Cycling Southwestern Sicily's Ancient Mediterranean Cities

  • Itinerary Summary

    This bicycle tour of western Sicily will show you the best of traditional southern Italy. Beginning in Agrigento, you'll ride to the coastal town of Trapani known for its seaport and tuna fishing. Explore the medieval village of Erice with its narrow stone alleyways, and the hilltop town of Caltabellotta. Along the way you'll also visit Marsala and sample its fortified wines, and discover some of the finest classical Greek temples still in existence at Selinunte and Agrigento. The diverse terrain offers a rewarding cycling journey through beautiful regions rich in vineyards and agriculture, and picture perfect coastal views.

    ***Continue your exploration of Sicily and join us to for the Grand Cycling Tour of Sicily which includes Bicycle the Baroque Towns of Southeastern Sicily trip!***
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    1. Day 1: Meet in Agrigento

      Highlights: Agrigento, guided visit Valle dei Templi

      Agrigento features one of the finest collections of ancient Greek temples anywhere in the Mediterranean basin. Our hotel is not far from the ruins and we'll take a guided visit at the Valle dei Templi as the setting sun turns the limestone columns a golden color. We celebrate with an inaugural dinner together this evening.

      Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

      Lodging: Hotel Colleverde.

    2. Day 2: Agrigento to Sciacca

      Highlights: Sciacca

      Your ride today offers a lovely combination of terrain as you head inland through wheat fields, and vineyards towards the village of Cattolica Eraclea. When the sweet scent of oranges envelopes you, you will know that you are approaching the town of Ribera famed for - you guessed it - orange (and olive) groves! The landscape changes again as you enter a magical area filled with whimsical geologic formations just before you enter Ribera. Our destination today is Sciacca.

      Distance: 74km (46 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Locanda al Castello Sciacca.

    3. Day 3: Sciacca to Menfi

      Highlights: Extraordinary lunch at Caltabellotta, swimming pool

      Today you'll enjoy a gorgeous and challenging ride (or shuttle in the van) to Caltabellotta where you'll enjoy a lunch of Sicilian specialties. This hilltop village is nestled on a limestone perch three thousand feet above Sciacca. After lunch the rest of the ride is a feast for the senses as you spin through aromatic citrus and olive groves on your way to our elegant lodge tonight. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, and the spectacular views.

      Distance: 63km (39 miles). Meals: B, L, D

      Lodging: Relais Il Vigneto

    4. Day 4: Loop ride to Selinunte and the sea

      Highlights: Selinunte, optional ride to the beach

      It's a short ride to Selinunte where we'll have a guided walk through some of the most spectacular ruins in Sicily. The Greek ruins are divided between two ridges, one features temples and the other the remnants of the ancient city. Take an optional ride to the beach at Porto Palo if you'd like a little extra mileage and the chance for a swim.

      Distance: 60km (37 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Relais Il Vigneto

    5. Day 5: Menfi to Marsala

      Highlights: Castelvetrano, vineyard landscapes, Marsala and its wines

      A beautiful ride is on tap for today. Fall in love with typical Sicilian landscapes that feature rolling hills covered in vineyards. This spectacular ride leads you to Castelvetrano and stop to admire its beautiful square. Next up is Mazara del Vallo where you'll have the chance to explore examples of Muslim architecture and enjoy fresh fish from one of the largest fishing ports in Italy before riding back along the shore to Marsala. This afternoon we'll sample the famous, fortified Marsala wines.

      Distance: 74km (46 miles). Meals: B

      Lodging: Hotel Carmine

    6. Day 6: Bicycle Marsala to Trapani

      Highlights: Bike up to Erice

      You ride west today, partially along the coast and then up to the hilltop village of Erice. Erice was a Greek town and important medieval fortress that maintains its original ambiance. The end of the bike ride takes you to the coastal town of Trapani for a celebratory dinner together.

      Distance: 78km (48 miles). Meals: B, D

      Lodging: Hotel la Gancia

    7. Day 7: Cycling tour ends today in Trapani

      Highlights: Arrivederci

      There is plenty of history in Trapani as its strategic position on a slip of land saw Carthaginians, Normans, Arabs, Spanish, and Bourbons walk its streets before the unified Republic of Italy was formed in 1861. If you spend a few days here we recommend a boat excursion and head off to the nearby island of Favignana. Join us again sometime soon!

    • Highlights

      Agrigento, Lunch at Caltabellotta, Guided walk of Selinunte, Castelvetrano, Marsala wines, Erice, Trapani
    • Includes

      Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 7 days, 6 nights' accommodation; van support; 2 to 3 bilingual tour leaders; all breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners with wine; guided walk of Valle dei Templi and Selinunte; Marsala wine tasting plus "The Usual"
    • Countries

      Italy
    • Begin/End

      Agrigento / Trapani
    • Arrive/Depart

      Catania Vincenzo Bellini/Fontanarossa (CTA) / Palermo Falcone Borsellino Airport (PMO) or Vincenzo Florio Airport Trapani-Birgi (TPS)
    • Total Distance

      349km (215 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average per riding day 70km (43 miles)
    • Rating

      201-301 Expect some climbing every day with one day in excess of 3,000 feet.
    • Terms

      Terms & Conditions
  • Dates Price Private Room Charge Notes
    Sep 30-Oct 6, 2017 USD$3595 USD$550 Space Running Out! Book it
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    * We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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      University of Oregon's Alumni Magazine highlights Rick and Paola's Story

    • Loved it all--had never been on a bike trip before and had never traveled with a group before--I loved the new experience of traveling and exploring with a bike and of course the physical activity and "let" us eat even more awesome Italian food. The guides were excellent, hotels all terrific, and the group dynamics were great.

      Heather H., Minneapolis, MN

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