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The beautiful island of Sicily has some of the most varied and dazzling landscapes in Europe, cultural gems, ancient history and some of the best culinary delights in the Mediterranean.
Cycling through this seductive island is the best way to see its highlights and hidden treasures, arriving into Catania with Mount Etna to greet you and passing through historical Baroque towns such as Noto and Syracuse.
You will also glide through nature reserves, ancient ruins and enjoy swimming off the Mediterranean and Ionian coasts. You will also be rewarded by the flavours of Sicilian food such as seafood, almonds, tomatoes and ricotta.
This holiday is also available as a 7 day/6 night version and with extra night stays in Caltagirone or Syracuse on request.
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This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.
8 Day Tour
Arrive at Catania airport.
Transfer to our base hotel in Caltagirone. Caltagirone is renowned for its ceramics which have been produced for a thousand years. Most of the buildings are decorated with the local ceramics in this baroque town which is brimming with palaces and churches.
Round Tour Piazza Armerina | Distance 22 miles (35km).
You will start the day with a transfer to Piazza Armerina famous for its Villa Romana del Casale which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. This imperial Vila with its multicoloured mosaic floors was first excavated in 1950, dates back to the 4th century AD and was probably a hunting lodge and summer residence owned by a powerful Roman family. After exploring this pretty and historic town you will cycle back to Caltagirone.
From Caltagirone to Modica | Distance 28 miles (45km).
Leaving Caltagirone, today you will cycle southwards to Comiso in the Sicilian province of Ragusa passing olive groves in the lower valleys. You will then be transferred from Comiso to Modica where you will stay the night in this spectacular medieval city. Modica is one of the pearls of baroque Sicily and one of the most stimulating towns in the region. Explore the bustling streets and try the local speciality spicy chilli chocolate!
From Modica to Pozzallo | Distance 22 miles (35km).
Today’s cycle descends through the low Iblei mountains past cave formations and through scenic landscape to another baroque town Scicli, which is where the well known TV series Inspector Montalbano is set. The route will then continue onto Pozzallo situated on the coast, an attractive town with blue flag beaches and perfect for a dip in the sea after a day in the saddle.
From Pozzallo to Marzamemi | Distance 34 miles (55km).
Marzamemi is today’s destination and on route you will cycle to continental Europe’s most southerly point at Portopalo di Capo Passero and the island of Correnti where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Ionian sea. Marzamemi is a pretty fishing town with lots of charming restaurants ideal for enjoying the local tuna.
From Marzamemi to Noto | Distance 16 miles (25km).
The route now heads North along the Ionian coast through the Vendicari Nature Reserve to the UNESCO listed town of Noto. Vendicari is an extraordinary expanse of wild flower fields, lagoons and marshlands protected for migratory species and has some beautiful beaches perfect for a refreshing dip during your cycle ride. Your destination is considered the finest Baroque town in Sicily and a relatively unknown gem. The centre is one of the most stunning in Italy and one of it’s highlights is Corso Vittorio Emanuele the main walkway along which you will find impressive piazzas, churches and golden stone buildings.
From Noto to Syracuse | Distance 22 miles (35km).
Today you will continue North to the ancient city of Syracuse, once the capital of Greece and home to Archimedes. After your last day’s cycle, enjoy the ancient Greek ruins, bustling piazzas and archeological sites set to the backdrop of the sparkling blue sea and the island of Ortigia. You can also add on extra nights in this delightful city.
After breakfast, we say “arrivederci” before returning home from Catania.
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.
Set in the centre of Modica and nestled in the back streets, this bed and breakfast has a terrace and garden to enjoy your breakfast with simple and spacious rooms.
Converted from a traditional Sicilian farmhouse belonging to the Arangio family since 1890, this Agriturismo is next to the Vendicari Nature Reserve and has a stunning large swimming pool.
This elegant and modern hotel offers comfortable rooms with flat-screen Televisions and balconies, a large swimming pool and is a short ride to the beach.
This down to earth hotel is located in the centre of Syracuse within walking distance and all the sights and restaurants.
The hotel is situated a short walk from the beach and was built in 1928. Rooms are bright and spacious and it is close the to the restaurants in the city centre.
2019 Dates and Prices
Please contact one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7750 for 2019 dates and prices.
Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included)
2019 Departure Dates
|24th March - 9th June||7||£1085|
|25th August - 20th October||7||£1085|
2019 Departure Dates
|24th March - 9th June||7||£795|
|25th August - 20th October||7||£795|
Please contact one of our Activities Experts on 020 7471 7750 for child prices.
Single Supplement: £160
E-bike Supplement: On Request
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