PALERMO AND THE JATO VALLEY

PALERMO AND THE JATO VALLEY

Self Guided Bike Tour, Nature cycling, Cultural cycling
Tour duration: 7 days / 6 nights
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E-Bike difficulty
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Description

This bike tour gives you the chance to experience the hidden depths of Sicily: a multi-faceted land of contrasts. You will ride through a variety of both urban and natural landscapes, that wind along the seashore and through wheatfields, vineyards, woods, lakes, dams, rock faces, canyons, waterfalls, villages (often uninhabited) and urban centres with a unique charm. You will travel through coastal roads, along quiet country lanes free from traffic, on panoramic tracks and cycle routes surrounded by greenery, including some trails built on old railway lines. On this immersive experience you will uncover the truly rural side of Sicily, by tasting traditional Sicilian dishes made with organic produce and sipping fine wines – directly from the vineyards in which they are produced. Along the way you will have the chance to sample the traditional local produce of the land including a variety of cheeses, extra-virgin olive oil, exquisite regional pastries such as Sicilian sweet ricotta-filled ‘cassate’ and ‘cannoli’ – a treat for the palette and for the eyes.  At every point of the tour will come across the welcoming and good-natured locals. You will enter the heart of Sicily and will return home with Sicily in your hearts.


Tour Plan

DAY 1: PALERMO

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DAY 2: PALERMO – CINISI – TERRASINI – LAKE POMA

Total distance by bike: 52 km Total ascent levels: approx. 835 mt – Route characteristics: hilly on tarmac – Difficulty level: medium/hard

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DAY 3: LAGO POMA – CAMPOREALE – CALATRASI BRIDGE

Total distance by bike: about 33 km Total ascent levels: approx. 500 m – Route characteristics: hilly on tarmac – Difficulty level: medium/easy

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DAY 4: PONTE KALATRASI – CAMPOFIORITO – CORLEONE

Total distance by bike: approx. 33.5 km Total ascent: approx. 880 m – Route characteristics: hilly on tarmac with approx. 20 km in ascent– Difficulty level: medium/hard

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DAY 5: CAMPOFIORITO – CORLEONE – BOSCO DELLA FICUZZA

Total distance by bike: approx.  43.5 km Total ascent: approx. 890 m – Route characteristics: hilly on tarmac – Difficulty level stage: medium/hard

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DAY 6: FICUZZA WOOD – MONREALE – PALERMO

Total distance by bike: approx. 49 km Total ascent: approx. 645 mt – Route characteristics: hilly on tarmac – Difficulty level stage: medium/hard

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DAY 7: PALERMO 

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Point of Interest (POI)

  • Palermo’s historic centre with its Arab-Norman influences
  • “Peppino Impastato” Museum of Memory
  • Terrasini: Regional Sea Museum, Magaggiari beach, Cala Rossa
  • Capo Rama Naturel Reserve
  • Borgo Parrini
  • Lake Poma
  • Rural abandoned villages
  • Ficuzza Wood and the Royal Stables
  • Corleone with its alleys enriched in history
  • Due Rocce Waterfalls (The Cascade of the two fortresses)
  • Vineyards and wine cellars
  • The Cathedral of Monreale and its Cloister


Book info







    From € 550* per person

    Conditions

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    NOTE:

    The fee refers to a minimum of 2 participants. Additional fees for single participants. Departure dates are guaranteed from the 1st of March to the 30th of November, every Saturday. Other dates on request, additional fees.

    THE QUOTE INCLUDES:

    • 6-night stay with breakfast included in twin/double room in accommodation with 3 or 4 star rating.
    • 4 dinners (wine and water included) + 1 welcome cocktail
    • Transfer from Palermo to Cinisi (passenger + bike)
    • Maps & road book with route descriptions (1 kit per room)
    • GPS tracker for the bike
    • Medical and luggage insurance
    • Telephone assistance during the journey (9.00-19.00)
    • VAT and other charges

     

    THE QUOTE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    • Transfer from/to the airport or from/to the train station
    • Lunches and dinners not specified under the “SERVICE INCLUDE”
    • Entrance to museums and tips
    • City tax (where applicable) to be paid directly to the hotel)
    • Anything that is not specified under the ‘SERVICES INCLUDE’

     

    OPTIONAL EXTRA SERVICES:

    • Rental of Trekking Bike 21 speed (equipped with rear side bags, hard hat and security chain) € 70,00
    • Rental of pedal-assisted trekking bike (Bosh Motor with 4 different level of assistance, 9 speed on rear gear) (equipped with rear side bag, hard hat, repair kit, pump, security chain, battery charger) € 130,00
    • Supplementary fee for a single room: € 150,00
    • Extra night (B&B package) in Palermo in a double room: € 50,00 per person
    • Extra night (B&B package) in Palermo in a single room: € 75,00 per person
    • Luggage transport (quote per person, minimum 2 people): € 150,00 per person
    • Hire trailer for children (max. 40 kg): € 50,00
    • Hire x1 child’s seat back/front: € 20,00
    • Hire x1 Garmin Edge 820: € 20,00
    • Assistance (bike mechanics, luggage transport, beverage transport, possible passenger transport) with minivan following for the duration of the bike tour: € 1.800,00
    • Assistance from a certified cycling guide for the duration of the bike tour: € 700,00
    • Transfer from the Falcone Borsellino Palermo airport to Palermo city centre (min. 2 passengers) quote per person € 25,00
    • Transfer from Trapani Birgi airport to Palermo city centre (min. 2 passenger) quote per person € 50,00
    • Extra night (in double room with B&B package) in accommodation in Palermo € 50,00 per person
    • Extra night (in single room with B&B package) in accommodation in Palermo € 75,00 per person
    • Insurance cover for trip cancellation due to sickness (including COVID), conditions and quote per person available on request
    • Comprehensive injury/accident insurance during the tour, conditions and quote per person available on request
    • Third party liability cover in case of bike accidents, conditions and quote per person available on request
    • Bike theft insurance, conditions and quote per person available on request
    • Quote for children (aged between 4-12 years) available on request
    • Other service quotes available on request

     

    CANCELLATION TERMS & CONDITIONS:

    • 28-14 days before the start date of the tour, you will be charged 50% of the total amount payable
    • 13- 5 days before the start date of the tour, you will be charged 70% of the total amount payable
    • 4 days before the start date of the tour or no show, you will be charged 100% of the total amount payable

     

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

     

    Departure date
    Every Saturday

    Place of departure
    Palermo

    Place of arrival
    Palermo

    Total Km by bike
    210 km - 130 miles

    Total ascent
    3,300 m - 10,826 ft

    Useful information
    We recommend you to wear comfortable footwear, sportswear and that you bring a helmet and a flask/water bottle with you