Sicily, the Land of Lemons and Oranges 95041 Caltagirone, Province of Catania, Italy
Price : £582
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 146m/235km
Tour Code : GL018
Duration : 7 nights

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Overview

Sicily, once the capital of Ancient Greece and home to one of the most influential scientists of all time – Archimedes – is characterised by its rich and unique culture. Couple that with its incredible orange-coloured landscapes, and it will soon become clear why it has become such a popular cycling holiday destination for cyclists from all over the world.

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Sicily, once the capital of Ancient Greece and home to one of the most influential scientists of all time – Archimedes – is characterised by its rich and unique culture. Couple that with its incredible orange-coloured landscapes, and it will soon become clear why it has become such a popular cycling holiday destination for cyclists from all over the world.

Cycling your way along the southern coast, you’ll come across many of the historical landmarks that make this island so very special. From the impressive 18th century façade of the church of San Giorgio at Modica – to the stunning baroque town if Scicli – be sure to hop of your bike and explore as much as you you can whilst here. You won’t be disappointed by the epic landscapes Sicily has to offer either – dipping into the lagoons and sand dunes of the Vendicari Nature Reserve and gaining multiple panoramic sea views along the way.

As if that weren’t enough, Sicily has also earned itself the nickname ‘God’s Kitchen’, for its wide variety of exquisite cuisines and wines. Fresh fish is a dietary staple, and Nero d’Avola – a warm and full-bodied wine – is ‘the most important red wine grape in Sicily’.

It’s the combination of all these factors that give this Italian cycling tour the well-earned title of ‘all rounder’. Bellissimo!

  • Noto, Caltagirone and Siracusa Jewels of the baroque age

  • Vendicari Nature Reserve, a mix of lagoons, sand dunes, and rocky coastlines

  • Fresh fish, from the coastline fishing communities

  • Nero d’Avola, red wine;

The Trip

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Itininerary:

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Day 1: Arrival in Caltagirone

Day 2: Caltagirone – Piazza Armerina – Caltagirone: 35km

Day 3: Caltagirone – Modica: 45km cycle & 40km transfer

Day 4: Modica – Pozzallo: 35km

Day 5: Pozzallo – Marzamemi: 55km

Day 6: Marzamemi – Noto: 25km

Day 7: Noto – Siracusa: 35km

Day 8: Departure from Siracusa

Day 1: Arrival in Caltagirone

Independent arrival.

Day 2: Caltagirone – Piazza Armerina – Caltagirone: 35km

Today starts with a transfer to Piazza Armerina, where you’ll find the beautiful Villa Romana del Casale – A UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the largest and most impressive collection of Roman mosaics in the world. Once you’ve explored the Villa you’ll cycle back south to Caltagirone.

Day 3: Caltagirone – Modica: 45km cycle & 40km transfer

From Caltagirone you head sout until you reach Vittoria where you’ll be transferred to Modica. Modica’s upper town is watched over by the magnificent 18th century façade of the church of San Giorgio.

Day 4: Modica – Pozzallo: 35km

Before leaving Modica, be sure to taste their famous spicy chocolate. Then heading south you’ll gradually descend alongside the characteristic caves of the Iblei Mountains and arrive in the baroque town of Scicli. Today’s stage finishes with a cycle through the marine centre of Pozzallo, where you’ll spend the evening in the seaside town.

Day 5: Pozzallo – Marzamemi: 55km

Today’s stage is pretty much flat, and brings you to Portopalo di Capo Passero, the southernmost point of continental Europe. From here you’ll carry on and come across Correnti, a beautiful island that marks the meeting point of the Ionian and Mediterranean seas, before arriving in Marzamemi where you’ll spend the night.

Day 6: Marzamemi – Noto: 25km

Today’s stage heads north into the stunning Vendicari Nature Reserve. Characterised by its lagoons, sand dunes and rocky coastlines, now is the time to really soak up the beauty of the Sicilian countryside. The day ends in Noto, considered the finest Baroque town in Sicily.

Day 7: Noto – Siracusa: 35km

Your final stage takes you to Siracusa, the capital of Ancient Greece and home to science legend Archimedes. The city boasts views of the island of Ortigia in the background, and is the perfect place to toast the end of your cycling tour with a glass of locally produced Nero d’Avola!

Day 8: Departure from Siracusa

After breakfast, your tour ends. However, it is possible to book extra nights upon your request.

Route:

Accommodation

Deluxe:

Superior:
Very comfortable properties offering well appointed guestrooms and a wealth of facilities. Typically these tours consist mainly of 4 star accommodations with some 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7-nights hotel accommodation

  • Breakfast buffet

  • Transfer from Caltagirone to Piazza Armerina and from Comiso to Modica

  • Luggage transportation

  • Route descriptions+Maps

  • 7-days Hotline service;

Price Excludes:

  • Local taxes (approx €10), to be paid on site

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Bike and helmet hire


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Transfer Catania-Caltagirone

  • Transfer Siracusa-Catania

  • Transfers have to be requested when booking the tour (at least 2 people)

  • Extra 3/4* B&B night in Caltagirone

  • Extra 3/4* B&B night in Siracusa

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Catania

From Catania airport get a bus to Catania Centrale, then a train to Caltagirone (approx 2 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Catania

From Siracusa get a bus direct to Catania airport (1 1/2 hours).

Price : £582
Category :
Self Guided
Country :
Italy
Tour Guide : Self Guided
Tour Grade : Moderate
Distance : 146m/235km
Tour Code : GL018
Duration : 7 nights

Book Now

Overview

Sicily, once the capital of Ancient Greece and home to one of the most influential scientists of all time – Archimedes – is characterised by its rich and unique culture. Couple that with its incredible orange-coloured landscapes, and it will soon become clear why it has become such a popular cycling holiday destination for cyclists from all over the world.

Read More

Sicily, once the capital of Ancient Greece and home to one of the most influential scientists of all time – Archimedes – is characterised by its rich and unique culture. Couple that with its incredible orange-coloured landscapes, and it will soon become clear why it has become such a popular cycling holiday destination for cyclists from all over the world.

Cycling your way along the southern coast, you’ll come across many of the historical landmarks that make this island so very special. From the impressive 18th century façade of the church of San Giorgio at Modica – to the stunning baroque town if Scicli – be sure to hop of your bike and explore as much as you you can whilst here. You won’t be disappointed by the epic landscapes Sicily has to offer either – dipping into the lagoons and sand dunes of the Vendicari Nature Reserve and gaining multiple panoramic sea views along the way.

As if that weren’t enough, Sicily has also earned itself the nickname ‘God’s Kitchen’, for its wide variety of exquisite cuisines and wines. Fresh fish is a dietary staple, and Nero d’Avola – a warm and full-bodied wine – is ‘the most important red wine grape in Sicily’.

It’s the combination of all these factors that give this Italian cycling tour the well-earned title of ‘all rounder’. Bellissimo!

  • Noto, Caltagirone and Siracusa Jewels of the baroque age

  • Vendicari Nature Reserve, a mix of lagoons, sand dunes, and rocky coastlines

  • Fresh fish, from the coastline fishing communities

  • Nero d’Avola, red wine;

The Trip

null

Itininerary:

Expand Full Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Caltagirone

Day 2: Caltagirone – Piazza Armerina – Caltagirone: 35km

Day 3: Caltagirone – Modica: 45km cycle & 40km transfer

Day 4: Modica – Pozzallo: 35km

Day 5: Pozzallo – Marzamemi: 55km

Day 6: Marzamemi – Noto: 25km

Day 7: Noto – Siracusa: 35km

Day 8: Departure from Siracusa

Day 1: Arrival in Caltagirone

Independent arrival.

Day 2: Caltagirone – Piazza Armerina – Caltagirone: 35km

Today starts with a transfer to Piazza Armerina, where you’ll find the beautiful Villa Romana del Casale – A UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the largest and most impressive collection of Roman mosaics in the world. Once you’ve explored the Villa you’ll cycle back south to Caltagirone.

Day 3: Caltagirone – Modica: 45km cycle & 40km transfer

From Caltagirone you head sout until you reach Vittoria where you’ll be transferred to Modica. Modica’s upper town is watched over by the magnificent 18th century façade of the church of San Giorgio.

Day 4: Modica – Pozzallo: 35km

Before leaving Modica, be sure to taste their famous spicy chocolate. Then heading south you’ll gradually descend alongside the characteristic caves of the Iblei Mountains and arrive in the baroque town of Scicli. Today’s stage finishes with a cycle through the marine centre of Pozzallo, where you’ll spend the evening in the seaside town.

Day 5: Pozzallo – Marzamemi: 55km

Today’s stage is pretty much flat, and brings you to Portopalo di Capo Passero, the southernmost point of continental Europe. From here you’ll carry on and come across Correnti, a beautiful island that marks the meeting point of the Ionian and Mediterranean seas, before arriving in Marzamemi where you’ll spend the night.

Day 6: Marzamemi – Noto: 25km

Today’s stage heads north into the stunning Vendicari Nature Reserve. Characterised by its lagoons, sand dunes and rocky coastlines, now is the time to really soak up the beauty of the Sicilian countryside. The day ends in Noto, considered the finest Baroque town in Sicily.

Day 7: Noto – Siracusa: 35km

Your final stage takes you to Siracusa, the capital of Ancient Greece and home to science legend Archimedes. The city boasts views of the island of Ortigia in the background, and is the perfect place to toast the end of your cycling tour with a glass of locally produced Nero d’Avola!

Day 8: Departure from Siracusa

After breakfast, your tour ends. However, it is possible to book extra nights upon your request.

Route:

Accommodation

Deluxe:

Superior:
Very comfortable properties offering well appointed guestrooms and a wealth of facilities. Typically these tours consist mainly of 4 star accommodations with some 3 star.

Dates & Prices

Price Includes:

  • 7-nights hotel accommodation

  • Breakfast buffet

  • Transfer from Caltagirone to Piazza Armerina and from Comiso to Modica

  • Luggage transportation

  • Route descriptions+Maps

  • 7-days Hotline service;

Price Excludes:

  • Local taxes (approx €10), to be paid on site

  • Transport to and from the tour start and finish

  • Bike and helmet hire


Bike Hire & Extras

Bike Hire:

Hybrid Bike Hirehybrid bike

Deore shimano: 27 gears available also with Nexus Shimano: 7 gears with pedal break

Follow-me Tandem for ChildrenFollow-me Tandem for Children

Upon request. Suitable for ages 4-7 years, the child’s bike can be locked firmly onto the tail of the adult’s bike when necessary.

Child Bike Hirechild bike hire

Bikes with frames that are just the right size for cycling youngsters, with 20/24” wheels

Child Trailer Hirechild trailer hire

With one seat and suitable for children who are still learning to pedal (ages 0-4). Available by request for almost all family tours.

Child Seat Hirechild seat

Available upon request and recommended for ages 1 to 3. Maximum weight: 25 kg.

Cycle Helmetcycle helmet hire

We strongly encourage you to wear a helmet at all times whilst cycling

Extras:

  • Transfer Catania-Caltagirone

  • Transfer Siracusa-Catania

  • Transfers have to be requested when booking the tour (at least 2 people)

  • Extra 3/4* B&B night in Caltagirone

  • Extra 3/4* B&B night in Siracusa

Getting There & Back

Getting There:

The most accessible airport is Catania

From Catania airport get a bus to Catania Centrale, then a train to Caltagirone (approx 2 hours).

Getting Home:

The most accessible airport is Catania

From Siracusa get a bus direct to Catania airport (1 1/2 hours).

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