The land of lemons and oranges……. A tour in the south-eastern area of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean.
You will cycle through the Val di Noto, since 2003 a UNESCO World Heritage site, and discover the most fascinating cities of the region. You’ll visit Noto, the most important baroque city of Sicily and Siracusa, an ancient Greek colony. You will also pass through the coastal oasis of Vendicari, the sea village of Marzamemi, the islands of Capo Passero and Correnti.
You bike along the sea shore, enjoy the sun and the splendid air, pass orange and lemon groves, and ride through wide fields that are filled with cacti, eucalyptus or agave. For anybody interested in history the silent monuments of the past offer a chance to reflect at every step: be it antique theatre, temple or fortress.
Organised transfer (bikes + pax) to Piazza Armerina with its Villa Romana del Casale, 5 km southwest of town. First excavated in 1950, it was probably a hunting lodge and summer home and is decorated with multicoloured mosaic floors that are unique throughout the Roman world in their quality and extend. After the visit cycle back to Caltagirone.
From Caltagirone you cycle southward until you reach Vittoria where you take a train to Modica. The upper town is watched over by the magnificent 18th century façade of the church of San Giorgio.
Before leaving Modica, one should at least try the famous spicy chocolate. From Modica you will gradually descend alongside the caves characteristic of the Iblei mountains to Scicli, totally rebuilt in the Baroque style after the earthquake of 1693. Continue onwards through the marine centre of Pozzallo.
This day of cycling on an almost completely flat course will bring you through Portopalo di Capo Passero, continental Europe’s southernmost point. Before arriving at Marzamemi, the beautiful island of Correnti marks where the Ionian and Mediterranean seas meet.
The route takes a turn to the north passing through the relatively untouched and pristine natural preserve of Vendicari, where you can relish the beauty of the countryside. The trip continues north, ending the day at the city of Noto, considered to be the finest baroque town in Sicily. Completely devastated in the earthquake of 1693 the city was rebuilt in the style of the day with beautiful honey-coloured stone buildings with ornate churches and monuments surrounding attractive piazzas.
Heading north, the route continues towards Siracusa, the capital of Ancient Greece and home to Archimedes. With the Island of Ortigia in the background, the centre of Siracusa is a wonderful display of an ancient city.
Departure after breakfast.
A mix of level routes and some hilly terrain. You cycle only on asphalted paths and almost car-free side roads, but with some heavy traffic on entering or leaving a city. A good level of fitness and cycling experience is required.
The nearest major airport is Catania. There are regular public buses from the airport to the city centre, where your tour begins. A taxi will cost approx. Euro 35,00.
We can also arrange a private transfer from Catania to Caltagirone or from Siracusa to Catania (min. 2 pax, reservation required) for $100 per person, each way.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Every Sunday from late March to October, except from mid-June to end-August.
Any departure dates can be organised with at least 5 persons in a group!
Season 2018: 25.03 – 10.06 and 26.08 – 21.10
|Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$1125|
|Single room surcharge||$300|
This tour includes:
|• 7 nights accommodation in nice family run inns, hotels and agriturismo rated 3 star, all rooms with private facilities• buffet breakfasts
• luggage transport
• tour information at your first hotel by our representative
• hybrid bicycle with 21 gears and pannier
• maps & road guide book
• transfer from Caltagirone to Piazza Armerina, and from Comiso to Modica
• 7 day service helpline
Local hotel taxes of approx. 2 euro per person/night.
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment