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East of Sicily

Baroque cities and the ancient Magna Graecia

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Route

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. 58 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. 34 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. 41 - 58 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.

Services

  • 6 overnight stays

  • Daily breakfast 

  • Luggage transfer

  • GPS-files on request

  • Map material per room

Dates & Prices

Dates

Merkmale

    Season / Period
    Type
    S1   01.03. - 30.06.24
    S2   01.07. - 31.08.24
    S1   01.09. - 30.11.24

    Extras

    Supplements
    Single supplement 120
       
    Discounts 3rd bed in dbl with 2 full paying adults
    0-5,99 yrs -100%
    6-10,99 yrs -50%
    11-13,99 yrs -25%
       
    Bikes & Equipment
    24-/27-speed bikes 100
    Fitness bike 110
    E-bike 180
    Tandem 190
    Child trailer 50
       
    Additional nights
    Palazzolo (dbl/sgl) 50/70
    Siracusa (dbl/sgl) 70/110
       
    Transfers
    Airport transfer Catania Airport - Palazzolo (min. 2 persons) 65
    Airport transfer Syrakus - Catania Airport (min. 2 persons) 50
    Surcharge for transfer after 10 pm 5

    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

    Accommodation

    Hotel samples

    You will stay in selected 2-3* hotels, guesthouses and pensions.


    Palazzolo Acreide: Hotel Feudo Bauly
    Modica: Ferro Hotel, Hotel Magnolie
    Pozzallo: Hotel 1921, Sikania Suite
    Marzamemi: Tenuta Arangio, Agriturismo La Vignazza
    Noto: Grand Hotel Sofia
    Siracusa: Hotel Gargallo, Grand Bretagna, Grande Albergo Alfeo, Hotel Gutkowski


    Note: Please be informed that these are hotel samples and therefore subject to alteration! Find Your final hotel bookings at Your hotel list after/at booking.

    Bicycle

    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 | Electric bikes | Pedelecs

    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.

    Note: E-bikes are a great development, but should be - due to their driving characteristics (high weight + high speed) - booked only by very safe and experienced cyclists with a very good sense of balance. Not suitable are electric bikes for people who rarely ride a bicycle

    Useful

    Arrival - Parking - Departure

    Arrival by plane

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


    Arrival by car

    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 "dates and prices". min. 2 people


    Additional information

    Required taxes have to be paid locally.

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    4,8 of 6 Stars | 1
    4.6 17.10.2023 | Olga P. East of Sicily

    Sicily 2023

    All accomodations were very good except one called something like Villagio. It was the only one that was Agroturismo type of accomodations. The lady at the front desk didn?t speak any English and was not welcoming at all. The dinner was very simple and ...
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