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NEW TRIPS CAMINO
Type :
Guided 
Level :
Duration :
4 days
period:
Apr Jun Jul Sep Oct
Code:
ITGWS04
Group Tour on Cammino di Oropa - Italy
Group Tour on Cammino di Oropa
4 days, price from
  € 349

  • 15-18 April
  • 22-25 April
  • 29 April-2 May
  • 2-5 June
  • 24-27 June
  • 8-11 July
  • 2-5 September
  • 30 September-3 October
  • 14-17 October

We will explore a wonderful, off the beaten path area of Piedmont, on wooden paths that wind through unspoilt nature.

A short camino (just four days), between Santhia and the Oropa Sanctuary, one of the world's most important places of Marian worship.  You will be guided by the sight of the Sanctuary dome throughout the lenght of the itinerary, which takes you from the Serra Morenica (the most impressive morainic amphiteater in Europe) to the Biellese Alps, with its indented peaks.

Every day a different natural environment: endless meadows, ancient ricetto villages, walled hamlets, ending with the mystic energy of the Marian sanctuaries of Graglia and Oropa, places of silence and wonder.

A short and pleasant journey, ideal for people wanting to try a walking trip for the first time - but with enough variety to surprise even the more experienced traveller.

Cammino di Oropa has its own credential (Pigrim Passport) and a Testimonium (a document that certifies the completion of the trip).

The trip will be confirmed with a minimum of 5 participants.  


Route

Day 1   From Santhia' to Viverone, 15,1 Km
 

Our trip begins in Santhia (easily connected to Milan by train): at the beginning you walk on a stretch of Via Francigena, the oldest pilgrim route in Italy. We keep following it towards the morainic amphiteatre of Ivrea: we can stop in Cavaglià to taste a "Bacio di dama" (Italian for “lady’s kiss” – a traditional Italian biscuit with two hazelnut cookies joined together by chocolate cream) in the local version – which includes Rhum!

Our destination for today is Viverone, a pretty lakeside town. We’ll admire it at sunset, when the sky and water merge together creating a mosaic of orange and pink tones.

 

Day 2   From Viverone to Sala Biellese, 17,5 km
 

Today, a complete immersion in nature awaits. We head towards  the wooden hills of Serra d'Ivrea, Europe's greatest morainic massif.

Along our way, we will encounter a walled village: it is the ricetto of Viverone, a group of ancient houses circled by towers and walls that used to offer protection to the local community in case of danger. From there, you can enjoy another spectacular view on the lake.

We then climb up to the village of Zimone (where you can visit the Bose Monastry) and the ancient centre of Magnano, with its ricetto and an old mill, an excellent opportunity to buy some local specialties and learn about the history of its determined founder. We will then reach the Camping Future of Sala Biellese, our destination.

Day 3   From Sala Biellese to Santuario di Graglia, 16 km
 

Today’s walk takes us through the ancient forests of the Serra Morenica, alternating with large meadows and old farmhouses.

Getting to the village of Donato, the views of the Biellese Alps become more and more evocative, as an endless horizon where snowy, pristine white peaks stand out.

Todays' destination is very special: the Sanctuary of Graglia, at the foot of Mombarone, between Piedmont and Val d'Aosta. One of Italy's most important places of Marian worship, Graglia is a place full of energy, instilling peace and serenity in everyone passing by.

Day 4   From Santuario di Graglia to Santuario di Oropa, 13,7 km
 

Today we walk through along the side of Mombardone mountain, a walk full of exciting little adventures such as shallow fords and panoramic rises, before getting to the pleasant historical center of Sordevolo.

The destination is close, but the images that will stay in our memory are not over yet: from here to Favaro (where the final ascent to sanctuary begins) we will encounter an endless series of woodlands, pastures, views on Val Padana.

We then follow the route of the ancient tram line that used to link Biella to the scenic Oropa Sanctuary, the final point of your walk and one of the most important Marian sanctuaries in the world.

After visiting Oropa, a transfer will take the group to Santhia, where the trip ends. Until the next adventure!

Accommodation

Multiple rooms, shared (double room where available) in hotels, B&Bs, campings (with bungalows). Single room available on request.

Practical info

Santhià can be reached by train, from Milan and Turin.

 

Included

What is included

· 3 Nights in double room in **/ *** hotels , B&B and agriturismi with breakfast

. 2 dinners

. return transfer (Oropa-Santhia) 

. Pilgrim Passport

· Medical and luggage travel insurance

· 24h phone assistance

. Guide

 

What is not included 

. Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour

. Luggage transport

· lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated.

· visits and entrance fees - tips

· personal expense

· possible sojourn taxes

· everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section. 

 

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

. Single room supplement

. Half Board supplement

. Luggage transport

· Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.