Western Sicily

Come explore the magic of Sicily! Sicilian history was shaped along these now sleepy shores and much of the island is filled with ancient ruins, including the magnificent temples at Segesta, virtually intact for 2,500 years. Due to Asian, African, and European influences, this Mediterranean hub of ancient history has become a true melting pot. No hilltop medieval town equals Erice, and its lookout will take your breath away. Gain a better understanding of Sicily’s fascinating rich cultural heritage as you pedal between ancient sites and wander amid some of antiquity’s finest ruins and classical Greek temples. Experience the succulent Sicilian wine and cuisine. Local specialties, such as involtini di pesce spada, caponata di melanzane and the timeless granita, are examples of how this tour will tantalize your taste buds.

 

Highlights

  • Cycle through the beautiful western Sicilian countryside
  • Explore ancient ruins at Segesta—where the hilltops offer a view over the valley towards the Gulf of Castellamare—and Mozia
  • Stroll through the medieval town of Erice
  • Savor the legendary Marsala wine
  • And much more!

Trip Details

Price
$3,195
Single Supplement
$400
Length
7 days / 6 nights
Level
Intermediate
Total Mileage
208 miles
Daily Average
35 miles
Terrain
Hilly with some climbs
Start/End Locations
Castellamare/Palermo
Trip Dates
04/18/18 - 04/24/18
05/29/18 - 06/04/18
09/08/18 - 09/14/18
10/23/18 - 10/29/18

Make this tour Private or for more information, call:

800.866.7314

Itinerary

Castellamare

Benvenuto and welcome to Sicily! Upon arrival to Palermo Airport, our complimentary shuttle takes you to our first official stop: Castellamare. Here, you can enjoy a lovely warm-up ride towards the Natural Marine Park of the Zingaro and Scopello, a former tuna fishing village now brimming with Mediterranean charm.

Trapani

After a short morning ride through a remote inland valley, we stop in Segesta, one of the best preserved Greek colonies in “Magna Grecia.” The area has a magical, unique atmosphere due to its remote position, and boasts a temple and theater dating back to the third century B.C. After this one-of-a-kind stop, we continue along the gently rolling terrain until we end the day in Trapani.

Erice

Today we climb to Erice, the tiny medieval town overlooking Trapani. Stroll through the cobbled streets and ancient alleyways to see the 14th-century churches and castles, and take in the magnificent views of the Sicilian coast. Don’t forget to leave some time to savor the local, homemade gelato!

Mazara del Vallo

Our ride today is along the “via del sale,” the salt way, in Marsala. On our right, like delicate patchwork, the salt fields show their different colors arranged like a chessboard. If time allows, we may take a boat ride to Mozia, the small island seat of a Phoenician city from 7 B.C. We stop in Marsala for lunch and later on in the afternoon, we ride along the sea in search of the perfect place for a dip before arriving in Mazara del Vallo for the night.

Roccamena

Today, we explore a very important part of Sicily: the Belice. After an easy start pedaling among vineyards, we head into the olive tree-covered hills. This is the land that Arabs first colonized during their reign over the island, and almost all the villages and buildings we see date back to that era. We ride by the villages that have been destroyed by a massive earthquake in 1969 and have now been transformed into open air works of art and memorials.

Palermo

Today we venture into the wild. Our final ride will reveal wide open valleys, sneaky ridges, and alpine pastures. Get a bird’s eye view of the gold bowl, the ancient orange grove that acts as a namesake for the region, before embarking on one last descent into Palermo. Spend the rest of your evening enjoying the best of what the island’s capital has to offer.

Arrivederci!

It’s time to say 'arrivederci' to the magic of the Mediterranean. After breakfast around 9 am, we provide a group shuttle to Palermo Airport to make your connections.

What's Included

Trip Planning

  • Group shuttle transfers at the beginning and end of the tour

On The Tour

  • Service of local, professional guides throughout the program
  • Use of carbon road bike with a Garmin Edge Touring GPS and more
  • Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
  • Van support

Accomodations & Meals

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 5 dinners