EPIC Trans Sicily

EPIC Trans Sicily

Enjoy some of the finest bike riding in the whole of Italy, including the highest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna.

Take a step back in time on this magical and historic island. Cross the island including a double ascension of Europe’s highest volcano: Mount Etna.

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Overview

Our Trans-Sicily trip crosses this magnificent island from east to west.

The trip starts on the North Coast in Cefalù, one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval villages. From Cefalù you’ll head into the centre of the island through the magnificent Madonie National Park and on to the east coast where a certain Mount Etna awaits to be conquered. From Etna you’ll cross the island, backtracking along the routes of Stages 4 & 5 of the 2020 Giro d’Italia to Enna, then on to Agrigento and the Valley of Temples Unesco site.

A magnificent ride through this historic and passionate island – not to be missed!


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Sicily is a land of spectacular views as well as challenging terrain (short steep climbs; and long climbs). And the food/wine is excellent. Madonie National ...

Jesus Hernandez, USA — 2021

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Welcome to Sicily Hotel Victoria Palace
02 Madonie National Park Hotel Costellazioni
03 Mount Etna Airone Wellness Hotel
04 Mount Etna (from the East) Federico II Palace Hotel
05 Caltanisetta Hotel San Michele
06 Agrigento UNESCO World Heritage Site Colleverde Park Hotel
07 Along the South Coast Case di Latomie
08 Arrivederci!
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Welcome to Sicily

Your trip starts at Palermo Airport where our staff will be there to meet before the short transfer to our hotel in Cefalù, one of the best preserved medieval villages in Sicily.

After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up, you’ll head out on our warm-up ride to Pollina, a classic Sicilian hill-top village with fantastic views of the Gulf of Palermo.

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Madonie National Park

Your journey across Sicily kicks off with a magnificent ride through the Madonie National Park. You’ll start climbing as soon as you leave the hotel in Cefalù, eventually reaching Piano Battaglia, the highest point of our ride today at 1,600m (5,250ft). The remainder of the ride takes you eastwards on virtually traffic-free roads through the centre of the island and into the Nebrodi National Park and eventually to your hotel in Troina.

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Mount Etna

A spectacular and unique ride today as you climb through the lava fields to Sicily’s famous volcano, Mount Etna. From the hotel you’ll head east over a couple of small climbs to the beautiful town of Bronte, famous for it’s pistachios and vineyards. In Linguaglossa you’ll join the route of Stage 5 of this year’s Giro d’Italia all the way to the summit of Etna, 15km (9 miles) up the road. The climb starts in the trees but eventually opens out to the incredible lava fields that surround the summit of Etna. From the summit, enjoy the (mostly) downhill ride to your hotel in Zafferana Etnea.

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4.9% HC
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4.7% 2
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4.1% 3
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6.9% HC
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Climbs

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Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
2 Pollina (from Finale) 01 68 6.1%
2 Gibilmanna (from Cefalu) 02 54 5.1%
HC Piano Battaglia (from Isnello) 02 72 4.9%
2 Cerami (from Serra di Falco) 02 35 4.7%
3 Cesaro (from Borgo Giuliano) 03 26 4.1%
HC Etna (from Sole Neve) 03 100 6.9%
HC Etna (from Zafferana) 04 112 7.2%
2 Enna (from Lago Nicoletti) 04 48 4.8%
2 Alimena (from Alleri) 05 35 4.6%
2 Portella Del Morto (from Imera) 05 35 4.4%
1 Mussomeli (the tough way) 06 70 8.3%
2 Casteltermini (from Acquaviva) 06 39 4.5%
3 Santa Elisabetta (from River Platani) 06 24 3.9%
1 Caltabellotta (from Ribera) 07 50 4.4%
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Victoria Palace

    Hotel Costellazioni

    Airone Wellness Hotel

    Federico II Palace Hotel

    Hotel San Michele

    Colleverde Park Hotel

    Case di Latomie


    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on the 1st day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick up and drop off at Palermo Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on the 1st day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick up and drop off at Palermo Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Pick-up/Drop-off Info

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Time

    Palermo Airport

    9:00am

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    Magaggiari Hotel

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    9:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Palermo Airport

    9:00am


    EPIC Trans Sicily

    A remarkable ride across this historic and passionate island, an experience not to be missed