Trekking 5 days / 4 nights

THE SIDE OF THE IONIC ASPROMONTE NATIONAL PARK

Walk on the footsteps of the Greeks in the floodplains of rivers dried up now, admire endless views over the rugged coastline, follow the trails of goats!

Our tours last from 3 to 6 hours and allow us to discover every day a new piece of the wide variety Aspromonte landscape.

One of the Park Official Guide you will discover not only nature, but also the history of Calabria, its cultural traditions and its genuine food and wine.

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at the airport of Lamezia Terme / Reggio Calabria and transfer on the Ionian coast in the southern tip of Calabria, where we settle into our accommodation.

Day 2: Monte Tre Pizzi and Gerace

Departure from the hotel with Minibus 9 seats to reach Ciminà (about 1 hour), a small village in the territory of the National Park of Aspromonte.

Passing the village of Ciminà, reach with Minibus the top of the Monte Tre Pizzi , consisting of three imposing rocky peaks that rise towards the sky, also known as “The three sisters “. From here you can enjoy a magnificent 360 ° view on the Ionian coast, from Punta Stilo to Cape Teulada, and on the high peaks of the Aspromonte.

Light lunch in Farmhouse with cold meats and cheese Ciminà, typical local cheese Slow Food.

In the afternoon we will move with Minibus (1 hour) to the nearby medieval village of Gerace , known as the “City of Churches center”, with its narrow streets, the palaces, the ruins of the castle, the imposing Norman cathedral … Gerace, Orange flag of the Touring Club, is considered one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy!

in the morning Duration: 2 hours vertical drop: 95 m. Difficulty E (Hike).

Travel time in the afternoon: 2 hours vertical drop: 100 m ca. Difficulty T (Tourist).

Day 3: The valley of the Great Stones

Departure from the hotel with Minibus 9 seats to reach Natile (about 1 hour), a small village in the territory on the border of the National Park of Aspromonte.

Our today’s hike takes us through meadows and pastures of the municipalities of San Luca and Careri, to Stone Hood , the most spectacular monolith of the “Valley of the Great Stones.” During the walk we meet unusual rock formations in the early Middle Ages were excavated by Basilian monks and used as a refuge and place of prayer, known as the “ Fortresses of San Pietro “.

Total walking time: ca. 4.5 hours, altitude difference: 420 m. Difficulty E (Hike).

Day 4: The nature trail of Scialata and MuSaBa

Departure from the hotel with 9 seats minibus to reach the town of San Giovanni di Gerace (40 ‘approx). Our last excursion takes us to the very north to the borders of the park. We follow the path of the “ Scialata “, a wonderful path along the stream Levadio, immersed in a green paradise consisting of a green vegetation, wooden bridges and by a thousand water games with waterfalls, waterfalls and small canyons, to arrive finally in a picnic area. The way back allows us to embrace once more with his eyes the Ionian coast and the Aspromonte mountains.

Time: ca. 3 hours vertical drop: 250 m. Difficulty T (Tourist).

Afternoon transfer to the Municipality of Mammola and visit to MuSaBa, that is, the Santa Barbara Museum, an Open Air Museum or better a laboratory-park of contemporary art, where the local artist Nik Spatari, internationally renowned, has restored ancient and medieval structures create living art, mosaics, paintings and modern architecture, where once there were only ruins. Artists from around the world annually visit the park realizing spot and leaving their works, in a charming mix of nature and art. Time for sightseeing: about 2 h

Day 5: Transfer to airport and departure

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Quotes

· From 4 to 7 participants: € 520,00 per person

· From 8 to 15 participants: € 365,00 per person

· From 16 participants and over: € 340.00 per person

The package includes:

  • 4 nights in Marina di Gioiosa Ionica at Hotel Miramare, 4 stars beach front, with half board (overnight stay in a double / twin room treatment, buffet breakfast, dinner with water and wine included)
  • 3 bag lunches with typical Calabrian products while hiking;
  • 2 dinners at local restaurants with traditional cuisine of Calabria;
  • Transfer from / to the airport of Lamezia Terme / Reggio Calabria and when hiking;
  • Support of an Official Guide of the Park (Italian-English).
  • Excursions as described in the program.
  • Entrance ticket for MuSaBa in Mammola.

    Any supplements:

    Single supplement € 12,00 per day

    German Guide for all excursions € 300,00 (to be divided by the No. of pax)