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The wonders between lake and hills

01/05/2024 - 31/12/2024
Orta San Giulio
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In just five days you will move from the breathtaking view of Lake Orta with circumnavigation of the lake to a trail to discover the mountain valleys and products which characterise the Apennines of Low Piedmont, to the border with Liguria. Enjoy the best culinary excellence of the area, from Montebore, Slow Food Presidium, and cheese christened by Leonardo Da Vinci, to the delicacies of Dolci Terre di Novi Ligure and Gavi DOCG, to learn to cook with forest products in the company of a local chef. To work it all off, walks in the Park of Capanne di Marcarolo and mountain valleys.
The tour is available every year from May to November.


Day 1

• Early afternoon arrival and half-day guided tour of the delightful historic centre of Orta San Giulio, across its maze of lanes and en- chanting views close to the mooring docks, ideal points for meaningful photographs.
• Dinner at leisure.
• Overnight accommodation in 3* lakefront hotel.

Day 2

• Breakfast in Hotel.
• Transfer by own means to Omegna, north of the lake.
• 1⁄2-day boat rental for a maximum of 5 people, equipped with a 25 HP engine, driver does not require a boat license, easy to drive: boat return followed by aperitif by the lake with snacks and beverage.
• Lunch at leisure.
• In the afternoon, independent itinerary around the lake: we suggest stopping at the enchanting village of Pella for the climb to the Sanctuary of Madonna del Sasso. From here, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake and the precious Island of San Giulio.
• Dinner at leisure.
• Overnight accommodation.

Day 3

• Breakfast in Hotel and check-out.
• Morning dedicated to an independent vi- sit of Sacro Monte di Orta, UNESCO heritage site, and the Island of San Giulio.
• Lunch at leisure.
• Transfer to Stazzano by own means.
• In the early afternoon, guided tour with ta- sting at a renowned farm, main activities are rearing cattle, goats, sheep and pigs. The raw materials are used to produce cheese and cu- red meats of superior quality: these include the “Montebore” and “Salame Nobile del Gia- rolo”. The experience includes a guided tour of the production processes of the excellent products and tasting of local products.
• Dinner at leisure and overnight accommo- dation in charming agriturismo.

Day 4

• Breakfast in agriturismo.
• In the morning, visit of the Bodrato cho- colate factory, artisan laboratory where only the highest quality raw materials are used: Hazelnuts of Piedmont IGP, Mint from Panca- lieri, Cherries from Garbagna and much more. Discover the secrets of the entire process, from bean roasting to chocolate production, tasting some small delicacies produced in the company.
• Lunch at leisure.
• In the afternoon, independent visit to the historic centre of Novi Ligure, to discover the painted buildings inspired by Genoa and the delicious “focaccia novese”, typical of the area.
• The afternoon continues at a winery, situa- ted among the Gavi hills and the charming Park of Capanne di Marcarolo.
• Guided tour of the production and ageing cellar with tasting of 5 Doc and Docg wines produced, including the special “Gavi in an- fora”, all accompanied by local culinary spe- cialties.
• Dinner at leisure and overnight accommo- dation.

Day 5

• Breakfast in agriturismo and check-out.
• Transfer by own means to Borghetto di Borbera.
• Local cooking course in agriturismo: a uni- que opportunity for hands-on experience with Massimo Martino, chef of the magnifi- cent agriturismo at the entrance to Val Bor- bera. The practical lessons change depending on the season: from flowers in the kitchen in spring to the mushroom and truffle based di- shes, without forgetting fresh pasta, in parti- cular ravioli, star of the local cuisine.
• Lunch composed of the specialties prepa- red during the cooking class.
• Return.

Rates / Supplements

Price per person from:

€ 628,00 (groups of 2 pax)

The price includes:

• 2 overnight stays in a double room with breakfast in 3* lake front hotel
• 2 overnight stays in a double room with breakfast in charming agriturismo
• 1⁄2 day guided tour of the historic centre of Orta San Giulio;
• 1⁄2 day rental of private motor boat;
• Aperitif at the end of the navigation.
• Guided tour with tasting in a cured meat and cheese company
• Guided tour and tasting in chocolate factory
• Visit to winery and tasting 5 wines
• Cooking course (1⁄2 day) and lunch.

The price does not include:

• Transfers, tourist tax (if any), extras, per- sonal expenses and anything not listed under The estimate includes
• Medical baggage/insurance
• Cancellation insurance


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Guided tour:

No, on request (with supplement)