Often described as a mini Tibet the higher region of the National Park of Gran Sasso gives ways to layered foothills and forested valleys, where we cycle past medieval stone villages such as Santo Stefano, and Castel del Monte.
When to go
May - Oct
From the moment you touch down in Italy, everything is included so that while you are with us you can forget about your wallet, relax and enjoy your time in glorious Abruzzo.
- Discover this extraordinary mountain region with our expert guides.
- Admire the ancient architecture of the medieval villages, a labyrinth of cobbled alleyways, churches and towers.
- Glimpse Apennine brown bears, wolves and mountainous birds of prey.
- From farm to table, enjoy tasty mountain food and regional wines, sampled in local homes.
- Meet the local artisans living off the land, cheesemakers and beekeepers, and castle custodians.
- Enjoy our customary attention to detail. You will never be better cared for on holiday.
ON THE MOVE
This is a journey undertaken by electric bike and on foot. Cycling distances will be between 40 - 60 kms per day and consists of a wonderful mix of quiet roads, tracks and meadows. It is suitable for almost all levels of cyclist.
Walks will be no more than 3 hours and will not be technical. There will always be someone travelling at your pace; this is a journey to take time over.
MEET JOURNEY DESIGNER EMILY
Transfer 2.5 hours
For those arriving on one of the reccomended flights into Rome there is a 2 hour transfer to Gran Sasso and a stunning walk in the afternoon. We spend the night at Rifugio Rocca Calascio, a tiny medieval hamlet where we enjoy a special home cooked dinner with the restorer of the village.
A wonderfully varied cycle down from the Gran Sasso mountains, partly following ancient transhumance trails, through villages and into a valley with Roman ruins, farmland, meadows, lakes and ancient forests, ending with a medieval frescoed chapel. We take a one hour transfer at the end of the day to the Majella National Park where we settle into our base for the next 3 nights, the beautifully converted Case Catalano, in a gloriously remote spot under starry night skies.
A magnificent day’s cycling in the wide and spectacular Orta Valley, heading out on the western Massif slopes, pausing to meet local cheese and honey makers, stopping for a picnic lunch near the beautiful hamlet of Roccacaramanico and then cycling back on a wooded track below the eastern Morrone mountain and passing across the Orta gorge at Salle. The day is perfect for enjoying the flora and fauna of these protected mountains.
After breakfast it’s a 2.5 hour transfer back to Rome. If you wish to extend your trip to the Abruzzo coast we can help with arrangements.
HOW TO BOOK
You can choose to either join one of our set-date, scheduled departures or travel in a private group with friends and family.
MAKE NEW FRIENDS
Our set-date departures are a wonderful opportunity not only to explore a fascinating part of the world but also to meet like-minded travellers and make new friends in a group of Slow Cyclists gathered by us.