4 Days by Minibus, Special Carnival Tour between Valle d'Aosta, Oasi Zegna, the Fort of Fenestrelle and the Battle of the Oranges in Ivrea

Visit the Castles that dot the Valle d'Aosta, walk on the Wall of Europe, experience the mountain above the clouds in Bielmonte, discover the tradition of the Historic Ivrea Carnival

€ 599

Winter is a special season for Piedmont, even those who do not like skiing can enjoy it with this exciting trip that mixes the castles of the Aosta Valley, the peacefulness and beauty of the Zegna Oasis, 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 four 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. 

We will visit the beautiful Castle of Issogne, the Zegna Oasis with the panoramic balcony over the Alps in Bielmonte and Casa Zegna, we will taste a great Erbaluce with a Piemontese “Merenda sinora” snack in the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea, we will taste the delicious Torta '900, spend a day at the Fenestrelle Fort, the impressive fortress that many have called the 'Chinese Wall of Europe'.

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.

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Zegna Oasis

Day 1 - Saturday: Castles and wine

These will be four fun and packed days, and we will leave straight away, for one of the most charming stops of this tour, the Aosta Valley. Land of passage by armies and pilgrims, Valle d'Aosta still preserves its beauty made of wild nature and castles, and forts, in the middle of the mountains. We will visit the castle of Issogne, then we will move to Aosta to admire the suggestive Roman ruins area.  We will then return to Ivrea for a hearty tasting of wines and local products, a true Piedmontese “Merenda Sinoira”, and for the evening we will have the possibility to get involved in the festive atmosphere of the Carnival through the streets of the city.

 

Day 2 - Sunday: the Oasi Zegna and Bielmonte

On Sunday we will enjoy a day on the Biella mountains, within the wonderful atmosphere of the Zegna Oasis with its park. and the marvelous panorama from the natural balcony of Bielmonte. We will visit Casa Zegna, to discover the fascinating history of this first example of environmental patronage, and we will enter into the history of the fashion house still synonymous with refinement and excellence.

 

Day 3 - Monday: The Fenestrelle Fortress

In winter, with the snow, approaching this extraordinary Fortress is even more impressive: built as if to embrace the mountain, with its fortifications (and the nearly 4000 steps) it is a strong and patient sentinel, a bulwark that reminds us of the times where this border was the scene of battles and enemy armies tried to cross the Alps. We will also have the chance of tasting the specialties of the Forte restaurant.

 

Day 4 - Tuesday: the Battle of the Oranges

The final day of our tour will also coincide with the final act of the Battle of the Oranges, the most exciting moment of the 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! 

(it is also possible to stay for an additional night and attend the final ceremony of the Carnival with the “Scarlo bonfire” - a pole covered with heather and juniper that is lit on fire in the closing ritual - if you want we can organize this addition for you)

 

Battle of the Oranges

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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"

The price of this tour, of 599 euros per person, 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 100 euros for the whole trip)
  • visit to the Issogne Castle
  • Visit of the Roman Area in Aosta
  • Piedmontese ‘merenda sinoira’ with wine tasting
  • Visit of Ivrea
  • Visit to the Fenestrelle fort
  • Day at the Zegna Oasis
  • Visit to Casa Zegna
  • Visit to Ivrea during the Mardi Gras Battle of the Oranges, final act of the Historical Carnival

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 winery with a Piedmontese snack and wine tasting, all included.

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. Often, during our minibus travel days our travelers prefer to stay light because the tastings included in the price of the trip have satisfied them. Our guide will organize the dinner for the group listening to their opinions and tastes, and will be with the group for the evening.

The photo is taken from the official website of the Prè Sain Didier Spa - QC Terme

The departure time for this trip is at 8 am on the first day. The time may vary slightly, between 8 and 9 am, depending on group composition, to allow everyone to join if traveling by train. About a week before departure we will confirm the exact time of the appointment. 

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.

The return to Turin, at the same point of departure, is scheduled for around 6 pm on the last day. Our advice, if you don't want to spend an extra night in Turin and leave the next day, is to book your return train from 6.30pm onwards. 

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.

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

For our minibus tours we have chosen a Fiat Ducato, the most spacious in its category: it accommodates up to 8 passengers on individual seats (plus the driver) and guarantees to each traveler their personal space even at full load. We gave him a name, Megamind, and with Alessandro at the helm he will be a perfect traveling companion!

It features:

  • wifi available for travelers
  • a great sound system
  • individually adjustable air conditioning
  • adjustable rear single seats, padded armrests and 3-point seat belts
  • modular and flexible configuration
  • high roof so you can stand up inside

We also have a more agile and small Ford Tourneo (this is called Sciapaiar), it has 9 seats as well, spacious, brand new and with all the comforts of the Ducato.

In any case you will like our minibuses, guaranteed by Giroola.

Minibus

In our travels 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 meals and 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

We love dogs (in the photo Thai and Brenda, which you can come to visit in our Cascina Amorosa), but on Minibus tours we cannot take them with us. Even in the case of small dogs, our tours always include activities and visits where they are not allowed.

We must also consider those who love our four-legged friends less than we do, and for those who are allergic or afraid, taking a trip by minibus with a dog can be a non-positive experience.

On our hiking trips though, we gladly accept small dogs, one for each trip, because outdoor activities and the appropriate choice of dog friendly hotels and restaurants allow us to welcome them without ruining the holiday for those who love them less than we do.

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

  • 3 breakfasts
  • 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 100 euros for the whole trip)

Activities

  • visit to the Issogne Castle
  • Visit of the Roman Area in Aosta
  • Piedmontese ‘merenda sinoira’ with wine tasting
  • Visit to the Fenestrelle fort
  • Day at the Zegna Oasis
  • Visit to Casa Zegna
  • 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.

If you book a tour of more than one day with us before February 28th you will get the "2020 Girooler limited Edition" t-shirt for free! Get more info

For this special tour we are planning one departure only: Saturday February 10th 2018

Itinerary and activities may vary depending on weather conditions, seasonal events, special events and group suggestions.

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