Sicily Cycling on the Val di Noto Unesco Heritage Site

FROM SIRACUSA BIKING ON VAL DI NOTO: RAGUSA, NOTO, MODICA & MARZAMEMI

At the crossroads of Africa, the Middle East and Europe, Sicily is pure magic. Cycle the breathtaking landscapes around, Syracuse (a Greek-Roman-Byzantine-Bourbon-Arab-Norman-Aragonese-Italian city with an island historical center), and Val di Noto (area of Unesco Heritage sites which includes many city visited on this tour).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Strolling through Syracuse’s ancient historical center
  • Refreshing swims in sparkling sea at exotic Marzememi
  • Relax over a glass of Nero d’Avola wine in Noto’s historical city center
  • Handmade Cannoli siciliani sweet with ricotta cheese
  • The Barocco Cities
  • The Granita Siciliana
  • All sicilian food

This bike route winds entirely across the countryside of the Hyblaean area, walking on this path will be an amazing chance to discover and visit many of the marvellous naturalistic sites which embellish this part of land. You set off at Cava d’Ispica, a 13 km-long canyon still preserving its untainted ecosystem, then you cross an area famous for the presence of the oldest trees in Sicily which leads us to Frigintini, a village clustering farms devoted to high-quality production. The next step is the crossing of another valley, chiselled by Fiumara creek, heading to Scicli.
This itinerary will lead you through the discovery of Europe’s most southern shoreline with its marvellous beaches of golden, satin sand from the Sahara desert and its lush Mediterranean dune vegetation.

Day by Day

DAY 1 Welcome to Sicily. Welcome Meeting in Siracusa. 
Arrive at Catania Airport and transfer to Siracusa on your own. Meet & Greet with BTS local representative.
Lodging: Alla Giudecca Hotel in Siracusa

DAY 2 Noto & the Barocco Siciliano
Bike ride from Siracusa to Noto through the coastline and the inland.
Distance: Option A: 42,3 km / 26 mi; Ascent +450m
Option B: 73 km / 45 mi; Ascent +1140m.
Lodging: “Gagliardi” Hotel or “Porta Reale” in Noto

DAY 3 Buonivini district tour: in the core of Noto wine area Cycling to Portopalo di Capo Passero
Bike ride from Noto to Portopalo di Capo Passero.
Distance: option A: 35 km / 21 mi; Ascent +210m.
Option B: 72 km / 45 mi; Ascent +822m.
Lodging: “Portopalo Suite” in Portopalo

DAY 4 Modica & the Chocolate–
Bike ride from Portopalo to Modica.
Distance: Option A: 30 km / 19 mi. Ascent +605m.
Option B: 59 km / 37 mi. Ascent +1186m.
Lodging: “Palazzo Failla” Hotel in Modica Alta

DAY 5 Ragusa & Iblean Mounts
Loop bike ride from Modica to Ragusa
Distance: Option A: 30 km / 19 mi. Ascent +605m.
Option B: 59 km / 37 mi. Ascent +1186m
Lodging: “Palazzo Failla” Hotel in Modica Alta

DAY 6 Marina di Modica & the southernmost coastline
Bike ride from Modica to Marina di Modica
Distance: Option A: 37 km / 22 mi; Ascent +215m.
Option B: 65 km / 40 mi; Ascent +600m.
Lodging: “Modica Beach Resort” in Marina di Modica

DAY 7 Arrivederci
After breakfast, end of tour. Transfer to train station or to Catania- Comiso Airports is available.

All tours offered are customizable to your liking.

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Cost: 1430€ p/person

Tour name: Sicily
Tour type: Self Guided Cycling Tour
Price based on double accommodation, it can change according to the period
Single occupancy: 400 €
Single traveler: 600 €
Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights
Difficulty : easy going to moderate; 2 options each day

Inclusions:

  • Six nights in excellent four and three-star superior hotels
  • Six breakfasts
  • Bike delivery Siracusa and professional bike fitting
  • Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map
  • GPS device with tracks
  • Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
  • daily assistance by phone or email (whatsapp,messenger and so on)
  • All Baggage transfers
  • Drop Off bike and gear in Marina di Modica
  • Keepsake BTS water bottle
  • VAT tax

Not included:

  • City tax: each village charge a tax per each day between euro 0,70 to 2,50 this can be paid only in cash to hotel for local administration
  • Bike Rental: Touring/hybrid bike  €140 p/week. Race bike €180 p/week, Ebike €210p/week.

Total distance: 140 or 175 mi
Daily Mileage: 25-30 mi on rolling hill terrain with some climbs. Additional mileage available on request.

Optional Services:

  • Cooking lessons
  • Cheese tasting
  • Wine tasting

Tour Departures: from April to end of November
Length: The base tour is 6 nights but is possible take the first part (4 nights) or add some days or legs.

Logistic:
Begin: Siracusa
End: Marina di Modica 

Airport Arrival / Depart: Catania or Comiso airports

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