Sicily: Biking the Southern Coastal Villages
Sicily is a world apart. Inhabited over millennia by Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans, this compact yet geographically rich island provides a tantalizing web of traditions, cuisines, aromas, and hospitality. There’s a reason why so many civilizations have converged here, and we’ll experience it directly with farm-prepared meals, personalized tours and tastings, and cycling routes that display the serene beauty of countryside, mountain, seashore, and orchard. Stroll stunning Modica and admire its Baroque churches. Share a lovely outdoor picnic and a dinner at a traditional local restaurant. Explore the charming fishing village of Marzamemi. Revel in the beaches of Ognina. Taken altogether, you’ll find Sicily a rare jewel.
- Cycle past stone walls, olive groves, rural masserie, and elegant villas in Ragusa.
- Delight in rare views of beautiful Scicli as you pedal down to this Baroque city.
- Prepare Sicilian dishes, including cannoli, under the guidance of a local chef.
- Enjoy a peaceful ride to the ancient fishing village of Marzamemi, where lunch awaits.
- Visit the chocolate factory of the Bonajuto family in Modica, with a tasting.
- Relax and restore for two nights each at three of our charming, local hotels.
- Explore the ruins of Noto Antica, then share lunch prepared at a local farm.
- Pedal to the lovely beaches south of Syracuse for a dip, followed by a picnic.
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
Average Daily Temperature (°F) – Syracuse
Mar 65° Apr 70° May 78° Jun 86° Jul 92° Aug 92° Sep 87° Oct 78° Nov 69° Dec 62°
Average Rainfall (in.) – Syracuse
Mar 1.6 Apr 1.5 May .9 Jun .4 Jul .2 Aug .6 Sep 1.4 Oct 3.9 Nov 2.2 Dec 3.4
Bicycle Tour Only – without Air
- 6 nights in 3- and 4-star hotels
- 13 meals – 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Air Package Plus
- Roundtrip international airfare
- 8 nights in 4-star hotels
- 15 meals – 8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- AND the option to add our Low-Cost Trip Extensions: Pre-trip: Taormina – 2 nights for only $395* • Post-trip: Syracuse – 2 nights for only $345
*Please note for those traveling in 2016: Pre-trip: Taormina is $445.
Both Vacations Include
- FREE use of our custom VBT bicycle and helmet
- Service of two bilingual VBT Trip Leaders
- FULL VAN SUPPORT
- Daily route directions and maps
- Welcome reception with local wine and hors d'oeuvres
- Sightseeing and cultural activities
- 5% Frequent Traveler Credit to use on your next VBT vacation
- Special Good Buy Discount