Italy Guided Biking / Sicily

/Italy Guided Biking / Sicily

Italy Guided Biking / Sicily

Tour Dates: Available Mar-Jun & Sept-Nov

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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.

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.

2018 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.

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!

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

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

Peter K.

Sample Itinerary

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.

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