 10 minutes
Tourist ★☆☆☆2 hours walking, 4 km Lenght, 150 m gain
7th Day: PUNTA ADERCI AND COSTA DEI TRABOCCHI
Excursion to the splendid Punta Penna in the very precious Natural Reserve of Punta Aderci, which preserves as unpolluted a track of Costa dei Trabocchi; inside it, the vegetation of the Mediterranean Sea, wide sandy beaches, old spills and rock tips mix together, where green fields get into the blue sea. Once the excursion is carried out, we are expected the visit to the Roman Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere and its unbelievable view over Golfo di Venere that makes it one of the most visited places of Abruzzo. To finish, there’s a fish-based dinner in a fabulous reastaurant over the sea.
POINT OF INTEREST: San Giovanni in Venere Abbey, Punta Aderci
ACTIVITY: Hiking in Punta Aderci Natural Reserve, fish - based dinner
TRANSFER: Sulmona – Vasto 135 Km, 110 minutes.
Guided visit to the Abbey of San Giovanni in Venere;
Possibility of having a bath at the beach of Punta Aderci;
Special fish-based dinner in a spill.
Beginners ★★☆☆2 hours walking, 7 km Lenght, 150 m gain
8th Day: STONE SCULPTURES: ATRI'S GULLIES, LIQUORICE AND PAN DUCALE
The exploration of Abruzzo will finish from the old town of Atri. Our excursion is heading for the Natural Reserve Atri's Gullies with its unusual rock sculptures shaped by weather conditions thousands of years ago; so, we’ll continue the guided visit to the subterranean Atri, an intriguing labyrinth made up of cisterns and caves of Roman epoch. About latest greetings, there’ll be the final sweet accompanied by the very known Pan Ducale and the tasteful liquorice of Atri.
POINT OF INTEREST: Atri underground, Atri's Gullies Natural Reserve
ACTIVITY: Hiking in Atri's Gullies Natural Reserve, Pan Ducale and Atri Liquorice tasting,
TRANSFER: Vasto – Atri 110 Km, 90 minutes.
Tourist ★☆☆☆2 hours walking, 5 km Lenght, 150 m gain N.B. The activity order and contents can change in order to the Guide decision, in case specific circumstances occur.
Itineraries on road or large track that don’t require specific training or bearing skills. However, it is necessary to don’t have reduced mobility or cardiovascular disease. 200 m maximum gain and 3 h maximum walking (break excluded)
BeginnersItineraries on easy to find tracks. They need a minimum of training and equipment. 400 m maximum gain and 4 h maximum walking (break excluded)
PassionateItineraries on easy to find tracks, also in snowy area with moderate slope. They need a minimum of equipment and bearing skills, walking training in mountain condition for few hours. 600 m maximum gain and 5 h maximum walking (break excluded)
HighlanderItineraries not well marked. They need a reasonable mountain knowledge and absence of vertigo. Physical training should be appropriate to a full day walking. 600 m maximum gain and more than 5 h walking (break excluded).
Tour infoAllergies and specific diet: Don’t forget to inform us about your specific dietary need. Last minute request may not be accepted. On the route could be difficult to find detail food like gluten – free. For this reason we higly recommend to bring your own food.
Single bedroom: On request with extra cost.
ContactsTravel Agency Il Ponticello Coop. a r.l. Strada della Chiusa 4/11, 61122 Pesaro (PU) Tel: +39 0721 482607 (lun/ven 9,30-18,30) Cell. +39 338 7145465 / 3703028464 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org IBAN – IT19J0882613300000010102092 SWIFT/BIC – ICRAITRRMY0 Indicate on the payment description:
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PricePrice on request
The price includes:
6 overnight stays in a three stars hotel of Sulmona include full board (drinks as wine in bottle and water are served) and basket at hand for packed lunch;
- AIGAE Nature and Walking Guide;
1 overnight stay in a three stars hotel of Vasto by all services of B&B;
Accommodation in double rooms with private bathroom;
Special fish-based dinner in a traditional spill;
Guided tour to Santo Spirito in Majella Hermitage;
Tasting of fine sugared almonds and Abruzzi traditional sweets;
Guided tour of Atri underground;
Guided tour of Sulmona town centre;
Lentils and cheese based picnic;
Abruzzi mutton-based picnic;
Tasting of traditional sweets and liquorice of Asti;
Guided tour of Santa Maria Assunta Church and San Pellegrino di Bominaco Oratory;
Guided tour of Caves of Stiffe Caves;
Guided tour of San Giovanni in Venere Abbey;
The price does not include
Insurance certificates are facultative and extra-personal;
Extra expenses for accommodation in single bedrooms;
- Transfer to/from Sulmana;
What is not indicated at the head “the price includes”.
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On request, we can activate: BASE Insurance Policy It should be requested together with the tour booking because it has to be issued within 24 hours from the booking confirmation. Payment has to be done together with the deposit specifying on the payment description “Deposit and BASE Insurance Policy”. Alternatively, it is possible to activate the TOP Cancellation Policy with 15 days before the departure.
- Cancellation within 30 days before the departure: 25% loss of the total cost;
- Cancellation from 29 to 16 days before the departure: 50% loss of the total cost;
- Cancellation from 15 to 6 days before the departure: 75% loss of the total cost;
- Cancellation within 5 days before the departure: 100% loss
Same penalty are applied to everybody lacking of valid ID or Passport.