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Sicily Family Bike Tour – Older Teens & 20s

Sicily's Seaside & Ancient Civilizations

  • Bike above the Mediterranean Sea with breathtaking views of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano
  • Indulge in the island’s homegrown bounty, from prosciutto and ricotta to wine and olive oil
  • Climb the tiled stairs of Caltagirone, a town dating back to the Bronze Age, and shop for painted ceramics made by locals
  • Admire incredible Sicilian baroque architecture at the World Heritage sites of Scicli, Modica and Ragusa

An island almost as close to Africa as to Europe. It's historic. Passionate. It's Sicily. The homeland of some of Europe's friendliest hosts. Where art and architecture hail from countless centuries. Where Mount Etna simmers on the horizon and delicious seafood forever raises the bar. Is your family ready to surrender to an island's allure? Let it be Sicily. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 Get ready for fantastic biking with distant vistas of Mount Etna—on a clear day, it can be seen from over half of Sicily | A feast of traditional Sicilian cuisine awaits at a Slow Food osteria atop one of Catania’s enchanting hills | Ride peaceful roads through the late baroque towns of the magnificent Val di Noto | Find repose poolside surrounded by country views at our 15th-century hotel.

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 by windmills, orchards and olive groves | Taste fresh-pressed olive oil at a centuries-old agriturismo, a working farm in a valley of cherry, almond and citrus trees.

Day 4   Climb winding roads to the extraordinary Duomo of San Giorgio | On a tour with our local host, discover ancient cave dwellings that were inhabited until the 1960s | Enjoy homemade gelato by the sea in Donnalucata.

Days 5-6 Cycle into the countryside, along rolling hills, past Greek ruins and small towns | Marvel at archaeological treasures | Explore Ortigia, Siracusa’s mesmerizing old city | Bike through a marine nature reserve, visit artists’ shops and the lively local fish market or lounge on the rooftop terrace of our hotel.

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 Manager - Italy

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

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 approaching 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.
$4,298
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(+$870 for sgl. occ.)

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6 days, 5 nights
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Open 7 Days a Week
6 am - 6 pm Pacific time

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Catania, Sicily

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All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners included

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Premiere Hotels

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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)

This elegant 900-year-old property, a former hermitage and fortress, sits amid orchards of almonds, figs and olives. (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 Plemmirio Marine Nature Reserve and featuring two private beaches. (pool, spa)

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-5

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.

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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 16 800 29 1800
2 21* 1200 33* 2800 41 3500 52 4300
3 23* 1200 46* 3100 60 4500
4 22* 1400 28* 1700 42 3500 57 4800
Scicli Guided Walking Tour (1 Hour)
5 23* 2000 44* 3400 62 3600
6 13 400
 

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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Sicily

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Sicily trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Sicily trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Sicily designed for families with older teens and 20s. These trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Sicily—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

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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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $6,198 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $6,798 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $7,898 pp dbl occ

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