3 Day Lake Orta and Alps Minibus Tour

Mountains, lakes and castles: the beauty of nature and the scent of history

An enchanted medieval village, a fortress built on an ancient castle, a peaceful tiny island in the middle of a lake, an industrial utopia from last century, a mysterious sanctuary and wine that comes from a legend. These are some of the ingredients of this exciting tour that in 3 days will let you taste history, nature and, of course, food and wine.

This is where the Alps offer their best: high peaks, sweet hills and lakes that tell the stories of ancient glaciers. This is where Hannibal crossed the mountains with his elephants to fight the Roman Empire, this is where you'll discover the legends and the flavours of an authentic corner of Italy that is still undiscovered territory for many. 

You'll enjoy the sweet Lake Orta, sleep above the clouds in Bielmonte in the preserved Oasi Zegna, you'll have a picnic and see an art exhibition at the Fort of Bard and enjoy great views of the astonishing Valsusa valley from the Sacred of San Michele, You'll learn about history at the roman amphitheatre in Susa, and listen to fairy tales walking in the woods, you'll taste food and wine and have a great time.

3 giorni Nord Minibus
Ale face
Alessandro

Alessandro is a sportsman and a team player: soccer, tennis, beach volley, baseball, basketball, even poker, if there is a game you'll find him there. Self-made guitarist, fearless snowboarder, his manners are sweet and his humour will charm you. The last to go to sleep, the first to wake up in the morning to take his dog for a walk and get ready, perfectly groomed. He drives smoothly and knows every road in our beautiful Piemonte.

Never without: a ball to play with

Favourite quote: "I can draw horses very well"

Day 1

After having coffee and pastry together, we'll jump on board of the minibus and start our trip, stopping by the perfectly intact medieval village of  Candelo. Avoiding the masses of tourists crowding the other lakes in Northern Italy, we'll enjoy the calm and fascinating  Lake Orta : there will be time for a scenic walk in the Orta Peninsula, a boat trip to the small  San Giulio Island , some lunch in the sun at the romantic Piazza Motta overlooking the lake or in a typical local little restaurant.

Leaving the lake, we'll follow the scenic route to  Bielmonte , a natural balcony on the Alps where we will feel the clouds at our feet.

This is a proper mountain setting, and we'll take our time wandering around, finding peaceful spots or enjoying different activities before spending the night there.

 

Day 2

Driving through the stunning natural environment of  Oasi Zegna , we will get to  Ivrea , an ancient roman town famous for the Battle of Oranges and also because it's where in 1965 the first desktop personal computer in the world was invented.

Over a delicious slice of chocolate cake you'll hear about Adriano Olivetti and his utopian industrial view.

We will then go up to the  Aosta Valley , visiting the incredible  Fort of Bard  with its historical fascination and its interesting art expositions.

Some of you will recognize it as the Hydra Homequarters in the Marvel movie "The Avengers:Age of Ultron".

The end of the day will be dedicated to pleasure: a  visit to a winery where you'll taste and learn about Erbaluce , a legendary fresh white wine. 

 

Day 3

Today we will explore the beautiful  Valsusa .

Going west towards the border with France, we'll follow the ancient routes of pilgrims and warriors through the centuries while enjoying the view of the  mountains , the peaceful  nature , and the fizzy wind that blows through the valley between the incredible  abbeys  and  monasteries  that still stand like sentinels.

You'll be surprised by the roman Amphytheatre in  Susa  and the frescoes on the vault in  Sant'Antonio of Ranverso , you'll take your time exploring the  Sacred of San Michele , the abbey which inspired Umberto Eco's  "The name of the rose" . 

After this long exciting day, we'll drive you back to Torino where you'll have the possibility of enjoying some more days in the city, easily proceed with your trip, or head home. 

Or come with us for another adventure!

We want you to be comfortable during the trip while we explore hills and mountains, lakes and villages. So, we looked for something sturdy but elegant, flexible and spacious. For the Minibus tours we use a Fiat Ducato, with room up to 8 travellers plus Alessandro driving. It features:

  • free wifi
  • internal audio system
  • air conditioned (personalized cool and warm air distribution)
  • single seats adjustable backrest angle, padded armrests and 3-point seatbelts
  • modular and flexible configuration
  • high roof so you can stand inside
  • overhead luggage compartments

We also have a smaller and more agile Ford Tourneo, with 9 roomy seats, brand new and with all the same comforts.

We guarantee you will like our minibuses!

Minibus

This is a tour for independent travellers, and we want you to enjoy these days without worrying about anything, but also we want to make sure that you are able to choose, decide and make plans at the last minute.

You will have free time to explore and you'll be able to travel in the way you're used to.

Our rule is simple: if an activity is planned in the tour, it's included in the price. For example, this tour includes a visit to a wine producer, with wine tasting, all included.

Accommodation always includes breakfast, a nice moment to start the day together.

For the other meals we'll give you plenty of possibility and good tips and advice, so that you'll seize the day and decide on your own if you prefer a great sandwich or a fancy restaurant, if you want to eat together with the group or alone. We do not take money for sending you to this or that place, we'll just help you. 

So, this 3 Day tour by Minibus, Tour of the Alps and Lake Orta includes:

  • Transportation for 3 days on our brand new, air conditioned and free wi-fi equipped 9 seats minibus
  • 2 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room supplement: 50 euros total)
  • An additional welcome breakfast
  • Visit to a wine producer, with wine tasting and typical Piedmontese ‘merenda sinoira’
  • Visit to Lake Orta
  • Tour of the Panoramica Zegna
  • Visit of Ivrea
  • Visit of the Fort of Bard with picninc
  • Entrance to the S.Antonio of Ranverso Abbey
  • Visit of the Roman Area in Susa
  • Entrance to the Sacra of Saint Michele

We would like to tell you more, but ... we don't want to spoil the surprise!

We want you to savour the best of Italian hospitality, and we are not talking about fake-luxury hotels that all look the same. We will take you to places with character, authentic little B&Bs where you will sleep well and you will taste home made pies for breakfast, mountain lodges with stunning views, or particularly interesting hotels with a story to tell.

All rooms will have private bathrooms, and breakfast is always included.

We will choose for every departure the best solution considering the season and our guests' needs, and we'll send you the complete information via email before the start of the tour.

For example, one of our favourite places is La Ida Bed & Breakfast in Villareggia, our hometown, where our friend Sara, an architect and a painter, welcomes her guests with authentic kindness. 

La Ida

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.

Italian food fits all stomachs. So if you you are a vegetarian, or vegan, or you simply prefer not eat meat, there are plenty of possibilities.

Cereals and vegetables are the basis of the Mediterranean diet, and Piemonte is no exception.

We are the risotto experts (and it's gluten free), our most traditional dish has no meat ("bagna caoda", a delicious garlic and anchovies sauce, served hot with any kind of vegetable),we have dozens of typical kinds of cheese, and pasta with a simple tomato sauce, with crunchy breadcrumbs instead of Parmigiano is a vegan must-try.

Adatto vegetariani e vegani

The meeting place for this trip is Torino, at 8 am on the first day

You can take advantage of this and arrive one day earlier to visit the city, or you can come to Villareggia, our small town (the closest railway stations are Chivasso or Santhià) and leave in the morning together with us.

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 (paola@giroola.com) or directly by chat by clicking here.

This tour will allow you to meet new people and to experience food, places and authentic stories about this part of Italy that you would not get to by simply renting a car by yourself. 

This is our land, we know where to take you, just like you would do if a friend was visiting you.

There are no age limits nor particular physical requirements, even if there will be a bit of walking to reach the best panoramic spots.

If you are ready for discovery, to taste new experiences, wines and food, this tour is for you!

Viaggio adatto a me

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.

What's included

Meals

  • 3 breakfasts
  • Picnic and the Fort of Bard
  • Piedmontese ‘merenda sinoira’ with wine tasting

Transport

  • Transportation for 3 days on our brand new, air conditioned and free wi-fi equipped 9 seats minibus

Accommodation

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

Activities

  • Visit to a wine producer, with wine tasting and typical Piedmontese ‘merenda sinoira’
  • Visit to Lake Orta
  • Tour of the Panoramica Zegna
  • Visit of Ivrea, Unesco Heritage site
  • Visit of the Fort of Bard with picninc
  • Entrance to the S.Antonio of Ranverso Abbey
  • Visit of the Roman Area in Susa
  • Entrance to the Sacra of Saint Michele

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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Reviews

Ilaria L.
5

I was very happy to have spent 3 days in minibus on the roads of Piedmont with Giroola. The relaxed and familiar rhythms made this short holiday also very pleasant for my eighty-year-old father. I think there is more to be discovered going in "girula" (so they say?) With Giroola. Therefore I would recommend it to everyone, because the choice is varied and can satisfy different needs .... See you soon! (automatic translation by Google)