Ft Collins, CO, December 17, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours, in 1972 the first North American tour company to offer pedal tours in Europe (http://www.experienceplus.com/), is rolling out new-for-2012 wine and cycle tours in Chile to be experienced for 8 or 11 days.
An 11-day Bicycling Chile’s Wine Country Plus! the Pacific Coast embraces one of the most prestigious "new world" wine producing regions, Chile's Central Valley, that in recent years has produced a number of award-winning wines. The cycling-culinary-photography adventure then turns south to explore Pacific Coast beaches, en route visiting historic colonial cities such as Santa Cruz and Constitucion, secluded villages and beach towns. Departures are March 12-22 at $4,395 per person double and Oct. 20-30 at $4,595 per person double. Single supplements are $600. Rates include use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle, 10 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, 7 dinners, 3 lunches, van support, bilingual tour leaders, 3 wine tastings and visits to wineries. Guests are shuttled to and from Santiago, the host city.
The 8-day program is an abbreviated version and is scheduled for March 12-19 at $3,400 per person double and Oct. 20-27 at $3,550 per person double. Single supplements are $500. Rates include use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights accommodation, all breakfasts, 4 dinners and 3 lunches with 2 wine tastings. Guests are shuttled to and from Santiago, the host city.
On both itineraries guests visit award-wining wineries and are invited to official wine tastings. There is also the option to visit boutique wineries that may not yet have extensive distribution in the US. The tour visits wineries in the Colchagua Valley region that Wine Enthusiast named “Wine Region of the Year” for 2005 due to its world-class red wines.
Visits include Viña Casa Silva http://casasilva.cl/ that holds international awards, mostly in the 2000 – 2005 vintages; Viña Neyen: www.neyen.cl – http://www.neyen.cl/press.html; Las Majadas Estate, home to Bisquertt Vineyards and an overnight stay http://www.bisquertt.cl/ingles/noticias.php; Viña Gillmore (guests lodge here on the last night of the 11-day tour and can enjoy a wine spa with wine therapies) that for five years has garnered high points from Wine Spectator http://www.gillmore.cl/ and http://www.tabonko.cl/eng/spa.html; and a visit to a corporate winery Viña Miguel Torres as a contrast to boutique and family-owned vineyards.
About ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours
No North American company has been running European cycling tours longer than ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours (http://www.experienceplus.com/). Launched in Italy in 1972 the Colorado-based company now offers global cycling tours immersed in local character to 20 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 2011 go to Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, 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 World’s Top 10 Tour Guides.
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