The Via Francigena of the Aosta Valley
from € 745per person
Aosta Valley – Italy
7 days/6 nights
An itinerary of great charm, traveled for centuries by thousands of faithful who traveled from all over Europe on pilgrimage to Rome, the heart of Christianity … An itinerary traveled by merchants, armies, politicians, and intellectuals, which led to the substantial unity of culture European between the 10th and 13th centuries.
Today a highly suggestive itinerary, an opportunity to discover a territory, its cultural and culinary riches. Since 2004 it has been declared by the Council of Europe “Great European Cultural Route”.
- theme: Trekking
- destination: Italy/Aosta Valley
- itinerary: Great St Bernard Pass – Pont Saint Martin
- duration: 7 days
- 6 days of trekking with a hiking guide
- hotel/farmhouse overnight stays
- Pilgrim’s menu
- luggage transport
- private transfers
- age: min. 14 years
- trip confirmed with minimum: 6 participants
Departure dates 2020 *
Departure dates 2021 *
September 2nd; 30th
* other dates can be provided, on request, for groups of minimum 6 peoplePrint the Program
DepartureAosta / Aosta
Departure Time9.30 am
Return Time17.00 pm
IncludePernottamento in Rifugio
1st day - Aosta
Free arrival in Valle d’Aosta, accommodation in hotel
Bed and breakfast.
2nd day - Gran San Bernardo/Etroubles (13 km.)
Transfer by private vehicle to the Colle del Gran San Bernardo
First stop: Colle del Gran S. Bernardo (2473 m) – Etroubles (1260 m)
Downhill difference in height: 1200 m – Walking time: 4.30 hours
Half board: dinner and overnight with tasting of the “Friendship Cup”
Places of interest: Colle del Gran San Bernardo, is the gateway to the Via Francicegna in the Aosta Valley. After a visit to the Hospice (10th century), run by the Canons Regular of Saint Augustine, and to the breeding of the Saint Bernard dogs, we begin our journey towards Etroubles. On the way the characteristic village of Saint-Rhémy, and the “Château Verdun”, the pilgrim’s welcome house. Arrival in Etroubles, tour of the village, open-air museum.
3rd day - Etroubles/Aosta (16 km.)
Second stop: Etroubles (1260 m) – Aosta (580 m)
Downhill difference in height: 700 m – Walking time: 3.30 hours
Half board: dinner and overnight.
Places of interest: The path continues along the “ru Neuf” – irrigation canal that brings the waters of the glaciers to the sunny slopes around Aosta – and winds through dense woods and clearings, populated by deer and roe deer, to pass the town of Gignod and reach up to Aosta, the ancient Augusta Praetoria founded by the Romans in 25 BC and capital of the region. Exceptional are both the Roman remains: the city walls, Porta Praetoria, the Theater, the Cryptoporticus, the Roman bridge and the Arch of Augustus, and the medieval ones such as the Cathedral and the monumental complex of Sant’Orso.
4th day - Aosta/Nus (13 km)
Third stage: Aosta (580 m) – Nus (529 m)
Downhill difference in height: 70 m
Walking time: 3.00 h
Half board: dinner and overnight
Places of interest: after departure you will come across the Quart castle (not visible), to continue along the “Chemin des Vignobles”, up to Nus. In the immediate vicinity, you will visit the Fénis Castle, a splendid example of medieval architecture
5th day - Nus/Saint Vincent (17 km)
Fourth stage: Nus (529 m) – Saint Vincent (575 m.)
Uphill difference in height: 50 m.
Walking time: 4 hours
Half board: dinner and overnight
Places of interest: this is an evocative route through vineyards and the Roman road of the Gallies, tasting in a cellar of an excellent “Passito” wine. Arrival in Saint Vincent, the “Riviera of the Alps”, here in addition to the Parish church and the welcoming pedestrian area, the spas stand out, reachable with a convenient funicular and the Casino de la Vallée.
6th day - Saint Vincent/Verrès (18km)
Fifth stage: Saint Vincent (575 m) – Verrès (391 m.)
Downhill difference in height: 184 m
Walking time: 5.00 h
Half board: dinner and overnight
Places of interest: today the journey continues along the Roman road of the Gauls. On the way the suggestive ruins of the Castle of Saint-Germain, to reach up to Verrès. Here, in addition to the castle, the Prevostura di Saint-Gilles (10th century), in the chapel (which can be visited) one of the few examples of the Gothic style in the Aosta Valley. In the immediate vicinity you will visit the Castle of Issogne, of particular note the frescoes, the decorated coffered ceilings, the pomegranate fountain.
7th day - Vèrres/Pont St. Martin (17 km.)
Sixth stage: Vèrres (391 m) – Pont Saint Martin (345 m)
Downhill difference in height: 46 m
Walking time: 4.30 h
Private Transfer to Aosta and departure for the return.
Places of interest: take the path from Verrès to Pont Saint Martin, a path at the foot of terraced rock walls planted with vineyards. An itinerary full of “cultural ideas. In Arnad, the Romanesque parish church of San Martino is worth a visit and a tasting of the renowned “Lard of Arnad”, to continue and cross the characteristic village of Bard where the imposing Fort of Bard stands out, a wonderful example of military architecture. Today completely renovated, it houses the “Museum of the Alps” visited by thousands of people every year. We continue the journey towards Donnas through a perfectly preserved stretch of the Roman road of the Gallie, stop at a winery before reaching Pont-Martin, where the Aosta Valley stretch of the Via Francigena ends.
Price per person from € 745
Extra night in hotel from € 45
Single room supplement from € 180
The price includes
- 6 nights with breakfast in a 2/3 * hotel or farmhouse
- 6 half board with pilgrim’s menu (3 courses – excluding drinks)
- guide service during trekking and excursions in the area
- private transfers 1st and 7th day
- luggage transport
- tasting of typical products
- medical / baggage insurance
The price does not include:
- drinks with meals unless otherwise indicated
- packed lunches
- entrance to castles and monuments in general, unless otherwise indicated
- transfer from/to airports (prices on request)
- anything not specified in ‘The fee includes’
- traveler fees
Administration fees: € 20
This type of trekking is a proposal which is “built” day by day. The duration indicated for each single stage is purely indicative, it depends both on the physical conditions of the participants but also on their own interests, for example stopping not initially foreseen in relation to particular interests. The trip aims to make you “taste” as much as possible every aspect of our beautiful territory.
Difficulty: intermediate with easy-to-follow paths with medium slopes, however, discreet physical preparation is required.
Minimum age required: 14 years old. According to physical preparation, even younger children may be admitted.
Number of participants: the trip is confirmed with the participation of at least 6 people. In case of a number of participants less than 6, the trip can be confirmed with the payment of a possible supplement.
Clothing: technical clothing is not required, it is sufficient, but necessary, to be equipped with: hiking boots, shorts and T-shirt, sweater or fleece, light windbreaker, sunglasses, backpack hat, water bottle, sunscreen. However, all information will be provided with travel documents. We suggest you bring your camera.
Baggage: the organization provides for the transfer of luggage during the trekking
Guides: Benetour collaborates exclusively with professional nature / excursion guides.
Group of friends: at the request of pre-established groups, other departure dates or itineraries differentiated in type and duration can be provided.
N.B. For technical and / or organizational reasons, the planned itinerary may undergo changes both before departure and during the journey, without however altering the essence of the booked trip.
In the Middle Ages, those who traveled for a long period, both for penance and spiritual salvation, for pleasure and for commercial purposes, came across hospices or resting places capable of offering refreshment as hostesses and convents. Places that served as assistance to pilgrims and wayfarers also from a gastronomic point of view, offering dishes that characterized the cuisine in the medieval period. Very varied and tasty dishes that knew how to make the best use of local products and which reveal themselves to be profoundly current because they are linked to the territory and seasonality: ancient flavors of wild herbs were combined with those of vegetables from the garden and meat from the farm.
Today as then, the “pilgrims” will be able to taste the typical dishes of our region and the specialties that characterize the territories crossed.