All our Free Rider tours can be made in self-ride mode. In this case you choose the dates, the hotel category and the meals included, and may add some rest days.
Let yourself being bewitched by an island like no other!
A splendid tour to explore beautiful Sicily with its Valley of Temples and the Etna, its thousands of Baroque churches and its enchanting villages made of white stones. A journey with myriads of colors, packed with sea panoramas and spectacular coastal roads, roaming from the oldest civilizations among the archaeological sites of the Magna Graecia up to the most recent historical testimonies of all styles … We’ll acquaint you with the extraordinary reality of the most peculiar island in Italy.
from the 01st of April to the 09th of April 2023
from the 24th of May to the 01st of June 2023
Alternatively, this can be run as a private guided or self-guided tour, where you choose your own dates, as well as the levels of hotels and number of meals included. Ask us for a quote!
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Tour program details
Day 1: Arrival in Palermo
Individual arrival of all participants in Palermo which we recommend you to have a stroll through the lanes of the historical town center to visit the Palatine Chapel, the Royal Palace and so much more. We suggest to dedicate Palermo AT LEAST one day before or after the tour for a self-contained visit.
We all meet up at our hotel in the afternoon. Around 7:30 – 6:00 PM we go and pick up the rental bikes (if any) and have a short but important briefing, the time to explain a few simple rules for organizing and synchronizing things, thus ensuring that everyone has a safe holiday.
A typical Italian welcome aperitif will be the right occasion to get to know each other.
Day 2: 210 km
At 9 AM we leave Palermo for a great start of our tour through the beauties of Sicily. We’ll start heading for Monreale and its splendid Duomo (cathedral, Unesco world heritage site) then we continue along the scenic route above the sea to visit the archeological remains of the charming temple of Segesta and then descend towards the sea and the historic tuna fishery in Scopello. From there we’ll begin the discovery of the Zingaro Reserve and San Vito lo Capo to then continue towards Trapani and its salt marshes and finally splendid Marsala where we’ll stop for the night.
Day 3: 240 km
We leave the sea behind us and breeze through olive groves and vineyards en route to the Belice valley, with the surreal ghost town landscape of Poggioreale, and dive into the world of “Cinema Paradiso” (best foreign film at the 1990 Oscars) and “Malena”. The last leg of this day brings us back to the sea and straight into the Magna Graecia to Agrigento’s mystical Valley of the Temples (another UNESCO World Heritage Site) where we’ll spend the night.
Day 4: 210 km
Again many curves towards the inland. We visit the Villa Romana del Casale, an early-4th-century villa and UNESCO site with huge, exceptionally well-preserved mosaics . Then we hit the road again, bound for Val di Noto and its fine UNESCO-listed late-baroque towns. Although all these centres had existed since the Middle Ages, they were rebuilt to suit late 17th-century tenets of architecture, decoration and urban design after a catastrophic earthquake reduced them to rubble in 1693. producing works of art, buildings, churches and late baroque monuments of great beauty, to a point that 14 of the 18 monuments of the city of Ragusa today registered in the world heritage are located in the ancient isle of Ibla, which by the way has more than 50 churches and numerous buildings in baroque style, where we’ll stop for the night.
Day 5: 170 km
A day dedicated to the late baroque between cozy villages symbol of this fascinating island. A day with less kilometers but with so much to see. We’ll begin with Modica and Noto (UNESCO world heritage) and we’ll finish with Siracusa and the beautiful island Ortigia (UNESCO world heritage). On top of all this a visit to the fascinating necropolis and/or among the ponds of the Cavagrande area. Overnight in Siracusa.
Day 6: 200 km
A few kilometers on the motorway will allow us to quickly reach the area that we want to explore today, that of spectacular Etna. So we continue our tour with a visit in the historical center of Catania to then dedicate ourselves to the unique sight of the majestic Etna (UNESCO world heritage) which is, with its 3340 mslm, the highest active volcano of the Eurasian plate. It’s on the slopes that we’ll stop for the night.
Day 7: 260 km
A day through some of the most enchanting villages of Italy, between sea and mountain, exploring the natural park of the Nebrodi mounts (the biggest in Sicily) straddling the Ionian sea and Tyrrhenian sea, savoring many exquisite turns, to then have a bite of the road which has characterized the known race “Targa Florio” before reaching another pearl of Sicily, the beautiful Cefalù, where we’ll stop for the night.
Day 8: 200 km
Get ready for some more serious riding in the mountains and by the sea. We’ll be motoring up and down through the Madonie Mountains up to 1600 m in the tracks of the historic “Targa Florio” and “Mille Miglia” motor race before reaching our city of departure, Palermo. A lavish farewell dinner is the perfect conclusion for this great adventure together.
Day 9: Farewell in Palermo
We say our goodbyes after breakfast, leaving you free to go home or explore further the magic of Sicily on your own or relax some days by the sea.
NB: The green parts apply to guided tours only!
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