Trans-Sicily and Mount Etna Bike
• Cycle the uplands of Madonie and Nebrodi, almost all off-road
• Continuous 3100 meter descent from Mount Etna to the Ionian Sea
• Quaint mountain villages and a selection of great rural rides
• Mix of hotel, guesthouse and farmstay - traditional Sicilian hospitality
A mountain biking holiday in the Sicilian ApenninesEnjoy six days of great cycling on dirt roads, farm tracks and forest trails in the uplands of Madonie, Nebrodi and Mount Etna. Stay in traditional farmstay or 'agriturismo', sample local Sicilian food and enjoy warm hospitality.
Holiday facts• Duration: 8 days = 6 days on bike
• 320 kilometres (200 miles), 8100 meter to climb
• 80% off-road, No vehicle support
• Max altitude - 3100 metres
• International group, maximum: 10 people
Tour dates and prices• tour price (*): 975 €
• Single supplement: 135 €
• Departures: 12 May and 6 Oct 2018
(*) The flight to Sicily (Palermo or Catania)and the journey to Cefalù ist not included. The tour starts and ends in Cefalù.
The tour price includes• English speaking tour guide
• Luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
• 7 nights accomodation
• All meals included
• Transfer back to Cefalù
Bike Rentalnot included but avaliable
We start this great mountain biking traverse from the unspoiled town of Cefalu on Sicily's northern coast. Six days of great cycling, on dirt roads, farm tracks and forest trails, then takes us eastwards to Aci Trezza beside the Ionian Sea. We pass through the important reserve areas of the Madonie Mountains and the Nebrodi Mountains, each of them forming a part of the Sicilian Apennines.
Throughout the ride, we regularly have views northwards to the sea and to the scattered Ionian Islands. During the central part of the ride, we use traditional farmstay ('agriturismo') and guesthouse accommodation where we will have the chance to sample 'cucina tipica' local Sicilian food and hospitality. Beyond the forest trails of the Nebrodi Mountains, we make our approach to the ultimate challenge of the trip, Mount Etna.
Approaching via the north side of the mountain, with an overnight at a mountain lodge, we cycle (and hike) as high as our stamina and the prevailing conditions allow - possibly as high as the crater rim on this massive (and still active) volcano. Finally, from a height of 3100 metres, we enjoy a mega-blast back down to sea-level and a celebratory dip in the sea. Sicily offers a wealth of magnificent terrain for mountain bikers and this is, quite simply, the best itinerary on the island!
Questions? Please contact us.