Cycle Sicily's South7 Days & 6 Nights 4.4 Read 19 reviews
- Cycle the UNESCO protected ’Val di Noto’ of south eastern Sicily
- Explore the Baroque cities of Noto, Syracuse and Modica
- Relax waterside in the ancient Arabic fishing port of Marzamemi
- Ride along the coast from the Mediterranean to the Ionian sea
- Dine on the Sicilian specialty of arancini, stuffed rice balls
What To Expect
Slower Adventures | Where walking and cycling meet easy-going exploring, our Slower Adventures are the perfect combination. Most days are filled with picturesque journeys with some free time to dive into the destination and experience the people, local food and culture as you go.
Leisure Cycling | Leisure Cycling
This trip is suitable for:
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 5 Years
Ideal if you have an interest in:
This cycling route follows a combination of quiet country roads, stretches of rolling terrain and busier routes when approaching and departing towns and cities. Please always be mindful of other road users at all times, especially when cycling on routes shared with traffic. The tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps, along with GPX tracks, make the route easy to follow on our Macs Adventure Smartphone Navigation App.
Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.
Accommodation InformationDuring this trip you will spend 5 nights in 3* and 4* hotels and 1 night in an agriturismo. We regularly use the following properties but will accommodate you in a hotel of equal standard should any of the following hotels be unavailable. Each stay at the listed accommodation is based on a standard room.
Included are 6 breakfasts. Breakfast usually consists of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yogurts, cheeses, meats and granola. Italian breakfasts also include a selection of fresh cakes too. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking.
Lunches and dinners are not included. Your route notes will suggest a number of local places to dine and of course, being in Italy means you're never too far from a bowl of freshly folded pasta.
If you're travelling with friends or family but prefer your own room, single rooms are subject to availability and a supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists.
- 1 night 4* hotel, 4 night 3* hotels, 1 night Agriturismo
- 6 Breakfasts
- Transfer from Catania to Palazzolo Acreide on day 1
- Baggage transfer
- Detailed information pack, route notes and access to our navigation App
- 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
- Travel to Catania / from Syracuse
- Bike hire (optional upgrade to e-bike hire)
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Personal equipment
- Travel insurance (required)
- Additional nights along the route
- Bike hire
- E-bike hire
- Departure transfers
When To Go
This trip is available to start on any day from March to November. We recommend contacting us as soon as possible if you are considering a departure during the peak season of May-June and September. Always make sure to carry plenty of water to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen and a sunhat on hot days. The springs months of April, May and June offer warm sunshine, fewer crowds, and pleasant cycling conditions. May is when most wildflowers are coming into bloom. The autumn months of September, October and November are also a favourable time of year, boasting cooler weather and a striking landscape made up of autumnal colours. It's worth noting that the later in the year you choose to travel the higher the likelihood of rain. Also come late October through November some local shops, and restaurants may have reduced opening times or have closed for the winter. July and August are good months to go but can be very hot for cycling and therefore aren’t best suited for everyone. You will have to start early to miss the heat of the day and carry a lot of water (additional weight) with you. Although the towns and villages are buzzing at this time of year which is great to see.
Getting to the Start
Catania Airport has excellent connections across Europe. On arrival at Catania Airport, a private transfer is included in your tour and will take you to your first night's accommodation in Palazzolo Acreide. If you would prefer to have an extra night in Catania and/or be transferred from Catania city centre to Palazzolo Acreide, please let us know at the time of booking.
For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site www.rome2rio.com
Getting from the End
Syracuse does not have an airport. There is a regular train service from Syracuse Central to Catania Central with a journey time of just over an hour. If you would prefer a private transfer from Syracuse to Catania, this can be easily arranged and can be added to your booking at any time.
For train times and information, please check Tren Italia
Baggage TransferBaggage transfers are included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20 kg). If you require excess baggage allowance do contact us prior to travel.
All bike tours are unescorted. The distances listed are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, cycle clothing and personal medications etc.
21 speed touring bikes are available for hire. Rental bikes come equipped with a basic repair kit, pump and a helmet (though we recommend using your own). Male and female frames are available. If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride.
EBikes are also available for hire if you would like a power assisted ride. For more information on EBikes please click here.
If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip such as a Scott Sub, Trek 7200 or similar.
If you do intend to bring your own bike, please do let us know at the time book as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large bike cases/boxes.
If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride, along with any other specific requests you may have. We’re always happy to answer any questions regarding hire bikes.
If you would to bring your own road bike please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.
This trip is graded easy to moderate with daily distances of 35 km— 60km. You will encounter some stretches of shallow hills, but these usually don't last for too long. It's a good idea to get out on your bike for a couple of consecutive days in the lead-up to your holiday so you get used to riding back-to-back days. However, it’s not all cycling. Each day there are plenty of opportunities to stop and sample local foods and explore the rich history of this region.
We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this region is extremely popular especially May to June and September.
Of course! We understand the relationship between rider and bike and know many cyclists would never consider riding another steed. If you are unsure, we are happy to discuss bike hire options with you.
March and April offer fresh days, cooler evenings and are generally much quieter in the cities. Into May and September the days are warm, with the Po Plains in full bloom (May only) and piazzas buzz with life. During June, July and August you may encounter one of the regions many music festivals in the bustling piazzas. During these months days are gloriously long and hot so you may decide to cycle earlier in the day and take an extra long lunch to savour the local foods and avoid the midday heat!