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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. Teeming with millennia of cultural heritage. 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 hail from countless centuries. Where you’ll ride among orange groves above the Mediterranean Sea as Mount Etna simmers on the horizon. Savor seafood that forever raises the bar. Grilled swordfish. Snapper prepared cipollata, served with bold red Nero d’Avola. Then indulge in cannoli filled on-the-spot with impossibly fresh ricotta. Ready to surrender to an island’s passions? Let it be Sicily.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Biking in Sicily

Although Sicily is part of Italy, the island can feel worlds away from the mainland, as it remains one of the country’s most rural and economically challenged regions. Cycling here is both a physical and cultural experience where a touch of patience and humor go a long way–watch out for that rooster! And believe it or not, litter can occasionally be part of the landscape, especially when aproaching small villages. For most, these challenges are overpowered by the indelible beauty of Sicily’s serene countryside and its warm hospitality.

Service Standards

The slower pace and relaxed approach to life in Sicily is one of the highlights of this spectacular island and is reflected in the inns and restaurants on this trip. This said, service can lack a sense of urgency when compared with the service found in other regions. Because dining is an event unto itself here, our restaurants encourage you to slow down and enjoy a leisurely paced meal. Your best bet is to sit back, relax and soak in the Sicilian way of life.

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Biking in Sicily

Although Sicily is part of Italy, the island can feel worlds away from the mainland, as it remains one of the country’s most rural and economically challenged regions. Cycling here is both a physical and cultural experience where a touch of patience and humor go a long way–watch out for that rooster! And believe it or not, litter can occasionally be part of the landscape, especially when aproaching small villages. For most, these challenges are overpowered by the indelible beauty of Sicily’s serene countryside and its warm hospitality.

Service Standards

The slower pace and relaxed approach to life in Sicily is one of the highlights of this spectacular island and is reflected in the inns and restaurants on this trip. This said, service can lack a sense of urgency when compared with the service found in other regions. Because dining is an event unto itself here, our restaurants encourage you to slow down and enjoy a leisurely paced meal. Your best bet is to sit back, relax and soak in the Sicilian way of life.

Itinerary

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, tucked 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 A local ceramic artist opens his studio just for us Taste fresh-pressed olive oil at a centuries-old agriturismo set in a valley of cherry, almond and citrus trees.

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  Enjoy a stroll through Siracusa's old city, Ortigia Soak up the Sicilian sun and swim in the crystal-clear Mediterranean at our hotel's private beach.

Premiere Inns

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 property dates back 900 years when it was a hermitage and fortress. (pool)

Grand Hotel Minareto
Grand Hotel Minareto

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

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Sicily is a place that feels both instantly accessible and adventurously off the beaten path. This trip brings you the best of the island by blending exhilarating rides, fascinating history and superb cuisine. And you'll bike near an active volcano! Whether you're rediscovering family roots or simply looking to treat your gang to a rich and captivating cultural experience, Sicily is certain to surpass your expectations.
Carlos Martinez Abad- Regional Coordinator, Italy

Trip Dates & Prices

For dates and prices, please give us a call at 800-462-2848, daily 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., Pacific time. Or chat online,
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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.

Activity Level Average Time Road Bike Average Mountain Bike Average Walk & Hike Average
Insider 1-2 hours n/a n/a 1-3 miles
Level 1 2-3 hours 10-20 miles 10-15 miles 2-5 miles
Level 2 2-4 hours 21-30 miles 16-20 miles 4-7 miles
Level 3 3-5 hours 31-40 miles 21-25 miles 5-9 miles
Level 4 4-6 hours 41-55 miles 26-30 miles 6-11 miles
Level 5 5-7+ hours 56-75+ miles 31+ miles 7-13+ miles

*Mountain bikes are used in locations where the best riding is on a combination of dirt and paved roads. View trip locations

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a Custom Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. Please call for date availability and pricing.

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.

Trip Notes

All meals included except 1 lunch, 1 dinner

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