The Via del Sale in Ebike, 3 days on the paths of the Maritime Alps

An mythical trail, a great little adventure that becomes possible on the saddle of an Electric Mountain Bike

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 do this route in three days, to allow us to recharge the batteries (ours, and the bikes’) at the end of each day, starting from Limone Piemonte with a first stage of 30 km (and 1300m altitude gain) with the climb to the Col di Tenda and then follow the military road that will take us to the military fortifications that characterize this border area. After dinner and staying at Rifugio Don Barbera we will leave for the second day (40 km, 800 m altitude gain) that we will spend among mule tracks and military roads, to arrive at the Allavena refuge (Colle Melosa). On the third day (50 km, 900 m altitude gain) we will descend towards the sea and our final destination, Ventimiglia: it will be exciting after two days in the mountains to have an ice cream on the beach before returning by train to Limone for the end of the trip.

A real e-bike adventure!

Map E-bike salt route

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.

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!"

You don't need to be a cycling pro for these e-bike: the idea is to share a nice weekend of sport, good views and good food, and Marco will help you along the way.

That said, it's important that you evaluate your physical condition and your technical skills to make sure you can enjoy and complete this tour.

  • This tour was designed for (e-) bikers with a medium level of technical / physical preparation.  
  • You need to be able to deal with trips of 50-60km per day with 1,000-1.300m of positive vertical gain, and you must know how to ride on S1 singletrails (small obstacles like roots and small stones, irregular terrain, overcoming short distances with 40% slope, staying "on the pedals") with some short S2 stretches (possibility of obstacles such as protruding stones / roots, slippery areas, narrow curves downhill, small steps, overcoming downhill sections driving in "off-road")
  • Sometimes, for short distances (100m), it may also be necessary to push the bike.

For more information about the difficulty rates, you can read this article by Marco: Our guide to bike trails difficulty levels

If you prefer, you can ask Marco to help with your self-evaluation, via telephone, Skype or Whatsapp.  Send an email to [email protected] and set up a phone appointment with him.

For this tour a full suspended -e-bike is mandatory.  You can come with yours or rent one from us.

The total cost of rental for the duration of the tour is to 149 euros.

This The Via del Sale in Ebike, 3 days on the paths of the Maritime Alps includes:

  • Assistance from Marco, that will cycle the whole tour with you, will tell you about history, nature, traditions and will help you in case you need it during the throughout the tour. 
  • 2 nights in refuges, with breakfast
  • An additional welcome breakfast
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • train ticket from Ventimiglia to Limone
  • Giroola’s technical t-shirt

The cost does not include the possible rental of the e-bike (total cost for the whole tour for the rental of a full suspension e-bike: 149 Euro

It is possible to add a night at the beginning or end of the trip, and join us for the transfer from Turin to Limone Piemonte.

This Tour departs from Limone Piemonte, at 10 am on the first day of the Tour.

It is possible to meet in Torino (Porta nuova railway station) the day before and join us on our Giroola Minibus to transfer to Limone Piemonte. We will have dinner and stay overnight at the Artisin Hotel in Limone Piemonte.

The tour ends on the third day with the stage by train from Ventimiglia to Limone in the afternoon.

It is possible to stay in the Hotel Artisin at night and leave the following day.

If you want to discuss further details, or get help to plan your stay before and after the tour, you can get in touch with Paola, who will be happy to help you. You can also contact us directly on by chat on this page.

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. 
  • ACCIDENT - with a minimum cost you can be insured against accidents. Our civil liability notwithstanding, something can always happen and even a small accident, as in everyday life, can cost dear in terms of rehabilitation, absence from work, etc.  

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

3 breakfasts

3 lunches

2 dinners

and some surprises!

Transport

  • Assistance for 3 days on the trails
  • Train ticket from Ventimiglia to Limone Piemonte

Accommodation

  • 2 nights in a refuge with breakfast (Rifugio Don Barbera and Rifugio Allavena)

Activities

  • 3 days of mountain bike trails on the legendary Via del Sale
  • Giroola’s technical t-shirt

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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