4 days by Minibus: special tour all about cheese: Cheese fair in Bra, Castelmagno, Roccaverano

Goat robiolas in the Langa Astigiana, the sumptuous Castelmagno in Valgrana and the extraordinary cheese fair “Cheese, the state of raw milk” in Bra, in the land of Slow Food

Cheese making here in Piedmont is an art, deeply connected to the territory, to the green mountains, to the rugged hills, and to the tradition of breeders and shepherds. On this trip we can visit a Castelmagno dairy farm in the Valle Grana Valley, and then enjoy it in its perfect combination with gnocchi, and taste the tasty and unmistakable “robiola di Roccaverano”, sitting in the square in the village of the same name, in front of the famous Church by Bramante and in the shadow of the Saracen Tower. We will visit the farm of a young cheese maker that will surprise us with his award-winning “capreggio”, caciotta and robiola, and pairings with the classic condensed must and jams.

We will also visit an unmissable event for cheese lovers: “Cheese, the state of raw milk”, held every two years in Bra and which celebrated its 20th anniversary in its last edition with 300,000 visitors in 2017. In Bra, the home of the Slow Food movement, cheese makers from all over the world (the majority Italian and French) will meet, and there are many opportunities to taste and discover, such as the “Italian and International market”, the Enoteca, the “Gran Sala dei formaggi”, etc.

We will go there on Friday, in our opinion the most interesting day, and we will get together with our Sergio, a chef and cheese expert, who will guide us in a tasting experience between Italy and France. 

Incredible landscapes between mountain and the hills, from the Sanctuary of San Magno to the Castle of Grinzane, from Pollenzo to Moasca, winery visits and tastings, and the discovery of cheeses directly from the producers, and at the fair at Cheese. The ingredients of this trip are a promise for an unforgettable experience.

 

Tour Castelmagno Cheese
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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 - Thursday

Our first stop will be the extraordinary Castello della Manta, with its cycle of fifteenth-century frescoes. We will then proceed to the mountains in Valle Grana, where we will visit the Castelmagno refining cellars, and we will taste the famous gnocchi with cheese.  We will continue the day with a visit to the Sanctuary of San Magno up on the mountain, and with a relaxing aperitif in Pradleves, where we will spend the evening. Do not forget your swimsuit if you want to take a little relaxing break in the spa in the evening, in our small hotel.

Day 2 - Friday

Today we will move to Bra to enjoy “Cheese, the state of raw milk”. We will visit this international great fair together with our Sergio, a chef and connoisseur of cheeses, that will guide us on a taste journey.

Day 3 - Saturday

The road to Roccaverano climbs up the hill which becomes increasingly steep, up to a square with stone buildings, including the church of Bramante. Here, sitting comfortably at small cafe on the square, we can taste the robiola, a goat cheese that is excellent both fresh and seasoned. The most daring can then climb the Saracen Tower from which you can enjoy an exceptional view. Leaving the Alta Langa of Asti, we will then descend towards the area of Acqui Terme, among castles and ancient towers. 

Day 4 - Sunday

In the Moscato hills around Canelli we will indulge in a tasting visit to a local winery: Barbera, Moscato, the extraordinary and surprising Classic Method, and all the know-how of the winemakers of this renowned area. We will then go and visit, in Moasca, the production of a young but already highly appreciated artisan: the capreggio, the caciotta, the robiola in combination with must concentrate a various jams and preserves. 

In the afternoon we will move to the Barolo area to enjoy the classic views of the Langhe: the hills criscrossed by the ordered vineyards, the Cappella del Barolo chapel, the Castello di Grinzane or the one Serralunga, before returning to Turin.

 

The price of this 4 days by Minibus: special tour all about cheese: Cheese fair in Bra, Castelmagno, Roccaverano of 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 and visit to the castle of Manta
  • Visit to the refinement facility of Castelmagno cheese
  • visit to the sanctuary of San Magno
  • Visit to the Cheese fair in Bra with a cheese expert
  • Visit to Roccaverano
  • Visit to the Acqui Terme Area
  • Wine tasting at a winery
  • visit to a goat cheese farm with tasting
  • Visit to the Barolo area

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!

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.

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

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 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

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
  • cheese and wine tastings

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 and visit to the castle of Manta
  • Visit to the refinement facility of Castelmagno cheese
  • visit to the sanctuary of San Magno
  • Visit to the Cheese fair in Bra with a cheese expert
  • Visit to Roccaverano
  • Visit to the Acqui Terme Area
  • Wine tasting at a winery
  • visit to a goat cheese farm with tasting
  • Visit to the Barolo area

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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