Abruzzo Natural Parks
7 days 6 nights
5 nights half board and 1 night B&B accommodation
from £778 per person (sharing a twin/double room)
Self guided: minimum 2 people
Guided: minimum 6 people
Starting weekly from 4 May to 15 July
and from 17 August to 28 September 2019
Total distance: 256km Total climb 3660 mts
average mileage: 52 km/day
average climb: 732 mts/day
This tour is designed to enable a novice cyclist to ride in the magnificent scenario of Abruzzo’s Natural Parks. 1300 mts elevation within the enchanting setting of S. Stefano di Sessanio makes for a great start. We will travel on quiet backroads and through medieval villages scattered in the wilderness. First class accommodation and the flavours of Abruzzo’s best mountain cuisine and wine make of this tour a unique and unforgettable experience.
our price Includes:
5 nights Half Board accommodation in Agriturismo and 4 star hotel
1 night bed and breakfast accommodation in 4 star hotel
Transfers from and to Pescara airport
Baggage transfers throughout the tour
Daily maps and cue sheets
Cycling guide (for groups of minimum 6 cyclists)
Full van support throughout the tour (for groups of minimum 6 cyclists)
Bicycle case storage (max 4)
We meet you at the airport in Pescara for transfer to S. Stefano di Sessanio, the starting point of the tour. It is a charming stone-paved hamlet located within the Gran Sasso National Park. We arrive at our hotel in plenty of time to relax and get acquainted with the village and our surroundings before our delicious evening meal made from the finest locally grown ingredients.
Stage 1: S. Stefano di Sessanio (Gran Sasso loop) 50 km - total climb 850 mts
The Gran Sasso mountains feature the highest peaks in the Appennine range. We will enjoy pristine beauty from various angles as we ride a few easy kms to Calascio with a possible detour to visit the Rocca, the breathtaking set for of ‘Lady Hawke’ and other films. The first climb will take us to the Monte Capo Serre Pass, then to the magnificent Campo Imperatore. Cycling in the moonscape of an open highland flanked by the clear peaks of the Gran Sasso, a short and easy climb will be followed by the downhill ride back through ancient beauty.
S.Stefano di Sessanio-Fontecchio 40 km - 560 mts
A long, twisted downhill route dotted by old villages takes us nto the Sirente Park. We follow the paved road that once was sheeps’ pathway. An annual exodus of men and animals called ‘transumanza’ was the main motor of the local economy for two thousands years. Abbeys and castles still preside over the path. Our only climb of the day will allow us to visit two of the areas most beautiful villages before descending to the Aterno river valley and then Fontecchio, the charming setting for the following 2 days.
Fontecchio (Aterno river valley loop) 59 km - 870 mts
We ride upward following the Aterno river. Quiet back-roads wind through farmland to the footstep of L’Aquila where a steep one mile climb will get us into the city. L’Aquila, the capital of Abruzzo, was devastated by a tremendous earthquake in April 2009. A small detour into the city’s ‘centro storico’ will allow you to witness the slow but refined reconstruction of this beautiful art city. The ride back to Fontecchio presents a 3km climb to a castle followed by a breathtaking dive into the valley.
Stage 4: Fontecchio-Sulmona 44 km - 380 mts
Today’s ride follows the Aterno river downward for an easy and very pleasant ride. The greenery of this valley is a perfect background to the medieval architecture of the villages. Cars are rare along these roads and birdsong is often the only sound one can hear. We will take an easy incline into the rugged S. Venanzio gorges before arriving in Sulmona where the last two nights will be in a 4 star hotel located in the ‘centro storico’ of this fine town.
Stage 5: Sulmona (National Park loop) 63 km - 1000 mts
The last ride is within the Abruzzo National Park, the oldest park in Italy. Without huge efforts we will reach Anversa degli Abruzzi, a stone-built village that marks the entrance to the wild Sagittario gorges. The road clings to the rock with breathtaking views of the emerald creek below. There will be plenty of photo opportunities in the climb to Villalago. We will circle the Lake of Scanno and then arrive into town. Thanks to its landscapes, Scanno is a favoured destination for photographers and painters. If you like shopping, the town is also celebrated for its fine jewelry and lace. The ride back is mostly downhill along the same route. For dinner you will be free to choose among Sulmona’s many fine restaurants.
After breakfast we transfer you to the airport in Pescara for your journey back home.
Lunches, beverages and one dinner (on the last night)
Single room supplement of £136
Airport transfers other than Pescara airport
Bike hire: hybrid or race from £109 (includes cycle computer, repair kit, pump, lock)
E-bike hire: £172
Cycling guide (for groups fewer than 6 cyclists)
Full van support (for groups fewer than 6 cyclists)
Gratuities and items of a personal nature
Bicycle case storage for more than 4 bikes
For self-guided tours (min 2 people)
A van with an English speaking driver transports you, your bicycle and baggage from and to the airport and moves your baggage throughout the tour. We provide you with hotel booking, a phone number for assistance, daily maps with a detailed itinerary, sightseeing and restaurant suggestions.
For groups of 6 or more:
All our cycling itineraries can be customized to your specific taste and requirements.