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Food

  • All breakfasts and 1 dinner/cookery class are included. Sicilian cuisine is a melting pot of all the different cultures that have occupied the island, from the Arabs to the Normans. The island itself is incredibly fertile, enjoying a perfect climate which is ideal for the cultivation of fresh produce such as olives, oranges, lemons, eggplants, tomatoes, pistachios, almonds, grapes, and more—not to mention all of the seafood, tuna and swordfish fished right off the coast. The result? A cuisine that’s fresh, varied, and absolutely delicious! Sicilian wines are also superb and known to be strong and syrupy, like Marsala and Moscato. On this trip there is the chance to sample some unique Sicilian products. Lunches normally consist of delicious pic-nics, freshly prepared by your assistant leader each day. Dinners will be taken at the hotels or local restaurants recommended by your guide.
  • All breakfasts and 1 dinner included.

Activities

  • Accom: hotel/lodge
  • Adult Group
  • Culture & Discovery
  • Cycling
  • Cycling: road
  • New trip
  • Solo departures
  • Food

    • All breakfasts and 1 dinner is included. Sicilian cuisine is a melting pot of all the different cultures that have occupied the island, from the Arabs to the Normans. The island itself is incredibly fertile, enjoying a perfect climate which is ideal for the cultivation of fresh produce such as olives, oranges, lemons, eggplants, tomatoes, pistachios, almonds, grapes, and more—not to mention all of the seafood, tuna and swordfish fished right off the coast. The result? A cuisine that’s fresh, varied, and absolutely delicious! Sicilian wines are also superb and known to be strong and syrupy, like Marsala and Moscato. On this trip there is the chance to sample some unique Sicilian products. Lunches normally consist of delicious pic-nics, freshly prepared by your assistant leader each day. Dinners will be taken at the hotels or local restaurants recommended by your guide.

    Activities

    • Guided Group
  • 1

    Start Palazzolo Acreide.

    Fly to Catania; transfer to Palazzolo Acreide, a charming maze of narrow streets and Baroque churches built after the 1693’s earthquake on the site of the Greek Akrai, which was founded in 664 BC. The town is situated in the heart of Iblean Mountains, overlooking the upper valleys of Anapo and Tellaro rivers, which helped the Corinthians control a broad swathe of Sicily. In the afternoon there is time to explore the beautiful heritage found here including some stunning Baroque churches. If the group flight arrives late in the evening we have the opportunity to visit Palazzolo the following day in the morning.

  • 2

    Ride south to the hilltop Baroque town of Ragusa Ibla; cycle scenic roads to Modica.

    We start our exploration with a ride through the beautiful lower valleys of the Iblean Mountains, passing olive plantations and dry-stone walls that characterise this area. We then climb into the highlands to the delightful town of Ragusa Ibla, built over three hills separated by a deep valley, and home to beautiful Baroque churches and buildings. After visiting Ragusa, we cycle for another 14km to the town of Modica, another gem of the Sicilian Baroque, nestled at the bottom of a deep gorge.

  • 3

    Try famous Modica chocolate with chilli; cycle to the architectural delight of Scicli; on to the fishing village of Marzamemi.

    Before leaving Modica, we have the opportunity to taste its famous chocolate with chilli, which is still prepared using the original Aztec recipe, brought over by the Spaniards in the 1500s. We leave Modica behind and ride along a ravine with a downhill bias until we reach another outstanding example of Sicilian Baroque, Scicli, where the popular Inspector Montalbano TV series has been filmed. From here, we move to the picturesque fishing village of Marzamemi with its numerous cafés and restaurants.

  • 4

    Circular route through coastal wetlands to southernmost point in Sicily.

    A circular ride takes us through the wetlands of Patano Longarini and Patano Cuba, a favourite spot among migratory birds that are attracted to the unique ecosystem of this area on their journey between Africa and Europe. Following the coastline, we reach Sicily’s southernmost point: Isola delle Correnti, where the waters of the Ionian and the Mediterranean seas merge.

  • 5

    Coastal ride to the Vendicari Nature Reserve; continue to the UNESCO-listed Baroque town of Noto.

    A short cycle ride brings us to the beautiful Vendicari Nature Reserve. This narrow stretch of marshy coastline provides a rare and now completely protected habitat for migratory species and for the local flora and fauna. There are some beautiful sandy beaches, perfect for a swim in the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. As we leave the reserve behind, we head north to the elegant town of Noto, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Noto is an absolute gem, a planned town in the unique Sicilian baroque style, and all built in a beautiful honey-coloured stone. A must try in Noto is the delicious almond granita (similar to a sorbet) with brioche, typical of the area!

  • 6

    Climb up to a view point overlooking the Cavagrande N.R and the deep Cassibile canyon. Continue to Syracuse.

    We start our day with a climb towards San Corrado to reach the canyon of Cavagrande del Cassibile, one of the deepest found in Europe. The scenery here is spectacular and we can enjoy dramatic views of the valley far below. There's a café on the hill above the canyon and if you're feeling very energetic you can walk to the river, 300m below. We then have an excellent winding descent to the coastal plain and the sea at Syracuse, the Capital of Magna Graecia.

  • 7

    Final morning ride across Syracuse to Ciane River; time to discover the historic town.

    A short final morning ride takes us through Syracuse to the Ciane River. Syracuse, founded originally by Corinthians from Greece in 733BC, was once one of the great cities of the Mediterranean, home of Aeschylus and Arichimedes among many others and even briefly capital of the Byzantine Empire. There's much to see from Greek period right up to the Sicilian baroque, and the afternoon can be spent free wandering around the narrow streets of Ortigia, the island where the city was founded, and exploring the superb Parco Archeologico. Alternatively, you can choose to spend your free time at the beach, do some shopping or simply relax and soak up the cosy atmosphere in the historic centre while enjoying a glass of super local wine!

  • 8

    End Syracuse.

    End Syracuse.

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