A weekend off-road motorcycle on Europe's highest roads
Sommeiller and Jafferau and Galleria dei Saraceni: a weekend of wonder on military roads, among pine forests and boulders, between history and culture, between dust and adventure.
The highest roads in Europe. At the Sommeiller Pass we will touch 3000 meters: here the mountain is absolute, and the wonder is total.
Saturday morning, after having formed the group in Bardonecchia, our base for these two days, we will move for some driving fundamentals to Campo Smith, after which we will leave on the dirt road to reach Pian del Sole.
After lunch we will pass by the Bramafam Fort, crossing thick pine forests and after a short stretch on asphalt we will head to the Colle del Sommeiller, at 3000m, one of the highest in Europe. We will return from the same road, along the artificial lake of Rochemolles, to end our first exciting day.
On Sunday morning a short transfer on asphalt will allow us to reach the dirt road that leads, at 2,106m, to the Pramand cannon battery with its 4 rotating towers: an incredible vantage point over the entire Upper Susa Valley. Through the gallery of the Saracens, 876 meters long and dug in a curve under the spiers of Monte Seguret, we will reach the Jafferau Fort. We will have lunch by enjoying the silence and the smells of nature. After lunch we will head towards the Foens Fort and return to the state road from Savoulx.
We will spend two days admiring wonderful mountain views facing dirt roads that will gratify us as much as the landscape.
During the outings our guide will explain the basic notions of off road driving, and give advice to improve the management of the bike on dirt roads to any participant that might need it. These are simple roads from a technical standpoint, you can in fact participate in the tour alone, or even bring the passenger.
This will be a dirt road accessible for everyone, which can be traveled with a passenger and, even with road tires on. Without forgetting that we will be at 3,000m high, on an unpaved road, so technical clothing and adequate speed are therefore recommended.
We will take numerous breaks, with all the usual picture opportunities (Lake of the Sommeiller, Fort of the Jafferau, etc ...) and then we'll enjoy a snack before saying goodbye in Bardonecchia.
An off-road enthusiast in all its shapes: mountain bike, motorcycles e 4x4, summer and winter.
Happy to teach to face and appreciate the dirt roads and contact with nature; because the smile of those who succeed is the greatest reward.
Always looking for new typical restaurants where you can eat well and spend the right. Mechanic handyman from jeep to mtb.
Never without: Music
Favorite quote: "There is no good or bad weather, only good or bad equipment"
This tour takes place on relatively easy dirt paths, suitable for motorcycles with 19/21 inch front wheels and semi-road design, and can also be tackled with a passenger.
This tour is designed for owners of bikes like Africa Twin, Ktm 790/1090/1290, Supertenerè, Multistrada enduro, R1200gs, V-strom, Tiger 800/1200, Caponord rally Or a bike with a smaller engine, suitable for this type of terrain, such as Benelli TRK 502, BMW G 310 GS, Honda CRF250 Rally, Kawasaki Versys-X 300. or, for example Honda X ADV
(this is only a partial list: there are certainly many others that we haven't listed).
We will be in the mountains, on uneven roads, so we recommend wearing technical clothing with protections, (helmet - gloves - boots - jacket + pants - back protector).
For the luggage, we recommend using soft bags and / or a rear bag, which in the off-road sections are less "bulky" and are less affected by jolts and vibrations than the rigid side cases and the classic rear "top box".
If you still have any doubts about the motorbike and equipment, or if you want help in better evaluating the experience level required, you can send an email to [email protected], or you reach us by chat directly on this page by clicking here.
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.