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Secrets of Sicily Cycling

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Cycling
Suitable for:
Age 13+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
C07MR
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
13

Discover Sicily's sapphire waters, hidden sandy coves and unexplored islands

Explore the undiscovered western coast to find pristine nature reserves, ancient monuments and Baroque towns. Option to visit the stunning Egadi Islands.

Highlights

  • Visit Baroque churches, charming seaside towns and bustling food markets
  • Cobalt blue seas, coral-lined grottos and unspoilt sandy beaches
  • Superb historical monuments: Segesta Amphitheatre, Selinunte Archaeological Park
  • Enjoy a slow pace of life amongst windmills, the coast and salt pans

Key information

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Countries visited: Italy
Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for private group trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Cycling
Pace:

 

Terrain:

 

Day by day breakdown
Day 224.0km/15.0miles
Day 343.0km/26.5miles
Day 555.0km/34.0miles
Day 631.0km/19.5miles
Day 740.0km/25.0miles

Responsible Travel

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Castellammare Del Golfo
to
Selinunte
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Castellammare Del Golfo

    Arrive in Castellammare Del Golfo and enjoy an afternoon in one of Sicily's most picturesque seaside towns.

  • Day 2

    Castellammare del Goldo - Bruca

    From the fortress-studded shores of Castellammare Del Golfo you reach the archaeological site of Segesta. After admiring its Grecian temple and amphitheatre, end the day in hamlet of Bruca, just in time for a refreshing dip in the Agriturismo's salt water pool before your evening meal.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Bruca – Trapani

    Leaving Bruca's olive covered foothills, you'll cycle inland towards Trapani. Spend the afternoon exploring its intricate Baroque churches, museums and shops that sell hand harvested sea salt, coral jewellery and tuna products.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Free day exploring

    A great opportunity to explore the area with many options available for you whilst in Trapani. Spend time exploring this beautiful coastal city or take a cable car to the picturesque medieval village of Erice overlooking the Salt pans. Alternatively, ride the hydrofoil to enjoy a day exploring one of the Egadi Island which offer plenty of opportunities to snorkel around coral reefs, cycling or walking.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Trapani - Marsala

    Today you can cycle at a relaxed pace with views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea whilst admiring the Egadi Islands in the distance. If you haven't already done so, on your way to Trapani, spend time exploring the Saline of Trapani and Paceco. Then it's onto Mozia, an ancient city on San Pantaleo Island off the West Coast of Sicily and visit its striking archaeological ruins. A short ride away, you will reach Marsala where the fortified wine originates from.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Marsala - Mazara del Vallo

    Visit Marsala's local wineries and explore the town at your own leisure before setting off on today's panoramic coastal cycle towards Mazara del Vallo, with its vibrant fishing port and Arab Kasbah and home of the bronze statue the 'Dancing Satyr'.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Mazara Del Vallo - Selinunte

    Most of today's cycle will be along the coast before heading inland towards vineyards and aromatic olive groves. You end the day in Selinunte where you can visit one of the largest archaeological parks in Europe before heading to your hotel in Marinella di Selinunte. With seven Grecian temples spanning 1,300 meters east, the Selinunte archaeological site is a true architectural gem.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Leave Selinunte

    Leave Selinunte or maybe spend extra nights in Palermo.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All continental breakfasts and 1 dinner is 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). 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) and the famous Mazara del Vallo red prawns.

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, a soft white which goes well with fish dishes. And let's not forget the Marsala wine, a fortified wine made in Sicily which takes its name after the town where it is mostly produced. Marsala is most commonly used in cooking to create nutty, rich caramelized sauces.

Weather

Sicily has a good all year round climate, with plenty of sunshine and warm/hot temperatures. The summer departures ought to have daily hot sunshine and temperatures can reach 30 to 35 degrees Celcius. The earlier and later departures are likely to be cooler with a slightly higher chance of rain. In late summer there is the possibility of heavy thunderstorms, but these are usually short-lived.

Is this trip for you?

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for private group trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

You will stay in a mixture of traditional and modern hotels with en-suite, air conditioned rooms.

Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for private group trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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