Leisure Cycling in Sicily

 


 

This cycling tour of Sicily takes in the south-eastern area of the Island. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean. You will cycle through the Val di Noto, (since 2003 a UNESCO World Heritage site), and discover the most fascinating cities of the region. You will visit Noto, the most important baroque city of Sicily and Siracusa, an ancient Greek colony. You will also pass through the coastal oasis of Vendicari, the sea village of Marzamemi, and  the islands of Capo Passero and Correnti.

Dates

Saturday departures between 24/03 - 09/06 and 25/08 - 20/10/18

Price - £645

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £190

Single Traveller Supplement - £250

Bike hire - £80

Helmet - £15

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:

in Caltagirone - from £95/£70

in Siracusa - from £105/£75

 

 

Transfers

Transfers (min. 2 people, to be requested when booking the tour):

Catania-Caltagirone - £55

Siracusa-Catania - £65

 

Trip Code

 

GIROB02

Rob's Highlights

  • Val di Noto (UNESCO World heritage site)

  • The church of San Giorgio

  • Spicy chocolate of Modica

  • Europes southern most point 

  • The city of Noto

  • Siracisa - home to Archimedes 

 

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Caltagirone

Arrive, settle in and prepare for your cycling trip on Sicily. Caltagirone is one of the Baroque towns of the famous Val di Noto, a UNESCO world heritage site.

Day 2: Caltagirone – Piazza Armerina – Caltagirone (35 km)

In the morning a transfer will bring you to Piazza Armerina with its Villa Romana del Casale, 5 km southwest of the town. First excavated in 1950, it was probably a hunting lodge and summer residence and is decorated with multicoloured mosaic floors, that are unique throughout the Roman world in their quality and size. After the visit you’ll take a leisurely cycle back to Caltagirone.

Day 3: Caltagirone – Modica (50 km by bike + 40 km transfer)

From Caltagirone you start cycling southwards, until you reach Comiso, where a transfer will bring you to Modica. The upper town is watched over by the magnificent 18th century façade of the church of San Giorgio.

Day 4: Modica – Pozzallo (35 km)

Before leaving Modica don’t miss the famous spicy chocolate! From Modica you will gradually descend, cycling past the characteristic caves of the Iblei mountains to Scicli. Scicli has been totally rebuilt in the Baroque style after the earthquake of 1693. Continue onwards by bike to the marine centre of Pozzallo.

Day 5: Pozzallo – Marzamemi (55 km)

This day of cycling is almost completely flat, and very easy. You will cycle to Portopalo di Capo Passero, continental Europe’s southernmost point, before arriving to Marzamemi. The beautiful island of Correnti marks the meeting point of the Ionian and Mediterranean seas.

Day 6: Marzamemi – Noto (20 km)

The route takes a turn to the north, passing through the relatively untouched and pristine natural reserve of Vendicari, where you can relish the beauty of the countryside. The trip continues north, ending in the city of Noto, considered to be the finest Baroque town in Sicily. Completely devastated in the earthquake of 1693, the city was rebuilt in the style of that time with beautiful honey-coloured stone buildings, ornate churches and monuments surrounding attractive piazzas.

Day 7: Noto – Siracusa (40 km)

Continuing north, the route heads towards Siracusa, the most important Sicilian town in Ancient Greece and home to Archimedes. With the Island of Ortigia in the background, the centre of Siracusa is a wonderful example of an ancient city and a great place to finish your bike ride round Sicily.

Day 8: Siracusa

You can depart at your leisure after Breakfast.

 

Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.

Along the way you may find temporary deviations (for example road works) which cannot be foreseen; in this case each rider can decide autonomously how to deal with these stretches.

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

24 hour emergency back up support

7 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

Meet & Greet in English

Transfers as per itinerary

Trip planner with route notes and maps

 

Flights

Bike Hire

Insurance

Lunch & evening meal

Drinks

Local taxes

Ferries and admissions to museums

 

What's Included

24 hour emergency back up support

7 nights in small & intimate hotels or B&B's

Bed & Breakfast

Luggage transfers between hotels

Meet & Greet in English

Transfers as per itinerary

Trip planner with route notes and maps

What's Not Included

Flights

Bike Hire

Insurance

Lunch & evening meal

Drinks

Local taxes

Ferries and admissions to museums

Testimonial 

Thank you again for all your hard work in organising this wonderful trip, it really was our highlight of our Italian holiday. - Libby

 

 

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