Individual cycle tour "Sport"
7-day self-guided raod bike tour through the south of Sicily

www.radverleih.sizilien-rad.de You ride on on your own and discover undiscovered Sicily - we do the reservation of the hotels and organize the baggage transport.
An itineray on this mythical Sicily, between archeological sites and baroque architecture. You will explore the south-east coastline as well as the Erei mountains and the Val di Noto which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Along the trip you will discover beautiful towns like Caltagirone, famous for the handicraft ceramics, the baroque cities of Palazzolo Acreide, Modica, Scicli, Ragusa Ibla and Noto. Piazza Armerina, known for the mosaiques of the Roman Villa del Casale, and Syracuse, one of the capital of the Greek colonies of the Magna Grecia. Along the cost you will see the bird and wildlife sanctuary "Oasi di Vendicari", the fisherman village Marzamemi, the islands of "Capo Passero" and "Isola delle Correnti".

    Cycling the South of Sicily:

Villa Casale
Villa Casale - Piazza Armerina
Ragusa Ibla
Ragusa Ibla - UNESCO World Heritage
Monti Iblei
Landscape of Monti Iblei
Città di Modica
Modica - UNESCO World Heritage
Città di Noto
Noto - UNESCO World Heritage
Day 1: Caltagirone
Individual arrival at Caltagirone, handover of the information material and introduction of the tour.

Day 2: Circular stage (95 km)
After departure from Caltagirone you cycle along streets with low traffic until you arrive at Piazza Armerina. Possibility to visit the Roman la Villa del Casale, discovered only in 1950, a unique example of roman pavement decorations of multicoloured mosaics. After the visit you will return to Caltagirone.

Day 3: Caltagirone - Palazzolo Acreide (85 km)
Todays itinerary is various and interesting, from both a historical as well as natural point of view. The first stop is Vizzini, a small town in which the writer Giovanni Verga let some of his novels take place. From Vizzini you continue to the Iblei plateau with its deep canyons which are called "cave" in this area. One of the most interesting canyons is the Valle dell'Anapo which is surrounded by the villages Ferla, Cassaro and Palazzolo Acreide. This stage is characterized by a continuous up and down on exciting back roads

Day 4: Palazzolo Acreide - Modica (65 km)
After visiting the historical center of Palazzolo Acreide you ride through the beautiful territory of the Monti Iblei, a unique landscape, where rugged and wild areas alternate with pleasant green scenery, characterized by the typical stonewalls. This rather short stage allows you also to visit one of the architectonical jewels of the area, Ragusa Ibla.

Day 5: Modica -Noto ( 98 km)
Today's stage is quite easy. After you start slightly downhill in a beautiful Iblei Canyon you arrive in Scicli. Following a visit of the center you continue to the southcoast until you arrive at the Isola delle Correnti, which marks the watershed between the Ionian and the Mediterranean Sea. Then, continuing to Portopalo di Capo Passero, the southernmost city of Sicily, you pass the ancient fishing village Marzamemi and the wildlife sancutary of Vendicari, a wonderful and untouched coast-section full of interesting plants and rare birds. After this experience you will continue to the most famous baroque town, Noto.

Day 6: Noto - Siracusa (75 km) You start uphill to San Corrado and arrive in Noto Antica, on the Monte Alveria. From Noto antica you will ride until you arrive at the vista point of the nature reserve Cava Grande del Cassibile (505 mt.), interesting also for the archeological remains. The landscape is dominated by the deepest European canyon (300 mt.) and its steep walls. Return to the coast and continue in north direction to Syracuse.

Day 7: Visit of the historical center of Syracuse
Visit of the fascinating Island of Ortigia, the historical and cultural centre of the city. The Old Town of Siracusa inspires immediately with more than 3000 years of history and archaeological evidence of practically all great civilizations of the Mediterranean.

Day 8: Individual departure
Individual departure or extension with additional days

    Service, rates & touring dates:

Plaia Grande
Plaia Grande - Sicily south coast
less frequented roads
fisherman village Marzamemi
Syracuse - UNESCO World Heritage
Tour characteristics: The route follows mainly less frequented secondary roads. The tour is made for sporting people who want's climb up to 1000 m every day.

Cycle tour for individuals:
Every saturday from February 1st to November 1st 2014

Rate per person 2014
Base package in DBL € 650
single room suppl. € 170
high season suppl. (July/August) € 90
suppl. tour with single participant € 100
extra night Syracuse or Caltagirone € 45
sgl room suppl. extra night Syracuse € 15
sgl room suppl. extra night Caltagirone € 20

The rate includes:
7 nights with breakfast in 3-4* star-hotel
   (high quality Bed and Breakfast only in Caltagirone)
information material
assistance by telephone (if nessesery)
detailed maps and roadbook with detailed description of the route
luggage transportation

The Rate does not include:
transfers from/to Catania
lunch and dinners
entrance fees at museums and archaeological sites

Individual transfer per person:
Airport Catania -Caltagirone € 40
Syracuse - Airport Catania € 35

Bike rental:
110 € race bike with Shimano 105 group
85 € trekking bike

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