Biking in Sicily
Biking in Sicily

Biking in Sicily

7 nights

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

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!

Highlights of the Biking in Sicily

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.

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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
Distance: None
Meals: Dinner

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
Distance: 25 km, 20 m of ascent, 20 m of descent
Meals: Breakfast

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
Distance: 36 km, 600 m of ascent, 600 m of descent
Meals: 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
Distance: 30 km, 300 m of ascent, 800 m of descent
Meals: 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
Distance: 50 km, 200 m of ascent, 1,400 m of descent
Meals: 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
Distance: 35 km, 800 m of ascent, 650 m of descent
Meals: 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
Distance: 16 km (hiking), 1,000 m of ascent, 1,000 m of descent
Meals: 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: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Biking in Sicily Tour Price and Dates

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

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

Private Guided Biking in Sicily Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 2-3: €1,895 EUR per person
  • Guided Groups of 4-5: €1,375 EUR per person
  • Guided Groups of 6-8: €1,225 EUR per person
  • Guided Groups of 9+: Prices on request
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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 €155 EUR to have a private room in a hotel while traveling with your group. Please note that single rooms are not available in chalets.

Hotels on Standard Tour

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.

What’s included in the Biking in Sicily Tour?

Meals

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

Accommodations

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: €100 EUR

Frequently Asked Questions about Biking in Sicily

Mediterranea Trekking

Since 2005, Mediterranea Trekking has offered excellent trekking, biking, and sailing tours in Sicily. The tour operator employs an experienced team of licensed and professional guides. Mediterranea Trekking maintains sustainable practices to lessen its impact on the environment and provide guests with an eco-friendly experience. 

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Is this tour for me?

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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