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Discover Sicily on a fantastic cycle tour

Cycle Touring Italy's Islands - Sicily

Duration
8 days
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$45
From
$2,175 USD

Ride through the UNESCO Val di Noto and Montalbano's filming locations on an 8-day cycle tour through Sicily. Sicily is not only the biggest island in the Mediterranean but also one of the most fascinating, thanks to the incredibly diverse heritage left here by past civilizations including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spanish. On this exciting cycling tour you will explore the south-eastern part of the island, pedalling through the Baroque gems of Ragusa, Modica, Noto and other filming locations of the famous TV series Inspector Montalbano up to Syracuse, the ancient Greek capital.

  • Category
    Road Cycling
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    8 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    2 - Novice
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
    Hilly
  • Distance
    188.3 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    31.7 miles
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  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts in Palazzolo Acreide and ends in Syracuse.  Fly in/out of Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA).

  • How long is the tour? How many cycling days?

    The tour is 8 days long with 6 days of cycling.

  • What's the tour like?

    This trip is classified Road. 6 days cycling with partial vehicle support (due to limited seats) and a cycling guide; 90% tarmac and some easy sections of gravel. There are no transfers to or from hotels on this trip: all the rides are designed to be door-to-door. Most of the cycling is along flat to hilly tarmac roads (mainly traffic-free), with a couple of days (Day 2 and 6) of more demanding ascents and undulating routes, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. As you approach the main towns and cities such as Syracuse there are busier sections with traffic at peak hours.

  • Is a bike included?

    Yes, Fuji Model Absolute 1.7 bikes are included in the tour.

    E-bikes can be hired but is subject to availability and price changes.

    Alternatively, you can bring your own bike (BYO) but this is on a request basis and additional charges may apply to cover the transportation of your bike during the tour.

    Conditions

    1. The equipment remains the property of the supplier and you may not sell, hire out or part possession with the equipment.

    2. You must not misuse the equipment and must return it in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear excepted). The supplier is entitled to charge for any damage caused to the equipment during the period of hire.

    3. You must ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use. In the event of the equipment being lost or stolen, you may be liable for the replacement value of the equipment

    4. You must not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and should immediately notify the Supplier in the event of breakdown or loss.

    Extra Bike Bits

    You may like to bring your own pedals and saddle (excluding the seat post) or gel saddle cover to fit to the hire bikes. The tour operator encourages this, if it is your preference. However, please note that you are responsible for your own equipment, and removing your saddle/pedals at the end of the trip. They cannot guarantee the return of any bike parts left behind.

  • Should I have travel insurance?

    Yes. It is a condition of joining this holiday that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

  • Can I have private room? What is the single supplement cost?

    A single supplement is applicable if you are travelling alone or wish to have your own room. The price varies depending on the dates chosen with minimum price starting at AU$615.00.

    If you would like to book a single room please contact us.

  • Are E-Bikes available on this tour?

    Yes, E-Bikes are available but they are on request basis. Availability will have to be checked along with its price since it is subject to change.

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  • Please read here for the tour operator's message regarding Covid-19:

    Update on trips running on or before 30 September 2021:
    As of Tuesday 25 May, 2021

    We hope you and your family are staying healthy throughout these trying times.

    Ensuring customer safety and enjoyment has been our primary focus since our first overland journey rolled out of London in 1974 and this fact has never been more important than today.

    We have introduced enhanced safety protocols in response to COVID-19, which are also in line with the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators. As such, we are constantly monitoring whether we can safely travel to a destination country, along with what your home country’s current border restrictions are.

    We look forward to exploring the world with you again soon.

    If your trip departs on or before 30 September 2021:
    Due to the current international travel bans in Australia & New Zealand, will be contacting our Australian & New Zealand travellers to discuss your next steps (if you have not been contacted already). You do not need to call us. Please be patient while our customer teams work through bookings in order of proximity to departure.

    If you have booked via a travel agent, please contact them to discuss your options.

    Thousands of our wonderful customers have already chosen to rebook their holiday for 2022. In doing so they have not only given themselves an incredible adventure to look forward to, but they have also given hope to our long-standing local partners who rely on tourism for their income.

    If your trip departs on or after 01 October 2021:

    The vast majority of tours are currently planned to run as scheduled, however, we will be in contact with you directly should there be any changes to your specific departure.
    We will continue to monitor local conditions and all relevant governmental advice and will review all trips, and update passengers a minimum of 30 days prior to departure.

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    What you need to know:

    • You will receive a guaranteed refund if we have to cancel your trip for any reason.
    • You will receive a refund if you can’t join your trip because you or a member of your party is diagnosed with COVID-19 or has received a request from the Government to self-isolate, and you are unable to claim for this via your travel insurance.
    • Up to 21 days before departure you can transfer to another trip free-of-charge (excluding international flights, and any non-refundable in-destination costs). Please note on our self-guided range of holidays you can make changes free-of-charge up to 31 days before travel. View full booking conditions for details.
    • Up to 42 days before departure you can cancel free-of-charge and we’ll refund the balance, and hold the deposit for you to use on any departure in the next 2 years (excluding international flights, and any non-refundable in-destination costs - view full booking conditions for details).
    • Excludes Polar Expeditions and Voyages
    • Valid for new bookings made on or after 30th June 2020

Overall Rating:
4.7/5
Cycling in Sicily
Louise Keesing
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

A great ride through the outskirts of the region. Accommodation was very good and the farmhouse stay and food excellent. Loved the pasta cooking lesson.
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Pasta cooking and watching the olive picking
What did you think of your group leader?
She was excellent, fun, with us all the way and rapidly found a great alternative when it was too windy.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Sicily is much easier than the Amalfi coast and probably don't need an E bike if you can cycle 50km. Really enjoyed Sicily.


The best of everything
Helen O'Connor
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

This trip was so good for the soul: amazing guide (Iris), superman (Giuseppe), towns, laughs, food, beer, wine, sun, storms, swims and group - all in equal measures.
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Inspirational no, but as a fan of Montalbano, I was beside myself with giddiness when we got a quick look inside his 'police station and office' in Scicli. Lifetime firsts: I ate a prickly pear, cycled past fields of aubergines and pomegranates and found a fizzy water vending machine where you can fill your own bottle - why don't we have these at home?! I appreciated having 2 hotels where we stayed 2 nights each, particularly the agriturismo, with lovely pool and great staff. I loved all the places we visited, but Siracusa had a particular hold on me.
What did you think of your group leader?
Iris was wonderful. She made us all feel very safe, was super organised and attentive and good fun. A gem. Her side-kick Giuseppe was brilliant too.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
A bit of training beforehand would be good to help you up those hills, particularly if you haven't been on your bike for a while! Although, with e-bikes an option now, it's maybe not required. One point on the e-bikes, some people found them heavy and clunky on the descents. Bring a raincoat for any short, but heavy downpours. Be prepared for a lot of eating.

Thoroughly enjoyable
Jane Holt
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

An excellent holiday all round. Beautiful scenery and architecture, great bikes, lovely company and a fantastic guide in Iris, supported brilliantly by the two Guiseppes!
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Cycling into Noto for a fab lunch after a challenging morning!
What did you think of your group leader?
Iris is knowledgeable, a great leader and good fun to be on holiday with.