Sicily Cycling | Etna & Baroque | Guided Bike Tour

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Unique Sicily Cycling Tour, pedaling from Siracusa through Modica and at the slope of Etna Volcano.

A southern vision on the Mediterranean Sea, between Europe and Africa: 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.

Big end in Taormina

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.

This is a tested Guided Bike Tour: is possible to make it Custom; ask for any needs or desire you want on your unforgettable Cycling Holidays in South Italy

 

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Tour Details
Informations
Tour name Sicily – Etna & Baroque
Type of tour Guided, Luxury, Cycling
Departures Private dates on request
Duration 6 nights, 7 days
Level Moderate
Total Distance 433km / 268mi
Daily mileage 45 to 80km / 28 to 50mi
Start Siracusa
End Taormina
Suggested Airports In / Out Catania

Highlights:

  • Strolling through Syracuse’s ancient historical center
  • Refreshing “aperitivo” at exotic Marzememi fisherman village
  • Learn to cook traditional Sicilian dishes as Cannoli
  • Alcantara gourges and Taormina
  • Chocolate tasting in Modica
Inclusions
Not Included
Optional Services
  • 6 nights in superior hotels with private bath
  • 7 days cycling or 6 days cycling and 1 day hiking at Etna
  • 6 dinners and 6 breakfasts
  • One wine tasting
  • One cheese tasting
  • One chocolate tasting in Modica
  • Snacks and drinks along the way
  • All maps, trip notes and detailed route directions
  • All Shuttles and technical assistance
  • Support Van
  • All baggage transfer
  • Services of experienced bilingual guides
  • BTS water bottle
  • Sales taxes
  • Airfare to Italy
  • Bike Rental
  • Train fare
  • 3 lunches
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry expenses
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Pre and Post Additional Nights
  • Transfers to/from other destinations on the Island
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Sicily. Bike fitting in the morning and ride to Marzamemi

Distance: 76km / 47mi, Ascent +860 mt.

Meet & Greet at your hotel in Siracusa in the morning. Siracusa is a town rich in history from Bizantine and Hellenic period to the Roman times. After a thorough bike fitting, we will be able to start this awesome bike tour with the conquest of the Hellenic and Roman Island ride towards Noto; the Capital of the local Barocco Siciliano. We will cross Avola which give the name to the famous Sicilian grape. Then we will arrive at the exotic fisherman village of Marzamemi where we will have an unforgettable aperitivo at the front of the sea. Our goal is Modica with a short transfer, the core of the baroque Sicilian style. Ready yourself for our first dinner together, enjoying the delicious cuisine Siciliano!

Welcome dinner at hotel restaurant.
Lodging: Torre Don Virgilio Country Hotel, Modica
Meals included: Light Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Loop Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Scicli, Donnalucata & “Commissario Montalbano” site.

Distance: 65km / 40mi Ascent +935mt or 80km / 50mi Ascent + 1301 mt

Today’s journey will start with a ride to Modica town center, famous for its chocolate tradition imported via trade by Arabs and where we’ll stop for our own chocolate tasting at CIOCCOLATERIA BONAIUTO. Leaving from Modica, we will climb a high plateau before reaching Ragusa, another awesome town famous for the Barocco style and where we will stop for a gelato or a coffee in the old town. Famous here are the gardens “Giardini Iblei” and the Duomo of Ragusa. Not to be missed is the promenade view in the old town. Back in the saddle for a ride to Donnalucata, situated right in front of the sea and where they used to film the “commissario Montalbano” TV series. Our last goal of today’s ride is Scicli, another perl of the Barocco Siciliano. Finish our ride with a short transfer from here to the hotel or cycle for other 20km for those who prefer.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3Vizzini & the Sicilian Countryside

Distance: 71km / 44mi Ascent +1212 mt.

Bike Ride from Modica to Vizzini Scalo.
Leaving from Modica, we will ride towards Gianforma, Giarratana and Monterosso Alamo where we will stop for a light picnic lunch. After lunch, continue cycling towards Vizzini and towards our final destination which is Vizzini Scalo. You will cycle through citrus orchards, olive orchards and thriving vineyards before reaching our accommodation at Castello Camemi. This is a beautiful location where you can relax and rejuvenate at the swimming pool after a long day’s effort on the bike.

Tonight, a Sicilian-style Gourmet dinner awaits us at hotel restaurant.
Lodging: Castello di Camemi, Vizzini Scalo
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Vizzini Scalo to Caltagirone Loop

Distance 66 km / 38 mi Ascent +900 mt

Today’s ride will start in a north direction from the Castello di Camemi towards Caltagirone which will also be our destination for today. Caltagirone is an important production center of pottery, particularly for maiolica and terra-cotta wares. The city’s name derives from the Arabic “qal’at-al-jarar”– a name that attests to the antiquity of the pottery works which are still thriving here in the same traditional manner.

The town was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1693. Reconstructed afterwards in the dominating Baroque style. Primarily for this reason, the city has been included together with the surrounding territory, in an area protected by the UNESCO World Heritage program.

During this ride, we will also pass trough another interesting town called Grammichele. The town was built in 1693, after the destruction by the same earthquake of the original old town of Occhialà. Grammichele is laid out in a hexagonal design with its streets following this pattern. It is one of several Val di Noto towns, with a distinctive layout.

Dinner included at hotel restaurant
Lodging: Castello di Camemi, Vizzini Scalo
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5Etna Volcano & Pistachios

Distance: 56 km / 35mi, Ascent +700 mt

Cycling: morning transfer to Adrano and cycling to Castiglione di Sicilia.
Pedaling around Mount Etna we will come across small towns such as Randazzo and Bronte, famous for its pistachio production.
We will also enjoy a Cheese and Wine tasting in a small delicatessen shop along the way. Then, the highlight climb at “quota mille” 1000 above sea level, on sloping roads of the famous Etna Volcano before arriving to our accomodation in Linguaglossa. You may wish to rest up at the swimming pool or you can walk around the town center to visit some traditional food or dress shops or some of its many churches to visit. Linguaglossa is settled on the northern part of Etna and it is an important center for the local tourism: here are based many ski touring and hiking companies which accompany groups to the top of Etna.

Dinner at Villa Neri restaurant.
Lodging: Villa Neri resort and SPA in Linguaglossa.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6Climb up Etna: Lava & Craters. Bike or Hike

Distance: 62km / 38mi, Ascent +1800 mt.

Loop: Challenging loop bike ride, climbing towards the top of Etna Volcano, at 1800 m. above the sea level.
Optional Hike: Trekking to the craters.
Here, on top of Etna the landscape is unforgettable! Pedal from the warm Mediterranean Sea to the lunar-like top of the Volcano. You will be amazed at how the scenery changes and how wonderfully beautiful everything is. The Locals call the volcano: “A Muntagna”, as a sign of majesty. Yes, the climb will be hard, but in the end you will understand why Etna is considered as a “king”, sometimes a good, sometimes a bad king.
You have the option to walk amongst the craters starting from Mareneve plateau and hike for about 12 km; in this case a private transfer will collect the participants at the hotel and they won’t ride today.
Come back to the hotel in Linguaglossa, in time for an amazing wine tasting, discovering the Syrah, Etna Rosso and Nero d’Avola wines.

Farewell dinner in Linguaglossa downtown.
Lodging: Villa Neri resort and SPA in Linguaglossa
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7Alcantara Gorge & Taormina. Arrivederci Amici!

Distance: 47 km / 30mi, Ascent +500 mt

Our last ride of the tour to Taormina crossing the Alcantara Gorge.
The Alcantara Gorge is an ancient valley carved out by the spring water cutting its way out and down a calcareous rock formation. We pass little towns along today’s ride such as Giardini Naxos where we will stop for a light lunch by the sea. The seaside road will take us up to the breathtaking town of Taormina which will be our last and a small climb, after considering Etna. Enjoy your time in Taormina for shopping, tasting and above all, visiting the Greek theatre!
Say “CIAO” to all the group and see you again for another bike tour in the near future with us. You are free to overnight in the city or we can organize a transfer where you prefer.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Rates & Dates
Guided Bike Tour
Tour Price: 3200€

Price based on double accommodation, it can change according to the period.

Single occupancy: quote under request

Private & Custom departures at any time

Bike Rental: (price/week)
Touring/Hybrid Bike € 160
Race Bike  € 210
E-bike € 230
Tandem € 320
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Lodging
Day 1 & 2 – Eremo della Giubiliana, Ragusa Countryside

A historic site overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, in the middle of the unspoiled countryside of the Ibleo plateau. One of the few hotels in Sicily where you can really feel the intriguing charm of the prestigious island.

Day 3 & 4 – Castello di Camemi, Vizzini Scalo

This hotels is housed in a 16th-century castle in the Vizzini countryside. With an elegant décor and stone floors, each room at the Camemi castle is unique. Some rooms also feature a spa bath or a separate living room. Guests enjoy sofas, deckchairs and tables in the property’s garden.

Day 5 & 6 – Villa Neri Resort, Linguaglossa

The Villa Neri offers a free wellness center with outdoor pool; here you can relax in the sauna and Turkish bath. Rooms are extra luxurious with top-quality furniture and marble and ceramic bathrooms. Each one is air conditioned and has either a patio or balcony with panoramic views.

Reviews

Mauro and Renato organized a great Sicilian cycling tour for us. We spent 6 days and 7 nights touring the eastern part of the island: Syracusa, Ragusa, Chiramonte, Mount Etna and Taormina. They customized the itinerary to our desires; luxury accommodations, great restaurants, beautiful/quiet cycling routes, wonderful cultural experiences and great attention to detail. Renato, our guide, was the best!

Mark, US
June 1st , 2019

Montalbano Country Bike Tour.
Syracuse – Ortigia, – Catania – Noto – Modica – Ragusa – Donna Lucata .. Guided E-bike tour with the most excellent route preparation and guides including GPS mapping.

William S. England
October, 2020

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