Sicily Bike Adventure
Night 1 >> Hotel Pending / Caltagirone
Night 2 >> Castello Camemi / Vizzini Scalo
As its name implies, this magnificent hotel is an actual castle, with stone walls surrounding a courtyard paved in lava stone and located in the Val di Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Night 3 >> San Georgio Palace / Ragusa
This four-star hotel is located in an 18th century palace in Ragusa Ibla, the ancient historic center of this Unesco-recognized town.
Night 4 >> Hotel Palazzo Faila / Modica
Located in the center of the Baroque town of Modica, very near the duomo di San Giorgio and the Castello dei Conti, this hotel features modern comfort in old-world style including tiles, wrought iron railings, and frescoed ceilings.
Nights 5 & 6 >> Hotel la Corte del Sole / Noto
A four-star masseria, which is an old farmstead, boasting an olive grove, herb garden, and stone terrace with an incredible view of the surrounding countryside/
Night 7 >> Antico Hotel Roma 1880 / Syracuse
This hotel of traditional Sicilian limestone architecture is located on the island of Ortigia, the old town center of Sycracuse, and right now to the original temple of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom/
We will meet at a designated hotel in Catania at 10 AM on the first day of the tour. We recommend flying into the Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) the day before to recover from your travels and ensure you meet us on time. There are not many direct flights from the US to CTA, but you can easily connect or book a direct flight through Rome, Vienna, and Munich. The tour ends with an early afternoon transfer from Syracuse back to Catania. Those wishing can extend their tour by one day to hike up Mt. Etna with your guides.
Dates: September 25 - October 2, 2017
Trip Length: 8 days, 7 nights
“All of Sicily is a dimension of the imagination.” – Leonardo SciasciaSicily is a wondrous destination, a fabulous island in the heart of the Mediterranean sea. It boasts the best of Italian cuisine and culture but is also separate, an autonomous province and geographically unique, sort of the soccer ball being kicked by the toe of the boot that is the shape of Italy. Sicily is home to a balmy but pleasant climate, spectacular vistas, crystal clear waters, and the highest active volcano in Europe, Mt. Etna. It hosts five Unesco World Heritage Sites and reveals thousands of years of Greek, Arab, and of course Roman influence. Sicilian cuisine is a wonderful fusion of French, Arabic, and North African dishes and we’ll include cheese and chocolate tastings, seaside picnics, and hearty dinners on this tour. We love Sicily as a cycling destination but be prepared – while there are beautiful flat stretches of cycling there are also hills each day of the tour. This is a great trip for moderate to advanced cyclists looking for a challenge but there will always be a support van and this is also our first bicycle tour with the option of renting e-bikes (which you pedal normally but use a battery engine for extra power up hills). To top it off, those interested can extend this trip by one day to hike up Mt. Etna. We at Zephyr Adventures love Italy and have been running tours in this beautiful country for over 10 years. And in honor of our 20th anniversary as a company, we are teaming Zephyr’s owner Allan Wright, longtime employee and “alumni ambassador” Kris Keys, and our beloved Italian guide Giovanni Ramaccioni as guides on this tour. The Sicily tour is reserved for alumni and their guests through October 31; it will then be open to all our travelers.
DAY 1: Welcome to stunning Sicily! We meet at our hotel in Catania at 10 AM, have a short introductory chat about our trip, and head directly out to the trailhead of our first ride from Villa del Casale to Caltagirone. You’ll want to begin the tour dressed ready to ride. SEE FULL ITINERARY
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