From the Langhe to Sanremo along the Via del Sale

6 days on a e-bike from the Barolo hills to the Riviera dei Fiori, crossing the Alps along the Via del Sale - Sports, gastronomy and culture for real travelers

€ 1999

How do you choose between the sea, the Alps, and Barolo? Easy: you take everything!

This 6-day ebike trip offers a series of incredible views and experiences, from the Unesco heritage hills of the Langhe of Barolo and Barbaresco, where the sweetness of the landscape is combined with the flavors of good food, and cycling is almost an excuse to deserve the wine, the fassone beef, the cheeses, the tajarins, to the uncontaminated mountain of Limone Piemonte with the spectacular single tracks, to the undertaking of riding the mythical Via del Sale from Colle di Tenda to Sanremo, to end up riding along the marvelous Ligurian coast. 

We will take this trip with the assistance of a guide in a minibus, which will take care of transporting baggage and transporting bicycles where necessary, and with Cycling Tour Guides of the Piedmont Region and Mountain Bike Guides, experts of the different paths and different areas to enjoy the best of the bike fun.

A unique journey, full of emotions and flavors, a two-wheeled adventure not to be missed!

difficulty level:Medium challenging

There are many stretches on unsettled terrain, both uphill and down hill (trails and unpaved roads with holes, loose stones, roots), suitable to riders with some experience of these types of trails done on a mountain bike.

Day 1 - Barolo

The Langhe region reward travelers with the best landscapes in Piedmont, and visiting them by bicycle is a unique experience. To be “inside” the landscape of vineyards and hills, riding over paths and paved roads connecting the small villages is wonderful, but the uphills parts can make it a bit challenging. And this is where the e-bike can really help us.

We will start from Alba and we will visit the birthplace of epic wines: we will ride up to the Grinzane Cavour castle, then we will go to Monforte, have lunch together and then we will move to Barolo, that can boast the most noble name among the small towns in the area and La Morra, with its majestic Lebanon cedar. 

Distance: 30-50km
Difference in altitude: 700-1.000m d+
 

Day 2 - Barbaresco

Our ride, which will start from Alba, will take us up and down the hills to Barbaresco, with its imposing tower that stands on a rock along the meanders of the Tanaro river, and the deconsecrated church now home to the regional wine Barbaresco .

After a short pause we will resume pedaling through vineyards and hills, to the medieval village of Neive, where we will have lunch, and then again to Treiso, and then return to Alba where we will end our day.

Distance: 30-50km
Difference in altitude: 700-1.000m d+
 

Day 3 - Casterino

Departure from the center of Limone by cable car up to 1800 to then face the slopes of the Riserva Bianca, enjoy the spectacle of Lake Terrasole and reach the vua del Sale salt route at Baita 2000, visit the forts of Tenda and then easy dirt road in the French side to Casterino at the foot of the famous Valle delle Meraviglie, where we will get a hearty Italian meal at the Chamois d'Or.
After which we will come back, with some variations, all the way to the Colle di Tenda where we will complete the visit of the Forts and then return to Limone on a spectacular single track.

Distance: 45km
Difference in altitude: 1.300m d+
 

Day 4 - La Via del Sale

The Via del Sale (The Salt Route), the mythical route between Piedmont, France and Liguria which was the main trade route in ancient times. Salt was one of the most important commodities.
Cycling this route is a dream for many.
With an e-bike this fantastic adventure becomes possible for bikers with a minimum of experience, able to face mountain roads, paths and mule tracks.

We will take on this route starting from the Colle di Tenda, the minibus will take us up to 2,000 meters at the starting point of the military road that will lead us to the military fortifications that characterize this border area. After a first coffee stop at the Don Barbera Refuge we will leave again towards Monesi, and we will have lunch in a fabulous mountain estate in the Navette Forest. After a few kilometers we will face the last climb towards Passo del Tanarello, the highest mountain in Liguria, and then begin the descent towards Triora. The final stretch will be a long descent (paved) that will take us to the sea of Sanremo.
A real e-bike adventure!

Distance: 95km
Difference in altitude: 1.250m d+
(this stage is the most demanding of the journey, due to the distance to be traveled and the type of roads, the travelers who do not feel up to it can make the transfer comfortably by minibus together with the Tour Leader)

 

Day 5 - Sanremo

For our first day at the seaside we will go ... to the mountains! :)
We will climb to the Monte Nero, and from here we will then move up to San Romolo, where we will have lunch; after the break we will climb again towards Baiardo, and Monte Bignone, before starting a long descent along beautiful paths that will take us back to Sanremo

Distance: 45km
Difference in altitude: 2.000m d+

 

Day 6 - The Flowers Cycle Path

We will end our week with a quiet trip on the wonderful bike path, 24km cycling along the sea from Ospedaletti to S.Lorenzo al Mare. A last climb to the Cipressa (mythical stage of the Milan-Sanremo race), and we will get back to Alba.

Distance: 30km
Difference in altitude: 300m d+

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

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:

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.

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.

What's included

Meals

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • 3 wine tastings/typical products

Transport


  • Luggage transport service at each stage
  • Transportation from Sanremo to Alba at the end of the tour (or train station or other meeting point)
  • Bike / cyclist transport during the stages in case of need

Accommodation

6 night accommodation in B&Bs in double rooms, ensuite bathroom, breakfast included (single room supplement 180 euros for the whole trip, if required)

Activities

  • Accompaniment by bike and assistance for 6 days
  • Tour Leader assistance with minibus for 6 days

Book this tour

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.

Itinerary and activities may vary depending on weather conditions, seasonal events, special events and group suggestions.

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