7 days autonomy

Bicycle tour around Etna

Nature, unique landscapes, local cuisine, typical villages, culture, detailed roadbook and luggage transport.

This individual cycling tour, suitable for all, is arranged in collaboration with a sports organization specialising in cycle touring that has been operating for several years in the Etna Park, site of Europe’s tallest and most impressive volcano. During this unique tour, planned down to the smallest details, you will be immersed in unique landscapes, cycling in unspoiled nature, through thick, lush forests and along spectacular black tongues of lava (skiing), the indelible traces of past volcanic activity. You will also enjoy the local cuisine and taste excellent Etna DOC wines from the particularly prosperous agriculture, thanks to the fertility of the volcanic soil.


Programme:

Day 1

Arrival in the village of Nicolosi and explanation of the tour during the welcome dinner at the B&B where you will sleep.

 

Day 2: Nicolosi - Adrano - Bronte (Km. 44)

A visit to the historical centre of Nicolosi and the Norman castle. You will cross the "Saracen Bridge" and the "Forre laviche del Simeto" nature reserve, featuring gorges with walls of up to 15 metres in height, carved out by the river in basalt formed by lava flows. Dinner and overnight stay in a 3-star hotel in Bronte.

 

Day 3: Bronte - Maniace - Randazzo (Km. 40)

The cultivation and production of pistachio is such an important source of income for Bronte that is has been nicknamed the "Green Gold". A visit to the Nelson Castle in Maniace and a stroll along Lake Gurrida should not be missed. The itinerary for the day ends in Randazzo, a medieval town where you will stay in a comfortable hotel in the old town.

 

Day 4: Randazzo - Verzella (Via del Vino) - Gole Alcantara - Giardini Naxos. (Km. 41)

From Randazzo you will take the Verzella wine road across the Pisciaro Pass, an area renowned for its excellent wines, which you can also taste on the premises of a local wine maker. Riding along the fascinating Alcantara River Gorges, you will arrive in the valley for a relaxing stopover near the sea, in the popular tourist resort of Giardini Naxos.

 

Day 5: Giardini Naxos - Taormina - Giardini Naxos (Km. 20)

A day spent exploring the area and visiting the delightful town of Taormina. The Byzantine theatre, with its striking view of Mount Etna and the sea, should not be missed. You can indulge in a little shopping and enjoy a drink on the beautiful scenic terrace. Return to Giardini Naxos for dinner and overnight stay.

 

Day 6: Giardini Naxos - Acireale - Acitrezza (Km. 42)

Riding along the lush "Riviera dei Limoni", you will visit the town of Acireale with its Baroque historical centre and municipal villa. After a ride through the "Timpa” nature reserve that should not be missed, you will reach Acitrezza, the last stage of this unforgettable tour. This ancient fishing village was the setting of the famous novel "I Malavoglia" by the Sicilian novelist Giovanni Verga.

 

Day 7

Just enough time to enjoy a Sicilian granita, a local speciality, and the moment has arrived to say goodbye. Return of the bicycles, check out and ... see you again next time!

Other informations

We recommend sports clothing, cycling shorts, reflective road safety bands, a breathable windbreaker, a rain hat and sunscreen.

Pricing and contacts

Price € 750 per person minimum 2 persons

The tour is available from 01/01 to 24/07 and from 01/09 to 30/11
 

Note: It is not advisable to start the tour on a Saturday as Nelson's Castle in Maniace is closed on Mondays. It should also be noted that the accommodation selected along the route is suggested by the local sports organization with whom we collaborate for this tour.
 

The price includes:

  • Detailed presentation of the tour at the start of the journey
  • 6 nights (5 day’s half board during the stages of Nicolosi, Bronte, Randazzo and Giardini Naxos and 1 night with breakfast only at the Acitrezza hotel, the last leg of the tour).
  • Detailed road directions for bicycles, tourist guides and information material.
  • 24-hour telephone assistance
  • Luggage transport to the next stage of tour


Additional fee for single room from € 140 up to €220 depending on the period


The price does NOT include:

  • Bicycle hire (helmet, spare inner tube, lock and pump) €80 per bike
  • Transport between the first and the last stage of the tour and the airports or railway stations
  • Lunches
  • Drinks during meals
  • Tasting sessions, entrance tickets to museums and tips
  • Personal insurance
  • Administrative booking costs € 25 per dossier
  • Anything that is not expressly mentioned under "the price includes"


Optional Transport:

  • From Catania airport to Nicolosi - € 70
  • From Acireale train station to Nicolosi - € 45
  • From Acitrezza to Catania airport - € 45
  • The prices refer to max. 4 people; for more persons the rates are to be agreed.

 

This program is organized for a stay of 7 days, but it is always possible to extend your trip to the island and choose the date of departure.

Also remember that our true strength is to custom tailor your trip, placing utmost care and attention to your needs and expectations. Time and place of arrival/departure are also flexible.


For more information on this trip, please file the following contact form, or send an e-mail to sicily@tururi.org.

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