Tasting Palermo By Bike
Tasting Palermo By Bike

Tasting Palermo By Bike

5 days

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Spend 5 days cycling and tasting your way through the Sicilian capital of Palermo

Discover the best of Sicilian markets, beaches, and picturesque villages on this food-focused 5-day cycling tour. Cycling and eating your way through Palermo is the perfect balance of activity and indulgence, and this spectacular cycling tour allows you to do just that!

Based in Palermo, where you'll spend 5 nights, you'll set out on bike daily to explore this ancient capital city and the surrounding villages.

Palermo is famous for its outdoor markets, 3 of which you'll experience on this tour. Ballarò, Capo, and Vuccirìa will sweep you back in time and enchant you with their tantalizing smells, tastes, and sounds. Each with their own unique flavours and traditions, you'll explore these markets in-depth and get a feel for what makes each of them so spectacular.

Beyond the thrilling markets, you'll also discover Palermo's beautiful beaches and nearby mountain villages. Spend an afternoon lazing in the pristine waters of Mondello Beach before enjoying a delectable lunch of boiled octopus at one of the beachfront restaurants. Ride high to Palermo's mountain plateau, visiting the small Italian-Albanian communities of Albanesi, Hora, Monreale, and more.

Enjoy this spectacular opportunity to cycle through Sicily's natural beauty while immersing yourself in its heavenly food and wine.

Highlights of the Tasting Palermo By Bike

Explore the colourful markets of Palermo, brimming with local culture and palpable energy.
Enjoy an afternoon picnic at the Botanical Garden of Palermo enjoying its tranquil grounds, rich in biodiversity.
Discover the crystal blue waters and white sand of Mondello beach, admiring the Liberty-style villas that line its shores.
Delight in a sumptuous seaside lunch in the village of Sferracavello, enjoying the freshest seafood straight from the ocean.


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5 days
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Tasting Palermo By Bike

Tasting Palermo By Bike Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive

Welcome to Palermo, Sicily’s vibrant capital city!

Check in to your accommodations before meeting with your local tour guide for a brief orientation and bike fitting.

The adventure starts right away with your first market experience at the Vucciria market. This ancient market takes its cue from the sun going down and transforms nightly into a bizarre of vibrant nightlife. In the heart of the city’s most popular market today, you’ll enjoy a tasting of Sicilian wines, sipping on Marsala, Zibibbo and Passito di Pantelleria.

Stroll the charming streets of Palermo’s old town on your way to dinner this evening at one of its delightful restaurants. Experience the remarkable fusion of Sicily’s diverse cuisine, known for its Spanish, Greek, and Arab influences.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Palermo
Distance: None
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 Explore Palermo by Bike

Today, you'll explore the 3 markets of Ballarò, Capo, and Vuccirìa at your own pace, savouring local specialties like panelle (chickpea fritters) and quarume (veal stew).

With your appetite at the ready, you'll enjoy a picnic lunch in the picturesque Botanical Garden of Palermo. The garden's tranquil setting that boasts stunning biodiversity will be a welcome departure from the hustle and bustle of the markets this morning.

A late afternoon ride along the coast will allow you to pedal off some of the delicious food you've enjoyed today.

Hopefully, you've saved room for dinner tonight at one of the local Pizzerias of Palermo!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Palermo
Distance: 20 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Palermo and the Sea

Following a beautiful path through the Natural Reserve of Monte Pellegrino this morning, you’ll ride to Mondello, the most famous beach of Palermo. Enjoy its seafront promenade and pristine waters, a welcome experience after covering some ground on bike. Enjoy the famous boiled octopus dish drenched in fresh citrus at one of the beachfront restaurants.

Back on the bike, you’ll ride to the beautiful village of Sferracavello, where you’ll enjoy a delectable waterfront lunch of grilled fish, peppered mussels, sea, urchins or pasta with clams! Buon appetito!

This afternoon, returning to the heart of Palermo, you’ll walk its main street, Liberty Avenue, where you’ll spot some remarkable Art Nouveau buildings.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Palermo
Distance: 40 km
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Cycle to Monreale and Piana degli Albanesi

Following breakfast, a private transfer will take you to the Palermo Mountains, where you’ll discover a fascinating blend of Italian and Albanian culture. Visting the bilingual communities of Piana degli Albanesi, Hora, Arbëreshëvet and Arbëreshë, you’ll get a feel for the diversity of the island of Sicily and its rich cultural heritage.

From the mountains, you’ll follow the tracks of an old railway, making your way to Monreale.
Enjoy a visit to the Cathedral of Monreale before being invited into White Plums of Monreale, the “Slow Food Presidium.” You’ll meet the president of the presidium, who will walk you through tastings of Monreale’s specialty products and enlighten you with the knowledge and history behind the remarkable cuisine.

Dinner tonight will introduce you to the best Trapani couscous in all of Palermo—enjoy!
Overnight Location: Hotel in Palermo
Distance: 30 km
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 5 Depart Palermo

This morning, with a pleasantly satisfied palate, you’ll say goodbye to beautiful Palermo and head to the airport to depart.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Tasting Palermo by Bike Tour Price and Dates

This partially-guided cycling tour of Palermo is always run as a private tour for your group and the price depends on the size of your group.

Prices below are per person:

  • Groups of 2-4: $1,295 USD
  • Groups of 5-6: $825 USD per person
  • Groups of 7+: on request
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Accommodation on the Tasting Palermo by Bike Tour

This tour is based in a 4-star B&B in Palermo. The B&B is excellently located, tastefully decorated, and offers modern amenities to make your stay a pleasant one. Enjoy private rooms and an ensuite bathroom during your stay.

Rooms are double occupancy and single travellers will pay a supplement.

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

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $195 USD to have a private room in a hotel.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Locanda Sette Fate in Palermo ★★★★

This unique B&B is named after the Piazzetta Sette Fate, one of the most well-preserved water towers in the city, which the B&B overlooks.

What’s Included in the Tasting Palermo by Bike Tour?


4 breakfasts and 2 dinners are included.


Accommodations for 4 nights are included.

Transportation during the Tour

A scheduled private transfer on Day 4 is included on this tour. Airport transfers can be added for an additional fee.

Also Included

  • Welcome briefing and bike fitting
  • Local English-speaking guide during excursions

Not included

  • Bike rental (please see Optional Extras for the pricing)
  • Flights to and from Italy
  • Tastings
  • Visas if required
  • Travel insurance
  • Tourist taxes if applicable

Optional Extras

  • Single room supplements
  • Solo traveller supplements
  • Any additional nights before or after the tour
  • Airport transfers
  • Bike rental:
    • Trek bike: $75 USD per person
    • E-bike: $95 USD per person

Frequently Asked Questions about Tasting Palermo By Bike

Slow Active Tours is a tour operator specializing in "slow pace" outdoor activities, which mainly concern cycling, trekking and snorkeling in beautiful Italy. Based in Puglia, the wonderful heel of Italy, Slow Active Tours was born from a long experience in responsible and sustainable tourism, combined with a love for culture and a strong passion for traditions, history and respect for nature.
Dynamic holidays "at a slow pace", because in this way it is possible to savor every moment of a great journey, full of adventure, hearty breakfasts, moments of peaceful well-being, food and wine tastings, fresh dips in the most beautiful seas of Italy, smiles and chat with the locals.
Each trip includes everything you need to make the experience comfortable and to be free to travel safely.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour a 2 / 5. Daily distance covered ranges from 20 km to 40 km. You should be comfortable riding a bike and used to cycling these distances. Breaks for rest and refreshments are frequent on the tour.

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