Guest Reviews

“I have to tell you how much I enjoyed the trip. The trip is something I will never forget. I have so many great memories. I spoke to my friend who did a TdF trip with one of the big companies. He didn’t have the kind of experience I had. You and Jon should be very proud of the business you have built. My buddy had nothing good to say about the food or the housing. My experience was quite the opposite. We stayed in great places and the food was absolutely the best I could ever imagine. I would not hesitate to recommend your tour to anyone going to France or anywhere your tours go.” Daniel Green, NY, USA

“Jon and Simon know how to organize and lead a wonderful tour. My husband, who loves the athletic challenge and camaraderie, and I, who love food, wine and new friends, could not have asked for a better 8 days. In a world where most question motive when it comes to financial reward, let it be known that I truly believe that Jon and Simon”s motivation was purely to provide the best bike and culinary trip for our very diverse, but oh so wonderful group!” – Patti & Ed Mactas, Atlanta, USA

“We had a great time with these guys and were really impressed that they are so hands-on with their tours. Beautiful rides, AMAZING hotels, good camaraderie and great food. As an ex pro, Simon had very helpful tips and the private cooking classes and meals with Chef Jon were outstanding! They are truly passionate about what they do and it shows, we can’t wait to tour with GCT again.” – B. Fuller, Seattle, WA

“I had the trip of a lifetime with Gourmet Cycling Travel. Simon and Jon put together an amazing trip with fantastic food, beautiful accommodations, and spectacular riding. The trip from start to finish went very smooth and was packed with fun. Simon with his cycling expertise and Jon with his gourmet chef background were excellent hosts taking us through an extraordinary journey.” – Martin Bates, Tampa, USA

“Expectations for our gourmet cycling holiday in Provence were high, but our expectations were surpassed by the experience. Jonathan used his culinary expertise and extensive contacts in the world of French food and wine to ensure that the cuisine we enjoyed was the best. Local cyclist Jean Michel was excellent company and the perfect guide on all of our rides, which took in some spectacular sights. Chateau Rochegude and La Verriere were wonderful places to stay, and La Verriere is now one of our favourite places in the world. We would not hesitate to recommend Gourmet Cycling Travel to anybody looking for the perfect holiday.” – Jonathan & Heather Howard, Dubai

“Thanks for such a memorable travel experience to my first (and hopefully not last) Tour de France. Everything was simply amazing from the accommodations to the cuisine, the incredible views on the rides, the ability to get so close to the Tour riders and the fun & laughter of such a great group of people. This was one of the best vacations I’ve ever experienced! Gourmet Cycling Travel truly did an impeccable job!” – Kim Vaughan, Tampa, USA

“The 2010 TDF trip through the Pyrenees with GCT was beyond words; it was such a fantastic trip! As a non-cyclist, GCT was the only tour group advertising the non-cyclist version at the time I was planning my trip. After talking to Simon on the phone, I was ready to go!

Simon and Jon were excellent with taking care of both the cyclists and non-cyclists in the group. Jon made sure that I got my sunflower pictures as well as to try foie gras, at my request! Between seeing 4 of the TDF stages, eating fantastic food, seeing the countryside in the south of France and our group’s camaraderie, I couldn’t ask for a better trip. Thank you Simon and Jon for some great memories and stories to tell for years to come!” – Rachel Ripperger, Arizona, USA

“Cyclists of any level will appreciate Simon’s knowledge of the classic climbs in France. Who better to lead you up Mont. Ventoux than a former pro racer? For the non-cyclist who wants to experience the culture, wine and cuisine of France, Jon is your man, as he will whip you up a gourmet meal while you sit poolside sipping your wine. Simon and Jon, Thanks for the trip of a lifetime.” – Knop Family, New Hampshire, USA

“The TDF 2011 trip was a dream come true. It’s amazing how much can be packed into one day. After descending Ventoux, and taking a hot shower, we were off to a magnificent winery and the most involved, personable wine tasting I’ve ever had. Our location at Alp D’Huez put us right in the middle of the action. It would be hard to overstate how big a party the Tour is. My favorite part of the Alps was cycling up through the Dutch Corner as the roadside fanatics gave me the tunnel treatment as their arms part as if you are Moses going through the Red Sea.” – Jim Haak, Seattle,WA

“Riding up the storied mountains was fantastic but my favorite part is riding the Champ Elysee. The famed boulevard was closed to traffic in preparation for the TdF and we had it all to ourselves. It was surreal to pedal on the cobblestones and ride under the finish line of the race with the gathering crowd cheering us on like we were the real racers. Great rides, great friends, great food, great time…I came home feeling rejuvenated and completely fulfilled.” – Steven Chen, Los Angelos, CA

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“The TdF trip through the Pyrenees with GCT was beyond words; it was such a fantastic trip! As a non-cyclist, GCT was the only tour group advertising the non-cyclist version at the time I was planning my trip. After talking to Simon on the phone, I was ready to go! Read More