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Apennines   (Italy 🇮🇹)   –   4 days

Rome

Rediscover Rome

  • Rome Deep-Dive
    (guided by Ulaya’s storytelling historian)
  • Reconsider Humanity
    (by taking a historic perspective)
  • Enjoy La Dolce Vita
    (hyper-local coffee & hip cocktails bars)
  • Italian cuisine
    (pure tastes, slow cooking and scenic views on Rome)

Regulaity Rally

Enjoy some competition and magical views by rallying your way to and through the Nature Rewilding Parks.

  • Electric or Classic cars
    (from Rome to and through National Parks)
  • Magical scenic route
    (with time to marvel at the winter views)
  • Regularity Rally
    (the pleasure of some competition)

Guided Snowshoe Touring

Guided Snowshoe Tour

  • Remote snowshoe trails
    (where only wildlife goes)
  • Private mountain hut
    (have the mountain & cabin for yourself)
  • Walk in wildlife’s footsteps
    (safely guided)
  • Scenic Sunsets & Sunrises
    (in the pristine Abruzzo National Park)
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Wildlife Tracking

Wildlife Tracking in Snow

  • Tracking winter wildlife
    (following snow tracks)
  • Learn about wildlife behaviour
    (top-notch & passionate nature guides)
  • Fully equipped
    (trap cams, torches, night vision binoculars…)

Italy’s Big Five

Italy’s Big Five in one national park!

  • Marsican Brown Bears
  • Wolves
  • Wild Boar
  • Deer
  • Apennine Chamois

Medieval Luxury

Italy’s Big Five in one national park!

  • A ‘scattered hotel’
    (have your own private medieval house)
  • Preserved traditional culture
    (experience timelessness)
  • Ancient, yet pure luxury
    (like a private fireplace and bathtub)
  • In the middle of nature
    (in the pristine Gran Sasso National Park)
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Wining & Dining

Enjoy top-notch Wining & Dining

  • Delicious Italian wines & food
    (from 100% organic farms and vineyards)
  • Fully catered mountain hut
    (wine & dine in private hut with fireplace )
  • Stay in an ancient winery
    (with private house in medieval village)
  • Dine & wine in archeological Rome
    (with exclusive slow last lunch)

Program: 4 Days

DAY 1 – Rome

From Rome airport, you’re transferred to your Boutique hotel for tonight. From there, our historian and storyteller Sandrina guides you along ancient Rome, relating the history and modern-day global challenges by telling sticky stories. Moreover, she guides along hidden dining & wining gems, coffee, wine & cocktail bars,  Azienda’s, and 2 top-notch restaurants with scenic views.

Day 2 – Rally & Rewilding Apennines

After dinner, you receive your classic or electric vehicles and the rally road books. In equippes of 2, you drive the prologue and first stage of the regularity rally (2,5 hrs). These take you to and into the Abruzzo National game reserve. At the finish, you meet with your private mountain & wildlife guide at the local Apennine Wolf Museum. She introduces you to the basics of the Apennine mountains, and its rewilded wildlife and provides you with your ski touring and wildlife tracking gear & equipment.

Fully equipped, you start your guided tour through the snow on the hunt for wildlife tracks and Italy’s big five. On snowshoes, you’ll arrive at your private catered refuge in the middle of the pristine winter wilderness (5h walk, 16 km, 400 mtrs ascent). In this remote private refuge a sundowner, warm fireplace and lovely dining & wining await. The day is finished outdoors around the fireplace where we, gaze at the Milky Way, and listen to the rhythm of nature and howling wolf packs, before a good night’s rest.

Day 3 –Wildlife Tracking, Rally & Recover

Wake up by the first rays of sunlight and surrounded by mountains. You enjoy an early morning snowshoe touring and wildlife tracking experience (3h walk – 12km – 600 m ascent). We have our breakfast back at the refuge before we leave again for tracking more wildlife and head down to the valley for lunch (4h walk – 16km – 400 m descent).

Time for stage 2 of the rally! In 3 legs (total: 3 hrs) the rally winds through 3 rewilded nature reserves. Anticipate an extremely beautiful, scenic route through the wild, uninhabited Apennines. The finish is in a fortified medieval village, inside the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga national park. You wine & dine in a truly unique local restaurant and you stay in a pristine ‘Albergo’ that honours the history and luxury creating an immersive lifetime experience. Celebrate the finish of the rally and fall asleep at the sound of your fireplace.

DAY 4 – Rally & Return

This morning no early rise, but time to recover in this unique medieval, yet luxurious environment. Take a private bath, walk around, reconsider life and relax. The final (neutral) stage of the rally takes you back to Rome in 2 hours. In Rome, you enjoy your last moment together in an exclusive archaeological garden where you can rethink your Rome, Rally, Rewilding experience, before returning home (filled with lifetime memories).

Costs & Dates

Costs & Planning

Ulaya Safaris are tailor-made. We design our safaris based on your preferences, convenience, availability, and seasonality. Based on your input we create a program with hand-picked ingredients, including dates and pricing.

Prices for 4-day Winter Wildlife Safaris start at ~ €2.500 per adult.

What’s included

  • Tailor-made organization
  • 5 star wining & dining
  • Accommodations
    (based on double occupancy, possibly dorm in the mountain hut)
  • Hand-picked Mountain & Wildlife Guides
  • Wildlife Tracking Gear
    (GPS, headlamps, (night vision) binoculars, torch, headlamp, camera traps)

What’s not included

  • Flights
  • Extra personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • After dinner drinks
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