Sicily Bike Tour

Warmth, Personality, and the Essence of the Old World

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

Tour Highlights

  • Ride along the coast to a just-caught seafood lunch in the village of Marzamemi
  • Visit the picturesque town of Vizzini, birthplace of Giovanni Verga—one of Italy’s most beloved realist writers, famous for his depictions of rural life
  • Spend an evening in the Baroque city of Ragusa, home to a booming foodie scene and one of the most iconic skylines on the island
  • 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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Print Itinerary
  • Day 1

    Welcome to Sicily

    Your guides will meet you in Catania, and then we’re off to explore the Sicilian countryside. Our ride begins at a seaside castle on the island’s southeast corner and warms up along a coastal road. In the postcard-perfect fishing village of Marzamemi, we’ll stop for a lunch of fresh seafood pasta at a local trattoria. Continue through the booming wine region of Nero d’Avola to our chic first hotel, then bask in the Sicilian sun at the pool or retreat to the spa before our first dinner together on the hotel terrace.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Portopalo, Marzamemi
    Accomplished: 21 miles / 34 km, elevation gain: 314 meters
    Accommodations: Masseria della Volpe

  • Day 2

    Noto Loop

    Today we ride into the verdant Val di Noto with its flourishing olive and almond groves and prehistoric caves carved into rock. Climb past Castelluccio and up to the coastal plateau to take in hypnotic views of the Mediterranean, then descend into the Baroque city of Noto. In town, we’ll enjoy lunch at our friend Marco’s restaurant, soak up the architectural perfection of the main piazza—built in the aftermath of the 1693 earthquake—and taste-test some refreshing local granita. Choose to bike or transfer back to the hotel and ready yourself for another Sicilian meal. Mangia!

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Castelluccio, Testa dell’Acqua, Noto
    Accomplished: 34 miles / 54 km, elevation gain: 657 meters
    Longer Option: 48 miles / 78 km, elevation gain: 1,003 meters
    Accommodations: Masseria della Volpe

  • Day 3

    The Baroque City of Ragusa

    This morning we return to the terraced hills of the Val di Noto to visit our friend Nella at her farmhouse. She’ll guide us through a cooking class, followed by a lunch featuring products grown right on her property. After our meal, perk up with a thrilling descent into the Irminio Valley and the fairytale cityscape of Ragusa. The view upon arrival is incomparable—Baroque palaces and churches flow down the steep hillside as if fixed in an urban waterfall. We’ll spend the night in a converted palace in the heart of the new town. The evening is yours to explore Ragusa’s many charms and take advantage of the robust local dining scene.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Val di Noto, Ragusa Ibla, Ragusa
    Accomplished: 35 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 1,002 meters
    Shorter Option: 24 miles / 39 km, elevation gain: 569 meters
    Accommodations: Relais Antica Badia or Eremo della Gibiliana

  • Day 4

    Journey Into the Iblei

    Today’s ride up the Irminio Valley takes us into Sicily’s wild interior. We’ll pass the man-made Santa Rosalia lake en route to the sleepy town of Giarratana, nestled deep in the heart of the Iblei Mountains. Our destination is an inimitable restaurant hidden in the village of Buccheri—the proprietors are a pair of brothers devoted 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, a best-kept secret of Sicily, and a pleasant spin to our luxurious hotel for the next two nights.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Giarratana, Buccheri, Vizzini
    Accomplished: 37 miles / 60 km, elevation gain: 932 meters
    Shorter Option: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 538 meters
    Accommodations: Castello Camemi

  • Day 5

    Gulfi Winery Loop

    This morning, ride to the sleepy village of Licodia Eubea and toward Lake Dirillo, passing citrus orchards, olive trees, and thriving vineyards. At the sun-drenched Gulfi winery, hop off the bike for a tasting and wine-paired lunch. Afterwards, finish the loop back to the hotel or return via a van transfer. Those who cycle will be treated to a picturesque ride framed by vineyards and undulating fields of wheat. Tonight, a Sicilian-style farewell meal awaits us.

    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 early for a loop ride through the windmill-covered ridgelines around Vizzini. In the late morning, your guides will transfer everyone back to the Catania airport.

    Meals: Breakfast

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



Arrival Details

Airport City: Catania, Italy Pick-Up Location: Catania Fontanarossa Airport or Siracusa Algila Ortigia Hotel Pick-Up Time: 10:30 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Catania, Italy Drop-Off Location: Catania Fontanarossa Airport Drop-Off Time: 10:30 am

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

2019Single 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 wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

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

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
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Synapse Carbon Ultegra Di2

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

Quick 1 Disc

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Hybrid

Electric Assist

Type: E-Bike