5 days of walks at the Zegna Oasis and Alta Valsessera

A trip to the magical mountain atmosphere, with incredible views, among centuries-old woods, the history and flavors of these timeless valleys

€ 849

The Oasi Zegna is a special place: spectacular views from all sides, between the Monte Rosa massif and the Po Valley, the poetic Bosco del Sorriso with its enveloping and relaxing sensory journey, the centuries-old beech forests of Alta Valsessera, the fascinating history of the Zegna family and of the extraordinary initiative that created a true paradise here. 

Based in Bielmonte, every day with our minibus and in the company of an expert environmental hiking guide, Marco Macchieraldo known as “il Macchie”, we will explore a different area enjoying every moment of walking, savoring the places but also the local products.

It is a perfect journey for those who want a mountain vacation among woods and valleys, and want to start hiking even without having experience or training: every day we will walk about 6-7 km on average.

An easy and relaxed trip, in Nature, with all the comforts, and even a little magic, for up to 8 travelers: we are waiting for you!

difficulty level:For everyone

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

Valsessera

Day 1: The Bosco del Sorriso

Departing from Turin, we will travel the extraordinary Panoramica Zegna road, going up towards Bielmonte. The first day of travel will allow us to immerse ourselves in the most regenerating and energetic nature: the Bosco del Sorriso (“Wood of smiles”) with its experiential journey among beech, larch and fir trees in the Alta Valsessera, where we will walk leisurely (the path is 4.8 km, suitable for everyone) savoring lights, scents and colors to leave stress behind us and start this fantastic week in the best possible way.

Day 2: the Artignaga alp and the archeominerary route

A land of shepherds, but also of miners, since the Middle Ages, the Alpe Artignaga is part of the vast mining geopark of the Alta Valsessera, a territory where we will be able to walk between nature and history, to then come together for a tasty lunch at the Rifugio Piana del Ponte, the lowest of the Valsessera, authentic and welcoming, and famous for its excellent cuisine!

Day 3 - The water path

Water is vital for man, and for Nature, and today we will follow the path until we reach the small Dolca stream, walking among the secular beech trees of the deep Valsessera. A welcoming area, green, fragrant with woods, with the light filtering through the foliage and its birds and small woodland animals. 

Day 4: the Dawn in San Bernardo and Centro Zegna

Today an extraordinary day awaits us: our minibus will take us before dawn to the Sanctuary of San Bernardo, which we will reach with a short and scenic walk. Situated in an extraordinary panoramic position on Monte Rubello, where the heretic Frà Dolcino, protagonist of the medieval history of these mountains, was defeated in the XIV century, the Sanctuary offers us an unmissable view of the Alps and the Po valley. In the afternoon we can then visit Centro Zegna, where we will discover the history of the Oasis, which is intertwined with that of the Zegna family, a pioneering story of environmental patronage.

Day 5: the Zegna Overview and urban walking in Biella

The last day of our trip: today we will leave, calmly, to descend from the other side of the Panoramica Zegna and enjoy new panoramas. We will visit the small village of Rosazza, also known as 'the most mysterious town in Italy' due to the wealth of esoteric symbols of its architecture, and then we will arrive at Piazzo, the historical quarter from the medieval city of Biella, from where we will start an interesting urban trekking to discover the beauty and history of the city, before returning to Turin and saying goodbye. 

 

Sanctuary of San Bernardo, Sanctuary of San Bernardo, photo from www.oasizegna.com

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!

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.

Bosco del sorriso

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 2-3 hours of walking and with a positive vertical gain of maximum 200-250 meters.
  • 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.

All our tours are suitable for all ages (let's say from the age of 14 upwards) - the best thing if you have a doubt about the technical difficulties or the length of the route, you can call us and speak directly with your guide who can advise you in the best way based on your experience and your needs.

The price of this 5 days of walks at the Zegna Oasis and Alta Valsessera tour, of 849 euros per person, includes:

  • 5 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide
  • transfer from Turin and back by our minibus
  • transport to the starting points of the paths
  • 4 night accommodation in 3 star hotel in double rooms,. (single room supplement: 120 euros total)
  • An additional welcome breakfast
  • 5 lunches
  • tastings and surprises organized by our guide “Il Macchie”
  • 4 cene in hotel
  • Visit to Centro Zegna

Bocchetta

Our Minibus will depart from Turin, from the Porta Nuova railway station, at 8.00 am on the first day of travel.

This tour consists of 5 days of hiking, based in Bielmonte. We can therefore meet directly there, if it is convenient for you, at 10 am on the first day.

In Bielmonte, once the group is established, we will start the day as usual with a welcome breakfast, to get to know each other before leaving for our adventure.

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.

On this trip we will stay at the Albergo Ristorante Bucaneve , in Bielmonte a very welcoming hotel, with a tasteful decor, a mountain atmosphere and a very popular restaurant.

This will be our base for the 4 nights of the trip, in the ideal and panoramic setting of Bielmonte, and we will dine in the hotel with the half-board formula, to finish our days with taste.

  • 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:

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

  • 5 breakfasts 
  • 5 packed lunches on the trails
  • tastings and surprises along the paths
  • 4 dinners

Transport

  • transfer from Turin to Bielmonte and back by our minibus
  • transport to the starting points of the paths

Accommodation

  • 4 night accommodation in 3 star hotel in double rooms,. (single room supplement: 120 euros total)

Activities

  • 5 days of trails accompanied by an Environmental Hiking Guide
  • Visit to Centro Zegna

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.

If you book a tour of more than one day with us before February 28th you will get the "2020 Girooler limited Edition" t-shirt for free! Get more info

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

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