We believe that bikes can transcend cultural boundaries. Velo Classic tours are equally about the ride and the destination. Our custom-built excursions offer ample opportunities to embrace regional values, language, and old-world traditions by exposing you to intriguing art, music, literature, and sites like you’ve never seen before, both on and off the bike.
Our tremendous passion for Europe’s complex history and culture spans half a century of countless visits to our neighbors across the Atlantic. During the course of these stays, we’ve developed meaningful, lasting connections with the people and places that have helped Velo Classic become the culturally enriched company it is today. Every town in every country we visit during our tours boasts of vibrant regional elements and colorful personalities that make these cycling adventures beyond compare and each culture offers a new opportunity to experience a different way of life through its people, customs and food.
Every country and each culture offers a new opportunity to experience a different way of life through its people, customs and food. The bike is the perfect means to transcend cultural boundaries to explore the cities and towns we visit and engage with new faces in new places. Unscripted and unrehearsed, diving into a different culture can be as rewarding as it is initially uncomfortable, and is as magical as the people that color it. From Roman roads to Gothic cathedrals, cobbled streets to modern monuments, traveling with Velo Classic gives you plentiful chances to experience a different way of life through interactions along our journey.
VICTOR BRITTAIN, VANCOUVER, CA
“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to get to know you and Lisa. I know you hear this all the time but you have really provided experiences in my life that I thought I would never have and challenged me to do things I thought I could never do! As long as I have my health, it will be my pleasure to ride with you and continue to enjoy these moments. Thank you for being who you are and for doing what you do!”
The rewards delivered from the bike are many, including the opportunity to get places you may otherwise miss, and meet people you may otherwise bypass. The bicycle is embraced as a way of life in Europe, and believe that there will be locals who want to hear your story, share a coffee or buy you a beer. Never mind the language barrier, the bike is itself the language, the joy shared among strangers the moment of joy.
If drinking is the great socializer, then food is the great equalizer. Both bring people together, and there is no better way to indulge the senses in a foreign culture than through food and drink. In most cultures, both are an institution, with traditions, tastes and flavors that define a people, a lifestyle and its means. Considered an art and a craft, when the most important aspect of a day is what will one eat and drink, we say that’s a pretty good day. Whether you’re on the bike or wandering around by foot, we invite you to explore the allure of Europe’s boundless culture. Come investigate the unknown with us – we can guarantee you’ll leave this trip utterly spellbound.