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Taste of Sicily Bike Tour

  • Ragusa in Sicily
  • Modica cathedral with flowers
  • Alley in Sicily
  • Grapes ready for harvest
  • Fishing boats in Siracusa or Syracuse
  • Pasta in Italy
  • Baroque cathedra in Ragusa Ibla
  • Flowers on building in Sicily
  • Fish at the market in Sicily
DURATION
8 Day(s)
DAILY BIKING
22 to 47 miles
TRIP DIFFICULTY
3-Intermediate
STARTING FROM
$3995
SINGLES ADD FROM
$900

Trip Overview

Sicily is known for spectacular biking, breathtaking scenery and delicious food and wine. Enjoy the seaside fishing villages, inviting beaches, historical buildings and Baroque architecture that make this region so famous. Included are opportunities to sample the wines, olive oils and unique chocolate — made just in this region of Italy from an ancient recipe. Your cycling will help you work up an appetite for the famous cuisine … as you tackle climbs and spin down unforgettable valleys. Or take a break and get a lift in the support van — it’s your choice.

Italy loves cyclists! Join us for this magnificent bike tour in the warm Sicilian sunshine with bilingual guides and fabulous meals. Bike in Sicily with us!

Itinerary

From start to finish, check out the route.

DAY 1 - Arrival Day & Ancient Architecture
Arrival Day | Domus Hyblaea in Palazzolo Acreide
Your leaders meet you in Catania and transfer you to Palazzolo Acreide. We fit your bike for you in the afternoon. Then take a short test ride in Palazzolo Acreide and visit the beautiful Greek Theatre and San Sebastiano Basilica World Heritage site. Then enjoy a welcome dinner together.
DAY 2 - Noto Antica & Ragusa
Distance: 37 miles | Terrain: Intermediate | Itria Palace in Ragusa
Today’s ride takes you first to Noto Antica, where you can enjoy a stroll through the ruins and travel back to ancient times. The old city of Noto Antica was destroyed in the earthquake of 1693. Then continue on to see the Baroque buildings in the town of Ragusa. Take a walk to explore the oldest part of town, Ragusa Ibla. Be sure to see the St. John the Baptist Cathedral and marvel at its elaborate Baroque architecture and decoration.
DAY 3 - Castle & fishing village
Distance: 37 miles | Terrain: Intermediate | Borgo Hedone in Scicli
Your bike ride today takes you from Ragusa to Donnafugata where there’s a beautiful and stately castle — whose origins date from the 14th century. Then continue to the coast through the fishing village of Donnalucata. There’s an option for you to swim at an inviting beach. Then head to your hotel in Scicli to stay for two nights. Dinner is together tonight.
DAY 4 - Chocolate tasting
Distance: 32 miles | Terrain: Intermediate | Borgo Hedone in Scicli
You ride a lovely loop in the Valle di Noto, with its late-Baroque towns that are listed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Visit the town of Modica, famous for its small artisanal chocolate shops, which create their wares with an ancient chocolate recipe using manual grinding — which gives the chocolate a unique grainy texture and aromatic flavor. The specialty, inspired by the original Aztec recipe for Xocolatl, was introduced in the County of Modica by the Spaniards, during the 1500s when they were in southern Italy. Enjoy a chocolate tasting together!
DAY 5 - Farmhouse & Wine Tasting
Distance: 27 miles |Terrain: Intermediate | La Corte del Sol in Noto
Your ride continues, introducing you to the many flavors of Sicily as you spin through the countryside and villages to the charming Baroque town of Noto, one of the many towns in this region rebuilt (in a new location) after the earthquake of 1693. You are welcomed with warm hospitality to stay for two nights in a refurbished 19th-century farmhouse. Tonight, have a wine tasting before dinner.
DAY 6 - Marzamemi Loop & Swimming
Distance: 47 miles |Terrain: Intermediate | La Corte del Sol in Noto
Today you bike through the fishing village of Marzamemi, known for its red tuna. You continue along the coastal road all the way to Capo Passero, the furthest southeastern point in Sicily. There are lots of swimming opportunities today. Bring your bathing suit along on the ride!
DAY 7 - Noto to Siracusa (Syracuse)
Distance: 22 miles | Terrain: Easy| Il Duomo B&B in Siracusa
You head to the famous town of Siracusa (Syracuse) today. Enjoy lunch together and take a boat ride over to Siracusa. This town has a wealth of ancient Greek ruins and the largest Greek theatre from the 5th Century B.C. Your guided visit to the archeological park is included. Be sure to take a stroll to Ortigia, a small island connected to Siracusa with a bridge, as it is an iconic section of Siracusa.
DAY 8 - Departure Day
Your cycling, historical, and culinary adventure ends today! After breakfast, we depart around 9 a.m. to transport you back to Catania Airport. Grazie from Sicily!

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start End Cost Availability
Oct 18, 2022 Oct 25, 2022 $3995.00 Private Reserve Reserve
Oct 17, 2023 Oct 24, 2023 $3995.00 Available! Reserve Reserve

What’s Included

Guided visit to the archeological park in Siracusa (Syracuse), chocolate tasting, wine tasting, olive oil tasting, 7 nights’ lodging, 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners with wine and water, all gratuities for accommodations and included meals. We also include detailed maps and itineraries, experienced Italian guides, full van support, bicycle and helmet, transfer from Catania to Palazzolo Acreide at start and to Catania Airport at end. Airfare is not included.

Dates & Pricing

Prices are per person based on double occupancy (2 people in one room). Single supplement for private room is listed at the top of this page. A deposit of $500 holds your reservation for most tours. For weekend tours, the deposit is $300.

Start: Oct 18, 2022
End: Oct 25, 2022
Cost: $3995.00
Availability: Private
Reserve
Start: Oct 17, 2023
End: Oct 24, 2023
Cost: $3995.00
Availability: Available!
Reserve

What’s Included

Guided visit to the archeological park in Siracusa (Syracuse), chocolate tasting, wine tasting, olive oil tasting, 7 nights’ lodging, 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners with wine and water, all gratuities for accommodations and included meals. We also include detailed maps and itineraries, experienced Italian guides, full van support, bicycle and helmet, transfer from Catania to Palazzolo Acreide at start and to Catania Airport at end. Airfare is not included.

Inns

Where you stay along the way.

Domus Hyblaea Resort
Domus Hyblaea Resort lies at the foot of the ancient Akrai (Palazzolo Acreide) in the heart of Val di Noto. You’ll be in a wonderful olive grove within a beautiful orchard where you can enjoy an authentic Sicilian experience. You can relax by tasting local specialties on natural terraces. Domus Hyblaea Resort is also an excellent starting point to visit the Baroque lands, from Siracusa to Noto, from Ragusa to Modica.
Itria Palace
Itria Palace is a hotel in Ragusa Ibla which, like a period painting, bears witness to a time that was ... preserving the atmosphere of an intact Sicilian noble palace. It's a perfect location in an evocative setting: on one side it overlooks the Hyblean Baroque and on the other the Mediterranean nature of the Santa Domenica Valley. This enchanting hotel is an ideal spot to experience the charm of the historic center of Ragusa Ibla.
Borgo Hedone
This hotel is like an eighteenth-century village with 20 different and unique accommodations. Each showcases history ... but at the same time is modern and comfortable. It's a village where you can enjoy a garden and panoramic terraces with a hydromassage pool, a relaxation area in a cave, and a gym. But it also includes the ancient central building with its splendid halls, the library, indoor swimming pool, sauna and a cinema in a cave.
Corte del Sole
This ancient nineteenth century farmhouse is constantly kissed by the sun and lies on the last hills of the Hyblean Plateau, overlooking the Vendicari Oasis with its golden beaches and crystal clear sea. It maintains true to its roots and cultural identity to guarantee hospitality and a family welcome during your trip to Sicily ... along with professionalism and experience to make your stay wonderful. The rooms, breakfasts, swimming pool, restaurant all speak of the Mediterranean. Welcome to Corte del Sole, a 4-star hotel in the heart of Val di Noto.
Il Duomo in Siracusa
Located in the center of Ortigia, in the famous Piazza del Duomo next to the cathedral, Il Duomo Bed and Breakfast has air conditioned rooms and with private bathroom. If you want an unforgettable stay in Syracuse, you will be hosted in this ancient noble palace, in the heart of Ortigia. It's the ideal accommodation for a truly relaxing stay in Syracuse.

Gallery

Images from this tour. Click each to see it larger.

Ragusa in Sicily Modica cathedral with flowers Alley in Sicily Grapes ready for harvest Fishing boats in Siracusa or Syracuse Pasta in Italy Baroque cathedra in Ragusa Ibla Flowers on building in Sicily Fish at the market in Sicily