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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.
Ride along the coast
Approximately 25 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing
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.
Approximately 44 miles with 2,600 feet of climbing
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.
Modica to Raguza
Approximately 50 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing
Locanda don Serafino
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.
Raguza to Caltagirone
Approximately 50 miles with 4,300 feet of climbing
Monaci delle Terre Nere
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.
Mt. Etna Loop
Approximately 38 miles with 5,500 feet of climbing
Monaci delle Terre Nere
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!
Say farewell at the hotel and board a private shuttle to Catania
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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.
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
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 do not book your flight before 2:00PM, allowing adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible traffic delays. Catania international airport is located about 4.3 km southwest of Catania. There is an organized shuttle service with AMT Alibus from the city center and the Train station to the airport. The bus goes every 20 minutes, from 5.00 AM to midnight. The ticket costs 4 euro. Visit www.amt.ct.it for more information.View our post hotel recommendations
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
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:
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