(5 reviews)
Self-guided  Original tour
Cycling

Italy

Sicily

Limes and Legends of the South

from 670 €

8 Days / 7 Nights, 3* hotels, B&B and agriturismo

Web code IT028

  • Info

    Tour type

    Self-guided

     

    Departures

    SA 21.03 - 6.06 and 22.08 - 17.10.2020

    Special departure dates for at least 5 people.

     

    Price per person

    670 € in double room, 3* hotels, B&B and agriturismo

     

    Included

    • 7 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast (except the breakfast in Siracusa)
    • App including maps, points of interest and GPS tracks
    • Digital tour information
    • Transfer from Caltagirone to Piazza Armerina and from Comiso to Modica
    • Luggage transportation
    • Hotline service


    Not included

    • Local taxes (approx 10 €)
    • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”


    Supplements per person
    190 € single room

    Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
    50/70 € in Caltagirone
    50/75 € in Siracusa

    60 € transfer Catania-Caltagirone
    70 € transfer Siracusa-Catania
    Transfers have to be requested when booking the tour (at least 2 people)

    Girolibero rental bikes:
    85 € Touring bike

    Reductions
    100 € 3rd person in room

  • Day by Day

    1. Caltagirone
    Individual arrival. Caltagirone is one of the Baroque towns of the famous Val di Noto, a UNESCO world heritage site.
     
    2. Caltagirone – Piazza Armerina – Caltagirone (35 km)
    In the morning a transfer will bring you to Piazza Armerina with its Villa Romana del Casale, 5 km southwest of the town. First excavated in 1950, it was probably a hunting lodge and summer residence and is decorated with multicoloured mosaic floors that are unique throughout the Roman world in their quality and extension. After the visit you’ll cycle back to Caltagirone.

    3. Caltagirone – Modica (50 km by bike + 40 km transfer)
    From Caltagirone you start cycling southwards until you reach Comiso, where a transfer will bring you to Modica. The upper town is watched over by the magnificent 18th century façade of the church of San Giorgio.

    4. Modica – Pozzallo (35 km)
    Before leaving Modica don’t miss the famous spicy chocolate! From Modica you will gradually descend alongside the characteristic caves of the Iblei mountains to Scicli, totally rebuilt in the Baroque style after the earthquake of 1693. Continue onwards through the marine centre of Pozzallo.
     
    5. Pozzallo – Marzamemi (55 km)
    This day of cycling on an almost completely flat course will bring you to Portopalo di Capo Passero, continental Europe’s southernmost point. Before arriving to Marzamemi, the beautiful island of Correnti marks the meeting point of the Ionian and Mediterranean seas.

    6. Marzamemi – Noto (20 km)
    The route takes a turn to the north passing through the relatively untouched and pristine natural reserve of Vendicari, where you can relish the beauty of the countryside. The trip continues north, ending in the city of Noto, considered to be the finest Baroque town in Sicily. Completely devastated in the earthquake of 1693, the city was rebuilt in the style of that time with beautiful honey-coloured stone buildings, ornate churches and monuments surrounding attractive piazzas.

    7. Noto – Siracusa (40 km)
    Heading north, the route continues towards Siracusa, the most important Sicilian town in Ancient Greece and home to Archimedes. With the Island of Ortigia in the background, the centre of Siracusa is a wonderful example of ancient city

    8. Siracusa
    Departure.

    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.

     

  • Route profile

    Total length: 235 km
    Total vertical up: 1,670 mt
    Terrain: 100% tarmac
    Train connection among the overnight stays: NO
    Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: NO

    The itinerary develops on low traffic side roads except for the short part entering Siracusa. Most of the stretches are on lowlands with some slightly hilly passages. This tour is however suggested to people with a minimum of bike practice.

    Leisure to Moderate: some days the itinerary will be flat, others it will present some hills. Suitable for everyone in good physical condition and with some cycling experience.

     

  • How to get there

    Caltagirone is connected with the following airport:
    Catania: 70 Km.

     

    TRAINS
    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website: www.trenitalia.com.

     

  • Accommodation and meals

     

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

    You will be accommodated in 3* hotels, B&B and “agriturismo” (holiday farms).

    All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:

    • double room is a room with one double bed
    • twin room is a room with two single beds
    • triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.



  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero’s Touring bikes 27-gear Shimano Deore are available in different sizes and frames.

    Features:

    • aluminium frame
    • mudguard
    • rear rack
    • comfort gel saddle
    • anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    • ergonomic bicycle grips
    • Speed Lifter system


    Accessories
    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer  
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
    • 1 combination bike lock


    We recommend that you bring with you a cycling helmet and a water bottle.

     

     

  • Accompanying material

    Before your arrival, you will receive an email from us with the digital information material. It contains:

    1. Link to download the App including maps, points of interest and GPS tracks (you can use the App offline, too)

    2. Link to download the tour information material in Pdf:

    • Tour notes
    • Final tour details
    • Girolibero Greens booklets:

    a) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you will visit.
    b) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

    3. Digital travel documents:

    • Final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    • Hotel vouchers to show to the hotel reception upon arrival
    • Transfer voucher Caltagirone-Piazza Armerina and Comiso-Modica
    • Luggage labels: please print them, fill them out and attach them on each piece of luggage to be transported


    Please check all documents thoroughly and let us know if anything is missing.

     

  • 5 Client reviews
    • James Michael

      Departure 21-28 September 2019

      Online from 07 October 2019

      We had a great time cycling through Sicily!
    • Fabio

      Departure 31 August - 07 September 2019

      Online from 13 September 2019

      È stata la mia prima esperienza con Girolibero, ottima sotto tutti i punti di vista. Organizzazione, percorso, bici, assistenza.
      E che dire su quella parte di Sicilia visitata? Era la mia prima volta nell'isola, rimpiango solo di non esserci stato prima!
      Belli i luoghi, ottima l'accoglienza e la cordialità delle persone incontrate. E una cucina da leccarsi i baffi!!!!!
    • Niels

      Departure 01-08 June 2019

      Online from 17 June 2019

      New experience for four out of the six in our group. They were very satiesfied with the week.
    • Gabriella

      Departure 25 May - 01 June 2019

      Online from 14 June 2019

      Caro Girolibero,
      siamo molto soddisfatte della nostra settimana in bicicletta in Sicilia, "Val di Noto".
      L'itinerario è studiato in modo approfondito e ben elaborato per chi intende "pedalare" ma contemporaneamente visitare questa parte della Sicilia ricca di storia, valori architettonici e archeologici in particolare la Villa del Casale e le città barocche patrimonio Unesco.

      Anche il paesaggio lungo il tragitto è variato e quando si raggiunge la costa una vera sorpresa.

      Unico neo: il pattume sparso ai bordi delle strade specialmente nella zona Riserva di Santo Pietro / Acate: un vero peccato. (Magari una segnalazione a chi di dovere da parte della vostra agenzia potrebbe rivelarsi utile).
      Il road-book è dettagliato e esaustivo.
      Segnaliamo che, a nostro modo di vedere, non è un percorso adatto a chi intraprende per la prima volta questo tipo di vacanza; le strade, seppure in gran parte con poco traffico, non sono mai delle vere "ciclabili".

      Inoltre, se non si è provvisti di GPS, la segnaletica agli incroci e alle rotonde non è sempre di facile interpretazione.

      Accoglienza e trattamento nelle strutture (hotel, B&B e agriturismo) è sempre stata gradevole, le camere pulite e confortevoli, personale gentile e disponibile.

      Un po' di delusione quando abbiamo capito che non avremmo trascorso la notte a Marzamemi, ma relegate nell'agriturismo, troppo lontano dall'abitato
      perciò senza più aver la possibilità di uscire la sera.

      Grazie alla vostra organizzazione.
    • Pierterenzio

      Departure 20-27 August 2016

      Online from 12 September 2016

      Il viaggio ha soddisfatto le aspettative . Ci sono piaciuti di più i luoghi visitati e le tappe che i percorsi in bici. Alcuni nei, quali una giornata di caldo (la prima) ed il traffico sulle strade sono "colpa nostra" visto che abbiamo scelto un periodo da voi sconsigliato e non previsto.
      Nel materiale inviato c'era scritto (e quindi avrei dovuto guardare meglio!) ma avrei gradito una maggiore evidenza che l'agriturismo del 4 tappa non era quello scritto nel roadbook.
      Bici ottime. Soggiorni ok.
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