Alpine culture, ancient traditions and local flavors: the weekend of Transhumance in Oasi Zegna and the wonders of the Biella area

The magic of the departure in the night of the great herd, the festive passage in Bocchetto Sessera and then a surprising itinerary between Biella, Ricetto di Candelo, the fascinating Baraggia and the biodiversity of the rice fields

€ 399

The climb to the pastures of the herds has marked the arrival of good weather in the Alps for millennia. In some places, like in the Oasi Zegna, this moment is still lived according to the Alpine tradition with a suggestive walk, accompanied in its various stages by the local population. 

On this trip, accompanied by an Environmental Tour Guide from Biella, Marco Macchieraldo, with the support of our minibus and easy level guided hikes, we will be able to participate in this exceptional event, from the start in the suggestive atmosphere of the night, to the passage in Masserano comforted and warmed up by the traditional alpine coffee, to then meet again the herd on Saturday morning in Bocchetto Sessera in the great feast of the typical dishes of the Oasi and the sound of Swiss horns. 

After leaving the herd of Valter Croso with its over 200 cows on its final path to the Alpe, we will visit Casa Zegna to learn about the fascinating history of this area. 

Sunday will be dedicated to the great variety and biodiversity of the Biella area, between the Baraggia (the Savannah Biellese) and the rice fields, with a hike of about 7 km. 

An authentic experience in the world of “margari” (the mountain sheperds), an opportunity to visit the splendid Zegna Oasis in a festive and special moment!

 

Transhumance

difficulty level:For everyone

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

(official video by Oasi Zegna)

Day 1 - Friday 22 May, the Magic Night

We will meet in the evening, at 6.00 pm, at Santhià Station, easy to reach both from Turin and Milan, to leave together for this unique journey. We will climb up to the Zegna Oasis on the Panoramica Zegna, the spectacular road that will give us a sunset to remember, up to Bielmonte, and we will spend the evening nicely at dinner.

At 10.30pm we will leave by minibus to witness the extraordinary moment of the departure of the herd and the beginning of this spectacle of nature and tradition. Around 1 am we will meet the herd again in Masserano for its nocturnal passage, and we will taste the traditional coffee in the traditional 'casarola', before returning to the hotel.

 

Day 2 - Saturday, May 23, the passage to Bocchetto Sessera and the division of the herd

It is time to meet again the herd at Bocchetto Sessera, where we will convene after the walk of the night. By minibus we will reach the Oasi Zegna where we will leave for a walk of about 10 km (280 m in altitude) to meet the cows on their way.

In Bocchetto Sessera we will enjoy the great party: the sound of Swiss horns, the atmosphere of sharing and the authentic Alpine tradition in an unforgettable moment that accompanies the ascent to the Alpe della mandria.

We will visit Casa Zegna to discover the history of this extraordinary example of environmental patronage, and of this unique territory.

Day 3 - Sunday 24 May, discovering the Biella area

Sunday will be dedicated to the discovery of the Biella area with its extraordinary diversity of environments: with our minibus and choosing the right activity together with the guide depending on the weather we can visit the Baraggia, also known as 'the Biellese Savannah', the ancient Ricetto di Candelo, enjoy a risotto, observe the fauna of the rice fields. 

We plan to walk for about 7kms.

The return to Santhià is scheduled for 6.00 pm.

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!

The tour price, of 399 Euros per person, includes:

  • 2 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (Single room supplement: 50 euros total)
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • transfer from Santhià at the beginning of the journey and return at the end of the trip on our minibus
  • transport with our minibus for the duration of the trip
  • - accompaniment of an Environmental excursion Guide for the whole length of the journey
  • minibus excursion on Friday evening to watch the start of the transhumance, and the passage in Masserano
  • Saturday excursion to Bocchetto Sessera and walk to meet the herd, festival at Bocchetto Sessera
  • excursion on foot and by minibus on Sundays to explore the Biella area, depending on the weather: the Baraggia Biellese, the sand dunes, the Ricetto di Candelo, the biodiversity of the paddy field environment.

The tour departs from the Santhià train station at 6.00 pm on Friday 22 May, where our minibus will pick up travelers to begin this adventure.

The end of the trip, at Santhià, is scheduled for 6.00 pm on Sunday 24 May.

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.

This trip consists of excursions by minibus and on foot, to follow the highlights of the transhumance at the Oasi Zegna. 

With regard to hiking, our plan includes:

  • walk of about 7 km, height difference 280 meters, Saturday morning in Oasi Zegna to meet the herd
  • walk of about 7 km on Sunday to explore the environment of the Baraggia of Biella

In both cases these are easy level walks (tourism).

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

  • 2 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners

Transport

  • transport with our minibus 9 seats for the whole trip, and on the places of the excursions

Accommodation

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

Activities

  • minibus excursion on Friday evening to watch the start of the transhumance, and the passage in Masserano
  • Saturday excursion to Bocchetto Sessera and walk to meet the herd, festival at Bocchetto Sessera and typical lunch
  • excursion on foot and by minibus on Sundays to explore the Biella area, depending on the weather: the Baraggia Biellese, the sand dunes, the Ricetto di Candelo, the biodiversity of the paddy field environment.

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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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