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  • Highlight Reel: My Favorite Part Of The Tour Leader Summit

    Tour Leader Summit A great appreciation for our guides. As ExperiencePlus!’s Director of Tours, April is always a highlight of the season for me. Blossoming flowers are a welcome sign that a new bicycle tour season is upon us. This is also when… Read full article

  • South Africa

    Tour Leader Rick Lankford Explores South Africa

    A Cycling Expedition Across South Africa Q & A with Rick Lankford ExperiencePlus! Tour Leader Rick Lankford recently scouted our 2017 Expedition route in South Africa.  After his return home, we asked Rick to report back on his journey and… Read full article

  • Giovanni Valetti and crew

    The Surprising Life of Tour Leader Gabriele Monaco

    Gabriele Monaco – Film Maker, Tour Leader, History Buff Q & A with Gabriele about his film Valetti – The Forgotten Hero When Gabriele Monaco isn’t leading ExperiencePlus! bicycle tours in Italy you’ll find him working on his latest film… Read full article

  • ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours Hiring Event for Tour Leaders

    The Secret To Our Success

    The Secret to Our Success BEHIND THE SCENES AT AN EXPERIENCEPLUS! TOUR LEADER HIRING EVENT People often ask how we keep such a high rate of return customers. We’ve grown our business mostly through word of mouth. People ride with… Read full article

  • Meet Your Tour Leaders: Juan Pablo Mansilla

    Meet Your Tour Leader Q & A with Juan Pablo Mansilla Juan Pablo or “Jata” has been leading ExperiencePlus! tours in Chile and Argentina since 2005. He was born and raised in Santiago, Chile and now lives on Chiloé Island… Read full article

  • ExperiencePlus! tour leader Michela Bresciani climbing in the mountains above Lake Garda

    Meet Your Tour Leaders – Michela Bresciani

    Michela began leading tours with ExperiencePlus! in 2012.  She has an amazing variety of interests and though she is quite an accomplished athlete she prefers to gauge her accomplishments today in terms of adventure and fun – not winning. Her… Read full article

  • Montse in Catalonia with part of the 89er club - 5 riders who have done 89 trips with ExperiencePlus

    Introducing Three New Tour Leaders

    ExperiencePlus! has added three new tour leaders to our staff in Europe and we wanted to tell you a bit more about the exceptional people you might be traveling with on your next ride in France, Italy or Spain. Pierre… Read full article

  • The Dolomites

    11 Things I Love About Bicycling Venice and the Dolomites

    By ExperiencePlus! Tour Leader Gabriel Donati Looking for a bicycle ride that crosses cultural and geographical regions? Where you’ll see a radical change in scenery from the first to the last day?  A ride that takes you from the seaside with sand and… Read full article

  • Philipp in Andalucia tasting sherry.

    Meet Your Tour Leaders: Philipp Alexander Schmitt

    We’d like to introduce you to Philipp Alexander Schmitt, our in-house Camino de Santiago historian and specialist (he’s written a pilgrim’s diary and will read from it on tour for you!).  Philipp is well-traveled, well-read, and we’re continually impressed by… Read full article

  • Cristina Taioli - ExperiencePlus! tour leader

    Cristina Taioli Survives the Polar Vortex

    ExperiencePlus! tour leader Cristina Taioli spent over a month touring the U.S. visiting our travelers, spreading the word about bicycle touring and doing her best to survive one of the coldest winter’s on record. Here’s what she had to say… Read full article

  • ExperiencePlus! tour leader Enrico Dal Monte stops to join a card game in Sicily.

    Get to Know Your Tour Leaders: Enrico Dal Monte

    Enrico was born in Italy and has been leading tours for ExperiencePlus! in Belgium, Spain, France, and Italy since 2010, and has very quickly become one of our most popular leaders. He is passionate about languages, travel, learning, music, and… Read full article

  • La Rotonda di San Lorenzo

    The Secrets of Mantua by Enrico Dal Monte

    There are many splendid and evocative places in Italy as authors from all over the world have described throughout the centuries.  There is one pearl in the middle of northern Italy’s Padana Valley that preserves a “magic sparkle” and has… Read full article

  • Cristina Taioli’s 2014 Travels in the United States

    Every winter, Cristina Taioli, longtime bicycle tour leader for ExperiencePlus! bicycle tours, spends a month traveling in the United States meeting up with past travelers and hosting happy hours and gatherings to chat about her trips and bicycling touring in… Read full article

  • Silvija Vukusic and the ExperiencePlus! support van in Croatia. Photo by ExperiencePlus! traveler Guy Cunningham

    Meet Your Tour Leaders: Silvija Vukusic

    Silvija was born in Split, Croatia and has been leading tours for ExperiencePlus! since 2008 mostly in her home country but in the past few years she’s also used her German skills to assist in Germany, and in 2013 she… Read full article

  • Meet Your Tour Leaders: Cristina Taioli Tours the US

    I think I have one of the nicest jobs…biking in Italy and Europe! For the past two winters I’ve been fortunate to spend a month in the States visiting with our travelers, hosting happy hours, presenting slideshows and talking to… Read full article

  • Lisa Merichi

    Meet Your Tour Leaders: Lisa Merighi

    Though 2013 will mark only her third season with ExperiencePlus! Lisa Merighi has quickly become one of our traveler’s favorite tour leaders. We thought it high time we all had the opportunity to get to know her a little better.… Read full article

  • Cristina in Florida during her cross country tour in 2012

    An Italian Tour Leader Tours America

    Italian tour leader Cristina Taioli spent March traveling through Texas, Colorado and Florida visiting ExperiencePlus! alum, hosting happy hours and talking about her extensive travels throughout the world and particularly her love of cycling in Italy. She took a few… Read full article

  • Why I Bike Episode 5

    Why I Bike – Episode 5 (from our staff and tour leaders) Andro Tartaglia – ExperiencePlus! Tour Leader Croatia I enjoy riding my mountain bike in remote and quite places. It gives me an opportunity to relax and not think… Read full article