SWEET SICILY

SWEET SICILY

Sicily

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ITALY

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05 - 12 Sep 2022

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Moderate

START LOCATION

Ragusa

END LOCATION

Siracusa

DAYS

8

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

60KM | 37MI

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

900M | 2950FT

Sweet cycling in shining Sicily, home of granitas, ice cream and surely all things cool.

It will feel as though you are riding through time. The culture, the architecture and sublime cuisine perfected over centuries with the input from many civilisations, is uniquely Sicilian.

This tour explores the south eastern end of the island of Sicily. Visit the enchanting Baroque cities of Scicli, Modica, Ragusa and Noto. Gorgeous as they are, you will wonder at the impossibly picturesque Ortigia island, set beside the Greek settlement of Siracusa.

The stunning finale to this fantastic tour is the ascent of Mount Etna, exploring different sides of this active volcano and its surprising wine tradition.

The sweetest of tours. Join us!

NOTE
Hire bikes are supplied on the island, not from our own fleet. Choice of road (Italian carbon frame, Ultegra gearing) or e-bikes. If you would like to hire a bike, please advise which format in the comments field when booking.

PRIVATE CUSTOM TOUR
CONFIRMED DEPARTURE | 4 PLACES REMAINING!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

PREMIER ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | BREAKFASTS | LUNCHES (EXCEPT DAY 1) | DINNERS | FULL GUIDE AND VEHICLE SUPPORT | ON-ROAD SNACKS AND SUPPLEMENTS | GPS LOAN UNIT | COMPLIMENTARY PUNTOTOURS CYCLING KIT | DAYPACK | BIDONS | GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFER ON ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE | WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

OVERVIEW

DAY ONE MON 5 SEP | WELCOME DAY TWO TUE 6 SEP | RAGUSA, SCICLI AND MODICA LOOP DAY THREE WED 7 SEP | RAGUSA TO NOTO DAY FOUR THU 8 SEP | NOTO CAPO PASSERO LOOP DAY FIVE FRI 9 SEP | NOTO TO SIRACUSA DAY SIX SAT 10 SEP | SIRACUSA TO ETNA TO NAXOS DAY SEVEN SUN 11 SEP | NAXOS ALCANTARA VALLEY LOOP DAY EIGHT MON 12 SEP | GOODBYE

RECOMMENDED AIRPORTS

ARRIVAL CATANIA DEPARTURE CATANIA

FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE MON 5 SEP | WELCOME

Airport shuttle to our start hotel in Ragusa, around midday. Time to be confirmed when all flight arrival details known. We'll settle in, check the bikes and possibly have time for a short warm-up ride. Aperitivi with a Tour Briefing about the adventure ahead, followed by our first sumptuous Sicilian dinner by famous chef Ciccio Sultano.

DAY TWO TUE 6 SEP | RAGUSA, SCICLI AND MODICA LOOP

These three wonderful, Baroque cities have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. An undulating route as we wind our way through this scenic landscape, discovering the delights of ice cream in Scicli, and in Modica, one of the oldest chocolate makers in Italy.
DISTANCE | 58KM | 36MI
ELEVATION | 900M | 2950FT

DAY THREE WED 7 SEP | RAGUSA TO NOTO

Today we head east over the pleasantly undulating Ibleo plateau. We ride tiny roads to Castellucci Necropolis, with over 200 tombs carved into the steep walls of a quarry. From there it is a long, gradual descent to the perfumed citrus orchards of Noto Valley. Here lies the town of Noto, also included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and boasting one of the best examples of Baroque cathedral architecture. After visiting the historic centre, and a good ice cream break, we ride the final few kilometres to our country resort by the beach, and a dive into the Sicilian sea.
DISTANCE | 65KM | 40MI
ELEVATION | 850M | 2800FT

DAY FOUR THU 8 SEP | NOTO CAPO PASSERO LOOP

Fantastic ride today, through the hills of olive groves, almond orchards, vineyards and fertile fields of the renowned Pachino tomato. The route continues along the southern coastline to the southern most island of Isola delle Correnti. This tiny dot marks the border of the Ioanian and Mediterranean Seas. From here, we'll loop back to Portopalo di Capo Passero and the pristine, wildlife reserve of Vendicari.
DISTANCE | 80KM | 50MI
ELEVATION | 500M | 1650FT

DAY FIVE FRI 9 SEP | NOTO TO SIRACUSA

A little of almost everything today. After a short stretch in the countryside between Noto and Avola, we climb the stunning Riserva Orientata di Cava Grande Park, overlooking the sparkling coastline below. The Cava Grande is a deep valley famous for waterfalls and small lakes only accessible by foot. We're again treated to a long, gradual descent arriving at our hotel and the promise of a delicious seafood dinner, on the magical island of Ortigia.
DISTANCE | 70KM | 43MI
ELEVATION | 800M | 2600FT

DAY SIX SAT 10 SEP | SIRACUSA TO ETNA TO NAXOS

Oh what a day! We'll have a shuttle from the coast to the slopes of Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe for an incredible ride. The lunar landscape of blackened rock is starkly impressive, a reminder of how nature can wield her might. Breathtaking views of the Strait of Messina and Calabria as we descend to the village of Zafferana Etnea, miraculously surviving centuries of eruptions. Lovely finish that winds through woods and vineyards, with the option of another ascent for the brave - the west side of the mountain. Our glorious day ends by the sea at Giardini Naxos, just down the hill from charming Taormina.
DISTANCE | 70KM | 43MI
ELEVATION | 1600M | 5250FT

DAY SEVEN SUN 11 SEP | NAXOS ALCANTARA VALLEY LOOP

How could you leave without riding the north side of Etna? Here you can discover the ancient winemaking tradition of this unusual but amazing corner of the Mediterranean and the beautiful, truly medieval village of Castiglione di Sicilia - OR - we could stay by the sea, riding along the coast and climb the tight hairpin bends to Sicily's hillside jewel, Taormina. Taormina has some of the most famous views in the world. To end a brilliant week, our final celebrations will be in an elegant beachside restaurant, with moonlit Taormina in the background. Salute!
DISTANCE | 50KM | 31MI
ELEVATION | 750M | 2450FT

DAY EIGHT MON 12 SEP | GOODBYE

Sadly it’s time to say farewell. Morning group transfer for the one hour shuttle to Catania.
Until next time!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

FLIGHTS | INSURANCES | BIKE HIRE | ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES | COFFEE STOPS | PERSONAL HOTEL EXPENSES | PRE- OR POST-TOUR ACCOMMODATION

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