Sicily - Land of Myths
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8 days | difficulty level

Sicily – Land of Myths
Etna - Taormina - Ionian Sea

Difficulty Level:
Duration: 8 days
Distance: 200 - 206 km
Landscape:

The history of Mt. Etna is not only that of the most active volcano in Europe, but it’s also the history of Eastern Sicily itself. A bike ride through the Sicilian hinterland, in the shade of mighty Etna and among extraordinary national parks, it’s a journey that shifts between history and mythology to the discovery of enchanting tiny villages and foregone flavours.

This tour of medium difficulty will allow you to visit Taormina, the ‘pearl of the Ionian sea’, the mediaeval village of Randazzo, Castiglione di Sicilia, which lies on the Valley of Alcantara and the Baroque seaside town of Acireale. You will visit some of the most spectacular national parks of the island such as Mt. Etna national park, Alcantara national park and Forre Laviche del Simeto nature reserve. Our tours are designed for those who love to travel with some autonomy but also enjoy a range of services which will make our guests’ cycling holiday comfortable and unique.
The route follows mainly less frequented secondary roads. Most of the parts are flat or lightly uphill sections, with a couple of more demanding ascents. This tour is suitable for all healthy persons with a minimum of bike practice.

TRAVEL ITINERARY

8 days / 7 nights

Day 1:

Individual arrival at Nicolosi, handover of the bikes and the roadbook and maps containing all the information you will need.

Day 2:

(approx. 20 km)

Using a public bus, you will reach Rifugio Sapienza (1900m); from here possibility to go further up the Etna mountain with funicular, four-wheel-drive and a guide. After your excursion you will ride down to Nicolosi along a scenic road which winds its way along 1200m of difference in level. In case of adverse weather conditions, you can opt for an excursion to the old town of Catania by public bus.

Day 3:

(approx. 49 km)

After leaving Nicolosi behind, you will be riding mostly downhill along quite secondary roads until you reach Forre Laviche del Simeto nature reserve. Here you can see and explore a very special kind of canyon carved by the Simeto river through an old lava flow. You can also see Ponte dei Saraceni, an old bridge dating back to the Roman era. Large pistachios groves preannounce the proximity to Bronte, a village at the foothills of the volcano, famous for its ‘green gold’. You will be staying at an old manor surrounded by pistachios groves.

Day 4:

(approx. 30 - 36 km)

Leaving Bronte behind you and by riding along a scenic secondary road that stretches North towards Parco dei Nebrodi, you will soon be arriving to Maniace, where you can visit Nelson Castle and the ex-Norman abbey of S. Maria di Maniace. Back on the same road as earlier, you will finally arrive in Randazzo, an interesting village of mediaeval origins.

Day 5:

(approx. 44 km)

Today’s itinerary, easier in terms of altitude, will take you along ‘Mt. Etna wine road’, where you will have the chance to visit several wine canteens. Do not miss the old town of Castiglione from which you can glance, in the distance, at your next stop, the Alcantara’s valley which separates Nebrodi’s mountain chains from the Peloritani’s. Your final destination will be Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony in Sicily and it’s here that you can finally enjoy a refreshing dip in the Ionian Sea crystalline waters.

Day 6:

(approx. 20 km )

Only a few kilometres from Giardini Naxos you will find Taormina, ‘the pearl of the Ionian sea’, a town of great charm, nestled on a hilltop, that has attracted travellers, poets and writers for centuries. If you keep climbing up for a further 5km, you can also visit Castelmola, a pretty medieval hamlet with a breath-taking view of the splendid gulf below, of smoky Etna and of the Italian peninsula’s coastline. Back to Giardini Naxos.

Day 7:

(approx. 37 km)

This easy trip takes you along the Ionian coast, also known as „lemon riviera“. After a short uphill slope you reach Acitreale and it‘s interesting baroque city center. The stage finishes in Acitrezza.

Day 8:

After breakfast end of tour and individual departure or extension with additional days.

Prices and dates

Standard
Price in double room with breakfast From 06/03/2021 to 06/11/2021 670 €
High season supplement From 03/07/2021 to 28/08/2021 90 €
Single room supplement 190 €
Half board supplement 180 €

From 06/03/21 to 30/06/21, from 01/07/21 to 31/08/21, from 01/09/21 to 06/11/21 arrival is always possible on Saturday.

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

Price per night in double room with breakfast Nicolosi 38 €
Single room supplement per night Nicolosi 15 €

From 06/03/21 to 30/06/21, from 01/07/21 to 31/08/21, from 01/09/21 to 06/11/21 arrival is always possible on Saturday.

It is recommended to purchase an optional travel cancellation policy. Prices valid subject to changes in the offer, omissions, printing errors or arithmetic.

General information

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By plane: airport Catania. We can organise your airport transfer to the first hotel (on request and not included in the price).

Accommodation in B&B and hotels - 3*** category.
Attention: Tourist tax – if requested – has to be paid on the spot

Catania Airport – Nicolosi at a price of € 30.00 per person- reservation upon booking and payment on the spot (minimum 2 persons).
Acireale – Catania Airport € 30.00 per person- reservation upon booking and payment on the spot (minimum 2 persons).

24 or 27 -gears women‘s or men‘s bicycle
Fitnessbike (hybrid)
E-bike (unisex bike)
Tandem
Trailer for kids (max. 40 kg)

  • Accommodation in B&B and hotels - 3*** category

  • Breakfast buffet or full breakfast

  • Dinner; If you have booked half board

  • Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel

  • Well planned routes

  • Detailed documents (maps, route description, places to visit, important telephone numbers)

  • Telephone service hotline for the entire tour

  • Arrival to the starting point of the tour

  • Departure at the end of the tour

  • Drinks, tourist tax and all extras

  • Lunch, Dinner (if not booked)

  • helmet rental

  • bus ticket or private transfer from Nicolosi to Rifugio Sapienza (1st stage), transfer to/from airport

  • Not mentioned entries

  • Rental bikes and Travel insurance

  • All not expressly mentioned under the item „Included services“

    Please note: For the excursion with the alpine guides, cableway and Jeeps on Mt. Etna trekking shoes and warm clothes in spring and autumn are necessary. During high season (mid June until end of August) on the coastal stages more intense traffic is to be expected. Stage Nicolosi/Etna: if the public bus to Mt. Etna should be full or if you are more than 2 participants, the owner of the B&B in Nicolosi can arrange a private transfer to Rifugio Sapienza: € 15 per person/min. 2 persons, € 12 per person for min. 3 persons.

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