5 Days by Motorcycle Piedmont all mountain passes, adventure up and down 23 passes of Western Alps
A week in the summer, some thousand of curves, 23 mountain passes, the best and highest panoramas in Europe, a small adventure to be remembered and told
If you are a biker, at least once in your lifetime you will have fantasized about a really epic trip, maybe after you read “Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance” or after you watched “Easy Rider”... Maybe a “coast to coast” trip, Marrakesh, Beijing... These trips always have that air of an epic enterprise, which is the reason that we will never be able to forget them, and they make us want to leave again soon.
But, it’s not easy to get 4 weeks of holidays for an epic trip, so for this reason we have imagined a week long trip that covers all mountain passes in Piedmont and the Aosta Valley (and also some French ones), those that are doable with a motorcycle, from the start of the Alps all the way to the Simplon pass. Then we added some of the mythical transalpine peaks, the arrival at the Nivolet, and voila!
From August 9th to 13th 2020 our fantastic 'Tutti i passi' (or TuttiPassi) tour is back!
23 mountain passes (with some bonuses)
some thousands of curves
5 days - so we will have time to get a coffee now and then as well! :)
the most beautiful (according to us) and highest (according to the maps) views in Europe
A small epic expedition to remember and to be told
This year the track does not include any dirt road.
This is a tour and not a race by any means, but in order to be able to complete the tour, take pictures and eat some sandwiches and cofee along the way, we will have to maintain a steady good pace for the whole trip. Some stretches are quite narrow, with some potholes, switchbacks, cows at pasture, etc... You will need to have a little experience driving a bike, and to be willing to spend the majority of the day on the saddle. All will be abundantly rewarded by the panoramas, the scents, the colors, but above all by the celebratory “Tutti passi Giroola 2020” (that you will get as a souvenir to celebrate the feat!)
This journey was imagined by Marco, who does it every year and says he has fun doing it, and accompanied and guided by our fantastic Elena, precise, prepared and beloved by her bikers. Are you coming with us?
Marco is the head of our biking tours. Master motorbike traveller, he's been everywhere in Europe in the last 16 years, he loves heavy metal music, eating jam directly from the jar with a spoon, living in the country and solving a Rubik's cube in less than 50 seconds. He's got super brains, he has a solution for everything but his stinky socks!
Never without: a Rubik's cube
Favourite quote: "It could be worse... It could be raining!"
Our motorbike tours are designed to be easy, relaxing and enjoyable. For this reason, we keep the number of participants so small (maximum 8), in order to adapt the rhythm and routes to the capabilities of the group. No one gets left behind, and that's why our motorcycle tours are suitable for beginners.
Driving will, however, be a significant part of the trip, so we recommend to self-assess your driving skills and endurance honestly before deciding to take a motorcycle trip.
This tour, however, does not require any exceptional driving skill:
- There will be for sure some tight roads with hairpin turns, so you should be able to steer the bike in these situations.
- We will not drive too fast, we will enjoy the road, the curves and the landscape.
- there will be fun and enjoyable roads during all the tour.
If you want Elena to help you evaluate better the required level of expertise, you can contact her via e-mail at [email protected] , she will be happy to help!
You can ride with us on any kind of bike (you can also join with a big scooter, we don't discriminate against anyone!)
To be able to maintain an adequate pace that allows us to keep up with the various stages of the program, we recommend using a motorcycle that has at least
- 300cc / 35cv / 25kW for tours with average daily travel up to 200-250km
- 500cc / 40cv / 30kW for tours with an average daily distance of 250-300km or higher
This was, if the situation requires it, or when the tour requires it, we could also take advantage of some sections of motorway (which we usually try to avoid as much as possible). These are guidelines, we know that a good biker with a 250 can go faster than Elena with her Tiger 800, so if you have any doubts, do not hesitate to ask us.
This tour will be entirely on paved roads, so you can join with your motorcycle, or with the one you like, it should only have good tires and be well maintained.
If you would like to rent a bike for the trip, we are at your disposal: mark it in your reservation or contact Elena by emal at [email protected] and we will help you find the best ride possible!
Our idea is to meet in a special place, easy to reach by motorcycle, and get to know each other in front of a croissant and cappuccino before starting our day together.
If you like, we can book you a room the night before near the starting point, or the final evening, after the end of the tour, to eat another pizza together with the rest of the group, and go home the next morning, fully rested.
Before departure we will confirm via email to the registered travelers the exact place of the appointment.
If you have additional needs in terms of timetable, or for any questions or tips our Paola is happy to help you on the phone or WhatsApp ( +39 370 3506333 ), via email ([email protected]) or directly by chat by clicking here.
Before each trip we always ask our travelers about any allergies, intolerances or special food needs, and we prepare in advance with restaurants and hotels to make everyone's experience the best possible.
We also pay attention to the needs of vegetarians and vegans, ensuring that suitable alternatives are always provided.
All our tours are directly made by us, Giroola Srl, via Amorosa 3, 10030 Villareggia (TO) (P.iva 11671600010, Scia 19022017-1520 Suap 9007)
During the tour you'll be covered by our Civil Responsibility Assurance (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, via Corte d'Appello 1, 10122 Torino, nr.2007/03/2276452).
We adhere to the Guarantee Fund (art.50 Dlgs 23.05.2011 n.79) which can be used by all travellers provided they have a contract in case of bankruptcy or insolvency for the refunding of the price paid. (Fondo Garanzia Viaggi Srl, via Nazionale 60, 00184 Roma, certificate n. A/146.1485/5/2017).
Booking Policy, from the General Terms and Condition for the Sale of Tour Packages:
Acceptance of reservations by Giroola Srl is subject to availability. Reservations will be considered final following confirmation by Giroola Srl, even via e-mail or fax, to the client.
Indications relative to the tour package not contained in the contract documents, brochures or other forms of written communication, will be supplied in time by Giroola Srl prior to the initial starting date in compliance with its duties as envisaged by Legislative . decree n. 79/2011.
Upon booking, a registration fee and a deposit of 25% of the total amount is required. Full payment is due 30 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 30 days of departure, full payment is due upon booking. Lack of payment of the abovementioned sums on the dates established constitutes grounds for cancellation of reservations such as to determine, on the part of Giroola Srl, the right to terminate the contract.
5) TRANSFER OF CONTRACT
The client renouncing the contract may be substituted by another person provided that:
a) Giroola Srl be given written notice at least 4 weekdays prior to the date of departure, together with the necessary personal data of the transferee;
b) The transferee be able to satisfy all the conditions for the fruition of the service ( ex article 10 of Legislative decree n.111/95) and in particular the requisites relative to passports, visas, health certificates;
c) The transferee refund Giroola Srl for all expenses incurred for the transfer of the contract for the sum specified before the transfer.
Moreover, the transferor and the transferee are both accountable for the payment in full of the tour package price as well as for the sum as per item (c) of the present article.
As far as certain types of services are concerned, third party suppliers have the right to refuse the substitution of the transferee, even if effected within the time limit specified as per item (a) of the present article. Giroola Srl will therefore not be held responsible for the eventual non-acceptance of the substitution on behalf of third parties. This non-acceptance shall be notified in good time by Giroola Srl to the parties involved before departure.
In the event of withdrawing from the tour package contract, the client is, in any case, liable for the payment of the tour package price. If withdrawal takes place for reasons beyond those envisaged in article 7 of the present General Terms, the client shall pay, in compliance with ex article 1373, paragraph III, Italian Civil Code, cancellation penalties as specified below:
- 10% of the tour package price within 30 days prior to departure
- 30% of the tour package price from 29 to 18 days prior to departure
- 50% of the tour package price from 17 to 10 days prior to departure
- 75% of the tour package price from 9 to 3 weekdays prior to departure
- 100% of the tour package price beyond these terms.
7) WITHDRAWAL OF CLIENT WITHOUT PENALTY
The client may withdraw from the contract, without incurring any penalty, in the following circumstances:
- a significant change of one or more elements of the contract which can be objectively considered as fundamental for the fruition of the tour package in its entirety and proposed by Giroola Srl.
- after the conclusion of the contract itself but prior to departure and not accepted by the client.
In the abovementioned circumstances, the client is entitled to the following options:
- the fruition of an alternative tour package, with no increase in price or with the restitution of the excess in price, if the second tour package costs less than the first;
- the restitution of any sum corresponded as partial payment. Said restitution must be made within seven weekdays from receiving the request for reimbursement.
The client must communicate the decision (to accept the change or to withdraw) within two weekdays from receiving notice of the price increase or change. In the absence of specific notice within the said term, the proposal made by Giroola Srl will be considered accepted. The client who decides to withdraw from the contract before departure for circumstances beyond those listed above shall pay, after deducting the account paid as per article 4, the penalty indicated in article 6.
8) TOUR VARIATIONS
Variations to the tour, requested by the client, after the confirmation of booking, could involve processing expenses for Giroola Srl and at times penalties charged by suppliers. If so, the customer will be charged. Partial withdrawal of some of the travellers under the same contract and the resulting decrease in number of tour members is to be considered partial cancellation and is consequently regulated as stated in article 6.
As specified in our General Conditions of Sale of tourist packages, when you travel with Giroola you are covered by our Civil Liability Insurance. For all that could happen and that was due to our negligence or error, we have signed a policy (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, nr.2007 / 03/2276452).
There are other insurance policies that we recommend and for which we have chosen to work with Allianz Global Assistance, whose Globy range seems to us to be the most suitable for our travelers:
- TRAVEL CANCELLATION - Our 8-person trips are often full months before the date of travel, and even if our cancellation policy is actually much more flexible than expressed in our Booking Policy (our travelers can attest to this, we are very available to move the trip in case of unexpected even the last minute), where other facilities are involved (hotels, rentals, etc) some expenses are not really refundable, and therefore a good trip cancellation insurance becomes a valuable ally.
- HEALTH and ASSISTANCE
We at Giroola are an agency of the Globy network of Allianz Global Assistance, and we can therefore provide you with all the information, make estimates and issue the policies directly with the booking.
For any information our Paola is at your disposal at the phone number +39 370 3506333, at the address [email protected] or in the chat directly on this page.