Trans-Sicily

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.

Overview

Details

Next Departure

October 10th 2021

Price

USD $3,995

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No ?

Rental Bike

USD $500

Ride Program

Total Distance

Total Elevation

Daily Av. Distance

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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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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 Antichi Ricordi Hotel di Charme & Spa
06 Agrigento UNESCO World Heritage Site Colleverde Park Hotel
07 Along the South Coast Case di Latomie
08 Arrivederci!
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Day 1

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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.

Day 2

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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.

Day 3

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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.

Map & Profile

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from Finale
6.1% 2
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from Cefalu
5.1% 2
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toggle arrow Piano Battaglia
from Isnello
4.9% HC
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toggle arrow Cerami
from Serra di Falco
4.7% 2
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from Borgo Giuliano
4.1% 3
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toggle arrow Etna
from Sole Neve
6.9% HC
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Climbs

Day 01
Day 02
Day 03
Day 04
Day 05
Day 06
Day 07

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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Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2021
Oct 10 - Oct 17
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USD $3,995
USD $750
USD $800
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Victoria Palace

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    Hotel Costellazioni

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    Airone Wellness Hotel

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    Federico II Palace Hotel

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    Antichi Ricordi Hotel di Charme & Spa

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    Colleverde Park Hotel

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    Case di Latomie

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    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

    Travel Details

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Meeting Time

    Palermo Airport

    9:00am

    OR

    Magaggiari Hotel

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    9:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Arrival Time

    Palermo Airport

    9:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Made by hand in Italy, the Basso Bikes Diamante is exactly what a fine, authentic, Italian road bike should be. The classic lines, flawless geometry and rounded tube shapes offer performance and ultimate versatility.

    Frame

    Basso Diamante

    Groupset

    Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 (Electronic Shifting)

    Weight

    8kg (size 53)

    Wheels

    Microtech MR38 Disc Carbon Clincher

    Chainrings

    50x34

    Cassette

    11-32

    Sizes

    45, 48, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61

    Price

    USD $500

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    Basso Bikes Diamante Opal White with Disc brakes

    Trans-Sicily

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


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