Taormina cityscape from Castelmola village in Sicily
Greek Theater in Taormina Sicily, Mount Etna in the background
Serving dinner at Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea, Taormina, Italia
Backroad cyclist at the Church Of San Sebastiano In Palazzolo Acreide, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy
Sicily shoreline with Mount Etna in the background, Italy
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Sicily Multi-Adventure Tour

Catania to Mt Etna - Italy's Legendary Isle

It's a land of legends and natural beauty. Of ancient architecture and extraordinary history and cuisine. Hike on Mount Etna's volcanic slopes and in exquisite hilltop Taormina. Explore Siracusa's rugged Ionian coastline by kayak. Bike through the Iblei mountains from one baroque town to the next. Greek theaters, Roman ruins and welcoming Italian hospitality. Sicily is waiting for you.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels

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Start / End Catania, Sicily

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Hike rugged trails through a captivating island landscape and around Mount Etna's legendary volcanic peak
  • Kayak alongside egrets, flamingos and cormorants as you make your way by river toward Syracuse and the sea
  • Ride peaceful roads from the lush Iblei mountain range to late baroque towns in World Heritage Val di Noto
  • Delight in the flavors of Sicily's celebrated wines and cuisine in a cooking class and among Catania's vineyards
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Days 1-2

Kick off your Sicilian adventure with lunch by the sea | Ride from the coast to the inland countryside through the dreamy Mediterranean landscape of the Iblei Plateau | Bike to the baroque town of Modica in the Val di Noto, a World Heritage site | Satisfy your sweet tooth with a sampling of decadent treats at Sicily's oldest chocolate shop | Hang up your helmet and unwind among the olive groves and fruit orchards at our luxurious retreat, a carefully restored Sicilian manor | Want to know the secret behind the region's unforgettable cuisine? It's yours to learn in a cooking class taught by local chefs.

Masseria della Volpe
Masseria della Volpe
Noto

Just outside the World Heritage town of Noto are olive groves, fragrant citrus orchards and this historic manor transformed into a boutique Mediterranean retreat. (pool, spa)

Days 3-4

Kayak through a lush nature reserve along the Ciane river to where it meets the sea | A bird-lover's paradise, keep an eye out for egrets, black-winged stilts and coot flamingos nestled among papyrus plants | Discover Syracuse's old city on the island of Ortygia during a walking tour | Hike around mythical Mount Etna, Europe's highest volcano and one of the world's most active | Follow wooded trails and trek across black lava on the lower flanks of this dramatic peak, made legendary in literature from Homer to Goethe | Sample local wines in the tranquil vineyard-laden region of Catania | Lounge poolside at our elegant boutique hotel.

Monaci delle Terre Nere
Monaci delle Terre Nere
Zafferana Etnea

Set on the slopes of Mount Etna, the dramatic views from this enchanting sustainability-focused hotel and winery are best taken in from the lava stone pool. (pool)

Days 5-6

Greco-Roman history, exquisite cuisine and luxury accommodations await in hilltop Taormina, known as the Pearl of Sicily | Climb up to medieval Castelmola and gaze out across the Ionian Sea to Calabria | Follow trails among marbled cliffs and lush Mediterranean vegetation on Monte Venere | The sense of history is almost palpable on a visit to Taormina's ancient Greek theater | Raise a glass to an extraordinary week before a decadent Sicilian dinner by the sea.

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea
Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea
Taormina
| Premiere Hotel

Sea-view rooms await at this elegant beachfront property, an early 19th-century villa set among lush gardens by the Mediterranean. (pool, spa)

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. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 14 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 2 | 24 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 23 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 27 miles* | 2400 ft. gain
Level 4 | 35 miles | 3100 ft. gain
Other
Chocolate Tasting & Tour (1 hour)
Cooking Class (2 hours)
Day 3
Kayaking
(Half Day)
Other
Walking Tour of Ortigia (1.25 hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 900 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 2 | 3 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 6
Other
Walking Tour of Taormina & Greek Amphitheater (1 hour)
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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!

Litter

It may come as a surprise that in such a beautiful part of the world, litter is quite evident, especially when approaching small villages. For most, these challenges are offset by the beauty of Sicily's countryside and its warm hospitality. But if you can't stand the thought of litter marring the setting, we understand. This may not be the trip for you. We are working behind the scenes to improve this aspect of our Sicily trips.

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