Top Guide Tours

What are Top Guide Tours?

We are very excited to welcome you to our Top Guide Tour series! Since 1989, Ciclismo Classico has prided itself in the world’s top guides.

Over the years, we have seen our guides occupy a special place in every traveler’s heart. Once a guest experiences one of our tours for the first time, they often come back and request the same guide or guides that led their prior trip.


With their level of experience comes a coveted status – that of a Top Guide. In 2014 founder Lauren Hefferon asked several of Ciclismo Classico guides, who are guiding their 100th+ tour, or celebrating their 8th+ year with us, to design or lead their Ciclismo Classico dream tour. Each dream tour is a blend of a spectacular destination and a special menu of ingredients that make the tour an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime experience for both the guides and our guests.

Before these tours even were released to the “general” public, they were SOLD OUT or nearly sold out. Why? Because anyone who has been on a tour with Ciclismo Classico guides knows that they put their heart and soul into every tour they lead, everything that they do…and isn’t that what life is all about anyway?

Each Top Guide Tour includes:

  • Special Ciclismo Top Guide kit (shorts and jersey)
  • Wine kitty
  • and added Top Guide perks along the way!


Fall alumni savings are not available on top guide tours.

2016 Top Guide Tours:

La Costa Brava

With Alessandro Allegro
September 10-17

The Costa Brava, or “rugged coast,” is sprinkled with unspoiled coves, charming seaside towns, and spectacular scenery. You’ll find cultural treasures and marvelous beaches as you cycle along the most scenic coastal roads. Start inland in Girona, sought out by amateur cyclists for early season training, and continue south to Tossa de Mar, perched on the Mediterranean and filled with delicious seafront restaurants and beautiful beaches.

Italian Lakes

With Isacco Colombo
June 18-24

Each corner of our itinerary is part of the complex mosaic of sights and experiences of the Italian Lakes. From the UNESCO sites of Orta and Cernobbio to the monumental gardens of Villa Taranto and Villa d’Este, the high-quality cycling and unique, lake-inspired gastronomy put this area on the “to-see” list of the curious traveler.

Bike in Brittany

With Enrico Pizzorni
June 25 - July 2

With its strong Celtic heritage, Brittany is the less French of French regions. This itinerary unfolds west to east along wild seaside cliffs, romantic lighthouses, glorious, unspoiled nature and character-packed towns. Cycling in Brittany is never boring: the roads are quiet and allow riders to fully appreciate the surroundings, the terrain changes continuously and offers enough challenge to a wide range of intermediate riders.

Loire Valley

With Gabriele Del Rossi
September 4-9

Discover at a slow pace the beautiful Loire Valley; what once was the exclusive paradise of the kings of France and their court is now a UNESCO site open to visitors from all over the World. We have created a slow rolling itinerary that unfolds between quaint villages, quiet forests, perfect gardens and magnificent castles.