Sicily: La Bella Sicilia Mini Bike Tour
Ancient Sicily and the Dreamy Aeolian Islands
This intriguing bike tour of Sicily takes us on a cultural journey through history as we explore the different civilizations that have ruled this Mediterranean island. Witness the varied influences of the Arab, Greek, Roman, Saracen, French, and Spanish cultures as you traverse the island on bicycle. Begin in the town of Caltagirone, famous for its azulejos (Spanish glazed tiles that adorn the homes), and climb on undulating terrain up into the hillsides before a glorious downhill into the town of Ragusa. On this cycling vacation, you’ll have the chance to visit Villa Donnafugata, the rural vacation home of the Arezzo family, and explore the Necropolis of Pantalica, the famous archaeological site featuring 5000 tombs carved into its steep rock walls. Discover the influence of Greek settlers in Siracusa, enjoy a walking tour of the Baroque town of Ragusa Ibla, and revel in a scenic hike up Mt. Etna to experience panoramic views of the island from this famous volcano. And you’ll never forget the warm welcome you’ll receive from the local islanders as they embrace your with open arms.
- Witness views of Europe’s highest volcano, the Mount Etna
- Learn more about the Baroque Ragusa and the Greek monuments of Siracusa
- Stay in 4-star hotels and enjoy delicious Sicilian feasts including fresh seafood and vegetables
- Immerse yourself in the Sicilian culture with the local music and the warm people of the Island
Day by Day
Today take our group shuttle at 11:30am at Catania airport and meet us at the hotel around 1pm for a light lunch and introductions, followed by a warm-up ride.
Caltagirone to Ragusa
After an easy start on traffic-free roads, we encounter some undulating terrain with three major climbs and several roller coasters. The remainder of the ride is almost completely downhill before entering Ragusa - a city where urban expansion, fortunately, has not ruined the character of its 18th century neighborhoods. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the fascinating Ragusa Ibla, a vestige of the Baroque period.
Ragusa Loop to Donnafugata and Scicli
We start today’s ride with a pleasant downhill from the Altopiano Ibleo toward the coast. We stop for a visit of the beautiful Villa Donnafugata, then we continue among carob trees and greenhouses to reach Scicli, another great example of baroque reconstruction. After lunch we climb back with great views of the Irminio river canyon. In the evening enjoy a walking tour of ancient Ragusa Ibla and dinner in town.
Ragusa to Siracusa
Today's ride takes us up into the Altopiano Ibleo, a remote and beautiful area where shepherds are the only inhabitants. We continue on to Siracusa: founded by Greek settlers in the 8th century BC. In the evening, we'll dine at a typical Sicilian restaurant where we get our first taste of some local specialties
Siracusa to San Giovanni la Punta
Bike in one of Sicily’s most fascinating archeological reserves and nature site, the legendary Necropolis of Pantalica. Today's highlight is a pleasant ride on quiet roads with the impressive Etna right in front of us. We see also many WWII bunkers which dot our tiny road en route to S. Giovanni La Punta. Tonight a musical surprise will fill you with the genuine Sicilian spirit and way of life that make the inhabitants of this island so warm and welcoming!
Hike Etna & Arrivederci!
The 6-day bicycle tour concludes in the afternoon after a hike up Mt Etna to absorb the magnificent views of the volcanic area. On a clear day, you can see all of Sicily. At around 3:30pm, we provide a 1.5-hour group shuttle to the Catania Airport, where you may make connections to other destinations in Italy and abroad. If you plan to participate in the hike, please schedule your flight from Catania no earlier than 6:30 pm.
- Carbon bike rental equipped with Garmin Edge Touring GPS
- Informative tour leaders throughout the program
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Shuttle to the start and at the end of the tour
On The Tour
- Van support
- Hike up Mt. Etna
- Visit to Siracusa and guided walking tour of Ragusa
- Wine tasting
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts
- 2 lunches
- 4 dinners
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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Villa S. Mauro
The 4-star Villa S. Mauro is a quiet, modern hotel on the outskirts of town. Its large lovely rooms offer all the amenities. The hotel features a classic foyer, great bar and private pool.
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Locanda don Serafino
The 4-star Locanda don Serafino is situated right in the heart of baroque Ragusa Ibla in a 19th-century mansion that has been tastefully renovated: it offers ten elegant and comfortable rooms for an unforgettable stay. Their restaurant is one of the best in Sicily for its food and wines.
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Grand Hotel Ortigia
Offering a rooftop terrace and glass elevator with sea views, the 5-star Grand Hotel Ortigia is located on the natural island of Ortigia. Rooms are spacious, and offer free Wi-Fi access, a flat-screen TV, and air conditioning. The Spa is a friendly and welcoming.
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