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Travel Planning

The ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours Travel Planning page provides you with information to help you pack and prepare for your trip. Please be sure to review the country specific Trip Planner, Reading list, and Hotel Recommendations. It is never too soon to start reading these resource materials.

For tour specific arrival and departure information, please refer to the Getting to and Away form (GTA) emailed in your reservation confirmation letter. If you can’t find your GTA, send us a note (tours@experienceplus.com) or give us a call (1-800-685-4565) and we’ll get one out to you!

Hotels

Travel Planning > Pre and Post Tour Planning

Reserving Extra Hotel Nights

Depending on your arrival and/or departure date, you may need to book an extra night at our starting and/or ending hotel(s). Here are a few tips to make this easy....Read More »

reading list, movie list

Travel Planning > Movie and Reading List

Suggested Reading & Movie Lists

It’s always handy to have a little knowledge about where you’re going and what you’ll be doing while you travel. Beyond all the great information on the ExperiencePlus! website, we...Read More »

How to plan your vacation

Travel Planning > How to Plan a Vacation

How To Plan Your Bicycle Vacation

The planning phase of a vacation is always the most tedious, but we are here to help! Here are some resources to make your trip one to remember without all...Read More »

A typical lunch spread.

Travel Planning > Food and Meals

Managing Your Food Intake on a Bicycle Tour

One of the most important things in life is FOOD, we can’t live without it!  Food can be one of the best parts and biggest challenges in a day; did...Read More »

Language

Travel Planning > Learning the Language

Learning the Language

Hola, buenas, bonjour, ciao, hallo! Learning a new language can be intimidating for sure but we have some tips and tricks so you can easily learn the key words and...Read More »

Passports and Visas

Travel Planning > Passports and Visas

Passports & Visas

Having the right travel documents is pretty crucial to being able to travel the world, so don’t leave home without the correct items. Here’s a list for you that’s worth...Read More »

Health and safety

Travel Planning > Health and Safety

Health & Safety

Health and safety are of the utmost importance to us. We want to ensure you that our guides are trained extremely well and our trips are thoroughly planned to mitigate...Read More »

Customer Information Form

Travel Planning > Customer Information Form

Customer Information Form

It’s just as important that you have all our information as it is we have yours, and although it’s yet another piece of paperwork to fill out, it really is...Read More »

Food, Meals & Water

Travel Planning > Food and Meals

Food, Meals & Water

Traveling & eating is a pairing like movies & popcorn, carnivals & cotton candy or peanut butter & pickles. Well maybe not that last one, but we believe that the...Read More »

bikes

Travel Planning > Bikes

Bikes Bikes Bikes

Everyone always asks about the bikes on our bicycle tours, and it’s pretty simple to understand why, you’ll be riding them all over the most beautiful countries in the world....Read More »

time zones

Travel Planning > Time Zones

Time Zones and Insomnia

Remember, as you travel the world you’ll encounter some odd sensations that most travel guides gloss over, but we here at ExperiencePlus! want to make sure to touch on these...Read More »

weather

Travel Planning > Weather

How to Plan for Foreign Weather

Mother nature is a fickle beast. Sometimes she cooperates and sometimes it seems like she has a hateful vengeance to enact. Although none of us ever hope to be stuck...Read More »

Ways to Save with ExperiencePlus!

Travel Planning > Money

Lets Talk About Money

This post is all about the MONEY! We want you to feel comfortable with leaving home to explore new places and we know a lot of people find some stress...Read More »

training

Travel Planning > Bicycle Tour Training

How Hard Should I Train For This?

To start this section off we want to remind you first and foremost that although these trips can accommodate travelers with just about any level of fitness, you will be...Read More »

Chateau Villandy's gardens

Travel Planning > Tipping

The Etiquette of Tipping

Here in America tipping is commonly accepted and expected by almost everyone, but it’s always hard to know what to do while traveling overseas. Doubts start to pop up in...Read More »

Pre and Post Trip Transportation

Travel Planning > Pre and Post Tour Planning

Pre & Post Tour Transportation

Do you have lingering transportation questions about how to get to your tour or how to travel a bit before or after your tour? We figured there would be, so here...Read More »

Bike Tour Hygiene

Travel Planning > Hygiene

Staying Clean While on the Road: Bicycle Touring Laundry

Like many, I’m sure you’re wondering, “Ummmmm… hmmm…. Where’s the laundromat?? What happens if I have to go to the bathroom on tour??” Well, we want to assure you right...Read More »

Staying Connected

Travel Planning > Electronics and Staying Connected

Staying Connected, The Internet and Drying your Hair…

In today’s day and age everyone want’s to know where they’ll have WiFi, how they can check email and will their hairdryer plug into “their” outlets. Some may opt to...Read More »

Travel Insurance

Travel Planning > Travel Insurance

The Importance of Travel Insurance

Trips overseas can create memories to last the rest of your life! Here at ExperiencePlus! we’d prefer if those memories were of the smell of fresh baguettes baking in the...Read More »

Ravenna

Travel Planning > Movie and Reading List, Reviews

The Emperor and The Saint….

The Emperor and The Saint Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Francis of Assisi, and Journeys to Medieval Placesm by Richard F. Cassady As the Foreword states, this book is the biography...Read More »

Meals on ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours

Travel Planning > Food and Meals

Meals on Your Bicycle Tour

We know there are a lot of factors that you probably consider when booking a bicycle tour: Where do you want to go? What will you see? How much does...Read More »

Sring in Sardinia with ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours.

Travel Planning > How to Plan a Vacation, Travel Planning > Weather

Why Spring?

Each year staff in the US office review the ExperiencePlus! tour schedule and select our top choices for tours that we’d like to do. More often than not I find...Read More »

A rewarding descent photo from Mont Ventoux.

Travel Planning > Bicycle Tour Training

Prepare to Succeed

It’s about that time: it’s getting cold, dark, and breezy, and the idea of riding your bike outside may seem less and less appealing. So what now – how are...Read More »

Touring Club Italiano maps

Reviews, Travel Planning

Touring Club Italiano (TCI)

Paola and I just returned from two weeks in Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, where we explored small towns, villages and the regional capital of Bari relying mostly on guidebooks...Read More »

A happy cyclist in the Languedoc

Travel Planning > Bicycle Tour Training

Cadence is the Key to Cycling

Have you ever come back from a ride and thought, “Wow, my legs are toast. Why do people enjoy this?” I know I have. When I was new to road...Read More »