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.