Pollino and Maratea

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Your walk will begin in the Pollino National Park. This massif is surrounded by valleys painted with streams running down them and rocky mountains that jealously preserve the best examples of the rare Loricato (Bosnian Pine).

The last stop will bring you to the Tyrrhenian coast and the dominating panoramic views from Maratea. Uncontaminated nature, intense light and panoramas will leave you with enchanting memories of this exploration of Basilicata on foot.

Day 1

Independent arrival to the Pollino National Park (2 hours drive from the closest airport) and settled in at your farmhouse in Terranova del Pollino. Light walk around the village, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2

Serra di Crispo – 6,5 hrs- Length: 12 km – Grade: medium/ high – height difference: 678 mt
Excursion in the “heart” of the Pollino Park. You will follow a path through the forest along the abandoned “Rueping.” This is an Austrian railway line that was used, in the 19th century, to transport trains carrying tree trunks. After passing a little lake called “Lago Fondo” you will reach Pietra Castello (1750 m.) where you will see the first Loricato (Bosnian) Pines. From here you go up to the Grande Porta del Pollino (the Great Door) at 1958 m., to the Serra di Crispo summit (mt. 2056) known as the “Garden of Gods”. Back to the farmhouse, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3 – with guide

I Patriarchi del Pollino – 6,5 hrs- length: 14 km – grade: medium/high – height difference: 771 mt
Today you will reach the peak of Monte Pollino, the second highest summit in the Park. You cross a beech tree area with a view of the rocky shore full of Bosnian Pines. Here it is possible to see Eagles and the Pilgrim Hawke. Transfer to your Hotel in Viggianello, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4

The Tyrrhenian coast: Maratea – 3 hrs – grade: easy
Transfer to Maratea and get settled in at your Hotel.
Self guided excursion to the San Biagio Mount and the Redeemer statue, with a breathtaking panorama of the cliffs and coves along the coast. You descend on foot into the countryside along a paved path to visit the historic centre. Free time to enjoy the beautiful centre of Maratea. Dinner and overnight stay (dinner included in the guided tour only).

Day 5

The Black Beach – 3 hrs – grade: easy
Easy excursion moving from the historic centre alleyways. Walking on the west side of San Biagio Mountain you will see the contrast between the green and blue of the sea, with a nice view from the Policastro gulf to the Cirella island in Calabria.
The route follows an old path linking different little churches and chapels among which is an important one called Madonna della Pietà. The final destinations of this route are the Maratea Caves and the famous “Spiaggia Nera” (the Black Beach) where the volcanic black sand fades into the the dark blue of the sea. Dinner and overnight stay (dinner included in the guided tour only).

Day 6

REST DAY or “Flying on Trecchina” – 4 hrs – grade: easy
Today you can have a Rest, having a swim in the blue sea in one of the Maratea beaches, or walking starting from the nearby village of Trecchina. From the main square with the leaning tower of the church, continue along the street lined with Liberty-style houses , that brings you to the beautiful Forraina Chapel. From here you will follow the path that pilgrims, carrying the statue of the Virgin Mary to the Sanctuary, walk along every year. From the top you will see the Noce river valley, the Tyrrhenian sea, Mount Sirino and Pollino. Back to the village on the same path. Return to Maratea. Overnight stay (farewell dinner included in the guided tour only).

Day 7

Breakfast and and of services.

Self guided tour price (2 participants min.): € 630,00

Included services

6 nights in double room
3 dinners
Day 3 guided excursion
Detailed map, road-book, information material

Excluded services

Transports, medical and luggage insurance, city taxes, drinks, lunches and 3 dinners, entrance fees, tips, personal extras, everything else which does not come under the heading “included services”

Single Room Supplement: € 120,00
Half Board Supplement: (3 dinners, excluding drinks): € 75,00

Prices based on 6 participants staying in double room: € 995,00

Included services

6 nights in double room
6 dinners
All transfers
Expert guide for all the tour
Detailed map and information material

Excluded services

Medical and luggage insurance, city taxes, drinks, entrance fees, lunches and 3 dinners, tips, personal extras, everything else which does not come under the heading “included services”

Single Room Supplement: € 120,00

Length: 6 days walking on hilly and mountain terrain
Stages: paths to walk in 2 – 7 hours during the day
Terrain: Panoramic, hills, medium mountain
Climate: pleasant in spring and fall (cooler in the Pollino Park)
Meals: Breakfast everyday and 3 dinners
Nights: 6
Accommodations: 3* Hotel and farmhouses
Closest airport: Napoli (200 km from Maratea)

On Saturdays in spring and fall.

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