2021
Cycling Holiday on Sicily

Cycling Holiday on Sicily

Discover the island of oranges and lemons

 Caltagirone – Pozzallo – Syracuse

  • Pompous baroque towns, charming coastal towns and hillscapes
  • Daily routes ●●○○○
  • Altitude profile ●●●○○

days
8

km / day avg.
40

Our cycling holiday on Sicily takes you through the south eastern part of the island. You visit sites of the Greek and Roman past, will be reminded of the great pomp of the old Baroque towns and see gentle hilly countryside bathed in the southern sun. And you are sure to fall for the Mediterranean charm of the entrancing coastal towns such as Vendicari and Marzamemi. Fortify yourself with an espresso sitting in a lively piazza, enjoy a glass of wine or stretch out underneath an olive tree: Dolce Vita on a bike. You will require a basic level of fitness for this tour.

Itinerary

Cycling Holiday on Sicily
  • Booking Code
    IT-CS7
  • Start / Destination
    Caltagirone / Syracuse
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 235 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 35 and 55 km, Ø 40 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○

Day 1: Individual arrival in Caltagirone

Caltagirone is a late baroque town of the Val di Noto, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The over 4000 years of history of this area can be seen in many of the important churches here. The upper and lower towns are connected by a wonderful flight of tiled steps. You'll see these tiles here quite a lot. This style of ceramics from Caltagirone is known all over the world - and a popular souvenir.

Day 2: Trip to Piazza Armerina, approx. 35 km + transfer

The day starts with a short trip by car to Piazza Armerina. Here you'll visit the Villa Romana del Casale, which was not revealed until 1950 through an architectural dig. It has beautiful mosaic floors, which are quite unique in their quality and size. Take the opportunity to have a look back at the rambling historic part of the town and its cathedral. You cycle along quiet side roads through peaceful hilly countryside with wonderful views back to Caltagirone.

Day 3: Caltagirone – Modica, approx. 50 km + transfer

Setting off in Caltagirone, you cycle through typically Mediterranean countryside with vineyards and cypresses, heading south. From Vittoria, a transfer takes you to Modica. The town of Monti Iblei, situated on sunny southern slopes, belongs to the Val di Noto World Heritage Sites. The three churches are an important part. While the Santa Maria church remained unfinished, the stairway to the San Pietro church is lined by the apostles. But both are in the shadow of the truly magnificent facade of the 18th century San Giorgio church.

Day 4: Modica – Pozzallo, approx. 35 km

Before you leave Modica, don't forget to try its famous Modica chocolate, which is made to an Aztec recipe. From Modica you pedal gently downhill through olive and carob tree groves. A wonderfully sweet honey is produced by the carob tree. As you cycle along the route you will pass many important necropoles in the Hyblean mountains. Sicily was completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1693 and subsequently rebuilt in a late Baroque style. Your destination is the lively coastal town of Pozzallo.

Day 5: Pozzallo – Marzamemi, approx. 55 km

Today's route follows a level road along the sea. You will stop along the route at a viewpoint opposite the island of Correnti. From here you can see where the Ionian Sea and the Mediterranean meet. The fishing village of Portopalo di Capo Passero is on your way to Marzameni. Why not spend a few hours of the afternoon in the sun at a very popular bathing area north of the small historic city centre.

Day 6: Marzamemi – Noto, approx. 20 km

Cycling through the Vendicari nature reserve, Sicily's most important marshland, you continue in a northerly direction. Porcupines and pond turtles, flamingos, pelicans and cranes live in this unspoiled landscape. Today's destination is Noto. It is Sicily's most beautiful baroque town and has a lovely townscape of honey-coloured stone, churches pompously decorated with gold ornaments, magnificent monuments and quiet, secluded leafy spaces.

Day 7: Noto – Syracuse, approx. 40 km

The route takes you through what used to be the most powerful town of the ancient world. Many buildings of historic importance have remained intact. The highlights of a tour of the city are the historic town on the island of Ortygia and the archaeological park, with its ruins of Greek and Roman theatres, different temples and sanctuaries. The "Ear of Dionysius", an artificial limestone cave, is particularly famous for its amazing acoustics.

Day 8: Individual departure or extension of stay

After breakfast your cycling holiday on Sicily comes to an end. We would be happy to extend your stay in Syracuse if you wish.

 

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Dates / prices / services

Season times and prices 2021

Arrival on Saturdays from 20.03.2021 to 05.06.2021 and from 21.08.2021 to 16.10.2021Early booking discount: -15 €

Bookable dates are shown in the booking form. The season is dictated by the arrival date.

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Season A
20.03. - 05.06.
21.08. - 16.10.
ab669 €
All prices per person in a double room, without Additional Services
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Services

  • 7 nights incl. breakfast, national 2* / 3* level
  • Luggage transport from hotel to hotel to Syracus
  • Transfer Caltagirone – Piazza Armerina incl. bike
  • Transfer Comiso – Modica incl. bike
  • Cycle route description with maps (1 x per room)
  • 7-day Service Hotline

Minimum number of participants: 2 people

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Not included is the city or visitor's tax (if payable).

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For our younger cyclists

Due to the altitude profile we don't recommend this tour for children.

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Additional Services

Additional bookable services

All prices are per person

Additional fee single room

189 €

Extra night in a double room, B&B, Syrakus / Caltagirone

49 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Caltagirone

69 €

Extra night in a single room, B&B, Syrakus

75 €

Transfer Catania - Caltagirone excl. Rad

59 €

Transfer Syrakus - Catania excl. Rad

69 €

Rental Bikes

Rental Bikes

Rental Bike
Rental Bike
85 €

Types of rental bikes

  • 27-gear Women's / Men's bike, derailleur gears with free-wheel
Fittings

Pannier, handlebar bag, milometer, bottle holder, lock, repair kit

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Rental Bike

27-gear Rental Bike

85 €

Brief Information

Cycling Holiday on Sicily
  • Booking Code
    IT-CS7
  • Start / Destination
    Caltagirone / Syracuse
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Length
    approx. 235 km
    Daily routes ●●○○○
    between 35 and 55 km, Ø 40 km
    Altitude profile ●●●○○
  • Arriving from Catania Airport
    Optional by minibus (daily possible). Please include this option in your original booking.
    Alternative: Travel by train on your own initiative. Connections several times a day, max. one change, duration approx. 2 hours.
  • Return to Catania Airport
    Optional by minibus (daily possible). Please include this option in your original booking.
    Alternative: Travel by train on your own initiative. Connections several times a day, no changes, duration approx. 1.5 hours.
  • Minimum number of participants
    2 persons
  • Tour operated by
    local cooperation partner
  • Mobility note
    This holiday is suitable to only a limited extent for people with restricted mobility.
    Please contact us if you have individual requirements.

Travel Insurance

A lot can still happen before the start of your cycling holiday, so we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance, for example with our partner Allianz.

days
8

km / day avg.
40