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

Catania to Mt Etna—Italy's Legendary Isle

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Levels 2-4

Premiere Hotels

From: $5,699 - $6,099 pp dbl occ

($1,300 for sgl occ)

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

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Italy Sicily Multi-Adventure
Italy Sicily Multi-Adventure

Italy

Start/End Catania, Sicily

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

Highlights

  • Ride peaceful roads from the lush Iblei mountain range to late baroque towns in World Heritage Val di Noto
  • Hike rugged trails around Mount Etna’s legendary volcanic peak and kayak to the tiny isle of Syracuse
  • Delight in the flavors of Sicily’s celebrated wines and cuisine among Catania’s vineyards and by the sea
  • Lounge in an airy cabana on a private beach and fall in love with Taormina's luxurious Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2
Description

Kick off your Sicilian adventure with fresh-pressed olive oil at a centuries-old working farm | Be immersed in a valley of cherry, almond and citrus orchards | Ride your bike on quiet winding country roads in the Val di Noto | Discover the baroque towns of Scicli and Ragusa | Unwind at our one-of-a-kind hotel, a lovingly restored castle with a fascinating history. 

Accommodations
Eremo della Giubiliana
Eremo della Giubiliana
Ragusa
| Premiere Hotel

This elegant 900-year-old property, a former hermitage and fortress, sits amid orchards of almonds, figs and olives. (pool)  

Day 3
Description

Ride into the countryside along rolling hills, passing Greek ruins and small towns on the way to Siracusa | Marvel at archaeological treasures | Explore Ortigia, Siracusa’s mesmerizing historic center, on a walking tour | Lounge on the rooftop terrace of our hotel.

Accommodations
Grand Hotel Minareto
Minareto
Siracusa
| Premiere Hotel

Take in stellar sea views at this welcoming resort, perched on a promontory overlooking the Plemmirio Marine Nature Reserve and featuring two private beaches. (pool, spa)

Days 4-6
Description

Kayak through a lush nature reserve along the Ciane River, a bird-lover’s paradise | Keep an eye out for egrets, black-winged stilts and flamingos nestled among papyrus plants | Exquisite cuisine and luxury accommodations await just outside of hilltop Taormina, known as the Pearl of Sicily | Gaze out onto an unforgettable panorama over the Ionian Sea | Climb up the picturesque northern slopes of Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano | Follow wooded trails and trek across black lava on the lower flanks of this dramatic peak | 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.

Accommodations
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)

Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Biking
Level 2 | 23 miles | 1800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 32 miles | 2800 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 22 miles | 1400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 37 miles* | 2600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 42 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Other
Walking Tour of Scicli (1 hour)
Day 3
Biking
Level 2 | 28 miles | 2500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 37 miles | 2600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 54 miles | 2900 ft. gain
Day 4
Other
Ortigia Walking Tour (1 hour)
Kayaking
Ciane River & Ortigia Island (2 hours)
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 3 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 11 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 6
Other
Walking Tour of Taormina & Greek Amphitheater (1 hour)

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for bike options specific to this trip (click the arrow to see more). Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Also 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. 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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