Biking in Sicily

Biking in Sicily

Biking in Sicily


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Cycle around the wild and wonderful northeastern Sicily on this biking tour

Discover the rocky, forested, lake-filled landscapes by bike.

Learn about the area’s history with a ride up to an ancient fortress.

Channel Sicilian fairy-tale vibes in the gorges of the Alcantara river.

Dive into exploring the volcanic craters at the top of Mount Etna.

Explore the northeastern part of Sicily on two wheels on this 8-day guided biking tour. This adventurous circuit includes everything from coastline cruises to riding up to the summit of Europe’s largest—and most active—volcano. Get your fill of Sicilian culture and history in the quaint villages each evening and spend your days riding over landscapes that rival your screensaver.

This biking tour starts at the seaside in Messina, from where you’ll ride to the northeastern tip of Sicily. Over the next couple of days, you’ll climb the hills in the area and cruise alongside the gorges of the Alcantara river, getting to know the natural history of the region. The adventure-packed tour ends with an excursion to the peak of Mount Etna, a UNESCO world heritage site. If you’re able to ride up to 50km per day and want a taste of Sicilian countryside (and pizza!), this tour is for you!

Biking in Sicily Itinerary Tour

Day 1 Arrival and Night in Messina

On the first day of this tour, you’ll be met at the Catania airport and transferred to Messina in northern Sicily. You have a free afternoon here to admire the Gothic and mythological features found all over the historical centre. Indulge in some Sicilian pizza tonight to fuel up for tomorrow’s adventure!

Overnight Location
Hotel in Messina

Day 2 Cycle Along the Coast to Torre Faro

After breakfast, get ready to explore the stunning coastline of northern Sicily. Ride along a flat and paved road that hugs the coast until reaching the Capo Peloro reserve comprised of two gorgeous seaside lakes in the town of Ganzirri. Continue on to Torre Faro at the northeastern tip of the island to hop off the bikes and take a beach walk before heading back to Messina for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Messina
25 km, 20 m of ascent, 20 m of descent

Day 3 Climb to Forti Umbertini

Jump back in time as you climb up to visit Forti Umbertini, an ancient fortress built in the 1800s. You’ll get familiar with the hills around Messina as well as its culture on today’s excursion.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Messina
36 km, 600 m of ascent, 600 m of descent
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Ride the Peloritani Ridge

On day 4, take a transfer up to Dinnammare atop the hills of Messina. From there, you’ll ride an ancient military route with panoramic views, Peloritani ridge, which overlooks the sea. The ride starts heading downhill near the end of the excursion, ending up in Fiumedinisi, a quaint town in the heart of a nature reserve. Rest your cycling legs in the transfer to a cozy chalet in Etna for the night.

Overnight Location
Chalet in Northern Etna
30 km, 300 m of ascent, 800 m of descent
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 Cycle Between Sicilian Villages

The (mostly) downhill route today between two villages offers gorgeous views of Sicilian landscapes and passes the river Alcantara. Your group will stop at the Gurne dell’Alcantara to enjoy a packed lunch and bask in the beauty of these idyllic natural pools. After the ride, you can choose to visit the nearby village of Taormina or just head back to the chalet in Etna.

Overnight Location
Chalet in Northern Etna
50 km, 200 m of ascent, 1,400 m of descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Bike Around Etna!

Get ready to ride at new heights on today’s path around Etna. You’ll traverse from the north to the southwest for 35 km at an altitude of 1700 m, stopping for a packed lunch midday. The group will spend the night at a rifugio in southern Etna.

Overnight Location
Refuge at Southern Etna
35 km, 800 m of ascent, 650 m of descent
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Ascend to Mount Etna

Saving the most explosive for last! On mountain bikes, the group will ascend towards the top of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest volcano. Meet up with a volcanologist who will guide you to the summit on foot. Enjoy a packed lunch and take your time admiring the volcanic formations and unprecedented views from the peak of this UNESCO world heritage site. Upon arrival at the base of the volcano, you’ll be transferred to Catania for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Catania
16 km (hiking), 1,000 m of ascent, 1,000 m of descent
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 Farewell

Enjoy breakfast with your group, share your favourite memories of the past week, and pack up. You’ll be transferred to the airport in Catania to catch your plane and rest your legs!

Overnight Location

Biking in Sicily Tour Price and Dates

This guided biking tour in Sicily island is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price depends on the number of people in your group.

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 2: $2,495USD per person

Pricing changes depending on your group size.

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Accommodation on Biking in Sicily Tour

Hotels on this trip are 2- and 3-star, and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Please note, you will spend two nights in a chalet that offers dorm rooms as sleeping accommodation. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $175USD to have a private room in a hotel while traveling with your group. Please note that single rooms are not available in chalets.

B&B Emme in Messina

This charming hotel in central Messina has a welcoming courtyard and cozy rooms. You’re a short walk away from several of the town’s attractions.

Chalet Clan dei Ragazzi in north of Etna

Reconnect with nature in this quaint and woodsy accommodation. Use all your senses to enjoy its tranquil location in a pine forest.

Rifugio Sapienza at Southern Etna

Nestled at the base of Mount Etna, this alpine-style refuge has fantastic views of the surrounding area. Rest easy after your volcano visit.

Hotel Collegiata in Catania

The friendly staff at this hotel can provide some great options for a pleasant stay, as it’s a short walk from several attractions in Catania.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Biking in Sicily Tour?


7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 5 dinners are included.


Accommodations for 7 nights along the tour are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage are included. Airport transfers before and after the tour are included too.

Also Included

  • Bike rental
  • Excursion to top of Etna
  • City taxes
  • Services of guide/driver

Not included

  • Flights to and from Sicily
  • Drinks during the meals
  • Entrance fees to museums and archeological sites
  • Anything not mentioned as “Included”
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance

Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to e-bike: $125USD

Frequenty Asked Questions about Biking in Sicily

How hard is the Biking in Sicily Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be fit enough to cycle up to 50 km daily. It is possible to customize the trip to reduce the difficulty for your group.

Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Biking in Sicily Tour?

7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners are included.

What bike models are being provided during this tour?

This tour provides the rental of X – Caliber 9, X – Caliber 7, or Merlin 7 (woman) bikes. If you decide to upgrade to an e-bike, you will get to ride either Powerfly FS 4 or Powerfly 4 bike.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Catania to start this tour?

You can fly to Catania from almost any city in Italy, as well as several cities in Europe.

Is the Biking in Sicily Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English speaking.

Where does the Biking in Sicily Tour end?

Tour ends where it starts, in Catania.

Can I rent a bike?

There is no need to as the bike rental is already included in the price.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes, definitely. Please make sure the bike is suitable to cycle on rough terrain.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Italy?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Italy?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Italy for this tour?

The best time to travel to Sicily for this biking tour is from April to June and from September to mid-October.


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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. You should be fit enough to cycle up to 50 km daily. It is possible to customize the trip to reduce the difficulty for your group.

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