Bicycle tour in Sicily in Italy
Biking the quiet roads in Sicily
Cruising the coast of Sicily by bike! What could be better?!
Take a break from biking to walk the small village streets of Scopello
Visit historical sites throughout your Sicily bike tour
Bicycle tour in Sicily in Italy
Grab your biking buddies and head to Sicily for an unforgetable cycle tour
Monreale's world-renowned Cathedral called Santa Maria la Nuova
Breathtaking views at every turn while biking Sicily!
Bike Tour Sicily and the sites of Erice

Italy - Sicily Cycling Tour Through History

from €1,583

Sicily's strategic position, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, lying between Europe and Africa, linking the eastern and western Mediterranean and the Latin World with the Greek resulted in it being not only the prized possession of foreign powers in its tumultuous history, but also a battleground between warring ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Self Guided Cycling Level 3
  • Availability
    March - November
  • Duration
    7 Nights / 8 Days
  • Distance
    50+ km/day + elev gain

Day 1 - Arrive in Palermo transfer to Erice

Your West Sicily bike trip starts from ERICE, a small medieval town located on the top of the homonymous Mount that towers above Trapani, on the NW of the island. A private transfer from either Trapani or Palermo airport is included in the tour package as well as the orientation and bike fitting once you’ll be at the hotel. The town nowadays has a very pleasant medieval atmosphere and in ancient times it was an important religious centre for the Elymians, a population that lived in western Sicily before the Greek colonization. Don’t miss to taste the local pastry called “Genovese”, stuffed with cream and the view from the castle at the sunset, on all over the Trapani province, the salt marshes on the coast and the Egadi islands. Dinner is on your own this night.  

Hotel Elimo


Erice

Hotel Elimo

Admire the view of Trapani as you dine on the terrace at Hotel Elimo, set in the heart of the picturesque, mountain village of Erice in northwestern Sicily.

Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Pets Allowed '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Bicycle tour in Sicily in Italy

Bicycle tour in Sicily in Italy

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Day 2 - Ride Erice to San Vito Lo Capo (option to ride back) transfer included (40 or 42.4 km)

Bike ride to San Vito Lo Capo (sea side hamlet NE from Erice) and transfer back to Erice. “SAINT VITUS CAPE" is a charming coastal town in the Trapani area with a lovely sandy beach. Extending below Mount Cofano, a high pointed limestone cliff visible from distance, San Vito is near the Zingaro Nature Reserve and the hamlet of Scopello, where some scenes of the movie Ocean's Twelve were filmed in 2004. San Vito is known for its annual couscous festival (see below). A good place for a vacation, and with Erice and Segesta it represents one of the Sicily's historic jewels. For lunch you may like to taste the traditional couscous or kuskus is a Berber dish which is known in all of the north Africa area. It is consisting of spherical granules made by rolling and shaping moistened semolina wheat and then coating them with finely ground wheat flour. You can enjoy it with the vegetables or the fish. The Couscous Festival at San Vito Lo Capo is a combination of culture, tradition and culinary art. This event is held in Sicily in September. The best chefs from the Mediterranean area compete with their best recipes. An optional bike ride back to Erice is available, its numbers are: km 42,4 / 1147m el gain. Dinner is on your own this night.  

Hotel Elimo


Erice

Hotel Elimo

Admire the view of Trapani as you dine on the terrace at Hotel Elimo, set in the heart of the picturesque, mountain village of Erice in northwestern Sicily.

Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Pets Allowed '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';

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Biking the quiet roads in Sicily

Biking the quiet roads in Sicily

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Day 3 Ride to Sirignano Wine Resort (62.2 km)

Today’s ride takes you inland reaching the Sirignano Wine Resort, which is basically an agriturismo where the main production is wine. On the way you have the option to visit the archaeological site of Segesta, the magnificent 2,500-year-old Greek temple still intact. Enjoy this magical place before continuing to the accommodation. The Doric temple, yet almost intact and is surrounded by carpets of flowers in the springtime. The Archaeological site of Segesta is one of the most important and representative in Sicily. Segesta, together with Erice and Entella, was a powerful city of the Elymians, a population coming from North-western Turkey. The town enjoyed periods of glory during the first Punic War, under the rule of the Greeks and the Romans; it was later destroyed by the Vandals, occupied by the Saracens and ceased to exist in the early Middle Ages. Dinner is included at the agriturismo tonight  

Sirignano Wine Resort


Palermo Sicily

Sirignano Wine Resort

In the heart of Marquises de Gregorio family estate rises the “Sirignano Wine Resort”. This holiday farm bears the name of the ancient Sirignano countryside "Baglio" or as it is known in local Sicilian dialect “Bagghiu”. A Baglio is a characteristic building of feudal Sicily which consists of a farm with a large courtyard inside where the landowners and the farmers once lived.Today, thanks to recent architectural restoration work, the Baglio has come back to life, offering hospitality a relaxing experince to wine-lovers and whoever wishes to set out on an exciting journey in the Sicilian countryside. Here it is possible to discover wine and food traditions, history, art and cultural beauties together with the marvellous landscapes of Strade del Vino DOC Monreale and Alcamo DOC wine tourism paths.

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar ';

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Cruising the coast of Sicily by bike! What could be better?!

Cruising the coast of Sicily by bike! What could be better?!

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Day 4 Bike to Quite Countryside of Contessa (43.3 km)

Bike to the country, small hotel Rocca dei Capperi, run by Paolo, who took the choice to leave a caotic life for a simpler and more authentic one in the countryside. Relax in this peaceful accommodation in the country near the town of Contessa Entellina and the archaeological site of Entella. Here you are in Belice Valley, for sure one of the less touristic and more authentic areas of Sicily. Belice Valley is sadly known even because the terrible hearthquake in January 1968. The area is basically a productive rural zone with its own DOP sheep pecorine cheese: The Vastedda della Valle del Belice; the DOP Nocellara del Belice Extra Virgin olive oil and the DOP Nocellara del Belice olive table. Dinner included tonight and opportunity to taste some of the DOP delicatessen of Valle del Belice.  

Rocca dei Capperi B&B


Contessa Entellina

Rocca dei Capperi B&B

Situated at the foot of The Costa del Conte hill, in the Bagnitelle Valley, which is rich in olive trees, vines, almond and fig trees.It is crossed by the Senore stream, near to which was situated the old Sinurio Country Estate. Stars illuminate the transparent night air, and the Milky Way is clearly visible, unlike any other place in the world... ...After having travelled extensively, I found a place to sit and admire the spectacular views...and there I built a house which wouldn't harm neither the nature nor the landscape...then, not wanting to keep all this to myself, I opened its doors to share it with others... ... House that I wanted to build a green building technology.Bringing attention to the man, everyone interacts and interprets the environment and the relationship with other living beings in a personal and intimate. By moving the observation environment, every place has its own characteristics of shapes and colors. With this view you can understand the mind of a man facing in their daily lives, the "house", has posed the question of how it was possible in such a wealth of variety in nature, reduce the human living environment creation standardized patterns, seen by him as jarring notes in harmony more generally. We speak english, italian, french.

Open Parking '; Internet Access '; Restaurant ';

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Take a break from biking to walk the small village streets of Scopello

Take a break from biking to walk the small village streets of Scopello

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Day 5 Ride Vineyards and Olive Groves (42.3 km)

You’ll bike towards the sea this morning, through a landscape of Sicilian vineyards, ancient olive groves, and gentle hills en route to the comfortable Resort il Vigneto, near Menfi and a lovely sandy beach. This is an oasis and an excellent base for your last two nights. An onsite jacuzzi or the outside pool, may be a relaxing way to spend your afternoon. Dinner included tonight at one of the best restaurants in Sicily. It's by the sandy beach and transfer go/back is included in the tour package.  

IL VIGNETO RESORT


IL VIGNETO RESORT

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';

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Visit historical sites throughout your Sicily bike tour

Visit historical sites throughout your Sicily bike tour

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Day 6 Loop Ride or Poolside (54 km)

Choose your perfect day. You may decide to stay at the poolside at the resort and relax or at the near sandy beach in “Porto Palo” on your last full day of vacation or if you are ready for more biking,you may like to ride a wonderful loop route to the sweet village of Sciacca. In the 9th century, Sciacca became an important port for exporting grain to Northern Africa. In Sciacca you can find shops and fresh seafood at the local cafés and the colourful port. Lunch and dinner on your own today.  

IL VIGNETO RESORT


IL VIGNETO RESORT

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';

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Bicycle tour in Sicily in Italy

Bicycle tour in Sicily in Italy

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Day 7 Seaside ride to wine country of Marsala (71.2 km)

Today's ride will take you to the town of Marsala on the coast, back in the direction of Trapani. The name Marsala is well known because of the wine label (DOC) associated. This last ride is a coastal view experience by the sea, to south/west of the island. If you have enjoyed Selinunte you may find it interesting even to stop at Cave di Cusa, the quarry from where the Greeks carved the rock for the Seliinunte temples. It's fascinating to see how columns are still in the ground waiting that somebody takes them... The site, near Campobello di Mazara, gives a clear idea about the way in which the temples were built. Visiting this site, one seems to be catapulted back to the fatal moment when the work of the people of Selinunte was abruptly interrupted, perhaps because of the arrival of the Carthaginian troops, which had set out to destroy the city. Going through Campobello di Mazara you’ll reach Mazara del Vallo and then Marsala. Dinner is on your own today.  

Hotel Carmine


Marsala

Hotel Carmine

The hotel is found in the historic center of the city on the Piazza Carmine. With 28 full furnished rooms, it offers spectacular views of the square or private garden; a lounge and fireplace make the guests welcome.

Air Conditioning '; Closed Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Handicap Accessible '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Cable TV '; Hair Dryer '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Safe in Room ';

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Grab your biking buddies and head to Sicily for an unforgetable cycle tour

Grab your biking buddies and head to Sicily for an unforgetable cycle tour

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Day 8 Departure Day

After breakfast you are free to depart at your leisure. Transfers to the Trapani or Palermo airports can be arranged in advance for a small supplement. Please inquire.  

Monreale's world-renowned Cathedral called Santa Maria la Nuova

Monreale's world-renowned Cathedral called Santa Maria la Nuova

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

• 7 night bike tour with 6 bike rides
• 7 breakfasts
• 3 dinners (D3; D4; D5)
• Welcome transfer
• Welcome briefing and orientation to the trip
• Bike fitting
• Luggage transfer
• Private transfer back to the hotel on D2
• Private transfer for dinner in day 5
• GPS with preloaded route tracks
• Maps and cue sheets as back up for navigation

Lodging

Accommodations: High quality accommodations are 3-4 star hotels and a farmhouse include:
- Hotel Elimo***
- Sirignano Wine Resort***
- Rocca dei Capperi***
- Hotel Il Vigneto****
- Hotel Carmine***

** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

One of the most outstanding qualities of western Sicily is the juxtaposition of colors, constantly changing according to the season. The sea is a predominant feature. It’s many shades of green, turquoise and blue, contrast sharply with the intense whiteness of the salt mines, exulted by the warm sun that makes everything glow or shine. Inland, the greens, yellows and browns characterize the seemingly infinite succession of cultivated rolling hills, dotted with soft colored buildings, whites, creams, yellows and greys, depending on the material used and the period of construction. The sun also helps give the excellent Sicilian food and wine it’s vivid color as many dishes make use of the wide selection of fresh vegetables found locally such, as tomatoes, egg plants, peppers, zucchini, olives, oranges and capers as well as many types of cow and sheep cheese and fresh fish. The enormous variety of almond based desserts is a wide topic you should definitely indulge in.
Prices
Sicily Cycling Tour - 7 nights (March 15-July 15 & September 1 - November 30th).
Double Occupancy:
1583 for 2018 €/person
Single Supplement:
169 €/person
Solo Supplement:
Not available €/person
Extra nights available in Palermo
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For travel between July 15th and August 31st, please inquire.
Private arrival airport transfers from either Trapani or Palermo airports are included in the above rates and highly recommended. Return transfers start at 77 euros for 2 people at trip completion.

Trek Hybrid Rentals are are available for a supplement of 160 euros, Road bikes also available for 210-385 euros or e-bikes for 280 Euros. See bike tab for details.
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Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Erice, one of the nicest towns in Sicily  
- Archaeological site: Segesta
- Nature Reserve: Zingaro Regional Park (Scopello)

Need to Know:
- Mid day to mid-afternoon airport arrivals are best
- Please inquire for travel between July 15 and August 31

Options:
- Wine tasting
- Park visits
- Extra nights to the Islands
- Transfers - please send flight arrival info well in advance to ensure your transfer.
Duration : 7 Nights & 8 Days
Guided trips possible for groups of 4 or more. Customize this trip for groups of 4 or more
Dates : On request from March 15-July 15 and Sept 1-November 30; July and August are not recommended. No minimums.

Level 3+ or 4 Moderately challenging, important climbing on some days and consistent rolling countryside; requires regular cycling.

Best Time To Go: May - June, September - October.

Average temperatures:
March: 55 °F (13 °C) 43 °F (6 °C)
April: 61 °F (16 °C) 46 °F (8 °C)
May: 66 °F (19 °C) 54°F (12 °C)
June: 73 °F (23 °C) 59 °F (15 °C)
July: 79 °F (26 °C) 64 °F (18 °C)
August: 79 °F (26 °C) 66 °F (19 °C)
Sept: 75 °F (24 °C) 63 °F (17 °C)
October: 70 °F (21 °C) 57 °F (14 °C)

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    Our local Sicilian support staff will meet you at the airport for the initial transfer, orientation and bike set up. You will be able to reach our local support during your trip in case of any question or need. You won't see us but we'll be there moving your luggage and looking after logistics. You can ride at your leisure and spend your days as you wish knowing we have handled the details for you.

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    Bikes Available on This Tour:
    E-bikes: 280 euros - ask for details.

    Trek Emonda S5 Road Bike:
    Road bikes are recommended on this tour to make the rolling hills more easily traversed. The Trek Emonda is a great rental for these rolling and hilly routes of Piedmont. Carbon frame, compact crankset with Shimano 105, the bike is light and responsive. Rental Rate: 210 euros. See the Detailed Road Bike Spec Sheet.

    Hybrid bike options are new 2017 Trek FX 3 models : Trek Fx 3: aluminum frame; Shimano components, upright handle bar; road wheels with puncture resistant road tires. The hybrids are equipped with bags and carrying capacity. Womens frame. Hybrid Rental Rate: 160 euros.

    Either bike Includes:
    • Helmets, (one size fits all).
    • Computer (odometer): Wireless odometers.
    • Saddlebag - On Road Bikes only and contains the puncture kit
    • Rear bag or handlebar bag for hybrids - 1 per bike standard.
    • 1 GPS per 2 persons included in trip rate
    • Puncture kit: Tire levers, spare inner tube, patch kit included
    • Lock included
    • Frame pump included
    Pedals: flat or with cages. Travelers may bring their own clipless pedals to have installed. If you bring your own pedals, please bring your own wrench to remove them from the bike at the end of the tour.

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