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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 Isola delle Correnti, the 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. Back at the agriturismo, we can enjoy an optional fun cookery demonstration and class (payable locally) followed by a delicious dinner. Cycle approx. 45km (ascent +300m; descent -300m).

  • 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 enjoy dramatic views of the valley far below. We then have an excellent winding descent to the coastal plain and the sea at Syracuse, the capital of Magna Graecia. Overnight in Syracuse. Cycle approx. 55km (ascent +602m; descent -702m)

  • 7

    Final morning ride north of Syracuse; free time to discover the historic town.

    Our final ride follows one of the first coastal cycle paths in Southern Italy. Along the route we will see the remains of the city walls and the ingenious defensive system erected by Dionysius in the 4th century BC. The end point will be the 'Tonnara di Santa Panagia', an ancient tuna fish factory located in the small gulf of Trogylos. We return to Syracuse following the same route and we reach Ortigia, the island where Syracuse was founded, just in time for lunch. After a short orientation tour, there is free time to explore at our own pace, head to the beach, do some shopping or visit the famous archaeological park. Overnight in Syracuse.

  • 8

    End Syracuse.

    End Syracuse.

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