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AOSTA, ITALY
Snow Trip: February 17-25, 2007
INCLUDES: Flights • Transfers • Hotel • Meals
 
Trip Report:
Another great trip on The World Tour! We Skied/Boarded in Italy, France & Switzerland in one week! We had many new members join us along with Daniel, Annette, Noreen, Sinead, Chris, Heather, Charley, John, Gail, Patricia, Ed, Elizabeth, Pat & Jen. Pat & Jen got engaged on the trip!
We departed from Boston & New York on Saturday afternoon and arrived Sunday morning in Milan. Monday we all skied Pila our local resort in Aosta. Tuesday we visited Chamonix, in France. Most of us went on a sightseeing trip to Milan on Wednesday and visited the famous Duomo Cathedral. On Thursday seven of us skied/boarded The Valée Blanche Glacier (Mer de Glace) run from Italy to Chamonix France, while others visited Courmayeur. On Friday we chartered a bus to Cervinia, Italy where we skied/boarded Cervinia to interconnected Zermatt, Switzerland. We visited the summit (12,736 ft.) and the Glacier Palace. On Saturday we skied La Thuile, Italy to La Rosiere, France and visited the market in La Rosiere and had lunch. On Sunday we returned home.
This was our ski/sightseeing winter trip so many of the non-skiers/boarders spent their time sightseeing in Aosta, Milan and Torino. Some visited the Aosta Market, local Castles the Roman ruins and other local sites.
 
Package Details: 
  • Round trip Flights Boston (NY option), USA to Milan, Italy
  • Motor coach transfers to/from airport/hotel in Italy
  • 7 nights lodging at our four start hotel
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Welcome party and Orientation meeting
  • Great sightseeing base next to major train and bus terminal

  • NOTE: This trip always fills up way in advance of departure
  • $300 deposit required to reserve your spot
  • Price based on double occupancy.
  • Direct (non-stop) Round trip Flights Boston/NY, to Milan, Italy
  • Milan three day extension - Return on Wednesday +$495 - See bottom of page
 
About The Aosta Valley:
The Valle d' Aosta (Mapquest Zoom in & out) known as Rome of the Alps or little Rome, is a real paradise for winter sports, situated on the Swiss and French borders and surrounded by the most prestigious Alpine peaks of Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, the Matterhorn and the Gran Paradiso, all over 4000 meters (13K feet) high. Because of its location, on the border of France and near Zermatt, Switzerland, skiers/boarders have the opportunity to ski/ride 3 different countries in one week! Your lift pass is valid in over 20 ski areas around the Aosta Valley and includes lots of extras.  
 
Lots of Extra Features:
Buses and excursions available. Day trips to Milan, Geneva, Switzerland; Chamonix, France; Italian castle tours; Turin; Courmayeur; Cervinia/Zermatt; La Thuile/La Rosiere; Dog sledding; Hot air ballooning; Guided Heli Skiing and Guided Vallee Blanche Glacier Run!

Aosta Valley, Italy
 
Aosta Culture and History:  Aosta, Italy
Aosta is truly a Roman town…you can tell by the remains of the monuments from the Roman times (the founders of Aosta). These remains include: The town walls, the Arch of Augustus/Arco di Augusto (25 B.C.), the Roman Amphitheatre and the Roman Forum. The architecture, the piazzas, the cafes — it’s a great place to enjoy what this unique region has to offer. The center of town is a pedestrian area which makes it easy to see the sights. The Porta Pretoria is a gate worth seeing, the Cattedrale is an 11th century Romanesque church on the outside and a Gothic church on the inside. The town hall is also worth a look (Palazzo del Municipeo), as it is medieval in style. The Museo dell’Accademia di Sant’Anselmo and the Alpine and Archaeological Museum are worth a visit too. Market day (not to be missed) in Aosta is Tuesday through Saturday.
 
What to expect: 
There is allot to do for the non-skier or casual skier/boarders. For the crazy Skiers / Boarders, we should be able to Ski five ski areas, in four days, in three different countries (Italy, France & Switzerland), in sight of two of the world's most famous mountains (the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc). We can actually ski/ride Phil - Stubaier Gletscher Austria 2006eight areas in six days! We may have to pay for transportation to some areas and purchase an International ski pass . Also, for all interested, we will do the famous Vallée Blanche run - Mer De Glace (Steve & Daniel's Pictures), an 11 mile glacier run starting in Italy and ending in Chamonix, France, and come back from France via the Mont Blanc Tunnel
 
On our 2005 Aosta trip we skied/boarded eight resorts and three countries in five days! We had a great time, Here is an overview of our 2005 itenary: Sunday - Arrived by coach from Milan airport, checked out the town and the various trips. Monday - Ski/Board all of Courmayeur. Tuesday - Skied La Thuile, Italy to La Rosiere, France and had lunch in France and then skied back to La Thuile. Wednesday - Ski/Ride Pila, Nice! (Our local Aosta resort!), walked into Aosta and checked out the town. Thursday - Ski/Ride The Valée Blanche Glacier (Mer de Glace) run from Italy to Chamonix France. Had lunch in Chamonix then back to Italy via Mont Blanc Tunnel. Friday - Ski/Ride from Cervinia, Italy to interconnected Zermatt, Switzerland, Checked out the ice grotto in the glacier. Saturday - Visited the Aosta market, great variety and much better prices than the regular stores, some of us Skied Courmayeur again. Sunday Morning - Got on the bus to Milan Airport - Fly home - Sleep!  
 
Links:
Aosta on about.com
Valle d'Aosta info.
Valle d'Aosta lift ticket info.
Courmayeur Mountain guides
Valle d'Aosta on KnowItAll.com
VirtualTourist.com
Aosta Guide Italy
La Villa Disco bar - Select logo -> 2nd & 3rd floor
Ristorante La Chaumière

Milan Extension (& day trip):
We have an option to stay three more days in Milan and return on Wednesday. Milan, Italy is know for fashion, however there is a lot more to Milan than just fine Italian clothing stores. Milan offers great sightseeing, nightlife, restaurants and even some more affordable shopping.

You can visit the world famous Duomo Cathedral, the symbol of Milan, the Teatro alla Scala opera house, see Leonardo da Vinci’s "Last Supper" and visit the Gallery mall, one of the oldest in the world. Corso Buenos Aires offers more affordable fashion (It even has a SCUBA shop!). Milan also boasts beautiful parks: The Civic Museum of Natural History, founded in 1883, and the Planetarium built in 1929 are housed in the Public Gardens. Check out the links below for more information on Milan.

Virtual Tour of Milan's great sites
Review of Milan from a US visitor
Milan City Web Site (English)
New Your Times article on Milan
Milan Top 10 things to do
More Milan info with maps


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