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Travel Stories

These marvelous personal reports from the staff at ExperiencePlus! are loaded with insight from our tour leaders about the tours they lead. You’ll also find some entertaining travel journals written by our customers, in which they describe their adventures on tour.

What Your Wine Bottle Is Trying to Tell You

Many of us select wine based on whether or not we are attracted to the label, but that label and the bottle are actually trying to tell us something aboutFull Story

Wine labels tell you more than you might think.

Meet Your Tour Leaders: Philipp Alexander Schmitt

We’d like to introduce you to Philipp Alexander Schmitt, our in-house Camino de Santiago historian and specialist (he’s written a pilgrim’s diary and will read from it on tour for ...

ExpeditionPlus! South America

The ExpeditionPlus! concept originated back in 2006 when ExperiencePlus! co-founder Rick Price dreamed of offering continental scale tours for strong and experienced riders. The rules for expeditions needed to be ...

Cremona Stradivari’s Hidden Gem

Bea Tassinari and Silvia Leoni work at our headquarters in Italy and have generously sent in this report on their recent visit to Cremona, Italy. Enjoy! For those of you keen ...

Cristina Taioli Survives the Polar Vortex

ExperiencePlus! tour leader Cristina Taioli spent over a month touring the U.S. visiting our travelers, spreading the word about bicycle touring and doing her best to survive one of the ...

6 Reasons to Bicycle the Czech Republic

As a new mother (Lidia turned two a few months ago), I haven’t been on many bike tours the past 3 years, but this past summer I was able to ...

Austria and Slovenia: Captivating and Gorgeous

I’ve always been fascinated with Slovenia—a tiny country that is at the crossroads between Western Europe and Eastern Europe, a small country similar in size to New Jersey, but filled ...

Get to Know Your Tour Leaders: Enrico Dal Monte

Enrico was born in Italy and has been leading tours for ExperiencePlus! in Belgium, Spain, France, and Italy since 2010, and has very quickly become one of our most popular ...

The Secrets of Mantua by Enrico Dal Monte

There are many splendid and evocative places in Italy as authors from all over the world have described throughout the centuries.  There is one pearl in the middle of northern ...

2013′s Greatest Hits on the ExperiencePlus! Facebook ...

With the beginning of the New Year we thought we’d highlight some of 2013’s most popular features on the joys of travel and bicycling from the ExperiencePlus! facebook page. We featured ...

Confessions of a Tandem Cyclist

Jim and Sari Rosokoff live in Glastonbury, CT, a suburb of Hartford.  Three years ago, Jim retired after 32 years as a solo dermatologist, after being inspired by other retired ...

Tika’s Secret about Argentina

As Tika and I reached the top of the hill, Eric had leaned his bike against a tree and was admiring the vast lake below. The clear blue sky reflected ...

Cristina Taioli’s 2014 Travels in the United States

Every winter, Cristina Taioli, longtime bicycle tour leader for ExperiencePlus! bicycle tours, spends a month traveling in the United States meeting up with past travelers and hosting happy hours and ...

ExperiencePlus! Traveler Gary Faris

This month we check in with ExperiencePlus! traveler Gary Faris.  Gary has lived in Ft Collins, Colorado since 1974 and retired in April 2012.  One of his projects caught our ...

Meet Your Tour Leaders: Silvija Vukusic

Silvija was born in Split, Croatia and has been leading tours for ExperiencePlus! since 2008 mostly in her home country but in the past few years she’s also used her ...

Cycling Andalucia: News from the Field

We’re always tickled when writers and photographers come on tour, and this time, Brice Peressini is reporting from Andalucia, Spain. He’s put together a post for each day of the ...

Culinary Delights Tour Hits the Gelato Lab

The 8 and 11 day ExperiencePlus! Whole Journey’s Culinary Delights tours feature a visit to the lab at the Carpigiani Gelato Museum and University, a fabulous opportunity to study an ...

Presenting Exceptional Cycling Destinations That You’ve ...

There a few rare cycling destinations that ExperiencePlus! offers simply because we feel that you would be missing out on something extraordinary if you don’t ride there. For some unfathomable ...

Thoughts on Ireland

JoAnne “Jo” and Jenica Baldwin sat down with ExperiencePlus! to talk about their recent family trip to Ireland’s West Coast. EP: Ireland is known for its rainy weather; how did you ...

Meet Your Tour Leaders – Silvia Cafora

Why did you decide to become a tour leader? I can combine my passion for bike travel with my knowledge of Italian and French culture and architecture.  I’m also a people ...

Traveler’s Stories: Shirley Mangione

Shirley Mangione has done an ExperiencePlus! cycling trip each year since 2010 and in 2013 she will do two including Catalonia’s Costa Brava in Spain and Puglia in southern Italy. ...

Patagonia: Gorgeous and on Sale

Argentine Tour Leader and Country Coordinator Anibal Marasi shares just a few reasons why you need to bicycle through Patagonia’s Lakes District this winter. Patagonia Is Drop Dead Gorgeous: Patagonia is unique ...

Just Another Perfect Day in Croatia

My name is Andro Tartaglia, and I am an ExperiencePlus! tour leader and country coordinator for Croatia. People are often curious about Croatia and what life is like here so ...

A Rule For Stronger Photos…Or Not

Tool of thirds Want a simple, classic design principal that will instantly make your pictures more dynamic and interesting? The rule of thirds is it. What’s the Rule of Thirds? Imagine a picture ...

A Taste of Aphrodisiac Diamonds on Tour

By ExperiencePlus! Tour Leader Pia de Richemont What did Marilyn Monroe, Mussolini and President Truman have in common? Fame? Certainly. Insomnia? Quite likely. But the three of them also shared a ...

Meet Your Tour Leaders: Cristina Taioli Tours the US

I think I have one of the nicest jobs…biking in Italy and Europe! For the past two winters I’ve been fortunate to spend a month in the States visiting with ...

Meet Your Tour Leaders: Lisa Merighi

Though 2013 will mark only her third season with ExperiencePlus! Lisa Merighi has quickly become one of our traveler’s favorite tour leaders. We thought it high time we all had ...

6 Reasons to Bicycle Chile and Argentina

1. Discover the Unexpected. Due to their immense differences, it is somewhat unfair to talk about Chile and Argentina as if they were the same country. But, there is one particular ...

If Wishes Were Horses

Cycling on the island of Corsica has been on my wish list for nearly a decade so when I learned that I would be traveling there in September to join ...

Catalonia’s Costa Brava an Interview with Joan ...

We interviewed our Spanish country coordinator and tour leader Joan Escosura about something very close to his heart – ExperiencePlus!’  new cycling trip along Catalonia’s Costa Brava which he helped ...

Cyclist Seeks Puglian Cheese and Curious Cows

Selecting a bonus “theme” to take with me on my ExperiencePlus! cycling trips has always enhanced my excitement and sense of discovery about an area. When I found out I ...

Exploring Ireland By Bike

“Have you journaled today?” My mom’s frequent inquiry still rings in my mind, an  question ingrained in my head that is now a part of every trip I take, no ...

Discover a Whole New Tuscany

We have a secret to share — there is a little corner of Tuscany that has remained undiscovered where the bicycling is fantastic, far gentler than in the rest of ...

Active Foodie Trips: Whole Journeys by Whole Foods Market

Join ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours and Whole Journeys – a division of Whole Foods Market® – on two new “Active Foodie” cycling adventures that explore local landscapes through activities like visiting ...

Bicycling the Italian Lakes

Several years ago a friend gave me a fridge magnet featuring the Madonna del Ghisallo – the Patron Saint of Bicyclist. I was thrilled and immediately affixed the magnet to ...

Corsica and the 2013 Tour de France

In July 2013 the Tour de France, and the rest of the world, will discover what ExperiencePlus! has known for years: that Corsica, the “Island of Beauty” as first described ...

Bicycling Bavaria’s Back Roads

Join ExperiencePlus! this summer to Bicycle Bavaria’s Back Roads and discover a wonderful mixture of history, and the fairy tale landscapes of the brothers Grimm.  Today some of the best-preserved ...

Cycling and Sampling in Chile’s Wine Country

Chile’s central valley is home to many of Chile’s top wineries, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountains it’s the perfect climate for growing grapes. Landscapes are reminiscent ...

2013 Expeditions with ExperiencePlus!

ExpeditionPlus! trips feature exploration on a continental scale and are designed for experienced cyclists looking for a challenging adventure. ExperiencePlus! is offering two of our popular ExpeditionPlus! trips in 2013. On ...

Accommodations We Love – Part 7

If our itinerary descriptions have whetted your appetite and you’re starting to daydream, let us help you set the stage with these splendid backdrops.  Proudly announcing Accommodations We Love Part ...

Chilean Village Highlights

The 2013 season in South America is now in close range especially as fall begins. For those of you who are looking to branch out, this is your opportunity to ...

Ready to Ride in 2013?

The ExperiencePlus! 2013 European Cycling Calendar has plenty of options. 2013 is going to be stellar for cycling in Europe as ExperiencePlus! has all of our classic itineraries and some exciting ...

40th Anniversary Bike Across Italy

By ExperiencePlus! traveler Tamsen Granger I just got back from the ExperiencePlus! 40th Anniversary Bike Across Italy Tour – Pisa to Venice- what a trip! It was 12 days of extraordinary ...

Camino de Santiago – Roncesvalles to Santiago

Guy Cunningham joined ExperiencePlus! on the June 1 – 15, 2012 departure of the Camino de Santiago – Roncesvalles to Santiago and fortunately for all of us he kept a ...

Cycling the Languedoc

From the moment I climbed on my bike and began pedaling through the streets in the heart of French villages, I was giddy—this is too cool.  With sweeping panoramas, Cathar castles ...

My Trip of a Lifetime by Sally Miller

I just completed the trip of my lifetime which is more commonly known as Bicycling the Best of Provence Plus! and the Luberon and Aix tour with ExperiencePlus!. I was ...

A Healing Journey

By ExperiencePlus! Traveler Sally LaVenture Our dream had been to ride bikes through the Italian countryside on my 60th birthday. But life got in the way, or really I should say, ...

Latin America – Book Now and Save!

ExperiencePlus! has 8 bicycle tour itineraries in Latin America and here are just few of the many highlights that these trips have to offer. Join us this winter and enjoy ...

New Cycling Tours in Europe Coming in 2013

ExperiencePlus! is very pleased to announce four exciting  bicycling opportunities for 2013. Sunny Catalonia Spain: Join us in northern Spain as we pedal through Catalonia and the Costa Brava.  Our Plus! ...

que dia es hoy – patagonia

This month we’d like to share a very entertaining blog from Hess Kim who was on the December 10 – 20, 2011, Bicycling Patagonia’s Lake District Plus! the Island of ...

How I Bicycled Across Italy In 12 Days

By ExperiencePlus! traveler JR Meda June 11: My wife, Cheri and I had waited a year to finally fly from Denver to Frankfurt, Germany on the 1st segment of our dream ...

Cycling the Languedoc – Féria de Pentecôte

ExperiencePlus! has two brand new cycling options in the Languedoc region of southern France. Our inaugural tours May 27 – June 3, 2012 and the Plus! version which ends on ...

Adventures in Tuscany

June Wheeler and her partner Peter Herzog hail from the flatlands of Minnesota and completed their 7th ExperiencePlus! tour, Bicycling the Best of Southern Tuscany Plus! Florence in September 2011.  ...

Simplicity In Italy

Photographer Rebecca Brown is not a cyclist, but was excited to accompany her dad on our 2011 Cycling Coastal Tuscany and made the most of her opportunity to capture the ...

Cycling Northern Argentina – Get Off the Beaten Path

Would you like to ride through multi-colored canyons, rich tropical and cloud forests, green valleys dotted with vineyards and estancias, across surreal salt flats, through mountain valleys? Northern Argentina has ...

40 Years of Travel and Cycling

As we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our first tour across Italy back in 1972, we thought it a perfect time to look back at the ups and downs we’ve ...

Accommodations We Love – Part 3

Bicycling Chile’s Wine Country Plus! The Pacific Coast: In the Chilean hills with an expanse of vineyards in view sits Tabonko, a wine estate with rustic guest houses, which serves as ...

Accommodations We Love – Part 2

Cycling Piemonte Plus! Lago Maggiore: The 18th century Tenimento Castle in Piedmont sits amidst expansive grounds and the lovely green space invites you to relax and enjoy the spacious central courtyard. ...

Winter Tour Updates: Chile and Argentina

Although we may feel like we have perfected each and every tour itinerary we offer, over the years we’ve learned that more often than not they are a work in ...

Accommodations We Love – Part 1

ExperiencePlus! has added one more piece of information to our itineraries to enhance the fun and excitement of choosing your next bike trip – you can now check out the ...

Chiloé Island: A Cultural Oasis in Patagonia

Winter is just around the corner for all of us who live in North America, which means that summer is just around the corner in Patagonia’s Lakes District in Argentina ...

A Virtual Day on Tour in Costa Rica

As winter approaches we thought it a perfect time to inspire you with a virtual day tour through tropical Costa Rica. ExperiencePlus!  has four tours and numerous departure dates to ...

Bicycling the Best of Provence

Just when you thought Provence couldn’t get any better ExperiencePlus! has combined two of our most popular tours in France to create one spectacular tour that has it all. Drawing ...

New Culinary and Cycling Tour in Italy

If we’ve learned one thing at ExperiencePlus! over the past forty years it is that our cyclists love to eat.  So it was no surprise in 1991 when a group ...

Exciting Cycling Opportunities in the Italian Lakes

Tell your friends that you are going bicycling in the “Lake District” and most of them will think of England and the romantic English poets like Coleridge and Wordsworth.  But ...

New in France – Cycling the Languedoc

Cycling the Languedoc (Plus! French Catalonia) With a variety of landscapes bathed by the Mediterranean sun and connected with a vast network of small country roads that extend from the sea ...

Discover Fairytale Landscapes Cycling the Czech Republic

You can count on the fact that every ExperiencePlus! bicycle tour will feature great cycling, so if someone asks me what differentiates one trip from another I immediately think of ...

Four Favorite Tour Leaders

With the announcement of our 40th Anniversary Bike Across Italy trip we thought it the perfect time to feature a few of the tour leaders who have been with us ...

40th Anniversary Bicycle Tour of Italy

Back in 1972 ExperiencePlus! offered the first-ever commercial bicycle tour in Italy and on June 6 – 17, 2012 we invite you to help us celebrate our 40-year anniversary with ...

Bicycling Scotland’s Highlands

The cat is out of the bag, we have another new favorite cycling destination—Scotland.  I was fortunate enough to join the inaugural group on our 11-day Bicycling Scotland’s Highlands Coast ...

Le Quatorze Juillet or Bastille Day

By ExperiencePlus! Tour Leader, Marie Lavigne. Bastille Day or le quatorze juillet (14th of July) is the French national holiday, very similar to Independence Day, or the 4th of July, in ...

Bicycling Belgium’s Best Breweries

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is teaming up for a VIP biking tour of Belgium with Jeff Lebesch, founder and former owner of New Belgium Brewing, also from Fort Collins, Colo. Lebesch ...

Four Leaders You’ll Want to Follow

Daniele Binaghi has been leading tours in Italy with ExperiencePlus! since 2009 and has quickly become a crowd favorite. Though there is stiff competition, his staff photo is our favorite ...

Italy 150 Update – Photos and News from the Road

As the Italy 150 Expedition drew to a close we heard a few snippets from the cyclists on the road.  Mostly that this was a true trip of a lifetime ...

Introducing New Staff and Tour Leaders

A New Face in the U.S. Office: ExperiencePlus! is very pleased to introduce you to our new Reservations and Sales Associate Jo Baldwin. You will get to know Jo well because ...

Italy 150 Tour – Day 2 photos

We’re on day 5 of our Italy 150 trip – 27 cyclists riding from Sicily to Turin, Piedmont. Although wifi has been spotty we have a few updates from Robin ...

Owners recognized as Top Guides in the World

We are very proud to be featured in National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s  “50 Tours of a Lifetime” issue for both ExperiencePlus!’s itineraries and tour guides. Our Bicycling the Danube Plus! ...

Bicycling Italy’s Veneto and the Dolomites – ...

Each year at least one or two of our travelers registers for a bicycling trip that they’ve done previously. With so many places in the world to bicycle, we wonder, ...

“50 Tours of a Lifetime” – The Danube

National Geographic Traveler has honored ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours once again by naming our Bicycling the Danube from Germany to Vienna Plus! Hungary tour as one of “50 Tours of a ...

The Geography of Uniting Italy: 1860 through 1871

As we prepare to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy’s unification by bicycling from Marsala, Sicily to Turin in Italy’s Piedmont, the actual 15oth anniversary came and went on March ...

2010 Blog Bicycling Classical Greece

In October of 2010 June Wheeler and her partner Peter Herzog joined ExperiencePlus! to Bicycle Across Classical Greece from Athens to Olympia. June kept a blog with wonderful stories and ...

Patagonia Day 9 – 10 Chiloe Island

After our penguin viewing, seafood eating transfer to Chiloé, we had high expectations for our time near Castro. Unlike some hotels that claim to be “on the water”, Palafito definitely ...

Patagonia day 8: transfer to Chiloe Island

After our night in Petrohue, it was time to bid goodbye to two cyclists and a guide. Doug left to spend a few days in Santiago before he’ll return to ...

Patagonia day 7: Pedaling Through the Reserva Nacional ...

A few changes to today’s itinerary were announced yesterday. Maria Elena and the tour leaders suggested a 33km (66km total) out-and-back ride through the Reserva Nacional Llanquihue beside the Petrohue ...

Patagonia day 6: Morning Trip to Puerto Montt and Canyoning

Yesterday we had a break from biking – and from packing our bags and moving to a different town and hotel again. Javier and Tristan offered to take the group ...

Patagonia day 5: Puerto Octay to Puerto Varas

I woke up in the middle of the night to a banging sound. I had left the shutters open in the bathroom to get a little air flow through the ...

Birth of an ExpeditionPlus! Bicycle Trip Across Europe

For a geographer maps are like crystal balls: look deeply into a map and you can see the past.  Gaze at it long enough and you can see the future.  ...

Interview with Chef Erick Vedel

Photo Daniele Voirin A local Provençal chef tells us about his passion for food and how it has pervaded other areas of his life. Each year he opens his home to ...

Per la Cena or What’s for Dinner?

An interview with Bea Tassinari who coordinates meals on ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours in Italy. Bea can you tell us a little about the process of deciding what’s for dinner on a ...

Patagonia day 4: Termas de Puyehue to Lago Llanquihue

Today we arrived in Puerto Octay on Lago Llanquihue in the Chilean Lake District. A little tired from yesterday’s ride, we got a late start from Termas de Puyehue. My ...

Patagonia day 3: Crossing the Border: Cardenal Samore Pass

Day 3: Crossing to Chile was the longest and the hardest day of riding. It was also the day with the most bureaucracy because we left Argentina and entered Chile. ...

Patagonia Day 2: Scenic Ride from Bariloche to Villa la ...

Last night was officially the first day of the tour. After meeting M.E. and the tour leaders Javier and Tristan at the bike shop, Dirty Bikes for the bike fitting, ...

Patagonia with ExperiencePlus!

I want to introduce myself – my name is Lindsay Brust. I am an ameteur (albeit enthusiastic) runner and biker living in Boulder, CO. I had the pleasure of getting to ...

Bicycling the Mediterranean: Corsica and Sardinia

The Mediterranean is one of the world’s most attractive vacation destinations, and its islands are renowned to be amongst the finest bicycling locations on the planet. In fact two of ...

Why I Bike: Episode 10

Jerry and Dick Smallwood (ExperiencePlus! Customers and Tandem Riders Extraordinare) Riding a bicycle through a countryside that is completely new to you is a strange and wonderful experience.  Everything is fresh ...

Bicycling Chile’s Wine Country (Plus! the Pacific Coast)

Recently mentioned in National Geographic, the Maule and Colchagua wine valleys of central Chile are a must-see for both adventurers and foodies—and what better way to make the trek than ...

Bicycling the Best of Southern Tuscany Plus …

Wanting to share some of the best of Italy, the ExperiencePlus! Italian tour leaders and I desired to develop a cycling tour that would combine the most exciting areas of ...

Bicycling Scotland’s Highlands Plus – the Isle ...

ExperiencePlus!’s bicycling trip across Scotland was born of customer requests to offer a cycling itinerary in the United Kingdom, and what an option this Coast to Coast trip is! Scotland ...

Bicycling Alsace – The Inaugural Journey

After the Cycling the Vineyards of Alsace trip debut in July 2010, cyclists proclaimed that the tour had earned itself an instant place on their “best trips ever” lists because ...

The Italia 150 ExpeditionPlus! Bicycle Ride

Covers the Length of Italy While Italians may continue to bicker over whether Giuseppe Garibaldi made a huge mistake 150 years ago in uniting the South of Italy with the North, ...

Why I Bike: Episode 6

Customer Sherry Walker: I ride so I can eat and still fit into my clothes.  I go on bicycling trips to eat, my husband, Scott, goes to ride. Actually, if you are ...

Bicycling Vacations: Stress Free Fun For Friends and Family

We at ExperiencePlus! have noticed an interesting trend amongst our travelers: more and more folks are inviting friends and family to join them on their bicycling vacation. These groups come ...

Why I Bike: Episode 9

Becca Austin (ExperiencePlus! Customer) My ride to work yesterday was so fulfilling (in more ways than one – there were 7 Bike to Work Breakfast Stations along my route) that I ...

Tales from the Road: Costa Rica

At ExperiencePlus! we believe that a bicycle tour should allow you the freedom to travel at your own pace and the opportunity to experience another environment and culture in your ...

Adventures in Passport Renewal

By ExperiencePlus! Customer Steve Johnson Wednesday, September 1, 2010 8 PM With less than 24 hours until a scheduled departure to join one of  ExperiencePlus! partner tours (TourzPlus!) to bicycle in Croatia, ...

Why I Bike: Episode 8

Scott Cooley (ExperiencePlus! Customer) It makes me feel like a kid again.  Remember what it was like when you first learned to ride a bike?  It wasn’t only about expanding the ...

Chile: A New Destination with a Familiar Twist

In October 2009 I was fortunate enough to head south and help lead our inaugural bicycle tour through Chile’s wine country.  ExperiencePlus! is proud to be one of the first ...

Why I Bike: Episode 7

Dave Forester (ExperiencePlus! Customer): Given my poor golf scores, it is a better use of my time to spend a few hours biking the local byways than searching for small white ...

National Geographic Tour of a Lifetime

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is very proud to announce that our bicycle tour: Cycling the Camino de Santiago: Roncesvalles to Santiago in Spain has been recognized as one of National Geographic ...

Bicycle through History in Sicily in Preparation for ...

Sicily looms large in the minds of Americans when they think of Italy because this, the largest island in the Mediterranean region, sent something like a million and a half ...

Keep Your Sunscreen Out This Winter

Join ExperiencePlus! in Costa Rica Now is the time to plan your escape from cold winter temperatures that are, unfortunately, lurking just around the corner. Costa Rica offers you sunshine, great ...

A Brief Introduction to the Highlights of Alsace

Alsace is arguably the most unique region of France. As a place that has changed hands five times between France and Germany over the last 150 years, it is now ...

Discovering Northern Argentina with Javier Lardone

When I was asked to write about our Discover Northern Argentina bike tours, the first thing that came to my mind was: how do I begin to describe this place? ...

ExperiencePlus! Partners with Lonely Planet Italy

ExperiencePlus! Partners with Lonely Planet Guidebooks and Europ-Assistance By Rick Price, Ph.D. Lonely Planet has replaced Baedeker and Frommer (Europe on $5/Day) as one of THE premier guidebook publishers of the 21st ...

Cycling and Eating through the Piedmont Region of Italy

When people ask me what my favorite bike tour in Italy is, I always say Venice to Florence or Venice to Pisa because I think it is such a great ...

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours and Bicycles 4 Humanity

New Partnership Brings Mobility to Africa In Africa, girls are 70 percent more likely to attend school if their family owns a bike. Healthcare workers can visit up to four times ...

Why I Bike – Episode 1

ExperiencePlus! employees are passionate about bicycling so we thought we’d query them and find out exactly why they ride. Our first responses come from owners, Maria Elena and Monica. If ...

Reflections on Monica and Michele’s Big Fat Italian ...

by Maria Elena Malpezzi-Price True to form, Monica and Michele’s wedding had what one would expect from a multinational, multicultural Malpezzi-Price family event.  Bicycles (of all sort), people (from all corners ...

Why I Bike: Episode 4

Bill Giovinazzo: Why do I ride? Actually, when my son was born I had always hoped that I could do something “epic” with him. That he and I could do something ...

Why I Bike Episode 3

Igor Baccini – ExperiencePlus! Bike Fleet Manager, and Tour Leader: Such a simple question, so many answers. It’s banal to say “I bike because I like it” but it’s the first thing ...

Why I Bike Episode 5

Why I Bike – Episode 5 (from our staff and tour leaders) Andro Tartaglia – ExperiencePlus! Tour Leader Croatia I enjoy riding my mountain bike in remote and quite places. It gives me ...

Why I Bike Episode 2

Customer Joni Heath is joining ExperiencePlus! to Chase Lance in the Pyrenees in the summer of 2010. Here’s her response to why she rides a bike: I thought of this question ...

Patagonia – A Tour Leader’s …

As an Argentine-American who has spent life moving around the world since childhood, I am fortunate to say that I live in a truly marvelous part of the world. Bariloche, ...

Italian Cycling Culture

Italian Cycling Culture by Sylva Florence So, you’re planning a trip to Italy. A friend suggested riding bikes would ...

ExpeditionPlus! Bicycle Tours in 2010

ExpeditionPlus! in 2010 ExperiencePlus! announces dates ...

Italy’s Spectacular Dolomite Mountains

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours is bringing back one of our favorite tours in 2010, Bicycling Venice and the Dolomites.  This northern Italian mountain range offers some of the most dramatic scenery we’ve ...

Provence: Ruins, History, Artists, Authors, Wine, Culinary ...

Provence: Ruins, History, Artists, Authors, Wine, Culinary and Cycling Delights If you’ve dreamed of bicycling through Provence we have three opportunities for you this fall; our Cycling Provence, Cycling Provence Plus! ...

Bicycling Chile’s Wine Country

Over the years, Chile has built a reputation of development, production and exportation of fine wines.  Yet it is uncommon to hear about the fertile lands where these fine grapes ...

A Day at the “Farm” the ExperiencePlus! ...

by Sylva Florence Aperitivo: espresso. Someone – half awake – spilled espresso grounds everywhere. Waking up just like the rest of us, the little black espresso machine groans and sprays a fine ...

Costa Rica Has A New Tour, Improved Roads and Coming in ...

Costa Rica Has A New Tour, Improved Roads and Coming in November of 2009, Hybrid Bicycles Mario Cordero, who ...

Snoretories (Translated from “Chorizos, Sirenen und ...

Snoretories (Translated from “Chorizos, Sirenen und Wilde Gänse” by Jochen Mangelsen and Philipp Alexander Schmitt) Philipp Alexander Schmitt ...

A Taste of Patagonia: Notes from a Biker’s Journal ...

A Taste of Patagonia:  Notes from a Biker’s Journal by Linda Hayek ...

Bicycling through Social and Economic Change in Poland, ...

Bicycling through Social and Economic Change in Poland, Slovakia & Hungary ...

Bicycle Turkey – A Land Bridge from Asia

Bicycle Turkey – A Land Bridge from Asia by Rick Price ...

ExperiencePlus! Staff Recommended Gift List

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Argentina and Chile Slideshows

They say pictures are worth 1000 words . . .as you dream of sunny places this year imagine riding through the colorful mountains of Northern Argentina ...

ExpeditionPlus! in South America with Monica and Michele

Monica Malpezzi Price and ...

Winter’s Finest Attributes: Snow, Slush, Shoveling

Costa Rica’s Butterflies, Bicycles and Beaches The Choice is Yours: Butterflies, Bicycles and Beaches OR Snow, Slush and ...

Cycling through Chile’s Wine Country

As a geographer I am fascinated with the spread of European culture and landscapes in the new world, especially the landscapes of wine. And as a specialist in Mediterranean geography I ...

Part 2: In Praise of Bicycling and Women

Part 2: In Praise of Bicycling and Women by Nineteenth-Century American Women: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Robins Pennell and Frances Willard Part 1 Of this two part series can be found ...

Bicycle Travel in Greece and Turkey

width=”100%” cellspacing=”0″ cellpadding=”0″ border=”0″ summary=””> Bicycle Travel in Greece and Turkey If, as Pico Iyer wrote "we travel initially to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves," there is no ...

In Praise of Bicycling and Women by Nineteenth-Century ...

In Praise of Bicycling and Women by Nineteenth-Century American Women: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Robins Pennell and Frances Willard “The world is our great book of beauty and romance, and on your cycle you ...

Family Adventures in Wonderland

Family Adventures in Wonderland A bicycle or multisport tour in Costa Rica is just the thing to get you ...

Beavers, Nabokov and Great Tour Leaders

Beavers, Nabokov and Great Tour Leaders ...

Discovering Argentina & Chile

Discovering Argentina & Chile by Bicycle ...

Expeditions in Two Hemispheres

Bicycle Expeditions in Two Hemispheres ...

Bicycle Touring “a la Carte”

Bicycle Touring "a la Carte"   If you’d like to ride your bike in the hills of Tuscany, ...

Two Epic Bike Journeys

Spain’s Camino de Santiago & Annie Londonderry’s 1894/95 Bicycle Ride Through France:  Two Epic Journeys with ExperiencePlus! ...

Three of the Many Faces of Italy

Three of the Many Faces of Italy Bicycle Tours through Tuscany, the Po Valley and Puglia  Even the briefest glance ...

Cycling the Danube – Europe’s Longest River

Cycling the Danube This month we are featuring our inaugural ExpeditionPlus! tours along the famous Danube River.  Bicycle the entire length of the Danube, from Germany’s Black Forest to the delta in ...

History and Geography of the Danube River

By Rick Price, Ph.D. You probably learned in 7th grade geography that the three most important rivers of Europe are the Rhine, the Rhone, and the Danube – but that is ...

Island Tours: Sicily, Corsica & Greece

Touring the Mediterranean Islands Sicily, Corsica and Greece ...

Helping with the Olive Harvest

Helping with the Olive Harvest What do ...

Rick’s First Bicycle Ride

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A Cycling Journal From Eastern Europe

A Cycling Journal From Eastern Europe Customer Carol Waaser of the New York Cycle Club recounted her Eastern European ...

Tour Report: Cycling Andalucia

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From the Road: Bicycling Umbria

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How ExperiencePlus customers met Aldo Ronconi, 1947 TdF ...

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