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Sicily 2024 – The Island of the Sun (May 11th or Aug 31st)

TOUR 2024
From€2,900
August 31, 2024
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What if it rains?

In case of bad weather, the decision to confirm the program or not is always up to the guide. They will inform the guests of the possible changes the evening before the tour. In the morning, the guide will make their decision by evaluating if there are adequate weather conditions to ride safely without excessive risks.

If the tour cannot be taken, H&B will propose its guests some excursions, for some of which an additional extra cost may be required.

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Discover the Tour Day-by-Day

DAY 1: Saturday - Meeting and Tour Setup.Benvenuti in Sicily!

The meeting is at Catania Fontanarossa airport in the morning. Luggage on board the VAN to transfer to Linguaglossa, a town at the foot of Mount Etna, which we reach in less than an hour. Our first ride together is a short and easy one. Without straying far from our hotel, we pedal unhurriedly and check that your bike is in perfect order and your riding position adjusted to your usual needs. If something is not right we have time to fix it and we are here to help you.

Overnight at the Picciolo Golf Club.  

DAY 2: Sunday - Taormina e Savoca.80km | 1350m D+

The first stage of our Sicilian tour takes us straight to the sea and the beautiful Taormina.

A visit to the town from whose square we enjoy a breathtaking view. A granita or an ice cream are mandatory.

We pedal for a few kilometers northwards, then with a gentle climb we reach Savoca, a magnificent village where the film The Godfather was shot. From here on it is all ups and downs on deserted roads through small villages that seem timeless.

Overnight at the Picciolo Golf Club.

DAY 3: Monday - Randazzo Wineyards.60km | 1130m D+

Today’s route immediately takes us to two of Italy’s most beautiful villages: Castiglione and Francavilla di Sicilia.

A few kilometers on a road through the vineyards that runs along the Alcantara river, and then a bend to the right to climb up to Roccella Valdemone, where every bend gives us beautiful views of the valley. Then downhill, quickly to Randazzo and continue until we return to the hotel

Overnight at the Picciolo Golf Club.

DAY 4: Tuesday - Etna challenge.65km | 1710m D+

In the world of professional cycling, today’s stage would be called ‘il tappone’.

Today, in fact, we face the Etna, climbing one of the slopes often chosen for Giro d’Italia finishes. But first, we pedal relaxed for about 40 kilometres through the Sicilian countryside.

At Randazzo, after a cappuccino, we take the route back to the Strada Regionale Mare-Neve, the junction where our challenge to Etna begins. 15 kilometres of real climbing, at times gentle, at times hard; 1000 metres of altitude difference, which each of us will cover at the average speed we prefer.

At the top we all meet at the bar. Weather permitting, we cycle back to the hotel.

Overnight at the Picciolo Golf Club.

DAY 5: Wednesday - Rest day and transfer to Noto.... Zzz ...

Yesterday’s climb to Etna certainly left some toxins in our legs, and for this reason today will be a well-deserved rest day, which, after a good breakfast, we use to move to the southern part of the island.

Once we have reached our destination and assigned the hotel rooms, a good fish lunch awaits us in a seaside restaurant. In the afternoon, visit of the historic center of the wonderful baroque city of Noto, to admire its squares, churches and palaces.

Overnight at Relais Terre di Romanello.

 

DAY 6: Thursday - Avola and Marzamemi square.95km | 1150m D+

The fourth stage of the Giro begins immediately uphill.

We take provincial road 74 right in front of our hotel and with a gentle but continuous climb, which gives us beautiful views and panoramas, we reach Testa dell’Acqua. 600 meters above sea level. A few more kilometers in the middle of the countryside and we are in Avola, after an exciting fast serpentine.

We head south and reach the famous little square of Marzamemi to have lunch by the sea. We return to the hotel pedaling along deserted roads in the Sicilian countryside.

Overnight at Relais Terre di Romanello.

DAY 7: Friday - Syracuse.90km | 950m D+

The last route of our Sicilian tour takes us to Syracuse.

We leave Noto and ride  a long stretch of State Road 271 through extensive vegetable, olives and citrus groves. The road, also free of car traffic, climbs steadily but never extremely challenging, and allows us to breathe in some flat stretches.

Having arrived at Canicattini, which is about 5oo meters above sea level, we begin the long descent that will take us to Syracuse. We enter this city rich in history and splendid views of the sea.

After a break, we continue towards Fontane Bianche and Avola, and finally Noto, for the last few kilometers of cycling together, and also the last ice cream.

Overnight at Relais Terre di Romanello.

DAY 8: Saturday - End of Tour.Goodbye Sicily!

It’s our last day and after breakfast we say goodbye, hoping to see you soon to ride together again.

If you have requested it, our staff will take care of the transfer to the airport.

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    PRICES & SERVICES

    Max group size: 6 persons
    2.900.00 / pp
    WHAT'S INCLUDED
    • Pick up from and to Catania Fontanarossa airport.
    • All lodging (8 days - 7 nights) in double room.
    • All breakfasts and dinners.
    • Use of hotel facilities.
    • Bike rental.
    • Short-sleeved cycling jersey.
    • VAN assistance following the cyclists.
    • Bottles of water, gels and energy bars.


    NOT INCLUDED
    • Alcoholic beverage.
    • Any other extras ordered by the guest at the hotel or during the bike riding tour.


    OPTIONALS
    • Possibility for additional nights, early or after the cycling week.
    • Some excursions (organized by H&B in case the bike tour is not carried out due to bad weather conditions) may involve additional costs.
     
     
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