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Sicily: The Madonie Natural Park

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Sicily: The Madonie Natural Park 

A fascinating horse trekking that includes six days of horseback riding in the territory of the Madonie Regional Park, which welcomes within its approximately 40 thousand hectares of surface, more than 70% of the entire biodiversity of the island.

Guaranteed departure dates with a minimum of one person departing

PARTICIPANTS: MIN 2 MAX 10

1° day

CATANIA/ CASALVECCHIO GERACI (-/-/D)

Pick-up from the airport and transfer to Casalvecchio Geraci, a restored 19th century farmhouse nestled in the green hills of the Rainò river valley. Exquisite organic dinner based on 0-km products and overnight stay in a farmhouse.

2° day

CASALVECCHIO GERACI / SAN MAURO CASTELVERDE (B/L/D)

Breakfast, assignment of the horses and departure from Casalvecchio at around 8 a.m., we begin to descend the valley of the Rainò River, a tributary of the Pollina, which geographically marks the eastern boundary of the Madonie Mountains and is characterized by its wild beauty, rich in hiding places for the famous Maurini bandits, who dictated the law here between the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. Picnic in the nature and climb towards the medieval town of San Mauro Castelverde at more than 1000 meters high, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Dinner with typical local products and overnight stay in a 16th century monastery transformed into a hotel.

3° day

SAN MAURO CASTELVERDE / CEFALU' (B/L/D)

Breakfast and departure at around 8 a.m. Descent in the direction of Castelbuono, the largest village of the Madonie with about 10 thousand inhabitants, ancient seat of the barons of Ventimiglia, who ruled for centuries over the whole territory crossed by this trekking. Picnic near the village. In the afternoon, walk in the direction of the territory of Cefalù through very wild and scenic areas, covered by woods and Mediterranean scrub, passing through the vineyard of Santa Anastasia. Dinner and overnight stay at Turismo Rurale Cefalù, equipped with swimming pool with sea view.

4° day

CEFALU' / CASENA MONGERRATI (B/L/D)

Breakfast and departure around 8:30 a.m. We first cross an area covered by Mediterranean scrub with breathtaking views of the Tyrrhenian coast and arrive after a couple of hours at the sanctuary of Gibilmanna, home of the patron saint and protector of the diocese of Cefalù. We visit the sanctuary which houses one of the most beautiful works of Gagini, the great Sicilian sculptor of the Renaissance and continue in the direction of the medieval village of Gratteri, where the picnic is consumed. In the afternoon continuation through the wood of St. George, rich of lecci and oaks, passage next to the ruins of the abbey of St. George (XII sec.) to the Madonna of the Pedal (XVII sec.) and finally reaches the agriturismo Casena Mongerrati, supplied of swimming pool, near Collesano, ancient citizen of Arabic origin (Qal'atas-sirat). Rich dinner and overnight stay in a farmhouse.

5° day

CASENA MONGERRATI /MARINI REFUGE (B/L/D)

Breakfast and departure from Casena Mongerrati around 9 a.m. and crossing the Mungerrati forest populated by cork trees, holm oaks and oaks. Continuation in the direction of Piano Zucchi, near which the picnic is consumed, under the imposing limestone massif of Carbonara. We will then pass by Piano Cervi, immersed in dense forests of holm oaks that slowly turn into beech trees and finally arrive at Piano Battaglia, a famous ski resort at 1600 meters above sea level. Dinner and overnight stay at Rifugio Marini.

6° day

MARINI REFUGE /TERRAVECCHIA (B/L/D)

Breakfast and departure from Rifugio Marini around 8:30 am. Visit of the Battaglietta, karst swallowhole where the waters of melting snow flow through underground tunnels to Cefalù. Passage from the Vallone Madonna degli Angeli to admire the last surviving specimens in nature of the Nebrodi fir (abies nebrodensis) symbol of the Park. Passage from the Sanctuary Madonna dell'Alto (1819 mt) where in the days of good visibility you can see most of the island and descent to our farm Terravecchia in the territory of Castellana Sicula, equipped with swimming pool projected towards the enchanting inner Sicily. Dinner and overnight stay.

7° day

TERRAVECCHIA/CASALVECCHIO (B/L/D)

Breakfast and departure from Terravecchia around 9 a.m. This day is spent on the southern slopes of the Madonie Mountains, famous since ancient times for their productivity in fodder and wheat, the island's primary agricultural resource once nicknamed "Rome's granary" as well as our main food base. Passage from Petralia Soprana, named in 2018 "Most beautiful village in Italy" and return in the afternoon to our base, farm Casalvecchio Geraci, after traveling the trazzere immersed in pleasant panoramic views. Organic dinner with products at km 0 and overnight stay.

8° day

CASALVECCHIO/CATANIA (B/-/-)

Breakfast and transfer to the airport.

Tariff per person, starting from:

DepartureDoubleSupplement single
From 9 April 2022 to 22 October 2022€ 1,810€ 330

Notes

(B / L / D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner

Guaranteed departure dates with a minimum of one person departing:

  • From 09/04 to 16/04
  • From 07/05 to 14/05
  • From 18/06 to 25/06
  • From 23/07 to 30/07
  • From 24/09 to  01/10
  • From 15/10 to 22/10

Difficulty level: From ° to °°°°°

DURATION: 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS

DIFFICULTY: °°°° (INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED)

ACCOMMODATION: farmhouses and B&B

EQUIPMENT: English saddles with sheepskin for comfort. On request American saddles

HORSES: Sicilian, well trained, and accustomed to the territory

PACE: FROM 6 TO 8 H PER DAY IN THE SADDLE – It requires familiarity and mastery of the horse in the open spaces at the three gaits. The terrains are varied and there is the possibility of covering long stretches at a stretch or gallop.

MINIMUM AGE: 16 years

MAXIMUM WEIGHT: 90 Kg

TYPE: itinerant trekking with an overnight stay in a farmhouse

ACCOMMODATION:

Overnight stays in clean and comfortable farmhouses and B & Bs.

Authentic Sicilian cuisine dinners based on local products. A typical evening meal includes a variety of antipasti, pasta, meat, dessert, wine, water, and digestive. Picnic lunches are brought from the supporting machine (with tables, chairs, and cutlery) and include: fresh bread, salad, cheeses, olives, cold cuts, Sicilian specialties, wines, or other drinks, on request, coffee or tea.

 

Note: The itinerary described above is to be considered indicative. It may be subject to variations due to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control. It is possible to live the experience in the Park event in a reduced version having 4 or 5 nights available.


The tariff includes

  • All meals as per program
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • 7 nights in a farmhouse
  • 6 days on horseback (6-8 hours a day)
  • Horses and equipment available
  • Means of support
  • Expert guide of the territory speaking Italian, English, French
  • Gadgets, luggage tags and various illustrative documentation
  • Insurance for medical assistance, medical repatriation and damage to luggage

The tariff does not include

  • Flights
  • Meals not mentioned, airport taxes, drinks, tips, personal extras
  • Alcoholic
  • Anything not highlighted in the item “The tariff includes”
  • Supplementary insurance
  • Any airport taxes To be paid locally
  • Registration fee € 45

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