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9 Days from West to East Mountain Bike Tour in Sicily, Italy

Palermo, Metropolitan City of Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Amazing Mountain Bike Tour in Italy

Come and join Coast2Coast Bike Tour in this amazing bike tour from the city of Palermo to the Volcano. In this tour, you will start from the north coast, touching the center of the island to reach descending from Etna, the south of the island! It is an incredible tour that offers the magnificence of Etna with its incredible panoramas and exclusive paths and of an unsettling beauty and the Sicilian hinterland, unknown to the mass with its nature reserves and its wonderful mountains and jewel villages that preserve the Sicilian traditions.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Technical terrains including rocks, roots, muddy, loose, and fast singletrack
  • Starts in: Palermo
  • Ends in: Catania
  • Difficulty level: Challenging (Cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 255 Miles / 410 Kilometers
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike
  • Number of participants: Minimum 6 persons

Highlights

  • 7 days of guided cycling
  • Inclusive of luggage transfer
  • Transfer from and to the airports
  • Cycle to Vulcano, the highest peak of Sicily at 3000 meters
  • Ascent to the summit crater and descent on lava sand to Catania
  • Breakfasts, dinners, and packed lunches
  • 8 nights of accommodation
  • Water and riding snacks

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


7 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian
Airport transfer included: Falcone–Borsellino Airport
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Accommodation

In this tour, you will stay at various accommodations selected by Coast2Coast Bike Tour.

Program

  • Day 1: Arrival at Falcone Borsellino Airport (PMO) and overnight in the city of Palermo.
  • Day 2: Palermo Ficuzza stop - Departure from Palermo to San Martino delle Scale. 65 kilometers stage with 2000 meters elevation. The arrival stage will take place in Ficuzza. Overnight at Antica Stazione di Ficuzza.
  • Day 3: Second stage: Ficuzza - Polizzi Generosa. 83 kilometers and 2012 meters elevation. Overnight at Antica Stazione di Ficuzza.
  • Day 4: Polizzi Castelbuono stage (Madonie Park crossing) and Madonna dell'Alto Sanctuary. 46,5 kilometers and 1627 meters elevation. Transfer to Mistretta. Overnight at Agriturismo Villa Nives.
  • Day 5: Mistretta - Cesarò: First part of the Dorsale dei Nebrodi. 50,4 kilometers and 1538 meters elevation. Overnight at Rifugio dei Nebrodi.
  • Day 6 stage: Mistretta - Floresta - Randazzo: Second part of Dorsale dei Nebrodi. 54,7 kilometers and 1194 meters elevation. Overnight at Ai Tre Parchi.
  • Day 7 stage: Randazzo - Piano Provenzana (Etna). 37,4 kilometers and 1465 meters elevation, passage on the lava path. Overnight at Villa Dorata.
  • Day 8: Ascent to the summit crater and descent on lava sand to Catania. 60 kilometers, ascend 1559 meters, and descent 3235 meters. Overnight in the city of Catania.
  • Day 9: Departure: Transfer to Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (CTA)

Bike and parts

To make sure your holiday goes as smoothly as possible, the following items are a must!

Your bike

Descents and climbs can be long and continuous. Full suspension is recommended, but a front with 100 millimeters of travel is perfect. For years, Coast2Coast Bike Tour has been using bi-shocked mountain bikes that allow them to get on and give them maximum fun and comfort on the slopes.

The bicycle must be fully efficient, if new components are fitted, make sure they are working properly. If you do not have your own bike, Coast2Coast Bike Tour can hire you a good full suspension bike of the Lombardo quality.

Tires

To reduce the impact of pinching and for maximum grip on the paths, Coast2Coast Bike Tour recommends tubeless wheels and 2.1-inch tires, reinforced on the side.

Brakes

It is advisable to overhaul your disks and even bring a replacement pad.

Other spare parts

It is necessary to bring along the usual tools and spare parts for quick interventions: two air chambers, chain rams, false links, gear / brake wires, and spare pads together with the gearbox dropout if possible. Rapid bands of various sizes are recommended. The accompanying vehicle has a small repair shop, with general spare parts (gear chains, wires, covers, chains, and small parts).

Skill level

Advanced:

  • can cycle for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of bicycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

This tour will take place in Sicily, Italy. It starts from Palermo and crosses the Monti Sicani, the Madonie, the Nebrodi to arrive on the Vulcano, the highest peak of Sicily at 3000 meters. Afterward, it will go to the summit crater of the highest volcano in Europe, Etna!

Food

In this tour, you will be served breakfasts, dinners, and packed lunches, as well as water and riding snacks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • 7 days of cycling with a guide always in a group
  • Luggage transport
  • Transfer to and from the airports
  • Injury insurance
  • Authorized guides
  • Available car
  • Mobile number for emergencies (available 24 hours)
  • Papers, leaflets, and road books
  • GPS tracks of the routes
  • Insurance
  • Gadget
  • Packed lunch (for lunches)
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Water and riding snacks
  • 8 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Drinks at meals
  • Bike rent

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.
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Pricing information
  • The participation fee may vary according to the costs of the services. Adjustments will be made to increase the options included.
  • Non-cycling guest can join with a discounted participation fee of 30%.
Special discount

Special discount will be available for groups of at least four people.

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