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Sicily Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Teens & Kids

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 your famiglia.




Start / End Catania

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

  • 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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Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Kick off your Sicilian family adventure with lunch by the sea | Ride from the coast to the inland countryside through a dreamy Mediterranean landscape | 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 | Kids visit with animals at an educational farm center | 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
| Premiere Hotel

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

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 visit the Etna Adventure Park for an afternoon of fun and games | Grown-ups sample local wines | Lounge and play poolside at our elegant boutique hotel.

Monaci delle Terre Nere
Monaci delle Terre Nere
Zafferana Etnea
| Premiere Hotel

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 | Hike trails among marbled cliffs and lush Mediterranean vegetation on Monte Venere | The younger set embarks on a fun scavenger hunt with our Kids Adventure Leader | Discover Taormina's ancient Greek theater | Celebrate an extraordinary week with a Sicilian-style family dinner by the sea.

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea
Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea
| 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.

Note: The minimum age required for kids to ride their own bike on this trip is 9+

Day 1
Level 1 | 10 miles* | 600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 14 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 24 miles | 1600 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 1 | 13 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Level 2 | 21 miles* | 2000 ft. gain
Level 2 | 23 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 35 miles | 3100 ft. gain
Chocolate Tasting & Tour (1 hour)
Cooking Class (2 hours)
Just For Kids
Educational Farm Visit & Culinary Experience (2 hours)
Day 3
Half Day | min. age: 9
Walking Tour of Ortigia (1 hour)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 8 miles | 800 ft. gain
Just For Kids
Mount Etna Adventure Park (2 hours)
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 900 ft. gain
Level 2 | 3 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 2300 ft. gain
Just For Kids
Scavenger Hunt (1 hour)
Day 6
Walking Tour of Taormina (1 hour)
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 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!


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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