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Secrets of Sicily Cycling

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Explore the undiscovered western coast of Sicily by bike to find pristine nature reserves, ancient monuments and Baroque towns. Highlights include Segetsa amphitheatre and Selinunte Archeaological Park.

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All about the Secrets of Sicily Cycling.

Explore the undiscovered western coast of Sicily to find pristine nature reserves, ancient monuments and Baroque towns. Your holiday begins from the coastal town of Castellammare del Golfo from where you’ll head inland to discover the stunning ancient Greek city of Segesta before returning to the coast at Trapani. Enjoy a day out of the saddle to explore its Baroque churches and take the cable car to the medieval village of Erice. Continue your ride to Marsala, renowned for its sweet dessert wine, stopping en route to explore the Phoenician island of Mozia. Your final days take you to Mazara del Vallo, with the option to visit the Egadi islands before reaching your final destination, Selinunte, one of the largest archeological parks in Europe.

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 hotel-to-hotel accommodation
  • 6 days cycling
  • All continental breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS┬ánavigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels (inquire for prices and details)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)
  • E-Bike (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Visit Baroque churches, charming seaside towns and bustling food markets
  • Cobalt blue seas, coral-lined grottos and unspoiled sandy beaches
  • Superb historical monuments: Segesta Amphitheatre, Selinunte Archaeological Park
  • Enjoy a slow pace of life among windmills, the coast and salt pans
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Castellammare Del Golfo

    Transfer to the glittering coastlines of Castellammare Del Golfo. Enjoy an afternoon in one of Sicily’s most picturesque seaside towns.

  2. Day 2 Day 2: Castellammare del Goldo - Bruca 24km/15mi

    From the fortress-studded shores of Castellammare Del Golfo, we reach the archaeological site of Segesta. After admiring its Grecian temple and amphitheatre, we end the day in San Mauro La Bruca, a quaint hillside town overlooking Pisciotta with dinner included.

  3. Day 3 Day 3: Bruca Trapani 43km/26.5mi

    Leaving Bruca’s olive covered foothills, you’ll cycle inland towards Trapani. Following an afternoon exploring its intricate Baroque churches and shops that sell hand harvested sea salt.

  4. Day 4 Day 4: Free day exploring

    Take a cable car to the picturesque medieval village of Erice overlooking the Salt Pans or ride the hydrofoil to enjoy an afternoon of snorkelling around Favignanas coral reefs.

  5. Day 5 Day 5: Trapani - Marsala 52km/32mi

    Cycle at a relaxed pace with views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and flow mills. Make a pit stop in Mozia, an ancient city on San Pantaleo Island off the west coast of Sicily and visit its striking archaeological ruins. A short ride away, we reach Marsala where the fortified Marsala wine originates from.

  6. Day 6 Day 6: Marsala - Mazara del Vallo 35km/22mi

    Visit Marsala’s local wineries and explore the town at your own leisure. Or you can choose an optional boat tour around the breath-taking Egadi Islands. Next, we move on to the Mazara del Vallo, home of the bronze statue – the ’Dancing Satyr’.

  7. Day 7 Day 7: Mazara Del Vallo - Selinunte 41km/25mi

    Cycle along the coast and admire the views of the Aegadi Islands before travelling inwards towards vineyards and aromatic olive groves. Afterwards, visit one of the largest archaeological parks in Europe in Selinunte. With seven Grecian temples spanning 1,300 meters east, this site is a true architectural gem.

  8. Day 8 Day 8: Leave Selinunte
Where you stay
Sopra La Mura Boutique Hotel
Sopra Le Mura is situated in Castellammare del Golfo. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property and a free public parking is possible at a location nearby. The rooms include a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms include a seating area to relax in after a busy day. You will find a kettle in the room. Each room comes with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. During summer months, guests can enjoy the use of a sun lounger and parasol at a nearby partner beach. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.
Agriturismo Arcudaci
Agriturismo Arcudaci has 10 rooms with private bathrooms. The atmosphere is pleasant and charming and offers its guests breakfast, lunch and dinner in its own restaurant with timber beams, handmade terracotta all complimented by the fireplace.
Hotel Andrea Palazzo Platamone
Set in the Trapani City Centre of Trapani. Featuring a concierge service, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation offers an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour front desk, where staff can assist guests, as well as free WiFi throughout the property. The units in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom is equipped with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Guests at Room Mate Andrea – Palazzo Platamon can enjoy a buffet breakfast.
Hotel Carmine
Located in an elegant, historic building, Hotel Carmine offers a central position, a charming atmosphere and beautifully decorated rooms. Wi-Fi is free. Hotel Carmine puts you in the heart of the historic centre. Walk to the Convento del Carmine and the central square of Marsala. Admire the antique furnishings in Hotel Carmine. Renovated in 2005, the hotel features original and historic Sicilian furniture. Stay in cosy rooms with modern comforts such as a minibar and air conditioning. Rooms feature exposed wood-beamed or vaulted ceilings. Some offer original ceramic-tiled floors. Some rooms overlook the internal courtyard while others offer a view of the street or the quiet garden. Relax in the hotel lounge, in front of the fireplace. Start your day with the hotels free buffet breakfast. During the summer you can enjoy your breakfast in the garden.
Mahara Hotel
Mahara Hotel Wellness is a 10-minute walk from the centre of Mazara del Vallo, on Sicilys south-west coast. It offers free Wi-Fi, parking, and a free shuttle to partner beaches. Rooms have a balcony or terrace. All elegant rooms are spacious and air conditioned. Each includes satellite TV and a minibar. Many offer full views of the Mediterranean Sea. The wellness centre is complete with a Turkish bath, chromotherapy shower and hot tub. The outdoor swimming pool, open from April until October, is equipped with a terrace and sun loungers. Ghilbi restaurant is recommended by Italy’s most prestigious food guides, and serves traditional Sicilian dishes for lunch and dinner. Drinks are available in the lounge bar, with sofas and internet access.
B+B Bahari
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Bahari Selinunte offers accommodation in Marinella di Selinunte. It offers a shared terrace with panoramic views of the Selinunte Archaeological Park. Every room at this bed and breakfast is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room has a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and free toiletries. The property features a terrace with a view on the beach, archaeological sites and the acropolis.
Eating and Drinking

All continental breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.

Sicily’s typically southern Italian cuisine is interspersed with many more exotic dishes reflecting the island’s jumbled cultural past. Italian dishes like pasta alla norma (made with tomatoes, aubergine and grated ricotta) are often found on menus along with couscous (a north African speciality), or even pasta con le sarde (a pasta dish dating back to Phoenician times made from sardines, raisins, pine nuts, fennel, saffron, parsley and capers).
The Arabs introduced citrus groves to the island and a popular drink today is granita made with crushed ice and lemon. This was traditionally drunk with sweet bread dipped in it as a lunchtime snack by Sicilian peasants.
Fish is of course also abundant. Local specialities include pesce spada alla ghiotta (swordfish cooked with tomatoes, capers, onion, celery and potatoes) or tonno fresco alla brace (grilled fresh tuna).
Sicily is famed for its desserts. Why not try cannolo, a crunchy pastry tube filled with ricotta cheese and studded with candied fruits, pistachio and chocolate? Or cassata, the Arab influenced cake made with ricotta cheese, candied fruit and chocolate pieces.
Sicily is not traditionally famous for its wines, so it is surprising to learn that the island boasts one of the largest wine producing areas in the whole of Italy. Look out for the Etna DOC label and Corvo di Salaparuta. One of Sicily’s most popular wines is Alcamo Bianco – a soft white which goes well with fish dishes.

The walks follow mainly stony coastal paths, with frequent small ascents and descents. There’s a good choice of walks at different levels on Marettimo. There may be some sections on uneven terrain where scrambling is required. The route is suitable for anyone looking for walks of 4-6 hours and confident with daily ascents/descents of up to 700m. Walkers don’t need specific hiking experience, however, good health and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

This is a self-guided tour, as such there will be no group or tour leader and you are free to complete the walks at your own pace.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference (inquire for details).

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