We know that when you travel, you can ride the most technically advanced bike and sleep in the most expensive hotel. But no matter how fancy the accommodations, how you feel during the course of your experience is the most important part of your tour. At Velo Classic, we concentrate on making you feel welcome and taken care of at every touch point along our journey together.
At Velo Classic, our dedication to taking care of our guests aligns deeply with New York restaurateur Danny Meyer’s philosophy of enlightened hospitality. No matter how great the trip’s technical and operational components, we understand that people’s lasting impressions about an experience will always be around how you made them feel. While no two Velo Classic trips are the same, the one through-line you’ll find in all of our adventures is our profound commitment to warm and caring, ‘on your side’ hospitality.
Over the course of dozens of trips around Europe, we’ve established invaluable bonds with professional tour guides, chefs, and hotel concierges who, like us, function with a customer-centric mindset. We only partner with compassionate locals who prioritize taking care of their guests just as much as we do. That’s why we place a great deal of value in designing a vacation that is both vigorous and relaxing, all to your liking. From the moment you sign up for a trip to the time we part ways at the airport after our last ride, we’re here to answer every question and accommodate every request.
DAVID HENRY, BROOKLYN, NY
“Like the cycling, the restaurants and hotels were absolutely hors categorie. Without doubt, they rank among the finest restaurant experiences I have ever had. The meal – indeed the entire event – at La Bonne Etape was exquisite. La Bastide de Moustiers offer memories that one holds for life. The choice of hotels and restaurants continues to be one of the hallmarks of a Velo Classic event.”
After enduring tremendous amounts of that infamous ‘good pain’ cyclists treasure so dearly, we know how meaningful it is to reward your mind and body for pushing you through a hard day’s work on the bike. Once you’ve had your fill of the splendid local cuisine, we’ll send you off to bed in spaces so luxurious that you’ll melt into the extravagance.
“The Velo Classic team is dynamite. They are hardworking and have the right temperament for this line of work. They are passionate and have a keen eye for excellence when it comes to the wisely selected hotels. There’s nothing cheap or half-ass about this trip – it’s high quality all around. Truly an incredible reward after a long day of hardcore cycling.” Richard Bastone
When dusk hits the horizon after a long day of powerful legendary cycling across Europe, our evenings transition to a chapter decorated with divine culinary excellence. We strongly believe that food brings people together, and at Velo Classic, we invite you to share in our love for sumptuous gastronomic delicacies with your fellow cycling enthusiasts.
“Dinners with Velo Classic are extraordinary events in their own right and were definitively instrumental in helping me make my decision to join the company for multiple tours over the last several years. Everything about the colorful regional cuisines will leave you mesmerized – the rich taste of the food, the inventive presentation, and especially the warm ambiance created by the kindhearted staff at each restaurant. After pushing yourself on the bike all day, you’ll come to appreciate the heartiness of the food and wine even more.” David Henry