Nature and Trekking

The sea of Versilia and the mountains of Garfagnana: emotional experiences

8 days should we go to the sea or to the mountains? 

This is the most frequently asked question when planning a holiday, because often we do not have a clear preference for one of the two styles of travel and remain undecided. There are those who love the sea and wouldn’t give up a week of sun, bathing and heat.

There are those who can only really relax among forest paths, trees and fresh air. We strongly believe that the ideal is to divide your free time between the sea and the mountains .The well-being.

Programme

Arrival in Versilia, by own means. Meeting with the guide in Lido di Camaiore, where the tour begins. Check-In. Accommodation in the reserved rooms. In the afternoon half day dedicated to relax on the beach. Presentation of the programme by one of our representatives. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Full day dedicated to relaxation on the beach. Free lunch. In the afternoon free time to relax at the hotel SPA. Included in the price is a treatment in the SPA area. Dinner and overnight stay.

Check-Out. In the morning transfer to Garfagnana, by minivan. Guided excursion to the Antro del Corchia, a cave equipped for tourist visits and only part of one of the most important karst complexes in the world (over 60 km explored). Followed by a visit to the small lake nestled in the Apennines, the green lake of Isola Santa: peace and tranquillity immersed in the triumph of nature. A place suspended in time of extraordinary beauty. A paradise for fishermen. Lunch and relaxation on the shores of the lake. Check-In. Accommodation in the reserved rooms. In the afternoon visit (exterior only) of the Rocca Ariostesca of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, which dominates the centre of the village and which in the 16th century hosted the poet Ludovico Ariosto for three years, who had been named governor of the province of Garfagnana, then under the rule of the Este family. Walk through the streets of the centre of Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. Possibility of buying local products in the shops. Typical “Garfagnana” dinner with a tasting of local products. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay.

In the morning visit to the Orecchiella Park. The Orecchiella Park is a protected natural area, part of the Parco Nazionale Appennino Tosco Emiliano. The park is organised and divided into three nature reserves managed until 2016 by the State Forestry Corps: Orecchiella, Pania di Corfino and Lama Rossa. The Visitor Centre houses the Nature Museum and the Museum of Birds of Prey. Visit to the Visitor Centre with its facilities: the Nature Museum, the House of Raptors and the Mountain Garden. The park has many paths with various levels of difficulty, including the “Giardino dei fiori di Montagna” (Mountain Flower Garden), which is truly splendid when in bloom. Other very easy trails are the “Sentiero del Fontanone”( Fountain Path) , the “Sentiero degli Orsi”( Bears Path)  and the “Sentiero dei Cervi”( Deer Path)  …… We suggest: the Bear Path, 1020 meters long among brooms, ferns and wild roses, which allows you to approach the plantigrades, separated from visitors by a strong structure, in a natural environment and with a splendid view of the Apuan Alps. Lunch: Lunch Box with sandwich bag menu. In the afternoon we head to the majestic and superb Fortezza delle Verrucole one of the most beautiful examples of a medieval Tuscan castle. At the Fortezza delle Verrucole you can visit the Archeo Park, which is a living museum offering historical reconstructions.  Return to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Check-Out. In the morning, availability permitting (for safety reasons), we will take you to visit Vagli di Sotto (GUIDED TOUR TO BE PAID FOR ON THE LOCATION), one of the most famous white marble quarries in the world (marble also used for the Sala Nervi in the Vatican), located in the beautiful Arnetola Valley. We will experience first hand the reality of the quarrymen, we will understand how work in the quarry has changed over time, (it is advisable to wear comfortable and sporty clothing and shoes with sturdy soles). If the above is not possible, an alternative is a visit to the Lipu Oasis of Campocatino: a primitive bassin overlooking the valley. Free lunch and relaxation on the shores of the lake. In the afternoon visit to the new suspension rope bridge and to Lake Vagli, which, when emptyed for maintenance work, magically re-emerges as the ghostly ruins of a ghost town: Fabbriche di Careggine. Return, by minivan, to Lido di Camaiore. Check-In. Accommodation in the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Entire day dedicated to relaxing on the beach (beach facilities included in the price with 1 sun umbrella, 1 sun bed and 1 deckchair). Free lunch. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Whole day dedicated to relax on the beach (beach facilities included in the price with 1 beach umbrella, 1 sun bed and 1 deckchair). Free lunch. Dinner. Overnight stay.

Day 8 Return

Check-out and return by own means.

Details

Travel notes

This programme may be subject to change, both before and during the trip, depending on the weather, the needs of the travellers and the people hosting the group of travellers. All the visits are guaranteed, but they may be subject to change, on site, respect to the order listed above, at “our” discretion, for the sole purpose to ensure the best success of the tour, but without changing the substance of the visits [ The visits may be reversed depending on the opening times of the museums or for technical reasons, but the programme remains unchanged ].

Special requests

When defining and accepting the travel contract, it is necessary to indicate the presence of people requiring special diets or with reduced mobility in order to be able to verify the services and the possibility of assistance.

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These are necessary

For all walking tours, you will need hiking boots, a water bottle of at least one litre, a kway or poncho, a backpack of at least 20/30 litres. Spare socks or T-shirt are recommended, as well as food or energy supplements.

Level of difficulty of walking tours

The trip is suitable for people who can walk, not necessarily trained but in good health. It is not suitable for children.

The price includes

Not included

Methods of payment

  • DEPOSIT: € ___, within 7 days of registration
  • BALANCE: no later than 21 days before the date of departure: € ___, by ___________

Cancellation

CANCELLATION BY THE TRAVELLER:

FOR ANY VOLUNTARY CANCELLATIONS THE FOLLOWING PENALTIES WILL APPLY:

  • CANCELLATIONS UP TO 15 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE: 50% PENALTY
  • CANCELLATIONS FROM 14 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE: 100% CANCELLATION FEE

CANCELLATION WITHOUT PENALTY: within ___________

 

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