Undiscovered Basilicata

Basilicata Italy: (ZZ-HK-FV02)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_hike_italy_hiking_basilicata.aspx

Introduction
Basilicata Italy
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.

Accomodation

Accommodations:
family B&B / hotel 3*
Meals: breakfast everyday + 3 dinners

Riding

Length:
5 days on foot with hill and mountain walks
Stages to be done in 2 – 7 hours during the day

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Independent arrival to Matera (train or bus from Bari or shuttle service from airport). Get settled in at the B&B. In the afternoon, guided tour of the Sassi (UNESCO world heritage site), and the historic center: the Baroque town, the Romanesque Churches and the rock civilization (duration: 2 hours). Dinner at a typical restaurant in the Sassi.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight in Matera


Day 2: The Park of the Rock Churches
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.
Height difference: approx. 0 m / approx. 4 hours (6 km) / Difficulty: easy
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Matera


Day 3: Cave Villages and Montescaglioso
Here you’ll take a short trip on the Matera Moors to discover the treasures of rock civilization and its unique flora and fauna. You will visit 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.
Height difference: approx. 0 m / approx. 5 hours (8 km) / Difficulty: easy-medium
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Matera


Day 4: The Lucanian Dolomites
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.
Height difference: approx. 195 m of ascent and 260 m of descent / approx. 3-4 hours (4 km) / Difficulty: easy
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Pietrapertosa


Day 5: The heart of the Park
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.
Height difference: approx. 0 m / approx. 7 hours (18 km) / Difficulty: medium
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Pietrapertosa


Day 6: Departure
Breakfast and end of services.
You can extend this tour walking 5 more days in the Pollino National Park and the Maratea Coast.
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for Undiscovered Basilicata

Rates include:

Self-guided: Accommodations, All breakfast and 3 dinners, Guided tour on Day 1 & 4 slef-hiking days with detailed map and information
Guided: Accommodations, All breakfast and 3 dinners, Transfers & Hiking with expert guide accompanied with detailed map and information material

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20206 day walking tour - Self Guided.€550$625
  • B
    20206 day walking tour - Guided.€910$1030
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2020 Single supplement 95 $110
2020 Roundtrip transfer form/ to Bari Apt, pp (self-guided) 130 $150
2020 Roundtrip transfer form/ to Bari Apt, included (guided) 0 $0
2020 Half boad (2 dinners) 50 $60
2020 Transfer from Matera to Small Dolomites Park (Self-guided), pp 50 $60

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 04/15 - 11/08 6d / 5n 6 day walking tour - Self Gu... 2 /16 Reserve
B 2020 04/15 - 11/08 6d / 5n 6 day walking tour - Guided. 2 /16 Reserve

Dates Note: Arrival can be any day of the week between mid-April and November. Min of 4 pax for guided tours and 2 pax for self-guided tours.

Rates do not include:

Self-guided: Lunches and 2 dinner, Drinks, Transfers, Luggage and medical insurance, Local taxes & Entrance fees
Guided: Lunches and 2 dinner, Drinks, Transfers, Luggage and medical insurance, Local taxes, Entrance fees, & Gartuities

Other Info
Meeting: Matera
Airport: Bari
Transfer: Bari Airport

Climate:
                                                    Matera area
  

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

49

50

55

61

71

80

85

85

76

67

57

50

Average Low Temperature (°F)

35

36

39

43

50

58

63

63

57

51

44

38

Average High Temperature (°C)

9

10

13

16

21

26

30

29

25

19

14

10

Average Low Temperature (°C)

2

2

4

6

10

14

17

17

14

10

6

3

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

4

4

3

3

3

1

0

1

2

4

4

3

Source: NOAA


Seasons

Weather conditions are changeable, especially at the start and end of the season (March to October).
Basilicata has a varied climate due to the diverse terrain and altitudes found across the region. Consequently temperatures can vary by up to 10 degrees during a tour which takes both the coast and the mountains.

What To Bring: