4 days by minibus, special tour Historical Carnival of Ivrea, Orta Lake and Susa valley

The winter charm of Piedmont in a tour among lakes, castles, mountains and Ivrea, Unesco Heritage town, to experience its famous Battle of the Oranges

Winter is a special season for Piedmont, even those who do not like skiing can enjoy it with this exciting trip that mixes the views and the abbeys of the proud Susa Valley, the peacefulness and beauty of Lake Orta, the typical dishes and the traditions of the Carnival, the tasting of our wines, and the grand spectacle of the battle of the oranges that annually inflames the town of Ivrea.

In these 4 days we will do a real tour of the Piedmont of lakes and mountains, comfortably seated in our minibus, visiting the most beautiful places and discovering surprising frescoes, ancient architecture and mysterious corners, traditions and legends of our land. 

In this special tour we will be able to witness the Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea, an incredible moment of folk traditions, a fascinating show of this unique Carnival, in the town that has been recently added to the Unesco Heritage world list for its interesting industrial past.

What about local flavours? Carnival time is the perfect moment to overindulge a bit, and here you will be in the right spot. We will taste polenta and its sauces, the prized rise of the Vercelli area, and the great “piedmontese fritto misto” .

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: Saturday 

These will be four fun and packed days, and we will leave straight away, after breakfast together to get to know the group, for one of the most charming stops of this tour, the Susa valley.

A land of passage for armies and pilgrims (did you know that the Carthaginian General Hannibal passed through here to try to conquer Rome?), the Susa Valley preserves its beauty made of wild nature and abbeys in the mountains.

We will visit the S.Antonio di Ranverso abbey, with its frescoes from the 15th century, then we will get to Susa to admire the roman ruins area, untouched and impressive.

Then we will get to the symbol of Piedmont: the Sacra of San Michele abbey, that dominates the valley from above and is certain to captivate you.

Day 2: Sunday

On Sunday we will pay a visit to a special place, the castle of Parella and its surrounding gardens.

Refined and majestic with its frescoes freshly restored, this castle is a pearl of our Canavese area.

We can then taste the local wines straight from the producing winery, made with Erbaluce grapes, including the unmissable Passito, accompanied by tasty samples of local products.

Day 3: Monday

On Monday, we set off for Lake Orta, with a stop at the beautiful Medieval Recetto in Candelo. Even in winter the beautiful Medieval village of San Giulio will greet us warmly, we will walk through the streets and stop in one of the many small cafes and restaurants to get something warm to drink or to eat.

By a covered motorboat we will be able to reach the San Giulio Island for a small walk, before continuing to the Panoramica Zegna area and Bielmonte, where we will spend the evening. 

Day 4: Tuesday

We will wake up in the mountains on Tuesday morning, and from there through the “Serra” morainic hill we will get to Ivrea to witness the final act of the battle of the oranges, the most exciting moment of the Historical Ivrea Carnival.

While wearing the “Frigio beret” not to be targeted, we will get to see the “Aranceri” on foot and the ones on the chariots fight each other in the historical center of town: an incredible moment, with the contrasts of the colored uniforms and the scented orange of the fruits that represent the battle of the peasants against the tyrant.

All accompanied by mulled wine and a slice of the famous “torta ‘900” chocolate cake.

A very particular Carnival, authentic and unique that you will never forget!

 

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

The price of this 4 days by minibus, special tour Historical Carnival of Ivrea, Orta Lake and Susa valley, of only 599 euros, includes:

  • Transportation for 4 days on our brand new, air conditioned and free wi-fi equipped 9 seats minibus
  • 3 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room supplement: 75 euros total)
  • An additional welcome breakfast
  • 4 lunches
  • Entrance to the S.Antonio of Ranverso Abbey
  • Visit of the Roman Area in Susa
  • Entrance to the Sacra of Saint Michele
  • Entrance and visit to the castle of Parella
  • Wine tasting straight at the wineray with afternoon tea 
  • Visit of San Giulio, on Lake Orta
  • Panoramica Zegna with stops to admire the scenery
  • Visit to Ivrea during the Mardi Gras Battle of the Oranges, final act of the Historical Carnival

Dinners are not included, because we want our travelers to be free to eat and drink what they feel like, without the constraints of a set menu or set price.

And then there will be other surprises, tastings, visits, 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
  • 4 lunches
  • Afternoon tea (more like a prelude to the dinner) with wine tasting

Transport

  • Transportation for 4 days on our brand new, air conditioned and free wi-fi equipped 9 seats minibus

Accommodation

  • 3 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room supplement: 75 euros total)

Activities

  • Entrance to the S.Antonio of Ranverso Abbey
  • Visit of the Roman Area in Susa
  • Entrance to the Sacra of Saint Michele
  • Entrance and visit to the castle of Parella
  • Wine tasting straight at the wineray with afternoon tea 
  • Visit of San Giulio, on Lake Orta
  • Panoramica Zegna with stops to admire the scenery
  • Visit to Ivrea during the Mardi Gras Battle of the Oranges, final act of the Historical Carnival

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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