5 Days by Motorcycle Piedmont all mountain passes, adventure up and down 25 passes of Western Alps

A week in the summer, some thousand of curves, 25 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!

25 mountain passes (with some bonuses)
over 1600km
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 there will not be unpaved road (except 2 km, very easy, and that can be avoided)

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 2019” (that you will get as a souvenir to celebrate the feat!)

This trip has been organized and conceived by Marco, who does it every year. He says it will be a lot of fun. Are you coming with us?

All passes 25 alpine mountain passes motorcycle adventure.
  • Bocchetta di Altare
  • Melogno
  • San Bernardo
  • Nava
  • Tenda tunnel
  • Lombarda
  • Bonette
  • Maddalena
  • Fauniera
  • Esischie
  • Sampeyre
  • Agnello
  • Izoard
  • Monginevro
  • Moncenisio
  • Iseran
  • Piccolo San Bernardo
  • San Carlo
  • Col de Joux
  • San Pantaleon
  • Gran San Bernardo
  • Simplon
  • Nivolet
  • Col del Lys

In addition to the 25 mountain passes, this tour includes the classic destinations for all Piedmontese bikers: Mottarone – Cremosina – Bielmonte – Oropa – Andrate

This is a challenging tour from the driving and endurance perspectives, although it is not particularly difficult. We have divided the tour in 5 days (last year we did it in 4) to be able to better enjoy the views and the company.

To enjoy it and have fun (finish the tour is one thing, finishing it happy and relaxed rather than tense and tired is another) you need to be at ease in the narrow, winding mountain roads, or with surfaces in a poor condition.

You also should be the type of biker who enjoys spending a lot of time on the bike: there is a lot of driving, and the road is the main event. 

If you have any questions or further information: we are here for you! You can write using the chat widget directly on this page or send an e-mail to marco@giroola.com

Provided you have confidence with it, any motorbike is ok for this trip.

This all is conceived and accompanied by Marco, who traveled across Europe by motorbike over the past 20 years, and has done the same tour last year. This time then he’ll be on two wheels like always, only a little faster!

Marco
Marco

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!"

The price of this tour, 799 euros, includes:

  • Assistance from Marco, which will take the tour with you, knows all roads, will help you and organise the meals.
  • 4 night in Bed and Breakfast in a double room, breakfast included (single room supplement: 100 euros total)
  • An additional welcome breakfast
  • 5 lunches

At the end of the tour you will receive the “Tutti passi” celebratory t-shirt!

And if you are thinking: it would be cheaper to just go with some friends! That’s true, however here you get someone that takes care of everything, in a small groups where no one is left behind, and who is at work so that you can have fun and not have to look down at the GPS at every intersection, concentrating on the driving! If you want to read more, we have an article on our blog explaining this: https://www.giroola.com/blog/5-reasons-go-motorcycle-trip-guide

We want you to savour the best of Italian hospitality, and we are not talking about fake-luxury hotels that all look the same. We will take you to places with character, authentic little B&Bs where you will sleep well and you will taste home made pies for breakfast, mountain lodges with stunning views, or particularly interesting hotels with a story to tell.

All rooms will have private bathrooms, and breakfast is always included.

We will choose for every departure the best solution considering the season and our guests' needs, and we'll send you the complete information via email before the start of the tour.

For example, one of our favourite places is La Ida Bed & Breakfast in Villareggia, our hometown, where our friend Sara, an architect and a painter, welcomes her guests with authentic kindness. 

La Ida

This tour is perfect for solo travellers:

  • we take care of everything
  • you are independent and can choose whether and when to share meals and your free time with the group
  • you get to know people from all around the world in a small group

We'll start with a coffee (yes, real espresso!) or a juice and pastry, get to know the group, and by the time we jump on board and start exploring you'll be among friends.

So, solo travellers are very welcome on our tours, and if you are ok with sharing a double/triple room with other members of the group we'll send you an email after the booking and you will tell us your preferences (e.g. girl ok to share a bedroom with other girls only, etc).

If however you prefer us to book a single room for you, it is available during the reservation process for an additional fee..

If there are no other solo travellers in your tour or if there is no possibility to match your preferences (or your roommates happen to snore too much!), your single room will be on us, no additional charge will be required.

The tour starts at 10 am on Monday August 12th 2018 at “Bocchetta di Altare” (or Colle di Cadibona), in the Savona province, where the starting point of the Alps is conventionally established.

We will meet in an easy to find spot to have a coffee together and get to know the group, and then we will leave for our adventure.

If you want to stay there overnight the night before, we can help you organise your stay.

The tour ends at the Col del Lys, one of our favorite places, on Friday August 16th in the afternoon. (If you want to come and have dinner in Villareggia after the tour, you are welcome!)

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:

3) RESERVATIONS

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.

4) PAYMENT

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.

6) WITHDRAWAL

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.

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You can book directly and quickly here on the site, or if you prefer us to assist you with your booking, click here to chat with us now, or call us at +39.370.350.63.33, we'll be happy to help!

If you are booking over a month in advance, only a deposit of 25% is necessary.

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