Tents offer beds with memory-foam mattresses and other modern perks. // © 2015 TerraVelo Tours
Feature image (above): Clients can cycle in Zion National Park on TerraVelo’s Arches, Canyons and Hoodoos trip in southern Utah. // © 2015 TerraVelo Tours
New York City-based tour operator TerraVelo Tours combines glamping, cycling and gourmet cuisine on its itineraries. Following are several facts you should know about the company, co-founded by David Levine and Rebecca Martin.
Where They Go
TerraVelo currently offers seven-day luxury camping trips in southern Utah, Northern California, Wyoming and Montana.
To Each Her Own
To make sure that activities can be differentiated, tour groups are capped at 15 people and led by 10 to 12 TerraVelo staff members. This high staff-to-guest ratio allows TerraVelo to divide travelers into groups that can cycle or hike at the right pace. Additionally, a support van follows the group at all times, so any tired soul can easily return to camp.
The Tent Life
Forget the near-sleepless camping experiences of your childhood — TerraVelo tents are more regal than rustic, outfitted with contemporary decor, beds with memory-foam mattresses, Turkish bath towels and more. A communal lounge offers games, books and a fully-stocked bar, and custom-designed shower and restroom facilities are an added bonus.
A personal chef and sous chef travel along with the group, preparing three gourmet meals per day. Guests might savor a picnic lunch of pork-loin sandwiches, chilled mango soup and blue-cheese coleslaw while overlooking stunning canyons or forests. Other fancy fare might include homemade pumpkin-seed bars, duck confit chili rellenos and lime-vanilla creme brulee.
One Price Fits All
Every itinerary is priced at $5,990 per person, and the cost includes all excursions, food and gear, from carbon-fiber bikes to surf lessons.
Family-oriented tours are designed for children 8 years old and up and add dedicated tents with snacks, games and crafts; two camp counselors; campfire cookouts; movie nights and more. Check out the Wyoming itinerary, which begins July 19, and the California trip, which begins Aug. 9. The price for children is $4,990.
From the Founders
“Once we pick you up at the airport, we’ll take care of the rest,” Martin said. “Excursions, a masseuse and even the toothpaste are included in the experience.”