6 Day Lake Orta and Langhe All Piemonte Minibus Tour

A full week of adventure, an authentic journey for true travellers

The tour we prepared is an authentic journey in our native land. It includes lakes and glaciers, mountains and abbeys, history and legends, hills and vineyards, surprises and the people, real people, that we will meet.

The first three days will be about the northern part of Piemonte, with its huge mountains, the lakes carved by the retreating glaciers, its small churches, unexpected roman ruins and vast panoramas. Then we will move over to the south, where the hills are sometimes steep and sometimes sweet, all covered with tidy vineyards or woods and chestnut trees

We will learn to make to make homemade piedmontese pasta and then eat it together, we will visit the prestigious wine cathedrals in Canelli, and we will taste the wine of small family-run wineries where we will stop for snacks.

 

And then, there will be all the things that happen in a journey: the people, the laughs, the things that seem to go wrong but then turn into an adventure, small change of plans, the unexpected rain. You are invited to experience this with us.

Tour 6 Giorni Minibus

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.

By then, we will already be a travelling group of friends. 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. The silence of Nature and good food will be our companions for the night.

 

Day 2

Driving through the stunning natural environment of the 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 recognise it as the Hydra headquarters 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!

 

Day 4 

Our trip’s first stop is a masterpiece of piedmontese romanic style: Santa Maria of Vezzolano, immersed in the Monferrato countryside.

We will then continue to Cocconato, where Chef Sergio and granma Cleri will be waiting us for a cooking lesson that will end in a typical lunch.

In the afternoon we will leave for the Langhe region, towards Barbaresco, to plunge into the atmosphere of the Unesco Heritage vineyards.

 

Day 5

Roccaverano is the name of a small village in the Alta Langa Astigiana, a gem of architecture with its cloister by the Bramante and the Saracen tower.

Here we will have lunch and then go to Acqui Terme where we will visit the “Bollente”, the thermal fountain from which water flows at 74.5 degrees centigrade, in the very center of town.

Castles, vineyards and scenic streets will be the setting for our beautiful afternoon.

 

Day 6

Today we will visit the beautiful cathedrals of wine in Canelli, historic cellars dug into the hill, and we will indulge in a tasting of Barbera, Moscato and Metodo Classico sparkling.

We will then stop at a goat cheese producer in Moasca, to taste their products and visit the farm and meet the animals.

The afternoon will be dedicated to the iconic landscapes of the Langhe: Barolo, La Morra, Grinzane Cavour, before returning to Turin in the late afternoon.

During the tour that departs on April 20th, the day sequence will be inverted ( day 4, 5, 6 first and then days 1, 2,3)

 

 

 

 

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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"

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

Do you know how to make pasta from scratch? In this cooking lesson you will learn all the secrets of this traditional Italian recipe in a very special place, and you will surprise friends and family with your new skill of making homemade pasta with just two simple ingredients.

In a small house in the characteristic Monferrato village of Cocconato, Chef Sergio and our Granma Cleri will guide you in this cooking activity.

Sergio is a fine cook, and a real host, and he will spoil you with an authentic Italian lunch that you will not forget, and you will of course also taste pasta you made yourself.

Vegans will make pasta without eggs and meat eaters will taste traditional salami, a great speciality of the house.

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 6 Day tour by Minibus, Tour of the Alps and Lake Orta includes:

  • Transportation for 6 days on our brand new, air conditioned and free wi-fi equipped 9 seats minibus
  • 5 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room supplement: 125 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
  • Visit of the Santa Maria di Vezzolano abbey
  • Cooking lesson with lunch
  • Visit of Roccaverano, Bramante cloister and Tower
  • Visit to the hot spring fountain in Acqui Terme
  • Visit of the “Wine Cathedrals” in Canelli with wine tasting
  • Visit of the Artistic Parc Lacourt
  • Goat cheese tasting at the farm
  • Visit by minibus to the most iconic villages in the Langhe region

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

This tour starts in Turin at 8.00 am.

Our idea is to meet in a special, centrally located and easy to get to place, get to know each other while we have coffee and croissants before we leave for our 3 days of adventure! Read our blog for ideas on what to do in Turin.

If you prefer, we can book you a room in our small village on the hills, Villareggia, and Alessandro will meet you there in the morning. For larger groups we can also arrange a different meeting place.

For more information or to receive free help to organize your journey before and after our tour, get in contact withPaola and she will be happy to help you. 

In any case, we will send you the details about the meeting point before tour departure.

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

  • 6 breakfasts
  • Cooking lesson with lunch
  • Picnic and the Fort of Bard
  • Piedmontese ‘merenda sinoira’ with wine tasting

Transport

  • Transportation for 6 days on our brand new, air conditioned and free wi-fi equipped 9 seats minibus

Accommodation

 

  • 5 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room supplement: 125 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
  • 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
  • Visit of the Santa Maria di Vezzolano abbey
  • Cooking lesson with lunch
  • Visit of Roccaverano, Bramante cloister and Tower
  • Visit to the hot spring fountain in Acqui Terme
  • Visit of the “Wine Cathedrals” in Canelli with wine tasting
  • Visit of the Artistic Parc Lacourt
  • Goat cheese tasting at the farm
  • Visit by minibus to the most iconic villages in the Langhe region

 

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

Rosella C.
5

Precise organization. Relaxed times. Perfect niche proposals and experiences. Also thanks to Alessandro, our guide. (automatic translation by Google)
Maria Rita I.
5

Piedmont and Langhe tours

I have been back for two days from this pleasant, intense and full of surprises tour. Well done all the staff but Alessandro, who accompanied us, is available, kind and playful. If you want to know the unusual Piedmont and travel the road through the vineyards I highly recommend to rely on GIROOLA! (automatic translation by Google)
Giulia F.
5

6 days in Piedmont

beautiful holiday of 6 days around the piedmont and part of val d'aosta, good company, beautiful places and not crowded, eaten well and slept in beautiful places. I recommend it to everyone for a relaxing and fun alternative vacation! (automatic translation by Google)
Mary S.
5

After 6 days in a minibus with Alessandro. A beautiful Easter in good company. A triumph of landscapes and breathtaking views that has made our short but intense journey interesting, varied and rich in refined experiences: wine testing, cooking class, cheese tasting, thermal bath etc. I recommend to everyone the experience and professionalism of Giroola trips. I finally let myself drive and I found what I was looking for. I hope one day to find again the boys of Giroola. Hello. (automatic translation by Google)
Maria Elena A.
5

Tour of Piedmont - 6 days by minibus: A very positive experience both during the purchase phase and during the journey. Careful organization, an always attentive and helpful guide, friendly and pleasant atmosphere, well-calibrated itinerary, relaxing pace with no tiring movements, cultural visits and very interesting tastings, comfortable hotel accommodation, excellent quality / price ratio. (automatic translation by Google)
Maria P.
5

Great tour and beautiful landscapes

Went to the six days minibus tour. Very intensive but good six days must say. We saw lots of beautiful places, especially mountains and abbeys was the thing for me. None of the places we saw was too crowded.Be prepared to spend a lot time with the group you are travelling with. During each day you visit many places, so you are spending a lot time together (which is also good for solo travellers). But of course there was also some free time to do what ever you want.
Highly recommend
Jani P.
4

Great tour with plenty to see

Beautiful scenery+ Warm weather
+ Comfortable (air-conditioned) minibus
+ Small group of people
+ Friendly tour operators
+ Small, idyllic and historical places
+ Good wine
+ Enough personal time and free exploration

- One B&B slightly noisy during the night due to pigeons living in the roof/attic and a loud air-conditioner0
Valborg A.
5

Perfect for solo travellers!

I truly recommend the Giroola 6 day minibus tour in Piemonte!
It was easy getting to know the others and you could walk around alone if you preferred. It was all very suitable for solo travellers. Excellent way of seeing lots of fascinating places in a vast area, the minibus was comfy and the driving was safe and skillful.

Avoiding mass tourism locations, landscapes so beautiful that you could look at them for hours (all those vineyards...), wonderful sights and buildings, activities/walks which suit just about everyone, lovely food, interesting wine tastings (even if you´re not a wine lover) and excellent company – new friends! For me it was the perfect holiday, I only wish it lasted longer!

Personal highlights:
- Lake Orta. Such a sweet place and a nice little boat ride to the island.
- The fresh mountain air of Bielmonte and the hike there (bring trainers!).
- Forte di Bard and San Michele. Wonderfully located places with lots of history.
- The night walk in the woods and dinner by the lake. Just lovely!
- Making tagliatelle.
- Barbaresco was my favourite place of all. Beautifully located, a stylish and relaxing place to be. The Langhe region in general was special indeed.
- All the tastings.

I enjoyed everything and can honestly say I would do it again!
Marjut H.
5

Wonderful tour in Piedmont!

I highly recommend Giroola minibus tours! : ) We saw many great places we would have probably missed otherwise.
If you wish to see Piedmont outside the cities, the tour is definitely worth considering.

The fans of Italian food and wine won't be disappointed. I found the winery visits very interesting and enjoyed the tastings. I wish I could get the wild boar stew we had in Bielmonte also at home. : ) Luckily, some of the wines we were able to bring home.

The tour also provided plenty to see if you are interested in the history, architecture and the art of the area.

I learned more about the local wild life and nature, too. On our night walk, the "terre ballerine" (the dancing trees) was something that I had not seen before.

I was traveling with my boyfriend, but this tour will also work well for solo travelers or groups of friends, for instance. On many of the stops you had the option to explore by yourself or visit places as a part of the group. In Langhe, for instance, the whole group had dinner together under the stars in our nice hotel in the midst of the beautiful wine fields, which was a lovely experience. Then in Lake Orta, for example, we went around by ourselves a bit.

For us, the Giroola tour was a very positive experience : )