4 days on the Morainic trail in autumn part 1: on the edge of the Serra moraine

The castles, the glacial moraine and the mystery of the Pera Cunca stone

€ 549

The Morainic Trail is a special experience, among villages, small churches, the mysterious Pera Cunca stone, the lakes, panoramas that suddenly open up in front of you, a charming pine forest where you do not expect it.

And then the tasting of typical products and the professional and cheerful company of Marco Macchieraldo, expert and eclectic Environmental Hiking Guide that will make us dream, tell us tales and legends and lead us on the easy and fun paths of this Moraine Way.

We will leave from Andrate, we will pass by Viverone with its glacial lake and by Maglione with its Open Air Museum of Contemporary Art (MACAM) and in four days, along the paths of the eastern moraine of the Ancient Balteo Glacier, we will arrive up to Villareggia, in stages of about 15 km a day.

It is a traveling journey, with our minibus for luggage transport and assistance to travelers.

It is much more than an hiking trip, it is the encounter with our territory, it is being pampered and accompanied by those who are at home in these lands, it is an unforgettable experience.

Morainic trail map

difficulty level:Easy

Relatively short itineraries on paths and dirt roads, with some climbs to be faced without hurry and at the right pace! Ideal for new hikers and for those who want to take up easy hiking again.

il macchie
Macchie

Keen sportsman since childhood, skilled Caribbean dances dancer, electrician in a former life, Marco “il Macchie” is a Nordic Walking Instructor, hiking guide and Environmental Excursion Guide. Deeply in love with the mountains, and committed to show the beauty of this world to the people around him, he will conquer you with his simplicity, and a touch of madness.

Never without: his “Talismacchie”

Personal motto: Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be: live!

Day 1 - From Andrate to Magnano

Our walk begins in Andrate, the highest point of the entire Morainic Amphitheater. Today we will walk on the edge of the Serra, the imposing hill that overlooks the plain of Ivrea and that separates it from the Biella area. We will spend our day immersed in nature, among beech, chestnut and pine forests, crossing huge erratic boulders along the way and we will be on the paths used in the past by shepherds, traders and pilgrims. The walk will end at Magnano.

Difference in altitude: 150 mt d+

 

Day 2 - from Magnano to Viverone

From the Medieval Village of Magnano we will continue on the Serra between woods and wonderful landscapes, and then arrive to the hills surrounding Lake Viverone, where we will walk a short stretch of the Via Francigena Morenico Canavesana. 

Difference in altitude: 150 mt d+

 

Day 3 - from Viverone to Maglione

From the shores of Lake Viverone we will leave for our day of hiking and we will enter the woods to visit the mysterious Pera Cunca stone.

We will then walk along the hill paths towards Masino, home ofa famous Castle, formerly the residence of the Valperga counts, located in one of the most panoramic points of the entire amphitheater.

Difference in altitude: 150 mt d+

 

Day 4 - from Maglione to Villareggia

From Maglione, a small village famous for its open-air museum that has more than 180 works of art (murals, but not only) scattered along the streets of the town, we will take the road towards the valley of the Dora Baltea, which descends from the Valle d'Aosta and cut the frontal moraine. Passing along small lakes and canals we will arrive in Villareggia, with its characteristic little church of San Martino.

Difference in altitude: 150 mt d+

The moraine amphitheater of Ivrea is the mark left by the great Balteo Glacier during a dozen glaciations that took place in the Pleistocene.

In the phases of the advance of the ice the sediments were pushed forward by the long face of the glacier and then were left behind in the form of hills, the moraines, regular and straight as the Serra di Ivrea, at the retreat of the glaciation.

The Serra di Ivrea is the left moraine of the glacier, while the frontal moraine is instead constituted by a succession of hills that extend between Agliè and Viverone and which are interrupted between Mazzè and Villareggia by the gap opened by the Dora Baltea.

These lands have been inhabited by man since prehistoric times (we have proof of them in the Viverone Bronze Age pile-dwelling sites), they have witnessed clashes between the Salassi, Celtic peoples, who crossed the Alps to move here, and the Romans who, probably using the ancient name given by the Salassi to this area founded Eporedia, today's Ivrea.

The lands of the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea, including Villareggia, where Giroola is based, are today rich in history, gastronomic traditions, erratic boulders and interesting geological formations, legends, little churches on the hill and many corners to discover.

Morainic Amphitheatre of Ivrea

This journey consists of 4 days of walking from about 15 km each, to cover the entire Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea, from Andrate to Brosso.

The journey starts from Ivrea, in Piazza Freguglia or at the Railway Station at 9 am on the first day.

The price, of 549 euros per person, includes:

  • Accompaniment of an Environmental Hiking Guide for 4 days of trails on the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea
  • 3 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room supplement 75 euros for the whole trip, if required)
  • 4 light lunches on the trails
  • The dinners are not included because we realized that after the ample afternoon snacks, no one wants to eat anymore
  • Luggage transport service at each stage 
  • assistance with the minibus

In addition to being an important and interesting place (recently included in the Unesco Heritage for its industrial past), Ivrea is easily accessible by train, bus or car, both from Turin and Milan.

To organize your stay in Ivrea before and after our trip and for any information, Paola is at your disposal by phone at the number +39 370 3506333, via email at [email protected] or directly by chat on this page.

This tour is made of six day hikes of Easy Level (Tourist): relatively short itineraries, on wide paths and flat dirt roads or with slight slopes; lasting 3-4 hours of walking and with a positive vertical gain of maximum 450-500 meters.

In particular, the gradients are really reduced, around 150 meters for each stage. 

So, it does not pose particular difficulties, but to enjoy the holiday and be at ease it is good to self-evaluate objectively your own conditions and abilities.

 

Classification of difficulty levels for trekking and hiking itineraries:

  • Easy (Tourist): relatively short itineraries, on wide paths and flat dirt roads or with slight slopes; lasting 3-4 hours of walking and with a positive vertical gain of maximum 450-550 meters.
  • Intermediate (excursion): itineraries on paths of various kinds, sometimes with marked slopes; lasting 5-6 hours of walking and with a positive difference in height of maximum 900-1000 meters.
  • Challenging (Expert Hiking): itineraries that present some technical difficulties, such as rocky ground, slight snowy slopes, exposed sections and in some cases single rocky sections of easy climbing (I and II degree) that require the use of hands; a good rhythm is required and physical preparation must be adequate for a day of continuous walking in the mountains; lasting 8-9 hours of walking and with a positive difference in altitude from 1000 meters upwards.

In our travels 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 meals and 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.

  • 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.

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:

3) RESERVATIONS

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.

4) PAYMENT

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.

5) TRANSFER OF 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.

6) WITHDRAWAL

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.

7) WITHDRAWAL OF CLIENT WITHOUT PENALTY

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.

8) TOUR VARIATIONS

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. 
  • HEALTH and ASSISTANCE

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

Meals

  • 3 breakfasts
  • An additional welcome breakfast
  • 4 light lunches on the trails
  • 4 robust evebing snacks (Merenda Sinoira) at the end of the walk (The dinners are not included because we realized that after the evening snacks no one is hungry anymore :))

Transport

  • assistance and transportation by minibus
  • Luggage transport service at each stage

Accommodation

  • 3 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room supplement 75 euros for the whole trip, if required)

Activities

  • 4 days of accompanying the trails along the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea from Andrate to Villareggia by an Environmental Hiking Guide

Book this tour

You can book directly and quickly here on the site, or if you prefer us to assist you with your booking, click here to chat with us now, or call us at +39.370.350.63.33, we'll be happy to help!

If you are booking over a month in advance, only a deposit of 25% is necessary.

It is also possible to participate in just one day on the walk, for more information click here, or check out the similar tour: 4 days on the Path of erratic boulders, from Villareggia to Brosso, departure on october 4th 2019

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

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