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.
  • A ride you will never forget: each and every day, but especially our loop ride to Donnalucata and Scili
  • The opportunity to order off the menu at restaurants you won’t find in guidebooks.
  • We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises

Location

Vizzini

Vizzini, Province of Catania, Italy

Day 1-2

Rargusa

Ragusa, Province of Ragusa, Italy

Day 3-4

Noto

Noto, Province of Syracuse, Italy

Day 5-7

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
6 nights lodging
All breakfasts
Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
Detailed map and route instructions
All baggage transportation
We include transfer from Catania airport to the first hotel on arrival day and to Catania on departure (by 10 am)
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)

Particulars

EVENT DATES

2019

April 18-24
April 30 - May 6
Oct 1-7
Oct 7-13
Oct 17-23

2020

April 14-20
April 28 - May 4
Sep 29 - Oct 5
Oct 5-11
Oct 15-21

Custom and self-guided trips also available and can start any date.
Call or email for details.

TRIP SIZE

8-16 participants

TOTAL DAYS

7 days/ 6 nights

ARRIVE / DEPART

Vizzini / Noto

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Intermediate

TERRAIN

Sicilly is hilly

COST

Land Cost (current year):
7 day trip
US $3250

Single Supplement:
US $675

Bike Rental:
US $220

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

“We found the people we met made the trip so special. Several of us have already been talking about which trip to go on next year.”

– Kay & Jim D,
Burlington, VT

Getting there :
There are international airports in Catania, Palermo and Trapani. For this trip, it makes most sense to fly into Catania. Our trip includes a shuttle from Catania (Palace Catania Hotel) at 11 am.


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Day 1

Vizzini

We start this trip with a shuttle from Catania to the village of Bucchieri, where you’ll enjoy lunch at Osteria Il Locale. Ride a loop day  with time to stop in the village of Vizzini, one of the oldest cities in Sicily, ruled in the middle ages by aristocratic families. Back at the hotel enjoy a swim in the large swimming pool and then dinner at the superb restaurant on site.
Distance: 25 km; 320m gain

2

Day 2

Vizzini loop to Grammichele & Caltagirone

Today, set off for Palagonia and the village of Grammichele, which was heavily damaged in an earthquake in 1693 and redesigned and rebuilt. There are restaurants and cafes to enjoy in both towns.
Distance: 44 km; 530m gain or 70 km; 900m gain

3

Day 3

Vizzini to Ragusa

Ride from Vizzini south to Licodia Eubea, Lake Dirillo and Villagio Gulfi where you can taste the fine wines of Locanda Gulfi, before continuing towards the town of Ragusa, as we make our way to a comfortable hotel located peacefully in the country side.
Distance: 70 km; 1170m

4

Day 4

Ragusa loop to Donnalucata and Scili

Leaving Ragusa, cycle towards the coast and the charming village and splendid beaches of Donnalucata. On the return ride, stop for lunch in Scicli, a Unesco-listed Baroque town with abandoned cave settlements and boasting beautiful Baroque. Enjoy a walk in the historic center of Ragusa Ibla, followed by dinner at Maredontro Ristorante featuring seafood specialities, including mussels,  clams, octopus and swordfish. Buon appetito.

Distance: 61 km; 1000 m gain

5

Day 5

Ragusa to Noto

Start this day riding to Modica, another Unesco-listed site to explore the town and taste the famous chocolate at a favourite artisan shop. Cross the interior of Sicily on roads lined with orchards and farms. Our Luxe trip stays in Noto, at the Gagliardi Boutique Hotel, with its beautiful terrace overlooking the historic centre of Noto, described by many as their favourite hill-town in Sicily including Conde Naste Traveler: “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.” Stop in at Caffe Sicilia, founded in 1892, and now famous since Netflix featured the self-effacing Assenza in its Chef’s Table series. His exquisite granita, ice-cream and pastries all proudly showcase local ingredients and producers – almonds from Avola, lemons from Noto and pistachios from Bronte on the slopes of Etna. We will enjoy dinner at Manna, a superb restaurant that designer Gordon Guillaumier converted from the former cellars of the historic Palazzo Nicolaci.
Distance: 70 km; 1250 m gain

6

Day 6

Noto loop to Marzamemi

On today’s loop ride, cycle south towards the coast to some of the most secluded sandy beaches not just in Sicily but in all of Italy. 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. Back in Noto, we’ll celebrate with another extraordinary dinner at an acclaimed restaurant.
Distance: 48 km; 800 m gain or 79 km; 845 m gain

7

Day 7

We offer transfers to Catania airport by 10 am. Should you wish to transfer earlier or later, you can do so by taxi.

This hotel is a part-crenellated 16th century Masseria with beautiful grounds and views to Mount Etna. This a great place to stay when cycling Sicily.
Castello Camemi

This property is a part-crenellated 16th century Masseria with beautiful grounds and views to Mount Etna. Inside are warm stone walls, white sofas, ecru draperies, rustic stone fireplaces. There is a long elegant swimming pool, floodlit for nighttime swims and an excellent restaurant with classic Sicilian menu.


This 5-star hotel boasts an elegant restaurant, outdoor pool and spa, as well as an archaeological site. Ideal to relax during a cycling trip across Sicily.
Eremo della Giubilliana

This property is a 15th century convent-turned-inn of the Nifosi family (antique collector, architect and chef among them).This 5-star hotel boasts an elegant restaurant, outdoor pool and spa, as well as an archaeological site and a private airstrip.


Housed in an 18th-century palazzo in the heart of exquisite Noto, this boutique hotel is romantic, sophisticated, luxurious and steeped in charm.
Gagliardi Boutique hotel

Housed in an 18th-century palazzo in the heart of exquisite Noto, this boutique hotel is romantic, sophisticated, luxurious and steeped in charm. Boastings a rooftop terrace with views of the Duomo and an attentive, friendly staff, this hotel is a favourite.



			

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