Sicily South

Sicily Italy: (ZZ-BK-GL06)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/outdoor_bike_italy_Biking_sicily_south.aspx

Introduction
Sicily Italy
Sicily - the Land of Lemons and Oranges

A tour in the south-eastern area of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean. You will cycle through the Val di Noto, since 2003 a UNESCO World Heritage site, and discover the most fascinating cities of the region. You will visit Noto, the most important baroque city of Sicily and Siracusa, an ancient Greek colony. You will also pass through the coastal oasis of Vendicari, the sea village of Marzamemi, the islands of Capo Passero and Correnti.

Accomodation

Accommodations
We choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.
You will be accommodated in 3* hotels, B&B and “agriturismo” (holiday farms). All rooms have en suite facilities and air conditioning.

When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
- double room is a room with one double bed
- twin room is a room with two single beds
- triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed.

Local taxes
Some cities charge a tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of
the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or check-out at the hotels.
This fee varies depending on the hotel category, on the season and the number
of days of stay. It is usually between 1 and 5 € per person per night.
At the beginning of 2020 the following local taxes (per person per night) were
valid, but during the season some variations may occur:
Caltagirone: b&b 1,50 €;
Modica: b&b 1,50 €;
Pozzallo: 3* hotels 1 €;
Noto: agriturism 1 €, 3*/4* hotels 1,50 €;
Siracusa: 3* hotels 1,50 €.



Meals
Breakfast is included on this tour.
Hotels usually serve an a continental breakfast with a varied buffet. However, in some smaller structures you may find the typical Italian breakfast, consisting of a hot drink, such as cappuccino or coffee, with fresh pastries, such as cake, croissants or toast and jam.

Diets and allergies
If you are vegetarian, gluten-intolerant, allergic to some specific ingredients/substances or if you suffer from any other kind of allergies please indicate it at the moment of booking. We will pass the information on to the hotels, but we cannot guarantee that all dietary requests will be met. Sometimes it is difficult to find particular food, for example gluten-free food, so we suggest that you to bring your own snacks just in case.

Riding

Activity level
Easy to moderate: flat on some days, others hilly. Suitable for anyone who already has a bit of cycling experience and are fit.
We have carefully chosen our bicycles and accessories in order to be able to satisfy the requests and wishes of our customers. In this page we illustrate some of the available types of bicycles.

Rental Bikes
Our touring bikes 27-gear Shimano Deore are available in different sizes and frames.
If you want to do the tour with your own bike, before you depart we suggest to check that all parts of the bike are functioning properly. A cycle computer is necessary to follow the road book. We also highly recommend you to bring a repair kit because the emergency number in case of breakdown cannot be used if you are using your own bike. Don’t forget to bring a padlock and always lock your bike.

Features:
- aluminium frame
- mudguard
- rear rack
- comfort gel saddle
- anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
- ergonomic bicycle grips
- Speed Lifter system

Accessories
All rented adult bikes are equipped with:
1 cycle computer
1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
1 water bottle (0.75 l)
1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
1 combination bike lock

At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61 cm. All our helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.

We supply you with some useful material to help you follow the itinerary as well as some tourist information about places and cities you will meet in your holiday.

Accompanying material
The Information Pack (one per room) includes:
- final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
- luggage labels to be fixed at each piece of baggage, which has to be carried
- hotel vouchers to be given to the reception of each hotel on your arrival

Green booklets:
1) Travel guide with valuable information about the history, artistic heritage, landscapes and natural treasures of the areas visited on the tour. Plus: local events, some great anecdotes, suggestions on how to make the best of an extended break along the route, and tips on local wining and dining.
2) Detailed Maps of the itinerary: in colour and scaled 1:75.000/50.000, an altitude profile chart and maps of any historic city centres you would visit.
3) Roadbook describing the cycling route, stage by stage. Great on its own or in conjunction with the maps.

Mechanical problems
During the tour, if the bicycles should have any type of technical problem that prevents you from continuing, please contact us at the emergency numbers and try to describe the occurred issue. We’ll try to solve as soon as possible the problem. As you are riding unaccompanied, it is wise to know at least how to repair or change an inner tube before setting off on your bike. We remind you that we offer no assistance in case of flat tire.
In case of mechanical problems please:
1. Call the emergency phone number
2. Communicate your name and which tour you are on
3. Let us know your position (total distance of the stage) based on the description of the roadbook
4. Give us your mobile phone number

In relation to your location and to the damage of the bike we can:
- ask you to wait there in order to provide a change of the bike
- Send you to a mechanical shop nearby. We will estimate the damage with the mechanic. The charge will be refunded only after our authorization and on presentation of the receipt. In case of puncture no intervention or assistance is foreseen. Customers will be given a proper puncture reparation kit, which will enable them to intervene directly and solve the problem.

Itinerary


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Total length: 235 km
Total vertical up: 1,670 mt
Terrain: 100% tarmac

The itinerary develops on low traffic side roads except for the short part entering Siracusa. Most of the stretches are on lowlands with some slightly hilly passages. This tour is however suggested to people with a minimum of bike practice.

Note: For organizational reasons, because of the weather or according to regulations of the Local authorities might make some changes in the itinerary before and / or occur during the vacation.
Along the way you could find diversions (for example because of construction work) that we can not foresee; in that case you decide yourself how you want to handle this route.

For those choosing to do the 7-day itinerary, the itinerary will be the same as below minus the cycling excursion to Piazza Armerina from Caltagirone.


Day 1: Arrival
Individual arrival. Caltagirone is one of the late Baroque towns of the Val di Noto, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Meals included: none
Overnight in Caltagirone


Day 2: Bike to Piazza Armerina
First, we bring you and the bikes by car to Piazza Armerina his villa Romana del Casale. The villa was excavated in 1950 and served once as a hunting lodge and summer residence. It is decorated with mosaic floors, which are unique in their quality and size. After the tour you cycle back to Caltagirone. Short stage with lots of ups and downs, a hilly and panoramic landscape crosses.
Biking approx. 35 km (elevation gain: 500 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Piazza Armerina


Day 3: Caltagirone to Modica
Head south to Comiso for a transfer to Modica. The upper town is watched over by the magnificent 18th century façade of the church of San Giorgio. Many short climbs are in the first part of today. If you expect to arrive at the bosco di Santo Pietro, you make a descent with many turns, and then the only slight rise. As soon as you leave Acate, you will reach 4 km and then you will continue on country roads to Comiso.
Biking approx. 50 km (elevation gain: 400 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Modica


Day 4: Modica to Pozzallo
Before leaving Modica, one should at least try the famous spicy chocolate. From Modica you will gradually descend alongside the caves characteristic of the Iblei mountains to Scicli, totally rebuilt in the Baroque style after the earthquake of 1693. Continue onwards through the marine centre of Pozzallo. From Modica you follow the valley of the Fiumara di Modica river, along a quiet road slightly downhill to Scicli. After you leave the town, you have an a 3 km long climb, then again down the coast where you finally reach Pozzallo.
Biking approx. 35 km (elevation gain: 250 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Pozzallo


Day 5: Pozzallo to Marzamemi
This day of cycling on an almost completely flat course will bring you through Portopalo di Capo Passero, continental Europe’s southernmost point. Before arriving to Marzamemi, the beautiful island of Correnti marks where the Ionian and Mediterranean seas meet. The route runs along the coast for the first 15 km. It continues on and from there you will cycle to Portopalo di Capopassero and then you will cycle along the coast to Marzamemi.
Biking approx. 55 km (elevation gain: 120 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Marzamemi


Day 6: Marzamemi to Noto
You turn back north and drive through the nature reserve of Vendicari, where you will find yourself at the can refresh you untouched landscape. A little further north ends the stage in Noto, considered the most beautiful baroque city in Sicily. Also Noto was completely destroyed by the earthquake in 1693 and then in the same style with wonderful buildings made of honey-colored stone, gilded churches, rebuilt monuments and magnificent squares. The main route follows the provincial road sp19 from several deviations from the main entrances of the nature reserve to lead. In the last few kilometers begins an up and down until you reach Noto.
Biking approx. 20 km (elevation gain: 150 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Noto


Day 7: Noto to Siracusa
The route continues towards Siracusa, the capital of Ancient Greece and home to Archimedes. With the Island of Ortigia in the background, the centre of Siracusa is a wonderful display of an ancient city. We leave Noto and the Monti Iblei to return to the coast. Once arrived at Noto Marina, drive along the coast and through the Villages Calabernerdo e Avola. If you have crossed the bridge on the Cassibile River, follow the main road sp104 where you will find the famous seaside resort Fontane Bianche.
Biking approx. 40 km (elevation gain: 50 m)
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Siracusa


Day 8: Departure
Departure after breakfast.
 At the end of the last cycling day you have to leave the bikes locked with all accessories inside the rear pannier at the last hotel of the tour. Please ask the hotel staff where to leave the bikes.
We remind you that bike rental is not included in case of extra nights.
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for Sicily South

Rates include:

Accommodation, All breakfasts, Luggage transportation, Transfer from Caltagirone to Piazza Armerina, Transfer from Comiso to Modica, Welcome briefing in English, Route descriptions and maps & Hotline service.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20208 days, B&B€670$760
    • Single supplement€0$0
      Triple room discount(€100)($105)
  • B
    20207 days, B&B€610$690
    • Single supplement€160$185
      Triple room discount(€90)($95)
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2020 Bike rental 85 $100
2020 Helmet 15 $20
2020 Transfer from Catania-Caltagirone 60 $70
2020 Transfer from Siracusa-Catania 70 $80
2020 Extra nights, please inquire 0 $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 08/22 - 08/29 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Expired
B 2020 08/23 - 08/30 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Expired
A 2020 08/29 - 09/05 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Expired
B 2020 08/30 - 09/06 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Expired
A 2020 09/05 - 09/12 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Expired
B 2020 09/06 - 09/13 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Expired
A 2020 09/12 - 09/19 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Expired
B 2020 09/13 - 09/20 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Expired
A 2020 09/19 - 09/26 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Expired
B 2020 09/20 - 09/27 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Expired
A 2020 09/26 - 10/03 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Expired
B 2020 09/27 - 10/04 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Expired
A 2020 10/03 - 10/10 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 10/04 - 10/11 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 10/10 - 10/17 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 10/11 - 10/18 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
A 2020 10/17 - 10/24 8d / 7n 8 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve
B 2020 10/18 - 10/25 8d / 7n 7 days, B&B 2 /15 Reserve

Dates Note:
every Saturday from March 30th to June 15th and from August 31st to October 19th, 2013

Rates do not include:

Local hotel taxes (approx 10-15 €), Lunches and dinners, Drinks, Bike/Helmet rental, Transfer from Catania-Caltagirone, Transfer from Siracusa-Catania & Transfers to start and end point of trip

Other Info
Meeting: Caltagirone
Airport: Catania
Transfer: Catania by train (not included)

Climate:
                                                Catania area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

60

61

64

69

76

84

89

90

85

77

69

62

Average Low Temperature (°F)

41

41

44

47

54

61

66

68

64

58

50

44

Average High Temperature (°C)

16

16

18

20

24

29

32

32

29

25

20

17

Average Low Temperature (°C)

5

5

6

9

12

16

19

20

18

14

10

7

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

6

5

5

4

2

1

0

1

3

5

5

8

Source: NOAA


Seasons
Sicily is characterized by a typically Mediterranean climate: hot, dry in summer and mild in winter, with average annual temperatures around 20°C, reaching as much as 35°C in summer. Rainfall is rare and scarce, except for winter showers.

Spring (March to May)
On the coast the winter is truly over, with wild flowers starting in abundance, the days lengthening and the average temperatures making warm clothes decidedly uncomfortable. Inland the farmers start preparing the land, tending the vines and planting the grain. If you’re lucky, you might get to witness the “mattanza” or tuna harvest in the fishing towns all over the western part of the island, in May.

Summer (June to September)
The first smells of summer waft through the island and the strong colors on the coast and the lower plains succumb to the bleaching rays of the sun. The temperatures everywhere are generally agreeable, though the Sirocco wind can send them soaring for a few days. The sea is warm. The fruit trees are laden with cherries, plums and the local specialty "gelsi". Towards the end of August begins the spectacle of the salt harvest in the salt pans around Trapani and the grape harvest or “vendemmia” all over the islands.
The summer is often interrupted by coastal storms, which can be accompanied by high winds.

Autumn (October to November)
The abandoned vines turn to reds and oranges giving the vast areas of vineyards a spectacular range of hues and making this one of the most beautiful periods to visit. Seasonal rainfalls help develop an astonishing variety of mushrooms. The temperatures can stay in the high twenties during the day to produce a surprisingly balmy Sicilian “Indian summer”. November is generally the month with the highest rainfall, though the big storms that often sweep the Italian peninsula generally pass safely to the north of Sicily.

Winter (December to February)
One can still have extremely agreeable temperatures during the days, though the sunlight hours are clearly at their lowest of the year. In the deep midwinter the average temperatures on the coast should still be hovering around the 10°C (50°F) mark, though on sunny days it can be warm enough in the sun to walk around in a tee-shirt. It is cooler at night and much cooler in the higher mountains. Come February, the days are starting to get warmer, although conditions in the mountains are still very wintery.

For weather forecasts, you can consult the following website:
www.sias.regione.sicilia.it.

What To Bring:
We advise you to wear comfortable shoes and various layers of practical clothing to be prepared for sudden changes of climate and temperature; don’t forget a K-Way or a poncho, both indispensable in the event of rain, besides a light jacket for cold days and evenings.
Sunglasses, a light-coloured hat, protective suntan cream and insect repellent sprays are important, especially in summer.
Helmet, cycling trousers and gloves are advisable but not essential. During the tour you will have the chance to visit various religious institutions, such as churches and convents, where you must be appropriately dressed (covered shoulders, shoes or sandals, etc...).
We advise you to bring a towel and a swimming costume for the coastal sections, where you can enjoy a swim in the wonderful sea.
Also remember to bring a first aid kit with you.

Equipment and clothing
The following personal equipment is recommended:
- basic first aid kit which includes sticky bandages, gauze and low grade disinfectant
- sun glasses for eye protection
- protective sun lotion
- insect repellent

The following recommended clothes are advisable:
- padded cycling shorts
- comfortable shoes with stiff soles
- light weight waterproof/windproof tops
- leggings and long sleeved tops for cooler mornings or evenings
- small close-fitting rucksack to carry small items during the day while cycling
- swimsuit
During the tour you will have the chance to visit various religious institutions, such as churches and convents, where you must be appropriately dressed (covered shoulders, shoes or sandals, etc...).

We recommend that you always keep with you (and don't forget in the transported luggage):
- passport/identity card
- hotel vouchers
- any medicines you could need during the day
- personal belongings (for example car keys).

Luggage Transportation
Your luggage will be transported from hotel to hotel every day starting from the first day of the standard tour until the last day of the tour.
We remind you that luggage transportation is never included in case of extra nights before or after the standard tour.

LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE
For the luggage transportation we accept only 2 pieces of luggage per person: a suitcase and a hand luggage. The max. weight of the suitcase is 20 kg, while the weight of the hand luggage can be of max. 10 kg.
At the first hotel you will receive 2 labels per person which have to be attached to each piece of luggage. You should put 1 label on each piece of luggage. If you have only 1 piece of luggage, write 1 on the label; if you have 2 pieces of luggage, write 2 on both labels.
You cannot change the number of pieces of luggage during the tour.

LACK OF TRANSPORT
We do not guarantee luggage transportation if:
- Labels are not attached to the bags (see above)
- luggage is deposited late at reception (dropped off after 9:00 a.m.)
- luggage exceeds the weight allowance.
In the above mentioned cases a special transportation service can be organized which will have to be paid in cash by you on the spot.

LUGGAGE DELIVERY TIMETABLE
- 9:00 a.m.: you have to deliver your luggage to the hotel reception every morning by 9:00.am., grouped according to the receptionist’s instructions
- 5:30 p.m.: we deliver your luggage to the next hotel by 5:30 pm.
If you think you will arrive early at the hotel because the stage is rather short or you prefer to cycle in the morning and visit the city in the afternoon, please bring a change of clothes with you.

FORBIDDEN GOODS
It is strictly forbidden to put the following items inside the luggage to be transported:
- medicines and lifesaver devices
- glass bottles and liquids in general
- fragile objects
We will not be held responsible for damages caused by non-compliance with these rules.