Categories: Destinations

Four Fall Getaways

by Jessie Beyer - Monday, June 3, 2019

Trying to decide where to go on a bike tour this fall? Look no further! Whether you’re looking for a challenging and hilly ride, endless miles of remote coastline, or a leisurely excursion interspersed with delicious wine, we’ve got the bike tour for you.


Grand Cycling Tour of Andalcuia

Much of Andalucía’s colorful culture and stunning architecture springs from its history. For centuries this region in the south of Spain was the frontier and intersection between faiths and cultures. This crossroads has left a treasure trove of vibrant monuments and historic footprints throughout the region including mosques transformed into churches; vast palace complexes; cuisine infused with dashes of North African spices; and a string of the iconic white towns stretching from Granada’s Albayzín to the riverside town of Cordoba.

Highlights: Granada, Andalucian Villages, Guided tour of Córdoba, Úbeda, Seville, Alhambra, Guided tour of Jaen, Guided visit of Sinagoga del Agua, Pottery demonstration in Úbeda, Winery visit and tasting at Benalua de Guadix.

Departure Dates

Grand Cycling Tour of Andalucia (13 days)

Cordoba to Granada (8 days)

Seville to Cordoba (7 days)


Bicycle Hidden Tuscany Plus! Tufa Towns

The Etruscans gave Tuscany its name and after the classical age the epicenter of Tuscany moved to the valley of the Arno River to the north of Siena, and this area of (southern) Tuscany was largely forgotten–until today. Modern Italians have re-discovered this scenic area for its landscapes, villages, and historical sites and we’re happy to offer you an opportunity to discover it, too. Cycle through important Tuscan towns including Volterra and San Gimignano, visit smaller gems like Massa Marittima and Castiglione della Pescaia, and enjoy spa hotels such as the one near the important Etruscan site of Populonia.

A more remote part of Italy, this ride between two famous Italian destinations–Tuscany and Rome, offers a wealth of culture and remarkable scenery.

Highlights: Fabulous Tuscan food flavors (olive oil, tomatoes, basil and rosemary and pecorino cheeses), Thermal spas, Volterra, Ridge rides looking out across vineyards, cypress trees, olives, and the Tyrrhenian Sea, Etruscan tombs and ruins, Three 2-night stays, Tufa towns of Pitigliano, Sovana, Sorano, Two-night resort stay in Sovana, cycling along ancient volcanic craters, Viterbo and its papal palaces.

Departure Dates

Bicycling Hidden Tuscany Plus! Tufa Towns

Bicycle Hidden Tuscany


Cycling the Dordogne Plus! the Vineyards of Bordeaux

Western France’s Dordogne River flows nearly 500 kilometers from the volcanic Massif Central region through deep gorges, steep cliffs, fertile farmland and famed vineyards to its mouth in the Bay of Biscay near Bordeaux. Our route traces the river’s descent from Cahors to St. Émilion by way of some of the nicest cycling routes and most hospitable hosts in Europe. Add visits to the Lascaux 4 cave, two nights in St. Émilion, wine tastings and great food, and you have one of our all-time favorite bicycle tours.

Highlights: Lascaux Centre International, 3 nights in Sarlat, Rocamadour, Côtes de Bergerac & St. Émilion, wine areas of Monbazillac, Gouffres of Padirac, medieval castles, beautiful landscapes.

Departure Dates

Cycling the Dordogne Plus! the Vineyards of Bordeaux

Cycling the Dordogne


Bicycling Sardinia – Alghero to Cagliari

One of ExperiencePlus!’s longest running itineraries (first trip ran in 1991), the Italian island of Sardinia is renowned for its rich history, colorful handcrafts, and endless miles of undisturbed beaches. Our tour gives you a chance to discover this Mediterranean jewel that is often overlooked by North-American travelers. Spend 11 days exploring breathtaking coastal roads, pedaling ancient forests, and hiking to ruins that predate Roman civilization by more than 1,000 years – all while enjoying traditional Italian meals and wine. Other highlights are a visit to an excavated Roman town, a fabulous shepherds’ barbecue, and swimming in pristine waters.

Highlights: Quiet country roads, Spectacular mountain vistas, Great food, great coastal bicycle rides, Traditions dating back to pre-Roman times, Cabras Archaeological Museum, guide hike, mask museum.

Departure Dates

Bicycling Sardinia – Alghero to Cagliari


 

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Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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