5 days by Motorcycle in the Verdon area, special tour between Piedmont and France
An unforgettable august trip among exciting mountain roads and the beauty of French provence and the Gorges of Verdon
For this special tour we will take you to one of our classic destinations. Over the years we have been there many times, and the beauty of the Gorges of Verdon and the Sainte Croix Lake never ceases to amaze us.
We will trespass into France, which is not that strange for us Piedmontese people but it’s for sure worth driving some distance over the Alps to enjoy the views and the roads there.
This is a tour for road-loving bikers, and so after the welcome breakfast in Carmagnola, we will leave right away for the longest stage of the trip, 300kms that will take us to cross the Alps at the Lombarda Peak and to visit Grassea, magnificent small town of the French Provence, known as the international capital of perfume.
The second and third days will be dedicated to exploring the National Park of Verdon and its surroundings: Esparron de Verdon, Aiguines, Sainte Croix Lake, the Gorges of Verdon, the Serre Ponçon Lake
On the fourth and fifth days we will start coming back towards home but taking a different route, going towards north and driving over the mythical Izoard peak (fortunately we will not have to cycle over it like they do during the Tour the France) until the Bourg Saint Maurice, to come back to Italy to the Piccolo San Bernardo and, crossing the Aosta Valley, end the trip over a cold soft drink on the Viverone Lake.
Total length of the trip: 1200
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!
Motorbikes are her thing. When she's not riding, she is dancing, country style.
Precise, strong, smiling and energetic, she's stubborn and never gives up. Expert in packing up for any trip, she's the one who offers you a spare toothbrush when you forgot yours!
Never without: dancing boots
Favourite quote: "Dance first. Think later"
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.
In our travels you will find solo travelers, couples, or pairs of friends, and in a small group of eight it’s easy to become friends straight away. This tour is perfect for those that traveling alone but don't want to be on their own for the whole trip. You're independent and you can choose if and when to share meals and your free time with the group.
Our travelers are people who know how to travel, in fact they arrive independently to the place of the appointment, mainly from all over Italy (but not only) and who choose to take a trip with us to learn differently about places, people, flavors and traditions. We are proud to say that our travelers are the best part of our trips!
Solo travellers are always welcome in our tours, and if you feel like sharing a double of triple room with other members of the group we will send you an e-mail after your reservation and you will be able to tell us about your preferences (for example, if you are a girl and you would like to share a room with girls only etc). You will not pay any surcharge.
If you prefer, you can book a single room for a fee.
If there are no other solo travellers in your tour or if there is no opportunity to satisfy your preferences, your single room will be offered by us at no extra charge.
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.