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6 Days A Taste of Southern Sicily Bike Tour in Italy

Catania, Metropolitan City of Catania, Sicily, Province of Catania, Italy

Wonderful Italy Bike Tour

Join Apulia Bike Tours on a bike tour that lets you discover the Sicilian treasure trove of art, history, and nature! They believe that a bike tour is the best way to get in harmony with this region, to explore its landscapes, its cultural heritage, and rural areas. They love their land and will let you appreciate everything the place has to offer. The extensive network of the cycling routes allows you to reach the monuments and cultural sites with complete independence and freedom. By choosing Apulia Bike Tours, you’ll have the chance to discover the best of this wonderful region.

Key information

  • Trip type: self-guided
  • Lodging: point-to-point
  • Terrain: paved road
  • Starts in: Catania
  • Ends in: Syracuse
  • Difficulty level: moderate (cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, the terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 159 miles / 255 kilometers
  • Type of bike: hybrid bike and road bike (50 EUR)
  • E-bike: available for rent (110 EUR)

Highlights

  • 4-day self-guided bike tour
  • A chance to visit La Scalinata
  • Use of GPS with the needed tracks
  • Cycling to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and the cathedral of Saint Bartholomew
  • Information material and route description with maps
  • Luggage transport service
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast

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Accommodation

During this tour, you can choose between two categories of accommodation. You can stay in a combination of bed and breakfasts and economy three-star hotels (category A) or deluxe four-star hotels (category B).

Program

Day 1: Individual arrival in Catania

Catania is the second largest metropolitan city of Sicily. Over the centuries, it has faced earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and also undergone alternating dominations and urban transformations. Take your time to visit Palazzo Biscari, the most beautiful example of Catanese baroque architecture, and the historical Monastero San Benedetto. After that, stay overnight in Catania.

Day 2: Catania - Caltagirone (about 75 kilometers / 47 miles)

Apulia Bike Tours will deliver the bike, road map, and also the route description. Today, the tour leads you from Catania to Caltagirone. Perched on three different hills which boast stunning views of the valley below, it became famous for the quality and sophistication of its ceramics. Have a chance to visit the famous staircase La Scalinata, the nativity scenes, the patronal feast of St. James, and the baroque heritage of UNESCO. After that, stay overnight in Caltagirone.

Day 3: Caltagirone - Modica (about 70 kilometers / 44 miles)

Leaving Caltagirone behind you, Ragusa will be your first stop. Situated in the Hyblaean Mountains, a large area of high ground, divided up by dry stone walls and incised with ravines, Ragusa is one of the most picturesque towns in Sicily. The view from the upper town over Ragusa Ibla on its own separate hilltop is quite breathtaking.

Destination of the day is Modica, built at the foot of a rocky ridge where once two rivers flew which are underground today. In the past, the town became an important center of southern Sicily being the head of the homonymous county. Today, the town is composed of two urban agglomerations namely the Upper and the Lower Modica. You will stay overnight in Modica.

Day 4: Modica - Ispica (about 40 kilometers / 25 miles)

Today, your adventure leads you first to Scicli, less well-known than its prestigious neighbors (Ragusa and Modica) but just as fascinating and beautiful, and then to Ispica, primarily known for the Cava d'Ispica, a long geological fault dotted with cave dwellings that lies some 10 kilometers from the town. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and the cathedral of Saint Bartholomew. After that, you will stay overnight stay in Ispica.

Day 5: Ispica - Syracuse (about 70 kilometers / 44 miles)

Heading out of Ispica, your first stopover will be in Noto, perched on a plateau overlooking the Asinaro Valley, covered by citrus, olive, and almond trees. Noto was completely destroyed by the earthquake in 1693 and then rebuilt. You can admire palaces, churches, and balconies with wrought iron railings and cherubs that decorate the facing. Noto is called the garden of stone because of its typical stone.

In the afternoon, you will cycle toward your destination - Syracuse, a city among the most noble and elegant from all over the Mediterranean Sea. Full of charm, history, and natural landscape, enviable and envied, the city is divided into two different groups - the urban part of the city and Ortigia, the beautiful island of the city, increasingly rich in tourism. In 2005, Syracuse has become part of the Unesco World Heritage Site. You will stay overnight in Syracuse.

Day 6: Syracuse

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Bike

On this tour, a hybrid bike rental is included in the price. Apulia Bike Tours is in collaboration with Merida Bikes, a brand known around the world for the high quality of produced bikes. The bikes are synonymous of reliability and prestige, provides the cyclists who want to explore the Sicily region on two wheels, a fleet of over 400 bicycles.

You can also choose to rent other bikes at an extra cost. You can rent a road bike (Merida SCULTURA 100 / Merida Ride 100). For those who love the bike tour, but maybe does not have an optimum level of fitness, Merida is equipped with the electric bikes or e-bikes (Merida BIG.SEVEN eLITE 30), to make trips more leisurely or difficult terrain more manageable.

Location

This tour will take place in Sicily, Italy. You will cycle from Catania to Caltagirone, Ragusa, Modica, Scicli, Ispica, Noto, and Syracuse. Along the way, you might come across:

  • Palazzo Biscari in Catania
  • ​The scalinata in Caltagirone
  • The historic center of Ragusa
  • The Duomo of San Giorgio in Modica
  • The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and the cathedral of Saint Bartholomew in Ispica
  • ​Noto Cathedral in Noto

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 4-day self-guided bike tour
  • Information material and route description with maps
  • Use of GPS with the needed tracks
  • Bike rental (hybrid bike)
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transport service

What's not included

  • Roundtrip airport transfers (airport / hotel - hotel / airport)
  • Health / luggage insurance
  • Tourist taxes
  • Other things not listed as included

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 31 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Availability

This vacation is available from January 1 to December 20, 2019, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • January 8 - May 29
  • September 23 - December 20

 

Mid season
  • June 3 - July 14
  • August 24 - September 22

 

High season
  • July 15 - August 23
  • April 28 - May 1
  • May 30 - June 2
Pricing information
  • Extra charge for a trailer: 60 EUR
  • Extra night for category A: 45 EUR per person per night (low season) / 70 EUR per person per night (mid-season) / 90 EUR per person per night (high season)
  • Extra night for category B: 90 EUR per person per night (low season) / 135 EUR per person per night (mid-season) / 175 EUR per person per night (high season)

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