ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours’ Sister Company, BikeRentalsPlus! Reports Strong Demand for Self-Guided Italy / France Tours

6 April 2011

Fort Collins, CO.BikeRentalsPlus!, an ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours brand, announces an increase in interest for self-guided bike tours in Italy and France this summer http://www.bikerentalsplus.com/self-guided.html.

“There’s been a 50 percent increase annually over the past two years in requests for self-guided programs,” said Maria Elena Price, ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours Co-Owner and Manager.

Self-guided tours offer flexibility over regularly scheduled small group departures and they cost on average up to 60 percent less per person, noted Price. A six-day /five-night self-guided program starts at €950 per person, double occupancy in France. In Italy a seven day/six night tour starts at €1200 per person, double occupancy.

“The same meticulous planning as regards routes, sightseeing, dining and lodging go into BikeRentalsPlus! self-guided tours as in ExperiencePlus! fully guided programs,” said Price. She added that self-guided clients are usually younger, prefer more independence and are more budget conscious on typical six to 10-day arrangements.

“Of course, traveling outside a group means you need to fix your own flats, but many people think that is part of the challenge and fun,” added Price.

The cost of a self-guided itinerary includes lodging, breakfast, routes (with detailed route notes or GPS tracks on some itineraries), suggestions each day for lunch and dinner spots and cultural insights for each day as well as luggage transfer from one hotel to the next. On-route emergency contacts, including local bike shops and taxi service, are included in each itinerary.

For the seriously independent, do-it-yourself bicycle travelers, BikeRentalsPlus! can do rental bikes without support. Price said that since the company began renting bicycles in 2005 there’s been a 30 percent annual growth in rentals from people who just want to do their own thing.

“We have found we best serve the group of friends/family who are going on their own bike tour or maybe they are renting a villa in France or Italy and want good quality bicycles for some nice riding during their week or more stay,” she said. A list of rental locations can be found at http://www.bikerentalsplus.com/bike_rentals/our_bikes/europe-map-of-bike-rental.html. The company also has villas they can recommend and offer pre-scouted routes for day trips for anyone interested in a villa-based cycling vacation.