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Italian Wolf and Bear Tour in Abruzzo - 3 Days

Italian Wolf and Bear Tour in Abruzzo
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Italian Wolves and Marsican Brown Bear Tour

This is a 3-day Italian Wolf and Bear Tour to Abruzzo is known for being one of the wildest regions in Italy. Its mountains are characterised by extraordinary biodiversity and the “Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park” is considered one of the best places in Europe for the observation of large mammals, and of course wildlife in Italy.

Among these, the Marsican brown bear (Ursus arctos marsicanus) and the Italian wolf (Canis lupus italicus) and the endemic Apennine chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata) deserve particular attention.

The Marsican brown bear, endemic to Central Italy, represents one of the flagships of the zoological diversity of the italian territory. Although its population is made up of a small number of specimens, encounters with this species are not uncommon, especially in the spring or late summer when the bears are busy feeding before and after the winter hibernation. During the weekend we will track this plantigrade, as well another excellence of the Park: the Italian wolf.

Established in 1921, the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park (its full name) or PNALM, was the first protected area to be established in Italy. It has a territory consisting in a multitude of chains with peaks between 900 and 2200 meters. In a scenery composed of breathtaking landscapes, the Park hosts an extraordinary biodiversity. In fact, in addition to mammals, also all the other classes of vertebrates are well represented and each of them includes numerous taxa of great conservation interest (as for example Salamandrina perspicillataVipera ursiniiDenrocopos leucotos, etc.).

The entomofauna is also of great value (there are numerous species of butterflies and beetles, among which it is impossible not to mention the wonderful Rosalia alpina). The flora with the centuries-old beechs and conifers, the endemics, and the dozens of orchid species, fascinate even the most demanding botanists.

So, we will also have the opportunity to focus on birdwatching, on the observation of Reptiles and Amphibians, without forgetting to enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the Park and the history and culture of the area.

Italian Wolf and Bear Tour Highlights includes:

  • Tracking the elegant Italian wolf, the king of the Italian forests
  • Bear watching session: in search of the endemic Marsican brown bear
  • The observation of many ungulates. Deers, roe deers, wild boars and the endemic Apennine chamois
  • Endemic herpetofauna and birdwatching among forests and meadows
  • Discovering Abruzzo: medieval villages and food and wine tradition
Alternative Tour Name: Abruzzo Wildlife Tour, Italy
Day 1
Day 1 – Birding and Bear Watching

Early morning rendez-vous in Rome or Naples and transfer to Pescasseroli. Arrival at the hotel located in the heart of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. Pocket Lunch.

Full afternoon of wildlife watching among the rocky slopes, looking for apennine chamois and birds of prey.

Bear watching in the late afternoon.

Dinner in a typical restaurant with a menu based on home-made pasta and traditional cheeses and cured meats. Short journey by car to listen to the wolf howlings.

Day 2
Day 2 – Wolf Watching, Cinquemiglia and Bear Watching.

Breakfast in the hotel. Wolf watching in a valley there is also a prime area to observe almost all the ungulates species of the park.

Exploration of the Cinquemiglia plateau, an amazing area to look for interesting species of birds like the golden eagle and white-backed woodpecker. Pocket lunch.

Return to Pescasseroli and free time. Bear watching at sunset.

Dinner in a typical restaurant with a menu based on italian starters and grilled meat or vegetables and bruschettas.

Day 3
Day 3 – Bear Watching, Birding and Medieval Village

Breakfast. in the hotel. Bear watching in the early morning.

Birdwatching along the Sangro river, looking for white-throated dipper. Pocket lunch.

Visit to old village of Civitella Alfedena, famous for its population of urban wild reed deers. Return to Rome or Naples.

Mammals:

Marsican brown bear (Ursus arctos marsicanus), italian wolf (Canis lupus italicus), apennine chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica ornata), red deer (Cervus elaphus), roe deer (Capreolus capreolus), italian hare (Lepus corsicanus), crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata).

Birds:

Eurasian griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus), golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus), pallid swift (Apus pallidus), eurasian hoopoe (Upupa epops), european bee-eater (Merops apiaster), white-backed woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), eurasian crag martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), white-throated dipper (Cinclus cinclus), blue rock trush (Monticola solitaria), western Bonelli’s warbler (Phylloscopus bonelli), collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis), red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio), woodchat schrike (Lanius senator), red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), golden oriole (Oriolus oriolus), italian sparrow (Passer italiae), european serin (Serinus serinus), cirl bunting (Emberiza cirlus), rock bunting (Emberiza cia).

Herpetofauna:

Italian crested newt (Triturus carnifex), italian newt (Lissotriton italicus), fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra), northern spectacled salamander (Salamandrina perspicillata), apennine yellow-bellied toad (Bombina pachypus), italian stream frog (Rana italica), italian tree frog (Hyla intermedia), italian slow worm (Anguis veronensis), italian three-toed skink (Chalchides chalchides), western green lizard (Lacerta bilineata), whip snake (Hierophis carbonarius), smooth snake (Coronella austriaca), Riccioli’s snake (Coronella girondica), central Italy asp (Vipera aspis francisciredi), meadow viper (Vipera ursinii).

For macrophotography enthusiasts, an incredible number of invertebrates (mainly butterflies, dragonflies and beetles) and wild flowers.

What is included?

  • Transfers from and to Rome/Naples
  • Overnight stays
  • Meals (2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners)
  • Scientific accompaniment by a professional Zoologist for the duration of the trip, with support material for wildlife observations (binoculars, spotting scope, field guides)
  • Basic travel insurance
  • Local taxes

What is not included?

  • Beverages
  • Everything not mentioned in "Price Includes"
Wildlife Reviews
4.72 stars
- based on 3  reviews
  1. Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise
    Camillo Campolongo14 Sep 2018
    4.67
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    K' Nature guys organised a wonderful 3-days tour in the mountains of the National Park during mating season of deers; thanks to a very good wheather, we had the opportunity to spend all the time watching herd of deers and also some individuals very confident, but also other species very amazing: a Golden Eagle, several griffins, wolves, some chamois and many other birds and also amphibians and reptiles; unfortunately, we miss the brown bear. In addition, the group leaders paid attention to help all of us for animals observation and identification, as well as logistics aspects and friendliness of the people. Since I was satisfied of that experience, I decided to participate to other tours with K' Nature
  2. Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise
    Camillo Campolongo14 Sep 2018
    4.67
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    K' Nature guys organised a wonderful 3-days tour in the mountains of the National Park during mating season of deers; thanks to a very good wheather, we had the opportunity to spend all the time watching herd of deers and also some individuals very confident, but also other species very amazing: a Golden Eagle, several griffins, wolves, some chamois and many other birds and also amphibians and reptiles; unfortunately, we miss the brown bear. In addition, the group leaders paid attention to help all of us for animals observation and identification, as well as logistics aspects and friendliness of the people. Since I was satisfied of that experience, I decided to participate to other tours with K' Nature
  3. Abruzzo: the kingdom of the wolf
    Giorgio di Gennaro01 Oct 2019
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    The young guides of K nature, very prepared, taught me a lot and gave me a rewarding experience in the mountains of Abruzzo. Spectacular encounter with the wolf attacking a fox.

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Why book with K' Nature?

The professional Zoologists of K' Nature have been exploring the wildest areas of the Abruzzo region since the childhood. Their deep knowledge of several animal groups will give you the best chanches to observe the zoological highlights of the national park. Their love for food and wine made them choose the best restaurants of the area.

I have one/more particular target species, could you help me in finding it?

Sure we can! Just tell us about your dream species and, if we are in the right season, we will do our best to find them and to organize our itinerary based on your needs!

What if I am vegan or vegetarian?

Do not worry! We will organize the menu for dinner, lunch and breakfast based on your needs!

Can I extend my stay to more days?

Of course! We can offer a wildlife tour lasting two days or more!

Is it possible to organize an exclusively birding or herping tour in Abruzzo?

Of course! Our experts will also be able to create customized tours for you focused on birdlife or herpetofauna.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.


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Tour Facts

  • Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park
  • On Request
  • Multi-Day Tour
  • Birds
  • 1 to 8 pax
  • 3 Days
  • April to November
  • +18 years
  • Moderate
  • English, Italian, French, Spanish
  • Airport in Rome (choice of 3) or Naples International Airport
  • Airport in Rome (choice of 3) or Naples International Airport