Rafting – Aosta Valley
Rafting (Aosta Valley), is the most user friendly water sports: you can share sensations with friends or family even if you are completely beginner.
The Dora Baltea is the river with the wildest character in the Italian Alps. From the early 80’s, river guides have come here to guide adrenaline addicts of all ages through the river known as the “European Colorado“.
Dora Baltea River, situated in northern Italy, is the left hand tributary of the well-known river Po. The water body is almost 160 km in terms of length and is just the ideal place to go for a rafting expedition.
The river is mainly fed by the thaw of south facing Mont Blanc glaciers and its freezing and reinvigorating waters flow fast between rocky canyons, centenary vineyards and thousand-year old castles, giving to everyone whom navigated it the unforgettable sensation of a thrilling journey soaked into nature.
Being a snow-fed river, the Dora Baltea River remains in its best condition during the early summers – i.e. from the month of May to June. During this time of the year, the river usually shows its maximum strength. From the month of July to September, the levels are much moderate and the temperature is much warmer.
Rafting (Aosta Valley) is an excellent summer activity where one uses an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other body of water.
While for some rafting might seem a bit extreme, it is worth mentioning that rafting is a favourite summer leisure activity for the whole family. The key to a successful rafting experience is an experienced guide.
The Dora is not just rafting. It’s also the perfect river for kayaking and canyoning, a breathtaking combination of swimming, scrambling and walking.
Our tip: After your rafting adventure, relax in the warm and enveloping water in QC Terme spa for an unforgettable afternoon.
Rafting Pre’ Sant Didier and SPA
Did you know?
The Aosta Valley is a hot spot for mountaineers, climbers, hikers, skiers and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. In recent years, many via ferrata routes have been created and it has become an incredibly popular adventure activity in the region.
Not only is the Aosta Valley exploding with outstanding natural beauty, but the region is also packed with interesting and historic architecture, such as Savoia Castle, Fénis Castle, Bard Fortress, and many churches, Roman monuments and museums.
If you are looking for a different holiday full of fun activities, discover Aosta Valley for your next holidays!
Best time to visit Aosta Valley: From June to September is the prime time to go hiking.
How to get there:
Courmayeur shares Mont Blanc with neighbouring French resort Chamonix in France. The closest airports include Caselle, in Turin and Milano’s Linate and Malpensa. We recommend flying into Caselle because it’s a bit closer to Courmayeur. Gevena’s Cointrin is also an option. Then you can hire a car.
Aosta Valley Hotels – Where to Stay
Best luxury hotel: Qc Terme Monte Bianco ,Pré Saint Didier
A Relaxing Stay for Couples
A peaceful corner where you can recuperate and take care of yourself, rediscovering all the authentic value of relaxation in the mountains and the pleasure of relaxing immersed in nature. Located in Palleusieux, 2 km from Pré-Saint-Didier city centre, the QC Terme has panoramic views of Mont Blanc and a 1000m² spa. It offers free WiFi and Alpine-style accommodation with a flat-screen TV and minibar.
The restaurant serves local and Mediterranean cuisine.
Rooms from € 240/night
Best mid-range hotel: Gran Baita Hotel & Wellness 4*, Courmayeur
A Romantic Stay for Couples
Just a 10-minute walk from Courmayeur centre, Gran Baita Hotel & Wellness offers a free shuttle to Dolonne cable car. Outdoor parking is free, and rooms feature free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen satellite TV.
On-site facilities include a wellness area boasting a heated swimming pool with indoor and outdoor areas, a sauna and hot tub. La Sapinière restaurant serves dishes from the Aosta Valley as well as other national cuisine.
Rooms from € 145/night
Best budget hotel: Villaggio delle Alpi 2*, Pré Saint Didier
Perfect for a family stay
Situated a 5-minute drive from the Courmayeur Mont Blanc ski lifts, Villaggio delle Alpi has studios with mountain views and a TV. It offers ski storage and a shared lounge.The apartments at Villaggio delle Alpi feature either a kitchenette or a kitchen with a dining table. The centre of Pré-Saint-Didier is 3 minutes’ drive from the property. Pré-Saint-Didier Train Station is 200 m away.
Apartment from € 80/night
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