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Travel Tips

Here you’ll find advice on finding the best airfares, European train schedules, and great travel websites including weather and climate information, hotels, rental cars and more. We’ve also included some tips regarding what to see in a few cities of interest, and we’ll continue to add to this collection. If you have a travel tip you think we should include, drop us an e-mail or call us. We’d love to hear your ideas.

What’s In My Rear Rack Pack

On every ExperiencePlus! trip we provide a rear rack pack to carry the items you’ll need during your ride.  As with any kind of packing, there is a delicate balanceFull Story

ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours rear rack pack.

The 2013 ExperiencePlus! Gift List

Holiday shoppers don’t despair over ideas – it is time once again for the ExperiencePlus! Staff Gift List! From our Headquarters in Forlí, Italy: Monica Price – Co-Owner:  Chariot Cougar The Chariot Cougar, ...

ExperiencePlus! Staff Gift Ideas

It’s time once again for the ExperiencePlus! Not Really Annual Christmas Gift Recommendations. About every other year ExperiencePlus! staff put together a list of what they consider to be the ...

Tips for Using Your Credit Card Internationally

With the increase in fraud and identity theft using your credit card overseas is getting trickier and more expensive as credit card companies add transaction fees that typically run 3% ...

36 hours in Aix-en-Provence, France

We’re often asked how to make the most of a brief opportunity to see Europe’s cities. This month, we provide a detailed answer for one of the most interesting cities ...

What To Do With 36 Hours in Florence

We’re often asked how to make the most of a brief opportunity to see Europe’s cities. This month, Rick provides a detailed answer for one of the best: Florence. (If ...

What to do with 36 hours in Turin, Italy

What to do with 36 hours in Turin, Italy We’re often asked how to make the most of a brief opportunity to see Europe’s cities. This month, we provide a detailed ...

Stepping Into Cycling Footwear

In selecting shoes for use as you pedal on your ExperiencePlus! bicycling vacation remember the basics—comfort, safety, and function both on and off the bike.  To help with your decision ...

Ten Days in a Carry-On

ExperiencePlus! continues our Travel Tip series with a recent article from the New York Times that literally shows you how to pack for “10 Days in a Carry-On” published  May ...

How to Clear US Customs Faster

Our Travel Tip this month comes from longtime customer and frequent traveler, Dave Forester. Here’s what Dave suggests to save time clearing US Customs. Enroll in the U.S. Customs & ...

Secrets for Navigating and Using the French Rail Website

Two years ago the French rail website www.sncf.com was redesigned. Since then travelers trying to purchase tickets from North America have been lost in a loop of links that lead ...

Tips to prepare for your bicycling trip

Interview with Joeann Gutowski We visited with Joeann Gutowski in our Fort Collins office before she heads to our Bicycling Through the Best of Provence tour this fall to ask about ...

How to Spend 36 Hours in Venice

A local recommends how to spend 36 hours in Venice ExperiencePlus! tour leader, Sara Verlicchi shares her secrets on how to get the most or your 36 hour stay in Venice. We ...

How To Find Good Airfare

Finding the Best  Airfares for your Bicycle Tours The great news for travelers is that airfares to Europe are expected to continue their decline into spring so we thought it was ...

Sharing Your Tour Photos & Memories

Sharing Your Tour Photos & Memories Making use of Google’s Picasa web technology, ExperiencePlus! now enables customers ...

Hiking 101: Packing a Day Pack

Hiking 101: Packing a Day Pack Hiking seems uncomplicated, and being unencumbered gives us a feeling of freedom we associate with wide open spaces. So, we grab the car keys and ...

Rick Prepares for ExpeditionPlus! A Six-week Bicycle Ride ...

Rick Prepares for ExpeditionPlus! A Six-week Bicycle Ride from St. Petersburg to Istanbul I’ve decided to begin a blog ...

A self-guided walk in Aix-en-Provence

A self-guided walk in Aix-en-Provence Our resident Aix-pert Josette Smyrl prepared this leisurely “stroll through history” which will take ...

Best web sites for travelling in Australia

Best web sites for travelling in Australia Going to Australia Plan your trip bay air     Public transport Find information about transport in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide…     Getting around in Sydney Sydney has a good train ...

Best web sites for Argentina

Best web sites for Argentina Transportation in Argentina Aerolineas argentinas Linea LAN     Getting around in Buenos Aires Moving around the city     Rental cars in ...

Best web sites for travelling in Switzerland

Best web sites for travelling in Switzerland Train Transportation in Switzerland www.raileurope.com This site works for most major rail lines.   The Official Swiss Timetable contains full details of services of the railways, lake ...

Best web sites for travelling in Greece

Best web sites for travelling in Greece Train Transportation in Greece www.raileurope.com This site works for most major rail lines.   www.ose.gr This is the Hellenic Railways Organization web site Use this web site to ...

Best web sites for travelling in the Czech Republic

Best web sites for travelling in the Czech Republic Train Transportation in the Czech Republic The Rail Europe web site has comprehensive transportation information for travels throughout Europe. Raileurope     Getting around in Prague and ...

Best web sites for traveling in Ireland

Best web sites for traveling in Ireland Train Transportation in Ireland This is the official Irish train web site. www.irishrail You can also use the Rail Europe web site to purchase your ...

Best web sites for traveling in Italy

Best web sites for traveling in Italy If you have a favorite web site for travel in Italy please ...

Best web sites for traveling in Spain

Best web sites for traveling in Spain ExperiencePlus! Reading Room All articles about Spain Travel Journals from Spain Recipes Book Reviews     Train Transportation in Spain   The Spanish National Railways site. This is the Spanish rail lines web ...

Best web sites for traveling in France

Best web sites for traveling in France Train Transportation in France   We suggest two different websites for train information in France:   Rail Europe – this is the US ticket agent for most European ...

What will the weather be like on my tour?

What will the weather be like on my tour? ...

French Rail Map

French Rail Map While researching transportation options for a customer trying to get from Paris to Molsheim, I discovered a great map of the French rail system. Using the different colors ...

Purchasing French Train Tickets from the States

Purchasing French Train Tickets from the States Our own John Giebler contacted SNCF (the French National rail system) to inquire about the best way to get train tickets in advance from ...

Maps for Bicycling in Italy

Maps for Bicycling in Italy Good maps are the key to finding great bicycle routes. In Italy I recommend ...

Packing Tips

Packing Tips We’ve traveled enough to have some useful suggestions.   Even though we have a support van to carry luggage, it’s to your advantage to limit your luggage as much as ...

Shopping Tips

Shopping Tips “…a good argument for traveling light and trying out new adventures.” E.B. White Whether it’s antiques from France, pottery from Italy, honey or rugs from Greece, gala Flamenco ...

Getting Good Airfares

Getting Good Airfares Note that we said "good" airfare, not "cheap" airfare. There’s a difference and you should make ...