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Sicily Bike Tour

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Trip Highlights:
  • Marvel at views of Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe 
  • Pedal lightly traveled country roads past ancient olive trees and citrus groves
  • Ascend the 142 tiled stairs of Caltagirone
  • Incredible Sicilian Baroque architecture at the World Heritage sites of Scicli, Modica and Ragusa
  • Indulge in the island's bounty, from prosciutto and ricotta to wine and olive oil

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Ancient Civilizations & Mediterranean Sensations

An island almost as close to Africa as to Europe, whose heritage hails from the greatest ancient civilizations. How does it hang on through history? With passion. That's Sicily. Where the people are some of Europe's friendliest hosts. Where artistic and architectural monuments from centuries past still stand. Where you'll ride among orange groves above the Mediterranean Sea as Mount Etna simmers on the horizon. Where the local cuisine forever raises the bar. Grilled swordfish. Snapper prepared cipollata in a vinegar and sugar sauce. Bold red Nero d'Avola and freshly filled cannoli. Ready to surrender to an island's passions? Let it be Sicily.

Day 1 Fantastic biking in the shadow of Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano  A feast of traditional Sicilian cuisine awaits at a Slow Food osteria, nestled among Catania's rolling hills  Ride quiet roads through the Late Baroque towns of the Val di Noto to 15th-century Castello Camemi, our country home for two nights.

Days 2-3 Ascend the 142 tiled stairs in Caltagirone, inhabited since the Bronze Age and renowned for intricately painted ceramics The fragrance of orange blossoms wafts by as you pedal a route lined with windmills, orchards and olive groves Taste fresh-pressed olive oil at a centuries-old agriturismo An evening of folkloric music and dancing reveals vibrant Sicilian culture in full swing.

Day 4 Incredible Sicilian Baroque architecture at the World Heritage sites of Scicli, Modica and Ragusa  Dessert lovers, rejoice! Indulge in homemade gelato by the sea in Donnalucata.

Days 5-6 Marvel at archaeological treasures Seafood antipasti, sardines and other local favorites melt in your mouth at a lively pescheria, which serves up good times and great food  Stroll to historic seaside Siracusa's bustling fish market or soak up stunning Mediterranean views  Enjoy a walking tour of Siracusa's old city, Ortygia.

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Castello Camemi
Castello Camemi

Vizzini Scalo (2 nights) A beautifully restored 15th-century fortified castle that was once home to a noble family. (pool)

Eremo della Giubiliana
Eremo della Giubiliana

Ragusa (2 nights) With expansive ocean vistas and orchards of almonds, figs and olives, this elegant Andrew Harper favorite dates back 900 years when it was a hermitage and fortress. (pool)

Il Minareto
Il Minareto

Siracusa (1 night) Take in stellar sea views at this luxury resort, perched on a promontory overlooking the pristine Plemmerio Marine Nature Reserve. (pool, spa)

Guests Reviews About This Trip

Trip of a lifetime for my husband and I. I always dreamed of a trip to Italy, the beauty of Sicily was fabulous. I felt like I was in a movie set every day. The accommodations, additional experiences (ie; the Sicilian singers) were fantastic. The attention to every detail of our comfort, food, water, route advice, etc. was top notch. Can't wait to book another!
Mindy Salzberg-Siegel - Birmingham, MI
I never expected to see and learn so much. This trip through Sicily was better than anything I had expected and I have made memories that will last a life time.
Marilyn Diamond - Madison, WI

Trip Dates & Prices

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2014 CLASSIC DATES
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2015 CLASSIC DATES
April
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October

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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 16 500 35 1300
2 28* 1800 38* 2300 45 2700 59 3400
3 33* 700 47* 1800 61 2500
74 4400
4 19* 400 25* 800 39 2600 54 3400
Scicli Guided Walking Tour (1 Hour)
5 16* 1000 36* 2000 50* 3000 63 3100
6 Ortygia Walking Tour (1.5 Hours)
 
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* Includes a shuttle

Crank it up While this trip is best for guests looking for a level 2-4 cycling experience, on several days additional riding is possible, with plenty of climbs to boot.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

2 - 3 guests from $6,398 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,198 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ.

2015

2 - 3 guests from $6,498 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,498 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,198 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Sicily tour experts. See our award-winning Europe Italy biking tours, Europe Italy walking and hiking tours and Europe Italy multisport tours.

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All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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