Ft Collins, CO, August 16, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours, that in 1972 was the first North American company to offer European pedal tours with a program in Italy, (http://www.experienceplus.com/) will share five new or expanded itineraries in 2012 with active bicycle travelers.
New bicycle tour programs in the Czech Republic, France and Italy begin as early as May and continue through October.
Czech Please! Explore Moravia and Bohemia on a 7-day ($3,400 per person, double) or an 11-day tour ($4,550 per person, double), that covers more than 150 miles over 7 days (260 miles over 11). Czech Bicycle Tours begin and end in Mikulov/Cesky Krumlov or Telc. Revealed is a landscape of 15th century forbidden forests and castles along world-famous greenways from Vienna to Prague skirting the Austrian/Czech border. Departure dates in 2012 are June 25, Aug.6 and Aug. 27. 11-day: http://www.experienceplus.com/tours/tours.html?tid=888
Cycling Languedoc Region of France is an 11-day journey of over 430 miles at $4,550 per person, double, that begins and ends in Nimes / Perpignan. Another option is a shorter 8-day tour at $3,595 that ends in Carcassone. Both encompass a premier wine region overlaid with French and Spanish languages and cultures, positioned between the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Today this region is classic Mediterranean France with vast expanses of vineyards and vestiges of Roman history in Nimes and Narbonne. A highlight of this tour is two nights in Carcassonne, perhaps the best preserved medieval fortress town in Europe. 2012 departure dates are May 27 and Sept. 2.
Best of Provence Plus! is a new version of an old favorite, offering 11 days over 300 miles at $4,550 per person, double and beginning and ending in Arles / Aix-en-Provence. Another option is an 8-day tour at $3,450 that ends in Gigondas. Mediterranean cuisine, Côtes-de-Rhône wines, locally pressed olive oils, Roman ruins, artisans, open-air markets and a visit to a chef’s home are part of the fun. Passing scenes may be familiar thanks to Van Gogh and Cézanne. The longer trip concludes in the small hilltop villages of Luberon that made Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence an international best-seller. Departure dates in 2012 are May 12, June 9, Sept. 15 and Oct. 6. See: http://www.experienceplus.com/tours/tours.html?tid=2694
Bicycling Italy's Lakes District will be a 12-day adventure of over 350 miles at $4,495 per person, double beginning and ending at Lake Maggiore / Mantua. An 8-day program is offered at $3,495. Italy's Lakes District is a transition zone between peninsular Italy and Alpine Europe. This series of lakes created by the melt-water of alpine glaciers enjoys a unique micro-climate harboring olive and citrus groves, exotic botanic gardens, villas and extraordinary vistas. Long an attraction for writers and artists, the Lake District and this program encompass Maggiore, Lugano and Como. 2012 departure dates are June 17, July 29 and Aug. 19. See: http://www.experienceplus.com/tours/tours.html?tid=2708
New Culinary (Agriturismo) Tour in Emilia Romagna is an 11-day trip with a 7-day option at $4,295/$3,295 per person, double. Between meals it traverses over 250 miles beginning/ending in Cremona / Faenza. There are enroute visits to purveyors of cured hams, pastas, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and wine makers, ancient castles and world heritage UNESCO sites. Departure dates in 2012 are May 27 and Sept. 16.
For more information and to order a 2012 catalog contact: ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours (http://www.experienceplus.com/); (800) 685-4565 or (970) 484-8489).
About ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours
No North American company has been running European cycling tours longer than ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours. Launched in Italy in 1972 the Colorado-based company now offers global cycling tours immersed in local character to 21 countries on five continents. Throughout the years as the business and industry have evolved, ExperiencePlus!’ roots as a family business have remained strong. Authentic, experienced, self-paced and engaging were the ethos of parents Rick and Paola Malpezzi Price which have now been passed down to their daughters and current directors Monica Price and Maria Elena Price.
Standing behind their beliefs, ExperiencePlus! is the only adventure cycling company that issues a 10-point Customer’s Bill of Rights outlining what clients can and should expect while pedaling on a company tour. Their cultural cycling programs engage tour leaders who are expert cyclists and trained cultural interpreters, guiding guests on innovative routes and immersing them in off-the-beaten-path experiences. Tours in 2012 go to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic , France, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam.
ExperiencePlus! is a 2011 and a 2010 recipient of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime. The 2011 issue also featured Maria Elena Price and Monica Price, co-owners, among its Top 10 Tour Guides.
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