Ciclismo Classico Bike Tours Reviews
Ciclismo Classico is a boutique operation with a variety of vacation offerings. While bike tours make up the majority of their tours, they also host walking tours, family trips, multisport adventures, and photography focused tours.
Lauren Hefferon, Ciclismo's owner, founded the company in 1989 with a few select tours in Italy. Not unlike some of the other tour company founders, she spent a few seasons cycling the region and falling in love with the land, so she made it official and created what is now Ciclismo Classico.
Almost 30 years later, Ciclismo is now one of the premier tour operators in Italy with an expanded list of amazing destinations. Also not unlike other tour companies, Ciclismo has branched out to include bike tours in France, Spain, North America, South America, and a handful of other European locations.
Ciclismo Classico tours are on the upper end of the bike tour comparison guide for average price and average price per day. However, what you're getting for the price is a full-service tour with expert guides, van support, excellent bikes, culinary experiences, and top-of-the-line accommodations. Other tour operators offer a local touch with immersive lunch stops along the route to eat at the places only locals know about and travelers dream about. This is missing with Ciclismo as lunch is either a quick roadside picnic or you're on your own to explore a village and pick your own spot.
Evening meals with Ciclismo are another story. Dinners are typically hand-selected, local affairs, with perfect wine pairings and amazing food. And, they offer at least one cooking lesson per trip which is an uncommon, and welcome, treat for travelers looking to really understand the cuisine of a region. Even for those who don't like to cook, these classes are often the highlight of the trip.
A unique aspect that may not appeal to all travelers, is that Ciclismo includes language classes on their tours that take place 2-3 times during the week. Only so much can be learned in a couple hours, so for cyclists who want to ride or travelers who want to explore, this can be valuable time taken away from really experiencing the destination.
Overall, Ciclismo Classico bike tours are perfect for travelers looking to explore Italy. Their rich history exploring the region will give you an experience you'll miss out on with the other operators. For other parts of the world you may find a more exciting or well-rounded offering with another operator, but don't forget about Ciclismo entirely as some of their trips are truly unique.
Number of Tours: 46
Meals: Breakfast / Most Dinner
The majority of Ciclismo Classico bike tours are for 'athletic beginners' with built-in rest stops every 20 miles. This isn't unique to Ciclismo, but they're the first to promote the feature. The beginner cyclist will want to train before going on tour but most cyclists who commute by bike or take fairly long rides on the weekends will be fine jumping into the tour.
Headquarters: Arlington, MA, USA
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