Sassi and Small Dolomites

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A trek in Basilicata will surprise you for the variety of the landscapes through which you will pass.
Your walk will begin with a visit to the city of Matera; then move along the Rock Churches Park, rich in ravines and marked by the signs of Mediterranean history and nature; then on to discover prehistoric caves, Neolithic villages and frescoed churches and houses built into the rock.

Afterwards we will move on towards the south through the Lamaquacchiola and the Saraceno rock villages. We will then proceed towards Accettura, through the Gallipoli Cognato Park, with its magnificent grassy plateaus from which one can admire the savage walls of the Lucanian Dolomites, with the small towns of Pietrapertosa and Castelmezzano set amongst them. Uncontaminated nature, intense light and panoramas will leave you with enchanting memories of this exploration of Basilicata on foot.

Day 1

Independent arrival to Matera (FAL train or bus from Bari or shuttle service from airport). Get settled in at the B&B or the Old Residence. Afternoon: guided tour of the Sassi (UNESCO world heritage site), and in the historic centre: the Baroque town, the Romanesque Churches and the rock civilization (duration: 2 hours). Dinner at a typical restaurant in the Sassi.

Day 2

The Park of the Rock Churches – 4 hrs – Length: 6 km – Grade: easy
A walk from the Murgia plateau in search of the archaeological treasures of the Rock Church Park. This is a walk all around the canyon of Matera, with wonderful views and trails. Pack-lunch in the caves. Free afternoon in Matera.

Day 3

Cave Villages and Montescaglioso – 5 hrs – Length: 8 km – Grade: easy/medium
Here you’ll take a short trip on the Matera Moors to discover the treasures of rock civilization and its unique flora and fauna. Route: the Grotta dei Pipistrelli (cave of bats), the Jazzo di Lamaquacchiola and the Saraceno village. Pack-lunch in the caves and afternoon transfer by local bus to visit the town of Montescaglioso with its ancient Abbey of S. Michele Arcangelo. Back to Matera by bus, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4

The Lucanian Dolomites – 3/4 hrs – Length: 4 km – Grade: easy – Height difference: 195 mt ascent / 260 mt descent
Transfer to Pietrapertosa (90 min.), in the Gallipoli Cognato and Dolomiti Lucane Park. Get settled in at the B&B and the excursion begins. Move on to the Saracen fortress of Pietrapertosa, almost entirely carved out of rock and offering a great panoramic view of the Basento valley. Then on foot from the castle we take a trail that descends to the Caperrino river, passes over an ancient bridge and ascends up to Castelmezzano, all the while being towered over by the spectacular Pietrapertosa Dolomites. Visit the village and picnic at the castle. Back to Pietrapertosa following the same path. Dinner at a typical local restaurant and over-night stay.

Day 5

The heart of the Park – 7 hrs – Length: 18 km – Grade: moderate
Moving from Pietrapertosa (1052 m.) you’ll enter a forest, cross a river and reach the Costa La Rossa (1026 m.) with a panoramic view in the Park. All around is green up to the peasant village of Accettura, southern limit of the Park. Typical dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6

Breakfast and end of services.
You can extend this tour walking 5 more days in the Pollino National Park and the Maratea Coast (see this tour).

2 participants min: € 435,00

Included Services

5 nights in double room
Everyday breakfast + 3 dinners
Day 1 guided tour
Detailed map, road-book, information material

Excluded services

Transports, Luggage & medical insurance, city taxes, drinks, lunches and 2 dinners, entrance fees, tips, personal extras, everithing else which does not come under the heading “included services”

Single Supplement: € 75,00
Half Board Supplement (2 dinners, excluding drinks): € 40,00

Transfers

Day 1 – BARI Apt to Matera: € 35,00
Day 4 – Matera to Small Dolomites Park: € 40,00
Day 6 – Small Dolomites Park to BARI Apt: €70,00

Price per person with 4 participants min: € 725,00

Included services

5 nights in double room
Everyday breakfast + 3 dinners
All transfers
Expert guide for all the tour
Detailed map and information material

Excluded services

Luggage and medical insurance, city taxes, drinks, entrance fees, lunches and 2 dinners, tips, personal extras, everything which does not come under the heading “Included services”

Single Room Supplement: € 75,00
Half Board Supplement (2 dinners, excluding drinks): € 40,00

Length: 5 days on foot with hill and mountain walks
Stages to be done in 2 – 7 hours during the day
Climate: pleasant spring and fall
Meals: breakfast everyday + 3 dinners
Nights: 5
Suggested departures Self guided tour: on Saturdays in spring and fall
Accommodations: family B&B / hotel 3*
Closest airport: Bari (54 km from Matera)

Any day on request in fall, spring and summer.

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