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Via Francigena (Martigny-Aosta +ext.)

€685 per person
Below you will see one of our best selling stages along the Via Francigena between Switzerland and Italy (6 days/5 nights). Should you wish to extend it to 11 days (Ste-Croix to Aosta) or to 17 days (Ste-Croix to Ivrea in Piedmont), please contact us for details.

The historic self-guided hiking route Via Francigena crosses the most scenic parts of England, France and Switzerland just to reach the Eternal city (Rome)! Magnificent web of mountain paths, mule tracks, rural and secondary roads surrounded by cypress trees and majestic pines! A walking journey for a lifetime! Take an independent hiking tour to one of the most spectacular parts of the route located between Switzerland and Italy. The beginning of this part of Via Francigena will be smooth and peaceful but soon the landscape will change into narrow paths and rough steep terrains that lead to the Great St. Bernard and the border with Italy. The self-guided hiking adventure will finish with a descent into the valley along old irrigation channels to the famous mountain village of Aosta – a home of rich history and dynamic modern life!

  • Destination
  • Duration
    6 (11/17) Days I Level: 3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Accommodation in middle-class hotels and mountain inns (en-suite rooms) incl. breakfast; luggage transfers; maps; access to navigation app with pre-loaded tracks; pilgrim passport; emergency hotline
  • What is not included
    Drinks and other meals; tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price;
  • Best period
    mid-June, July, August, mid-September
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Day 1: Martigny - Orsières (18km, 5,30hrs, +750m/-350m)
Arrive in Martigny on the previous day and arrange a night there on your own. Let us know in advance the name of your hotel so there we know where to deliver the tour documents and luggage tags for you. Your main luggage must be dropped off at the designated place by 10:00 am before starting the walk today with just a daypack. Martigny is the capital of the Swiss canton Valais. This stage marks the end of the climb to the Great St Bernard-Pass. Some steep paths winding over the narrow Les Trappistes pass will lead you to the medieval village of Sembrancher. Here the route follows the famous Napoleon trail.
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Day 2: Orsières - Bourg-Saint-Pierre (15km, 4,30hrs, +970m/-190m)
Take your time for a morning relax and then get ready for hiking along a forest path. It first starts from the west side of the river, then it crosses to the east on the historic path from Liddes to the small Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Chapel. Reach your final point of the day Bourg-Saint-Pierre for a well-deserved rest.
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Day 3: Bourg-St-Pierre – Col du Gd St-Bernard (13km, 4,30hrs, +1045m/-305m)
There is no doubt that today you will pass along the most symbolic stage of Via Francigena! One of the roads you are going to pass today served as the main connection for the whole Europe for 2000 years. A region rich in archaeological sites and from great importance with its cultural heritage! And for all of the dog-lovers - this is the homeplace of the popular fluffy giants from the breed St. Bernard.
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Day 4: Col du Gd St-Bernard - Étroubles (15km, 4,30hrs, +60m/-1275m)
Get ready to cross the border and dive into the Italian part of the route. The descent to Aosta Valley begins immediately after the pass. The first stop will be the small village of St. Rhémy. Gradually going down until you start seeing the red roofs of the villages Étroubles and Echevennoz. A peaceful green color of the forests around you and the mighty snowy peaks in the distance will accompany you throughout the day.
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Day 5: Étroubles - Aosta (14km, 4,30hrs, +240m/-890m)
As a final ramble, you will test how much strength you have left in your legs as today will be the last challenge along the steep paths. You will pass along many old irrigation channels with the name “rus”. These were used to collect water from the streams and water the cultivated lands - recognized as a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering. Just before you reach Aosta the route will cross bright orchards with a pleasant odor. During Roman times Aosta was a flourishing trading town. Nowadays the village is famous for its alpine experiences.
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Day 6: Departure day (or extension to Piedmont)
Extend your walk along the Via Francigena further to Piedmont and Ivrea (contact us for details), or end your journey and return by bus and train via Martigny to Montreux. Duration approx. 2.30hrs. Information about the busses to Switzerland and onward travel: www.tmrsa.ch, www.savda.it and www.sbb.ch.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
685 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (09/09-24/09)
730 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (17/06-08/09)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 285 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 355 Euros (incl. sgl. room supplement)
Tips
Daily departures between mid-June and the end of September. Good stamina is needed in the beginning of the trip, surefootedness in the end. From the shores of Lake Geneva Via Francigena leads towards the peaks of the Alps of Valais. The walk up to Col du Gd St-Bernard and the descend down into Aosta valley are the highlights of this walking tour.
Accommodation
Middle-class hotels and mountain inns (en-suite rooms) incl. breakfast

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