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Highlight Reel: My Favorite Part Of The Tour Leader Summit

by John Giebler - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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 ExperiencePlus! tour leaders travel from across Europe to gather at our Italian headquarters for our annual tour leader summit.

This summit allows our company to come together to share stories and brainstorm ways in which we can ensure our bicycle tours exceed our customers’ dreams. We work hard during this summit. But we also have a lot of fun.

I brought my camera to this year’s summit to film as many of our tour leaders as possible hoping, at the very least, to give you a glimpse into this dynamic group of people. Between organizing events and hosting discussions, I knew it was going to be a challenge to fit filming into my busy schedule. What I didn’t know was that it would be the highlight of the summit for me. I loved the opportunity to have even just a couple minutes alone with these fascinating people. I hope you enjoy meeting them in this short video!




John Giebler - has led tours in France and Italy and has been with ExperiencePlus! since 2000. When he’s not leading bicycle or culinary tours, he enjoys putting his sommelier skills to to practice. In 2013 he became ExperiencePlus!'s Director of Tours where he will oversee the quality and development of all of ExperiencePlus's guided bicycle tours. John loves music, cooking, and travels with his friends/colleagues in Italy. John was Head Produce Buyer for Whole Foods Market in the Boston area until – having always had an intense passion for food, wine, and travel – the travel bug became too strong in 1996. John got a great price on a round-the-world ticket that eventually led him to Europe. Getting back to his love of food and wine, he delved into the French culture working on small farms and harvesting grapes in Burgundy. After relishing several years living in France, John moved near to our Italian headquarters in 2006. In the past few years, John’s European roots have grown deeper; in October 2011, he married in the charming medieval town of Brisighella.

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