Sicily Cycling Tour: Discover the Natural Treasures of Western Sicily

8 days to discover the best routes of Western Sicily by bike. Take part to this Sicily Cycling Tour!

This self-guided tour is the best way to discover Sicily by bike!

Sicily Cycling Tour: Discover the Natural Treasures of Western Sicily

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

We’ve specially crafted this tour to provide both architectural and scenic charm. The tour comprises of visits to the following places of interest: Palermo and its stunning coastlines  – including the popular golden sandy Mondello beach, the Scopello “Tonnara” (tuna fishery) and bay – the Zingaro Nature Reserve; the archaeological site of Segesta; the medieval Town of Erice, Trapani with its beautiful hidden treasures, the island of Favignana with its historic “Tonnara” and stunning cliffs and beaches, Trapani/Marsala Salterns, the island of Motya, Marsala and its famous wine cellars, Mazara del Vallo and its harbour, Selinunte with its archaeological sites and its wild, white beaches.


Tour Map


Tour Plan

DAY 1: PALERMO

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DAY 2: PALERMO – SCOPELLO – CASTELLAMMARE DEL GOLFO

Total route by bike: 15 Km –Total ascent: irrelevant – about 100 mt –Route characteristics: flat /hilly on tarmac – Difficulty level: easy

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DAY 3: CASTELLAMMARE DEL GOLFO – SEGESTA – TRAPANI

Total route by bike: 60 Km – Total ascent: 760 mt – Route characteristics: hilly on tarmac – Difficulty level: medium-hard

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DAY 4: TRAPANI WITH 2 OPTIONS

First Option: Trapani – Erice – Trapani

Total Km by bike: about 50 (42 with ascent to Erice by cable car with bike in tow) – Total ascent stage: 1280 meters (irrelevant if you reach Erice by cable car) – Route characteristics: 15% uphill and 85% flat, 90% asphalt + about 10% of dirt road and / or flat cobblestones – Level difficulty stage: challenging (easy if you reach Erice by cable car)

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Second Option: Trapani – Favignana – Trapani

Total km by bike: about 10 – Total ascent stage: irrelevant Route characteristics: 100% flat, 60% asphalt + 40% roughly dirt road – Stage difficulty level: easy

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DAY 5: TRAPANI – MARSALA

Total distance by bike: about 42 Km – Total ascent: irrelevant– Route characteristics: 100% flat, 90% tarmac + about 10% on unadopted road – Difficulty level: easy

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DAY 6: MARSALA – MAZARA DEL VALLO 

Total distance by bike: about 42 Km – Total ascent: irrelevant– Route characteristics: 100% flat, 90% tarmac + about 10% on unadopted road – Difficulty level: easy

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DAY 7: MAZARA DEL VALLO – SELINUNTE

Total distance by bike: about 49 Km – Total ascent: 230 mt– Route characteristics: 60% flat, 40% hilly (up and down) -100% tarmac – Difficulty level: mediumeasy

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DAY 8 –  SELINUNTE AND END OF TOUR

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Point of Interest (POI)

  • Palermo’s historical centre with Unesco Arab-Norman architecture
  • Mondello
  • Scopello
  • Zingaro Regional Nature Reserve
  • Trapani historical centre
  • Erice with its medieval hamlet
  • Favignana Island
  • Trapani and Paceco Salterns
  • Stagnone Salterns in Marsala and Motya Island
  • Marsala centre and its historic wine cellars
  • Mazara with its kasbah, the “dancing satyr” and the fishing harbour
  • Selinunte archaeological site


Book info







    from € 640,00* per person

    Conditions

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    NOTICE:

    The participation fee refers to a minimum of 2 participants, in the case of a single participant there is a supplement (see “excluded and / or extra services”)

    Departures are guaranteed from 1st March to 30th November every Saturday, other dates on request and with payment of any supplement

     

    INCLUDED SERVICES:

    • 7 nights in B&B/hotel accommodation and/or agritourism centres (3/4 stars)
    • Return ferry ticket Trapani – Favignana including bikes
    • Minivan transfer Palermo-Scopello (2nd day)
    • Medical Insurance Cover
    • Telephone assistance 9.00-20.00
    • Brochure of tour and the main places of interest
    • GPS trackers

    THE QUOTE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

    • Transfer from/to the airport or from/to the train station, apart from those listed under the list of ‘INCLUDED SERVICES’
    • Lunch and dinner
    • Entrance to museums and tips
    • City tax (where applicable) to be paid directly to the hotel
    • Anything that is not specified under the ‘INCLUDED SERVICES’ list

     

    OPTIONAL EXTRA SERVICES:

    • Supplementary fee for a single room € 200,00
    • High season (July – August) supplementary charge € 100,00 high
    • Extra night (B&B package) in Palermo and/or Selinunte in double room €50.00 per person
    • Extra night (B&B package) in Palermo in single room €75.00
    • Rental of Trekking Bike (equipped with rear side bags, hard hat and security chain) € 90,00
    • Rental of pedal-assisted bike (equipped rear side bag, hard hat, repair kit, pump, security chain, battery charger) € 150,00
    • Rear/front child’s seat hire € 20,00
    • Children’s trailer rental (max. 40 kg) € 50,00
    • Luggage transfer € 160,00 per person
    • Single person supplementary fee €100.00
    • Garmin Edge 820 rental € 20,00
    • Assistance (bike mechanics, luggage transport, beverage transport, possible passenger transport) with minivan following for the duration of the bike tour (apart from the section of the tour exploring the island of Favignana) €2,600.00
    • Assistance from an authorised cycling guide for the duration of the bike tour €1,400.00
    • Transfer Palermo airport to Palermo city centre (min. 2 passengers) € 25,00 per person
    • Transfer Trapani Birgi airport to Palermo city centre (min. 2 passengers) € 50,00 per person
    • Transfer Selinunte-Trapani city centre or airport (min. 2 passengers) € 40,00 per person
    • Transfer Selinunte-Palermo city centre or airport (min. 2 passengers) € 50,00 per person
    • Quote for children (aged between 4-12 years) available on request
    • 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
    • Other service quotes available on request

     

    CANCELLATION TERMS & CONDITIONS (link):

    • 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

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

    Our group tours are designed for people who regularly practice sports activities, although not necessarily competitively. Given the nature of the route this tour covers (an undulating track with uphill sections) and in light of the length of some of the sections, we recommend e-bikes for those who do not go out cycling regularly (at least once a week).

    The itinerary may be subject to substantial changes before and/or during your holiday, depending on organizational or climatic factors, or due to updates in regulations issued by local authorities that are out of our control. Along the route, for example, there may be some temporary diversions due to unplanned roadworks, which are impossible to predict and that are normally reported on location.

    Departure date
    Every Saturday

    Place of departure
    Palermo

    Place of arrival
    Selinunte

    Total Km by bike
    193-243 km

    Total ascent
    1100-2380 meters

    Useful information
    It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes, sports clothing and to bring your own helmet and water bottle