Practicalities

The tours: what and where

orta&oltre’s guided tours are mainly concerned with visiting amazing sites and buildings of historical and artistic importance, but not exclusively: you’ll also enjoy trips encompassing tastings (e.g. cheese / honey /wine).

orta&oltre’s activities are mainly located on Lake Orta, also called CUSIO.
The words "orta e oltre" (Orta and beyond) refer to itineraries for both Lake Orta and further afield, like visiting the rice fields to the south, the highlights of Lake Maggiore (Angera’s Castle, the Borromeo Islands Bella and Madre, the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, etc.), the towns of Novara and Vercelli, the Sacro Monte UNESCO at Varallo Sesia or at Varese, and many others in Piedmont and Lombardy!

Only local tour guides

LOCAL is better! All Guides working with me are Licensed Guides who generally live in the area where the tours take place. We’re all skilled and knowledgeable Guides who cooperate on a daily basis, covering also different territories like those of Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, the cities of Pavia, Turin, Como, Milan.

Guided tours: duration and fees

A Guide’s fee usually depends on the duration of the tour:

  • HD - half day: maximum 3.30 hours (morning or afternoon)
  • FD - full day: the tour starts in the morning and ends in the afternoon. A tour beginning late in the morning (e.g. 11.30am) and ending early afternoon (e.g. 3.30pm) is usually considered a Full Day because your Guide cannot accept other tours on that day. Rest assured, we’re always very flexible and each tour will be carefully considered!

Standard fees for groups 2018

A Guide’s fee usually depends on the duration of the tour:

  • HD - half day: from 120 to 140 euros
  • FD - full day: from 210 to 240 euros

depending on complexity and length of the tour, number of people, etc. The maximum number of people per Guide is 50 (in some specific cases this number could be decreased).

NEW - hiring a tour guide system (earphones/microphone)

Possibility to hire a tour guide system (different costs for Half Day and Full Day). The booking must be made at least 2 weeks in advance of the tour.

Other costs

Besides the Guide’s fee there could be other costs, like entry tickets, boat tickets, tourist train tickets, and so on.

For more detailed information please contact ortaeoltre@gmail.com