THE CENTRE OF SICILY– FROM PALERMO TO AGRIGENTO

THE CENTRE OF SICILY– FROM PALERMO TO AGRIGENTO

Self Guided Bike Tour, Nature cycling, Cultural cycling
Tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Bike difficulty
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E-Bike difficulty
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Description

This is a mildly challenging bike tour from Palermo to Agrigento, going beyond the traditional tourist circuits and testing your endurance with hill and mountain climbs around rural Sicily. You will ride on back roads in the countryside, immersed in very evocative scenes and landscapes. You will discover ancient villages where you can admire historic architecture and meet truly traditional Sicilians, taste local dishes and products of the age-old Sicilian farming tradition (e.g. various types of organic cheeses, vegetables and locally-made olive oil) and sip local wines – in some cases directly from the producers.


Tour Plan

DAY 1: PALERMO

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DAY 2: PALERMO – MONREALE – PIANA DEGLI ALBANESI – BOSCO DELLA FICUZZA

Total tour length by bike: 58 km (36,03 miles) – Total ascent: 1,350 mt (4,429 ft.) Stage difficulty level: high (stage with the presence of several climbs, some challenging)

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DAY 3: BOSCO DELLA FICUZZA – DRAGON GORGES – CORLEONE – WATERFALL OF THE TWO FORTRESSES – CAMPOFIORITO

Total tour length by bike: 36 km (22,36 miles)  – Total ascent: 660 mt (2,165 ft.) Stage difficulty level: medium (short stage with continuous climbs down and some short but challenging climbs)

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DAY 4: CAMPOFIORITO – PALAZZO ADRIANO – SANTO STEFANO DI QUISQUINA 

Total tour length by bike: 57,4 km (35,66 miles)  – Total ascent: 1.350 mt (4,429 ft) Stage difficulty level: high (stage with the presence of several climbs, some challenging)

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DAY 5: SANTO STEFANO DI QUISIQUINA – EREMO SANTA ROSALIA – MUSSOMELI

Total tour length by bike: 46,5 km (28,89 miles) Total ascent: 960 mt (3,149 ft) Stage difficulty level: medium-high (stage with some challenging climbs)

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DAY 6: MUSSOMELI – SUTERA – MONTEDORO – RACALMUTO

Total tour length by bike: 46,6 km (28,95 miles)  –Total ascent: 1065 mt (3,494 ft) Stage difficulty level: medium-high (long stage with continuous ups and downs and some challenging climbs)

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DAY 7: RACALMUTO – GROTTE – FAVARA – AGRIGENTO

Total tour length by bike: 30,6 km (19,01 miles) – Total ascent: 530 mt (1,738 ft.) Stage difficulty level: easy (short stage with some ups and downs)

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DAY 8: AGRIGENTO (End of the tour)

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Point of Interest (POI)

  • Monuments from the Norman-Arab era in Palermo and Monreale – recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, including the Monreale Cathedral and Cloister, the cathedral of Palermo, the Norman Palace; the Zisa and the Admiral’s Church
  • Piana degli Albanesi (Plain of the Albanians), a small town nestled in the hills surrounding Palermo where a small community of Albanian origin lives
  • Forest of Ficuzza and Royal Hunting House of King Ferdinand IV of Bourbon
  • Tagliavia Sanctuary
  • Corleone, with its old town, its ancient alleys and its important testimonies of the “fight against the mafia” as well as the spectacular “Cascate delle Due Rocche” (Waterfalls of the Two Fortresses)
  • Abandoned rural villages
  • Palazzo Adriano – film set for the Oscar-winning film “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” by G. Tornatore
  • Teatro Andromeda, built in a scenic area with a circular stage and seating made from stone blocks that are arranged to represent the formation of the stars in the Andromeda Constellation
  • Eremo di Santa Rosalia – a mystical place nestled in a forest, where the patron saint of Palermo is believed to have lived in a cave for several years
  • Mussomeli and its scenic castle
  • Montedoro Zolfara Museum
  • Natural Zolfataras (volcanic sources)
  • Historic centers of Grotte, Raffadali and Joppolo Giancaxi
  • Favara Farm Cultural Park
  • Agrigento and the valley of the Greek Temples

Location


Book info







    From € 600* per person

    Conditions

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    THE QUOTE INCLUDES:

    • x7 nights in double/twin room (breakfast included) in 3 or 4-star accommodation
    • x1 dinner in agritourism facilities (water and wine included)
    • Maps and road books with route description (1 kit per room)
    • GPS stage tracker on bike
    • Medical/luggage insurance
    • Telephone assistance during tour dates (from 9.00 to 19.00 h)
    • VAT and other service charges

     

    THE QUOTE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    • Transfers to/from airports or to/from train stations
    • Lunches and x6 dinners (not included)
    • Museum admissions and tips
    • City tax
    • Anything not specified under “SERVICES INCLUDE”

     

    OPTIONAL EXTRA SERVICES:

    • single room supplement € 180,00
    • extra night (B&B formula) in double room in Palermo – €50.00 per person
    • extra night (B&B formula) in single room in Agrigento – €75.00
    • extra night (B&B formula) in double room in Agrigento – € 50.00 per person
    • Rental of 1 Bicycle Trekking Model Atala Discovery FS 21 gears, equipped with side rear bags, protective helmet and safety chain – €80.00
    • Rental of 1 pedal-assisted bike Model Atala B Tour (Bosch Engine), equipped with side rear bags, protective helmet, repair kit, pump and safety chain – €150.00
    • Luggage transport (minimum 2 people), – €240.00 per person
    • Children’s trailer rental (maximum 40 kg) – €50.00
    • Rental of 1 rear seat/front – €20.00
    • Rental of 1 Garmin Edge 820 – €20.00
    • Assistance (bike mechanics, luggage transport, beverage transport, possible passenger transport) with Minivan in tow for the duration of the bike tour – €2,400.00
    • Authorized cycling-guide assistance for the duration of the bike tour – €800.00
    • Transfer from Palermo Falcone Borsellino airport to Palermo city centre (min. 2 pax) – €25.00 per person
    • Transfer from Trapani Birgi airport to Palermo city centre (min. 2 pax) – €50.00 per person
    • Transfer from Agrigento to Palermo Airport or city centre  by minivan (min. 2 pax) – €40.00 per person
    • Child listing (4 to 12 years old) on request
    • Travel cancellation insurance because of sickness (including COVID) – conditions and fee per person on request
    • Supplemental accident insurance during the tour – conditions and fee per person on request
    • RCT insurance in the event of a bicycle accident – conditions and fee per person on request
    • Bicycle theft insurance – conditions and fee per person on request
    • Other services 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

    Departure date
    Every Monday

    Place of departure
    Palermo

    Place of arrival
    Agrigento

    Total Km by bike
    305 km - 189.5 miles

    Total ascent
    6545 m - 21,473 ft

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