View of Maniace in Sicily, Italy. Flickr:Fausto Schiliro' Rubino

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Sicily - Mt Etna, Taormina, and the Ionian Sea Bike Tour

Italy Bike Tours

Bike Sicily, the Land of Myths

  • The ancient stories are still alive on what the Greeks termed "Persephone's Island." A bike tour here, in Sicily, the land of myths and legends, is epic. Here, Dionysus discovered the vine and Hephaestus forged thunderbolts from Etna's molten lava. Though conquered and influenced by one invader after another, it has emerged with a unique and distinct culture, a blending of many, that sets it apart. To visit Sicily, is to visit the world.

    Highlights:

    • Sleeping fishing villages
    • Etna foothills lined with groves of lemons, oranges, and olives
    • Taormina, peal of the Ionian coast
    • Medieval towns of Randazzo and Castiglione
    • Baroque city of Acireale renowed for art, archeology, history, and folklore
    • Etna National Park
    • Park of the Alcantara valley
    • Nature reserve "Forre Laviche del Simeto

    ​At the end of your cyling days, reward yourself with the tastes of the ancients, the renowed Sicilian cuisine and wine!

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  • Price: $ 1451 £ 756 $ 1,316 880 $ 1510 kr 9416 $ 992

    Single supplement: $ 478 £ 249 $ 434 290 $ 498 kr 3103 $ 327

    Supplement for solo traveler: $ 165 £ 86 $ 150 100 $ 172 kr 1070 $ 113

    High season supplement (arrivals in July and August): $ 148 £ 77 $ 135 90 $ 154 kr 963 $ 101

    extra options

    Dinners included (excluding drinks): $ 321 £ 167 $ 292 195 $ 335 kr 2086 $ 220 Wine tasting in cellar near Randazzo: $ 41 £ 21 $ 37 25 $ 43 kr 267 $ 28 Wine tasting in local shop in Randazzo: $ 41 £ 21 $ 37 25 $ 43 kr 267 $ 28 Cooking class in Taormina: $ 198 £ 103 $ 179 120 $ 206 kr 1284 $ 135

    Electric bicycle rental: $ 66 £ 34 $ 60 40 $ 69 kr 428 $ 45

    Tandem bicycle rental, discount: $ 25 £ 13 $ 22 15 $ 26 kr 160 $ 17

    Helmet rental, payable on arrival: $ 16 £ 9 $ 15 10 $ 17 kr 107 $ 11  

    Child's trailers: $ 82 £ 43 $ 75 50 $ 86 kr 535 $ 56

    Extra nights (price is per person)

    Acitrezza

    Double/twin:  $ 66 £ 34 $ 60 40 $ 69 kr 428 $ 45

    Single:  $ 99 £ 52 $ 90 60 $ 103 kr 642 $ 68

    Nicolosi

    Double/twin: $ 63 £ 33 $ 57 38 $ 65 kr 407 $ 43

    Single: $ 87 £ 46 $ 79 53 $ 91 kr 567 $ 60

    Transfers (payable on site)

    Catania Airport to Nicolosi: $ 41 £ 21 $ 37 25 $ 43 kr 267 $ 28

    Acireale to Catania Airport: $ 41 £ 21 $ 37 25 $ 43 kr 267 $ 28

    Optional wine tasting:
    Price $ 41 £ 21 $ 37 25 $ 43 kr 267 $ 28 Optional cooking class:
    Price $ 198 £ 103 $ 179 120 $ 206 kr 1284 $ 135

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Catania (many connections from Rome).

    Local Travel

    Train travel in Italy is relatively inexpensive. You can check train schedules at www.trenitalia.com.

    Please keep in mind, there are no direct trains to Nicolosi. If you are traveling from Catania, you’ll need to take the AST bus to Nicolosi. Departures are at 13:30/14:30/16:00. Please see the AST website for additional information (the website is only in Italian so we recommend using a browser such as Chrome that will translate for you).

    If you are coming from Siracusa, you also need to take a bus.

    Airport transfers are available from Catania on request at an additional cost. Please see pricing.

    Climate

    The average high/low temperature in °F for the area is: March 63º/44º, April 68º/48º, May 74º/54º, June 82º/61º, July & August 88º/67º, September 84º/64º, and October 76º/58º.

    Remarks

    Tandem bicycle also available for this tour. Please ask us for details.
    Please note:
    -For the excursion with the alpine guides, cableway and Jeeps on Mt. Etna trekking shoes and warm clothes in spring and autumn are necessary.
    -During high season (mid June until end of August) on the coastal stages more intense traffic is to be expected.
    -Stage Nicolosi/Etna: if the public bus to Mt. Etna should be full, the owner of the B&B in Nicolosi can arrange a private transfer to Rifugio Sapienza: € 15 per person for min. 2 persons, € 12 per person for min. 3 persons.

    OPTIONS:

    There is opportunity to add a wine tasting or cooking class to enrich your experience.

    Wine Tasting:

    1. When you finish your ride in Randazzo on Day 4,  you can visit a local wine shop for a tasing of 6 wines and typical products of the region like local meats and a variety of cheeses. You can do this between 5 pm and 6 pm. Cost is €25 per person.

    or

    2. Just two kilometers from Randazzo, there is a wine cellar "Cantina Terrazza dell'Etna", easily reachable with the bike. The price is €25 per person and includes the vineyard visit, four wine tastings and a selection of local products.

    Cooking class:

    On Day 6 (Giardini Naxos-Taormina-Giardini Naxos), you can opt to have a cooking class in Taormina, late morning and enjoy your meal for lunch or dinner. If you do not want to ride that day, you can take a bus to Taormina and return to Giardini Naxos the same way. Price is €120 per person
     


Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations are an eclectic mix ranging from from small bed and breakfast establishments, to boutique hotels, and 3 star hotels in standard rooms. In some hotels it is possible to upgrade room type. Supplement will apply. We can provide sample hotel list on request.

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights including breakfast in 3 and 4 star hotels and B&Bs
  • Fuji Alloy Fitness bike with rear pannier
  • Luggage transfers
  • Detailed maps and road book
  • Phone assistance

What’s Not Included

  • Airport transfers
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Helmet rental (payable locally)
  • Wine tastings
  • Entrance fees and excursions
  • City taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Transfer to Nicolosi on Day 2 (bus ticket or private transportation)
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate
Length8 days
From880 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019

Departures every Saturday from March 2 to November 16, 2019

Skill Level

This is a moderate, self guided bike tour with average daily distances ranging from 15 to 31 miles (23 to 50 km).

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Sicily - Mt Etna, Taormina, and the Ionian Sea Map

Day 1: Arrival in Nicolosi
Day 2: Nicolosi, - Rifugio Sapienza - Etna Mountain - Nicolosi 13 mi. (20 km)
Day 3: Nicolosi - Bronte, 30 mi. (49 km)
Day 4: Bronte - Maniace - Randazzo, 19/22 mi. (30/36 km)
Day 5: Randazzo - Castiglione - Gole dell’Alcantara - Giardini Naxos, 29 mi. (46 km)
Day 6: Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos, 13 mi. (20 km)
Day 7: Giardini Naxos - Acireale - Aci Trezza, 23 mi. (37 km)
Day 8: Aci Trezza - Catania

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Nicolosi
Individual arrival at Nicolosi, where you'll be fitted for your bikes and receive a roadbook and maps containing all the information you will need to complete each day of cycling.

Day 2: Nicolosi, - Rifugio Sapienza - Etna Mountain - Nicolosi 13 mi. (20 km)
Either by public transportation (not included, approx. €6 per person), you will arrive in Rifugio Sapienza. Also available is a private transfer for a minimum of two participants. Cost is  €15 per person/min. 2 persons and €12 per person for min. 3 persons.

It is possible to go further up the Etna mountain with funicular, four-wheel-drive, and a guide and then continue to Nicolosi with the bikes. In case of unfavorable weather conditions, alternative itinerary would be a public bus transfer to Catania and possibility of a sightseeing-tour through the town center.

Day 3: Nicolosi - Bronte, 30 mi. (49 km) 
You are leaving Nicolosi on quiet back roads, almost all the time downhill you arrive at the nature reserve "Forre laviche del Simeto" to see the famous Saracen bridge. From here you will pass through huge pistachio plantations that announce the near city of Bronte. Overnight in a country manor in the midst of a pistachio plantation.

Day 4: Bronte - Maniace - Randazzo, 19/22 mi. (30/36 km)​
Passing outside of Bronte you will soon arrive in Maniace, where you can visit the Castello Nelson and the ex-monastery of Santa Maria di Maniace. Continuing on secondary streets you will reach Randazzo, with it's rich and interesting medieval town center. Perhaps you will want to allot some time to visit the  For day 4 there is also an option of visiting the Museo del Carretto 
Siciliano (Sicilian cart museum). The ticket's price is 5€. This is their website: Museo del Carretto  Siciliano (Sicilian cart museum). The ticket's price is €5.

Option wine tasting: See OPTIONS for details.

Day 5: Randazzo - Castiglione - Gole dell’Alcantara - Giardini Naxos, 29 mi. (46 km)
Today will be an easy downhill trip along the "strada del vino dell’Etna” with many winemakers along the way. From the gracious town center of Castiglione, you will have a nice view over the Alcantara valley, which separates the Etna from the Nebrodi forests, which you will visit further down the road. Final destination will be Giardini Naxos, on the Ionian coast, where you might enjoy a refreshing swim in its splendid waters.

Day 6: Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos, 13 mi. (20 km)
After only a short uphill climb, you will reach Taormina, pearl of the Ionian coast. A stop in Castelmola, a picturesque medieval village located about 3 miles (5 km) uphill from Taormina, can be enjoyed. The breathtaking view over the whole bay and from Calabria to Mount Etna makes the climb totally worth it! Return this evening to Giardini Naxos.

Option cooking class. You can bike or bus to Taormina and take part in a cooking class. See OPTIONS for details.

Day 7: Giardini Naxos - Acireale - Aci Trezza, 23 mi. (37 km)
This easy trip takes you along the Ionian coast, also known as "riviera of lemons". After a short uphill slope, you reach Acireale with its interesting baroque city center. You finish today in Aci Trezza.

Day 8: Aci Trezza - Catania
After breakfast, end of tour and individual departure or extension with additional days.

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  • Margot S. 11 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The bike route for your trip to Sicily takes us through farms of the regions. Very interesting to see how so many tomatoes and eggplants grow in green houses.

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