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Majestic Majella Explorer

Itinerary for Majestic Majella Explorer

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
You are expected to arrive on Saturday evening at the farmhouse. After a welcome drink there will be dinner with your host/guide.  A three-course Italian dinner will be served every night, accompanied by local wines.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at the Farmhouse

Day 2 (Sunday): Introductory Ride
The morning is yours. You may sleep in, take your time over breakfast, do whatever you like. Before lunch, there is a safety-briefing. Then we groom and saddle up the horses, followed by a short demonstration in western riding. After lunch, we do a test-ride (3 hours) to enable you to get acquainted with the horse you are going to ride on the trek. In the evening, we visit the new riding center close by and look forward a fresh prepared dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at the Farmhouse

Day 3 (Monday): Ride to Pietransieri
We ride through large stretches of woods and fields and eventually stop for a picnic at an idyllic spot. After lunch, we pass the remains of a Samnitic temple. The Samnites were the original inhabitants of Molise. It took the Romans three centuries of warfare before they finally conquered this region, which then became part of the Roman Empire (79 B.C.).
Later, we stop at a high hill from where you can see the Majella. Then we reach Montedimezzo, an old hunting lodge that belonged to the King Family Bourbons. Today it is a Museum. The surrounding forest is protected by UNESCO. Worldwide the organization protect 256 forests. Four of these forests are in Italy and two of them in Molise.
Today's ride ends here and we enjoy a nice drink. In the meantime, the horses get loaded in the truck and transported to Pietransieri. A town where we join them by car after the break. In Christian’s riding centre the horses are nicely taken care of! We sleep in a hotel few hundred meter away.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Roccaraso

Day 4 (Tuesday): Pietransieri to Pescocostanzo
Today’s destination is the small town of Pescocostanzo. The trail takes us through increasingly high mountains. From there, we have a good view back to the hills of Molise. Up on the pass we stop for a picnic at the Pietra Cernaia, a viewpoint which shows us now a completely different Panorama. We can see Pescocostanzo from there. The village is about 4500 feet above sea level and directly on the steep slopes of the Majella Mountain. The terrain alternates with high plains pastures where we can have some nice canters before arriving in the stable for the horses. Having spent about 6 hours on horseback we are bound to be longing for a drink. Pescocostanzo has a nice square with several bars and restaurants. Taking a walk in this picturesque medieval town is pleasant for everyone and a must for those who are interested in architecture. We are staying at a small and cozy hotel. Dinner is at a restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Pescocostanzo

Day 5 (Wednesday): Ride though Majella National Park
The National Park Majella (75000 acres) is one of the biggest in Italy. It is a so-called Pan Park, which means that it is protected by WWF. Here are 30 Mountains over 6500 feet. Today, there will be a 6 hours ride in surrounding highlands. We expect to be able to have nice canters here. The night will be spent at the same hotel. Dinner, however, is at a different restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at a Hotel in Pescocostanzo

Day 6 (Thursday): Pescocostanzo to Alfedena
This is going to be a demanding day spending about 7 hours in the saddle. We leave the Parco Nationale della Majella and ride across the Parco Nationale d'Abruzzo. The first part of our trail takes us upwards towards a large valley. Here on this plateau, we can canter until we reach our picnic place. After our break, we pass through a forest and in the end we get surprised with a wonderful view. The next stretch is a long road, leading us down and down again. Part of that road must be covered on foot! In the early evening we finally reach our destination. After leaving the horses in a paddock we go to Sandra’s riding centre were we have dinner and spend the next two nights at her comfortable hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at an Agriturismo in Alfedena

Day 7 (Friday): Ride to Valle Fiorita
Our last ride starts with passing the town Alfedena.  We ride close to the border of the two regions: Abruzzo and Molise. The Mountain Mainarde in front of us is coming closer and closer. On the Valle Fiorita we enjoy our picnic and have a break. On this day, we and also the horses stay at Sandra’s riding centre where we can reflect our week and spending a cozy evening with Pizza!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at an Agriturismo in Alfedena

Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
Departure after breakfast from Alfedena to Isernia.
Meals included: Breakfast

Due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances the program may have to be adapted.
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Majestic Majella Explorer
Tour Code: IT-ITMA01
8 days / 7 nights ~$1,575.00
Dates : October

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter, Haflinger, Appaloosa, Paint a...
Pace: Ride at all paces. 5.5 riding days 6-8...
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Airport: Naples
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