Included

Included

What’s Included

When you book a tour with ExperiencePlus! our goal is to ensure your only focus each day is to hop on your bike and explore scenic cycling routes in new destinations. Inclusions may differ depending on which tour style you pick but all ExperiencePlus! tours include the three most important aspects of a guided bike tour.

  • Superb tour leaders who are fun and multilingual, bi-cultural experts, and cycling enthusiasts. They will support you and help you navigate confidently on and off the road.
  • High quality bikes selected for the terrain you are cycling on and correct bike fitting to ensure comfortable cycling.
  • Thoughtfully designed itineraries and routes that take advantage of stunning cycling destinations and the freedom of bicycle travel.

Pre-Trip Support

  • Bicycle training programs designed specifically for your tour and fitness level.
  • Planning tips on what to pack, hotel recommendations and other helpful details from our Travel Planning Pages:
    Travel Planning
  • A gift of your choice (cycling jerseys, socks, or a t-shirt) as our way of saying thanks for choosing ExperiencePlus!
  • *Traveler services including assistance booking extra nights at the tour starting and ending hotels. (*Explorer Tours excluded)
  • See “What’s Included” for tour-specific inclusions and be sure to check the “Keep in mind” section under “Tour Summary” online.

Bicycles

For a full list of what’s included with your bike see: https://www.experienceplus.com/what-to-expect/our-bikes/. If you would like to bring your own pedals and shoes we recommend doing so. On Explorer tours we include a GPS device on all bikes. We ask that you bring your own helmet to ensure the best fit. If you would like us to provide you with a used helmet, please contact us.

Navigating, daysheets and van support:

Each day you’ll receive a daily briefing with a highlighted route map. About 14 days prior to your tour, we will provide you with access to RideWithGPS Experiences, our

platform to distribute information on each tour day’s activities, meals and ride, as well as GPS-routes.

Daily information also includes Tour Leader phone numbers, hotel information and interesting historical and cultural information. On Classic, Bike and Boat and Expedition tours we also navigate using our signature chalk dust arrows. Our arrows make navigating very easy—you may never need to look at the map. On Explorer tours the terrain and destinations are not always conducive to using chalk arrows so we’ll ride as a group or you can navigate on your own with the GPS tracks. On tour you will have a support van providing water and snack resupply, mechanical assistance, a lift for tired cyclists, and luggage transfers. On some itineraries the van will not be able to follow sections of the route that stray from the road for example onto cycling paths.

On tour you will have a support van providing water and snack resupply, mechanical assistance, a lift for tired cyclists, and luggage transfers. On some itineraries the van will not be able to follow sections of the route that stray from the road for example onto cycling paths.

Need More Miles? On many days it is possible to add miles to the day, just talk to your tour leader about your options.

Need Fewer Miles? If you aren’t sure about your abilities or how much you want to ride remember the support van is available to offer snacks, encouragement, a lift over the next hill, or to the next hotel. You are on vacation and we’re here to help make it perfect for you.

Tipping your tour leader team:

If you feel your tour leader team has demonstrated great expertise and service, common practice within the travel industry is to tip. Tipping is voluntary and greatly appreciated, and gratuity amounts vary widely. Should you decide to leave a tip, as a guideline, we suggest 5% of the tour cost per traveler — this is for the entire tour leader team, not each tour leader. You can give the tip to any member of the tour leader team, as they share it evenly. In order to avoid social tensions, we encourage you to tip as individuals and not as a group. If you feel your tour leaders did not quite meet your expectations, please let us know. *Tips are included in Expedition pricing.

Photos:

By reserving space on tour, you agree that ExperiencePlus! may use, re-use and reproduce any images, photos or videos sent to us, or that are taken by our guides or other travelers, in any medium, including but not limited to print, electronic media, or Internet, free of charge and without your right to inspection. If you do not want us to use any images of you, you must inform us or your tour leader in writing at the start of the tour.

Bike Tour Styles

Styles

Our Tour Styles

We realize that one size does not fit all and there are as many ways to travel by bike as there are different types of cyclists and travelers. No matter what you are looking for in a cycling vacation, we have a tour with just the right pace for you.

Classic Tours: Dream of traveling through a region by bike? then our Classic style bike tours are for you! Our unique chalk arrows lead the way as you explore small villages and world-class cities while traveling at your own pace.

  • Tour Length: 7-15 days
  • Hotels: 3-4 stars, most itineraries include at least one two-night stay at the same hotel.
  • Road Type: Pavement, bike paths.
  • Multi-night Stays: Occasionally
  • Navigation: Chalk Arrows
  • Price: $$$
  • Tour Levels: 1-4.5

Explorer Tours: Travel further off the beaten path – we let the destination dictate where we ride, not the road surface.

  • Tour Length: 7-8 days
  • Hotels: 2-3 stars, occasional multi-night stays at the same hotel.
  • Road Type: 30-50% gravel or hard-packed dirt, the rest pavement.
  • Multi-night Stays: Occasionally
  • Navigation: Group riding and GPS
  • Price: $$
  • Tour Levels: 1-4

Bike and Boat Tours: Spend days cycling and your evenings relaxing on a private boat as you cruise to your next port.

  • Tour Length: 7-8 days, some itineraries have land-based extensions available.
  • Barge/Boat: 3-4 star, same cabin for the entire boat trip.
  • Road Type: Pavement
  • Navigation: Chalk Arrows
  • Price: $$$
  • Tour Levels: 1-4

Expedition Tours: Multi-week tours where you spend long days on the bike with the added satisfaction of pedaling across multiple countries.

  • Tour Length: 15-40 days
  • Hotels: 2-4 stars, typically there is a 2-night hotel stay every 5-7 days.
  • Road Type: Pavement with occasional hard-packed dirt or gravel.
  • Multi-night Stays: On rest days
  • Navigation: Chalk Arrows
  • Price: $$$
  • Tour Levels: 4-5

Bike Tour Levels

Levels

We know that travelers have different cycling abilities and preferences for the number of miles, elevation gain, and type of terrain they want on a bicycle tour. We have rated each day of our tours on a scale of 1-5. Our Tour Level’s are an average of the day rating on tour. We recommend looking at the daily summary on the PDF and Website Itinerary to see details about each day’s ride.

Level 1 – 1.5

Level 1 – 1.5 days will be mostly flat and the distance will rarely exceed 50 km. Level 1 – 1.5 tours are suitable for beginner cyclists, those traveling by bicycle for the first time, or multi-generational groups with a desire for a nice and easy bike tour with plenty of opportunities to stop and enjoy the scenery.

  • Average daily mileage: 20 – 50 km. (12-30 miles) Be sure to check the day by day itinerary description for the tour you are considering for specific mileages.
  • Gain: 0-400 M (0-1200 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly flat with occasional gentle climbs at a grade of less than 3%, that are sustained for a maximum of 3km. There might be a steeper but short climb.

Level 2 – 2.5

Level 2 – 2.5 days are ideal for riders newer to bicycle touring looking for a bit of a challenge.

  • Average daily mileage: 30-60 km (18 – 38 miles). Be sure to check the day by day itinerary description for the tour you are considering for specific mileages.
  • Gain: 400 – 600 m (1200 – 2000 ft)
  • Terrain: Mostly rolling terrain around 3%. Presents multiple 3% to 4% climbs. May present an occasional steeper climb.

Level 3 – 3.5

Level 3 – 3.5 days are great for active individuals (who run, bike, swim etc. on a regular basis).

  • Average daily mileage: 50-70km (30-45 miles). Be sure to check the day by day itinerary description for the tour you are considering for specific mileages.
  • Gain: 600 – 900m (2000 – 2800 ft)
  • Terrain: Multiple Climbs with grades of 4 – 6%.

Level 4 – 4.5

Level 4 – 4.5 days are the best riding days for avid cyclists or very active individuals who are excited to challenge themselves on a bike.

  • Average daily mileage: 70-90km (45-55 miles) Be sure to check the day by day itinerary description for the tour you are considering for specific mileages.
  • Gain: 900-1000m (2800-3600 ft)
  • Terrain: Presents multiple steep climbs (6% to 8% grades), 1 to 3km long. Alternatively, 4 — 6% grades for 6 kilometers or more.

Level 5 (Expedition)

Our Expedition tours designed for strong riders looking for the challenge of riding across countries or continents. Long daily mileages mean limited van support so we recommend these tours for riders who feel confident that they can ride every mile.

  • Average daily mileage: 120 km (75 miles). Be sure to check the day by day itinerary description for the tour you are considering for specific mileages.
  • Gain: 500-2000 m (1600- 6500 ft)
  • Terrain: Expect and be prepared for any and everything.

Remember

A tour level is the average of the days so we recommend you look at the day level on each day of the itinerary to help you better understand what to expect from your tour.

Pre Trip Planning Checklist

Checklist

To do once you’ve booked!

  • Read through your Reservation Confirmation and After you Book Information (link sent to you by e-mail), it has important information to help you plan your trip!
  • Check the date on your passport. The expiration date should extend three months past your date of return to your home country.
  • Complete the Customer Information Form:
    Customer Information Form
  • We recommend you take out travel insurance. Find details at
    Travel Insurance
  • Choose a bicycle training program:
    Bicycle Tour Training
  • Peruse our country-specific Travel Planning Pages:
    Travel Planning

6 to 3 Months Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Refer to your Tour Packet/Itinerary to see step-by-step arrival and departure information for your tour, meeting place and time, if a reservation on a complimentary ExperiencePlus! Shuttle (if applicable) is required, along with other important information to help you plan your arrival and departure.
  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights.
  • Begin your chosen training program
  • Final payment is due 90 days (120 days for Bike & Barge/Boat tours) prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail which we send 10 days prior to the due date for detailed instructions.

6 to 2 Weeks Prior to Tour Start Date

  • Start reading one of the books or watching one of the movies from our Reading and Movie Lists: https://www.experienceplus.com/travel-planning/.
  • Plan what you are going to pack and start packing! Refer to the Packing Lists for suggestions, and see luggage limits at https://www.experienceplus.com/travel-planning/packing/.
  • We’ll email you your access code to Digital Daysheets, Hotel Itinerary, Participant Roster, names and contact information of your Tour Leaders, emergency phone numbers, and other important departure information about 2 weeks prior to your tour start date. All this will be provided to you via a feature called Experiences via the RideWithGPS App (tracks available but not necessary for navigation on Classic, Expedition and Bike & Boat tours).

Day of your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack one day of cycling gear in your carry-on just in case. See you soon!