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The sunny island: cycling tour of sicily

from  1.080,00

From Palermo to Marsala and back

Layers of different civilisations have made of Sicily a unique area where you can see history unfold: from Fenician ruins to Byzantine mosaics; from Greek temples to Norman forteresses and baroque churches. Then there is the landscape: what starking contrasts! Luscious vegetation next to deserted and rugged mountains; sheer cliffs drop into the clearest sea; ….and the flowers…. and the perfumes …. and the food!

  • Holiday Type
    Cycling Holidays
  • Activity Level Moderate
    3/8
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All about the The sunny island: cycling tour of sicily.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

> Scopello
> Marsala
> Salat mine
> Selinunte
> Monreale

HOW DOES IT WORK:

We transfer  your luggage

Just leave it at the reception desk with your name tag and you will find it at your next accommodation.

We book  your hotels

We will book double rooms with private bathrooms in 2* or 3* hotels orxb&b or country Inns.

We supply detailed  route notes and maps

At your choice, the route notes can be in English, Italian, French or German and GPS maps

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 Nights -3 Star Level Accommodation
  • All Breakfast and 2 Dinners
  • Luggage transfer
  • Road Book & Maps
  • GPS File available
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  1. SCOPELLO AND THE ZINGARO PARK Day 1 – Scopello – Arrival and settling in

    Transfer from Palermo airport to Scopello, a tiny village at the entrance of the Zingaro park; you can take a short hike there visiting an old “Tonnara” which is the place where tuna fish used to be brought for canning. or you can go to the beach.

  2. SCOPELLO Day 2 – Segesta – Erice – 64 km

    Today you start with quite a challenge as the climb out of Scopello is tough. Once you reach Segesta, there is no describing the beauty of the place with the golden stone of the temple shining in the sun. After visiting the ruins, you head towards Erice. The climb to the top is tough.

  3. CYCLING ALONG THE WEST COAST Day 3 – Erice – Marsala – 57 km

    Erice is one of the most ancient towns of Sicily. Inhabited since the earliest times it has old cobbled streets, beautiful churches and fine examples of architectural buildings from different periods. After visiting the town (try some of the pastry shops!) Start your downhill trip toward the sea.

  4. THE SALAT MINE Day 4 – Marsala

    The road passes by the “Saline” the places where salt is extracted. With fishermen boats and wind mills which design a very characteristic landscape. Pass in front of Mozia and take the 10 minutes boat ride to this island with an ancient castle and palm trees. Spend the night in the old centre of Marsala enjoying a meal of the freshest fish.

  5. SELINUNTE MAGIC TEMPLE Day 5 – Marsala – Selinunte – 70 km
     

    A completely flat day, partly among vineyards partly along a coastal road. Enjoy a wine tasting of Marsala wine, then stop at the Cusa caves where the columns of the temples were carved. come to a magical ending in Selinunte, a cluster of time old columns against the setting sun.

  6. THE HEART OF SICILY Day 6 – Selinunte – Contessa Entellina – 64 km

    Today leave the coast to enter the secluded heart of the island; the landscape is rugged and you can go long stretches without seeing but a solitary heard of sheep. You cycle through Poggioreale ruins,the town destroyed by the 1968 earthquake and now a ghost town that Burri, an Italian artist, has frozen in a river of cement.

  7. A RUGGED LANDSCAPE Day 7 – Contessa Entellina – Masseria Rossella (piana degli albanesi) – 63 km

    A second day in the inland part of Sicily; mythical names, cradle of the Mafia such as the Godfather’s Corleone. You start by a car ride to a small village clinging to the mountain flank to continue with a winding descent to a fertile valley to reach a nice farmhouse with a swimming pool where you spend the night.

  8. LOST IN GOLDEN MOSAICS Day 8 – Piana degli Albanesi – Monreale

    Almost entirely descending, we come back to civilisation. The superb Monreale cathedral of pure shining gold will be the best ending to the day and of the tour.

  9. YOURS DEPARTURE Day 9 – End our Service

    Transfert to Palermo airport.

Accommodation Level

What happens if I can’t walk / cycle a stage?

If you find the stage too long or if for any reason you cannot walk at all for one day, let us know the previous week and we can arrange for you to go for a short stretch or for the entire stage with the luggage transfer . In some cases a small fee will be asked and you can pay it directly to the driver.

When is the best time of year?

Generally speaking the best season is certainly from April to October; however, it varies with each stage:
– You can only cross the Alps(week 1) from June 15th to September 15th
– The Appennino mountains (week 4) are more pleasurable from mid May to the end of September
– We suggest that you avoid walking among the rice fields (week 2&3) in full summer

How does the baggage transfers work?

Every morning you leave your luggage at the reception of your accommodation, better with a name-tag and you will find it at your arrival at the next accommodation. It has to be delivered by 2pm

Do you provide GPS files for all days?

Yes, on request we can provide GPS files, but we will still supply the paper description just in case your GPS does not work!

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