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Trying to decide where to go on a bike tour this fall? Look no further! Whether you’re looking for a challenging and hilly ride, endless miles of remote coastline, or a leisurely excursion interspersed with delicious wine, we’ve got the trip for you.

In early May the European Commission recommended opening up travel for international tourism starting in June. We aren’t sure what the middle part of the summer will look like but we are feeling more optimistic about later fall departures! We of course can’t guarantee anything yet but if planning is half the fun we thought the fun could start now!

Explorer Tours

Portugal: Cycling the Algarve

October 9 – October 15, 2021

Debuting as one of our new Explorer Style tours, this bike adventure begins near the border with Spain and then you pedal towards Cabo de São Vicente, Portugal – also known as the end of the world. A variety of paved roads and dirt paths lead to sandy shores, soaring cliffs, whitewashed fishing villages, and a true taste of the warm Mediterranean culture.

Highlights: Ria Formosa – a wild Paradise, historic roman cities like Tavira and Lagos, small hill town villages, beautiful beaches of Algarve, Cape S. Vicente – once known as “the end of the world”, Mediterranean nature and ocean landscapes.

Croatia: Cycling Istria

September 4 – 11, 2021

Cross three borders as you cycle Istria, the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. From Trieste, Italy you’ll cross and ride along Slovenia’s stunning Adriatic coastline, and get a surprising taste of a verdant landscape reminiscent of Tuscany as you enter the rolling hills of Croatia’s Istria region. Join us to explore rolling hills, a rail to trail converted gravel route, medieval villages, and the crystal coastlines of this beautiful Croatian corner.

Highlights: Bike through three countries, Mediterranean cuisine, Coastal riding, Porec, Parenzana Trail (converted narrow gauge rail to trail route), UNESCO World Heritage Site in Poreč, medieval hilltop towns, vineyards of Istria.

Learn more about what to expect on our new Explorer tours.

Spotlight: Southern Tuscany

October 3 – 8th, 2021

Join us and explore two locations in the Maremma region of Tuscany – the area between the Tyrhennian Sea and the volcanic lake region north of Rome. This relaxing bicycle holiday merges great cycling, exceptional lodging and time on your own.  Ride, then simply relax or take advantage of a myriad of other activities to truly get to know Southern Tuscany and all of its charms.

Highlights: Argentario and Orbetello, Tuscan Maremma, Giardino dei Tarocchi, Talamone, cheese tasting, Tufa towns of Sovana, Sorano and Pitigliano, Etruscan Hildebrand tomb, free time and optional activities after morning rides.

Learn more about what to expect on our new Spotlight tours.

Classic Tour: Bicycling Sardinia – Alghero to Cagliari

September 26 – October 6, 2021

One of ExperiencePlus!’s longest running itineraries (first trip ran in 1991), the Italian island of Sardinia is renowned for its rich history, colorful handcrafts, and endless miles of undisturbed beaches. Our tour gives you a chance to discover this Mediterranean jewel that is often overlooked by North-American travelers. Spend 11 days exploring breathtaking coastal roads, pedaling ancient forests, and hiking to ruins that predate Roman civilization by more than 1,000 years – all while enjoying traditional Italian meals and wine. Other highlights are a visit to an excavated Roman town, a fabulous shepherds’ barbecue, and swimming in pristine waters.

Highlights: Quiet country roads, Spectacular mountain vistas, Great food, great coastal bicycle rides, Traditions dating back to pre-Roman times, Cabras Archaeological Museum, guide hike, mask museum.

Learn more about what to expect on our new Classic tours.