Explore both coasts of Sicily on our guided bike tour in Sicily
  • Length 14 days
  • From USD$5995
  • Style/Level Classic 3.5
  • Countries Italy
  • Begin/End Siracusa (Syracuse in English) / Trapani
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What to expect in your European 3 or 4 star hotel

The most important factor when it comes to selecting a hotel is your comfort. We understand a good night’s sleep makes all the difference when you are on an active vacation. We have carefully chosen all our accommodations for their charm and location. They are typically small, family run hotels that offer you a glimpse into the local culture. We prefer hotels near interesting sites in the center of town located along the best cycling route in the area. Because many of the hotels are small, not all the rooms will be exactly the same. We keep this in mind and do our best to distribute rooms fairly by the end of the tour.

  • Hotels will be located centrally but off busy areas so you will have a quiet and, if necessary, sound-proof room.
  • Comfortable rooms and beds for a good night’s rest.
  • Modern amenities, even if A/C may be limited
  • Cleanliness and a welcoming atmosphere.

Read more on what to expect on Air Conditioning in Europe and Rooming Options on tour.

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  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the valle di Noto

  • Syracuse

  • Rural countryside accommodations with pools

  • Olive oil tasting

  • Beaches and swimming opportunities

  • Agrigento

  • Lunch at Caltabellotta

  • Guided walk of Selinunte

  • Marsala wines

  • Erice

  • Trapani

  • Archaeological site of Cava d’Ispica.


  • 14 days, 13 nights’ accommodation

  • meals as noted in itinerary

  • olive press visit and tasting

  • guided walk of Valle dei Templi and Selinunte

  • wine tasting

  • Marsala wine tasting

  • and the usual (see below).

  • “The usual” (see Classic tour includes)


Arrive today in Siracusa or “Syracuse” in English. The Greek “Syrakousai” was one of the first Greek colonies in the western Mediterranean, founded in 734 BC by colonists from Corinth. By the mid-5th century BC it rivaled Athens for supremacy with a population of a quarter of a million people. Home to Archimedes (of Archimedes Principle fame) Siracusa has a wealth of ancient Greek ruins and the largest Greek theater from the 5th Century BC. Our hotel is in the center of ancient Ortigia. Enjoy a test ride around the ramparts before our special welcome dinner tonight.

Meals : Dinner
Lodging : Henry’s House

Your first ride in Sicily has you pedaling through small beach and fishing towns, passing an abandoned “tonara” or tuna canning factory which was one of the biggest economic drivers of the island in the late 18th and 19th centuries. The route takes us inland to the imposing town of Noto, one of the many towns in this region rebuilt (in a new location) in the grand baroque style after the earthquake of 1693. The striking white town is perched above the valley and makes for an impressive destination as you pedal towards it. Enjoy a walk in Noto before heading to our destination tonight, a splendid old farmhouse renovated into lodging with a swimming pool and particularly lovely grounds.

Distance: 55km (34mi) | Gain: 396m (1299ft) | Terrain | Day level: 1.5

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Corte del Sole

Take your swimming suit along today as there are plenty of opportunities to find an isolated beach to take a refreshing dip. You’ll pass through the fishing village of Marzamemi, a village built up around the ancient tonara. The red tuna from this area are still prized in Japan for sushi. While the tonara here is no longer working, the quaint fishing village has maintained its charm with quaint buildings, restaurants, cafés and stores. From here you can opt to continue your ride along a quiet coastal road to Capo Passero, which is the furthest southeastern point in Sicily. This evening we’ll enjoy a wine tasting before dinner together.

Distance: 61km (38mi) | Gain: 457m (1499ft) | Terrain | Day level: 2.0

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Corte del Sole

Your ride today takes you to the interior of the island through olive and almond groves. An impressive climb of approximately 400 meters (1,300 feet) up a narrow canyon that delivers stunning views into the deep canyon and far out to the sea as you summit on the plateau. Reward yourself with a pool side lunch (and perhaps a dip in the pool!) before continuing along the plateau to reach our quiet country lodge immersed in the hills and close to the expansive ruins of the old city of Noto destroyed in the earthquake of 1693. A brief stroll through Noto Antica’s ruins allows you to travel back in time and imagine the large city that once dominated the area. All that remains today is scattered stones, crumbling buildings and tower ruins.

Distance: 45km (28mi) | Gain: 827m (2713ft) | Terrain | Day level: 3.5

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging : Borgo Alveria

You are primarily on country roads today as you pedal west to Ragusa. Stop and visit an olive oil press to learn about the local olives, the local farmers, and the business of making olive oil. From there you’ll continue to Ragusa which, like Noto, was rebuilt in the 17th century after the massive earthquake. Uniquely though, Ragusa was not moved to a new site. The result is a new baroque town on a ridge top next to the ancient town clinging to a narrow ridge and the valley below.

Distance: 60km (38mi) | Gain: 1002m (3287ft) | Terrain | Day level: 3.5

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Antico Convento dei Cappuccini , Giardino sul Duomo , Neropece Suites

The timeless landscape of southeast Sicily comes to life today as you pedal ridges and hills toward the famous archaeological sites of Cava d’Ispica, a narrow gorge filled with grottoes which were used since Neolithic times for lodging. Enjoy a picnic lunch near a unique water mill built in a cave before continuing on to the delightful town of Scicli. Scicli is the set for the TV film series Inspector Montalbano, based on the fictional town of Vigáta. Tourism to the area has boomed thanks to this popular TV series although a walk through town will highlight much more than a mere TV set!
The Sept 30 departure will stay at San Giorgio Modica Hotel

Distance: 72km (45mi) | Gain: 746m (2447ft) | Terrain | Day level: 3.0

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Novecento , San Giorgio Modica Hotel

We’ll mark two loop rides today to nearby Modica and to the seaside at Donnalucata. Donnalucata is the site of a decisive battle in 1091 between the Normans and the moors. It was also central to the allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943. It also offers a chance for a little beach time for those so inclined. Modica is another town rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693 but, as it sits astride the Modica River, it also suffered from devastating floods at the beginning of the 19th century. Modica is also famous for retaining the original Aztec recipe for chocolate imported by the Spaniards in the 16th century. We’ll enjoy a special visit and tasting at the Bonajuto chocolate shop which touts six generations of artisan confectioners.
The Sept 30 departure will stay at San Giorgio Modica Hotel

Distance: 60km (38mi) | Gain: 932m (3057ft) | Terrain | Day level: 4.0

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Hotel Novecento , San Giorgio Modica Hotel

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 will have dinner together this evening.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Colleverde Park Hotel

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: 72km (45mi) | Gain: 1016m (3332ft) | Terrain | Day level: 4.0

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Domus Maris

Today you’ll enjoy a gorgeous and challenging ride (or shuttle in the van) to Caltabellotta where you’ll feast on 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 (39mi) | Gain: 986m (3234ft) | Terrain | Day level: 4.0

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging : Il Vigneto

Enjoy a 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. Tonight we’ll enjoy a special dinner in a local winery, wine tasting and visit.

Distance: 60km (38mi) | Gain: 630m (2066ft) | Terrain | Day level: 3.0

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : Il Vigneto

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: 75km (47mi) | Gain: 415m (1361ft) | Terrain | Day level: 2.5

Meals : Breakfast
Lodging : Hotel Carmine

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. The September 30 – Grand Cycling Tour of Sicily (October 7 – Southwestern Sicily’s Ancient Mediterranean Cities) departure will stay at the Hotel San Michele. All other departures will stay at the Residence La Gancia.

Distance: 79km (49mi) | Gain: 1123m (3683ft) | Terrain | Day level: 5.0

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging : La Gancia , Hotel San Michele

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!

Meals : Breakfast

Visit our Tour Level page to learn more about terrain levels and how we dermine day and tour levels.

Dates & prices

Date Price Private room fee Note
Sep 16-29, 2023 USD$5995 USD$650 Departure confirmed!
Sep 30-Oct 13, 2023 USD$5995 USD$650 Departure confirmed! Sold out. Wait list available.
May 4-17, 2024 USD$5995 USD$650
Sep 14-27, 2024 USD$5995 USD$650
Sep 28-Oct 11, 2024 USD$5995 USD$650


Arrival & departure



  • It was an excellent trip. Sicily is beautiful and the tour leaders were outstanding!

    Gordon T. Calgary, Canada
  • What was your favorite experience on this trip? Hard to choose from so many wonderful memories. Arriving on a hilltop for a beautiful, fresh Sicilian lunch, a cool dip in a pool. I am so ready to sign up for another ExperiencePlus! tour. It was first class, a trip to remember for a lifetime, thanks to your tour leaders and the caliber of service and accommodation/meals.

    Kathy R., Richmond, BC
  • The food, scenery and history were absolutely unbeatable. The guides were fantastic and we would definitely highly recommend Sicily as a cycling destination. Keep up the fantastic work.

    Brian G., Calgary, Canada