• Travelcode: 264

    East of Sicily

    Baroque cities and the ancient Magna Graecia

    • An extraordinary bike tour in the East of Sicily among breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable gastronomic specialities. As the route passes through landscapes much different from each other, this tour is quite varied and interesting. Romantic and suggestive, its salty and rough tones alternating with peaks of sofisticated sweetness, the Val di Noto area is the unforgettable frame of this tour. Among beaches and hills covered in almond trees the path enters vineyards whose grapes are used to produce extraordinary DOC wines, such as Nero d’Avola and Moscato di Noto. It is not just because of Nature wild beauty that UNESCO declared these places to be part of Mankind Heritage.

      Tourprofile / Level 2

      The tour is quite easy. Most of it runs on level roads, with a few short legs uphill, on Sicily you will find not cycling paths. For most of the tour cyclists will be riding on secondary roads, with reduced car traffic. Very good athletic skills are not requested, still participants should be at least well-trained. On the first, second and fifth stage it is possible to choose, according to one’s athletic preparation, among two alternative paths, different from each other as for length and slope steepness.

      Day 1: Palazzolo Acreide

      Indivdiual arrival.

      Day 2: Palazzolo Acreide - Modica, approx. 50 km

      After having admired the wealth of historical remains of Palazzolo Acreide, cyclists starts pedalling through the hyblean territory, that will catch their eye with the spectacular beauty of dry, wild landscapes alternating with green fields and large gardens planted with trees. Typical of this territory the dry-stacked limestone walls, used to separate one plot of land from another since the arabic domination. This stage includes a 3 km long slope.

      Day 3: Modica - Pozzallo, approx. 42 km

      Before leaving Modica it is worth stopping for a taste of the famous and spicy red pepper flavoured Modica chocolate. Then, riding on a gentle descent following the border of an ancient limestone querry, cyclists will get to Scicli, a true pearl of elegance set into the rural Sicilian territory, homeland to unforgettable gastronomic delicacies. From here, the stage keeps going down towards the coast and reaches Pozzallo.

      Day 4: Pozzallo - Marzamemi, approx. 57 km

      During the whole stage cyclotourists will ride on a level road. They will be riding along the border of the longarini and cuba morasses (Wildlife reserves). Here, big migrating birds, such as pink flamingoes and herons, use to stop and rest during their jurney from Africa to the Northern Europe. Then cyclists will ride even more South, to get to the same latitude as Tunisi. Actually, l’Isola delle Correnti, the currents’ island, is the most southern edge of Sicily, facing the fascinating mixing of the Mediterranean waves with the ones of the Ionic sea. Then Portopalo di Capo Passero, the most southern European town, and finally a charming marine village: Marzamemi. In this unique little town the enchanting atmosphere of the seaside gets combined with the pleasure of tasting the delicious fishermen gastronomy. The stage ends at the marvellous San Lorenzo beach.

      Day 5: Marzamemi - Noto, approx. 35 km

      More level road: this stage will drive cyclotourists Northwards along the coast to enter the wild park of Vendicari. On the beaches of this wildlife park sea tortoises (Caretta caretta) keep laying their eggs undisturbed. The protected waters of the bay teem with multicoloured fish. From here cyclists will climb up to Noto, stony garden, the real Italian capital of Baroque architecture.

      Day 6: Noto - Siracusa, approx. 38 - 55 km

      Still on a level road. The tour continues along the coast, proceeding Northwards to get stright to Syracuse. Once, this charming town was the capital of the Magna Graecia. Nowadays it is famous for the surprising naturalness by which, among modern streets and buildings, one can see extraordinary and unexpected remains of the classical Greek and Roman periods. The Neapolis Archaeological Park is just amazing. You will be ravished by the ancient charm of the Greek Theater, the Dionisio Ear and the Roman amphitheatre. Ortygia island, then, will catch your eyes with its charming narrow roads and the imposing Baroque buildings. It is the ideal place for tasting, just by the seashore,  a delightful cannolo di ricotta or a cool granita di mandorla, depending on the season.

      Day 7: Siracusa

      Individual departure or extended stay.
    • ARRIVAL - PARKING - DEPARTURE

      PLANE-ARRIVAL

      Airport: Catania (CTA)

      You can reach Palazzolo Acreide whether by rental car (car rental at the airport) or by private transfer. (reservation at booking)


      CAR-ARRIVAL

      Parking: at the starthotel on request (pre-reservation)

      Arrival by car via highway A3 until San Giovanni in the South of Italy. It is highly recommended to inform you about the highway costs prior arrival. Via ferry you get from San Giovanni to Messina. The ferry from Calabria to Sicily starts each 30 min. (approx. 20 min) Information via one of the 2 ferry operating ferry companies: Caronte or Bluferries.


      TRANSFERS

      Airport transfer from/to airport Catania, reservation at booking, see via "PRICES".


      EXTRA INFORMATION

      Required taxes have to be paid locally.

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    • Included Tour-Services:
      • 6 overnight stays incl. breakfast
      • Luggage transfer
      • Map material per room
    • Choose Categories

      S1 29.02. - 30.06.20 Category B every SAT
      S2 01.07. - 31.08.20 Category B every SAT
      S1 01.09. - 14.11.20 Category B every SAT
      S1 29.02. - 30.06.20 Category A every SAT
      S2 01.07. - 31.08.20 Category A every SAT
      S1 01.09. - 14.11.20 Category A every SAT

      Extras

      Discounts*  
      0-5,99 yrs 100 %
      6-10,99 yrs 50 %
      11-13,99 yrs 25 %
      from 14 yrs 10 %
      *in a double room with 2 full paying persons  
         
      Bikes & Equipment  
      24-/27-speed bikes 85
      E-bike 150
      Tandem 190
      Child trailer 50
         
      Additional nights
      Palazzolo Kat. A (dbl/sgl) 48/70
      Palazzolo Kat. B (dbl/sgl) 48/70
      Siracusa Kat. A (dbl/sgl)  60/100
      Siracusa Kat. B (dbl/sgl) 40/65
         
      Transfers*  
      Airport transfer Catania Airport - Palazzolo (min. 2 persons) 45
      Airport transfer Syrakus - Catania Airport (min. 2 persons) 35
      * reservation at booking, payment locally  

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • You will be accomodated in 3-star hotels and typical sicily bed&breakfast

      Hotelexample:

      Category A:

      Palazzolo Acreide: Hotel Colle Acre

      Modica: Ferro Hotel

      Pozzallo: Sikania Suite

      Pachino: Tentuta Arangio

      Noto: Hotel Flora

      Siracusa: Grande Albergo Alfred

       

      Category B:

      Palazzolo Acreide: B&B Luna Blu

      Modica: B&B Luna Blu

      Pozzallo: B&B Garden House

      Pachino: B&B Camporeale Rooms

      Noto: B&B Cloris Guesthouse

      Siracusa: B&B Tari

      Please be informed that these are only hotel samples. You can find our final booked hotels/accomodations on your hotellist you receive after booking/prior arrival.

    • Bicycle incl. saddle bag

      24-speed or 27-speed women or menframe; 27-speed Fitenssbike; E-bike (UNISEX model) All bikes are equipped with a saddle bag and a tacho. One repair kit incl. an air pump per booking. 

      E-bikes

      With an electro bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern E-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Acclivity can be handled easily. Please note that it won’t be possible to fix the handlebar bags on some of our E-Bikes.

      A note to our customers: Electric bikes are a great thing! However, due to their characteristics (high weight + high speed) they should only be booked by very experienced and safe cyclists with a good sense of balance. E-bikes are not appropriate for persons who do not ride bikes frequently.

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