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Taste of Sicily

Taste of
Sicily

Jewel of the Mediterranean.

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Sicily is savory, sweet, salty, and spicy

Sicily is the gateway of the Mediterranean, a strategic hub between many surrounding countries including the Middle East, North Africa, Greece, France, and Spain. It is also a treasure chest of ingredients and riches. With each domination of Sicily, another layer of influence was added to create a unique tapestry. Sicily is a mix of flavors and cultures and experiences. Biking Sicily is a journey: real and raw, bold and beautiful. All memorable.
Western Sicily
Price
$5620. Details

 

Cycling Ability

 

Itinerary

 

Start/End

 

Duration
9 days/8 nights

 

2020 Dates
March 23
April 20

 

Hotels

 

Airports

 

 

Tour Highlights

Dario

Aeolian Adventure

Explore Aeolian Islands:
bike Lipari and Salina, hike Vulcano,
watch Stromboli's nightly fireworks
by a private boat.
Dario

Vibrant Markets

Many towns have open markets.
In Palermo, the vendors sing and
chant to get attention.
Dario

Street food

Mouthwatering Arancini
(fried rice balls filled with rich ragu),
Panella, savory chickpea bread,
and grilled artichokes
Dario

Amazing Wineries

Expansive estates, coastal
retreats, havens for picnics
under the carob trees
Dario

Discover Taormina

Sicily's pearl: Sidewalk cafes.
Charming boutiques.
Narrow alleys. Spectacular views.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Sicily!
Arrive Palermo on your own and meet your Siciclando representative in the afternoon. Palermo has so much to see — an exotic mixture of cultures displayed in beautiful churches, lively food markets, and amazing architecture including Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance, and Baroque.

0 Miles

B: On your own
L: On your own
D: On your own

 

Day 2
Explore Palermo and Regaleali Winery Estate
We will begin the day with a guided walking tour of Palermo. This timing allows us to catch the lively Palermo markets where you will be entertained by fish and vegetable vendors calling and singing to their patrons in competing voices. We will then take a private shuttle to the Sicilain countryside, where we will stay at an inn located on the estate of Regaleali Winery — world-famous for its 90 different offerings (reds, whites, roses, sparkling, and dessert wines — as well as grappa). Siciclando and Regaleali share a wonderful relationship and we are treated as their personal guest during our stay...with multiple opportunities to taste their wonderful wines. Upon our arrival at the hotel we will enjoy a wine tasting and light lunch. Later in the afternoon, we will review the bike tour itinerary in more detail and enjoy a warm-up ride to get comfortable with your bicycle.

9 Miles
15 kilometers

B: Included
L: Included
D: Included at hotel

 

Day 3
Cycle to a Sicilian farm — organic and heirloom
Today we'll enjoy a nice ride to an agriturismo that produces their own olive oil and Sicilian heirloom grain. They will share their production and lead us in making our own individual pizzas, baked in a wood oven. The ride is beautiful with varied terrain back to Regaleali. After lunch you can decide to bike back or enjoy a van shuttle. The afternoon is yours to relax.

33 Miles
56 kilometers

B: Included
L: On your own
D: Included at Regaleali

 

Day 4
Explore the Madonie Park and transfer to the Aeolian Islands
oday we'll leave the main island of Sicily for the Aeolian Islands, a chain of small islands located northeast of Sicily. We'll begin the morning with a bike ride near Sclafani Bagni and enjoy a light lunch along the way. Then we'll transfer by private bus to Milazzo (about a 2 1/2 hour ride). From Milazzo, we will take a ferry to the island of Lipari, where we'll stay in a comfortable 5 star hotel. Dinner is on your own tonight. The day begins with a series of climbs for the first 15 kilometers/9 miles through the enchanting Madonie Park. Once at the top the remaining ride is a wonderful descent and the view on this ride is spectacular; mountains, beautiful colors, and charming hilltop villages watching over our ride.

20 Miles
33 kilometers

B: Included
L: On your own
D: On your own

 

Day 5
Lipari loop ride
Enjoy a loop ride on the island, giving us an opportunity to understand more about the place and the archipelago. The views are outstanding and we expect that you will enjoy your bike tour of Lipari... and perhaps a granita (flavored ice) at our favorite place. This afternoon we are excited to offer a cooking class — a great way to learn and enjoy Sicilian-Aeolian Cooking and, then, dinner together.

17 Miles
28 kilometers

B: Included
L: Group
D: Included

 

Day 6
Salina loop ride
We'll take a ferry to the island of Salina where we'll take an amazing loop ride on our bikes. The first stop is a small fishing village, Lingua, located along the Roman salt marsh. Here we will stop for a granita or coffee and perhaps a tour of the local museum. We'll bike on, enjoying the breathtaking views, as we head to a private house to enjoy a glass of home made Malvasia wine and a light lunch. Dinner is on your own tonight.

16 Miles
26 kilometers

B: Included
L: Included
D: On your own

 

Day 7
Walking on the Vulcano's volcano and back to the main island of Sicily
After breakfast, we'll take the hydrofoil to Vulcano Island for a hike to the crater of the volcano with our volcanologist. After lunch, we'll transfer to Sicily to the beautiful town of Taormina. Take a relaxing walk along the Corso Umberto with its classical music, cafes, pastry shops, art galleries, and clothing boutiques. Visit the magnificent Greco-Roman amphitheatre — from here you will get a fantastic view of the Ionian Coast, Mt. Etna, and the city. Dinner is on your own.

2.4m
4.km

B: Included
L: Group
D: On your own

 

Day 8
Biking to Randazzo and to the Alcantara Gorge
After breakfast, a shuttle will take us to the starting point of the bike ride at Linguaglossa. This ride gently rolls along the north side of Mt. Etna volcano, which is amazing in the spring with the wild flowers covering the low sides of the volcano and spectacular in fall because of the rich brown colors of the vineyards. The scenery is accented with old ruins and lava stone walls outlining the fields and vineyards. We bike to the charming village of Randazzo, where we will have lunch at one of our favorite sandwich shops. After lunch enjoy a gentle downhill into the Alcantara Gorge — a beautiful end to the route and to our tour. A private shuttle will take us back to our hotel in Taormina. We will enjoy a final dinner together tonight.

28 Miles
46 kilometers

B: Included
L: Included
D: Included

 

Day 9
Departure Day or optional extension Hiking Mt. Etna
After breakfast, departure and end of our services. Ciao! If you choose the Etna excursion you'll be shuttled to the southeast side of the volcano for a walking tour.

0

B: Included
L: On your own
D: On your own

 

 

Pricing

Additional options

  • Single room supplement — $640
Included
  • 9 days trip
  • 8 nights in 3, 4 and 5 star Hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • Hybrid bike rental
  • D1: Guided tour of Palermo
  • D2: Coordinated transfer from Palermo to Regaleali
  • D4: bus transfer from Cerda to Milazzo
  • D4: hydrofoil transfer from Milazzo to Lipari island
  • D5: cooking class in Lipari Island
  • D6: Volcanologist for the Vulcano hiking
  • D6: ferry transfer from Lipari to Salina
  • D7: bus transfer from Milazzo to Taormina
  • D7: hydrofoil from Lipari to Vulcano for hiking and then to Milazzo
  • D8: bus transfer from Taormina and Randazzo loop
  • Detailed road book and maps
  • 1 English speaking tour leader for all the tour
  • Van support all the tour
Not included
  • Flights and public transportation
  • Travel insurance
  • Admissions and entrance fees (when not agreed with tour operator)
  • Transport of bike case (for guests who bring their own bike)
  • Gratuity to Tour Leader/s
  • Expense of personal nature such as drinks, phone calls, etc.
  • Any items that has not been mentioned in the price inclusions above

Payment Options: credit card; wire transfer

 

Tour Hotels

Siciclando carefully chooses every aspect of a tour, including the accommodations.

Our choices are based on comfort and quality. We often choose hotels that are family-owned and operated because they provide a richer experience and because it is important to us to support the efforts of these individuals. We have developed relationships with many wonderful hotel operators. Here is a sample of the hotels on this tour.

Tour accommodations will be based on availability and the time of year. Once you have made your final payment for the tour, we will send you a confirmation letter that includes daily accommodations and contact information.

Testimonial
We thoroughly enjoyed our self-guided bike trip through Sicily. The team at Siciclando did an outstanding job of picking roads that were beautiful, interesting and quiet. Each day they had arranged some kind of fun cultural activity (eg wine tasting, chocolate sampling or historic walking tour). All of the logistics were thoughtfully handled from the moment we were met at the airport to the moment we left the bikes at our last stop.
Nick and Sue, Self-Guided
Testimonial
As Giuseppe says, "Everything is possible with Siciclando!"" — so true! Our trip involved a lot of complicated logistics, and Giuseppe and Daniele managed everything seamlessly and calmly. they were spectacular! It is such a treat not to have to worry about a single thing. I love having an e-bike! It's transformative.
Frances, Custom Tour
Testimonial
The Siciclando team made our (self-guided) Western Sicily bike tour a vacation of a lifetime. The small hotels/B&B's with attentive and friendly English-speaking staff, comfortable rooms, delicious meals, and refreshing pools were perfect. The routes planned had a great mix of scenery and just-right challenges. We would encourage anyone to go with the locals - they know this great land!
Bill, Self-Guided
Testimonial
The people made the tour fantastic. Dario went way beyond the norm to build a great itinerary, provide extra tips/information, and coordinated (orchestrated) the team to support us. Your competition is nowhere close to you. We feel we had a special experience from dedicated Sicilians.
W.S., Self-guided