Sicily Coasts and Ruins Bike Tour

Italy
Road Bike
Self-Guided
Sicily Coasts and Ruins Bike Tour

Sicily Coasts and Ruins Bike Tour

Prices

From $750USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Take a slower-paced ride through the stunning landscapes of Sicily

Ride from the rolling green hills to the inviting blue ocean on this cycling tour of dreamy Sicily.

Explore Greek ruins and the Marsala salt pans, then stop for a wine tasting to taste the best of the region.

Lay on the beach of Favignana Island, a hidden gem away from the busy tourist spots on the coast.

Taste fine Sicilian cuisine, get to know the charming locals, and stay in carefully picked local accommodations.

On the Sicily Coasts and Ruins Bike Tour, you’ll slowly cycle along the western coast of Sicily, appreciating its vivid landscapes and extraordinary history. This region offers a full palette of colours: luminescent white in the salt pans, deep blue skies, emerald waters, and fields full of the greens and yellows. The towns are lively and bustling while the countryside is quiet and peaceful. With shortened riding days through the tour, you have time to linger where you want to, chat with the locals, stop for a delicious meal, taste the wine, swim in the sea… you won’t want to leave once the Sicily Coasts and Ruins Bike Tour ends!

The Sicily Coasts and Ruins Bike Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Marsala

Arrive at the town where Marsala wine comes from and spend the afternoon mingling with the locals as they promenade on marble cobbled streets from one piazza to the next, chatting and admiring the numerous imposing baroque churches.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Marsalas
Distance
22 km
Meals
None

Day 2 Coastal Loop Ride to the Marsala Salt Pans

Head north along the coast to the spectacular Inversa salt flats, a patchwork of shallow coastal lakes lined with ancient windmills and home to many migratory birds and a small salt museum. You’ll spend another night in Marsala after your ride.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Marsalas
Distance
22.7 km, 30m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Bike Ride to Buseto Palizzolo

Leaving the bustling seaside towns behind, head inland, gradually ascending via a succession of pastures and rolling wheat fields. This sparsely populated, vast expanse of beautiful nature dotted with old crumbling farmhouses is a joy to see. Spring is ripe with the lush green wheat that turns bronze yellow in summer then ochre and brown as the fields are plowed. Our destination for the next 2 nights is a small family-run farm serving wonderful home grown and locally sourced Sicilian specialties prepared by the “mamma.”

Overnight Location
Hotel in Buseto Palizzolo
Distance
41.2-52.1 km, 480-620m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 4 Greek Temple of Segesta Loop Ride

Cruise along gently rolling hills to the archeological site of the ancient Elimian town of Segesta, where, perched atop of a hill overlooking a deep canyon, an unusually well preserved 5th century BC Doric temple stands in full glory. A pleasant walk up the hill along a series of buildings dating back to various ages takes you to the ancient Greek theater carved into a natural rock hollow.

Extend the day’s ride to the local hot springs for a dip or return to the farm to relax by the outdoor pool.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Buseto Palizzolo
Distance
15.6-34 km, 120-330m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Buseto Palizzolo to Trapani Ride

Heading back towards the coast, wind your way through more hills and then speed down to the lively city of Trapani. Along the way, see a temple looming high above the ancient town of Erice said to have been founded by exiled Trojans. This was also an important religious site and a famous temple dedicated to Aphrodite. Spend the afternoon mingling with the locals enjoying stroll and people watching through the pedestrian historic center or head up to Erice via the cable car.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Trapani
Distance
34.5 km, 260m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Favignana Island Loop Ride

This morning a short boat ride takes you to the island of Favignana, the largest of the 3 Aegadian Islands, set 7km off the western coast of Sicily and well known for its tuna fishing tradition. It’s a delight to cycle on the flat coastal roads bordered by the inviting, turquoise-colored sea. Stop for a dip in one of the many secluded coves and bays and enjoy the slow pace of life people watching on the village square.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Trapani
Distance
23.8 km, 40m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Arrivederci Trapani!

After breakfast, the tour ends. You may wish to pre-book additional days so you can spend some more time enjoying Sicily.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Sicily Coasts and Ruins Bike Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided biking tour in Italy is always run as a private tour for your group only. The price per person depends on the time of the year, as well as the type of rooms required.

Prices below are per person.

Departure on March 1st – 25th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,195USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $995USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $775USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $750USD

Departure on March 26th – 31st:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,250USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,050USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $795USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $775USD

Departure on April 1st – 10th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,425USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,225USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $875USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $825USD

Departure on April 11th – May 21st:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,250USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,050USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $795USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $775USD

Departure on May 22nd – June 20th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,275USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,075USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $825USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $775USD

Departure on June 21st – July 17th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,395USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,195USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $875USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $825USD

Departure on July 18th – 26th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,425USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,225USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $875USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $825USD

Departure on September 1st – 30th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,275USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $1,075USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $825USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $775USD

Departure on October 1st – November 30th:

  • Price per solo traveller: $1,195USD
  • Price per person staying in single room (min 2 travelers): $995USD
  • Price per person sharing a double room: $775USD
  • Price per person sharing a triple room: $750USD
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Accommodation on the Sicily Coasts and Ruins Bike Tour

This tour is based in hotels. Hotels on this trip are 2-3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms may have fireplaces or access to amenities such as hot tubs, steam rooms, or private decks to lounge on.

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

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers may be required to pay a supplement.

Hotel Carmine

Super friendly staff, a unique pool, and walkability to the beach make the Hotel Carmine a lovely place to begin your adventures.

Agriturismo Arcudaci

A huge pool, a tasty breakfast, and an idyllic setting welcoming you at this farmhouse inn. Enjoy air conditioning in the rooms and cozy fireplaces in shared areas.

Hotel San Michele

Bright rooms mix modern updates and classic style at this beautiful hotel near the sea. The staff are helpful and the hotel is usually nice and quiet.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Sicily Coasts and Ruins Bike Tour?

Meals

6 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 6 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Luggage transfer is included on this trip as well as bike and transfer for you to Contrada Casazze on Day 3. When you travel with public transport you will take your luggage with you. Travel Airport transfers are not included but it can be added as a supplement.

Also Included

  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks
  • 24/7 telephone support

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist city taxes
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Meals not previously mentioned
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before, during, or after the tour
  • Bike rental (incl. bike delivery and collection, map holder, rear bags, 1 odometer every 2 bikes, 1 repair kit + pump, padlock, lights)
  • Helmet
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Airport transfers

Frequenty Asked Questions about Sicily Coasts and Ruins Bike Tour

How hard is the Sicily Coasts and Ruins Bike Tour?

We rate this tour as a 2/5. Shorter cycling days (15km) are mixed in with longer days (up to 42km). This tour is best suited to intermediate cyclists who can ride for consecutive days.

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.

I’ve never been on a self-guided trip! How does it work?

Self-guided travelling is not difficult! For many, it is a preferred type of travel, since you are in charge of your own time and pace. You are provided with all the information you’ll need to follow the route each day and often have access to phone support or other kinds of assistance. However, self-guided travelling requires good navigation skills and those who don’t feel confident in unknown places should consider booking guided tours.

Are meals included on the Sicily Coasts and Ruins Bike Tour?

6 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover cycling. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Marsala to start this tour?

Fly into Trapani Airport (TPS) or Palermo Falcone Borsellino Airport (PMO) from where you can take the bus or the train to get to Marsala. Airport transfers can also be booked as a supplement.

Where does the Sicily Coasts and Ruins Bike Tour end?

The tour ends in Trapani. You can take the bus or train to your departure airport or book a transfer as a supplement.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes, you can rent a bike during the booking process.

Can I bring my own bike?

Yes. If you bring your own bike, it should be a road bike suitable for the demands of the tour.

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.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 2/5. Shorter cycling days (15km) are mixed in with longer days (up to 42km). This tour is best suited to intermediate cyclists who can ride for consecutive days.


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