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  • THE SICILY TOUR

    Around Mount Etna

    Individual tour
    8 days/7 nights - approx. 245 km

    Sicily has a famous landmark – the highest and the most active European volcano – Mount Etna. It towers 3300 meter above the ground level. The bike tour of Sicily takes you around Mount Etna, the most beautiful part of the Island when it comes to landscape. You bike along the sea shore, enjoy the sun and the splendid air, pass orange and lemon groves, ride through wide planes that are filled with cacti, eucalyptuses or agaves. For somebody interested in history the silent monuments of the past offer a chance to reflect at every step: antique theatre, temple or fortresses. The one week tour offers many possibilities. A quiet, pleasurable day is planned. You should also taste the vine that grows there at the foot of Mount Etna.
     
     
    Course features:
    Flat routes and hilly terrain, rising stages. You cycle only on asphaltic ways and almost car-free side roads. You sometimes have to make do with heavy traffic on entering or leaving a city. However, the altitude differences can be overcome even by a cyclist who does not have much experience.

     

    Arrival and departure:
    Transfer airport – start hotel: € 25.- per taxi, about 15 km
    Transfer endhotel – airport: € 35.- per taxi, about 30 km
    Good public traffic connection from/to airport
    Flight arrangement can be posted via Eurobike! 
     
     
    Tour course:
    1st Day Arrival in Catania
     
    Individual arrival at the start hotel in Catania. Tour information and possibility for a walk through Catania.

    2nd Day Catania - Regalbuto approx. 55 km 
    With the ancient train “Circum Etnea”/bus to Bianca Villa. By bike to Regalbuto.

    3rd Day Regalbuto - Randazzo approx. 68 km
    Mount Etna still dominates the view and you cycle through a rank valley landscape with pistachios trees as well as orange- and lemon groves. Bronte (national park) and Castello Nelson are passing your way to Randazzo (sacral buildings of lava rock).

    4th Day Randazzo approx. 30 km
    Before noon you cycle into the nature protection area of Nebrodio. In the afternoon you have a guided hike into the Etna-national park, where you learn a lot interesting about the most powerful mountain in Europe. (at least 8 persons).

    5th Day Randazzo - Giardini di Naxos approx. 45 km
    Through the Alcantara Valley and towards ionic sea. You cycle through some typical sicily villages and ruins of the “Normanen- and Sarazenenage”.

    6 th Day Giardini Naxos day of rest or approx. 60 km 
    Before noon tour to the oldest tourist town – Taormina, in the afternoon leisure time at the beach. You can also visit the greek archeological excavations in Giardini di Naxos.

    7 th Day Giardini Naxos – Acireale approx. 45 km
    Along the cyclopsriviera southwards to the old fishing village Riposto. Through blooming country sides to Acireale, the baroque juwel of the island. In the afternoon bus journey to Catania.

    8 th Day Individual departure or extension
    Good public traffic connection, Taxi.

    Schedule 2007:

    Arrival every Saturday from 07.04. to 06.10.

    Prices
    single tour
    Basic price per person in a double room
    €745/AU$1552
    Single room surcharge
    €220/AU$458
    Half board surcharge
    €155/AU$322
    Rental bike (24 speed)
    €70/AU$145
    Accomodation-category:
    Cat. 3*** or 4****, in Hinterland Cat. 2**
    Additional nights
    Basic price per person
    in a double room
    Category
    Single room
    surcharge
    Catania
    €68/AU$122
    3***
    €26/AU$46
    Acireale
    €68/AU$122
    4****
    €26/AU$46
    Note: All prices subject to change
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    Our included services

    6 nights in 4****- and 3***-hotels
    1 night in Hinterland in a basic hotel with shower/WC
    Breakfast buffet or extended breakfast
    At best elaborated route
    Detailed travel documents with tour cards and way describtion
    Luggage transport from hotel to hotel
    Transfers as mentioned in the programme