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Two Parks

This interesting trail ride combines two national parks. They are situated close to each other, both featuring mountain ranges but their landscape is very different.
Secluded tracks lead us through nearly untouched nature. We discover medieval little towns, enjoy the vastness of the Majella National Park offering lots of opportunity for long canters and marvel at the ability of our horses to navigate the steep slopes of the Abruzzen National Park.

 

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TREK THROUGH THE “PARCO NAZIONALE D’ABRUZZO” AND THE “PARCO NAZIONALE DELLA MAJELLA”

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

Sunday
The morning is yours to enjoy. You may sleep in, take your time over breakfast, do whatever you like. Before lunch there is a safety-briefing. Then we also 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 included a bistro from our host close by and get served dinner in the bistro.

Monday
After breakfast we get in the saddle and ride through large stretches of wood and fields until we reach our picnic place, Campo Lungo. Here we can listen to exciting storys from our host he knows from that place. After lunch we pass the remains of a Samnitic temple. In the afternoon we arrive at our destination for today, the horses go into a paddock and we return by car to the farm-house and cook a nice dinner.

Tuesday
In the morning we are brought to the horses and at about 11.00 a.m. the ride will start. We follow the Tratturo Celano-Foggia. A Tratturo is a 2.000 years old track that is still used to move cattle from the far south where grass is scarce in summer. We continue along the Tratturo as far as the river Sangro. Here the Tratturo begins to be very wild and quite overgrown leaving us narrow paths to follow. The horses stay overnight at a riding centre, which also features a restaurant. We will enjoy dinner there before heading for a nearby hotel for the night.

Wednesday
Today’s destination is the town of Roccararso . The trail takes us through increasingly high mountains. Arriving at the top of the pass we have a picnic and can enjoy two very different panoramas. Looking back we have the hilly landscape of Molise. In front of us the Majella National Park welcomes us with its high mountains and vast valleys. At the end of the afternoon we canter through one of these valleys. Roccararso will be our station for the next two nights. It is a locally well-known skiing-resort. Dinner will be at our hotel.

Thursday
Today we enter the Abruzzo National Park. The first part of the trail leads us to the Piano delle cinque Miglia (the Valley of the five Miles). Here we enjoy a long canter! At the end of the valley tall mountains loom up at either side. A gravel road takes us to the Montagna Spaccata (split mountain) where benches under old oak trees tempt us to stop. Then we turn left and the scenery becomes different, a bit like a lunar landscape with a little lake. At the end of the day a skiing track takes us down the mountain. The horses will be left at the stable. The riders go back to the hotel. Having spent about 7 hours on horseback we are bound to be longing for a drink in there. Later we meet for dinner in another restaurant.

Friday
We leave the 2Parks and starting to Rocca5miglia, a town where the time seems to stand still. Nearby we have a picnic before we go downhill to the valley of the river Sangro again. But now we follow the river along the Park of the town with the same name, Castel di Sangro. Here the inhabitants can find some outdooractivities. Now the last stage of the week starts. Our destination is Sandra’s riding centre in Alfedena where we and the horses find comfortable accommodations. But at least lets enjoy a canter before we pass the town and arriving for a dinner 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 1.280
Period 2020    05 to 12 September

Including
  • 7 nights bed and breakfast (3 at the farm-house and 4 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 (7 - 8 hours a day)
  • Luggage transport
  • 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 08.30 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)