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. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Day 2 – Explore Palermo and Regaleali Winery Estate. (8.8 miles/14.7 km)
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. Tonight, dinner will be included at the hotel.
Day 3 – Cycle to a Sicilian farm – organic and heirloom (33 miles/53 km)
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. Dinner is included at Regaleali.
Day 4 – Explore the Madonie Park and transfer to the Aeolian Islands (21 miles/34 km)
Today 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 ½ 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.
Day 5 – Lipari loop ride (16.3 miles/27.1 km)
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.
Day 6 – Salina loop ride (13.7 miles/22.8 km)
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.
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, cafés, 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.
Day 8 – Biking to Randazzo and to the Alcantara Gorge (28.4 miles/47.3 km)
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.
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.
Actual tour itinerary may vary slightly due to unforeseen circumstances.