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The Best 50 ExperiencePlus! Day Rides

by Carol Busch - Monday, December 13, 2021

No one knows ExperiencePlus! tour rides better than our tour leaders and staff who design and ride them all the time.  So when it came time to contemplate 50-year celebrations, we wanted to find  a way to showcase our top routes so we began by asking our tour leaders and staff to list their favorite rides from individual days on any ExperiencePlus! tour from across the company’s history. What emerged was a list of the 50 Best ExperiencePlus! Day Rides. For now, we’re sharing some of the earliest entries.

There are so many reasons to love a ride so we have organized them according to the themes that came up most often as people told us WHY these were their favorite routes.

  • Top Picks: Rides nominated more than once by tour leaders and staff.
  • Scenery: Coastal views, magnificent mountains, exhilarating climbs, endless vistas, and all-around beauty.
  • Perfect Day: Not too long, not too short, not too hard….but a perfect blend of riding, scenery, culture, and food.
  • Special Experiences: Some roads lead to amazing visits to local artisans, an unforgettable meal, or an unforgettable opportunity.
  • Landmarks: Historical, archaeological, local – any point of interest that has a story worth sharing.

Tips for viewing rides on the maps

  1. Each ride appears as a colored squiggle or dot on the map. You can click on the line/dot to click through to the ride.
  2. Select and deselect the tabs at the bottom of each map to toggle through specific themes for each ride.
  3. Once a theme is selected, you’ll see a brown square with a white “i” appear. Hover your mouse over the “i” to see the name of the ride. Click the “i” to read some basic info on the ride and a link to the tour the ride is from. This won’t go to the full route information.
  4. Click on the squiggle line to see more in-depth ride information, including a link to “View the Route,” which opens up the ride’s full description, profile, and data.

We’ll be updating the map with our Top rides from EP tours throughout 2022!
Check weekly for new additions!

European Day Rides

South American Day Rides

Table View Of Rides

Route Name and LinkCountryDistanceElevation gain
Day 11 Cycling Ancient Greece: Pylos loopGreece57.9303959.381
Day 14 on Expedition: Patagonia Coast to Coast - Chile to Argentina: Altares to Dique Florentino AlmeghinoArgentina189.232987.268
Day 2 +Day 3 of Cycling Corsica: Cap North to St FlorentFrance101.282175.73
Day 2 of Bicycling Sardinia: Alghero to BosaItaly93.50911854.55
Day 2 on Catalonia Tour: Girona to Sant Feliu de GuixolsSpain61.0387916.455
Day 2 on Cycling Italy's Alpine Valleys Plus! Venice: Resia to GlorenzaItaly31.1088233.524
Day 2 on Cycling Italy's Piedmont Plus! Lake Maggior: Cuneo Loop Val SturaItaly77.2898800.433
Day 2 on Cycling the Dordogne Plus! the Vineyards of Bordeaux: Cahors to RocamadourFrance65.309989.206
Day 3 of Best of Provence: Arles to St RemyFrance46.6533529.902
Day 3 on Bike Across Portugal Plus the Coast: Vila Vicosa to MonsarazPortugal59.2415523.184
Day 3 on Bike and Barge, Amsterdam to Bruges Plus Belgium's Breweries: Shoonhoven to DordrechtNetherlands53.6446166.334
Day 4 on Austria and Slovenia: Faak to Kranjska GoraSlovenia54.5677763.544
Day 4 on Cycling the Dordogne Plus! the Vineyards of Bordeaux: Rocamadour to SouillacFrance57.2243795.305
Day 4 on Northern Argentina Tour: Purmamarca to Salina GrandeArgentina66.14381942
Day 4 on Patagonia's Lakes District : Villa la Angostura to Termas PuyehueArgentina86.39411319.42
Day 4 on Spotlight: Southern Tuscany: Capalbio to Sovana Italy56.7089970.234
Day 4 or 11 on the Spanish Camino de Santiago: Cacabelos to TricastelaSpain60.22411327.84
Day 4: South of France, Anduze to St Guilhem le DesertFrance96.02841559.95
Day 5 of Italy's Lakes District: Loop Madonna del GhisalloItaly55.15561455.9
Day 5 on Cycling Puglia's White Villages Plus! the Salento: Locorotondo to OstuniItaly38.1397392.039
Day 6 Bike Across Italy tour: Faenza to RontaItaly64.20621276.5
Day 6 on Bicycle the Baroque Towns of Southeastern Sicily: Ragusa to ScicliItaly71.6944745.649
Day 6 on Bicycling the South of France Plus: Sete to NarbonneFrance85.9044499.105
Day 7 of Bike Across Portugal: Grandola to Vila Nova Mil FontesPortugal76.0983613.673
Day 7 on Cycling Dordogne Plus! the Vineyards of Bordeaux: Sarlat to Les EyzieFrance53.2498862.028
Day 7 on our Provence Tour: Seguret LoopFrance52.9132854.42
Day 8 Cycling Puglia: Gallipoli to Santa Maria di LeucaItaly55.7595335.56
Day 8 on Andaluzia Tour: Zuheros to JaenSpain77.13571261.73
Day 8 on Corsica Tour Plus the Beaches of Bonifacio: Solenzana to PinarelloFrance88.75441891.03
Day 8 on Cycling the Portuguese Camino: Ponte de Lima to BaionaPortugal77.3881886.527
Day 9 of Bicycling Bavaria: Landsberg to FussenGermany73.234692.043
Day 9 on Bicycling the South of France Plus: Carcassonne to CucugnanFrance87.34061823.39
Day 9 on Cycling Puglia's White Villages Plus! the Salento: Leuca To Otranto NettunoItaly55.7969643.295
Day 13 on South America Coast to Coast: Los Altares to Dique Almeghino Across Argentina - Argentina181.7961
San Quirico to Siena - Southern Tuscany - Retired TourItaly55799
Day 6 on Bike Across Italy, Venice to Pisa: Vetta le Croci to FirenzeItaly18.22858
Day 9 Extra ride on Bike Across Italy: Vinci to San BarontoItaly20.7428
Day 7 Jelsa to Hvar Croatia36.2736

Carol Busch - Carol had the great fortune to develop her passion for bicycle travel in the late 1990s when she first worked for ExperiencePlus! as a marketing associate, tour guide, and tour developer. Convinced she needed to find ‘more purposeful’ work, she went back to graduate school and spent the next two decades working in non-profit and higher education marketing and communications. Carol returned to ExperiencePlus! in 2021 as Sales and Marketing Manager. Whether mountain biking, backcountry skiing, trail running, fly fishing, or exploring gravel roads, Carol is continually in pursuit of new adventure.

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