Sicily Cycling Tour

2019 Dates 

19 May to 25 May, 7 Days | 6 Nights

Description

Sicily; eternal crossroads of the Mediterranean. This beautiful island continues to seduce travellers with its dazzling diversity of ancient cuisine, wine, landscapes and cultural treasures. There is so much to see and do in Sicily and we know you have limited time so our expert Cycling Tour operator, SEARCHTRAVEL have curated the best of Sicily into this one vacation.

Located on the coast with Mt Etna ever-present, Catania is an awesome region for those riders who like rolling terrain with the added (optional) challenge of tackling the famous Mt Etna. This tour will suit both Enthusiasts and Advanced riders as we have 2 ride options each day and; if you don’t want to ride at all on a given day there is plenty to keep you occupied.

More Information

Average max temp: May 24°

Average distance: 45 miles (65 miles Advanced) p.d.

Average climbing: 4,500 feet (6,600 feet Advanced) p.d.

Average time in the saddle: 3 hrs (4 hrs Advanced) p.d.

Hotel style*: 4 Star – Romano House Hotel

Maximum Guests: 10 persons

Price: £2,249 p.p. twin share
Single occupancy option: £450
Deposit: £560 p.p.
Balance: 90 days prior to tour commencement (installment option available)

Start: Catania, Sicily
Finish: Catania, Sicily

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Tour highlights

3 staff for 10 guests including professional ride guide, soigneur and mechanical support

All Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners (including Beer and Wine) included

Tackle the 12 mile climb up Mt Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe at over 6,000 feet elevation

Ride a Sicilian Century

Expert cycling route design

Catania’s best Winery Tasting tour included

All Sports nutrition provided (bars, gels and electrolytes)

Supported, on-line training plan included to prepare you for your Sicilian adventure

Day 1 – Arrival

We will pick you up from Catania airport, transport you to the Romano House Hotel and assist you with hotel check-in and bike building before we head out for a spin to shake the travel out of your legs. We will meet over a drink (Aperitivo) before dinner to plan for tomorrow (this is a daily ritual) and then head into a nearby restaurant for a group dinner with all the guests and staff.

Today’s ride
Flat with small climb | 20 miles | 1:20

Day 2

After breakfast the Enthusiast group will ride out from the hotel on an out and back route tackling the fabled Mt Etna. The Advanced group will also take an out and back route but will tackle Mt Etna via the 2018 Giro route.

Today’s ride
Mountain | 50 miles | 3:10

Advanced ride (hover over map for Advanced ride image)
Mountain| 73 miles | 4:30

Day 3

We ride out of our hotel today on an out and back loop through the Riserva naturale Orientata Pantalica; one of the prettiest cycling routes of this tour. We only have one ride option today because we are on a winery tasting tour scheduled for the afternoon.

Today’s ride
Mountain | 60 miles | 3:30

Day 4

Today we head North along the coast on a seaside route that will take us to the beautifully preserved ancient town of Taormina. The Enthusiast group will finish here and soak up the local atmosphere post lunch and the Advanced group will ride back to the hotel via an inland route across the base of Mt Etna.

Today’s ride
Rolling | 33 miles | 2:10

Advanced ride (hover over map for Advanced ride image)
Hilly | 72 miles | 4:30

Day 5

It is amazingly satisfying to ride 100 miles but completing the century is even better in Sicily. Today’s route takes us through olive groves and vineyards on an out and back route from Catania to Caltagirone. Don’t stress if you are not up for the century as you can take the support car back to the hotel after lunch and get ahead of the queue for a massage or just relax by the pool.

Today’s ride
Rolling | 50 miles | 3:15

Advanced ride (hover over map for Advanced ride image)
Rolling | 100 miles | 6:15

Day 6

We have 2 brilliant ride options today. Both cover a similar route with the longer ride taking in the hill country between the Rivers Dittaìno and Salso. Regardless of the route this is the perfect way to compete your Sicilian adventure, riding in some of the most amazing terrain in Sicily.

Today’s ride
Hills | 42 miles | 2:40

Advanced ride (hover over map for Advanced ride image)
Hills | 67 miles | 4:10

Day 7 – Departure

Unfortunately our Sicilian adventure ends today. The days schedule is dependent on your flight time and we do have a recovery ride option if you have time. Either way we will help you pack your bike and drop you to the airport where we are certain you will start to plan your next adventure with Bike UK and Ralph Colman Cycles as we Explore the World by Bike.

Today’s ride
Flat | 20 miles | 1:15