Guided Walking Tour Puglia, Gargano

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Guided Walking Tour Puglia, Gargano

Days / Nights
7 / 6
Type
Guidato
Difficulty

Level 3: Intermediate

Ideal for physically fit and healthy people who can walk 2-5 hours per day. Walking on a variety of paths, with light gravel, some stony segments. Ascents or descents of 1 to 2 hours.

from
1320,00

The guided walking tour in Gargano, the northernmost part of Puglia, is an extraordinary experience that encompasses several souls in a single territory. It is a peninsula with the conformation of a veritable promontory where sea and mountains blend harmoniously and where different microclimates and plant and animal habitats coexist. Taking a walking holiday in the Gargano means walking along white cliffs overlooking the sea, crossing pine forests and Mediterranean maquis, meeting wild orchids and Podolica cows, and retracing some of the most fascinating stages of the ancient Via Micaelica dedicated to the archangel together with an expert local guide who will tell you every secret of these places.

 

Sacredness, mysticism and wild nature make this place a corner of Puglia to be discovered at a slow pace. Your guided walking tour in the Gargano will also lead you to the discovery of ancient abbeys and hermitages, such as the Sanctuary of San Michele, a medieval pilgrimage centre that gave the Gargano its name of Sacred Mountain. The Gargano’s natural heritage is also enriched by the Foresta Umbra, declared a UNESCO site in 2017, where kestrels, deer and Podolica cattle live in the midst of a fascinating beech forest. During your slow-paced journey, accompanied by the suggestions of our expert guide, we will discover the most important historical aspects of this area due to the presence of the Dauni, an ancient tribe of conquerors from the other side of the Adriatic who arrived here in the 7th century B.C., leaving a heritage of funerary stelae and geometric ceramics.

 

A guided journey (7 days and 6 walking) in the lesser-known south of Italy that combines the desire for deep immersion in nature along relaxing paths with the knowledge of unique historical and artistic beauties, without neglecting the gastronomic richness that the Gargano offers to the palate: bread, meat, oil, wine, pasta and cheeses, among which the Caciocavallo podolico, made with the milk of cows raised in the wild, a Slow Food Presidium. Ready to hit the road?

Discover the complete itinerary and let us take you on a discovery of this breathtaking territory.

 

Guided tour available for a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 people.





Itinerary

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DAY 1: MONTE SANT'ANGELO

Arrival at Monte Sant’Angelo and check-in. Welcome briefing with the whole group and the guide from Puglia Hiking Tours.

The guided walking tour in Puglia begins in a magical place. Discover the medieval castle, the Sanctuary – now a UNESCO site and one of the most beautiful natural caves in the world!  -, the church of Santa Maria Maggiore with its frescoes, the historic district of ‘Junno’ with its low whitewashed houses and historic bakeries.

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DAY 2: MONTE SANT'ANGELO - MATTINATA

–/+12 km

The first real day of hiking in Puglia begins today, from Monte Sant’Angelo, which lies around 800 metres above sea level. After a visit to the sanctuary (with a site-specific audio guide in English), we descend gently towards Mattinata and the coast, walking on hidden ‘tratturi’ – ancient shepherds’ paths – between terraces and dry stone walls. Crossing a shady pine forest, we will reach the Carbonara Valley together. After a few kilometres, between country lanes and olive groves by the sea, we will finally reach the small town of Mattinata for a visit.

Height difference: +84/-874 metres

3

DAY 3: MATTINATA LOOP (MONTE SARACENO)

+/- 10 km

The guided walking tour along the Gargano continues with a gastro-archaeological walk (included in the package) to Monte Saraceno to discover the ancient necropolis of the Dauni, the place where this fierce population buried the most important members of the community. From here, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a breathtaking view of the white Gargano coastline, along with the landscape of the Mattinata plain, rich in olive groves and fields, accompanied by our guide’s tales and tidbits. A path through the Mediterranean maquis will take us back to the renowned pebble beach of Mattinata. Afterwards, a quiet path will lead us back to our accommodation.

Altitude difference: +266/-288 metres

4

DAY 4: MATTINATA - MONTE SACRO

+/- 15 km

Departing from Mattinata, prepare to continue your walking holiday with a beautiful walk through the hidden greenery of the ‘mulattiere’, ancient country paths originally used by pack animals such as mules. You will pass Ripe Rosse, a red limestone cliff overlooking the bay, until you reach the Tagliata valley. This is a perfect example of an ‘inland’ Gargano. It is easy to come across the area’s typical natural rainwater pools, called ‘cutini’, in a scenery dotted with rolling hills, wild orchids, kestrels and grazing podolica cattle. The last ascent of the day will repay all your efforts: once at the top, all that remains is to enjoy the silent ruins of Monte Sacro Abbey, a jewel set in the deep forest of the so-called Montagna Sacra of which our guide will tell you secrets, stories and legends. The day ends with a typical dinner at the hotel (included in the package).

Height difference: +1023/-425 mt

5

DAY 5: MATTINATA – FORESTA UMBRA – MASSERIA SGARRAZZA

+/- 16 km

Starting from Monte Sacro and following the ancient pilgrims’ route of San Michele, we arrive at the extreme south-eastern edge of the Foresta Umbra. Thanks to the peninsula’s isolation over the centuries, we will have the opportunity to pass through extraordinary maple forests, monumental oaks of different species and magnificent beech forests, now a UNESCO heritage site. Once out of the green forest, a path through pastures and Mediterranean maquis will lead us to the Masseria Sgarrazza, a real agritourism farm still in operation, where a tasty dinner awaits us to sample local specialities (included in the package).

Height difference: +256/-536 mt

6

DAY 6: MASSERIA SGARRAZZA - VIESTE

+/- 12,5 km

Leaving Masseria Sgarrazza, you set off towards the coast, amidst olive groves, pine trees and scents of rosemary and thyme. You will notice Vieste from afar: perched on a white cliff, overlooking a surprising turquoise sea, its magical atmosphere makes it the city of lovers.

Once there, we will enjoy a stroll through the alleys of the old town, a visit to the imposing medieval basilica or an unforgettable trebuchet experience.

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DAY 7: VIESTE

After breakfast, check out and end of the guided tour.

€1,690 on promotion at €1,320.00

October:

check-in October 2nd

check-out October 8th


November:

check-in November 6th

check-out November 12th

  • 6 nights in typical dwellings / farmhouses / hotels 3-4*, with breakfast
  • Visit with audio guide to the Sanctuary of San Michele on day 2
  • Gastro-archaeological tour on day 3
  • 2 dinners (beverage not included) on days 4 and 5
  • Luggage transport
  • Local guide (English speaking)
  • Water bottle
  • Power Bank
  • Medical and luggage insurance
  • Full assistance
  • Tourist taxes to be paid locally, where applicable
  • Tips

These are some extra services you can add to your trip. If you are interested, please contact us.

  • Hiking sticks: 20,00 €
  • Emergency kit: 15,00 €
  • Extra power bank: 15.00 €
  • Extra water bottle: 8.00 €
  • Single room supplement: from € 30,00 per night
  • Private transfers: on request
  • Extra nights: on request

The formula of this tour is guided, that is, it allows you to walk together with an experienced, multilingual local guide who will coordinate the pace of the group. We at Puglia Hiking Tours will also book all hotels and take care of luggage transport while you walk at your own pace.

Together with your guide, you will define the departure times for each day.

Our tours represent Puglia in every way – even in altitude! Puglia is a hilly region surrounded by the sea: this is what you will find stage by stage. Some of these stages are almost completely flat, others are fun climbs and descents, others have short ascents and or panoramic views, which will bring out the adventurer in you, even if only for a few hundred metres.

We have put together a guided tour to achieve a very difficult goal: to show you the most beautiful corners of our region, walking on the most scenic paths.

This guided tour is suitable for all those who are relatively used to walking, whatever their age, and is perfect for those approaching a first walking experience thanks to the variety of tracks and the presence of the guide who will support the group with advice and information along the way.

On average, each day there will be 15 kilometres to cover, with a few even shorter stages (just over 10) and only one longer one, of around 20 km.

The places of departure and arrival (Monte Sant’Angelo and Vieste) can be reached by various bus lines (Marozzi, Ferrovie del Gargano), departing from Foggia (provincial capital), served by Trenitalia. Bus timetables may vary, so before your journey we will be happy to help you with all the necessary up-to-date information.

In any case, a private transfer service with driver is also available on request from all airports, stations and ports in Puglia and beyond.

On the day of arrival, guests will meet the guide for a welcome briefing, during which useful information about the route and the travel programme will be provided.

In case of unforeseen problems, the guide will contact the booking office, which will solve the problem or suggest the best solution.

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