CYCLING IN SICILY, SOMETHING ELSE THAN RIDING!

 

Join us for a unique SFIDA Cycling trip through Sicily, with an amazing array of varied landscapes and an incredible collection of places to visit, Sicily is one of our most adventurous destinations to date!

On this trip, we will focus on the eastern part of Sicily, in the triangle that includes Taormina, Siracusa and Cefalu and all that we can cover in between. With side visits to intriguing Palermo, Sicily’s capital and the Eolian islands of Lipari and Vulcano.

SFIDA Cycling in Sicily will take you to many interesting places that are listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Site list (UN) and the Borghi Piu Belli d’Italia (BPI), translated as most beautiful towns in Italy.

With regards to accommodation, we have included a mix of a luxury Spa B&B, to small resort-like hotels and a very special Albergo Diffuso near Taormina.

The riding will take us through varied landscapes, from interior roads with olive trees to coastal roads and even a full circle around the island of Lipari.

And of course, no cycling trip to Sicily can miss the climb up to Mount Etna! Way to end our European season.

Distance: 720km
Climbing: 13,700m

Prices in Australian dollars.

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  • Duration:9 days
  • DATES : Oct 01 - Oct 10
    • HOTELS:3-4 Stars
    • MEALS:All meals included
    • ARRIVAL:Catania (CTA)
    • DEPARTURE:Catania (CTA)
    • NON RIDER:20% discount
  • PRICE :

    $6,450.00

DAY 1

Welcome to Sicily, one of the most exotic corners of Europe.
Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at Catania airport or at a designated hotel nearby.

An hour and half drive will take us to our first destination near Modica (UN). This is part of the Val di Noto landscapes.
Upon arrival to the hotel, we will have an orientation meeting and bike set up. After lunch we will set off for a short ride.

Heading south from our hotel we will reach Modica followed by Scicli (UN), from there we will ride along the sea up to Marina di Ragusa. We will end our ride in Ragusa (UN) where we will have time to walk around the Baroque style center and of course taste some gelato. Transfer by van back to our hotel.

Dinner at our hotel.

RIDE INFO: Day 1
59km / 720m
HOTEL: Agriturismo il Granaio

DAY 2

Ride to Siracusa with some very interesting visits along the way.

Day two includes an amazing array of places worth visiting, we will start with a ride to Palazzolo Acreide (UN & BPI) where we will visit the remains of the Greek Theater, plus, of course have great coffee at the piazza.

We will continue our ride to Ferla (BPI) and then on to the Necropolis of Pantalica (UN) where we will have lunch and have time to enjoy this fascinating place.

After lunch we will continue our ride to the city of Siracusa (UN) – today’s final destination. We will then make sure we visit the small island of Ortigia which is the historical center of Siracusa and separated from it by a narrow channel and accessible by two bridges.

A one-hour transfer by van back to our hotel.

Dinner at the hotel.

RIDE INFO: Day 2
114km / 1,760m
HOTEL: Agriturismo il Granaio

DAY 3

A Roman Villa here, a duomo there…business as usual when riding in Sicily!

Early transfer to Caltagirone (UN) to start another scenic ride where our first stop is a visit to the well preserved Villa Romana del Casale (UN)  near Piazza Armerina.

After lunch we will continue our ride to Enna, a hill town with its Cathedral, Duomo, Castello and Palazzo…typical in Sicily! In addition, Enna will be the start city of Stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia 2020.

Transfer to Cefalu (BPI) by van.

Dinner at the hotel.

RIDE INFO: Day 3
70km / 1,470m
HOTEL: Hotel Le Calette

DAY 4

Morning ride around Cefalu, afternoon visit to Palermo, Sicily’s capital.

Today we start climbing from sea level up to the Valico di Gratteri, this is another fascinating hill-top town well worth climbing. After the compulsory coffee stop, we will head towards Castelbuono.

Castelbuono’s castle dominates part of the landscape with a very mountainous backdrop. Easy ride back to Cefalu for lunch.

In the afternoon we will drive to Palermo, Sicily’s capital. It is hard to describe the history of this city, since the Greeks to modern Italians, nearly all the important European civilizations have been present in this Mediterranean city. We will visit some of the most important places plus wander around the streets in the center.

Dinner in Palermo.

RIDE INFO: Day 4
61km / 1,510m
CLIMB: Valico di Grateri 830m.
HOTEL: Hotel Le Calette

Day 5

Ride to Milazzo along the Mediterranean coast.

A short transfer will take us to Santa Agata di Militello on the Mediterranean coast where we will start today’s ride. We will climb up to San Marco d’Alunzio (BPI) – with great views over the coast and the Eolian Islands and where the first coffee of the day will be waiting for us.

After descending back towards the coast, most of our ride will follow the shoreline to Milazzo where we will end our ride.

Dinner at the hotel.

RIDE INFO: Day 5
110km / 1,660m
HOTEL: Hotel Ngonia Bay

DAY 6

Riding at the Eolian islands…a truly unique experience!

Today is one of the most unique riding days during the SFIDA Cycling’s season, it’s not every-day you can ride around a full island! After breakfast we will take our bikes to the Milazzo port and take a ferry to the island of Lipari, the biggest of the Eolian islands, once there we will ride around and enjoy some magnificent views along the way.

Depending on the weather we will also visit Vulcano island, and yes, the word volcano is derived from the name of this island, it was also know in the Roman times as Vulcan (God of fire) – there is so much history and meaning in Sicily.

Note: today is an adventure day, we won’t have a support van as we can’t fit it on the ferry. We will carry small backpacks with walking shoes.

Dinner at the hotel.

RIDE INFO: Day 6
33km / 795m
HOTEL: Hotel Ngonia Bay

DAY 7

From Milazzo to Savoca on the foothills of the Etna.
 

We start our ride today along the coast until we get to the town of Falcone where we will head back to the mountains to reach Montabano Elicona (BPI). With the Argimusco plateau behind, this is another unique Sicilian landscape.

Our next destination is Castiglione di Sicilia (BPI), one of the most well know hilltop towns at the foot of Mount Etna – from here it’s all downhill to Giardini Naxos, the end of our ride today.

A short transfer will take us our very-unique hotel in picturesque Savoca (BPI).

Dinner at the hotel.

RIDE INFO: Day 7
105km / 1,825m
HOTEL: Resort Borgo San Rocco

DAY 8

Ride around amazing medieval towns above Taormina.

We are near Taormina and at the foothills of the mighty Mount Etna.

Riding around here is amazing, with scenery that combines medieval towns and great views over the sea and Mount Etna.

Today from Savoca (BPI) we will head towards Casalvecchio Siculo and a few other small towns before we reach Castelmola (BPI), above Taormina (UN), with one of the most breathtaking views you can imagine. We then ride back to Savoca.

In the afternoon we will visit Taormina, dominated by its ancient Greek theatre with views to Mount Etna.

Dinner in Taormina.

RIDE INFO: Day 8
67km / 1,800m
HOTEL: Resort Borgo San Rocco

DAY 9

Gran Finale part II: La Majella (Blockhaus).

We start our last ride of the trip along the coast until we get to the town of Fiumefreddo Sicilia where we then head towards Mount Etna.

From Fiumefreddo Sicilia it is about a 30km climb to reach the top at Piano Provenzana, this side will be climbed for the first time on Stage 5 of the 2020 Giro d’Italia.

After lunch at the rifugio we descend to Naxos and transfer back to our hotel.

This is a fantastic way to end an epic trip to this amazing island that is Sicily.

Dinner at the hotel.

RIDE INFO: Day 9
98km / 2,140m
CLIMBS:  Mount Etna, Piano Provenzana side 1,802m
HOTEL: Resort Borgo San Rocco

DAY 10

Arrivederci!

After breakfast transfer by van to Catania airport (CTA). Expect to get there by 10:30, so plan your flights accordingly.

MORE INFORMATION

PRICE:

TWIN room:  $6,450 AUD
SINGLE Supplement:  $1,100 AUD
Rental bike:  $800 AUD

PAYMENT TERMS:
$1000 AUD when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.

WHAT´S INCLUDED:
9 nights accommodation between 3 – 4 Stars

ALL MEALS:

9 breakfasts.
9 lunches with a mix of picnic and trattoria meals.
9 dinners, including wine.

NOT INCLUDED:
International flights.
Travel insurance.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.

SUPPORT:
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.
Our staff/client ratio is 1:4 staff.
Our passenger vans come fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to make sure our first class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
91 days before the trip starts – the return of deposit less $300 AUD cancellation fee.
61 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less $300 AUD cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from our hotel and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
31 days before the trip starts- the return of 50% of the full amount paid.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.

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