Grade

Difficult

When

Feb - Nov

Accommodation

3-4**** Hotels

Price

From €820

Carbon Ultegra rental

€160

Half Board

€190

From: 820

Description

South East Sicily to Mount Etna on road bike

Road cycling Holiday South Sicily – Self guided cycling Trip South East Sicily to Mount Etna.
From February until November every Saturday. Minimum 2 participants.

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Road cycling Holiday South Sicily to Mount Etna

This new stunning self-guided road cycling trip starts from the Baroque South East of Sicily. Inland you will cycle and experience the UNESCO world heritage sites like Siracusa, Noto, Modica, Ragusa, Palazzolo Acreide. Find numerous of baroque palaces and churches on your way. This road cycling tour on Sicily island leads you through the mountains of the South East Sicily and ends around the Mount Etna. The history of Mount Etna is not only that it is one of the most active volcanos in Europe since 2011, morover it’s also the history of Eastern Sicily itself. Daily you can choose short or longer routes.

Your cycle trip starts in Siracusa here you’ll cycle into the Iblei plateau with its great Canyons also called as the ”Cave”. After Siracusa you go to Sortino and here you cycle a fast downhill with some hairpins in the Anapo Valley. On your third day you arrive Noto which was completely destroyed after the big earthquake of 1693. Palazzolo Acreide is the next village further more you will cycle trough typical small mountain villages like Cassaro, Ferla, Sortino, Buccheri and Vizzini. The stage ends in Caltagirone. From here you cyle all the way to Valguarnera. Here you leave the plain area and cycle towards the Nebrodi mountain.

Finally you arrive at the Mount Etna that will throughout the whole day lies majestically in your sight. With a bit of luck, you will see smoke from the crater. The stage ends in Bronte, known for the vast pistachio plantations. The final stage to climb is the Mount Etna.

Cycle your holiday through the South East Sicily and get a great cycling Trip

  • Charming (3* and 4* hotels) where you’ll be able to relax
  • Noto which was completely destroyed by the big earthquake of 1693
  • Visit the Iblei plateau with its great Canyons also called as the ”Cave”
  • You can choose every day to cycle the normal route or a shorter route
  • Cycle in Sortino the fast downhill with hairpins of the so-called ‘’Fusco“ to the Anapo Valley
  • You’ll see vast plantations of prickly pears. (Fico d’India)
  • And the various landscape of the Iblei plateau and 2 true jewels of baroque architecture: Ragusa Ibla and Modica
Day 1
Check in
Check in around 14.00 at your hotel in Siracusa. Introduction, bike fitting and description of the tour. After the briefing you can store your bikes or take a look at the bikes you may have rented.
Day 2
Siracusa to Noto 129 km ascent 2215m or 73 km ascent 1200m
Today you will cycle across the Iblei plateau with its numerous Canyons, called here „cave“. After having left Siracusa you will start a climb to the Climiti mountains and then along the ridge. Shortly before arriving in Sortino you will have a stunning view over the plain of Catania and in the background the volcano Mount Etna, the goal of our tour. From Sortino you start the fast downhill with hairpins of the so-called „Fusco“ to the Anapo Valley. You a continuous up and down brings you to the coast, where you start the last challenging climb to the Cavagrande del Cassibile. The stage ends in Noto, the capital of the Sicilian Baroque.
Day 3
Noto to Palazzolo Acreide 120 km ascent 2550m or 88 km ascent 2180m
Today’s stage shows you again the various landscape of the Iblei plateau and two true jewels of baroque architecture: Modica and Ragusa Ibla. After a first climb you arrive in Noto Antica, the original city of Noto, completely destroyed by the big earthquake of 1693. You continue to Castelluccio where you start the downhill to the valley. Uphill again to Modica and Ragusa, two master pieces of baroque architecture. Don’t forget to try the spicy chocolate in Modia. The stage finishes in Palazzolo Acreide.
Day 4
Palazzolo Acreide to Caltagirone 133 km ascent 2180m or 62 km ascent 920m
Today the route leads from the Iblei to the Erei mountains. On a continuous up and down you cross a number of typical small mountain villages like Cassaro, Ferla, Sortino, Buccheri and Vizzini. The stages finishes in Caltagirone, the center of Sicilian pottery craft.
Day 5
Caltagirone - Caltagirone - 96 km 1650m ascent or 60 km 1300m ascent
This stages continues to the center of Sicily that is of great agricultural importance and has already been described by the Romans as the granary of Italy. You will see vast plantations of prickly pears. (Fico d’India). Possibility to visit the „Villa Romana del Casale“ near Piazza Armerina with the well preserved polychromatic floor mosaics.
Day 6
Caltagirone - Nicolosi - 107 km - 1.560 ascent
Today there is only one version. After leaving Caltagirone you first cycle downhill into the valley before you start the first climb of the day up to the village Mineo. From Mineo you continue to Milittello, a small town with an interesting baroque center. Then you cycle to the plain of Catania with its many citrus plantation always with view on the vulcano, Mt. Etna which you will see the whole day in front of you. With a little luck and good view, you can see smoke from the craters. From Paternò you climb until Nicolosi on the slopes of the Etna where the stage finishes.
Day 7
Around Mount Etna 150 km - 3550m ascent or 50 km 1535 ascent
This final stage – the circumnavigation of Mount Etna – is the highlight of every road bike tour in Sicily and with two long and difficult climbs a challenge even for ambitious road cyclist. Passing by old lava flows you will arrive at 1900 m above sea level. We also offer a shorter version on the north side of the volcano. The choice is up to you.
Day 8
Departure day
Departure day…..Time to say goodbye, a good flight back home or a pleasant stay in Italy. Transfers on request

Airport

  • Catania is the second largest city in Sicily and has the busiest airport on Sicily Island with over more than six million passengers a year. The airport is situated 7 kilometres southwest of Catania next to highway A-19. Every 20 minutes busses leaving to Catania centre. There are regular bus services to the resort towns nearby like Taormina & Giardini Naxos. The bus ride to Palermo takes 2 hours and 30 minutes.
  • In Palermo is another important airport called “Falcone-Borsellino”. The airport is 32 kilometres away to Palermo’s city centre and can easily reached by highway A29. Buses leaving every half an hour to Palermo Central station or Piazza Castelnuevo. There are busses running frequently to Agrigento, Trapani, Catania or Syracusa.



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  • Base package per person in double room € 820
  • Every Saturday from February to November. Minimum 2 participants.

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  • Base package per Person in double room € 820
  • 7 nights with breakfast in 3* and 4* hotels and B&B in Caltagirone and Nicolosi
  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Maps and GPS-Tracks
  • Assistance by telephone
 
Extra:
  • Base package per Person in double room € 820
  • Single room supplement € 190
  • Single participant supplement € 300
  • Half Board Supplement (drinks excluded) € 190
  • Supplement High Season (July and August) € 110
  • Bike rental Road bike with Shimano 105/Ultegra components € 130
  • Bike rental Carbon with Shimano Ultegra components € 160
  • Supplement € 10 per way for transport of own bike
  • Transfer per person, min 2 pax (to be paid on site)
  • Transfer Catania airport- Siracusa € 40
  • Transfer Nicolosi – Catania airport € 35
Transfer per person, min 2 pax (to be paid on site):
  • Catania airport- Siracusa € 40
  • Nicolosi – Catania airport € 35
  • For arrivals or transfers after 10pm a supplement of € 5 per person is applied.
  • Group rates for transfers for more than four participants on request

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