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– Kay & Jim D,
Burlington, VT

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Particulars

Trip Dates:

2017

Sep 7-13
Sep 11-17

Sep 19-25

Sep 27- Oct 3
Oct 4-10
Oct 11-17

2018
Apr 11-17

May 7-13

May 15-21
Aug 30 -Sep 5

Sep 6-12
Sep 10-16

Sep 18-24

Sep 26- Oct 2
Oct 3-9
Oct 10-16

Don’t see your date? Call or email us about adding another departure.

Custom and self-guided trips also available.

Total Days:

7 days/ 6 nights

Arrive/Depart:

Vizzini/Noto

Accommodations:

Castello Camemi, Vizzini

Poggio de Sole, Ragusa

Masseria degli Ulivi, Noto

Activity Level:

Intermediate - Sicily is hilly

Terrain:

2 days are flat; 2 days are gently rolling; 2 days are moderately rolling

Cost:

Land Cost (current year):
US $2550
Includes 6B/2L/5D

Single Supplement:
US $640

Bike Rental:
US $180

 

 


Sicily, Biking

Described as the Mediterranean’s most alluring island with sweeping olive-strewn landscapes, starkly beautiful Greek temples and Byzantine mosaics, this island in the sun offers outstanding food and culture and interesting cycling routes. Our itinerary includes overnight stops in or near Vizzini, Ragusa and Noto, staying in charming and authentic lodging. Be prepared for some climbing and the reward of sweeping descents, along coastlines and through villages that throw out the welcome to visitors, especially those on bikes. Need inspiration? Read Francine Prose NY Time article; Enthralled by Sicily, Again.

Only Great Explorations:

• Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences
• Order off the menu at restaurants you won't find in guidebooks
• Distinctive, charming hotels too small for larger groups
• Wine included at first and final night receptions
• We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises

 

Itinerary

Getting there:
There are intenational airports in Catania, Palermo and Trapani. For this trip, it makes most sense to fly into Catania. It takes approximately 45 minutes to reach the first hotel by taxi. Travel by bus between the airport and Vizzini is possible (5 times a day) and would take 1h40.

DAY 1:
Vizzini
Meet at the hotel. We will ride a loop day from the hotel, with time to stop in the village of Vizzini, considered one of the oldest cities in Sicily, ruled in the middle ages by aristocratic families and today a vibrant village with restaurants and cafes to enjoy. Enjoy a swim in the large swimming pool and then dinner at the superb restaurant on site.
Distance: 40 km; 700m gain

DAY 2:
Vizzini loop to Grammichele & Caltagirone
Today, we set off for the nearby village of Grammichele, which was heavily damaged in an earthquake in 1693 and redesigned and rebuilt. A longer option reaches Caltagirone, famous for ceramics. On the return route, we will stop in the village of Mineo for a late afternoon refreshment before reaching the hotel.
Distance: 44 km; 530m or 80 km; 1400m or 100km; 1800m

DAY 3:

Vizzini to Rargusa
We will ride from Vizzini south to Licodia Eubea, Lake Dirillo and Villagio Gulfi (with its winery) towards the town of Ragusa. In Donnafugata, we will admire the 17th century castle here and then make our way to a comfortable hotel located peacefully in the countryside.

Distance: 70 km; 1170m

DAY 4:

Ragusa loop to Donnalucata and Scili:
Leaving Ragusa, we will cycle towards the coast and the charming village and splendid beaches of Donnalucata. On the return ride, we will stop for lunch in Scicli, a Unesco-listed Baroque town with abandoned cave settlements. We will enjoy a walk in the historic centre of Ragusa Ibla, followed by dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants.
Distance: 61 km; 1000 m gain

DAY 5:

Ragusa to Noto

We will start this day riding to Modica, another Unesco-listed site to explore the town and taste the famous chocolate at a favourite artisan shop. We will cross the interior of Sicily on roads lined with orchards and farms. We will arrive to our hotel, an upscale agriturismo. Take a swim, and relax prior to dinner.
Distance: 70 km; 1250 m gain

DAY 6:
Otranto Noto Loop to Marzamemi
On today’s loop ride, we will cycle south towards the coast to some of the most secluded sandy beaches not just in Sicily but in all of Italy. We will visit the sea-side village of Marzamemi. Take a swim, enjoy lunch at the atmospheric Traverna La Cialoma, or if you prefer to sun-bathe at an exclusive beach, head to Agua Beach Resort and then ride through the National Park Vindicari. Noto is described by many as their favourite hill-town in Sicily including Conde Naste Traveler who describe Noto: “In contrast to big European cities during the summer, this region of southern Italy has all the history of Rome along with the small-town breezy seaside charm of the Cinque Terre.”
Distance: 48 km; 800 m gain or 79 km; 845 m gain

DAY 7: Depart from Noto to Syracusa (40 min) or Catania airport (1h10) as desired

  • What's Included
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  • Ride Info
  • Map

Map of the Area

Ride Info

Otranto Weather

What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

  • services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 6 nights lodging
  • all breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
  • entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • wine included at reception on first and final nights
  • detailed map and route instructions
  • all baggage transportation
  • all transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
  • gratuities for all meals, hotels etc. are included; tips for Great Explorations guide(s) are additional and at your discretion

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@great-explorations.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247

 

 

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