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Sicily Bike tours – Cycling in Sicily

Our Sicily bike tours take cyclists around the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. From cycling through the town of Scicli, at the foot of Mount Etna or walking up the Caltagirone staircase, you do it all on a DIGnGO cycling holiday. Meet your trip leaders in Siracusa before a light lunch in the town of Modica. Ride through the Val di Noto, learn Sicilian and bike on a scenic coastal road. No matter when you join us, cycling around Sicily is guaranteed to be an adventure you’ll never forget.

At a glance
Duration 6 days
Starting Location Syracuse
Finishing Location Catania
Activity Level Moderate
Price $4,898
Sgl. Suppl. $1,500

Details of our Sicily bike tours

Itinerary

Day 1: Meet your trip leaders in Siracusa and transfer to Modica

From Modica to Ragusa (21 miles)
Welcome to the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Meet your trip leaders in Siracusa, famous for the Siracusa Ortigia, an island also the historical centre of the town. Transfer to the town of Modica for a light lunch and a brief introduction to the week to come. After lunch, take the time to visit the Modica Alta, the oldest par of the town and the Modica Bassa, the more recent district before cycling toward your hotel for the next 2 nights.

Day 2: Follow a nice coastal road to Scicli

From Scicli to Scicli (35 miles)
Enjoy a wonderful breakfast and get on your bike for a ride along the coast on your way to Scicli. This morning, you ride your bicycle on a coastal road with nice views on the Mediterranean Sea. For lunch, you may ask your trip leaders for recommendations as there as many restaurants in Scicli and they know where to get the best Sicilian pizza. The afternoon ride is done through the countryside and not on one of the many coastal roads but is almost traffic free.

Day 3: Cycle through the Val di Noto

From Scicli to Vizzini (35 miles)
Today, you pedal through the Val di Noto also called the Val Noto. The Val di Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site offers one of the most beautiful rides of the week. Reach the town of Chiaramonte Gulfi, often referred as the ”Balcony of Sicily”, for lunch. In the afternoon, keep cycling through the Valle di Noto and arrive at your hotel, the Castello Camemi.

Day 4: Bike to Caltagirone with Mount Etna in the distance.

From Montedoro to Agrigento (39 miles)
Today’s route leads you through bright countryside with Mount Etna in the distance. Etna also referred as Etna mount is an active Volcano but don’t worry the last major Etna eruption happened in 1928. Arrive in Caltagirone for lunch. Take the time to visit the town and walk up the Caltagirone stairs before cycling back to your hotel.

Day 5: Cycle on a route famous to local cyclists

From Vizzini to Vizzini (29 miles)
Today’s ride takes you to the towns of Racalmuto and Agrigento. No need to be one of those famous cyclists to enjoy the route. You come across many other cyclists on the road as this is a popular route plan to get to the town of Agrigento.

Day 6: End your Sicilian cycling holiday in Catania

End of the trip
Cycling is coming to an end in Catania, so put your cycling gear and cycling shoes aside. However, you may would like to stay a few more days to enjoy more of the Sicilian food and especially the Sicilian pizza. The history of Catania goes back to the 8th century BC and is a nice place to stay so don’t hesitate to ask your leaders for recommendations.

*Please note that the mileage indicated above refers to the basic route, which is the one that 85% of our guests ride. However, we offer multiple daily routes and you may read more about it in the Activity level section below or by clicking the detailed itinerary button above.

Dates

Starting date Ending date
2018-04-15 2018-04-20
2018-04-22 2018-04-27
2018-04-29 2018-05-04
Starting date Ending date
2018-05-06 2018-05-11
2018-05-13 2018-05-18
2018-05-20 2018-05-25
2018-05-27 2018-06-01
Starting date Ending date
2018-06-03 2018-06-08
2018-06-10 2018-06-15
2018-06-17 2018-06-22
2018-06-24 2018-06-29
Starting date Ending date
2018-09-02 2018-09-07
2018-09-09 2018-09-14
2018-09-16 2018-09-21
2018-09-23 2018-09-28
2018-09-30 2018-10-05
Starting date Ending date
2018-10-07 2018-10-12
2018-10-14 2018-10-19

Make a date private

Private tours are for those of you who are seeking to travel exclusively with their group of friends. If you would like to make your trip private, you may choose one of our regularly schedule travel dates and make it exclusively for you and your friends or family or contact us to choose your own departure date. You may read more below for private tour pricing:

  • An extra $500 per person for 6 – 9 guests
  • An extra $1,000 per person for 4 – 5 guests
  • An extra $2,000 per person for 2 – 3 guests

Lodging

Eremo Della Giubiliana (2 nights)

Star rating: *****
Location: Ragusa
Amenities: Pool, spa
Member of:

Castello Camemi (2 nights)

Star rating: ****
Location: Vizzini
Amenities: Pool
Member of:

Villa Athena (1 night)

Star rating: *****
Location: Agrigento
Amenities: Pool, spa
Member of: Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Activity level

Our Sicily bike tours are lifetime experiences designed for cyclists of all levels of ability. Each day you have a choice of multiple ride options, which means that on certain days you may want to take it easy whereas on other days you may want to challenge yourself. Whatever biking route you choose, you cycle at your own pace.

 

Day Short option Basic option Long option
Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain Miles Elev. Gain
1  21  2000
2  21  900  35  2700 41 3100
3  19  2400  35  4000  42  4500
4  21  1500  39  3000  44  3200
5  12  1400  29  2500  35  3200

What’s Included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Multiples daily routes
  • The use of a fully equipped DIGnGO touring bike and gear
  • DIGnGO water bottle, helmet, Garmin GPS and saddle bag
  • 1 leader for every 5 guests
  • Snack & drinks during the day
  • Gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Guided tours, tastings and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • A leader offering minivan support
  • Luggage transfers
  • Porterage
  • Minivan transfers during the trip
  • Local guides and experts
  • An email a few days prior to your trip

Types of bikes available

Touring Bike (Included)

Brand: Fuji
Model: Fuji Absolute 1.1 Disc
Weight: 10,35 kg

Road bike (Upgrade)

Brand: Scott
Model: Scott Addict Disc or similar
Weight: 8,5 kg

Electric bike (Upgrade)

Brand: Rubbee
Model: Rubbee Drive
Weight: 4.0 kg

Map of your Sicily Bike Tour

Modica

Ragusa

Scicli

Donnelucata

Camemi

Chiaramonte Gulfi

Vizzini

Caltagirone

Montedoro

Racamunto

Agrigento

Travel to Sicily

How to get to the starting location

  • Buy your flight(s) to Catania
  • Buy your train ticket(s) from Catania to Syracuse on www.raileurope.com
  • Make sure to check online for any timetable changes or railway company track maintenance
  • In case of a delay, please email or call your trip leaders

What to pack

Due to the limited space in our minivan, we ask you to limit the number of bags you bring to 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on luggage. In order to deliver your bags to your room, we ask that each bag has a clear luggage identification tag.

What to pack for biking:

  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Cycling jersey
  • Cycling jacket
  • Bike shoes & pedals
  • Sneakers
  • Cycling gloves
  • Rain jacket
  • Cycling pants
  • Arm warmers
  • Leg warmers
  • Shoe covers & booties
  • Cycling headband or cap
  • Windbreaker
What to pack for dinner:

  • Dress pants
  •  Shirt
  •  Polo
  • Jacket but not required
  •  Dress
  •  Skirt
  • Dress pants
  • Nice top

Pre & post trip lodging options

Catania:

  • Liberty Hotel | Rates: €€€€€
  • UNA Hotel Palace | Rates: €€€€€
  • Hotel Romano House | Rates: €€€€
  • Il Principe Hotel | Rates: €€€€
  • NH Bellini
 | Rates: €€€
  • Villa Del Bosco Hotel | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Royal
 | Rates: €€€
  • Hotel Villa Romeo | Rates: €
  • Hotel Etna 316 | Rates: €
Syracuse:

  • Grand Hotel Minareto | Rates: €€
  • Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel | Rates: €€
  • Hotel Borgo Pantano | Rates: €€

Room rate guide:

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Climate

 

January February March April May June
High F 59 60 62 66 73 81
Low F 50 49 51 55 61 68
Prec. (In) 3.3 1.8 1.4 2.0 0.8 0.4
July August September October November December
High F 86 87 81 75 68 62
Low F 73 75 71 65 58 53
Prec. (In) 0.1 0.8 3.3 3.0 3.0 5.4

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