3 days of walks and discoveries between Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore

The Mottarone mountain, the Sacro Monte of Orta, the island of San Giulio, Stresa, the Pallavicino Park and the Isola Bella, three days of walking and visits, suitable for all

€ 549

This trip is much more than a hiking trip: certainly we will have fun walking on the paths around Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore, but to make the route easier from a physical point of view and more exciting for the group we will have the opportunity to visit in ferry Isola Bella and its palaces and gardens, to observe the animals at the Pallavicino Park, to boat on the romantic Lake Orta and to reach the top of the Mottarone with the cable car.

They will be three days of great and majestic beauty, of incredible panoramas, of elegant palaces and wonderful gardens, in a small group of maximum 8 travelers and with the assistance of an Environmental Hiking Guide.

Our minibus will assist us to get from Turin to the hiking area, to take us every day to the places where we walk and visit and to take us back to the city at the end of the journey.

The price includes all meals, overnight stays and activities.


difficulty level:For everyone

Tours in which there are some walking stretches together with other nature discovery activities. Suitable to all travellers.

Day 1 – The Sass del Pizz, a stage on Lake Maggiore

Arriving to the shores of Lake Maggiore we will have our first easy walk in the morning among woods and magnificent panoramic views to reach Sass del Pizz, a real balcony on Lake Maggiore, ideal for enjoying a splendid view from above. We will then return to Stresa and after lunch, in addition to enjoying the lakeside promenade, we will visit the Pallavicino Park, a splendid botanical garden dating back to 1855!

1 restaurant lunch

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.


Elevation gain uphill: 200 meters

Elevation loss downhill: 200 meters

Total distance: 5,5 kilometers


Day 2 - Mottarone and Isola Bella

What is the best way to enjoy the splendid panorama that Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta can offer? Simple, just take the cable car that in a short time will take us from the lake to the 1492 meters of altitude of Mount Mottarone and from here plunge into the splendid larch woods walking on suggestive paths. After a pleasant descent we will then get back onto the cable car from the intermediate stop that will take us back to Stresa. 

In the afternoon we will take the ferry to visit the beautiful Isola Bella.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.

packed lunch


Elevation gain uphill: 80 meters

Elevation loss downhill: 650 meters

Total distanTotal distance:ce: 6 kilometers


Day 3: Lago D’orta, its Sacro Monte and the Island of San Giulio

The last day will be dedicated to the suggestive Lago D'Orta and to the island of San Giulio, with the Sacro Monte. We will trek along a stretch of the "Girolago" route and then board the ferry and reach Orta San Giulio, we will walk towards Punta Movero and then arrive after a short climb to the Sacro Monte di Orta.

We will then visit the famous Island of San Giulio and travel along the last stretch of lakefront after having landed at the characteristic village of Pella and having visited its small port.

Restaurant lunch

Minibus transfers:  Omegna > Opagliolo > Turin


Elevation gain uphill: 60 meters

Elevation loss downhill: 60 meters

Total distanTotal distance:ce: 9 kilometers

Marco B.

A great sports and mountain lover, during the summer you will find him along the trails hiking and mountain biking, and in the winter again there with skis or a snowboard on his feet. Always looking for new routes, he loves good food and good company. When he is not in the mountains you'll find him at the sea side surfing or rehearsing a play with his actor friends.

Never without: a good cup of coffee

Favorite quote: "Sports is the toy department of life"

This tour is suitable for anyone who want to start walking on the trails, the excursions are on easy dirt roads, the gradients are moderate and the distances in km are limited: it is therefore a trip suitable for those who want to walk, without any hurry, to an average of 6-7 km a day, to be in contact with nature and start practicing a bit of hiking even if not in peak condition.


On this trip there are also numerous other activities and visits, ferry trips, cable cars and entrances to palaces and gardens, which make the experience richer but also less physically demanding than a harder hiking trip.

The price of this 3 days of walks and discoveries between Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore tour, of 549 euros per person, includes:

  • 2 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (Single room supplement: 50 euros total)
  • 2 restaurant lunches
  • packed lunch
  • 2 dinners
  • 1 ticket to the climb by stresa-Mottarone cable car
  • 1 ticket for entry to the Pallavicino Park in Stresa
  • Visit of the baroque palace and of the Italian garden of Isola Bella 
  • 1 ticket for the Lagna - Orta ferry
  • 1 ticket for the Orta - San Giulio - Pella ferry 
  • 3 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide
  • transfers by minibus from Turin to the starting point of the tour (both ways) and transfer to the start of the hike


Our Minibus will depart from Turin, from the Porta Nuova railway station, at 7.00 am on the first day of travel.

The minibus will take travelers back to Turin to the same place of departure around 6.30pm on the last day. If you plan to go home by train from Torino, we advise you to choose departures starting from 7.00 pm.

The meeting point is in front of Torino Porta Nuova Station, in Piazza Carlo Felice Square under the arcades in front of the Decathlon store (click here for the Google Maps coordinates).

If you travel by train or plane, you can take the opportunity to arrive the day before and visit the city, we are at your disposal to add one or more nights to your trip.

If you arrive by car, we can recommend an alternative destination for the night before, and agree on a different meeting point.

For help organising the evening before the start of the trip, o the evening afterwads and for any questions or tips our Paola is happy to help you on the phone or WhatsApp ( +39 370 3506333 ), via email ([email protected]) or directly by chat by clicking here.

  • CLOTHING We recommend to dress in layers, using breathable garments, but without forgetting a fleece and a windproof and rainproof jacket. Regarding the trousers it is better to opt for a pair that would be not too heavy, able to dry quickly and especially with elastic parts to facilitate movement and be comfortable.
  • FOOTWEAR: Boots are good, better if not too heavy given the season, also low shoes as long as they are hiking shoes, suitable for walking on trails and dirt paths.
  • BACKPACK: Since we will start from a base each day, it is sufficient to have a backpack of 20-30 liters for day trips, with a cover in case of rain (you never know!). 
  • TREKKING STICKS:  ideal both uphill and downhill to reduce the effort of leg muscles and to reduce the load on the joints. 
  • DO NOT FORGET: A pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle of at least half a liter as well as a cap and a band to protect the forehead and ears from the wind are essential.

If you need more information or if in doubt please write to us: our hiking guide Marco B. will be happy to give you all the necessary information

For further information you can read the article by Marco B. on our blog: Which clothing to choose for a hike? 4 recommendations

In our hiking tours you will find solo travelers, couples, or pairs of friends, and in a small group of eight it’s easy to become friends straight away. This tour is perfect for those that traveling alone but don't want to be on their own for the whole trip. You're independent and you can choose if and when to share your free time with the group.

Our travelers are people who know how to travel, in fact they arrive independently to the place of the appointment, mainly from all over Italy (but not only) and who choose to take a trip with us to learn differently about places, people, flavors and traditions. We are proud to say that our travelers are the best part of our trips!

Solo travellers are always welcome in our tours, and if you feel like sharing a double of triple room with other members of the group we will send you an e-mail after your reservation and you will be able to tell us about your preferences (for example, if you are a girl and you would like to share a room with girls only etc). You will not pay any surcharge.

If you prefer, you can book a single room for a fee.

If there are no other solo travellers in your tour or if there is no opportunity to satisfy your preferences, your single room will be offered by us at no extra charge.

Before each trip we always ask our travelers about any allergies, intolerances or special food needs, and we prepare in advance with restaurants and hotels to make everyone's experience the best possible.

We also pay attention to the needs of vegetarians and vegans, ensuring that suitable alternatives are always provided. 

Adatto vegetariani e vegani

On our hiking trips though, we gladly accept small dogs, one for each trip, because outdoor activities and the appropriate choice of dog friendly hotels and restaurants allow us to welcome them without ruining the holiday for those who love them less than we do.

The participation of the dog implies:

  • getting a single room
  • a hotel fee for room cleaning
  • a cleaning fee for the minibus

To make sure you can take your dog with you on this trip, call us or write to us to make sure that there is still the possibility of transporting it on our minibus (you can contact Paola at 370 3506333, via email [email protected], or directly by chat here).

giroola dog trekking

All our tours are directly made by us, Giroola Srl, via Amorosa 3, 10030 Villareggia (TO) (P.iva 11671600010, Scia 19022017-1520 Suap 9007)

During the tour you'll be covered by our Civil Responsibility Assurance (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, via Corte d'Appello 1, 10122 Torino, nr.2007/03/2276452).  

We adhere to the Guarantee Fund (art.50 Dlgs 23.05.2011 n.79) which can be used by all travellers provided they have a contract in case of bankruptcy or insolvency for the refunding of the price paid. (Fondo Garanzia Viaggi Srl, via Nazionale 60, 00184 Roma, certificate n. A/146.1485/5/2017).


Booking Policy, from the General Terms and Condition for the Sale of Tour Packages:


Acceptance of reservations by Giroola Srl is subject to availability. Reservations will be considered final following confirmation by Giroola Srl,  even via e-mail or fax, to the client.

Indications relative to the tour package not contained in the contract documents, brochures or other forms of written communication, will be supplied in time by Giroola Srl prior to the initial starting date in compliance with its duties as envisaged by Legislative . decree n. 79/2011.


Upon booking, a registration fee and a deposit of 25% of the total amount is required. Full payment is due 30 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 30 days of departure, full payment is due upon booking. Lack of payment of the abovementioned sums on the dates established constitutes grounds for cancellation of reservations such as to determine, on the part of Giroola Srl, the right to terminate the contract.


The client renouncing the contract may be substituted by another person provided that:

a) Giroola Srl be given written notice at least 4 weekdays prior to the date of departure, together with the necessary personal data of the transferee;

b) The transferee be able to satisfy all the conditions for the fruition of the service ( ex article 10 of Legislative decree n.111/95) and in particular the requisites relative to passports, visas, health certificates;

c) The transferee refund Giroola Srl for all expenses incurred for the transfer of the contract for the sum specified before the transfer.

Moreover, the transferor and the transferee are both accountable for the payment in full of the tour package price as well as for the sum as per item (c) of the present article.

As far as certain types of services are concerned, third party suppliers have the right to refuse the substitution of the transferee, even if effected within the time limit specified as per item (a) of the present article. Giroola Srl will therefore not be held responsible for the eventual non-acceptance of the substitution on behalf of third parties. This non-acceptance shall be notified in good time by Giroola Srl to the parties involved before departure.


In the event of withdrawing from the tour package contract, the client is, in any case, liable for the payment of the tour package price. If withdrawal takes place for reasons beyond those envisaged in article 7 of the present General Terms, the client shall pay, in compliance with ex article 1373, paragraph III, Italian Civil Code, cancellation penalties as specified below:

  • 10% of the tour package price within 30 days prior to departure
  • 30% of the tour package price from 29 to 18 days prior to departure
  • 50% of the tour package price from 17 to 10 days prior to departure
  • 75% of the tour package price from 9 to 3 weekdays prior to departure
  • 100% of the tour package price beyond these terms.


The client may withdraw from the contract, without incurring any penalty, in the following circumstances:

  • a significant change of one or more elements of the contract which can be objectively considered as fundamental for the fruition of the tour package in its entirety and proposed by Giroola Srl.
  • after the conclusion of the contract itself but prior to departure and not accepted by the client.

In the abovementioned circumstances, the client is entitled to the following options:

  • the fruition of an alternative tour package, with no increase in price or with the restitution of the excess in price, if the second tour package costs less than the first;
  • the restitution of any sum corresponded as partial payment. Said restitution must be made within seven weekdays from receiving the request for reimbursement.

The client must communicate the decision (to accept the change or to withdraw) within two weekdays from receiving notice of the price increase or change. In the absence of specific notice within the said term, the proposal made by Giroola Srl will be considered accepted. The client who decides to withdraw from the contract before departure for circumstances beyond those listed above shall pay, after deducting the account paid as per article 4, the penalty indicated in article 6.


Variations to the tour, requested by the client, after the confirmation of booking, could involve processing expenses for Giroola Srl and at times penalties charged by suppliers. If so, the customer will be charged. Partial withdrawal of some of the travellers under the same contract and the resulting decrease in number of tour members is to be considered partial cancellation and is consequently regulated as stated in article 6.

As specified in our General Conditions of Sale of tourist packages, when you travel with Giroola you are covered by our Civil Liability Insurance. For all that could happen and that was due to our negligence or error, we have signed a policy (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, nr.2007 / 03/2276452).

There are other insurance policies that we recommend and for which we have chosen to work with Allianz Global Assistance, whose Globy range seems to us to be the most suitable for our travelers:

  • TRAVEL CANCELLATION - Our 8-person trips are often full months before the date of travel, and even if our cancellation policy is actually much more flexible than expressed in our Booking Policy (our travelers can attest to this, we are very available to move the trip in case of unexpected even the last minute), where other facilities are involved (hotels, rentals, etc) some expenses are not really refundable, and therefore a good trip cancellation insurance becomes a valuable ally. 

We at Giroola are an agency of the Globy network of Allianz Global Assistance, and we can therefore provide you with all the information, make estimates and issue the policies directly with the booking.

For any information our Paola is at your disposal at the phone number +39 370 3506333, at the address [email protected] or in the chat directly on this page.

What's included


  • 3 breakfasts
  • 2 restaurant lunches
  • packed lunch 
  • 2 dinners


  • transport from Torino (the start of the tour) and back to Torino on our minibus.
  • all transfers to the start of the trails 


  • 2 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms breakfast included( Single room surcharge: 50 euros total)


  • 3 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide
  • 1 ticket to the climb by stresa-Mottarone cable car
  • 1 ticket for entry to the Pallavicino Park in Stresa
  • Visit of the baroque palace and of the Italian garden of Isola Bella 
  • 1 ticket for the Lagna - Orta ferry
  • 1 ticket for the Orta - San Giulio - Pella ferry 

Book this tour

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the 2020 season schedule has undergone major changes. For all information about departures you can chat with us now, or call Paola at +39.370.350.63.33

Itinerary and activities may vary depending on weather conditions, seasonal events, special events and group suggestions.

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