Four Fall Getawaysby 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.
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.
Grand Cycling Tour of Andalucia (13 days)
Cordoba to Granada (8 days)
Seville to Cordoba (7 days)
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.
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.
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.