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Sicily Family Bike Tour
Sicily Family Bike Tour

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Ancient Civilizations & Mediterranean Sensations
There's so much to learn when you're in Sicily - especially when you're a kid. Like how to eat granita before it melts under the Sicilian sun. (Really, really fast!) And how to appreciate Baroque architecture from a new perspective. (Hint: hideous monsters and ferocious animals lurk beneath balconies and above the doors.) That pizza with french fries on top is perfectly okay. Yes, Sicily is full of surprises. Uncovering them has never been more fun!

Days 1-2 Fantastic biking in the shadow of Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano Ride quiet roads in the Val di Noto to 15th-century Castello Camemi, our country home for two nights  Kids paint pottery in Caltagirone, inhabited since the Bronze Age and renowned for intricately painted ceramics An evening of folkloric music and dancing reveals vibrant Sicilian culture in full swing.

Days 3-4 Incredible Sicilian Baroque architecture at World Heritage sites of Scicli, Modica and Ragusa  Ready for off-road adventure? Youngsters explore the rugged countryside in Jeeps A fun-filled biscotti-making class is sure to be a tasty hit with the kids The fragrance of orange blossoms wafts by as you pedal a route lined with stone walls, windmills and orchards  Taste fresh-pressed olive oils at a centuries-old agriturismo  Dessert lovers of all ages, rejoice! Indulge in gelato by the sea in Donnalucata.

Days 5-6 Marvel at archaeological treasures  Kids explore Ragusa Ibla on an exciting scavenger hunt through town  Seafood antipasti, sardines and other local favorites melt in your mouth at one of the area's finest restaurants 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.


Trip Highlights
  • Fantastic biking in the shadow of Mount Etna
  • Ascend the 142 tiled stairs of Caltagirone
  • Incredible Sicilian Baroque architecture at World Heritage sites of Scicli and Ragusa
  • Marvel at archaeological treasures
  • Kids indulge in gelato and explore Ragusa Ibla on an exciting scavenger hunt through town
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Premiere Inns

Castello Camemi (2 nights): An impeccably restored 15th-century fortified castle that was once home to a noble family. (pool)

Eremo della Giubiliana (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)

Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa  (1 night): With a great location in the center of Ortygia, a Sicilian Neoclassical-style inn with sea views from the guest rooms and rooftop terrace. (pool, spa)


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
Kids: Ceramics painting (2 hours)
3 23* 700 47* 1800 61 3200
74 4400
Kids: Biscotti baking class (1 hour)
4 19* 400 25* 800 39 2600 54 3400
Scicli guided walking tour (1 hour)
Kids: Jeep adventure (3.5 hours)
5 16* 1000 36* 2000 50* 3000 63 3100
Kids: Scavenger hunt in Ragusa Ibla (1.5 hours)
6 Ortygia walking tour (1.5 hours)
 
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* Includes a shuttle


Recommended Kids Ages

Minimum Ages:

General Info on Minimum Ages:

We strongly encourage families to join our Family Trips, designed with kid- and adult-friendly features. Please note that we have a minimum age requirement of 1 year for all Inn trips and 2 years for all Camping trips. Other than that, we do not restrict trips to a minimum age except in the rare case of a hotel age restriction. We do, however, recommend minimum ages based on the following criteria: Please note that a trip may feature an activity with an older age requirement than the minimum age recommendation for the trip. Younger kids are still welcome on the trip and while they will not be able to participate in the activity, the leaders will suggest an alternate activity. For safety reasons, children under 7 may not ride their own bikes and are required to ride on a Piccolo or in a Burley. For certain destinations, children must be 9 or older to ride their own bikes.

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

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

Youth savings do not apply to Private Trips.


Guest Trip Reviews

We had an excellent father-daughter adventure. It is hard to think of anything that was not planned perfectly. The guides were helpful, enthusiastic, and really brought Sicily to life. We will never forget driving back from the Kids dinner night in Ragusa-Ibla when our Italian guide played "rubber biscuit" over the van radio - we were exhausted from a day of biking and full of the best Sicilian food, but I have never heard a van of kids and parents laugh that hard.
Thomas Fine - Washington, DC