2013 Amgen Tour of California

May 11th-20th, 2013
2013 Amgen Tour of California

2013 Tour of California Route

The Tour of California Experience. Looking to experience the 2013 Tour of California in total luxury? We are excited to announce Velissimo as an “Official Tour Operator” for America’s greatest stage race! The Amgen Tour of California.

Velissimo is offering a fantastic itinerary which highlights various elements of the Golden State and it’s namesake race. On our action-packed tours our guests enjoy exclusive VIP access while witnessing exciting stages, starts and finishes. Velissimo guests will be entertained by fresh, delightful California cuisine, all while staying in relaxing superior accommodations along the way. Choose from one of the following three tour routes.

3 reasons your tour of California will be unforgettable

  • Reason one: Velissimo is owned and operated by a staff of cycling enthusiasts and athletes. We love cycling! Our passion is felt by everyone who takes one of our tours.
  • Reason two: We’ve been offering daily tours, multiple day vacation tours, and custom tours for all abilities for the last 13 years. We have the experience to meet and beat your expectations on every level.
  • Reason three: We offer a “Worry-Free” cycling experience. Our high standards, well-designed routes, and all-inclusive service will ensure your Tour of California cycling tour is a safe and unforgettable adventure of a lifetime.

What you receive…

  • Fully Planned Routes, Luxury Accommodations and Dining
    Spend your time enjoying the race and your cycling adventure, rather than worrying about where you’re going.
  • Knowledgeable & Experienced Staff
    Ask us questions and get answers. Your guide not only knows the routes, but is also a professional mechanic.
  • Full Support Vehicle Following You
    In case anything unexpected arises, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that our support vehicle will be there to take care of your needs.
  • Pick-up and Drop-off
    Your transportation is covered. We’ll come and pick you up you at your hotel in the morning and take you back when you’re finished riding.
  • Equipment and Accommodations
    High performance quality SCOTT FOIL bikes, personalized service, deluxe accommodations, and every detail along the way are handled by us. You ride, eat, relax, and enjoy the Tour of California!

Tour of California Packages

Southern Stages – Sold Out

  • 3 nights deluxe accommodations at superior hotels and inns
  • Behind the Scene V.I.P. Access at Escondido and Palm Springs Race stages
  • Scott Foil road bike with seat bag, spare tubes, tire lever, multi-tool and mini pump
  • Experienced tour guides
  • Breakfast and snacks
  • 3 gourmet dinners
  • Full support vehicle with luggage transport following the ride
  • Transfer from meeting point to final drop-off
  • Airport transportation*
  • Gratuities for hotel services, porters, and baggage
  • Custom Cycling Jersey

Northern Stages

  • 5 nights deluxe accommodations at superior hotels and inns
  • Behind the Scene V.I.P. Access at San Jose Time Trial
  • Ride the Official TT Course in San Jose with Motorcycle lead out
  • Finish Line Experience in Santa Rosa
  • Scott Foil road bike with seat bag, spare tubes, tire lever, multi-tool and mini pump
  • Experienced tour guides
  • Breakfast and snacks
  • 5 gourmet dinners
  • Full support vehicle with luggage transport following the ride
  • Transfer from meeting point to final drop-off
  • Airport transportation*
  • Gratuities for hotel services, porters, and baggage
  • Custom Cycling Jersey

Full Package Southern & Northern Stages – Sold Out

  • 9 nights deluxe accommodations at superior hotels and inns
  • Behind the Scene V.I.P. Access in Escondido, Palm Springs and San Jose Race Stages
  • Ride the Official TT Course in San Jose with Motorcycle lead out
  • Finish Line Experience in Santa Rosa
  • Scott Foil road bike with seat bag, spare tubes, tire lever, multi-tool and mini pump
  • Experienced tour guides
  • Breakfast and snacks
  • 9 gourmet dinners
  • Full support vehicle with luggage transport following the ride
  • Transfer from meeting point to final drop-off
  • Gratuities for hotel services, porters, and baggage
  • Custom Cycling Jersey

May 11th 2013 Day 1 – Day of Arrival – Southern Stages

Upon your arrival at the San Diego airport*, we’ll meet you at our host hotel in the afternoon for a welcome reception and bike fit. Followed by a dinner and a short briefing about the Tour of California itinerary for the next day.


May 12th Day 2 – Tour of California Race Start in Escondido

Get ready for a exiting day in Southern California, well known for its exhilarating riding features and mild temperatures. On our first ride, we’ll explore the beautiful country side surrounding Escondido.
The ride will cover approximately 30-40 miles.

Just in time for the race start we’ll be right at the start line. We’ll take a tour around the race compound close to the action and watch the pros warm-up and sign in. Breakfast, coffee and refreshments will be waiting for us in our Amgen Tour of California VIP Hospitality Tent.

After the official start we’ll transfer to Palm Springs which is the next stage finishing town. The afternoon is free to roam, but we will probably watch the tour on TV, cheering on our favorite riders.

A gourmet dinner will round up the day at night.


May 13th 2013 Day 3 – Race Finish in Palm Springs

A beautiful ride awaits us in the morning through the unique landscape of the desert area of Palm Springs.
Ride lengths will be approximately 40 miles.

After the ride we have enough time to get cleaned up before heading to the finish line to watch the peloton arrive. Today’s stage will be favoring the sprinters, best place to watch the race is in our Amgen VIP Hospitality tent, featuring flat screen TVs, gourmet catering, beer, wine, coffee and soft drinks.

We’ll meet for more refueling at night at one of Palm Springs’ best restaurants for a fare well dinner, where we review the last couple of days of our adventure.


May 14th 2013 Day 4 – Day of Departure Southern Stages

If time and condition allows we’ll go for another scenic ride in the early morning. Then we’ll drop off* guests of the Southern Stage portion at the airport and say good bye to the Southern Stages of the Amgen Tour of California.

For participants that will continue on with Velissimo to the northern stages we’ll enjoy our last dinner in the desert, before leaving the next day for San Jose.


May 15th 2013 Day 5 – Transfer Day / Day of Arrival Northern Stages

Guests that are continuing to the Northern stages will be shuttled to Northern California.

We welcome our new guests of the Northern Stages. Airport pick-up is available from Oakland International airport. We’ll meet and greet you at our host hotel for a briefing and a bike fit, before we enjoy a superb dinner at a local restaurant.


May 16th 2013 Day 6 – Conquer Mt. Diablo

Make sure you load up on carbs at breakfast! Conquering Mt Diablo will be on our plate for the day.
We will pre-ride an actual portion of stage 7 of the 2013 Amgen Tour of California!
This will be an extraordinary day, the Mt. Diablo ride, 11 miles long with an average incline of 5.4% will provide an excellent challenge.

Review your accomplishments with your fellow-cyclists at another epicure dinner.


May 17th 2013 Day 7 – Ride the Official TT Course of the ATOC

This will be one of the absolute highlights of this years Velissimo’s Tour of California. You will have the chance to ride the official Time Trial course of the Amgen Tour of California. You’ll be escorted by a motorcycle while you test your legs against the clock and fellow tour participants. Have your picture taken before and after your ride. When finished, watch the pros from our V.I.P. Hospitality Tent race against the clock on this fast and furious flat course.

A well deserved dinner will be provided in the evening.


May 18th 2013 Day 8 -Watch the Pro’s battle the Mountains

We’ll leave shortly after breakfast to ride to the Mt. Diablo area to secure the best place to watch the pros battle up the mountain. There will be an opportunity to ride some more after the action and relax in air conditioned comfort in our coach on the way to our next destination, Santa Rosa.

We’ll review the day over a fantastic wine country dinner at the hotels restaurant.


May 19th 2013 Day 9 -Watch the Finish in Santa Rosa

Following a wonderful breakfast, you’ll be ready for another exiting day of cycling. We will ride through the scenic Northern California wine country, surrounded by vineyards, beautifully landscapes and virtually traffic free roads.

We’ll get ready for the action in the early afternoon, as this is the last day of the Amgen Tour of California and the last chance for the racers to change their overall standings.

Close to the finish line we’ll watch the pros race from our Amgen V.I.P. Hospitality Tent, featuring flat screen tv’s, gourmet catering, wine, beer, coffee and soft drinks. You’ll have access to the official media compound and the “Green Room” where you can be part of the awards presentation backstage.

You will receive your official 2013 Amgen Tour of California Leader Jersey and cap, before we head out to our fare well dinner.


May 20th 2013 Day 10 – Day of Departure Northern Stages

Enjoy a final breakfast with your cycling friends before saying “goodbye”, to Santa Rosa and this years Tour of California. We’ll take you to the airport* and send you on your way to your next destination.

* Airport pick-up and Drop-off, some restrictions apply, please call a Velissimo – Cycling Destinations – specialist for details.

Tour of California

  • Credentialed Access to VIP Hospitality Tent close to the Action.
  • Continental Breakfast with Coffee & Juices.
  • Team Compound Tour. Get up close and personal in the pits.
  • Credentialed Access to VIP Hospitality Tent at the finish line.
  • Gourmet Catering: Hot and cold hors’ doeuvres and dessert.
  • Wine, Beer, soft drinks and coffee.
  • Race the official Time Trial Circuit with a Motorcycle lead out, get your picture at the start and finish, free continental breakfast.
  • “Behind the Scene” VIP Access of the official media compound, green room and press conference.
  • Media compound Tour.
  • Backstage Access at Awards presentation.
  • Press Conference Access.
  • Credentialed Access to VIP Hospitality Tent at the finish line.
  • Gourmet Catering: Hot and cold hors’ doeuvres and dessert.
  • Wine, Beer, soft drinks and coffee.
  • Amgen Tour of California Leader jersey and cap


Tour of California Jersey

Tour of California Southern Stages – Sold Out

Trip Length: 4 days/3 nights
Level of Activity: Intermediate
Date: May 11th 2013 – May 14th 2013
Trip Price: $3,999 pp (dbl occ.) – $999 (single supplement)

Tour of California Northern Stages

Trip Length: 6 days/5 nights
Level of Activity: Intermediate
Date: May 15th 2013 – May 20th 2013
Trip Price: 5,999 pp (dbl occ.) – $1,199 (single supplement)

Full Package – Southern & Northern Stages – Sold Out

Trip Length: 10 days/ 9 nights
Level of Activity: Intermediate
Date: May 11th 2013 – May 20th 2013
Trip Price: $8,999 pp (dbl. occ.) – $1,499 (single supplement)

Not Included

  • Train or airline tickets to and from the pick-up or drop-off locations.
  • Lodging before or after the tour.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Gratuities for your guides.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telecommunications, mini bar, spa treatments.

Contact a tour specialist

Please call a Velissimo tour specialist for your pre and post travel planning.