Staying around on the mountain, up and down superb single-tracks for multiple days is a unique experience. Aosta Valley counts many refuges that are the perfect shelter: a typical dinner and a unique night at high altitude are some of the ingredients. Contact us and we will organize the best tours that suit to yours preferences.
June to September
refuge tours are available from the beginning of June through to the middle of September.
There are some places that offer visitors truly special experiences — such as the chance to bathe, in the depths of winter, in the warm spa waters in the sight of Mont Blanc — and focus on providing guests with the chance to do nothing but relax. These places are of course the Pré-Saint-Didier Spa and the Saint-Vincent Spa but also the «Valle d’Aosta Wellness» hotels which offer their guests regenerating stays of Alpine well-being and the chance to taste great and genuine food.
Aosta Valley, during most seasons there are some days that are ideal for a pleasant walk : in Spring, with the reawakening of nature, in splendid contrast with portions of landscape that are still covered by snow; in Summer, the best period for excursions at a high altitude, thanks to the long days with generally good and stable weather; in Autumn, for an unusual variety of surrounding colors.
Some itineraries are pleasant and easy walks, others are longer and more tiring. Whether you go on a walk lasting just a couple of hours or a whole day, the reward is being able to calmly reach extraordinarily beautiful untouched places while appreciating the different colors of the route, where tiredness disappears when faced with the charm of the scenery.
In the Middle Ages, the Aosta Valley was a compulsory passage towards Alpine passes. Thus, toll collections were an important source of power and income. Since the Aosta Valley wasn’t directly controlled by any authority, it was easy to take the land and appoint yourself as its lord; therefore, local nobles moved away from the towns, in search of land where they could extend their domains. Castles, towers and fortified houses arose on unaccessible elevations to dominate vast stretches of land from above.
In the first century before Christ, after defeating the native population, the Romans began to urbanise the conquered territory: they organized the land, charted the road networks, connecting the Little and Great Saint Bernard Alpine passes with the consular road to Gaul and founded the town of Augusta Praetoria (Aosta). This is how the five centuries of Roman rule began in the Aosta Valley.
Skyway Monte Bianco, the new Mont Blanc cableways, enable you to set out on a magical journey that is mapped out in accordance with the shape of the land as it reaches for the sky.
As walking for long distances is not required, this experience can be enjoyed by everyone, unless health problems make it inadvisable to stay at high altitudes.
Rafting, Canoeling, Kayaking
From April to September, the foamy, mountain streams become a hive of spectacular sporting activities: canoeing, kayaking and rafting offer water enthusiasts emotional experiences, among fast flowing water and natural slides.
Shelters in the Aostan mountains were born to help travelers traversing the Alps as safe havens to pass the night or find refuge during harsh weather conditions.
During the last decades and with the growth of tourism, the demand of shelters made for the transformation of many of these into nearly hotel-esc structures. These offer all the basic comforts for hikers and bikers that wish to have a warm meal on a tour. It is now possible, and mostly necessary, to make reservations for longer stays.
Aosta Valley offers a high number of shelters that are accessible by mountainbike giving us the possibility to plan out a wide range of routes staying most of our time deep in natures care.
Turin connects directly with the A5 motorway and is only 98 km from Aosta (Aosta Est exit) and 136 from Courmayeur.
Coming from Milan (164 Km), you take the A4 motorway and then at the Santhià motorway junction, you take the section towards Aosta. The journey takes no time at all for those coming from Genoa (226 km).
You can also approach the Valle from the French and Swiss sides through the Monte Bianco and Gran San Bernardo Tunnels, taking the main SS 26 and 27 roads, respectively or during the summer (between June and October) through the Piccolo and Gran San Bernardo passes.
Arriving by plane
Turin Airport is 115 km from Aosta. If you decide to hire a car, reaching Aosta will not be a problem: all you have to do is follow the signs to the Turin motorway ring-roads (tangenziali), take the Regina Margherita exit and go onto the A5 motorway to Aosta. The journey should take you just over an hour.
If you hire a car, there are various routes you can take: the best is to go to Novara and take the A4 motorway from the Novara Est junction going towards Turin. When you reach Santhià follow the signs to Aosta/Monte Bianco.
There are no train services from the airport. There is a bus service connecting the airport with Milan Central Station. From Milan there is a direct coach service to Aosta, which departs from Milano Porta Garibaldi railway station, or you can go to Milan Central Station and go by train (changing at Chivasso Station).
Orio al Serio (Bergamo)
By car, you take the A4 motorway from Bergamo ( a few km from the airport) going towards Torino/Monte Bianco. When you reach Santhià, follow the signs to Aosta/Monte Bianco.
here are no direct public transport services between Valle d’Aosta and Geneva Airport, except between 9/07 and 24/08, on Mondays and Fridays, providing a service departing from Saint-Vincent ; we mention it, however, because it is comparatively close to Aosta (140 km) and because a number of international flights depart from here, including some low-cost flights.
Geneva Airport, therefore, can be a good starting point for a flight plus car hire holiday in order to discover Valle d’Aosta.
- 1 person 190.
- 2 riders 220. (110.- p/pers)
- 3 riders 240. (80. – p/pers)
- 4 riders 260. (65. – p/pers)
- 5 riders 275. (55. – p/pers)
- 6 riders 300. (50. – p/pers)
- 7 riders 315. (45. – p/pers)
(maximum 7 persons for 1 guide)*
*the customers will pay the refuge fee for each guide.
(VAT is not included – All Prices are in Euro)