Described as the Mediterranean’s most alluring island with sweeping olive-strewn landscapes, starkly beautiful Greek temples and Byzantine mosaics, this island in the sun offers outstanding food and culture and interesting cycling routes. Our itinerary includes overnight stops in Ragusa, Noto, and Syracusa, staying in charming and authentic lodging. Be prepared for some climbing and the reward of sweeping descents, along coastlines and through villages that throw out the welcome to visitors, especially those on bikes. Need inspiration? Read Francine Prose NY Time article; Enthralled by Sicily, Again.
Vizzini, Province of Catania, Italy
Ragusa, Province of Ragusa, Italy
Modica (Luxe version)
Modica, Free municipal consortium of Ragusa, Sicily, Italy
Noto, Province of Syracuse, Italy
Siracusa, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, Italy
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
8 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Cooking class is optional if interested
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits
Custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.
ARRIVE / DEPART
Classic Accommodation: US $2,250
Single Supplement: US $560
Luxe Accommodation: US $2,700
Single Supplement: US $675
Arrive to your hotel, check-in anytime after lunch and meet your bikes. Ride a loop day from your hotel, with time to stop in the village of Vizzini, considered one of the oldest cities in Sicily, ruled in the middle ages by aristocratic families and today a vibrant village with restaurants and cafes to enjoy. Enjoy a swim in the large swimming pool and then dinner at the superb restaurant on site.
Ride Distance: 40 km; 700 m gain*
Vizzini loop to Grammichele & Caltagirone
Today, set off for the nearby village of Grammichele, which was heavily damaged in an earthquake in 1693 and redesigned and rebuilt. A longer option reaches Caltagirone, famous for ceramics. On the return route, stop in the village of Mineo for a late afternoon refreshment before reaching your hotel.
Ride Distance: 44 km; 530 m or 80 km; 1400 m or 100 km; 1800 m*
Vizzini to Ragusa
Ride from Vizzini south to Licodia Eubea, Lake Dirillo and Villagio Gulfi (with its winery) towards the town of Ragusa. In Donnafugata, admire the 17th century castle here and then make your way to a comfortable hotel located peacefully in the countryside.
Ride Distance: 70 km; 1170 m*
Ragusa loop to Donnalucata and Scili
Leaving Ragusa, cycle towards the coast and the charming village and splendid beaches of Donnalucata. On the return ride, stop for lunch in Scicli, a Unesco-listed Baroque town with abandoned cave settlements. Enjoy a walk in the historic centre of Ragusa Ibla, followed by dinner in one of the many excellent restaurants.
Ride Distance: 61 km; 1000 m gain*
Ragusa loop to Donnalucata and Scili to Modica
Leaving Ragusa, cycle towards the coast and the charming village and splendid beaches of Donnalucata. Stop for a gelato at what we believe to be the best on Sicily. On the return ride, stop for lunch in Scicli, a Unesco-listed Baroque town with abandoned cave settlements and boasting beautiful Baroque. Arrive to Modica, another Unesco-listed site and a splendid village to explore and visit. There are lots of great options for dinner here so you can choose to dine where you please – the restaurant at the hotel, Locanda del Colonello is a great option. For desert we do recommend you taste the famous chocolate at a favourite artisan shop for desert. Buon appetito.
Ride Distance: 42 km; 600 m gain. Longer options available.*
Ragusa to Noto
Start this day riding to Modica, another Unesco-listed site to explore the town and taste the famous chocolate at a favourite artisan shop. Cross the interior of Sicily on roads lined with orchards and farms. Arrive to our hotel, an upscale agriturismo. Take a swim, and relax prior to dinner.
Ride Distance: 70 km; 1250 m gain*
Modica to Noto
Ride across the interior of Sicily on roads lined with orchards and farms passing through the ancient city of Noto Antica. Our Luxe trip stays in Noto, at the Gagliardi Boutique Hotel, with its beautiful terrace overlooking the historic centre of Noto, described by many as their favourite hill-town in Sicily including Conde Naste Traveler: “In contrast to big European cities during the summer, this region of southern Italy has all the history of Rome along with the small-town breezy seaside charm of the Cinque Terre.” Stop in at Caffe Sicilia, founded in 1892, and now famous since Netflix featured the self-effacing Assenza in its Chef’s Table series. His exquisite granita, ice-cream and pastries all proudly showcase local ingredients and producers – almonds from Avola, lemons from Noto and pistachios from Bronte on the slopes of Etna. We recommend to enjoy dinner at Manna, a superb restaurant that designer Gordon Guillaumier converted from the former cellars of the historic Palazzo Nicolaci.
Ride Distance: 70 km; 1250 m gain*
Noto loop to Marzamemi
On today’s loop ride, cycle south towards the coast to some of the most secluded sandy beaches not just in Sicily but in all of Italy. Visit the sea-side village of Marzamemi. Take a swim, enjoy lunch at the atmospheric Traverna La Cialoma, or if you prefer to sun-bathe at an exclusive beach, head to Agua Beach Resort and then ride through the National Park Vindicari. Back in Noto, we’ll celebrate with another extraordinary dinner at an acclaimed restaurant.
Ride Distance: 48 km; 800 m gain or 79 km; 845 m gain*
Noto loop to Palazzo Acreide
Ride a loop to the Unesco World Heritage city of Palazzo Acreide, which was first inhabited in the 10th century. Among the towns of the Val I Noto that were rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake, they represent a considerable collective undertaking, successfully carried out at a high level of architectural and artistic achievement. Keeping within the Baroque style of the day, they also depict distinctive innovations in town planning and urban building. The longer ride provides an opportunity to dine at Osteria U Locale, a popular local restaurant in Buccheri.
Ride Distance: 44 km; 530 m; 80 km; 1400 m or 100 km; 1800 m gain*
After a leisurely morning, we transfer you to Syracusa with time to explore the city and, with a local guide, spend ½ day exploring the ancient ruins. There are superb restaurants in this town and we provide our top recommendations for you to choose.
Depart to Catania or Siracuse.
This charming property is just outside the village of Buccheri and has been a farm producing organic olive oil. Food is a passion here and you will enjoy wonderful cuisine in the restaurant. There is a wellness centre with Turkish bath and heated swimming pool. There are lounges and a wine bar.
San Giorgio Palace is a lovely boutique hotel in Ragusa Ibla. Its modern design sparkles in the old stones of the original architecture. It is located in really nice part of Ragusa, and from there we can enjoy a panoramic view of Santa Domenica Valley.
This top-rated charming hotel boasts comfortable rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool, and on-site massage. Located 15 km from Ragusa, close enough to taxi in for dinner and to visit. *Should you wish to stay in Ragusa Ibla historic center, you have the option to stay at San Gorgio Palace instead.
Translated as Farmhouse of Olives, this 19th century farmhouse is built around a baglio (courtyard) with an olive tree providing shade. The guest rooms are in new buildings and have high beamed ceilings and rustic touches. There is a large infinity swimming pool.
Located on the sea in Siracusa historic district, this hotel occupies two 19th century buildings, just a 4 minute walk to the Temple of Apollo. Recommended by New York Times, Conde Naste Traveler, Telegraph and others.
This property is a part-crenellated 16th century Masseria with beautiful grounds and views to Mount Etna. Inside are warm stone walls, white sofas, ecru draperies, rustic stone fireplaces. There is a long elegant swimming pool, floodlit for nighttime swims and an excellent restaurant with classic Sicilian menu.
This property is a 15th century convent-turned-inn of the Nifosi family (antique collector, architect and chef among them).This 5-star hotel boasts an elegant restaurant, outdoor pool and spa, as well as an archaeological site and a private airstrip.
This elegant Baroque townhouse and 4-star hotel boasts an enviable location in the center of Modica, a few meters from the S. George Church and the Castle of the Counts. The guest rooms have frescoed ceilings and rich fabrics. The Michelin -starred restaurant, Locanda del Colonello is an option for dinner.
Housed in an 18th-century palazzo in the heart of exquisite Noto, this boutique hotel is romantic, sophisticated, luxurious and steeped in charm. Boastings a rooftop terrace with views of the Duomo and an attentive, friendly staff, this hotel is a favourite.
Set in a stately townhouse opposite the Mediterranean Sea, this upscale hotel is a 4-minute walk from the Temple of Apollo and a 10-minute walk from the Palazzo Bellomo. The elegant rooms and suites are individually decorated with a mix of antique furniture, hand-woven rugs, wood-beamed ceilings and Sicilian-tile bathrooms. There is an excellent restaurant adjoining.