A weekend in search of gold between Valle d'Aosta and Biellese, 2 days of visits and walks, with practical gold panning in the river

The Chamousira gold mine in Brusson, the giant nugget at the Bard Fort, a trek in the Bessa Special Nature Reserve and the gold panning practice in the Elvo stream, be a gold seeker for a day!

€ 359

Looking for gold ... just saying these words creates a thrill, and we imagine ourselves collecting the sparkling straws, with boots and the sieve on the river, as in Uncle Scrooge's tales.

On this exceptional trip, for a group of only 7 travelers, we will have the good fortune to have with us, as an Environmental Hiking Guide and as an expert gold digger, Arturo Ramella Bagneri of Green Bear Adventures, an internationally renowned gold digging expert (he was, among other things, elected President of the World Gold Seekers Association, the WGA, twice and he is still one of the most important international members of the association) and together with him we will visit the Chamousira gold mine in Brusson, we will discover the gigantic nugget kept in the Museum of the Alps of the Fort of Bard, we will walk in the Special Natural Reserve of the Bessa up to the Elvo creek where we will finally be able to experience the emotion of the search for gold, guided by a true expert.

We will be based in the beautiful city of Ivrea, declared Unesco Heritage, and here we will also be able enjoy on Saturday a nice “merenda sinoira” snack with tasting of Erbaluce, the exquisite white DOCG wine, which is also golden in color.

The price of the tour includes all the activities, including the gold panning and equipment hire, transport, entrance fees and guided tours, trekking, overnight stay with breakfast, lunches and the piedmontese “merenda sinoira” snack with tasting of Erbaluce.

- photos: Stefano Ceretti

Giroola Trekking Gold map

difficulty level:For everyone

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

Day 1:   The origins of gold

From Turin we will leave for Brusson, where we will visit the Chamousira gold mine, inside the mountain of gold. Our Environmental Hiking Guide, an expert gold digger, will tell us the history of Italian gold, mines and gold floods, and we will enter the mine with the excursion to the Mining Park and visit the gallery at level 7.

After lunch we will visit the Fort of Bard, whose museum displays a substantial "piece" of the gold vein of the Chamousira Mine, a nugget weighing 5 kg!
Walking around the Fort and in the Bard village we will listen to our expert telling us about the History of the Earth, and the relationship between the mountains and gold. We will then return to Ivrea for a wonderful “merenda sinoira snack”, with tasting of Erbaluce and overnight stay. 

 

Day 2: to work! in search of gold

After breakfast we will move to the Bessa Special Nature Reserve, the ancient goldfield already exploited in the times of the ancient Salassians and then of the ancient Romans, where we will leave for the gold trekking together with our Environmental Excursion Guide and expert gold digger. Once we arrive to the Elvo stream, here is the long-awaited moment: the practical gold search. We will learn what to do and what to look for, the use of various equipment, and we will be able to experience the thrill of finding sparkling flecks, and we will get a certificate! 
 

Arturo Ramella Bagneri
Arturo Ramella Bagneri - Green Bear Adventures

Sciatore da sempre, discesa e fondo, amante del suo Biellese, dell'inverno e dell'estate, nuotatore per diletto e poi brevettato sub anche su relitti, cercatore d'oro da oltre 25 anni, in Italia ed all'estero, il nostro Orso Verde si scopre anche camminatore. 

E lo fa da quadrupede, con i bastoncini del Nordic Walking, diventando Istruttore di Scuola Italiana Nordic Walking nel dicembre 2013. Già dall’anno successivo organizza Corsi Base ed Avanzati sia in Italia (nel biellese) che in Finlandia, patria della camminata con i bastoncini. Dal 2014 è Guida Escursionistica Ambientale della Regione Piemonte.

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

This weekend in search of gold between Valle d'Aosta and Biellese, 2 days of visits and walks, with practical gold panning in the river, of 359 euros per person, includes:

  • Transportation by Minibus from Turin at the beginning of the tour and return to Turin on Sunday evening
  • weekend transfers as scheduled
  • - accompaniment of an Environmental excursion Guide for two days
  • 1 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms breakfast included( Single room surcharge: 30 euro)
  • 2 lunches 
  • Afternoon tea (more like a prelude to the dinner) with wine tasting
  • Guided tour with excursion to Brusson's Chamousira Mine
  • Cumulative ticket for the Museum of the Alps, Museum of Fortifications and Borders and Prisons
  • Gold seekint trekking in the Ancient Bessa
  • Practical tests of gold panning on the Elvo stream

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

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.

No special equipment is required for this trip.

We recommend as always comfortable and sporty clothing, in layers, to protect yourself from the cold, and possibly from the wind (a windproof jacket, a light fleece), a band to protect your forehead and neck. Comfortable shoes are recommended, preferably hiking boots with a grippy sole, and a small backpack for daily excursions with a water bottle.

For the activity in the creek we recommend that you bring some wellingtons with you (you can also rent them on the spot, but please let us know first). All other equipment for gold research will be provided directly on site, included in the travel price.

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

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

  • Breakfast
  • 2 lunches 
  • Afternoon tea (more like a prelude to the dinner) with wine tasting

Transport

  • Transportation by Minibus from Turin at the beginning of the tour and return to Turin on Sunday evening
  • weekend transfers as scheduled

Accommodation

  • 1 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms breakfast included( Single room surcharge: 30 euro)

Activities

  • Guided tour with excursion to Brusson's Chamousira Mine
  • Cumulative ticket for the Museum of the Alps, Museum of Fortifications and Borders and Prisons
  • Gold seekint trekking in the Ancient Bessa
  • Practical tests of gold panning on the Elvo stream

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.

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