Explore the haunts of wolves, bears and chamois

Hiking in Abruzzo's Parco Nazionale

5 nights — from USD2090

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 National Park of Abruzzo, a haunt of wolves, bears, herds of chamois and some 300 varieties of birds. This is a serious hiking tour, for serious hikers who want to get out into the wilds of Italy, while still having a charming hotel to come to each night. You also visit the area's medieval towns and villages, each with its own unique story, harboring gems little noted by the world beyond.

Highlights

  • Explore the Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Italy's largest National Park
  • Stay in the picturesque town of Pescasseroli
  • Enjoy the stupendous mountain vistas during full day hikes
  • Enjoy the wonderful cuisine and wines of the region
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At a Glance
Depart From: Rome Finish In: Rome
Starting Dates: Any day, May through Oct
Fitness Rating: 4-5 Ratings Explained...

“I will never forget it.”

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We had a wonderful time in Italy. Alessandro was an excellent guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area and very flexible. I told him it was the perfect combination of history, nature and culture. We really enjoyed seeing a more "authentic" Italy, not so crowded with other tourists. Also, as you know, I was very excited to go to Abruzzo because of my family's history. Well, at Hotel Due Monti in Ateleta we discovered the manager/owner, was one of the record keepers for the town. He was able to give me information about my family tree and even was able to show me some birth and marital records of my family. Before leaving the town, we stopped by the Civic Center which was closed, but the Mayor was there. It was truly one of the best experiences of my life. I can speak a little Italian, but Alessandro was extremely generous with his time to help me speak with the locals about my family. I will never forget it.

This is our second time traveling with Girosole. Thank you for helping us with another amazing trip!

— Charesse

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Itinerary Outline

Here is an outline of a suggested daily itinerary. You can shorten or lengthen this tour to fit your travel dates. For further information, please request a detailed itinerary.

  • Day one: You are met by your guide in Rome and transferred to Pescasseroli, your home for the next five nights. In the afternoon, you enjoy a warm-up hike to the quaint village of Opi.
  • Day two: Today you hike with your guide to the Santuario di Monte Tranquillo and then, following a ridge to a mountain rifugio where you enjoy lunch. Afterwards, you hike back down to Pescasseroli.
  • Day three: From the Valico di Barrea, you walk through a pine forest to Lago Vivo (Living Lake). After a rest, you return to your starting point through the Valle dell'Inferno (Hell's Gorge).
  • Day four: Today's hike takes you through alpine pastures, with stupendous vistas of the Gran Sasso which, at 2912 m is the highest point in the Apennines.
  • Day five: Your hike takes you through the Passo del Diavolo, frequented by wolves and bear. The likelihood of a sighting is not high, but walk softly and who knows?
  • Day six: Your guide helps you on your way to your next destination with a transfer back to Rome.
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What's Included

We suggest the following inclusions based on the proposed itinerary (above) and prices (below). Keep in mind that you can modify these as per your own preferences.

  • 5 nights accommodation with en-suite facilities
  • breakfast each day
  • 2 dinners
  • full-time, professional Tour Leader
  • guided walks each day
  • specialty foods tastings
  • paid entrance to all included activities
  • all land transfers to and from tour area, and during tour
  • travel guidance for pre/post-tour activities

(Not included are airfare, wine and other beverages with alcohol, personal purchases such as laundry, phone calls, frigobar items etc., and anything not specifically included above.)

Pricing

We price this tour for the following categories of accommodation. We also tier-price based on your group's size. You can keep your tour private to your own group or you can open your tour for other travelers to join, thereby taking advantage of our tier discounts. Single Supplements (sing. supp.) are charged on single occupancy rooms only. All prices are quoted per person in USD.

accomm. level 2-3 p 4-5 p 6+ p sing. supp.
comfort 2490 2290 2090 290
select 2690 2490 2290 490

Scheduling

You can schedule this tour to start on any day of the week, May through October. As with all our tours, you tell us the dates you would like to start your tour, allowing you the maximum in flexibility and convenience (full explanation).

Un Camoscio (chamois)

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