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ArcheoTrekking in Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: slow-paced journey through history carved into the stones

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Reasons may vary: the guides are engaged in always confirmed activities and their availability needs to be checked, the activity can only be carried out with a specific guide or specific equipment.

Discover Matera, a UNESCO city, by walking slowly through the centuries, allowing yourself to be carried away by its eternal beauty and the richness of its unique world heritage.

Explore Matera and be enchanted not only by the famous Sassi of the historic center but also by the hidden treasures surrounding this ancient city.

With our ArcheoTrekking, our archaeologist and environmental hiking guide Matteo will lead you on a unique adventure through millennia of history and fascinating landscapes, immersing you in its ancient history and in even more enchanting, but lesser-known and explored places, ready to be rediscovered. Venture into the unique archaeological sites that make Matera a gem of Basilicata.

The time machine starts, and we go back millions of years! We will begin the discovery from the origins of Matera by exploring the Grotta dei Pipistrelli, a place that tells us about the birth of the natural landscape and an archaeological site where the primitive traces of human presence in the territory were found.

With a leap in time, we then find ourselves in the more recent prehistory to discover the suggestive Neolithic village at Murgia Timone, an area of the Matera Murgia that encapsulates centuries of history until the medieval era, of which we literally have the keys to show you from the inside the fascinating rock churches that dominate the city’s skyline. The last stop of our historical and archaeological journey will take us to the so-called “Saracen Village“, an ancient medieval village nestled among the rocks and surrounded by pristine nature.

Matera awaits you with its extraordinary testimonies of the past, which we will make you discover thanks to our archaeologist and environmental hiking guide Matteo, offering you an unforgettable experience that will make you experience the perfect fusion of human history and ingenuity and natural beauties, inspiring you to a sustainable lifestyle.

PROGRAM & INFORMATION

ArcheoTrekking in Matera, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: slow-paced journey through history carved into the stones

DAY 1

FRIDAY – Arrival in Matera: Between Natural Caves and the Sassi City

Participants arrive in Matera in the early afternoon: welcome and accommodation in the structure.

3:45 PM Transfer and excursion to the outskirts of Matera, to Murgia Serra Sant’Angelo, where together with our archaeologist and environmental hiking guide Matteo, we will visit the Grotta dei Pipistrelli, the oldest site to set foot in Matera, and the nearby rock settlement with a spectacular view of the ravine.

Following that, transfer to the Sassi di Matera with a visit to the MOOM Museum, Matera Olive Oil Museum, and accompanied walk to the cathedral.

The day ends in the historic center with a welcome dinner.

Length: 1.5 km
Duration: 2 hours
Elevation gain: <50 m

DAY 2

SATURDAY – ArcheoTrekking at Murgia Timone: the park of rock churches

Breakfast and transfer to Murgia Timone for the morning trek.

Guided excursion by our archaeologist and environmental hiking guide Matteo, to the Neolithic village, to the rock churches of San Falcione and Madonna delle Tre Porte overlooking the viewpoint of Matera from which we will admire the Sassi.

Following that: return to the park entrance and packed lunch (not included) in the picnic area of Masseria Radogna.

Return transfer

In the afternoon, free time: with suggestions for cultural or leisure entertainment.

Evening and free dinner

Length: 5 km
Duration: 4 hours
Elevation gain: < 50 m

DAY 3

SUNDAY – Visit to the village carved into the stone: the “Saracen Village” – departure

Breakfast and transfer to Parco dei Monaci, a short distance from Matera.

ArcheoTrekking to the “Saracen Village”: in the heart of the Murgia, one of the most suggestive places in the entire park area hosts a medieval village entirely carved into the rock and equipped with ancient houses and rock churches. A unique place of its kind, where together with our archaeologist and environmental hiking guide Matteo, we will walk through history and see what the city of Matera might have looked like in the Middle Age.

In the background are the church of Cristo La Selva and the ravine, which offer a breathtaking panorama, as well as the splendid Masseria Passarelli.

Finally, a light lunch at the property of the Lamacchia family with a tasting of typical products enveloped in the magical atmosphere of an olive grove overlooking the ravine.

In conclusion, farewells and return transfer to Matera for check-out and departure.

Length: 4.5 km
Duration: 5 hours
Elevation gain: 125 m +/-

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Confirmed tours with a minimum of 4 participants.
  • For all scheduled excursions and guided tours, it’s mandatory to wear hiking shoes.
  • Excursions last a maximum of 5 and a half hours with a maximum elevation gain of 125 meters.
  • In case of bad weather, the guide will decide at the moment if there are safety conditions to proceed with the excursions. In any case, we will try to salvage the program by adjusting the activity schedules.
  • Please bring a raincoat and umbrella. There will be no refund if some activities are canceled due to bad weather.
  • We recommend respecting the appointment times of the program by arriving at the meeting places 15 minutes before. There will be no refund in case of delay.

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PRICES

PRICE 597,00€  
Price per person in double room

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT
+160,00€

 

*Prices vary depending on the booking period

 

 

Booking period

May, June and September 2024

Activities forUnabhängige Reisende , Gruppen, Paare

Minimum number of participants
per booking:

What does the payment of the booking include?

Included

  • 3 nights’ accommodation with breakfast in a 4-star hotel in a double room (or similar)
  • All guided tours by an archaeologist/environmental hiking guide
  • Entrance ticket and guided tour at MOOM
  • All transfers included in the program
  • Welcome dinner
  • Light lunch on the day of departure
  • Tourist assistance and agency fees

What is not included

  • The packed lunch and dinner on the second day
  • Extra drinks and bar expenses
  • Tourist tax
  • Transfers not included in the program

Everything that is not included in the “what’s included” section

Payement information

Deposit to book

Secure your spot by paying €97.00 per person.

You have until 30 days before departure to complete the payment.

Attention: if you do not complete the payment before 30 days from departure, you will lose the deposit and the reservation!

If I can't come

FREE CANCELLATION
Up to 31 days before departure, 100% of the fee is refundable.

SUBSEQUENT CANCELLATIONS
For cancellations from 30 days to 21 days before departure, 50% of the fee is refundable.
For cancellations from 20 days to 11 days before departure, 30% of the fee is refundable.

NO SHOW
For cancellations and no-shows 10 days before departure, no refund is provided.

After payement

After payment, we will send you:

  • the invoice
  • (a few days before arrival) a reminder with all the relevant information and the program
FAQ (Domande e risposte)

How to reach Matera by public transport:

By train
Take Freccialink to Salerno and then change to Frecciarossa for/from Turin, Milan, Reggio Emilia AV, Bologna, Florence, Rome, and Naples.

By plane
Arrive at Bari airport and then take bus connections from Bari to Matera.

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