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France, Italy, Spain: Trips Guaranteed to Go in 2019

dordogne castle

Whether you’re ready for a bicycle tour this summer or considering where to ride next year we’ve got scenic routes with local flavor all over Europe. Join us is France to experience the joie de vivre as you pedal along the Dordogne River, or, soak in stunning views of the coast as you explore the second largest island in the Mediterranean – Sardinia. Maybe learning about Moorish influence on Spanish history as you cycle stunning landscape in southern Spain is more your speed, but no matter what European country you’d like to explore, we’ve got the scenic route and best local spots waiting for you.

Best news of all: all the tours below are Guaranteed to go in 2019. Don’t worry if that’s too soon for you to travel, book your 2020 date now and save $200!

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 most scenic 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 (7-days)

Sep 3-9, 2019 – Guaranteed to Go
Oct 1-7, 2019 – Guaranteed to Go
Jun 9-15, 2020
Sep 15-21, 2020

Cycling the Dordogne Plus! the Vineyards of Bordeaux (11-days)

Sep 3-13, 2019 – Guaranteed to Go
Oct 1-11 2019 – Guaranteed to Go
Jun 9-19, 2020
Sep 15-25, 2020

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 and local artisan visits.

Departure Dates

Bicycling Sardinia – Alghero to Cagliari

Sep 29-Oct 9, 2019 –Guaranteed to Go!
May 24-Jun 3, 2020 – Book now and save $200
Sep 27-Oct 7, 2020Book now and save $200

Grand Cycling Tour of Andalucia in 13 days

ExperiencePlus! offers three itinerary options for your exploration of Andalucia. You can select from: 7-day bike itinerary from Seville to Cordoba, an 8-day version from Cordoba to Granada, or the grand tour that combines them both and has you cycling 13 days from Seville to Granada! Much of Andalucia’s colorful culture and stunning architecture springs from its history. For centuries this region in the south of Spain was the frontier between different faiths and cultures. This crossroads has left a treasure trove of vibrant monuments and historic footprints throughout the area 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, and the Alhambra in Granada, Guided visit of Sinagoga del Agua in Ubeda, Pottery demonstration in Úbeda, Winery visit and  tasting at Benalua de Guadix

Departure Dates

Grand Cycling Tour of Andalucia (13 days)

Oct 11-23, 2019 – Guaranteed to Go
Apr 24-May 6, 2020 – Book now and save $200
Oct 9-21, 2020 – Book now and save $200

Andalucia Cycling: Cordoba to Granada (8 days)

Sep 29-Oct 9, 2019 – Guaranteed to Go
Apr 29-May 6, 2020 – Book now and save $200
Oct 14-21, 2020 – Book now and save $200

Andalucia Cycling: Seville to Cordoba (7 days)

Oct 11-17, 2019 –  Guaranteed to Go
Apr 24-30, 2020 – Book now and save $200
Oct 9-15, 2020 – Book now and save $200