La Bella Sicilia Est Mini Tour
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Bike and Hike Ancient Sicily
- Witness views of Europe’s highest volcano, the Mount Etna
- Learn more about the Baroque Ragusa and the Greek monuments of Siracusa
- Stay in 4-star hotels and enjoy delicious Sicilian feasts including fresh seafood and vegetables
- Immerse yourself in the Sicilian culture with the local music and the warm people of the Island
- Enjoy dinner in the unique atmosphere of a Trulli complex
A distinct and indefinable island, Sicily has withstood centuries of tyranny and cataclysm to emerge as a vital and varied cultural region. The Mediterranean's larget island, Sicily's soil and architecture reveal layer after layer of intriguing history and rule by Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Saracens, French, Spanish, and Bourbons. Home to some of the finest examples of Greek architecture in the world, Sicily is an archaelogist's paradise.
A lush green spectacle in springtime and a vast golden stage in autumn, this itinerary pedals the south and northeast tip of the island to areas overlooked by the tourist masses.
$3,495 - $3,595
Total mileage: 196 Daily average: 39
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Day 1: Caltagirone
We start our ride in the beautiful old town of Caltagirone. Settled by the Greeks, Caltagirone is known for its azulejos (Spanish style glazed tiles). Explore the mansions and spacious squares of this charming town, and climb La Scala, the magnificent stairway as you become accustomed to the Sicilian way of life.
Day 2–3: Ragusa and loop to Donnafugata
Day 2: Ragusa is a city in which urban expansion, fortunately, has not ruined the
character of its 18th century neighborhoods. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the fascinating
Ragusa Ibla, a vestige of the Baroque period.
Day 3: Ride to the beautiful Villa Donnafugata, the rural summer vacation estate of the Arezzo family, and explore the valley of the Irminio River canyon before returning to Ragusa for a walking tour.
Day 4: Siracusa
Discover Siracusa, one of the most important Greek colonies in the area, and a cultural and political center for thousands of years. Visit an archaeological sites and dine at a typical Sicilian restaurant.
Day 5: San Giovanni la Punta
Bike in one of Sicily's most fascinating archeological reserves and nature sites before arriving at the slopes of Mt. Etna to prep for our next day hike.
Lorraine N., Leechburg, PA had this to say about La Bella Sicilia Est:The tour was better than I could have ever imagined. It felt like I was stepping into movie scenes.
Mary H., Oak Bluffs, MA had this to say about La Bella Sicilia Est:Wonderful people and wonderful rides. We are amazed we haven't heard any English in a week! We'll definitely be back.
Sandra W., Santa Fe, NM had this to say about La Bella Sicilia Est:Biking in Sicily and enjoying the islands was a great vacation.