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.

Highlights

  • Witness views of Europe’s highest volcano, Mount Etna
  • Learn more about the Baroque Ragusa and the Greek monuments of Siracusa
  • Stay in luxury hotels and enjoy delicious Sicilian feasts, including fresh seafood and vegetables
  • Immerse yourself in Sicilian culture with the local music and the warm people of the island

Trip Details

Price
$4,395
Single Supplement
$700
Length
6 days / 5 nights
Level
Intermediate
Total Mileage
186 miles
Daily Average
48 miles
Terrain
Rolling
Start/End Locations
Caltagirone/San Giovanni la Punta
Trip Dates
10/24/17 - 10/29/17
04/21/18 - 04/26/18
05/19/18 - 05/24/18
09/29/18 - 10/04/18
10/13/18 - 10/18/18

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

800.866.7314

Itinerary

Caltagirone

Today, take our group shuttle at 11:30 a.m. at Catania Airport and meet us at the hotel around 1 p.m. for a light lunch and introductions, followed by a warm-up ride.

Caltagirone to Ragusa

After an easy start, the traffic-less road begins to undulate and has three major climbs; the last part is almost completely downhill before entering Ragusa, a city in which urban expansion, fortunately, has not ruined the character of its 18th-century neighborhoods. In the afternoon, we reach the fascinating Ragusa Ibla (the lower and older part of town), a vestige of the Baroque period.

Ragusa Loop to Donnafugata and Scicli

We start today’s ride with a pleasant downhill descent toward the coast. We stop for a visit at the beautiful Villa Donnafugata, the rural summer vacation house of the Arezzo family. Then we continue among carob trees and greenhouses to reach Scicli, another great example of baroque reconstruction. After lunch we climb back through the valley with great views of the Irminio river canyon. In the evening we enjoy a walking tour of ancient Ragusa Ibla.

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, which was founded by Greek settlers in the 8th-century BC. In the evening, we dine at an authentic 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 archaeological reserves and nature sites. Today’s highlight is a pleasant ride on quiet roads with the impressive Mount Etna right in front of us. We also see many WWII bunkers which dot our tiny road en route to S. Giovanni La Punta.
Tonight, a musical surprise will showcase 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 tour concludes in the afternoon after a hike up Mount Etna to absorb the magnificent views of the volcanic area. On a clear day, you can see all of Sicily. At around 3:30 pm, we provide a 1.5-hour group shuttle to Catania Airport, where you may make connections to other destinations in Italy and abroad. If you plan to do the hike, please schedule your flight from Catania no earlier than 6:30 pm.



What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Use of a carbon road bike equipped with Garmin Edge Touring GPS
  • Informative tour leaders throughout the program
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
  • Shuttles at the beginning, during and end of the tour

On The Tour

  • Van support
  • Hike up Mount Etna
  • Visit to Siracusa and guided walking tour of Ragusa
  • Wine tasting
  • Cycling clinics

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners

Meet the Guides