Sicily Bike Tour

  • Region: Italy
  • Destination: Sicily
  • Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Level: Active
  • Price From: $4595
  • Single Supplement: $ 500
Tour Dates

May 4 - May 9,  2014 $4595 Book Now
Oct 7 - Oct 12,  2014 $4595 Book Now

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Explore the late Baroque towns of the Val di Noto on the Sicily Bike Tour. Climb into the highland plateau and experience a panorama of breathtaking views of orchards, pastures, and olive groves. Cycle along small roads through the towns of Vizzini, Noto, and Marzamemi. Revel in the wealth of Baroque architecture. You’ll be amazed by the warm Sicilian welcome, the astounding cityscape of Ragusa, and the stunning vista from Gulfi winery. Delight in regional specialties like fresh ricotta-filled cannoli, native Nero d’Avola wines, and unforgettable meals produced by the region’s highly regarded chefs.


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Tour by Day

Day One: Welcome to Sicily!
Your guides will meet you in Catania, and then we’re off to explore the Sicilian countryside. First we’ll cover the basics: bike fitting, safety talk, and map review. Start with a ride along the scenic ridgeline down to the coastal plain below. The route offers stunning views of the sea and provides for an evocative approach into the Baroque streets of historic Noto. Stop in the main square for the best local granita before continuing your ride past the ruins of Noto Antica back to the hotel. Tonight, enjoy your first Sicilian dinner.

Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Catania, Noto, Noto Antica
Accomplished: 21 miles / 34 km

Day Two: Ride to the Sea
Begin the day cycling past the stone walls and carob trees of the Iblean plateau. A winding descent finds us surrounded by groves of orange and lemon trees as we pass through the hottest wine-growing region in Italy. Stop for a tasting at Nero d’Avolas, our favorite hidden local winery. Continue on to Marzamemi, a gorgeous fishing village where we’ll stop for lunch. Enjoy fresh seafood pasta at the local trattoria as you bask in the Sicilian sun. From here, choose to transfer back to the hotel or opt to bike back through Noto for an extra challenge.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Noto, Marzamemi
Accomplished: standard option: 29 miles / 47 km; longer option: 52 miles / 83 km

Day Three: The Baroque City of Ragusa
Start with a magical ride through the verdant Val di Noto. Descend past the prehistoric ruins of Castelluccio before climbing through terraced olive groves and orchards for lunch at our friend Nella’s farmhouse. After our meal, enjoy a final thrilling descent into the Irminio Valley and the fairytale cityscape of Ragusa. Perhaps no view on the island can compare with the sight of this urban waterfall of Baroque palaces and churches clinging to the steep hillside. We’ll spend the night here in the heart of the new town in a converted palace. Tonight you are free to explore Ragusa and take advantage of the great local dining scene.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
Destinations: Val di Noto, Ragusa Ibla, Ragusa
Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km

Day Four: Journey Into the Iblei
Today we’ll climb up the Irminio Valley into Sicily’s wild interior. Along the way, we’ll pass the manmade lake of Santa Rosalia before arriving in the sleepy town Giarratana, deep in the heart of the Iblei Mountains. Climb into the precariously perched town of Monterosso Almo and sample some cannoli with the locals. Then it’s off to Vizzini, one of Sicily’s best-kept secrets. Cycling up the switchbacks, we’ll have plenty of time to admire its Baroque skyline. Enjoy lunch here at our favorite restaurant. Finish the day with a ride to our castle deep in the countryside.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Girratana, Monterosso Almo, Vizzini
Accomplished: 30 miles / 48.5 km

Day Five: Gulfi Winery Visit
Our first stop along the ride today is with a ricottaro, a local ricotta producer, where we’ll learn how the roba genuina (real stuff) is produced. Leaving the sleepy village of Licodia Eubea, we’ll ride toward Lake Dirillo, passing through orchards of fruit trees, olive groves and vineyards. We’ll stop at the Gulfi winery for a tasting and wine-paired lunch. After lunch, opt to continue riding a loop back to the hotel or transfer back in the van. If cycling, you’ll be treated to a picturesque ride through the vineyards and stunning fields of wheat. Tonight we’ll enjoy another delectable Sicilian meal.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Destinations: Licodia Eubea, Gulfi Winery
Accomplished: 23 miles/ 37 km; Longer option 44 miles/ 71 km

Day Six: Goodbye to Sicily
If you’re up for a final challenge, wake up early for a loop ride through the windmill-covered ridgelines around Vizzini. We will all regroup in the late morning for our transfer back the Catania airport.

Meals: Breakfast

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