Italy Self Guided Biking / Sicily

/Italy Self Guided Biking / Sicily

Italy Self Guided Biking / Sicily

Tour Dates: March – November (July and August can be very hot.)

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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.

2019 prices: €1050 Euros / per person Double Occupancy

Single Supplement: €200 Euros

Half Board Dinner Option: €190 Euros (drinks excluded)
Bike Rentals:  Hybrid Bike /  €100 Euros, Road Bike / €175 Euros, Electric Bike / €150 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
Price Does Not Include:

International flights,  bike rentals, lunches & dinners

Tour Difficulty

Daily rides are between 30 to 60 km

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

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 – Scopello

We will transfer you from the airport in Palermo (or from your hotel in the city) to Scopello.  At this time you’ll receive your rental bicycles and information about the tour. Scopello is a beautiful little village of Arabic origins all set around a lovely square dating back to the 17th C. The old tuna fishery, which once represented the economy of the village, stands in a lovely bay ideal for a swim.   This is a perfect place to get over jet lag and enjoy a wonderful small hamlet.

Day 2 – Scopello – Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro – Scopello (6 km by bike and up to 14 km on hiking trail)

Today you will be trekking through this fabulous nature reserve (14km on foot both ways) where you will have the chance to explore both the Sicilian mountain side and in my opinion, the most beautiful stretch of coast of Sicily. You will have the chance to swim in every bay you fancy and to visit the several museums scattered along the main path, telling you about the unique landscape you are exploring and its ancient traditions.

Day 3 – Scopello – Segesta – Trapani (60 km)

After admiring the fabulous gulf of Castellammare, only few kilometres from Scopello, the first ride of this tour will allow you to explore the hinterland of the Sicilian countryside where olive trees and vineyards are in abundance. 25km into this landscape, alternating ascents to flat parts, you will reach the archaeological site of Segesta, an ancient city founded by the Elymians more than 2500 years ago. From here, following secondary country roads, you will finally arrive in Trapani, known in Sicily as the city of Salt. Don’t miss an evening stroll in its pretty old town.

Day 4 – Trapani – Erice –  Trapani (40Km) or a day to Favignana Island

Today you can choose between two possibilities. Your fist option is a visit to Erice, a lovely medieval hamlet, nestled on top of a mountain at 750m a.s.l. that you can either reach by cable car (you can also take your bike inside) or cycle up. 11km of sharp, steep bends separate you from reaching the summit and from enjoying the spectacular view stretching till the Egadi Islands. You will ride down the western slope and through the village of Bonagia you will head back to Trapani. If you rather relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the largest of the Egadi Islands, Favignana is your best bet. You can reach it by ferryboat (you can also take your bike with you) and once there you can cycle everywhere and reach all the hidden coves and inlets to swim in places of untamed beauty.

Day 5 – Trapani – Marsala along the Salt Way – 42 km

Today’s ride is almost entirely flat. You will be cycling along La via del sale (The Salt Way), a series of lagoons and salt pans where salt is still extracted nowadays with the use of old windmills. Across the lagoon you can also catch a motorboat to Mothia Island which is the cradle of our Phoenician legacy. You will follow the seaside all the way to Marsala, the city of wine, also famous because of the landing of Garibaldi.

Day 6 – Marsala – Marzara del Vallo – 28 km

You will continue to cycle along the beautiful Tyrrhenian coastline, at times venturing slightly inland where you will be surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and several baglio, walled country estate where all agriculture activities concentrated. You will then reach Mazara del Vallo, a city with a strong African feel which has also the most important fishing fleet in Italy.
It was here that the Arabs landed when they invaded Sicily in the 9th C. and strolling through its narrow Arabic quarters is a unique and wonderful experience.

Day 7 – Marsala del Vallo – Selinunte – 42 km

Leaving Mazara behind you will ride along a road that runs parallel to the coastline and that will take you to Lago Preola and Gorghi tondi nature reserve. It’s a valley with several lakes of Karstic origins which attracts plenty of migratory birds into its marshes. You will continue in the direction of Campobello di Mazara, a little village known for its tasty olive oil, along a hilly road that will lead you Cave di Cusa. This is a special archaeological site where all the material needed to build the temples of nearby Selinunte was extracted. Only 13km from here, you can visit the ancient Greek town of Selinunte that, with some of its imposing temples still standing, will make you go back 2500 years. You can also head down to the beach of Selinunte for a swim.

Day 8 – Palermo

Your tour ends after breakfast.  We will transfer you to the city of Palermo or the airport.

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