North East Sicily and Etna
Three scheduled escorted 2024 departures:
April 8th; May 6th; September 30th
On this bike tour, we take you on Sicily's less-known routes, combined with some iconic climbs that have been included several times in the program of the Giro. The tour includes two locations: the North East corner of the island in combination with the area of Etna volcano.
The delightful cuisine is given along the trip to refill our energy with tasty local fresh food and recipes of the tradition of the grandmas, while the variety of the landscape will enchant you because of the blue of the sea, on the first part of the trip, and the black of the lava in its second section.
If you want one word to define this tour, it may be energy. The energy from the sea that hangs over you in almost every single km of every pedal stroke in the first part of the journey and the energy of the volcano in the second part of the tour.
The sky's light continuously changes the sea color and creates a new landscape every day; on the other hand, you will experiment with a different landscape when you move to the second part of the trip just by looking at the big shape of Etna dominating the surrounding area.
The locals call it "A Muntagna" (The Mountain). Interestingly, they call it feminine because of the capability of the volcano to give life thanks to the minerals of its lava.
We'll ride beautiful silent roads with old ruins on the way; their dilapidated conditions tell us about the times and lives that worked and inhabited the area while the only sounds are the birds, our breaths, and the wheels of our bikes.
Each ride offers delightful and fresh granita to taste at local bars; our favorites are pistachio or coffee, with the local sweet cream and warm brioche. Which is your preference?
6 nights in 4 star accommodations;
2 Wine Tastings
Two Italian-English speaking tour leaders (1biking with you; 1on van support)*
GPS tracks of the rides
Tour agenda of the trip with maps, graphs, and daily program
Energy gels, drinks, and bars for the rides
One cumulative arrival, private transfer from Catania Airport
One cumulative departure, private transfer to Catania Airport
Ride Your Life Cycling jersey
Ride Your Life water bottle
*From 7 participants
Price €3980 per person, group version 4 participants minimum in double/twin room
Price €2450 per person, self-guided version, price based on 2 participants in double/twin room
PRICE FOR EXTRA AND SUPPLEMENTS
Extra cost for single room: €325,00
Extra cost for solo traveler: €678,00 (this includes a single room and the extra cost for the no shared costs)
Giant or Basso bike rental: € 270,00 (carbon frame and disk brake and mechanic shift)
Officine Mattio high-end Italian Road bike rental: € 330,00 (carbon frame, disk brake and electronic shift
Have a taste of Sicily and climb the Etna with us!
This 6-day bike tour combines two different areas: the North East corner of Sicily and its volcano, located south and near Catania
The tour includes a cumulative and coordinated welcome transfer from Catania Airport to the first accommodation on the arrival day and from the last accommodation on the departure day of the tour.
The average distance of the bike rides is around 67km per day, with the shortest of 22 (warm-up ride) and the longest of 104 km.
You’ll have a real overview of this spectacular and less-known corner of the island, connecting with the most known Etna area and its beautiful climbs (North and South).
Extension of the trip to Taormina is possible upon request.
We’ll ride to small villages by the sea along the remote and beautiful Capo Milazzo peninsula and some other quiet roads that link tiny villages where life has a slower rhythm.
Every day will be an opportunity to experience tasty meals of the tradition and refreshing granite, as well as wine tastings at local wineries.
The trip goes into a different phase when moving to the Etna volcano area. Along the ride, we’ll have open sea and inland views. The ride crosses Portella Mandrazzi, which has been part of the Giro in the last editions.
Two days more of solid climbs are secured since we’ll ride the Etna on both sides: North and South.
Please download HERE the free detailed day-by-day program of the trip.
This trip, as well as all the RYL trips, is from a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 12 participants. We believe that small groups give more socializing opportunities and create stronger connections.
This trip aims to give you a memorable bike tour experience along with some of the most beautiful bike rides we may have in Italy. You might experiment much more; this is one of our selections.
The spirit of the trips in RIDE YOUR LIFE is to enjoy the rides at your speed and give you a chance to test your legs at your own pace. None of our bike rides is a race; we know, however, that some riders will be faster than others and that each one likes to keep his/her own pace along the uphill rides; therefore, our way is to enjoy the ride and wait for the last riders at the summits to reconnect the group. Experience is all together!
Regarding difficulty, the trip includes uphill and some more gentle rolling rides, so we suggest the trip is for intermediate or above-level riders.
For every ride, you'll find the service of the van support to let you have the comfort of snacks, water, and energy drinks along with the rides. The vehicle follows you in case any group participant needs to or prefers to skip any section of the ride.