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Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages

Ebikes Available on this TourBiking in the land of milk and honey…this is Sicily! VBT’s rolling adventure follows jasmine-scented breezes along the southern coast to hidden beaches, ancient ruins, fishing villages, and terracotta towns framed by the distant peak of Mount Etna.

  • 10 Days
  • Activity Level: Easy / Moderate
  • Daily Mileage: 15 - 35 mi
  • Daily Biking: 2 - 5 hr
  • Small Groups: 20
  • Biking Activity
  • Ideal for energetic beginners to more experienced riders.
  • Airfare Packages Available

Ebikes Available on this Tour

E-Bikes Available

Limited quantities —
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Why You'll Love This Tour

Overview

Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages

We picnic in pine forests and take you into the warmth of local kitchens to savor the bounty of land and sea. Greek Temples and Roman amphitheaters are reminders of civilizations still basking in the sun. The food dazzles with Mediterranean freshness and Arab influences. Seaside promenades come to life with Italians drinking up sunshine by the glass, also known as limoncello. This tour packs a sweet Sicilian punch.

Cultural Highlights

  • Discover Scicli and cycle around the lovely Noto Valley
  • Tour a family-owned chocolate factory and taste their delicious creations
  • Working with your hotel chef, learn how to prepare an original Sicilian recipe
  • Pedal along quiet rustic roads toward the Mediterranean Sea pausing to admire church mosaics
  • Discover the ancient fishing village of Marzamemi and enjoy a local café
  • Join your hotel hosts for a fascinating tour of their country estate
  • Cycle from the Testa dell’Acqua area on a panoramic route to a local farm
  • Gather with your fellow travelers and your host, a local farmer, to observe a cheesemaker preparing fresh ricotta cheese
  • Get seduced by the history of the aristocratic complex where you will stay for two nights amid carob and olive trees
  • Bike along flat country roads and picnic near the sea
  • Enjoy the beaches for swimming and relaxing

What To Expect

This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills and is ideal for beginning and experienced cyclists. Our VBT support van is always available for those who need assistance with the hills.

Average Daily Mileage: 15 – 35 miles
Average Cycling Time: 2 – 5 hours

Climate Information

Average High/Low Temperature (°F) – Syracuse
Mar 65º/42º  Apr  70º/46º  May  78º/52º  Jun  86º/59º  Sep 87º/62º  Oct 78º/56º  Nov 69º/48º

Average Precipitation (in.) – Syracuse
Mar 1.5  Apr 1.5   May 1  Jun .5  Sep  1.5  Oct 4  Nov 2

What’s Included:

Ebikes Available on this Tour

E-Bikes Available on this tour.

Limited quantities — first come, first serve. Learn more.

Bicycle Vacation Only – without Air

  • 6 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 12 meals—6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners

Bicycle Vacation Plus International Airfare

  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • 6 nights in 4-star hotels

PLUS: 1 extra night in Taormina and 1 extra night in Syracuse in 4- and 5-star hotels

  • 14 meals—8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transfers
  • AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions:
    Pre-trip: Taormina – 2 nights from only $495-$595*
    Post-trip: Syracuse – 2 nights from only $295-395*

Both Vacations Include

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Air Package Plus Single Supplement: $445 (2018: $345) | Land Only Single Supplement: $245

Please note: Web Special savings cannot be combined with any other offer. Standard Terms & Conditions apply when purchasing this trip. Prices include all airline surcharges and Government taxes and fees. Ask our Tour Consultants for details. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors. Prices are based on preferences selected above, including meals and sightseeing as specified in What’s Included. All prices are subject to change. Departure dates and prices shown may be updated several times daily, and apply to new bookings only.
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Itinerary & Map
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Day 1: Depart from home / Fly overnight to Catania

Depart from home and travel to Italy. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary.

Day 2: Arrive in Catania / Transfer to your hotel

Arrive at the Catania airport, where a VBT representative will meet you outside of customs. The VBT Representative will have a VBT sign. From the airport, you transfer to your centrally located hotel in Taormina (approximately 50 minutes).

If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please let our airport staff know by calling or sending a text message to +39 347 9246190. Our drivers are generally able to wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands, after which you would be responsible for your own transfer. However, they might be able to reschedule your transfer if they are aware of the delay. You may also contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your delay, and they will contact our transfer service.

If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 p.m. You may store your luggage at the reception desk.

Your VBT City Information will help you explore the city. For dinner, pick a restaurant in the delightful maze of alleyways of Taormina, and enjoy your first night in Sicily!

Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you fly in earlier than the scheduled program dates, transportation from the airport will be at your own expense.

Hotel: Hotel Villa Belvedere
Alternate Hotel: Hotel Monte Tauro

Day 3: VBT Bicycle Vacation begins / Ragusa Ibla / Welcome reception

VBT Bicycle Vacation only guests: Meet your VBT representative and the rest of the group at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby of our Taormina hotel (VBT uses two properties in Taormina. Please call us to determine which property will be used for your departure). If your arrival at the hotel is scheduled later than 8:00 a.m. or if you are delayed, you must travel at your own expense to your Scicli hotel (approximately 2.5 hours by private taxi, with rates to be negotiated onsite), and you will miss part of the program. In the unfortunate event that you miss our transfer, please contact the Scicli hotel to advise of any travel delays or changes, and the staff will pass your message on to your VBT Trip Leaders.

VBT Air Package and Pre-Trip Extension guests: Meet your VBT representative and the rest of the group in the lobby of our Taormina hotel at 8:00 a.m. The VBT representative will be holding a VBT sign and will be easy to recognize.

From Taormina, you’ll transfer to Scicli by private motor coach. All guests will stop on the way to Scicli in Ragusa Ibla (the transfer lasts about 2 hours and 15 minutes). The city is listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites for its Baroque palaces and churches. There you will be greeted by our local guide and embark on a 40-minute walking tour in the most picturesque part of the city. You will have time to have lunch on your own before continuing the transfer to Scicli.

Early this afternoon, settle in at your luxurious hotel centrally located in Scicli, Borgo Hedone’, one of the 100 top hotels in the world, according to the Sunday Times. The hotel comprises a carefully restored 17th-century villa and smaller buildings, spread out in a picturesque little borgo, all connected by staircases and little patios built in local stone. Two swimming pools (one outside and a heated one inside) and wonderful terraces offer the best view of the Baroque town and the Duomo, which is literally a few steps from the main door. After a safety and bike-fitting session, follow your Trip Leaders on a warm-up ride outside the town in the beautiful Noto Valley. Later, gather with the group for a welcome cocktail reception on the elegant grounds of our hotel and dine at a local Sicilian restaurant.

Hotel: Borgo Hedone’
Meals: B (included for Air Package guests only), D
Daily Options: 10.5 miles (16.8 km)

Day 4: Picnic / Cycle to Marina di Modica / Explore Scicli at night

After breakfast, cycle the rolling southern outskirts of the Province of Ragusa toward the sea. As you ride, you are surrounded by quiet countryside, with miles of stonewalls tracing your progress. Here and there, you see cattle lazily grazing in the shade of large carob and olive trees, and greenhouses where fragrant vegetables are grown to stock both the local markets and those in the northern regions of Italy and Europe.

Before lunch, you reach Marina di Modica and pedal on a bike path along the sea. Marina is a summer resort town, and in the warm season its beaches are perfect for swimming. Your morning ride ends in the peaceful pine forest of Sampieri, the perfect place for a picnic prepared by your VBT Trip Leaders. Enjoy time to stroll around and reward yourself with a delicious gelato. From here, you can opt to cycle or shuttle to your hotel, relax at the hotel swimming pool, or discover Scicli. The city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the extraordinary beauty and importance of its late-Baroque architecture, which was constructed after a terrible earthquake devastated Sicily in 1693.

This evening, stroll Scicli and enjoy the views of the magnificent architecture at night. Find the perfect place for dinner on your own.

Hotel: Borgo Hedone’
Meals: B, L
Daily Options: 14.5 or 25 miles (23.2 or  40.1 km)

Day 5: Chocolate tasting in Modica / Cycle the Noto Valley / Cooking class

Today you shuttle to Modica to enjoy one of the most interesting visits of the week: the chocolate factory of the Bonajuto family. The oldest factory of its kind in town, Antica Dolceria Bonajuto has been processing cocoa since 1880, using Aztec techniques imported by the Spanish more than 400 years ago. A mouth-watering tasting is a must after the tour. From Baroque Modica, you start riding north in the peaceful countryside of the Noto Valley, with a stop on the way for lunch on your own at an organic farm. You are welcomed by smiling mama Nella, the owner, who overviews the many activities of her 50 hectar farm while cooking breads, jams, sherbets and much more for her guests. On the farm, taste fresh-made ricotta, made especially for you by a local cheese maker.

Your afternoon ride from Balata di Modica follows a mostly downhill route to your hotel, along scenic quiet country roads flanked by elegant olive and carob trees. Relax at this elegant hotel, which features a large outdoor swimming pool and its own spa. Later, move to the kitchen, where you help prepare a Sicilian recipe under the guidance of the hotel chef: delicious eggplant parmigiana and eggplant rolls. You are also invited to try your hand at cannoli. The chef will demonstrate how to stuff a cannoli with ricotta and sugar filling, and you can then add your own customized touch, such as chocolate chips, pistachios, and more. Enjoy the results at dinner, accompanied by delicious red wine.

Hotel: Hotel Kallikoros
Meals: B, D
Daily Options: 16 or 31 or 40.2 miles (25.6 or 49.7 or 64.4 km)

Day 6: Admire the Mosaics of Villa del Tellaro / Explore the ancient fishing village and tuna fisher