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Molise trekking in the Lake region

A 6 days journey, involving 4 to 5 hours of hiking per day, with 2 additional days upon request

This itinerary explores the two principal lakes within the Molise region, Occhito and Guardialfiera, along with the hills surrounding them and which extend to the Adriatic Sea on one side. The trails cross farmlands, vineyards, olive groves, pastures and orchards, offering countless points of view over the surrounding landscape, with its valleys and brooks. This specific itinerary crosses four royal Tratturi; the ancient grassy mountain pathways used twice a year (at the end of summer and beginning of spring) to move herds from the mountains of Abruzzo to the Apulia plains, and back again.

Il viaggio giorno per giorno

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Termoli or Campobasso (Station) in the afternoon with car transfer to Gambatesa. Welcome aperitif with typical local products followed by an introduction to the itinerary. Visit to the village of Gambatesa and the 16th century fresco paintings achieved by Donato Decumbertino, student of Vasari, in Castello di Capua.

Day 2

Departure for Lake Occhito, which marks the boundary between Molise and the Apulia regions and is characterized by a miscellaneous countryside of farmlands, old and more recent conifer and oak forests, mediterranean scrub, and the typical poplar woods that flank valleys and lakes in this part of Italy.
Meeting with the owner of a holiday farm.
Length: 17 km – Difference in elevation: 730 m

Day 3

Morning departure from Lake Occhito to Colle Guardiola: walking through the hills we will reach an elevation of 911 m above sea level crossing farms, livestock trodding along the paths and cultivated fields, farmlands, olive groves and orchards.
This leg features the exploration of the Royal Tratturo Celano – Foggia, an ancient path still used by the transhumant shepherds and flocks .
Visit of Morrone del Sannio and Ripabottoni.
Length: 19 km – Difference in elevation: 1070 m

Day 4

Morning departure with descent from Morrone del Sannio towards Guardialfiera; a path in which agriculture, nature and art intertwine.
We will go down to the Biferno river walking along the ancient track that once connected the Roman cities of Bovianum and Gerion, and admire the 18th century Franciscan convent of San Nazario, then a Roman villa and finally two abbeys devoted to Santa Maria Casalpiano.
Arrival at the banks of lake Guardialfiera with a visit to the village.

Length: 15 km – Difference in elevation: 150 m

Day 5

Morning departure from Guardialfiera heading toward Acquaviva Collecroce, with its Croatian community.
We will admire Turkey Oak and Durmast woods, along with an ever changing Mediterranean scrub alternating with farmlands. We will walk along Guardialfiera Lake’s bank and come along the second transhumance pathway, The Royal Atleta-Biferno Tratturo, reaching Acquaviva Collecroce. Starting from the XVI century, this village started being populated by Croatian people.
We will visit the village and watch a folk play.
In the evening, free dinner and overnight accomodation.
Length: 19 km – Difference in elevation: 820 m

Day 6

Breakfast, greetings and departures (or check optionals).

 

OPTIONALS

Alternatively, the trip is integrally available as scheduled below.

Departure from Montecilfone to Montenero di Bisaccia: we will discover an Arbëreshë community and admire the view of Adriatic Sea.

The 5th leg of the trip develops along the alleys of the Royal Centurelle-Montesecco Tratturo. Visit of Montecilfone and Montenero di Bisaccia.

Length: 14 km – Difference in elevation: 480 m

Day 7 (Optional)

Morning departure from Marina di Montenero di Bisaccia to reach San Giacomo degli Schiavoni for more hiking time along the Adriatic coast and the Aquila-Foggia Tratturo.
The Royal Aquila – Foggia Tratturo is the last leg of our the journey. From the Tigrino river, we will then walk along the beach and through the pine forest summiting a hill to arrive in San Giacomo degli Schiavoni, a small village that hosts a community of Croatian descent. Visit to Old Town Termoli and to Trabocchi, with its ancient stilts (trabucchi) used for fishing and for building purposes.
Length: 21 km – Difference in elevation: 550 m

Day 8 (Optional)

Relax at the seaside, greetings and departures.

Travel information

Any rearrangement of dates or details need to be agreed upon with the tour operator.
Itinerary is subject to change based on availability. Any changes to the packages shall make up for an equivalent value and quality.
Necessary equipment: hiking shoes/boots, 1 liter thermos flask, rain jacket, 20/30 liter hiking backpack, full brim hat, sunscreen, personal effects.

Local representative

The tour will be lead by an environmental hiking guide who will introduce travellers to landscape, flora and fauna, history, culinary aspects and local folklore belonging to the Molise region.

Level of difficulty

The hiking trip offers a mild level of difficulty: daily differences in elevation within 500 m of overall positive and negative gains are spread over several kilometers in absence of steep slopes.
It is suitable to any trained hiker with some conditioning. Trails are not technically demanding and don’t pose noticeable challenges.
The travel is hiked along its entire length, except for short transfers operated by car.
Luggage transfer service is taken care for.

Available dates

This schedule is available on the following dates as mentioned on the website www.italy.viaggiemiraggi.org.

Prices

1st option: price for a travel of 6 days/ 5 nights

Price per person from
12 people 8 people 4 people
Adults € 460 € 520 € 690

FOR FUTHER DETAILS CONCERNING THE PRICING TAB YOU MAY CONTACT THE AGENT

2nd option: price for a travel of 8 days/7 nights

Price per person from
12 people 8 people 4 people
Adults € 610 € 680 € 905

FOR FUTHER DETAILS CONCERNING THE PRICING TAB YOU MAY CONTACT THE AGENT

What is included:

  • 5-7 overnight accommodation with breakfast
  • expenses, guide fee and agent fees
  • pre packed lunch and dinner
  • guided hiking with luggage transport service
  • medical insurance

What is not included:

  • return trip to Molise
  • personal expenses, extras and anything not expressly mentioned in “included”.
  • travel insurance

All quotations are subject to availability at the time of confirmation.

Conditions

The minimum number of participants required to complete the trip is 4 people. Travellers will be informed 15 days prior to departure, in order to confirm.

Registrations

For registration terms and conditions please consult the following website: How we travelitaly.viaggiemiraggi.org

For further information feel free to contact us:

italia@viaggiemiraggi.org

Con la collaborazione tecnica dell’agenzia “Viaggi e Miraggi ONLUS per il Turismo Responsabile”, iscritta all’Albo Società Cooperative con il n. A145055 del 25/03/2005. Per informazioni: www.viaggiemiraggi.org. Polizza assicurativa RC n° 749-14-506469 stipulata con CAES-Assimoco. Inviato alla Provincia di Padova a gennaio 2018

Prossime partenze

  • 19/05/18 26/05/18
  • 08/09/18 15/09/18
  • 29/09/18 06/10/18

Contatti

ViaggieMiraggi – Società Cooperativa Sociale ONLUS per il Turismo Responsabile

Padova
Legal head office

via Trieste 4 – 35121

Napoli

Booking office

Traversa Solfatara, 3 – 80078 Pozzuoli (NA)
italia@viaggiemiraggi.org
Tel +39 081 18894671

Posta certificata

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Polizza assic. RC n° 749-14-506964 stipulata con CAES-Assimoco.ViaggieMiraggi – Società Coopertativa Sociale ONLUS per il Turismo Responsabile