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Italy Guided Biking / Sicily
Tour Dates: Charters Available Mar-Jun & Sept-Nov

The Bicycle Tour of Sicily tour promises to be a tasty combination of cultures wrapped in the magic of the Mediterranean.

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and we will ride a counterclockwise loop on the western side of the island. The views change daily in this uncrowded, enchanted landscape of Greek temples, hilltop castles and white sand beaches bordered by seaside cliffs. As we make our way inland to the interior of the island, we find rolling hills with broad valleys of wheat, groves of olive trees and endless vineyards buzzing with activity during the harvest.

Price:Call for a Quote – price depends on group size

Price Includes:
  • 7 nights lodging
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 7 dinners
  • vehicle support
  • luggage transfers
  • trip information package that includes maps, route descriptions, and suggested sights to visit
Price does not include:

International flights, restaurant lunches, airport transfers, beverages, Bike rentals (you may choose to bring your own bike or rent a hybrid bike rental/ €100 euros.

“I’d go again in a heartbeat! Lovely country, outstanding food, good bikes, and comfortable accommodations.” ~ Peter K.

Tour Difficulty

Daily rides are between 60 to 70 km (36– 42 miles).

  • Difficulty: Moderately Hilly
  • Road Conditions: Smooth & Paved
  • Recommended Bike: Hybrid or Road

Tour Highlights

  • Enchanted Landscapes
  • Archeological treasures
  • Outstanding Cuisine
  • Scenic Coastal Riding

Tour Overview

The Bicycle Tour of Sicily tour promises to be a tasty combination of cultures wrapped in the magic of the Mediterranean.

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, and we will ride a counterclockwise loop on the western side of the island. The views change daily in this uncrowded, enchanted landscape of Greek temples, hilltop castles and white sand beaches bordered by seaside cliffs. As we make our way inland to the interior of the island, we find rolling hills with broad valleys of wheat, groves of olive trees and endless vineyards buzzing with activity during the harvest.

In Sicily, the pace of life is slower and there is a real sense of tradition. Sicily’s multi-cultural past is reflected in its well preserved Greek temples, Phoenician ruins, Norman fortresses and Baroque churches found throughout the island. On the culinary side you will find fresh sea food, local produce and delightful pastries. It is also said that Sicilians make the best gelato in all of Italy, but you be the judge!

This is an easy to moderate tour, perfect for the athletic-novice to advanced rider. The riding is easier than our Tuscany tour, and we will be accompanied by a support van should you need a lift. The lodgings are a fun collection of beautifully restored old-world hotels, trulli-style inns, a masseria farmhouse and a renovated 15th century convent. Since Puglia is a major agricultural region, famous for its wine and olive oil, you can count on fantastic meals!

This is the Italy few have seen, and we like to think of this tour as a true “diamond in the rough” for the cyclist who prefers the road less traveled with a great meal at the end of it!

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Day 1

Fly to Palermo or Trapani and we can arrange transfers at an additional cost to our first lodging in Scopello. Late afternoon bike fitting, orientation and welcome dinner. We’ll be staying in the lovely agriturismo on a farm in the seaside village of Scopello. This is a great place to arrive a day early to get over jet lag. There is a wonderful walk along the coast in a nearby Natural Park.

Day 2 - Scopello /Erice – (62 km)

We will begin our trip with a visit to Segesta, a spectacular archaeological site. Our cycling destination today is Erice, a small medieval town on top of Mount San Giuliano that overlooks the Mediterranean. Erice is the only Sicilian town that has been inhabited since prehistoric times. You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy its winding cobblestone streets, castle walls and picturesque squares in the historical part of town. Make sure to try some of the pastry shops! Hotel in Erice.

Day 3 - Erice/Marsala – (60 km )

You begin your downhill trip toward the sea. You’ll make your way to the Salt Road on the west coast of Sicily. Here you will find numerous salt mills and endless views of seaside life in Sicily. Your destination is Marsala, a city rich in Carthaginian, Roman, Norman and Arab history.

Day 4 - Marsala/ Selinunte – (70 km)

You are off and riding to the temples of Selinunte. Founded by the Greeks in the 7th century BC, Selinunte is one of the most intriguing archaeological sites in the Mediterranean area. From the massive acropolis youÂ’ll have a panoramic view of distant hillsides dotted with temples that stretch to the sea. Hotel near Selinunte.

Day 5 - Selinunte/ Calatafimi- (60 km)

Today we depart from the coastal region of Sicily and get a wonderful taste of the stunning landscape of rural Sicily. We will spend the night in a lovely country inn with a fabulous cusine.

Day 6 - Calatafimi/Piana degli Albanesi – (64 km)

Today you’ll pedal through a vast agricultural region of vineyards and olive groves. This is also the area where Pecorino, a flavorful typical Italian cheese, is produced. Surrounded by four majestic mountains, our lodging is a luxurious farmhouse that enjoys a beautiful and unique location.

Day 7 - Piana degli Albanesi/Palermo – (60 km )

Almost entirely descending, you return to civilization. We will visit Monreale, world-renowned for its Cathedral called Santa Maria la Nuova and continue on to Palermo. Hotel in Palermo

Day 8

Tour ends after breakfast. We can arrange additional lodging if you would like to spend another day in Palermo.

Who comes on a Nichols Expeditions Bike Trip?

You can expect a spirited mixture of singles and couples in their 20′s to 70′s from all corners of the US and a few international locations as well. Many have accompanied us on numerous tours in the past. The experience range within most groups spans from novice through experienced recreational riders. All seem to share the common bond of an appreciation for the outdoors and an active lifestyle. We will gladly supply references and the make-up of any trip that you are interested in joining.

Can I charter this tour?

Yes! You bring the people and we will take care of all the details! This tour can be chartered as either a Guided Tour or Self Guided Tour. Call us for details and availability, 800-648-8488.

Travel Information

The airlines listed below are reliable European airlines and one way flights on all of the flights should cost less than $100. Please give us a call if you need assistance booking flights.

Getting to Palermo or Trapani Airport

Air One which is now owned by Alitalia (http://www.alitalia.com/US_EN/home/i) Ryan Air (http://www.ryanair.com/en), Easy Jet (http://www.easyjet.com)

The Food

Sicilian food is incredible and You will be staying in hotels and inns that serve gourmet meals with enough variety to please everyone.Vegetarian and other dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated with advanced notice.

Weather

Weather can be changeable, so be prepared for riding in both sun and showers. Daytime temperatures are 60º to 85º F. and nights are 50º to 70º F. There is always the chance of rain, so to ensure your personal comfort please make sure you have a good quality rain jacket with a hood and rain pants, too. For the sunny days, we recommend using SPF 30 sunscreen and lip screen. If you are really sun sensitive, we suggest sun-blocking clothing.

Rental Bikes

We rent good quality hybrid or road bikes with a bike bag, a water bottle cage and flat pedals with or without toe clips and straps. You are welcomed to bring your own pedals and seat. We will supply full mechanical support during the tour. Road bike rentals are also available upon request. NOTE: You will need to provide your own water bottle and helmet.

Camera Gear

Whether you shoot a digital or film camera, bring more media storage cards or film than you think you need! A portable hard drive may be the answer for digital storage. Other useful items are plenty of extra batteries, lens cleaner, lens tissue, lens brush, a mini tabletop tripod and a clean toothbrush to remove grit from your camera.

Language

You do not need to be able to speak Italian, but it can be lots of fun, and our bilingual guide can always help you with the finer points of the language. A small dictionary and some creative sign language are helpful, and many people at airports and hotels speak English.

Money

The currency of Italy is the Euro. You will need Euros for beverages, shopping, snacks, and tips for the Italian guide. We suggest starting with a minimum of $250US (more if you like to shop and sample the local wine and ice cream).

Tipping

On the tour: we suggest $125 per guest to cover our local guide and various service people at the lodges during the tour. On your own: most restaurants include a service charge, but an additional 5-10% for exceptional service is always appreciated. We suggest a small amount for baggage and taxi service.

Cash & Credit Cards

US CASH: bring only NEW bills with NO tears. You can exchange money at the airport and in major towns. CREDIT CARDS: bring 2 or more Visa or Master Cards in case you have trouble with one. There are ATMs in most of the towns on the tour. To use your Credit Card to get Euros at an ATM, each Credit Card will need a PIN#. Be sure to activate the PIN# and check that it works BEFORE you begin your travels. We also suggest contacting your credit card company prior to your trip to inform them of the countries where you will be traveling and the dates. We do not recommend bringing Travelers Checks because some places do not accept them, exchange rates vary widely and they require a bank to exchange them.

Passport

U.S. citizens must have a current Passport to enter Italy. Make sure your PASSPORT DOES NOT EXPIRE WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF THE COMPLETION OF YOUR TOUR. These requirements do vary from country to country, but just to be safe, we recommend going by the 6 month standard, because it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when it comes to international travel!

Make copies of your passport! We recommend making 2 photocopies of your passport’s photo page and any other valuable documents you might carry with you on the tour. Travel with one copy stored separately from your passport. Leave the other copy at home with a relative or friend (ideally the same person you gave as your emergency contact). In the event that any of your documents are lost or stolen, this will greatly assist the process of replacement.

Additional hotel lodging

Let us know if you would like us to make additional hotel reservations for you in Italy either before or after the tour.

Travel Information

Travel Delays

Nichols Expeditions is not responsible for any costs you may incur due to delays with transportation (airline or other), weather, road conditions, government intervention, sickness or other contingencies we are unable to control. For international flights, arrive at least 2-3 hours prior to departure (check with your air carrier for their requirements) and allow ample time between connecting flights. If you miss your flight and you need a special shuttle to meet up with the group, you will be responsible for the cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself against life’s uncertainties, we highly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy!

Learn more about the Travel Insurance.

About Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea; along with surrounding minor islands, it constitutes an autonomous Region of Italy officially referred to as Regione Siciliana.

Sicily is located in the central Mediterranean. It extends from the tip of the Italian Peninsula, from which it is separated only by the narrow Strait of Messina, towards the North African coast. Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna, which, at 3,350 m (10,990 ft), is the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. The island has a typical Mediterranean climate. ~ Wikipedia

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