Unique Cycling Tour in Sicily, pedaling on the Etna Volcano and tasting flavors rich in History
Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean sea, hanging on the tip of the Italian boot, for its location at the center of the Mediterranean Sea, the cradle of all the most ancient cultures, has enriched and literally steeped in centuries of different cultures. From the Greeks to the Romans, and then give way to the Moors, the Normans, the French and the Spanish before becoming Italian in 1861.
Of these cultures can still fully enjoy and it is this aspect that makes Sicily so unique and interesting for tourists. From the Greek temples to the luxurious Roman villas, flavorings and colors of Arab cuisine, the Sicilian Baroque and traditional costumes of Spanish influence, everything speaks of the ancient history of an island and drag tourists on a journey of exciting discoveries.
Nature is another strong component of this emotion: clear water to the valleys, tuff, and then inevitably end up amazed and reverent in the presence of his majesty Etna Volcano. The largest active volcano in Europe dominates the landscape from afar by day, with its peaks and steaming night with its fiery lava and if you are lucky with its spectacular fireworks.
Your best private Bike Tour in Sicily. Luxury version is available.
Day by Day
DAY 1 Welcome to Siracusa & Sicily
Meeting at Catani aAirport where our guides will lead you to Siracusa. Transfer from Catania airport is included. Bike Fitting and Meet & greet at hotel in Siracusa. Siracusa is a town rich in history from Hellenic period to the Roman and Bizantine time. At the moment is a pretty and charming town full of tasty restaurants and archaeological remains. Our hotel is setted in Ortigia Island which is the historic part of the town.Welcome dinner at Al Mazarì restaurant.
DAY 2 Modica & Chocolate. Distance: 76km / 47mi, elevation gain: 860 mt.
Cycling to Ragusa. Leaving Siracusa we ride along the coast crossing Donnafugata Castle and Noto, famous for Baroque Architecture and its almonds and pistachio sweets. Our goal is Ragusa Ibla, the core of the baroque Sicilian style.
DAY 3 Chiaramonte & Baroque Architecture. Distance: 74km / 46mi, elevation 1450 mt
Cycling: bike tour to Chiaramonte Gulfi. Leaving from Ragusa we will pass Modica, famous for chocolate tradition imported by the Arabs, we stop for a chocolate tasting at CIOCCOLATERIA BONAIUTO. We pass through the small towns of Giarratana and soon after Chiaramonte Gulfi we arrive at Locanda Gulfi.
DAY 4 Etna Volcano & Pistachios. Distance: 56 km / 35mi, elevation gain: 700 mt
Cycling: transfer to Adrano and cycling tour to Castiglione di Sicilia. Pedaling around the Mountain Etna we cross little towns such as Bronte, famous for pistachios production, and Randazzo. Cheese Tasting in a small delicatessen shop. Final destination: Castiglione di Sicilia, one of the nicest hamlets of Italy.
DAY 5 Lava & Craters. Distance: 62km / 38mi, elevation gain: 1800 mt.
Cycling or Hiking: Challenge climb towards the top of Etna Volcano, to 1800m. of altitude. Optional trekking hike to the craters. Come back to the hotel in Castiglione di Sicilia, in time for amazing wine tasting with Syrah, Etna Rosso and Nero d’Avola wines.
DAY 6 Alcantara gorge & Taormina. Distance: 47 km / 30mi, elevation gain: 500 mt
Cycling: easy ride tour to Taormina. Crossing the Alcantara gorge, we pass little towns such as Giardini Naxos where we stop for a light lunch by the sea. Arrive in Taormina and enjoy your time for shopping and visiting the Greek theatre. Farewell dinner at hotel restaurant.
DAY 7 Farewell Breakfast & Arrivederci
Private transfer is included to Catania Airport
Tour customizable at any time. All tours offered are customizable. Luxury version is available
Cost: Euro 2,950 p/person
Price: Based on double occupancy, single supllement 390 euro
Tour Name: Discovering Sicily by Bike
Tour Type: Guided Bike Tour
- Six nights in superior hotels with private bath
- Six dinners and six breakfast
- One wine tasting
- One cheese tasting
- One chocolate tasting
- Snacks and drinks along the way
- All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions
- All Shuttles and technical assistance
- Support Van
- All baggage transfer
- Transfer on day seventh to Catania airport
- Services of 2 experienced bilingual guides
- Bike Tour Sardinia water bottle
- Sales taxes
Not included: Airfare to Italy and Alghero, lunches, 2 dinners, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature, guide for hike on the Etna Volcano, bike rental
Touring/hybrid bike: € 160 p/week
Race bike: € 200p/week
E-bike: € 220 p/week
Difficulty: moderate, up and down with some climbs
Total distance: 180 miles
Daily Mileage: 35 mi on hilly terrain with some climbs.
Duration: 7 days/6 nights
Notes: Our daily itinerary of cycling is designed to be a vacation, not a race! Our pace is relaxed in order to enjoy the scenery which is gently rolling terrain and some hills. We will cover an average of 30 to 35 miles a day. Advanced cyclists who want to do more are accommodated, and backup transportation and support is always available.
Tour customizable at any time. Luxury version is available.
Algilà Hotel, Siracusa
Algilà Ortigia Charme Hotel stands on the ancient “Mastra Rua”, a street that from the 14 th century was where the most important noblemen of the city had their residences. The refined historic building that houses the hotel is the result of the fusion of two buildings and a recent restoration has preserved the original structure, creating an intriguing distribution of the rooms that is fascinating. View hotel website>>
Locanda Gulfi, Chiaramonte Gulfi
The spacious, luminous and welcoming rooms of the Locanda Gulfi offer every comfort. The rooms are furnished in the area’s traditional style. The furniture,specially made by local artisans, and transmits the warm of true Sicilian hospitality.These elegant and relaxing rooms allow for a truly pleasurable stay. View hotel website>>
Villa Neri Resort, Linguaglossa
Along the wine street, point of balance between Etna and Ionian sea, combination of vineyards, olive trees and oaks. Routed paths by men and nature during the years.
The Twelve Fountains restaurant delivers a unique sensory experience. The intimate and exclusive Spa offers our guests moments of self-indulgence.
Hotel Belvedere, Taormina
The sea of Taormina can only be seen like this from the rooms at the Panoramic Hotel, an extremely modern 4-star property with a spectacular view facing Isola Bella and Capo Taormina.
Panoramic Hotel, a window to the infinite blue of Taormina. View hotel website>>