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Parco Nazionale della Majella

This National Park is one of the biggest (75,000 acres) in Italy. It is a so-called Pan Park, which means that it is protected by WNF.

One of the highlights is Pescocostanzo, a picturesque medieval town at an altitude of 4,200 feet. Two nights will be spent in this lovely place. It is surrounded by several plains which invite to many a canter.

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TREK THROUGH “PARCO NAZIONALE DELLA MAJELLA “
This National Park is the eighth so-called Pan Park in Europe. It is protected by WWF. On the tablelands many canters will be made.

Saturday
You are expected to arrive on Saturday evening at the farmhouse. After a welcome drink there will be dinner with your host/guide. A three-course Italian dinner will be served every night, accompanied by local wines.

Sunday
The morning is yours. You may sleep in, take your time over breakfast, do whatever you like. Before lunch there is a safety-briefing. Then we groom and saddle up the horses, followed by a short demonstration in western riding. After lunch we do a test-ride (3 hours) to enable you to get acquainted with the horse you are going to ride on the trek. In the evening we visit the new riding centre inclusive Bistro from our host which is close by and looking forward for having a fresh prepared dinner.

Monday
We ride through large stretches of woods and fields and eventually stop for a picnic at an idyllic spot. After lunch we pass the remains of a Samnitic temple. The Samnites were the original population of Molise. It took the Romans three centuries of warfare before they finally conquered this region, which then became part of the Roman Empire (79 B.C.). Later we stop at a high hill from where you can see the Majella. Then we reach Montedimezzo. It is a old hunting lodge and belonged to the King Family Bourbons. Today it is a Museum. The surrounding forest is protected by UNESCO. Worldwide the organisation protect 256 forests. Four of these forests are in Italy and two of them in Molise. Todays ride ends here and we enjoy a nice drink. In the meanwhile the horses get load on truck and will be brought to Pietransieri. A town where we follow by car after the break. In Christian’s riding centre the horses get well cared like us! We sleep in a hotel few hundred meter away.

Tuesday
Today’s destination is the small town of Pescocostanzo. The trail takes us through increasingly high mountains. From there we have a good view back to the hills of Molise. Up on the pass we stop for a picnic at the Pietra Cernaia, a viewpoint which shows us now a completely different Panorama. We can see Pescocostanzo. The village is about 4500 feet above sea level and directly on the steep slopes of the Majella Mountain which alternate with high plains pastures where we can have some nice canters before arriving in the stable for the horses. Having spent about 6 hours on horseback we are bound to be longing for a drink. Pescocostanzo has a nice square with several bars and restaurants. Taking a walk in this picturesque medieval town is pleasant for everyone and a must for those who are interested in architecture. We are staying at a small and cosy hotel. Dinner is at a restaurant.

Wednesday
The National Park Majella (75.000 acres) is one of the biggest in Italy. It is a so-called Pan Park, which means that it is protected by WWF. Here are 30 Mountains over 6500 feet. Today there will be a 6 hours ride in surrounding highlands. We expect to be able to have nice canters here. The night will be spent at the same hotel. Dinner, however, is at a different restaurant.

Thursday
This is going to be a demanding day spending about 7 hours in the saddle. We leave the Parco Nationale della Majella and riding by the Parco Nationale della d Abruzzo. The first part of our trail takes us upwards towards a large valley. Here on this plateau we can canter, canter and canter until we each our picnicplace. After we were passing a forest and in the end we get surprised with a wonderful view. The next stretch is a long road, leading us down and down again. Part of that road must be covered on foot! In the early evening we finally reach our destination. After leaving the horses in a paddock we go to Sandra’s riding centre were we have dinner and spend the next two nights at her comfortable hotel.

Friday
Our last ride starts with passing the town Alfedena. We ride close to the border of the two regions Abruzzo and Molise. The Mountain Mainarde in front of us is coming closer and closer. On the Valle Fiorita we enjoy our picnic and have a break. On this day, we and also the horses stay at Sandra’s riding centre where we can reflect our week and spending a cosy evening with Pizza!

Saturday
Departure after breakfast from Alfedena to Isernia.

N.B. Due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances the programme may have to be adapted.

Price 2020      Euro 1.390

Dates 2020     03 to 10 October

Including
  • 7 nights bed and breakfast (3 at the farm-house and 5 at hotels)
  • Full board with wine and beer at lunch and dinner starting with dinner on the first day up to and including breakfast on the day of departure
  • 5 ½ days of riding (6 - 8 hours a day)
  • English-speaking guide(s) / staff (also Danish, Dutch, German, Italian and French spoken)
  • Luggage transport by car
  • Transfer on the day of arriving from the railway station in Isernia to the farm-house at 19.45 p.m.

Excluding
Transfer on the day of departure at 8.30. a.m. from Alfedena to railway station Isernia / Euro 25
Other drinks/ Euro 30-35

Number of participants
Min. 5 / max. 8 (in exceptional cases 10)


(October 2019)