Sicily by bike between Etna and Taormina

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Your dream cycling holiday

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Duration

8 days

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Duration

206Km

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Self-guided

The beauty of this package is in the freedom it offers: without a guide, you are free to decide the timing, pace, and stops of your journey. Travel freely, travel your way!
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Level 3/5

Moderate, between 35 and 85 kilometers per day with an elevation gain between 300 and 1000 meters.

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The starting point is different from the ending point, with overnight stays in different hotels and daily stages.

Description

Day 1: Nicolosi
Individual arrival and accommodation in a B&B in Nicolosi, also known as the gateway to Etna. Delivery of informational materials and bicycles, if rented.

Day 2: Etna – Nicolosi (20 km)
A public bus or private transfer will take you to Rifugio Sapienza: individual visit to Etna. Return to Nicolosi by bike. In case of adverse weather conditions, you can visit, always by bus, the historic city center of Catania.

Day 3: Nicolosi – Bronte (49 km)
Leaving Nicolosi, you will cycle on secondary roads, mostly downhill, until you reach the Simeto Lava Gorges Natural Reserve, established to protect the complex geological system of volcanic origin. Here, the Mediterranean scrub frames a series of small lakes and waterfalls on the Simeto River. Inside the Reserve, you will also find the famous Ponte dei Saraceni, a remarkable stone construction, possibly from the Roman period. A vast expanse of pistachio trees will announce your imminent arrival in Bronte.

Day 4: Bronte – Maniace – Randazzo (30 or 36 km)
Leaving Bronte, you will soon arrive in Maniace, where you can visit the famous Nelson Castle and the Norman abbey of Santa Maria di Maniace. Returning to the route, which always runs on secondary roads, you will reach Randazzo, an interesting and rich historical center of medieval origin, the crossroads of the most diverse civilizations in history.

Day 5: Randazzo – Castiglione – Gole dell’Alcantara – Giardini Naxos (44 km)
Today's stage, easy in terms of altitude, is held on the famous Wine Route of Mount Etna, which from the town of Riposto, winds caressing the hills, up to Mount Etna. Here, between characteristic dry-stone walls of black volcanic rock and ancient peasant houses, farms and sumptuous villas of the nobles of the past, there are about twenty wineries and wine businesses open to visitors. Don't miss the historic center of Castiglione di Sicilia, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, from which you can admire, in the distance, the Alcantara: a valley and a river, marking the line of separation between two worlds, that of Etna and that of the Nebrodi. Giardini-Naxos is the final destination of today's stage and a rejuvenating bath in the splendid waters of the Ionian Sea will be a great way to end the day.

Day 6: Giardini Naxos – Taormina – Giardini Naxos (20 km)
The stage is short today, leaving you plenty of time to visit Taormina, the pearl of the Ionian Sea, and the jewel of this Sicilian bike tour. 5 km from Taormina, continuing uphill, you can get to Castelmola: a beautiful medieval village, from which you can enjoy a splendid view of the entire bay and from Calabria to Mount Etna. Return to Giardini-Naxos.

Day 7: Giardini Naxos – Aci Trezza (37 km)
Today another peaceful stage awaits you along the Ionian coast of Sicily by bike, also known as the Lemon Riviera. The ascent of the Timpa (about 2 km) announces your arrival in Acireale, an interesting historic center in the baroque style. End of the stage at Aci Trezza, which served as a backdrop to Giovanni Verga's novel I Malavoglia.

Day 8: Aci Trezza
After breakfast, end of services and individual departure.

Included

  • Travel/Medical Insurance 24/24
  • Overnight stay and breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Local telephone assistance 7/7
  • Detailed description and maps of the itinerary

Not included

  • GPS Tracks
  • APP
  • Transfers not listed as "Included"
  • City tax
  • Tips
  • Journey to/from the starting point of the tour
  • Meals and drinks not listed as "Included"
  • Bike rental
  • Extras
  • Entrance fees, ferries and anything not listed as "Included"
  • Welcome briefing

Cancellation penalties

  • From 28 days before the departure date: refund of 50%
  • From 13 days before the departure date: refund of 30%
  • From 7 days before, the amount is non-refundable.

Sicily by bike between Etna and Taormina

  • To venture into the Laviche Gorges of Simeto, where the Mediterranean scrub serves as a backdrop to a series of lakes and waterfalls on the river
  • To cycle through the pistachio groves of Bronte, on the famous Etna Wine Road and on the Riviera of Lemons
  • To discover the cities of Randazzo, historic crossroad of peoples and Taormina, the pearl of the Ionian, rich in natural and architectural beauties
  • To discover the suggestive views of the Alcantara Gorges and take a bath in its fresh and sweet waters
  • To discover the places of the novels by Giovanni Verga, such as the baroque Acireale and Aci Trezza, which was the backdrop to The House by the Medlar Tree
  • To explore the interior of Sicily by bike, from the slopes of Etna and among the most important natural parks of the island

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I bring my own bike?

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  • What kind of assistance will I have during the trip?

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  • How do I know if a tour is within my capabilities?

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  • What is the cost of renting bicycles?

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Your dream cycling holiday

Starting from 750per person

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