A quite enjoyable bike tour through the southeast of Sicily, tailored to your own rhythm and your interests. You will pass through the Val di Noto, where most of the towns, after destruction during the earthquake of 1693, have been completely rebuilt in unique Sicilian Baroque style, and which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Along the trip you will discover beautiful towns like Palazzolo Acreide, Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Scicli and Noto, the latter considered the most important baroque town in Sicily, as well as Syracuse, one of the most important ancient Greek settlements. Along the cost you will see further highlights like the bird and wildlife sanctuary "Oasi di Vendicari", the fishing village of Marzamemi, and the small islands of Capo Passero and Isola delle Correnti. This self-guided bike tour leaves enough freedom to organize your trip as you would like but still offers the convenience of an organized tour to let you enjoy your bike vacation to the fullest.

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Itinerary

Individual arrival at Palazzolo Acreide, handover of the bikes and handing over of the travel documents.

After visiting the historical Old Town of Palazzolo Acreide, you will cycle through the beautiful territory of the Monti Iblei, a unique landscape, where rugged and wild areas alternate with pleasant green scenery, characterized by the typical stonewalls. On your way to Modica there is a short climb of 3 km.

Before you leave Modica you should taste the famous chocolate, e.g. spiced with hot chili peppers. Cruising downhill through a beautiful Iblei canyon, you will arrive at Scicli, well worth a stroll through the small alleys, before you continue down to the coast to Pozzallo.

This day the road will be completely flat. You will pass through some typical wetlands, the "Patano Longarini" and "Patano Cuba", a popular stopover amongst the migratory birds on their trips between Africa and Europe. Cycling along the shore you will reach the southernmost point of Sicily, the island "Isola delle Correnti", which lies on the same latitude as Tunis and marks the watershed between the Ionian and the Mediterranean Sea. Continuing through Portopalo di Capo Passero and Marzamemi, an ancient fishing village, you will finish your ride in San Lorenzo.

On a flat road heading north along the coast, you will reach the entrance to the natural preserve and wildlife sanctuary "Oasi di Vendicari", a wonderful and uncontaminated coast full of interesting plants and rare birds. After this you will continue to the most famous baroque town, Noto.

You will follow the coast further up north to Siracusa, capital of ancient Greece, where you certainly will want to visit the stunning archeological park with the huge greek amphitheatre and the old part Ortigia (UNESCO world cultural heritage)

End of tour and individual departure or extension with additional days. Possibility to make an individual city tour through Siracusa or the the nature reserve “Valle dell’Anapo” (Gorges of Pantalica, the biggest antique necropolis with over 5000 cave excavations).

Tour character

The route follows mainly less frequented secondary roads. Most of the parts are flat, some are light uphill sections, but still easy to manage. This tour is suitable for all healthy persons with a little bit of bike practice. In July and August you have to anticipate at the coast with a higher volume of traffic. Depending on your personal preference and fitness, on day 6 you will be able to choose between two different tracks varying in elevation profile and/or distance covered.

Services & information

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation in your selected category
  • Breakfast buffet or an extensive breakfast
  • Luggage transfer between the hotels
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room
  • Service-Hotline (English, sometimes German)

Optional extras:

  • Half-board evening meal (mostly multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
  • Transfer Airport Catania - Hotel Palazzo Acreide, CHF 50.- p.p., to be paid for at the time, reservation is necessary
  • Transfer Hotel Siracusa - Airport Catania CHF 40.- p.p., to be paid for at the time, reservation is necessary
  • Helmet rental
Information

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Airport Catania

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!

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