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The Malta Geographical Society is pleased to offer a new and different tour for our more serious hikers. This tour is ideal for those walkers who like a challenge, with the focus on hiking in areas of geographical and cultural interest in these areas of South Italy.

Matera has been designated at the European Capital of Culture 2019.

Our professional Italian guide, Luigina Geusa, has prepared a package for 5 days, 4 nights from October 24-28, 2018.

The cost is Euros 435 per person, excluding airfares, which you book yourself. (Ryan Air to Bari details below).
See other conditions below.

There are limited places, a maximum of 33, so this will be on a strictly first-come first-served basis. Preference is given to paid-up members.

• Please email your interest to mgsmembership@yahoo.co.uk
• Then to secure a place we require a cheque deposit of Euros 100 made out to Malta Geographical Society and posted to:

Malta Geographical Society
48 Triq il-Kbira,
Siggiewi  SGW 1303,

Confirmation of a place is upon receipt of this deposit.
The balance of payment is made to the guide when we reach the hotel in Alberobello. Payment by cash

As with all overseas trips, we strongly recommend that you arrange your own travel insurance.

Walkers must be fit and healthy, with no serious health conditions, and be able to complete these walks.

Disclaimer on behalf of Malta Geographical Society:
The guide, Luigina Geusa is responsible for the entire trip from Bari to Bari

Bookings must be made before May 14

Flight information
Ryan Air to Bari
24 October: Malta 11:35 - Bari 12:55   FR9875
28 October: Bari 21:40 - Malta 22:55   FR9874

The programme is detailed below:

DAY 1. 24 OCTOBER: Arrivals / Alberobello
Arrival in Bari. Meeting with the Guide and transfer by private bus to Alberobello. Check-in at the Hotel Silva. Visit of the Monti district and Aia Piccola, UNESCO heritage. Typical dinner and overnight in Alberobello.

DAY 2. 25 OCTOBER: The waterway (excursion along the Apulian aqueduct).
After breakfast, a short transfer (10 ') to the starting point of the Apulian aqueduct path, the historic "hidden river" of Puglia, crosses unique and evocative environments characterized by Mediterranean scrub and typical conical constructions, the trulli. Precisely this stretch of the Apulian Aqueduct, that is, that which goes from Locorotondo to Alberobello and Putignano, we can well say, is among the most interesting from the point of view of landscape, nature, architecture and history. We will pass over the bridge of the Pirro Canal admiring, in addition to the panorama that allows you to wander towards the mountains of S. Lucia and Selva di Fasano, also numerous picturesque districts of the town of Locorotondo and wonderful groups of trulli. We will arrive in the delightful village of Locorotondo, inserted in the circuit "One of the most beautiful villages in Italy" and "orange flag" of the touring club. Visit of the pretty village and return by train to the hotel in Alberobello. Dinner and overnight in Alberobello.
Type of route: one way / Difficulty: E / Length of the route: 13 Km / Difference in altitude: 200m / Journey time: 5 hours  

DAY 3. 26 OCTOBER: The caves of Castellana and Matera.
After breakfast, check-out and transfer by private bus to the Castellana Caves to be enchanted by the wonderful white cave and this characteristic underground world of Puglia. After the morning dedicated to the visit of the caves, lunch and transfer to Matera. Arrival in Matera, check-in at the La Formica B & B. Following visit of the historic center of Matera, the city of the Sassi, Unesco heritage. During the visit there will be the opportunity to visit the complex of cisterns dug entirely in the rock for water supply, a rock church and a cave-house. Dinner with typical local dishes and overnight in Matera.

DAY 4. 27 OCTOBER: Gravina in Puglia
After breakfast, bus transfer to Gravina in Puglia. We will depart from the historic center for a trek that will see us walking in the rocky landscape of Gravina.
The Gravines, are a typical karst morphology of the Murgia: erosive incisions even deeper than 100 meters, very similar to the Canyons, dug by the meteoric waters in the calcareous rock. Even today, at the bottom of the Pugliese ravines, the torrents that have dug them flow, giving fabulous views to say the least. Over the centuries, the presence of watercourses and the intrinsic characteristics of the territory, have allowed the settlement of different populations, including religious, since the era of Byzantine domination, which on the one hand exploited them as houses and sanctuaries (the natural caves on their walls) and on the other as a natural defensive place. The ravine of Gravina in Puglia, is one of the most spectacular ravines of the area, characterized by an important rock habitat, it also represents a microenvironment inhabited by incredible and various faunistic and floral presences. Walking along the archaeological area of the Padreterno, at the foot of the hill of Botromagno. We will discover the beauty of the Madonna della Stella Aqueduct Bridge and many other testimonies of the past.
At the end of the hike you return to the historic center where you will have the opportunity to visit the "underground Gravina". Uncovered in 2005 by a group of speleologists, it will be possible to know in the meanders winding under the historical center of the city cuniculi, cellars, rock churches, granaries, seventeenth-century ovens. In this world, quite suggestive, you can see towers and remains of ancient city walls.
Nobody before had thought that there could be a "Gravina Sotterranea", equally suggestive and full of charm where time, almost enchanting, has stopped. Return by bus to Matera. Dinner and overnight.
Type of route: ring / Difficulty: E / Length of the route: 13 Km / Difference in altitude: 200m / Journey time: 5 hours  

DAY 5. 28 OCTOBER: Matera and the Rock Churches Park
After breakfast we leave for the excursion in the Natural Park of the Rupestrian Churches of Matera. Through our walk we will relive the extraordinary ancient history of Matera, one of the oldest cities in the world, and its rock churches. The itinerary will lead us to walk along a fascinating panoramic path, full of naturalistic views and amazing views on the Sassi, frescoes and rock churches and the inevitable grille falcons, symbols of the park. At the end of the excursion return to Matera and free time to enjoy the beauty of this particular town or to possibly visit museums and other according to their personal interest. Transfer to the airport. Greetings and end of services.
Type of route: ring / Difficulty: EE / Length of the route: 11 Km / Journey time: 5 hours / Difference in altitude: 400m  

What to bring (essential):
trekking boots; daily light backpack, baggage (it will be transported by the organization); personal first aid; bottle; cape and / or pocket umbrella for possible rain; everything you need for any swim at the beach.   

The price includes: - 4 nights with breakfast in double and triple rooms (2 nights in Alberobello in 3* hotel, 2 nights in Matera in b & b, allocated by the guide) - 4 lunches during the excursions -4 dinners (water and wine included) -Transferments as per program with private minibus - AIGAE guide and tourist always following  

The fee does not include: trip to / from Bari (flight), insurance of participants; lunch on the first day and dinner on the last day, tourist tax; bar and confectionery consumption; possible single room supplement (subject to availability); entrance tickets to Museums, Monuments or where provided for, anything not expressly indicated under "the price includes"
Ticket entrance to caves €13 for long tour (+20 person group)
Single room supplement, if available €90

2 nights in Alberobello at Hotel Silva 3* http://www.alberobellohotel.eu/
2 nights in Matera at b&b La Formica, b&b Gattini 33, b&b La Gemma dei Sassi, b&b La casa sul Melo

Informative note: the guide can cancel the excursion in case of bad weather or uncertain weather; the use of trekking shoes is mandatory, unless otherwise indicated, or the guide is wary of participating in the excursion, it is the faculty of the guide to vary the route and / or the destination of the excursion in relation to the weather conditions, the type of group accompanied or any other motivation that the guide considers valid to justify such variations; it is the responsibility of the guide to calibrate the pace of the excursion based on the group's level of training, even at the expense of reaching the expected goal  

Guida: Luigina Geusa 0039 3209771234 luigina.geusa@gmail.com meditazioninmovimento@gmail.com


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