On our adventure across the whole Sicily we'll learn about the epic history of this colorful region. Starting from Palermo we'll cross the Arabic west, then we'll head south immersing ourselves in the Magna Graecia, ending with the triumph of Baroque in the East.
Palermo and its markets
Cathedral of Monreale
Valley of the Temples in Agrigento
Day to Day
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner;
Arrival in Palermo
Warm up ride
Palermo to Trapani
Trapani to Selinunte
Selinunte to Agrigento
Agrigento to Piazza Armerina
Piazza Armerina to Ragusa
Ragusa to Noto
Noto to Siracusa
Siracusa to Etna
Zafferana to Taormina
Day 1: Arrival in Palermo
The Kaleidoscopic Capital of the Med
Sicily has been ruled by many people: Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, Ostrogoths, Turks, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, Austrians and finally Italians. Each civilization left its mark, and we’ll see it in the streets of Palermo, considered the real capital of the whole Mediterranean.
Overnight: Palermo Included: Dinner
Day 2: Palermo to Trapani
Magnificent Sea Views and Scents of Northern Africa
The hihlights of the day are the majestic Cathedral of Monreale, the views over Castellammare del Golfo village andthe northern African perfumes of Trapani.
Overnight: Trapani Included: Breakfast
Day 3: Trapani to Selinunte
The Paradise of Marsala Vineyards
Our days starts with the peaceful ride among the ancient salt works and the luscious vineyards of Marsala, endingat the coast in Selinunte and its majestic Greek temples.
Overnight: Selinunte Included: Breakfast
Day 4: Selinunte to Agrigento
The stunning heritage of Magna Grecia
Again along the coast, leaving Sciacca and its scenic sea views, conquering the whole glory of this part of Magna Grecia in the Temples Valley of Agrigento, one of the most spectacular settings in the world.
Overnight: Agrigento Included: Breakfast Dinner
Day 5: Agrigento to Piazza Armerina
The most elegant Roman Villa at the heart of rural Sicily
That's the hardest stage of the tour, climbing through the dry hills of inner Sicily up to the old village of Piazza Armerina, hosting the amazing Villa Romana del Casale, one of the best-preserved buildings built by the Romans about 2000 years ago.
The town of Caltagirone is world known for its refined pottery. Then we'll cross olive groves and vineyards as far as the eye can see, ending at the magical Ragusa Ibla, a marvelous city known throughout the world.
Overnight: Ragusa Included: Breakfast
Day 7: Ragusa to Noto
Modica Chocolate and Flamboyant Baroque
In Modica we’ll discover the ancient chocolate making tradition, we'll cross the perfumed citrus orchards of Noto Valley, introducing us to the flamboyant baroque of Noto.
Overnight: Noto Included: Breakfast
Day 8: Noto to Siracusa
Magnificent Ortigia and its Cathedral
Today we'll conquer the sea bastions on the island of Ortigia, the ancient Greek settlement originating the most powerful Greek colony in the Mediterranean with its incredible Cathedral of Syracuse, built as a Greek temple dedicated to Athena, then converted in a church by the Normans.
Overnight: Siracusa Included: Breakfast Dinner
Day 9: Siracusa to Etna
At the sight of His Majesty the Etna
Mount Etna is the highest active Volcano of Europe. We’ll climb in this lava brown rock landscape until the first caldera at Rifugio Sapienza. Our way down gives us stunning views over the strait of Messina and the Calabria on Italy mainland.
Our final ride starts crossing the luscious vineyards of Milo and Linguaglossa local grapes. The last breathtaking downhill is along the Alcantara Canyons, then we’ll touch the Med at the Greek origin village of Giardini Naxos, finally conquering the stunning Taormina.
Overnight: Taormina Included: Breakfast
You can bring your own bike or rent one from us, we offer great bikes from selected Italian and international brands: road bikes, leisure cycling, mountain bikes, e-bikes, all in perfect working conditions. We'll find the best solution for you during the tour customization.
This is a Sample tour
These itineraries are original tours created for real guests, so you may want something different specifically designed to suit your own wishes. The price of every tour is available upon requests, and varies by time of year, number of guests and level of guiding. Start dreaming looking through it, then contact us and let's talk. We'll listen to your needs, we'll suggest ideas and propose experiences, and together we'll create your perfect voyage.
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Great planning, exceptional guides. We enjoyed everything about our trip. We learned a great deal about the history and culture of Sardinia. Marcello at Mediterras made sure that everything was properly arranged and made adjustments when necessary. A great part of our enjoyment came from our interaction with our guides (Giovanni, Stefano and Danilo). They were all very knowledgeable and friendly. When it came time to part we felt like we were leaving old friends.
We did the "big-loop" from the 20.08.2022.The big loop ist 12 days road bike around the island. We have booked the trip 1.5 weeks before (last minute) and everything has been organised perfectly. We had an extra break day every 4 days biking. And was great.Mediterras has answer to all our questions. On the day of departure, our bikes we ready, we got time to get full explanation of the tour. We got a navigation system with all the routes. Everything was very clear and very well organised. Our lugage was every evening delivered at the next hotels.The hotel has been wonderfully selected, and always at some nice location and not too far away from the center or the beach. Thank again to Mediterras team for the wonderful holidays.I would give more than a 5 Stars for this trip and the wonderful team.Doris & Jean-Luc - from Swizerland
A fantastic introduction to cycling in Sardinia. I just rented the bike in Cagliari for a few days at the end of my holiday, with no particular routes in mind. Gian Mario kindly suggested two nice challenging routes, and sent the GPX files. I only had time for one of them - but it was an absolute gem. Starting in the city, cycling along Poetto, before turning towards the hills. After one tiny village, I didn't pass another café or shop for 40 or 50 km. Just me and the pain in my legs. Superb. The bike was a gem - a former Lotto Jumbo team bike which was ridden in the Paris Roubaix by Tom Leezer. I was a *bit* slower, but I probably enjoyed it more! Wonderful experience - lovely people - always available on whatsapp if I needed anything, which was very reassuring when I don't speak Italian or Sardu! I will definitely use them again if/when I return to Sardegna.Thanks again!
We did the Sicily Baroque tour with Mediterras. Self guided on bikes (el and manual). Gian and his team did adapt the tour for our needs and did all to make the tour enjoyable. Few problems surfaced but all were solved. The trail was interesting and added a lot to our understanding of Sicily, its landscape and life in the rural areas. Accommodations were all good, and the quality of the food in the restaurants Gian had arranged varied from good to excellent. At the end of our tour we did a walk in the hillsides of Etna arranged by Mediterras.The Etna tour was wonderful. We were lucky with weather given the circumstances. It was a bit foggy and a bit cold, but it did not rain. The guides did a good job of explaining the geology of Etna for us and the two geology-educated persons in the group! The hike was challenging, which suited the group well. The food and wine at Barbaras place was totally excellent! Six stars out of five.We were not as lucky in Taormina! It did rain cats and dogs. The drivers did adapt quite well. Did stop at several foto-ops and at the entry gate to the pedestrian street. We did wander through the Greek theatre and the pedestrian walk, did have a stop at a fancy coffe-shop/bar and then decided to skip the dinner and return early back to Syracusa.
I found this company using google and right away Gian was very responsive. I told them what we were looking for, gave specific parameters for distance and elevation, and they put together an itinerary very quickly that completely matched what I asked for. The entire trip was seamless from the 1am pickup at airport to drop off after 10 days of cycling. The routes were on quiet wonderful roads and the hotels they chose were all great. A really good local company which does what they claim to do very well. Highly recommend.
I rented quite spontaneously a city bike for my whole stay here near Cagliari. The workshop is very well located. Grocery shopping, going to the beach and the city worked very well. Bike were in a good condition. I was properly advised. Fully recommend this place.
Mediterras arranged a self guided cycling trip through South Eastern sicily stopping in beautiful baroque towns. They arranged everything with less than a weeks notice, keeping us up to date on accommodation, bikes equipment etc.My husband and I had a wonderful time. The ride was perfect, having both been off a bike for several months, the ride was the perfect combination of hills and flats for us to really enjoy it. The accommodation was far better than what we were expecting for the price and recommendations for dinner and stops spot on. We ate incredibly well and all the hosts in the villas and hotels very welcoming and helpful.I would certainly recommend them especially arranging it all with such little notice.
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Relax: Stages up to 50 km per day with a maximum of 600 meters of climbing. They are conceived for guests that ride their bikes twice per week on roads without major climbs. Usually, you are back at the hotel in the early afternoon.
Active: Stages up to 90 km per day with a maximum of 1300 meters of climbing. Those tours appeal to riders used to train a bit, with some “tasty” climb. Usually you are back at the hotel in the early afternoon.
Avid: Stages from 90 km per day with at least 1300 mt of climbing per day. Those tours are designed for avid cyclists that belong to the local club and ride regularly. Usually, you are back at the hotel late afternoon.
For guests that want more riding, we can add extra loops to regular stages.
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