Sicily: La Bella Sicilia Bike Tour

Discover intriguing Sicily on this bicycle tour of Italy’s big island.

A distinct yet indescribable island, beautiful Sicily has withstood centuries of tyranny and upheaval to emerge as a vital and varied cultural region, as you’ll discover on this action-packed bicycle tour. The Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily’s soil and architecture reveal layers of intriguing history left during its rule by Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Saracens, French, Spanish, and Bourbons, and all their influences are still felt today. Focusing on Sicily’s lush green spectacle in springtime and its vast golden stage in autumn, our bike trip itinerary ranges from the southern and northeastern tip of the island to beautiful and historic interior areas never seen by most tourists. Our cycling journey includes a hike up Mt Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, and reaches its apex as we explore the dreamy, volcanic Aeolian Islands, each with its own distinct character and charm.

An unforgettable travel experience in the best European cycling trip tradition

Come with us on this unique tour by bicycle and enjoy Sicily’s rich culture and warm people. Hike, swim, and bike where the movie “Il Postino” was filmed and enjoy traditional Sicilian food, wine and music, while stopping each night at a luxury hotel. Sicily boasts some of the finest examples of Greek architecture in the world, and we’ll explore its most spectacular sites as we ride through Ragusa, Siracusa, San Giovanni la Punta and more. A ride up into the remote and haunting Altopiano Ibleo area, a visit to the exquisite Villa Donnafugata, and the spectacular views from Taormina are just few of the many highlights of this Sicilian bike trip. Finally, we’ll board a boat to continue our journey on the Aeolian Islands of Lipari, with its deep caverns, steep cliffs, and splendid views, and Salina, which we’ll explore on bicycle while learning about its fascinating ancient history.

Highlights

  • Witness views of Europe’s highest volcano, the Mount Etna
  • Experience two days on exotic Aeolian islands
  • Learn more about the Baroque Ragusa and the Greek monuments of Siracusa
  • Visito a Slow Food presidia of capers, olive oil and Malvasia wine in Lipari
  • 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
$5,595
Single Supplement
$900
Length
9 days / 8 nights
Level
Intermediate
Total Mileage
221 miles
Daily Average
28 miles
Terrain
Rolling and hilly with a 4-6 hour hike
Start/End Locations
Caltagirone/Lipari
Trip Dates
09/16/17 - 09/24/17
10/24/17 - 11/01/17
04/21/18 - 04/29/18
 05/05/18 - 05/13/18
 05/19/18 - 05/27/18
09/15/18 - 09/23/18
09/29/18 - 10/07/18
10/13/18 - 10/21/18
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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. 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. Siracusa’s famous 3rd-century BC Greek theater—the largest in Italy—offers a breathtaking view. 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. 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 Mount Etna

Today we take an early van ascent up Mount Etna to hike and absorb the magnificent views of the volcanic area. On a clear day, you can see all of Sicily. In the afternoon, we go to Taormina and remain free all afternoon to enjoy the town or shop.

The Aeolian Island Lipari

Geologically, the island of Lipari is quite rugged with deep caverns, steep cliffs, and splendid views. One of the highlights today will be a visit to a local Slow Food presidia famous for the production of capers, olive oil and Malvasia wine.

The Aeolian Island Salina

Today we take a private boat to Salina. Interspersed with a stop to take a dip or two, we have a relaxing boat ride with our native seamen through calm, turquoise-blue Mediterranean waters. On our bikes, we explore Salina’s beauty as well as its fascinating ancient history. After our small bike ride, we are off to the cove of “Il Postino.” In Salina, we have an Aeolian lunch and the best granita!

Arrivederci!

Around 8:30 am. after breakfast, we leave from the island of Lipari and offer a group hydrofoil (1 hour) to Milazzo, followed by a group shuttle (2 hours) to Catania Airport for international connections or to continue your travels to Italy and beyond.



What's Included

Trip Planning

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

On The Tour

  • Van support
  • 2 wine tastings
  • Visit to Siracusa and guided walking tour of Ragusa, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Boat ride with locals to remote turquoise coves
  • Hike up Mt. Etna

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 6 dinners

Meet the Guides