Australians can enjoy scenic, historic and gastronomic delights while hiking through southern Italy, thanks to a walking tour offered as part of Active Travel’s new “Active” experiences.
Operated by Hedonistic Hiking, the eight-night tour explores the off-tourist-trail region of Basilicata in southern Italy. Beginning in the pretty town of Maratea on the west coast, the tour ventures inland to the extensive Pollino National Park, where guests will stay in a mountain refuge at 1350m for three nights, surrounded only by the sights and sounds of the natural world. The tour’s final stop is at the World Heritage city of Matera, where guests will stay in hotel rooms carefully converted from the town’s original cave dwellings. The final walk will explore the history of this unique city and the surrounding countryside.
Bookings made through Active Travel before February 15, 2016, will attract a free night’s stay in a four-star hotel (worth €200) near the route before the tour begins.
The walking tour starts and begins in Naples but hikers can opt to extend their holiday in Italy by seeing more of Naples or visiting Florence, Rome or Pompeii. The tour costs from €2795 (approximately A$4234 depending on exchange rates) per person, twin-share and includes eight nights’ accommodation, all meals including wine, the services of two experienced guides, snacks en route, museum visits and wine tastings per itinerary and the services of a support vehicle, enabling travelers to walk as little or as much of the trail as they please.
Also included is transport two and from Naples and all luggage transfers, meaning walkers just carry a small backpack. Single supplements are also available for €275.
The walk will be along mule tracks, forest paths, rugged mountain trails and open pastures. There are ascents and descents of up to 700m with distances walked each day ranging from 8km to 17km.
Two departure dates are available for the eight-night itinerary – October 8 and October 16, 2016. Flights to Italy are extra and can be booked through Active Travel.
Bookings and details are available through Active Travel at www.activetravel.com.au or call 1300 783 188.