Sicily Bike Tour

Warmth, Personality, and the Essence of the Old World

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price from: $4,795Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the unexcavated ruins of Noto Antica, a former medieval stronghold destroyed by an earthquake in 1693
  • Visit the picturesque town of Vizzini, birthplace of Giovanni Verga—one of Italy’s most beloved realist writers, famous for his depictions of Sicily
  • Spend an evening in Ragusa, an impressive city with renowned restaurants
  • Taste Sicily’s famous granita at one of the best spots in the main square of Noto

Eat

Cannoli, granita, arancini, and fresh seafood including swordfish

Drink

Outstanding local wines including Nero d’Avola and Marsala

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  • Day 1

    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 at a local farmhouse, featuring seasonal produce, cheeses, and meats all grown and raised onsite.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Catania, Noto, Noto Antica
    Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 525 meters
    Accommodations: Borgo Alveria

  • Day 2

    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 of Nero d’Avolas at a cool, hidden local winery. Continue on to Marzamemi, a postcard-perfect 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. Dinner is served at our favorite restaurant in Noto.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Noto, Marzamemi
    Accomplished: 30 miles / 48 km, elevation gain: 245 meters
    Longer Option: 56 miles / 90 km, elevation gain: 580 meters
    Accommodations: Borgo Alveria

  • Day 3

    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: 31 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 766 meters
    Accommodations: Relais Antica Badia

  • Day 4

    Journey Into the Iblei

    Today we’ll ride up the Irminio Valley into Sicily’s wild interior. Along the way, we’ll pass the man-made lake of Santa Rosalia before arriving in the sleepy town Giarratana, deep in the heart of the Iblei Mountains. Our destination is an incredible restaurant hidden in the village of Buccheri, run by two brothers who have devoted themselves to preserving local cooking, foraging for wild ingredients, and generally providing one of the best meals around. After lunch it’s a beautiful downhill ride to Vizzini, one of Sicily’s best-kept secrets, and a nice spin to our next hotel, the five-star Castello Camemi.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Giarratana, Buccheri, Vizzini
    Accomplished: 37 miles / 60 km, elevation gain: 932 meters
    Shorter Option: 23 miles / 37 km
    Accommodations: Castello Camemi

  • Day 5

    Gulfi Winery Visit

    This morning, we will ride to the sleepy village of Licodia Eubea, 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, elevation gain: 357 meters
    Longer Option: 45 miles / 72 km, elevation gain: 589 meters
    Accommodations: Castello Camemi

  • Day 6

    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 to the Catania airport.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Catania, Italy
Pick-Up Location: 10:30am at the Catania Airport

Depart

Airport City: Catania, Italy
Drop-Off Location: 10:30am at the Catania Airport

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates.     Go Private

2018Single Supplement From: $650

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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