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Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Cycling in Sicily | Guided Group

Total Distance 163 miles (261 km) | Average distance per day 27 miles (43 km)

Our cycling route through coastal hills and iconic rustic villages, make up a stunning regional mosaic that is well worth the ride. The Cycling in Sicily tour will enable you to pedal through the UNESCO sites of Siracusa, Noto, Modica and Ragusa. Sicily is not only the biggest island in the Mediterranean but also one of the most fascinating, thanks to the incredibly diverse heritage left here by past civilizations including the Phoenecians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spanish. We will explore the south-eastern part of the island and along the route you will enjoy picturesque landscape of traditional farmland, deep gorges and dramatic coastal scenery which showcase the great natural diversity of the region. No trip to Sicily is complete without sampling some of the finest regional delights considered amongst the best of the whole Italian gastronomy.

What not to miss

  • UNESCO Noto Valley
  • Baroque towns of Modica and Noto
  • Picturesque countryside and villages
  • Regional Italian gastronomy

What’s included

  • Touring bike
  • All breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Standard mid-range accommodation
  • Transport to and from the airport
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Cycling in Sicily | Guided Group

Day 1

Arrival in Palazzolo Acreide.

The tour will begin in Palazzolo Acreide, a charming maze of narrow streets and Baroque churches built after the 1693’s earthquake on the site of the Greek Akrai, which was founded in 664 BC. The town is situated in the heart of the Iblean Mountains, overlooking the upper valleys of the Anapo and Tellaro rivers.

Meals included: none

Day 2

From Palazzolo Acreide to Ragusa Ibla | Distance 32 miles (51 km) | Elevation +529m / -841m.

We ride through the beautiful lower valleys of the Iblean Mountains, passing the olive plantations and dry-stone walls that are typical in this area. Our route then climbs into the hills to the delightful town of Ragusa Ibla, built over three hills separated by a deep valley, and home to beautiful Baroque churches and buildings. After visiting Ragusa, we cycle for another 14km to the town of Modica, another gem of the Sicilian Baroque, nestled at the bottom of a deep gorge. Overnight in Modica.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

From Ragusa Ibla to Marzamemi | Distance 32 miles (52 km) | Elevation +349m / -639m.

Before leaving Modica, you will have the opportunity to taste its famous chocolate with chilli, which is still prepared using the original Aztec recipe brought over by the Spaniards in the 1500's. We continue along a ravine with a downhill bias, you will reach another outstanding example of Sicilian Baroque architecture, Scicli. From here, you head towards picturesque Marzamemi, one of Sicily's prettiest fishing villages offering postcard views and numerous cafés and restaurants. Our accommodation is a lovely agriturismo with pool near Marzamemi.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner

Day 4

Round Tour Marzememi | Distance 27 miles (45 km) | Elevation +300m / -300m.

Todays circular ride is through the wetlands of Patano Longarini and Patano Cuba, a favourite spot for many migratory birds that are attracted to the unique ecosystem of this area on their journey between Africa and Europe. Following the coastline, you will reach Sicily’s southernmost point: Isola delle Correnti, where the waters of the Ionian and the Mediterranean seas merge. Back at the agriturismo, we can enjoy an optional fun cookery demonstration and class, followed by a delicious dinner.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

From Isola delle Correnti to Noto | Distance 24 miles (41 km) | Elevation +495m / -344m.

A short ride will lead to the beautiful Vendicari Nature Reserve. This narrow stretch of marshy coastline provides a rare and now completely protected habitat for migratory species and for the local flora and fauna. There are some beautiful sandy beaches, perfect for a swim in the clear waters of the Mediterranean. As you leave the reserve behind, you will head north to the elegant town of Noto, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Noto is an absolute gem, a planned town in the unique Sicilian Baroque style, all built in a beautiful honey-coloured stone. A must try in Noto is the delicious almond granita (similar to a sorbet) with brioche.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

From Noto to Syracuse | Distance 34 miles (55km) | Elevation +602m / -705m.

The day begins with a challenging but rewarding climb towards San Corrado to reach the canyon of Cavagrande del Cassibile, one of the deepest found in Europe. The scenery here is spectacular and you will enjoy dramatic views of the valley far below. You will then have an excellent winding descent to the coastal plain and the sea at Syracuse, the capital of Magna Graecia.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

Round Tour Syracuse | Distance 9 miles (17km) | Elevation +140m / -139m.

Your final ride follows one of the first coastal cycle paths in Southern Italy. Along the route you will see the remains of the city walls and the ingenious defensive system erected by Dionysius in the 4th century BC. The end point will be the 'Tonnara di Santa Panagia', an ancient tuna fish factory located in the small gulf of Trogylos. We return to Syracuse following the same route and we reach Ortigia, the island where Syracuse was founded, just in time for lunch. After a short orientation tour, there is free time to explore at your own pace, head to the beach, do some shopping or visit the famous archaeological park.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

We say “arrivederci” and “a presto”!

Meals included: breakfast

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Cycling in Sicily | Guided Group

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Cycling in Sicily | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Ferrohotel, Modica

3-star

The hotel was built from the renovation of an old dormitory for railway workers, and has an exclusive and innovative design, made to combine the hospitality and comfort of an urban and modern environment with the needs of customers linked to tradition and the past.

Hotel Colle Acre, Palazzolo Acreide

3-star

The hotel offers an ideal atmosphere to those who wish to spend a tranquil stay. You will feel emerged in a welcoming large Italian home, and even have the chance to taste locally produced wine. 

La Fontanella, Noto

3-star

This little hotel combines comfort and traditional charm. The staff will welcome you warmly and make you feel at home.

Piccolo Hotel Casa Mia, Syracusa

3-star

The hotel is located in a building from the early 1900s, it is made up of three buildings connected by a pleasant inner courtyard and featuring rooms with vaulted ceilings and antique Art Nouveau family furniture.

Tenuta Arangio, Marzamemi

3-star Agriturismo

This Agriturismo has been restored from a typical Sicilian estate, belonging to the Arangio family since 1890. Tenuta Arangio includes about 10 hectares of land cultivated with olive trees and crops, as well as other local agricultural products from Pachino. In the courtyard stands a large swimming pool, immersed in the greenery of olive trees, ideal for moments of relaxation in absolute privacy.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Cycling in Sicily | Guided Group

Package Prices 2020 (Flights and Transfers Included)

2020 Departure Dates Nights  Adult Price   
05 April - 12 April 7 £1,499 Enquire now
12 April - 19 April 7 £1,549 Enquire now
26 April - 03 May 7 £1,499 Enquire now
03 May - 10 May 7 £1,499 Enquire now
10 May - 17 May 7 £1,599 Enquire now
17 May - 24 May 7 £1,599 Enquire now
24 May - 31 May 7 £1,649 Enquire now
31 May - 07 June 7 £1,599 Enquire now
07 June - 14 June 7 £1,549 Enquire now
21 June - 28 June 7 £1,549 Enquire now
28 June - 05 July 7 £1,599 Enquire now
05 July - 12 July 7 £1,599 Enquire now
30 August - 06 September 7 £1,699 Enquire now
06 September - 13 September 7 £1,699 Enquire now
13 September - 20 September 7 £1,649 Enquire now
20 September - 27 September 7 £1,649 Enquire now
27 September - 04 October 7 £1,649 Enquire now
04 October - 11 October 7 £1,549 Enquire now
11 October - 18 October 7 £1,549 Enquire now
18 October - 25 October 7 £1,599 Enquire now
25 October - 01 November 7 £1,549 Enquire now
01 November - 08 November 7 £1,1399 Enquire now

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Extras

Single room supplement: from £280 depending on departure date

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Italy

Cycling in Sicily | Guided Group

Total Distance

163 miles (261 km)

Average distance per day

27 miles (43 km)

Suitability

Minimum age 16. The cycling pace will be moderate. The terrain is 90% on tarmac, there are some short sections of gravel.

Bikes

Wearing a helmet is mandatory for anyone taking part in any guided cycling holiday. Group members must bring their own helmets, as they are not available for hire. E-bikes available on request.

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