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On this holiday we spend our time snow shoeing through remote valleys, always accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide.
  • Product Code 30050
  • Holiday Type Winter Spirit Holidays
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration Nights

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 an experienced local guide can find wolf tracks in the snow. There is no danger but excitement can be had knowing you are close to these magnificent creatures.

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 Rifugo Prato Rosso (‘red lawn’). 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 of remote scenery. The Abruzzo mountains are as wild and remote as any area in Europe. Pescasseroli is a town with all facilities yet we do not have to walk far to get back to nature.

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.
  • Walking in remote areas where few people visit in winter.
  • 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
Whats 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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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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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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