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Recipes, Destinations > Spain

Spanish Tapas

Simply Spanish Tapas: Entertaining Made Easy The first time I traveled to Spain I ordered a glass of wine in a bar and along with it came a tiny assortment...Read More »

Sete France

Travel Planning > Food and Meals, Destinations > France, About ExperiencePlus! > Rider Spotlight, Travel Stories

Seeking Supper: Adventures in Sète

New Friends And Local Favorites ExperiencePlus! Riders Find The Perfect Dinner Though it may sound counter intuitive, one of the most important elements of tour design and pre-trip planning is making...Read More »


Destinations > Italy, Recipes

Recipe: Insalata Di Farro (Cold Farro Salad)

Umbria’s Great Grain A versatile and easy addition to summer meals. Walk through a farmers market in Italy and you’ll experience the country’s deeply rooted passion for fresh food. Noses...Read More »

Cappelletti - from Romagna


Cappelletti in Brodo

Thanks to my parents’ crazy idea that maybe – just maybe – people would want to travel the world by bike, I grew up spending May through September in Italy from when...Read More »

Grandma Zoisa's farm in the foothills of the Tatra Mountains


Recipe: Paczki or Polish Donuts

In between the rolling hills of Sierockie, Poland, Grandma Zoisa lives quietly in a tiny village with a population of around 500 residents. The Tatra Mountains watch over her small...Read More »

Afternoon at an outdoor cafe



I am beside myself with excitement about our new cycling tour that goes from Copenhagen to Berlin! One reason is a food item you will undoubtedly encounter along the way...Read More »

Squash Blossom Quesadillas


Squash Blossom Quesadillas

Laughter can be heard at the U.S. office as we share results of our daily vegetable garden checks to see if one of our favorite treats of the summer –...Read More »

Romesco Sauce - photo courtesy of wikipedia


Romesco Sauce

Tour leader Joan Escosura shares this recipe for Romesco Sauce which is a specialty of  the Catalonia region of Spain where he lives (and leads bicycle tours!) Joan also wisely...Read More »

Acetaia Cavalli

Destinations > Italy

Two Delights from Italy’s Culinary Cycling Tour

Bea Tassinari has been working with ExperiencePlus! in various capacities including tour leader, country coordinator, Italian office manager since the 1990s.  She is the go to person if you have...Read More »

Expo 2015 Milan


Milan’s Expo 2015

What is Expo 2015? Milan is the 2015 host for this food-focused, world-wide exhibition that for epicureans is the equivalent of the Olympic Games, World Cup Soccer, or the Eurovision...Read More »

Cucumber, Radish and Parsley Salad


Cucumber, Radish and Parsley Salad

This salad is always a hit as we jump into the spring and summer growing seasons. It is crunchy, nutritional, easy to make and attractive to serve. Many simple variations...Read More »

A typical lunch spread.

Travel Planning > Food and Meals

Managing Your Food Intake on a Bicycle Tour

One of the most important things in life is FOOD, we can’t live without it!  Food can be one of the best parts and biggest challenges in a day; did...Read More »

Flavor Your Olive Oil


Flavor Your Olive Oil

ExperiencePlus! tour leader Yorgos Paraskevopoulos, hails from Kalamata, Greece and has been leading tours with us since 1999. He lives in Kalamata, Greece where he harvests and cares for his...Read More »

Food, Meals & Water

Travel Planning > Food and Meals

Food, Meals & Water

Traveling & eating is a pairing like movies & popcorn, carnivals & cotton candy or peanut butter & pickles. Well maybe not that last one, but we believe that the...Read More »



Winter Vegetable Soup

Here’s a toasty winter vegetable soup to keep you warm as you wait for spring to finally arrive. Serves 4 1 ½ tablespoons diced carrot 1 ½ tablespoons diced celery...Read More »

Meals on ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours

Travel Planning > Food and Meals

Meals on Your Bicycle Tour

We know there are a lot of factors that you probably consider when booking a bicycle tour: Where do you want to go? What will you see? How much does...Read More »

Riserva dello Zingaro Sicily


A Sicilian Feast

I just came back from an hiking trip on the eastern side of Sicily that included Catania, Siracusa, Val di Noto, Ragusa, to name just a few of the gorgeous...Read More »

Photo by ExperiencePlus! traveler Alan Razak


Straccetti with Arugula and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

This recipe comes to us from the Scuola di Cucina Bologna which we visit on our Whole Journey’s Culinary Delights bicycling tours in Italy. Ingredients: 1 pound of veal thinly...Read More »

Tomato, Chickpea, Feta


Tomato, Chickpea, and Feta Salad with Za’atar

Joeann Gutowski, of our Fort Collins office shares an easy and delicious salad recipe that gets our taste buds yearning for the Mediterranean. This is the time of year when...Read More »

Sweet Crepes


Breton Crêpes

John Giebler (our Director of Tours, and occasional tour leader in France and Italy) shares his favorite crêpe recipe in honor of the new ExperiencePlus! tour in Brittany and Normandy....Read More »



No Knead Flatbread/Pizza Dough

About 2 years ago I decided I wanted try my hand at making some quick pizza or flatbread style dough. As I was looking for recipes I ran across a...Read More »

Starr and another rider enjoy the views in Patagonia's Lakes District with ExperiencePlus!

Destinations > Argentina, Destinations > Chile, About ExperiencePlus! > Rider Spotlight

Bicycle Patagonia: It Doesn’t Get Better Than This

By ExperiencePlus! travelers Starr and Phil Teague The Patagonia Lakes District Plus! the Island of Chiloé bicycle trip was one of our best vacation experiences ever. The biking was challenging...Read More »

Tarte Tatin


Tarte Tatin

Two sisters, Carolina (1847-1911) and Stéphine Tatin (1838-1917), from Lamotte-Beuvron, a small village in the Loire Valley of France, are considered the creators of this wonderful tart. The sisters owned and...Read More »



Roasted Asparagus with Hollandaise

April marks the beginning of asparagus season in Germany and in France and is cause for celebration because it also means that spring has finally arrived. In Germany asparagus fever...Read More »