Italy Self Guided Biking / Sicily

/Italy Self Guided Biking / Sicily

Italy Self Guided Biking / Sicily

Tour Dates: Mar-Jun & Sept-Nov

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The views change daily in this uncrowded, enchanted landscape.  As you travel through the least densely populated part of Western Sicily, you will be amazed at the many architectural styles, from the imposing Elymian and Greek ruins in Segesta and Selinunte to the narrow winding medieval streets and exuberant Baroque churches in towns. The juxtaposition of colors, constantly changing according by the season, is one of the most outstanding qualities of western Sicily.

The sea is a predominant feature, having many shades of green, turquoise and blue which may sharply contrast with the crisp whiteness of the salt marshes. A warm sun makes everything glow and dazzle. In the backcountry, the greens yellows and browns characterize the seemingly infinite sequence of rolling hills, dotted with buildings soft-coloured in whites, ivories yellows and greys in accordance to the materials and the age of construction.

The sun and soil both contribute to the excellence of Sicilian food and wine through the vivid colors and tastes it gives to the fresh local vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, zucchini, olives, oranges and capers. Add to this a huge variety of cheeses, and fresh succulent fish meals. Also, the enormous selection of almond-based desserts is something you will definitely want to sample.

2018 prices: €1560 Euros / per person Double Occupancy

Single Supplement: €250 Euros

Bike Rentals:  Hybrid Bike /  €130 Euros, Road Bike / €175 Euros, Electric Bike / €250 Euros

Price Includes:
  • 8 days/7 nights
  • 7 nights hotel
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • luggage transfers
  • Transfers from Palermo at the start of tour and end of tour
  • trip information package that includes maps, route descriptions, and suggested sights to visit, emergency phone numbers for our Italian staff support (shorter itineraries available).
Price Does Not Include:

International flights, airport transfer at end of tour, bike rentals (you may choose to bring your own bike or rent one for €150), lunches, 4 dinners.

Tour Difficulty

Daily rides are between 40 to 70 km (36– 42 miles).

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

Tour Highlights

  • Enchanted Landscapes
  • Archaeological treasures
  • Outstanding cuisine
  • Scenic Coast

“I can’t thank you enough for the great care you took of our group in Italy.  The accommodations, food, routes and even the weather (how did you do the weather?) surpassed anything that I could imagine.”

~ Steve S.

Itinerary

Days 1 – Castellammare

Arrival in Palermo. We will arrange a transfer from the airport to your first hotel in Castellammare.  At this time our Italian representative will go over all of the trip logistics and fit you on your rental bikes and provide a tour introduction.  If you arrive early in the day, you can enjoy a short ride to the lovely hamlet of  Scopello.  While in Scopello, you might also choose to take a hike in Zingaro Park. This hike will take you along a spectacular rugged coastline with splendid coves and grottoes to explore.  You might also choose to add a day to your tour so that you can enjoy a full day in Scopello.

Day 2 – Castellammare /Erice – (50 km)

Today you will ride to Segesta in the morning. In Segesta, there is no way of describing the beauty of the place: the golden stone of the temple shining in the sun and the peacefulness of the landscape of soft hills rolling toward a sea as blue as saffire. Your 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 – (60km )

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. Spend the night in the old center of Marsala enjoying a meal of the freshest fish.

Day 4 – Marsala/ Menfi – (70km)

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 you’ll have a panoramic view of distant hillsides dotted with temples that stretch to the sea. Hotel near Selinunte.

Day 5 – Menfi loop ride– (50km)

If you didn’t have time to visit Selinute yesterday, today is the perfect day to ride to the ruins and spend an adequate amount of time enjoying this spectacular site. We will also provide you with a ride along the coast for further exploration.

Day 6 – Menfi/Contessa Entellina – (65 km)

Today you’ll pedal to the Ruins of Poggioreale. The route that leads to Poggioreale, one of the towns of the Belice Valley struck by the earthquake in 1968. Tonight’s accomodation is in a B & B and though a bit simple, this is always a favorite with our guests.

Day 7 – Contessa Entellina/Palermo – ( 40 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. We will pick you up at the end of the ride and transfer you into Palermo for your final night of the tour

Day 8 – Palermo

Your tour ends after breakfast. If you would like to spend additional nights in Palermo, we can arrange additional hotel reservations for you.

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