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View on the main square of the old city of Noto, Sicily
Ragusa Ibla on Sicily, Italy
Dine at the Michelin-star Locanda Don Serafino Ristorante
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Sicily

Discover the flavors, aromas and colors of Sicily and Etna

Italy's largest island embodies the very best of the Mediterranean: subtropical nature saturated with scents and colors, high mountains, azure seas and historic artifacts of various ages and cultures. Visitors to this unique Italian paradise are treated to the beauty of the mountainous hinterland, the white-sand beaches, and the crystel hues of the sea. Sicily is also rich in its history, with architectural monuments from the rule of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Normans and other conquests of this island. Of course, the volcanic Mt. Etna is the true Sicilian show-stopper. The surrounding Etna park is a cyclist's dream and has even been used as a pro training ground. And it wouldn't be Italy without good wine and great gastronomy, with renowned confectionery desserts at every turn. If romance were a place, she would be Siciliy: gorgeous, temperamental, moody, sullen and truly memorable.
From:
$4399 Per Person
Duration:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Rider Type: ?
3 - Active Non-riders Welcome
Hotel Style: ?
Luxury
Bike Included:
Trek Domane SL 7 Disc More options available
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Trip Wows
Explore Baroque towns of Noto, Modica and Raguza on private tour of Sicilian history and architecture
Ride along the coast to the picturesque village of Marzamemi
Learn the culinary secrets and specialties of Sicily with our favorite chef
Ride through Mt. Etna's lava flows, through oak and pine forests
Dine in a 2-star Michelin restaurant in Sicily and taste the best of Sicilian wines
Watch the Experience
Sicily is absolutely unique. When I visited the islands for the first time I was absolutely charmed by it. Thanks to the popular novel, The Godfather, it has a reputation of being inaccessible and harsh, but after you visit the islands, you find out that it’s far from that and the natives are very kind and happy people who live their lives with the beautiful Mt. Etna overlooking the island. Wherever you look, it plays with colors, and everywhere you go, the smell of the local food makes your mouth water. The local cuisine has an Arab accent and makes the Mediterranean’s largest island culturally distinct from the Italian mainland. You will love discovering this island.
-Ilona Kohlerova, Trip Designer

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Benvenuto to Sicily! Your Trek Travel guides will give you a warm welcome at the Catania Centrale train station at 11:00 AM. After a 45-minute private shuttle you'll arrive at a local farmhouse, masseria Le Zagare, where we will enjoy a homemade gourmet lunch prepared by the owner himself. Your guides will then familiarize you with your Trek bike, including an informal fit session along with safety talks and expectations for the week. Then, it's off on our first ride, as we wind our way through coastal roads to the ancient fishing village of Marzamemi. This is a good place to find a relaxing café and sip on Italian café macchiato. Spin just a little more along the coast before reaching our first hotel, with a large swimming pool and sunny terrace for you to relax and enjoy. Take the rest of the day to unpack and unwind. Tonight we will gather for an aperitivo and first Sicilian dinner together, prepared from fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Today's Ride:

Ride along the coast
Approximately 25 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Scilli Maris

Included Meals:

Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

After a hearty breakfast, you’ll head out into a countryside flanked by olive, almond and lemon trees. We're riding toward the town Noto, one of the most picturesque villages of the so-called Sicilian Baroque period. It was rebuilt during the 17th century after the cities of Noto, Modica and Raguza were decimated from an earthquake, and today is certified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Late Baroque buildings, mostly made of white limestone, are truly a sight to behold for lovers of classic architecture. We will also cruise through the vineyards of world-renowned Nero d’Avola grapes, and we won’t miss our chance to taste different Sicilian wines paired with a delicious lunch and famous local granitas for dessert. Then, it's time for a scenic ride back to the hotel and afternoon at the pool. This evening we will dine together at a local restaurant and sample traditional delicacies of this region.

Today's Ride:

Noto Loop
Approximately 44 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Scilli Maris

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

This morning we will continue exploring the beautiful lower valleys of the Iblean mountains, passing olive plantations and dry-stone walls. Our first stop is Scicli, a beautiful city with palaces, churches, and houses, all in the ornate Baroque style. We'll pass under Guerrieri, a giant bridge In the town of Modica towering at almost 300 meters above a deep gorge. Then, it’s time to stop for coffee at Caffe dell’Arte, which is also known for its high-quality gelato. In Modica, you'll also want to sample the world-famous and mouthwatering chocolate creations at Antica Dolceria Bonajuto. the oldest chocolate shop in Sicily. We'll finish our ride in the picturesque town of Raguza, our home for tonight. Stroll through the town with Trek Travel’s local guide and learn about Sicilian history and culture before we treat ourselves in style to a two-star Michelin restaurant experience. Antonio and Giuseppe La Rosa’s restaurant is situated right in the heart of Baroque, in the former stables of an old mansion. You'll savor one of the many seasonal Sicilian specialties suggested by our chef Vincenzo Candiano.

Today's Ride:

Modica to Raguza
Approximately 50 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Locanda don Serafino

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

This morning, after another perfect cappuccino, we will head north from Raguza toward the Hyblaean mountains and their large limestone and karst formations. We will roll gently up into the hills and climb through the olive groves to Giarratan and Monterosso Almo. For those who want extra elevation, choose to climb Monti Iblei and enjoy stunning views over the valleys below. Enjoy a brisk descent to the fragrant lemon and orange orchards below. We will stop in Vizzini, which is considered one of the oldest cities in Sicily, ruled in the middle ages by aristocratic families. Today it’s a vibrant village with restaurants and cafes to enjoy. You will have a chance to explore and get a local lunch punctuated with a mid-day aperitivo, as the locals would. We'll finish our ride in Caltagirone, a town famous for its ceramics, with its Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte. This architectural gem has 142 ceramic steps connecting the lower town with the upper old town. After exploring the village, we will board the shuttle to our next destination. You'll know we're close when you see imposing Mount Etna in the distance. Tonight we will enjoy another incredible Sicilian meal in the tradition of slow food and organic farming.

Today's Ride:

Raguza to Caltagirone
Approximately 50 miles with 4,300 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Monaci delle Terre Nere

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Bongiorno! Wake up at the foot of Mt Etna and enjoy the views of this hulking giant still covered in morning clouds. Today you will explore her majesty, the mountain herself. Mt. Etna also happens to be the highest active volcano in Europe. You will find unique, breathtaking scenery on this fantastic 3300-meter mountain with epic views of the whole Sicilian landscape and Calabria across the horizon. You will then cycle along the fields of lava rock, where black, obsidian-like rock formations are surrounded by the rich greenery of the thick pine forests and chestnut woods. Mount Etna is a living mountain and it will be an unforgettable experience, especially from the saddle. We'll spend our last evening on the trip in style, learning traditional cooking techniques of Sicilian cuisine under the guidance of a classically-trained chef, using organic ingredients locally sourced according to owner Guido's 'zero-kilometer' food policy. We’ll toast to our week together as we dine on the terrace, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Today's Ride:

Mt. Etna Loop
Approximately 38 miles with 5,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Monaci delle Terre Nere

Included Meals:

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

On the final day of your trip, you can either go for the last, memorable spin in Etna park or choose to have a relaxed morning and soak in the gorgeous views from the breakfast terrace. Your Trek Travel guides will say farewell at the hotel before you board a private shuttle to Catania to arrive around 11:30 AM. Until next time!

Today's Activity:

Departure
Say farewell at the hotel and board a private shuttle to Catania

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Hotels

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Scilli Maris

Noto, Sicily

The owners, Raimondo and Ilaria, a couple from Padova, renovated this former 16th-century palmento to perfection with great taste and style with a gorgeous swimming pool and cool, relaxing suites. It's a charming location in the middle of the Sicilian countryside, surrounded by vineyards and olive trees.
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Locanda don Serafino

Ragusa Ibla, Sicily

Trek Travel hotels awarded the Relais & Chateaux This Relais & Chateaux hotel is in the heart of Baroque and is committed to only the best in guest amenities. Its a fully renovated building from 800 A.D., built for comfort and high luxury, including a two Michelin star restaurant is a part of the hotel and is one of the top resaturants in Sicily.
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Monaci delle Terre Nere

Zafferana Etnea, Sicily

This romnatic, rustic former monastery situated on the farm between Mediterranean sea and Mt. Etna is equal parts ecological and beautiful. We'll sample restaurant wwner Guido’s ‘zero-kilometer’ food philosophy, with home-grown and locally sourced ingredients.

Travel Details

How to Get There

FLY INTO:
Catania – Fontanarossa Airport (CTA)
MEETING TIME:
10:30 AM
MEETING LOCATION:
Catania Centrale Train Station

Say Farewell

FLY OUT OF:
Catania Airport (CTA)
DEPARTING TIME:
11:30 AM
DEPARTING LOCATION:
Catania Centrale Train Station

Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Catania Airport (CTA), which will involve a transfer at a major European airport from the States.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Catania Centrale Train Station (Piazza Papa Giovanni XXIII, 2, Catania, Sicily) at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip. We’ll then shuttle one hour to our scenic starting point. Please have your first day's cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, packed separately from your main luggage.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Scilli Maris (+39 392 981 9601) and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. Taxis from the Catania train station or the airport are readily available. The ride to our trip start will take approximately one hour and will cost between 80 euros and 120 euros.

View our pre hotel recommendations

Leaving

You will say farewell to your guides at 10:30 AM at your hotel. You’ll then take a private shuttle to the train station in Catania, arriving at 11:30 AM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays.

View our post hotel recommendations

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

bike

Trek Domane SL 7 Disc

It isn’t the cycling vacation of a lifetime unless you have the industry’s best bike to match. Starting in 2019, we’re upgrading our fleet to feature the award-winning Domane SL 7 with Shimano Ultegra Disc brakes. Because when you combine the lightweight stability and comfort of the Domane with the superior safety and stopping power of disc brakes, you get a match made in cycling heaven. And the best part? It’s included in the trip price. Ride confidently, comfortably and longer in the most beautiful destinations around the world with the new Domane SL 7. Learn More

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Trek Electric-Assist XM700+

It’s lightweight and equipped with an adjustable pedal-assist motor that helps riders of all skill levels stay together, play together and make some great memories together. Included at no additional cost, these bikes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so reserve yours when you book today. Learn More

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid

Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
is also available on this trip

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 2 social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey and socks to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.

More Information

Rider Level: 3 - Active?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
42 miles
TOTAL MILES:
207 miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
3,750 feet
TOTAL ELEVATION:
18,700 feet
TERRAIN: HILLY
Sicily is a mountainous island, so it is necessary to be prepared for hilly terrain. We will ride in the mountains and coastal roads, where we need to anticipate traffic density and the temperament of Sicilian drivers. The road surface is mostly asphalt, but in some places it is largely unsupervised and destroyed - mainly in the mountains. Sicily is best suited for our Type 3 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 2 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option—you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 4+ Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Explore Baroque towns of Noto, Modica and Raguza on private tour of Sicilian history and architecture
  • Spend a day at the beach and swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea
  • Discover Sicilian wines during our private wine-tasting
  • Take part in a private pizza making cooking class
  • Visit the beautiful town of Taormina
  • Hike in a Etna Park
  • Relax by the pool

See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.

Planning For Your Trip

Packing and Weather

Sicily is often called "a sunny Island," because it enjoys bright skies and warm temperatures during the most of the year. However, it can be chilly in the mornings and evenings of early spring and autumn, with temperatures between 45F-70F. Layers for a biking and a light jacket for cool evenings are essential. It can rain year-round, so make sure to bring rain gear to enjoy every day of your vacation. Packing List

Before and After Your Trip

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Before & After: Catania, Sicily

At the foot of the highest active European volcano is the second largest city of the Italian island of Sicily. Catania was founded by the Greeks in the 8th century BC. It is a city full of beautiful architecture and delicious food, and exploring Catania is quite easy, as the old town center is relatively small. An ideal starting point for a visit in Catania would be the main square, Piazza Duomo, with the Cathedral dedicated to St. Agata, the city’s patron saint. The other sides of the square are equally impressive and include the Diocesan Museum and the Municipio, the town hall, built in 1741. Don’t forget to visit Catania’s colorful and bustling fish market. Get here before lunch and you will enter a different world, an atmosphere that has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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