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Sicily Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Kids & Teens

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Catania to Mt Etna-Italy's Legendary Isle

From $4,999 pp dbl. occ. | 6 days / 5 nights

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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 your famiglia.

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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 cuisine in a cooking class and among Catania's lush vineyards
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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Kick off your Sicilian family 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 | Tasty treats await 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 your family's to learn in a cooking class taught by local chefs.

Days 3-4 Grab a paddle and kayak through a lush nature reserve along the Ciane river to where it meets the sea | Spot pink coot flamingos and graceful shorebirds among leafy 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 walk across black lava on the lower flanks of this dramatic peak | Kids head out for a donkey ride while grown-ups sample local wines | Lounge and play poolside at our elegant boutique hotel.

Days 5-6 Greco-Roman history, exquisite cuisine and luxury accommodations await in hilltop Taormina, known as the Pearl of Sicily | Kids visit an adventure park for an afternoon of fun and games | Climb up to medieval Castelmola and gaze out across the Ionian Sea to Calabria | Hike trails among marbled cliffs and lush Mediterranean vegetation on Monte Venere | Youngsters swim and snorkel while adults discover Taormina's ancient Greek theater | Celebrate an extraordinary week with a Sicilian-style family dinner by the sea.

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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.

2020 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests Guests: from $4,799 pp dbl occ
  • 9 Guests: from $5,299 pp dbl occ
  • 8 Guests: from $5,499 pp dbl occ
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From $4,999 pp dbl. occ.
6 days / 5 nights

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Premiere Hotels

Masseria della Volpe
Masseria della Volpe

Noto (2 nights)

Monaci delle Terre Nere
Monaci delle Terre Nere

Zaafferana Etnea (2 nights)

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea
Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

Taormina (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Sicily

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Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Masseria della Volpe

Masseria della Volpe

Noto (2 nights)

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)

Monaci delle Terre Nere

Monaci delle Terre Nere

Zaafferana Etnea (2 nights)

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)

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

Taormina (1 night)

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

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-4

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 (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day Activity 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 Biking 22 1500 30 2000
2 Biking 27 2300 40 3100
Other Chocolate Tasting & Tour (1 Hour)
Other Cooking Class (2 Hours)
3 Kayaking (Half Day)
Other Walking Tour of Ortigia (1 Hour)
4 Walking/Hiking 8 900
Kids Donkey Ride (1 Hour)
5 Walking/Hiking 7 2300
Kids Mount Etna Adventure Park (2 Hours)
6 Other Walking Tour of Taormina (1 Hour)
Kids Scavenger Hunt (1 Hour)
 

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

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

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 your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Performance Road Bike (Included)

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Custom Kids Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On all Backroads Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bicycles for the younger set. They say good things come in small packages; when it comes to bikes for kids of all ages, Backroads is the expert.

Custom Kids Bikes

Custom Kids Bikes (Included)

Burley Kazoo trailer bike (Included in your trip price)

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who may be comfortable pedaling around the neighborhood but aren't yet ready for bike touring.

Burley Kazoo trailer bike

Burley Cub trailer (Included)

Also Included

  • 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

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

Why Travel with Backroads in Sicily

The Best Leaders in Sicily

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Sicily, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Like You, We're Family Experts

At Backroads we've honed our expertise in active family travel over many years and a lot of trips. We host at least 20 times more family guests than any other active company, so we're constantly gaining new insights that make our trips even better. Detailed planning, behind-the scenes logistics, unrivaled support from three Trip Leaders—all backed by a team that proudly creates the kind of experiences we'd want to share with our own families.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

Tweens, Teens and the Rest

The activities on Backroads Family Adventures are designed with all of you in mind. We've got easier routes designed for younger kids' abilities – and attention spans—and great longer options scaled to fit the tastes and energy levels of tweens, teens and adults. To narrow down the best choices for your family, take a look at our age guidelines.

Only the Best Hotels

On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Sicily has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

In Europe Since 1988

Backroads has been welcoming active travelers to Europe since before the Berlin Wall came down. Today it's virtually our second home. We know the perfect roads and trails, the most scenic valleys and hilltop towns, the hidden churches and gem-like museums, the up-and-coming vintners and celebrated chefs—and, of course, all the best places to stay.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

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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.
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