The Via Francigena, 6 Days of Itinerant hiking along the Aosta Valley from the Great St Bernard pass to Ivrea, with luggage transport service

The charm of the Aosta Valley’s stretch of the ancient pilgrim route, from the high mountains to the UNESCO-listed town of Ivrea, with the convenience and service level of a trip in a small group

€ 999

The Via Francigena: this itinerary of great charm, which descends from the Gran San Bernardo pass towards the valley floor and runs through the Aosta Valley, has been one of the most important communication routes between France and Italy since the middle ages.

Even today, walking on the same paths that pilgrims, traders and armies have used for centuries brings us back in time, in a unique and suggestive atmosphere: magnificent villages, splendid castles and evocative medieval churches... To walk this stretch of the Via Francigena, which in 2004 obtained the recognition of "Great European Cultural Itinerary", means embarking on a real journey into the history, culture and landscapes of the Aosta Valley.

We invite you to walk this route with the assistance and the accompaniment of an Environmental Hiking Guide, and the convenience of luggage transport. The stages will be around 15 - 20 km long, with the exception of the third one, from Aosta to Chatillon that will be slightly longer, but which we can travel partly by train.

The price of the tour includes all lunches, dinners, overnight stays, transport by minibus from Turin and luggage transport at each stage, 6 days of assitance of an Environmental Hiking Guide, and the Pilgrim's Credentials of the Via Francigena.

If the Via Francigena had been one of your long time goals, this is a good opportunity to enjoy a trip on foot with all the assistance and service of Giroola.

Francigena

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.

Stage 1: from the Great St Bernard pass to Etroubles

Our journey begins with a pleasant and long stage, completely downhill, along paths and secondary roads that from the Great St Bernard pass will take us to the characteristic villages of Saint Rhemy en Bosses, Saint Leonard and Saint Oyen, then reaching Etroubles where we will stop for the night. 

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/B&B in Etroubles.

Distance: 13km

Elevation gain:  10m

Elevation loss:  1210m

Departure route: colle del Gran San Bernardo

Arrival:  Etroubles

 

Stage 2: from Etroubles to Aosta

On the second day we will begin our walk with a stretch of ups and downs on the path, immersed in the striking woods of the Gran San Bernardo valley, until we cross the beautiful orchards that anticipate entry into the city of Aosta.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/B&B in Aosta.

Distance: 16km

Elevation gain:  105m

Elevation loss:  810m

Start of the tour:  Etroubles

Arrival:  Aosta

 

Stage 3: from Aosta to Châtillon

After having left behind Aosta we will walk along the bed of the river Dora, passing magnificent vineyards and the enchanting Castle of Quart and crossing the villages of Nus and Cly and then reach Châtillon.

(given the considerable distance of this stage, discussing with the guide, it will be possible to cover part of the itinerary by train, to avoid getting too tired and to enjoy the three following stages of the journey in the best possible way)

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/B&B in Châtillon.

Distance: 28km (possibility to shorten the stage and do part of the itinerary by train)

Elevation gain:  625m

Elevation loss:  660m

Start of the tour:  Aosta 

Arrival:  Châtillon

 

Stage 4: from Châtillon to Verrès

From Châtillon after a short uphill section we will take a pleasant path that, along the “rus” (ancient artificial channels to water the fields), will lead us towards the Castle of Saint German. From here a long and scenic stretch always on the path will lead us to Vèrres, near the magnificent Castle of Issogne.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel/B&B in Vèrres.

Distance: 19km

Elevation gain:  670m

Elevation loss:  855m

Start of the tour:  Châtillon 

Arrival:  Vèrres

 

Stage 5: from Verrès to Pont Saint Martin

The stage that will take us to Pont Saint Martin will be much less demanding, both in altitude differences and in distance, but by no means less interesting: we will cross the river Dora on the beautiful Echallod bridge, built in the second half of the 18th century, we will walk the "Roman road of the Gauls" and we will visit the imposing Fort of Bard, after an excellent lunch in the village of the same name.

Dinner and overnight stay in hotel/bed and breakfast in Point Saint Martin.

Distance: 15km

Elevation gain: 195m

Elevation loss: 215m

Start of the tour: Verrès

Arrival: Pont Saint Martin

 

Stage 6: from Pont Saint Martin to Ivrea

The last leg of our journey on the Via Francigena will take us to Piedmont, walking on easy trails with slight slopes and scenic dirt roads between the characteristic villages of San Lorenzo and Montestrutto until we will reach the town of Ivrea, to end our journey in an excellent cafeteria in the historic center where you can taste the delicious "Torta 900".

Return by minibus to Turin.

Distance: 21km

Elevation gain:  360m

Elevation loss:  440m

Start of the tour:  Pont Saint Martin

Arrival: Ivrea

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 The Via Francigena, 6 Days of Itinerant Trekking along the Aosta Valley from the Great St Bernard pass to Ivrea, with luggage transport service tour includes:

  • 6 days along the Valle d'Aosta stretch of the Via Francigena accompanied by an environmental hiking guide
  • 5 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room surcharge 125 euros in total)
  • 5 dinners
  • 5 packed lunches
  • 1 restaurant lunch
  • 1 snack at a café
  • transfers by minibus from Turin and Ivrea (round trip), and transfers during the trekking as scheduled
  • Luggage transport service at each stage
  • Pilgrim's Credentials

Our 9-seat mini bus with air conditioning and free wifi will drive to the following meeting points:

- Porta Susa railway station in Torino

- Ivrea (TO) railway station

In any case, 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.

 

Here are the timetables:

First day

- 7.30 am stop at Turin Porta Susa railway station

- 8:15 am stop at Ivrea train station

- 9:15 am arrival at Aosta and stop for breakfast

- 9:45 am departure of the excursion from Aosta

 

The tour ends on the sixth day, at approximately 16:00, on arrival of the hike to Aosta.

Then we will hop onto the minibus to get back home.

 

If you want to stay in Turin before or after the tour, or if you want to take advantage of the opportunity to visit Ivrea, an industrial city of the twentieth century included in the Unesco World Heritage, we have some ideas for you :) You can contact Paola ([email protected] - phone 370 3506333) or write to us directly on the site chat clicking here

Our minibus

This tour is perfect for solo travellers:

  • we take care of everything
  • you are independent and can choose whether and when to share meals and your free time with the group
  • you get to know people from all around the world in a small group

We'll start with a coffee (yes, real espresso!) or a juice and pastry, get to know the group, and by the time we jump on board and start exploring you'll be among friends.

So, solo travellers are very welcome on our tours, and if you are ok with sharing a double/triple room with other members of the group we'll send you an email after the booking and you will tell us your preferences (e.g. girl ok to share a bedroom with other girls only, etc).

If however you prefer us to book a single room for you, it is available during the reservation process for an additional fee..

If there are no other solo travellers in your tour or if there is no possibility to match your preferences (or your roommates happen to snore too much!), your single room will be on us, no additional charge will be required.

This tour is made of three day hikes of Easy Level (Tourist): relatively short itineraries, on wide paths and flat dirt roads or with slight slopes; lasting 6 hours of walking and with a positive vertical gain of maximum 450-550 meters.

The length of the stages is about 15-20 km, except for the third stage which is longer, but which we will travel partly by train.

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.
  • 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.

Since the luggage will be transported every evening to the hotel by the transport service, you can also use a normal trolley suitcase, in addition to a small backpack for daily excursions.

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

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. 
  • ACCIDENT - with a minimum cost you can be insured against accidents. Our civil liability notwithstanding, something can always happen and even a small accident, as in everyday life, can cost dear in terms of rehabilitation, absence from work, etc.  

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

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 5 packed lunches on the trails
  • 1 restaurant lunch
  • 5 dinners
  • 1 snack at a café

Transport

  • transfers by minibus from Turin and Ivrea (round trip), transfers during the trekking as scheduled
  • Luggage transport service at each stage

Accommodation

  • 5 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room surcharge 125 euros in total)

Activities

  • 6 days along the Valle d'Aosta stretch of the Via Francigena accompanied 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.

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

Photo Credit: "Associazione Europea delle Vie Francigene - AEVF"

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