The best of the Morainic Trail, 3 days of Easter trekking on the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea

On the edge of the Serra Morenica, among the waters of the glacial lakes, on the path of erratic boulders: a fantastic journey on foot and by minibus, suitable for everyone, full of discoveries and flavors

€ 469

In these three days of travel we will cover the whole territory of the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea, from Andrate to Brosso, on the edge of the glacial moraine, and we will embrace the 505 square km of this fascinating succession of lakes, hills and woods , villages, mountain churches, vineyards and meadows.

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 instead hike about 6-7 km a day, divided into several circular walks at the most interesting panoramic points where we will arrive by Minibus: for this reason this trip is suitable for all those who want to spend a weekend on the move, without neglecting the pleasures of good food. Each day in fact ends with a different Piedmontese-style tasting and snack, an unmissable experience and now a regular feature of the Morainic Trail by il Macchie and Giroola.

We will be the base for the nights of the tour in Ivrea, a twentieth century industrial city that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This will be a unique adventure, we are waiting for you!

 

Morainic trail map

difficulty level:For everyone

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

Synthetic program

Day 1 - On the edge of the Serra Morenica

The first stop will be at 800 meters high of Andrate, the beginning of the Morainic Trail! We will then walk along the edge of the Serra Morenica, a hill with an extraordinary straight profile, stopping at the most panoramic points and walking in Nature: Torrazzo, Sala Biellese, Magnano, Zimone, then arriving at Lake Viverone and indulging in a Piedmontese “merenda sinoira” meal, washed down with the excellent local wine!

 

Day 2 - The water path

Today we will descend towards the Dora Baltea, the symbolic river of the Morainic Amphitheater, which cuts the frontal moraine like a wound, bringing with it legends and stories of other millennia. From Maglione, where we will visit the MOMA, an open-air museum with its frescoes and works of art, we will pass by Villareggia, the headquarters of Giroola, and then to Mazzè, with its fascinating castle. The vineyards will be the protagonists of the landscapes of Caluso: here the Erbaluce grape is born, from which the famous Passito is obtained. And wine will also be the protagonist of our afternoon snack today.

 

Day 3 - The Erbaluce and the Path of The Erratic Boulders

One of the most interesting, and often mysterious legacies to man of retreating glaciers are erratic boulders. Today we will travel the suggestive Path of the Erratic Boulders, and we will discover other marvels in stone of this path, like the labyrinth of Vialfrè. We will get to Ponte Preti, with its legends, and we will admire the picturesque Lake of Meugliano. In Brosso, the end of the Morainic Trail, we will complete our adventure with a spectacular view, and a last snack together!

 

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!

We designed this version of the Morainic Trail to make it suitable for everyone. The walks will have a total length of 6-7 km a day, with minimal differences in height, and they will all take place on ring routes distributed throughout the day starting from the points of interest in which we will arrive by our minibus. This way we will be able to follow the entire course of the Moraine Way. 

 

The price of this The best of the Morainic Trail, 3 days of Easter trekking on the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea tour, of 469 euros per person, includes:

  • Transport from Turin or Ivrea on the first day of travel, and return to Turin (or Ivrea) at the end of the journey
  • Assistance and transportation by Minibus for the 3 days of travel along all the highlights of the Ivrea Moraine Amphitheater.
  • Accompaniment of an Environmental Hiking Guide for 3 days of trails on the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea
  • 2 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room supplement 60 euros for the whole trip, if required)
  • 3 picnic lunches on the trails
  • 3 end-of-day tastings and snacks

The dinners are not included because we realised that after the ample afternoon snacks, no one wants to eat anymore 

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 3 days of hiking, based in Ivrea (TO). We can therefore meet directly there, if it is convenient for you. In Ivrea we can meet at 9 am on the first day.

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.

L'Anfiteatro Morenico di Ivrea (AMI) è l'impronta lasciata dal grande Ghiacciaio Balteo nel corso di una decina di glaciazioni che si sono succedute nel Pleistocene.

Nelle fasi di avanzata dei ghiacci i sedimenti venivano spinti in avanti dalla lunga lingua del ghiacciaio per poi restare sotto forma di colline, le morene, regolari e dritte come la Serra di Ivrea, al ritirarsi della glaciazione.

La Serra di Ivrea rappresenta la morena sinistra del ghiacciaio, mentre la morena frontale è invece costituita da una successione di colline che si estendono tra Agliè e Viverone e che vengono interrotte tra Mazzè e Villareggia dal varco aperto dalla Dora Baltea.

Queste terre sono state abitate dall'uomo fin dalla preistoria (ne abbiamo testimonianza nei siti palafitticoli dell'età del bronzo di Viverone), sono state teatro degli scontri tra i Salassi, popolo celtico della gallia che attraversò le Alpi per trasferirsi qui, ed i Romani che probabilmente utilizzando l'antico nome dato dai Salassi a questa zona fondarono Eporedia, l'odierna Ivrea.

Le terre dell'Anfiteatro Morenico di Ivrea, tra cui Villareggia, la sede di Giroola, sono oggi ricche di storia, di tradizioni gastronomiche, di massi erratici e conformazioni geologiche interessanti, di leggende, di chiesette sulla collina e di tanti angoli da scoprire.

AMI - Anfiteatro Morenico di Ivrea
  • 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

  • 2 breakfasts
  • 3 picnic lunches on the trails
  • 3 end-of-day tastings and snacks

The dinners are not understood because we realized that after the ample afternoon snacks, no one wants to eat anymore 

Transport

  • Transport from Turin or Ivrea on the first day of travel, and return to Turin (or Ivrea) at the end of the journey
  • Assistance and transportation by Minibus for the 3 days of travel along all the highlights of the Ivrea Moraine Amphitheater.

Accommodation

  • 2 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room supplement 60 euros for the whole trip, if required)

Activities

  • Accompaniment of an Environmental Hiking Guide for 3 days of trails on the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea

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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