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On this holiday we spend our time snow shoeing through remote valleys, always accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide.

Guided Walking Holidays - Abruzzo Winter Walking

Walking with wolves, bears and deer in an unspoilt National Park, always with the expert guidance and briefing by a local guide...

Two hours’ drive from Rome in the remote valleys of the Apennine Mountains of the Abruzzo National Park, wolves and bear still roam the hills. The bears hibernate over winter but on still nights the wolves can be heard howling and our experienced local guide can find animal tracks in the snow, and detect the sounds of a large variety of birds. The excitement of seeing animal tracks, knowing that they used that path, is enhanced as the guide explains all about their lives and habits. Wild deer are frequently seen.

On this holiday we spend our time snowshoeing through remote valleys, always accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide. On one day we will concentrate on the spectacular geology, on another look out for deer and chamois. We will walk to Rifugio Terraegna. It is from here that we have the best chance of coming across signs of the wolves that live in this remote valley. We can also have a warming lunch in the refuge.

We visit Val Fondillo where we might see the characteristic signs of bear, particularly trees with bark removed where the bears scratch themselves. There is no mistaking the marks when you see them.

Depending on snow cover we may walk rather than snowshoe on occasion. Whatever the snow conditions be prepared for wintry landscapes and spectacular scenery. The Abruzzo mountains are as wild and remote as any area in Europe. Pescasseroli is a town with excellent facilities yet we do not have to walk far to get back to nature.

As with all winter activities snow cannot be guaranteed. However, the walks are equally impressive on snow shoes or walking boots. Fitness should not be an issue for those who take regular exercise and follow our advice on pre-holiday preparation.

Holiday Highlights

  • Wolves - although we are unlikely to see them, we may hear them at nights and see tracks in the snow.
  • Signs of bears, scratches on trees.
  • An array of other mammals and birdlife.
  • Visit to a museum showing all aspects of life on the Abruzzo hills.
  • Walking in remote areas where few people visit in winter.
  • Lunches at cafés and remote rifugios.
  • Some stunning geology.
  • We have a local guide on each walk to make sure we see and appreciate everything.
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 and transfers by road.
      Half board with breakfasts and dinners in the hotel plus one lunch in a mountain refuge.
      All local transport costs.
      The services of a local guide on each walk.
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 program, 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 5/WW/Snowshoeing

  1. Day 1

    We fly to Rome and transfer east into the Abruzzo National Park. The transfer takes approximately 2hrs 30mins.

  2. Day 2

    We plan to walk in the basin of Lake Vivo crowned by the beautiful rocky amphitheatre of Mount Petroso and Mount Altar.

  3. Day 3

    Today we have a walk amongst beech woods in the Boschi della Difesa

  4. Day 4

    We visit the most famous valley of the National Park to the rocky amphitheatre of the Valley of Roses, the historic habitat of the Apennine Chamois.

  5. Day 5

    Today will be a free day

  6. Day 6

    Today we are searching for signs of the Apennine wolf. We are in remote territory today. We include lunch in a mountain refuge.

  7. Day 7

    We have an excursion in the Val Fondillo. We can admire two of the many springs in the valley. Bears inhabit the valley, we may see signs of their presence but of course they are hibernating in winter.

  8. Day 8

    We return to Rome for our flight back to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Arrival transfer by road (3hrs).
  • Flights Heathrow-Rome Fiumicino (c2hrs 40mins), British Airways.
  • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
  • Upgrades Business class available, please ask for 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 Iris, Pescasseroli

The hotel 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, 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. Free Wi-Fi is available.

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