Our Top Three "Off the Beaten Path" European Inns featuring Italy’s Masseria Bosco, recognized by The New York Times
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Pedal leisurely by day and luxuriate by night with award-winning tour operator ExperiencePlus!, where active travel experiences are a celebration of cycling, comfort, and culture. What better way to end a day riding along quiet coastal roads and ancient vineyards than to be welcomed by a rustic and restored Italian farmhouse, a fairytale lakeside mountain resort, or an 18th-century Spanish manor house frequented by pilgrims along the famed Camino de Santiago route? Every ExperiencePlus! tour prioritizes comfort and ambiance making it easy to arrive, step out the door, and explore each new destination from our strategically-located accommodations either in the heart of town or in a rural magical setting.
Best of all, these accommodations are matched by creative culinary experiences. Every meal extends an invitation to taste and experiment – and to laugh with new friends by your side. Restaurants and cafés are selected for their authenticity, charm, and regional specialties. Whether you are about to sample a local Mozzarella di Bufala, rare Slovenian wines, or just good home-style cooking, each dining experience is a personal introduction to your host country.
Masseria Bosco - Congratulations to Masseria Bosco, recently recognized by The New York Times as one of 7 choice European Inns! This historic property (our featured hotel on the Cycling Southern Italy Plus! The Ionian Seaside tour) is situated on the Adriatic Coast between the spur and heel of Italy's boot in Avetrana, Puglia – where ancient Greek and Italian culture mingle. Known for the typical architecture of the Puglia region, the 16th-century Masseria Bosco is a stone farmhouse located on a secluded stretch of land near spectacular Ionian Sea. Formerly used as a farm, school, and a home to monks, it now features sophisticated furnishings, solar power, and a stunning pool surrounded by courtyard terraces and private dining niches. For dinner you will sit down to a meal of handmade pasta, rich Puglia-style bread, and locally-sourced olive oil. Make yourself at home in this grand estate!
Hotel Triglav – Slovenia is an undiscovered destination and Lake Bled is simply a fairytale setting. Hotel Triglav offers the perfect respite on tour with Cycling the Lakes of Austria and Slovenia Plus! Ljubljana. The old world charm and modern elegance of this stately property is encircled by unsurpassed lake and mountain views. When it is time to rejuvenate after a day’s ride, the relaxing indoor pool and wellness center provide a menu of soothing treatments. It is always a bonus to experience 5-star dining, and Restaurant 1906 won’t disappoint! Their highly trained culinary team prepares magical blends of dishes re-imagined with a nostalgic Slovenian touch and sommelier-guided wine tastings.
Pazo de Andeade isa traditional countryside manor house and is featured as the star accommodation on our Cycling the Camino de Santiagotour (selected by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of "50 Tours of a Lifetime”). Both welcoming and intimate, this historic home offers nine bedrooms, terraces, and a cozy reading room. The building itself is reminiscent of typical Galician architectural style which is a combination of granite and slate traditionally forming a structure with a thatched roof. Wander past the lush gardens to visit the inn’s historic chapel boasting a treasured altarpiece crafted by Compostelan master woodcarvers. The owners of the house strive to attend to every detail to make each traveler’s experience unforgettable. Matching the region, the dinner fare ranges from seafood (including the regional octopus delicacy) and locally-sourced meats, to empanadas, and robust wines. Pazo de Andeade is the perfect setting to enjoy nature and beauty of rural Spain before your trip on the Camino de Santiago comes to an end.
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