Heart of the Italian Alps

A seven-night, self-guided walk along continuous trails, from Roman-walled Aosta to chic Courmayeur. Visit two prestigious wineries, ascend Mont Blanc on Skyway and walk through Europe's highest vineyards.


Immerse yourself in the evolving scenery and culture of Italy’s highest Alpine region, from the verdant, vine-carpeted Valle Centrale, to the drama of the Mont Blanc massif.


Heart of the Italian Alps costs €1495 per person, based on two sharing. There is a €300 single-occupancy supplement. Solo travellers pay €2395.

What’s included

Seven nights b&b accommodation in characteristic hotels.  The selection includes an exquisitely appointed Chambres d’Hôtes in the pedestrianised area within Aosta’s Roman walls; a sommelier-owned 3-star hotel with views across vineyards to five medieval castles; and a luxurious five-star Relais with pool, jacuzzi and bar.

In terms of logistical support, we move your bags ahead of you and you can ride with us if you don’t feel like walking, or wish to shorten the day.  We are on call 24/7, and we will provide a pre-trip briefing to offer advice, organise restaurant bookings and answer any questions you might have before you start.

MacNay Travel & Wine trip booklets contain detailed, annotated maps and directions which we ourselves have measured and recorded.  They also include an introductory chapter about the region and the places you will visit. Information boxes bring the region to life along the way.

Walking difficulty

Hiking trails are unfrequented but clearly marked and well maintained.  In places the trail is narrow and technically difficult underfoot. All walkers should come equipped with good boots and walking poles (MTW can rent poles if required).  This walk has steep climbs and descents which are sustained for more than an hour.  In places there are very high viewpoints.  We will talk through your requirements with you at your pre-departure briefing and you can ride with us to a later/higher point if you need. The highest point of the standard trail is 1550m and the optional final day peaks at 2000m. The longest day is 23km and the shortest is 10km.


We recommend an extra night in Aosta. This fine city is replete with Neolithic, Roman and Medieval history. Inside its Roman walls the pedestrianised streets are chock-full of elegant shops, bars and restaurants. The city is very well organised for visitors.  In addition, our chosen accommodation is so comfortable you’ll be reluctant to leave! That is why we recommend a second night/extra day in the city, before setting out on your walk – to better explore its many treasures.


The Valle d’Aosta is very small in terms of hectares under vine and bottles produced, but it enjoys a formidable reputation for quality and rarity. This walk takes in the central valley around Aymavilles, where Petit Rouge, Petite Arvine and other regional grapes share space with international varietals. It passes through the Enfer d’Arvier subzone, where a cauldron of high cliffs reverberates the sun’s rays, making for full-bodied, intensely flavoured, high alcohol, structured wines.  At the furthest reach, we walk through Europe’s highest white wine vineyards in Morgex, where Prié Blanc is trained in the distinctive ‘Pergola Bassa’ style in the shadow of Monte Bianco/Mont Blanc.  This is where the term ‘heroic viticulture’ rings very true.  We visit Les Crêtes in Aymavilles and Cave Mont Blanc in their experimental winery on the Skyway cablecar station. Other visits are available by request.

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