This ten-night, self-guided cycling holiday provides a wonderful introduction to Sicily's south east, a part of the island renowned for its beautiful, unspoiled coastline, spectacular Baroque architecture and sumptuous regional cuisine.
Your journey takes you along a mix of inland and coastal routes, starting amidst the Baroque splendor of Ragusa and Modica and ending in stunning Siracusa on the east coast. You'll cycle through lush valleys filled with olive trees, almond groves, vineyards and citrus orchards and patchwork puzzles of dry-stone-wall farms, as you cycle between UNESCO World Heritage Sites rebuilt in the typical late Baroque style after the famous 1693 earthquake. You'll take in Scicli with its atmospheric streets and hilltop mausoleum and the charming fishing villages of Punta Secca and Sampieri. Following the scenic Mediterranean Route cycle way you'll head towards the sea, taking in sublime coastline punctuated by golden sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages such as Portopalo di Capo Passero and pretty Marzamemi with its Arabic history. After passing through Nero D'Avola wine country your holiday finishes in beautiful Siracusa, an ancient Greek city whose 'historical heart' is the island of Ortigia, accessed by a bridge from the mainland. Ortigia's grand squares, narrow medieval streets and romantic palaces and castles are a delight to behold.
You'll stay in a wonderful mix of accommodation including a lovingly restored, hillside masseria surrounded by olive trees, a charming villa hotel boasting fabulous views over Noto from its outdoor pool and terrace, a minimalist design hotel in the centre of bustling Portopalo and a luxury ***** hotel set in acres of grounds, complete with two golf courses. Given the wonderful local cuisine on offer, including such Sicilian specialities as Pasta alla Norma and Pasta con le Sarde, we've included six evening meals on this holiday, leaving you free to dine out on the remaining nights.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Catania airport (Pick up) at 11:30 am (transfer to the hotel, 90 mins, provided).|
|Tour Ends||Catania airport (Drop off) by 19:40.|
|Singles||Add $88 per night for sole occupancy of a double room. No solo travelers on this holiday.|
|Other details||Airport transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked. This holiday is unsuitable for children under 12. E-bikes; Add $310 per person. These are available on a first come, first serve basis.|
|Hotels||***** (2 nights), **** (7 nights), *** (1 night)|