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Four days in Abruzzo relishing in the sea, nature and history of the region

This tour’s purpose is to discover modern cities, small ancient villages and enchanting seascapes. Historical – cultural itineraries allow you to explore a beautiful region surrounded by greenery, history and traditions.

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4 days

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Best season : From May to September

Included / Not Included

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Car rental for the duration of the stay with insurance

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Four nights in Hotel in Pescara with double room

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Entrances to the House of D'Annunzio and Palazzo d'Avalos in Pescara

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Carlton Hotels

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Prestige Hotel

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Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM

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Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants

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Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French

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Flights to/from your home city

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Meals where not mentioned

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Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)

Itinerary

Arrival in Pescara, the most modern city in the region. Pescara is the birthplace of the poet Vate Gabriele d’Annunzio, so do not miss a visit to the historic center where his ancient house still resides. Today his home is the National Museum (English speaking guided tours available) so take a tour and then stop among the cafes that frame it to taste some of the typical dishes of Abruzzo cuisine. Do not miss a walk on the soft, fine sand of the promenade’s beach and also on the Ponte del mare, one of the largest pedestrian and cycle paths in Europe, which connects the north and the south of the city. Here you can stop to admire a beautiful panorama of marine and mountain, thanks to the view of the Gran Sasso. Overnight at the hotel near the city center.

Natural reserve of Punta Aderci, Punta Penna and Vasto.
After breakfast, you will leave to dedicate your morning to discovering the Punta Aderci Nature Reserve, one of the most beautiful stretches of coast in Abruzzo, ideal for swimming and diving. Before reaching the beach, do not miss a relaxing walk in the Reserve, among the lush vegetation of the park and golden wheat fields, dotted here and there by the red of the poppies. If you want, you can continue for another 3 km, until you reach the beach of Punta Penna (also reachable from the port of Vasto), where you can admire the second tallest lighthouse in Italy.
The final stretch of the Punta Aderci Reserve boasts a beach full of dunes that constitute the natural habitat of many wild species, such as the the red and gray heron, the sparrow hawk and the marsh harrier. In its crystal clear turquoise waters it is possible to spot sea turtles and dolphins and its sandy bottom that slopes gently is ideal for families traveling with children. For these reasons, the beach has obtained the prestigious Blue Flag.
In the afternoon you will continue to Vasto. You will visit its characteristic historic center on the sea, embellished with splendid palaces, such as Palazzo D’Avalos, and the Aragonese Castle (unfortunately not open to visitors) which dominates the bay from above and from which, on clear days, you can even see the Tremiti Islands. Inside there are the Civic Museums and the Pinacoteca. In the evening you can enjoy a walk on the waterfront with a drink or savoring some typical dishes in one of the many places. Overnight at hotel.

Ortona, Canadian monumental cemetery and San Giovanni in Venere
In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, you will move to Ortona, a city of ancient origins located south of Abruzzo. Its territory stands on a promontory, in an area full of vineyards, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Its past is rich in history: inhabited by the Romans, then by the Goths, the Byzantines and later by the Lombards and the Normans. It played an important role during the Second World War in the hard battles between the Germans and the allies and was the subject of numerous bombardments. Do not miss a visit to the Aragonese Castle, built in the Renaissance period and to its beautiful squares surrounded by stately buildings, as well as the Battle museum.
If you still have time available, we recommend a visit to the Cistercian Abbey of S. Giovanni in Venere, whose origins date back to the early Middle Ages. On the facade, you will admire the splendid portal of the Moon, dating back to the thirteenth century, surmounted by a horseshoe arch and some side sculptures. Inside, the crypt preserves very rare and valuable frescoes
Night in hotel.
(English guide available if you would like to discover the history of the city center during the Second World War and to visit the Canadian monumental cemetery).

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