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Italy's Upland Wilderness

from £2195
Walk in Italy's remote Apennine mountains and spot rare wildlife

Holiday Highlights

  • A wonderful chance over two weeks to try and spot wolves, bears, Golden Eagles, chamois and so much more... 
  • Get away from the crowds to one of the more remote areas in Western Europe. 
  • Enjoy uninterrupted vistas from open mountain ridges. 
  • Keep an eye out for all manner of fauna. 
  • Enjoy stunning displays of wild flowers during spring and early summer. 
  • Look out for signs of ancient civilisations. 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Rome Fumicino (British Airways)
      Airport and centre transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation 
      English speaking local walking guide
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 6

  1. Day 8

    After breakfast, we transfer to our second centre at Abruzzo and check into the Hotel Iris. There may be time for an orientation walk of the town before we meet for dinner. 

  2. Day 9

    A gentle hike today takes us along a path into the magnificent woods of Pescasseroli. Here the trees take on fairy-take form and we may be lucky to encounter foxes and roe-deer. 6-8kms/4.5-6.5 miles; A/D 200m

  3. Day 10

    We depart for Val di Rose, where we take a path that climbs from the small village of  Civitella Alfedena to Passa Cavuto and onto to the refuge at Forca Resuni. We see splendid views towards Lake Barrea and Mount Petroso as we walk. From the refuge we can see Val Canneto and the Lazio side of the park. Our descent into the Jannanghera beech forest completes one of the best routes to discover the protected area. We'll also visit a museum dedicated to the Apennine wolf. 10-14kms/6-8.5 miles; A/D 800m

  4. Day 11

    Today is a free day to enjoy the hotel gardens, explore the small town of Pescasseroli or perhaps visit Montecassino Abbey, with its museum of magnificent paintings, manuscripts and ancient books. 

  5. Day 12

    We'll cross a forest characterised by splendid beech trees today and have the possibility of  lunch at a refuge in the park. From the refuge we will be able to observe the Pianoro di Terraegna from above and will wait till sunset to hopefully see the passing of wolves. We are back into the valley in the evening as the stars light up the sky. 10-14kms/6-8.5 miles; A/D 500m

  6. Day 13

    A change from walking, today is more of an excursion day where we visit the mountain village of Scanno with its stepped streets, stately houses and fountains. We can visit the craft shops, the Hermitage of St Egidio, with a view towards Lake Scanno.

  7. Day 14

    The peaks of the Meta and the Mainarde of Molise offer breathtaking views and from where we can observe the Apennine chamois and Golden Eagle. Our path leads uphill to high-altitude plateaus once frequented by shepherds and may offer opportunities linked to the presence of wolf or bear. There is the opportunity to reach the summit of Monte Meta where the view extends over three sides of the park and beyound towards Gran Sasso, and possibly the isle of capri if the conditions allow. 12-14kms/8-10 miles; A/D 800m

  8. Day 15

    We depart the hotel after breakfast and transfer to Rome FCO airport for our return flight to the UK

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Rome Fumicino (British Airways)
  • Airport transfer by road c.2hrs 45mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Ede

The three-star Hotel Ede is located in the thermal town of Caramanico Terme in the heart of the Majella National Park. It is the perfect location for nature lovers and walkers as it offers easy access to some great trails. The hotel's restaurant serves local cuisine, the wellness centre offers a jacuzzi, sauna and massage room and there is a bar. Rooms are all en suite with telephone, hairdryer, safety deposit box and TV. Complimentary wi-fi is available in public spaces.

Hotel Iris, Pescasseroli

The three-star Hotel Iris is located in a quiet spot about 15 minutes’ walk from the centre of town, whilst still being in the heart of the national park of Abruzzo. It is run by the Esposito family. On the ground floor is the hotel reception, bar, large lounge area with sofas and a fireplace and a dining/breakfast room. The basement has a games room with billiard table. Rooms have en-suite bathrooms, hairdryer, complimentary wi-fi, satellite TVs and some have balconies and great views of the surrounding mountains. Typical cuisine from the Abruzzo region is served in the restaurant as well as a breakfast buffet each morning.

Refugio della Rocca

The Refugio della Rocca nestles below the ancient castle at Rocca Calascio. Accommodation is in lovingly restored rooms in various buildings in the village. Rooms are simple in style but comfortable with underfloor heating and are en suite with bath or shower. Some rooms have beamed ceilings, fireplaces, exposed brickwork and are furnished in traditional style. There is a restaurant on site, which serves local cuisine and a bar.