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Bicycling France

Destinations: France

Little Blue’s Big Adventure

A Bike’s-Eye View Cycling the South of France Hey there, Little Blue here! Or, as the mechanics tend to call me, bike model Ti73/1. I’m part of the ExperiencePlus! bike... Read More »

ExperiencePlus! Traveler John Owen Paints Provence

Destinations: France,  About ExperiencePlus!: Rider Spotlight,  Travel Stories

Traveler John Owen Paints Provence

A Painter’s Cycling Journey Through Provence Q & A with ExperiencePlus! Traveler John Owens John Owen has been commuting by bicycle since 1971 when he road to the University of... Read More »

Cycle Tours France

Destinations: France,  About ExperiencePlus!: Rider Spotlight

My First Bike Tour

My First Bike Tour  Conquering Fear and Finding Bliss Last fall, with no bike travel experience or real training to speak of, I went on my first guided cycling tour.... Read More »

About ExperiencePlus!: Rider Spotlight,  Travel Stories

Norie Quintos Cycles The Dordogne

Reflections On A Bike Tour Of The Dordogne Q & A With Norie Quintos Norie Quintos is an Editor at Large at Nat Geo Travel Media, as well as a... Read More »

Destinations: France

France’s Highlights and Hidden Treasures

France is a complex and beautiful country to visit. Its people, food and regions are surprisingly diverse.  With so many things to see and it is hard to know where to... Read More »

Destinations: France,  Destinations: Italy

Sightseer Bicycling Tours by ExperiencePlus!

At ExperiencePlus! we believe that cyclists of all ages, abilities and experience levels should have the opportunity to explore the world by bike. So this year, we’re rolling out a... Read More »

Just another day in paradise.

Reviews

Rose Café: Love and War in Corsica

More than four decades after he lived and worked in Corsica, John Hanson Mitchell writes of his time living on the Mediterranean island at the age of twenty.  He describes... Read More »

Destinations: France

If Wishes Were Horses

Cycling on the island of Corsica has been on my wish list for nearly a decade so when I learned that I would be traveling there in September to join... Read More »

Destinations: France

Corsica and the 2013 Tour de France

In July 2013 the Tour de France, and the rest of the world, will discover what ExperiencePlus! has known for years: that Corsica, the “Island of Beauty” as first described... Read More »

Destinations: France

Cycling the Languedoc

From the moment I climbed on my bike and began pedaling through the streets in the heart of French villages, I was giddy—this is too cool.  With sweeping panoramas, Cathar... Read More »

Destinations: France,  About ExperiencePlus!: Rider Spotlight

My Trip of a Lifetime by Sally Miller

I just completed the trip of my lifetime which is more commonly known as Bicycling the Best of Provence Plus! and the Luberon and Aix tour with ExperiencePlus!. I was... Read More »

About ExperiencePlus!,  Travel Planning: Hotel Recommendations

Accommodations We Love – Part 5

Cycling the Best of Southern Tuscany Piccolo Hotel La Valle is situated just outside the walls of the hilltop town of Pienza, a UNESCO Heritage Site which is also famous... Read More »

Destinations: France

Cycling the Languedoc – Féria de Pentecôte

ExperiencePlus! has two brand new cycling options in the Languedoc region of southern France. Our inaugural tours May 27 – June 3, 2012 and the Plus! version which ends on... Read More »

About ExperiencePlus!,  Travel Planning: Hotel Recommendations

Accommodations We Love – Part 4

Cycling the Languedoc Our hotel in Nimes on day one of the Cycling the Languedoc tour is one with a rich history and is newly renovated and refurbished in modern... Read More »

About ExperiencePlus!,  Travel Planning: Hotel Recommendations

Accommodations We Love – Part 2

Cycling Piemonte Plus! Lago Maggiore: The 18th century Tenimento Castle in Piedmont sits amidst expansive grounds and the lovely green space invites you to relax and enjoy the spacious central... Read More »

Pont du Gard

Destinations: France

Bicycling the Best of Provence

Just when you thought Provence couldn’t get any better ExperiencePlus! has combined two of our most popular tours in France to create one spectacular tour that has it all. Drawing... Read More »

Carcassonne

Destinations: France

New in France – Cycling the Languedoc

Cycling the Languedoc (Plus! French Catalonia) With a variety of landscapes bathed by the Mediterranean sun and connected with a vast network of small country roads that extend from the... Read More »

Travel Planning: Food and Meals,  Destinations: France,  Recipes

Interview with Chef Erick Vedel

A local Provençal chef tells us about his passion for food and how it has pervaded other areas of his life. Each year he opens his home to us on... Read More »

Destinations: France,  About ExperiencePlus!: Rider Spotlight

Bicycling Alsace – The Inaugural Journey

After the Cycling the Vineyards of Alsace trip debut in July 2010, cyclists proclaimed that the tour had earned itself an instant place on their “best trips ever” lists because... Read More »

Destinations: France

A Brief Introduction to the Highlights of Alsace

Alsace is arguably the most unique region of France. As a place that has changed hands five times between France and Germany over the last 150 years, it is now... Read More »

Destinations: France

Provence: Ruins, History, Artists, Authors, Wine, Culinary...

Provence: Ruins, History, Artists, Authors, Wine, Culinary and Cycling Delights If you’ve dreamed of bicycling through Provence we have three opportunities for you this fall; our Cycling Provence, Cycling Provence... Read More »

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