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New Cycling Tours in Europe Coming in 2013

by ExperiencePlus! - Wednesday, May 2, 2012 banner_costa_brava_calas

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! itinerary will have us riding into one of the top bike friendly and fascinating cities in Europe –Barcelona.

Border hopping through Austria, Slovenia and Italy: Perhaps you would prefer a 101 rated tour that has you riding through gorgeous river valleys and along lakes in Austria, Slovenia and Italy?

The Emerald Isle – Ireland: Small roads, sheep, pubs, great music, friendly locals – we must be heading back to one of our favorite cycling locations anywhere, Ireland.

EuroVelo 6 – ExpeditionPlus!: For those who prefer transcontinental rides our 2013 ExpeditionPlus! program will include our classic St Petersburg to Istanbul ride and our partnership with AllTrails for their Rome-Turin ride and Turin-Paris ride, as well as a EuroVelo 6 route that goes from the Atlantic Coast of France across Europe to the Black Sea Coast of Romania!

Intrigued? ExperiencePlus! co-owners, Monica and Maria Elena Malpezzi Price and founder, Rick Price offer a few additional and very tempting reasons to be excited by the new cycling possibilities with ExperiencePlus! in 2013. Read on… and then call (800-685-4565) or email us if you are captivated by a particular tour and we’ll put you on the inside track to secure a space as we expect these trips to be very popular.

Cadaques where we'll spend two nights on the ExperiencePlus! Catalonia cycling tour.Spain’s Sunny Catalonia Region by Maria Elena Malpezzi Price
Home to some of Spain’s most recognizable cities and famous (or infamous) characters, Catalonia is a one of a kind destination.  With a history as diverse as its territory, a unique cultural identity, and its own language this region will delight and fascinate.

Join us on an 8 day (or 12 day) bicycle tour that begins in Girona, one of the most fought after towns in all of Spain having been sieged over 25 times.  We’ll pedal east towards the legendary Costa Brava exploring hidden fishing villages and quiet medieval towns along small country roads that wind through wine country. Our 8-day tour ends in Figueras, Salvador Dalí’s birthplace. Our 12-day tour heads west into the foothills of the Pyrenees through a volcanic natural preserve and to old Roman spa towns before looping south and ending with a fabulous ride on a 7-mile paved trail  into the heart of Barcelona.  Come with us on a tour that combines history, modern culture, cuisine and, of course, incredible cycling.

Dates will likely be in late May/early June and in late September/early October. Rating will be 201 for the short tour and 201/301 for the longer tour.

Highlights: two-night stay in small medieval village Peratallada;   two nights in Cadaques with the chance to pedal out to the Cap de Creus – the eastern most point of the coast; Girona with its impressive cathedral and what is considered the most well-preserved Jewish quarter of any European city; Figueras (birthplace of Dalí); Pedaling in Barcelona.

Picturesque Slovenia - an outdoor lover's dream come true with ExperiencePlus!Border Hopping – Austria, Italy and Slovenia by Monica Malpezzi Price
Wondering how a ride through alpine Europe can be rated as a 101 tour? The answer is simple, our itinerary through Austria, Slovenia and northeastern Italy follows rivers and valleys around mountains and hills. We’ll begin cycling in southeastern Austria where easy rides take us briefly into Italy before a railway turned bike path brings us into Slovenia’s Lake District including famous Lake Bled. Tidy alpine villages, glacial lakes and stunning karst scenery accompany you through northwestern Slovenia to the elegant Baroque/Art Nouveau capital of Ljubljana. Our short tour ends in the capital while anybody ready to explore more of this tiny European nation fit snugly between Austria, Italy and Croatia can continue south to the world-famous caves of Postojna, into Slovenia’s wine region and end triumphantly in the Italian city of Trieste.

This is an amazing opportunity for riders looking for spectacular scenery, flatter terrain, and for families with younger children.

Dates will likely be in June, July, August and possibly September.

Highlights include a two-night stay; easy cycling along bike paths and through valleys; a tasty mix of Austrian, Italian and Slovenian cuisine; medieval villages and castles and the easy-going elegant capital city of Ljubljana.

An ExperiencePlus! cyclists enjoys a small road in Ireland.Ireland – Bicycling the 51st State?  By Rick Price
Whether you’ve ever been to Ireland or not, I submit that you’ll feel right at home there after bicycling for just a couple of days – maybe three.  Why three days?  Because it takes that long, for me anyway, to get used to the wonderful accents of the people in the western Irish countryside.  And that is important because the subtleness of Irish humor is important.  To fit in you’ve got to get it!

I’ll never forget the day in the far west of Ireland when Paola and I were out for a walk and we came across a shepherd. “From the U.S., are ye’?”  He asked. There was no need to ask how he might have known that, so we admitted our guilt.  “Yeah,” he said “I lived in Pittsburgh for seven years in the ‘80s but couldn’t take it.  I missed this,” he said as his gaze swept the bogs and moorlands of the west.

The west of Ireland is like the outback of Europe.  Here things have changed oh so slowly.  Country music in the pub in the evening is as genuine as you’ll find.  That’s why we spend two nights in Doolin, one of the centers of Irish folk music.

Our tour sticks purposely to the west, largely to Connemara and the Aran Islands, the “gaeltacht” so-called, as it defines one of four geographic areas where the Irish language is still spoken.  Here we hear genuine Irish music, visit a traditional Irish drum (bodhrán, pronounced “bow-rhan”) maker, and see the ponies and peat cutters of the west.  Our evenings are in cozy lodgings with traditional Irish fare supplemented by exquisite, modern European cuisine.

Few places in Europe will make you feel so much at home on your bicycle.  It is a real pleasure to stop and chat with the locals, whether out in the field, on the fishing dock, or in the pub.

A 201 rated tour with possible departures in June, July and August which makes it another perfect tour for families and educators.

Highlights: Striking scenery, friendly locals, small roads, pubs, music, cozy B&Bs, fascinating history


Welcome to EuroVelo 6 – From the Atlantic Coast of France to the Black Sea Coast of Romania. By Rick Price
Join ExpeditionPlus! for another transcontinental ride across Europe.  The route follows EuroVelo route number 6.  EuroVelo is the project of the European Cyclists’ Federation to link all of the bike paths and rural bike roads in Europe into a comprehensive network of bicycle routes.

EuroVelo 6 follows the longest river in France, the Loire, from its mouth near Nantes, through the heart of France.  The route then follows the Saone-Rhone River corridor north, around the Jura Mountains to Basel, Switzerland and on to pick up the famous Danube Bicycle Route all the way to Vienna and on through Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, and Romania.

This tour will likely begin in June and will be rated 501. The total distance will be approximately 3,850 kilometers (2,400 miles) which we will cover in about six weeks.

Highlights will include overnights in Orleans, along the Loire, and in such magnificent imperial cities as Vienna and Budapest and the historic capitals like Belgrade and Bucharest.

Call (800-685-4565) or email us today and we’ll put you on the inside track to secure a space as we expect these trips will be very popular.