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9 Day Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour of Sicily, Italy

Palermo, Metropolitan City of Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Extraordinary Italy Motorbike Tour

Go on a fantastic tour to explore the stunning Sicily, home of the Valley of Temples, Etna, thousands of Baroque churches, and enchanting villages made of white stones! This tour brings myriads of colors, packed with spectacular sea panoramas and coastal roads, roaming from the oldest civilizations among the archaeological sites of the Magna Graecia to the most recent historical testimonies. Italy on Motorbike will introduce you to the extraordinary reality of the most peculiar island in Italy. An unparalleled journey through unique fragrances, flavors, and panoramas is waiting for you.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: personal or rental bike
  • Mileage: 1,500 kilometers / 932 miles
  • Daily rides: 170 - 260 kilometers / 106 - 162 miles
  • Meals: breakfasts

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Palermo
  • Climb to the majestic Etna and Madonie mountains
  • Enjoy the Magna Graecia to Agrigento’s mystical Valley of the Temples
  • Ride in the tracks of the historic “Targa Florio” and “Mille Miglia” motor race
  • Bound for Val di Noto and its UNESCO-listed late-baroque towns
  • Discover Zingaro Reserve and San Vito Lo Capo
  • 8 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
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Accommodation

You will stay in en-suite accommodation in a standard double room at either two-star hotels and B&B or at charming three-star hotels with top amenities for their category or deserving agritourism.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Palermo

Today is the individual arrival of all participants in Palermo. Italy on Motorbike recommends 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. They suggest dedicating Palermo at least one day before or after the tour for a self-contained visit.

Day 2: Palermo to Marsala, 210 kilometers / 130 miles

At 09:00, you will leave Palermo for a great start of your tour through the beauties of Sicily. You will start heading for Monreale and its splendid Duomo cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, you will continue along the scenic route above the sea to visit the archeological remains of the charming Temple of Segesta and descend towards the sea and the historic tuna fishery in Scopello. From there, you will begin the discovery of the Zingaro Reserve and San Vito Lo Capo, then continue towards Trapani with its salt marshes and finally towards the splendid Marsala where you will stop for the night.

Day 3: Marsala to Agrigento, 240 kilometers / 149 miles

You will leave the sea behind you, 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”, the best foreign film at the 1990 Oscars, and “Malena”. The last leg of this day brings you back to the sea and straight into the Magna Graecia to Agrigento’s mystical Valley of the Temples, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you will spend the night.

Day 4: Agrigento to Ibla, 210 kilometers / 130 miles

Again, you will face many curves towards the inland. You will visit the Villa Romana del Casale, an early fourth-century villa and UNESCO site with huge, exceptionally well-preserved mosaics. Then, you hit the road again, bound for Val di Noto and its fine UNESCO-listed late-baroque towns. Although all these centers 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, 14 of the 18 monuments of the city of Ragusa registered in the world heritage today are located in the ancient isle of Ibla, which by the way has more than 50 churches and numerous buildings in baroque style, where you will stop for the night.

Day 5: Ibla to Siracusa, 170 kilometers / 106 miles

This day is dedicated to the late baroque between cozy villages symbol of this fascinating island, a day with fewer kilometers but with so much to see. You will begin with UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Modica and Noto and finish with Siracusa and the beautiful island Ortigia, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. On top of all this, you can also pay a visit to the fascinating necropolis and / or among the ponds of the Cavagrande area. Your overnight stay is in Siracusa.

Day 6: Siracusa to Etna, 200 kilometers / 124 miles

A few kilometers on the motorway will allow you to quickly reach the area that you want to explore today, that is of the spectacular Etna. So, you will continue your tour with a visit in the historical center of Catania to then dedicate yourself to the unique sight of the majestic Etna, a UNESCO World Heritage which is, with its 3,340 meters above sea level, the highest active volcano of the Eurasian plate. It is on the slopes that you will stop for the night.

Day 7: Etna to Cefalù, 260 kilometers / 162 miles

You will spend the day through some of the most enchanting villages of Italy, between the sea and the mountain, exploring the natural park of the Nebrodi mounts which is the biggest in Sicily straddling the Ionian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea, savoring many exquisite turns. You will 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 you will stop for the night.

Day 8: Cefalù to Palermo, 200 kilometers / 124 miles

Get ready for some more serious riding in the mountains and by the sea. You will be motoring up and down through the Madonie mountains up to 1,600 meters in the tracks of the historic “Targa Florio” and “Mille Miglia” motor race before reaching your city of departure, Palermo.

Day 9: Farewell in Palermo

Today is your departure, leaving you free to go home, explore further the magic of Sicily on your own, or relax for some days by the sea.

Note

You will get thoroughly-designed daily itineraries from hotel to hotel, packed with exhilarating bikers’ roads and spectacular / interesting places to see. They come in Sygic format, the most performing navigation system presently available that works on any smartphone without any internet connection, and in GPS format.

Skill level required for this tour: beginner

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Location

The sunny Sicily, Italy, the biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea, is an astonishing place. Through the centuries, it has endured every kind of invasion, from the Greeks to the Romans, the Arabians, and the Normans, who all together made of it what it is now, a place with an incomparable, eclectic culture, and a very peculiar allure. With its many architectural styles, its gorgeous landscapes, its strong personality, and the amazing sight of the erupting Etna, Sicily is an island like no other.

Food

You will get buffet breakfasts at the hotels during the tour. Meals on a half-board basis are available on request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During the tour, you can visit various museums, natural sites, and monuments around Sicily.

What's included

  • 7 days of riding
  • Thoroughly-designed daily itineraries in Sygic and GPS formats
  • Assistance, medical, and luggage insurance
  • Registration fees and a branded T-shirt
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Buffet breakfasts

What's not included

  • Motorcycle rental (ask Italy on Motorbike for a quote)
  • Entrance fees in museums, natural sites, and monuments
  • Main meals
  • Tourist taxes and extras in hotels
  • Transfers (ask Italy on Motorbike for a quote)
  • Motorcycle operation costs such as petrol, parking fees, and tolls
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Falcone–Borsellino Airport (PMO).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Availability

This tour is available from April 1 to November 30. However, it is not advisable to come in April and November because it may be cold and rainy. You may want to avoid July and August because it may be too hot, too crowded, and too expensive, considering it is the time for sea vacationers. The best time for this tour is during May, June, September, and October.

Tour Information

ON REQUEST vast choice of motorbikes for hire of brands Ducati, BMW, Harley Davidson, Moto Guzzi, etc … with top case and 2 side cases. For more information, please send an inquiry.

Pricing information

Prices displayed are flexible, depending on the accommodation availability and the season. Please send an inquiry for the exact quote.

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