ExperiencePlus! Blog

Carol Busch

  • cathedral view in Narbonne

    What’s wrong with the South of France?

    Each year ExperiencePlus! staff in the U.S. are gifted the amazing opportunity to join a tour of their choosing. Sometimes we can’t realize our dreams because no one has booked the tour we want to take, and so it gets… Read full article

  • 2023 Holiday gift guide

    This year’s ExperiencePlus! holiday gift guide features a handful of staff picks, a few items observed on other gift listicles, and one item in particular that comes highly recommended by a husband-wife team who joined us on our inaugural Explorer… Read full article

  • roasted carrots on a platter

    Grateful for carrots

    Not until my 40th year on Earth did I realize that the humble carrot had become my favorite vegetable. I started growing them with mixed results, but when the seeds make it through the onslaught of neighborhood squirrels that routinely… Read full article

  • chickpea salad

    Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

    As spring approaches we look forward to fresh and filling salads. Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) are one of the most versatile bases for a salad and can be found in recipes throughout the Mediterranean. Whether you eat this as a… Read full article

  • Biking unpaved roads in Portugal's Algarve region

    Is an Explorer tour right for you?

    Since launching our new Explorer tour style in 2022, almost 100 travelers have joined us on one of our new offerings in Croatia, Portugal and Italy. When we developed this new tour style, we wanted to create an affordable tour… Read full article

  • Prague at sunset along the Charles River

    Updated Czech Republic itinerary brings Bohemia to life

    Whether you are drawn to the beauty of bicycling down the Danube through the Wachau valley, are fascinated by the expanse and history of the Holy Roman Empire, marvel at Baroque architecture, or are drawn to the beauty and intrigue… Read full article

  • Top 5 back-to-back tours

    We love the idea of making the most of your time and resources in Europe by combining tours in the same or different countries. Back-to-back tours also can help you ‘train your way’ into a harder tour by going on… Read full article

  • know your tour operator

    Travel in good company

    Once you commit to taking a guided bicycle tour, the tour operator you choose to travel with is an important decision point. At ExperiencePlus!, we know we’re only one of many companies that would love to show you the time… Read full article

  • beach in greece

    April Come She Will – Spring 2023 Tours

    Think it’s too late to join a spring tour? Think again! It’s almost never too late to take fate into your own hands and plan a spring getaway. Case in point: we booked a February 18 Patagonia tour on February… Read full article

  • updated bike departures

    2023 Tour Updates

    Once the new year begins, the idea of going on a bicycle tour gets very, very real and very exciting! Some folks start sweating as they wait to hear that we’ve confirmed their tour to go. Those who are waitlisted… Read full article

  • brie baked in phyllo

    Phyllo-wrapped Baked Brie with Cranberry Chutney

    The ExperiencePlus! US office staff celebrated the close of 2022 with a night of fine food that we prepared as teams of two at The Cooking Studio in Fort Collins. Our expert chef, Malini, and her assistant, Elizabeth, guided us… Read full article

  • Bike tour Italy

    Top 10 bike tours for families

    Start a new tradition ExperiencePlus! has led every possible combination of grandparent, parent, child, uncle, sister in-law, and friend group on a vast array of private, custom and regularly published departures in Europe and South America since 1972. As a… Read full article

  • Top 5 Back-to-Back Tours in 2023

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  • 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

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  • gravel bike with rear light flashing

    Best Red Flashing Lights for Day or Night Riding

    At ExperiencePlus!, we mount back of bike red flashing lights onto all our bikes for added daytime safety. While research on the effectiveness of this practice is limited to a 2004-05 study in Denmark, popular opinion leans  towards using ‘daytime… Read full article

  • beautiful coastal road in Corsica

    Corsica Calling

    ExperiencePlus! has led bicycle tours on the Mediterranean island of Corsica for 20 years. Home to unforgettable cycling, wild boar, chestnuts, oysters, 8,000-plus foot mountains, pristine beaches, and – don’t forget – Napoleon, Corsica is a must-experience destination that will… Read full article

  • trains leaving Amsterdam station

    Improve your European train experience

    When you book a tour with ExperiencePlus! you gain access to more travel planning information than you could ever imagine. In fact, you don’t even have to book a tour to access pages of information on planning your next trip… Read full article

  • woman bikes a farm road in Dalmatia

    5 Ways to Save $ on an EP Bike Tour

    If you’ve toured with ExperiencePlus!, you are likely aware that for a limited time each fall we offer a $200 Early Booking Discount per person. That’s right, when you submit a tour reservation before our discount expires (in 2022 the… Read full article