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Motorcycle Tour of Sicily

Total Sicily

Dates: 
1 - 9 May 2021

This 9 day motorcycle tour offers 7 full riding days (Saturday to Sunday) around this magnificent Island. Our start and finishing point is Rome. We take a two way cruise-ferry overnight trips from Napoli to Palermo and back on Saturdays. We run the ride of this magnificent island anti-clockwise and take our time to explore the beauty of this Mediterranean island. So much natural and historical beauty is combined with what is probably the finest Italian cuisine. We also ride the highest active volcano in Europe with its amazing roads and views, witnessing not only the incredible unstoppable power of nature, but also the tenacity of the inhabitants which keep living there.
In 2021 we will be running the tour in May, the best time to be in Sicily. It will be warm and everything will be in flower. For the brave ones you can even imagine to take a dip in the still fairly cold sea.

Read the day by day info and join us in this amazing ride.  

 

Day 1: Meet Francesco and our second guide at the CIMT HQ in Rome, finalize the paperwork, and prepare your rental bike for departure. Our ferry departs at 8pm from Napoli and we need to be there by latest 6pm. Sadly, it will be mostly Autostrada to Napoli in the afternoon. 230km with 2 stops will take us 3/4 hours. We need to leave by latest 2pm. Sailing will be at 8pm and we shall have the welcome dinner at the "a la carte restaurant" on board. Our tour includes double or single cabins with sea view and private bathrooms. We'll be docking in Palermo at 7am on Sunday morning. Perfect hour to leave Palermo on our bikes.

Day 2: We exit Palermo on a Sunday morning with no traffic and head to Monreale for the visit to its magnificent cathedral. After the visit we cut through the mountains and reach the very beautiful Natural Reserve of the Zingaro by San Vito lo Capo. This is where we will have lunch by the beach (see above) before riding up to the medieval town of Erice on the giant hill overlooking the Egadi islands and the salt plants of Trapani and Mozia. We then ride back down the twisty road and ride through the salt plants to reach Marsala for the night. Here we have the opportunity to visit a superb winery and taste their wines with dinner. 

Day 3: We leave Marsala and head inland. We ride across the Belice valley and the heart of the wine producing area of Sicily, before reaching Agrigento and the UNESCO site of the Valley of Temples. The visit of these ancient Greek temples at sunset will remain with you for a long time. 

Day 4: It will be an intense day of riding all the way to Siracusa. On the way we shall visit the extraordinary mosaics of the Roman Villa del Casale and Caltagirone, the pottery and ceramic capital of Sicily. 

Day 5: you can take a well earned rest in Siracusa and visit this incredible town, or take a short loop ride to the 3 baroque gems of Sicily, Ragusa, Modica and Noto. These 3 towns are among the Hyblean hills which offer spectacular views. This area is featured in the "Commissario Montalbano" TV series.

Day 6: we leave Siracusa and head for Mongibello. This is how Sicilians call Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. With its 3300 meter summit it's quite a sight when we approach it. We climb up to 2100 meters on some amazing roads through the volcanic lava fields. We then circum ride Etna on the East side and reach Taormina by mid afternoon. This will give you some quality time to visit this exclusive town before dinner. 

Day 7: We leave Taormina late morning and cut across the Nebrodi mountains on the SS120 to reach Cefalý by the evening. We'll have time to visit the "Sicilian Stonehenge" and the amazing arab/norman cathedral. 

Day 8: It's the final day and Palermo is not far. Some time in Cafalu will be great and then a short ride along the roads of the Targa Florio circuit of the Madonie before reaching Palermo in the evening to board the returning cruise-ferry to Napoli like we did the Previous Saturday.

Day 9: we land in Napoli at 7am and head back to Rome where we shall reach the CIMT HQ by lunch time. After handing back the bikes, you'll be free to go.

to recap:

Day 1: ride to Napoli for ferry crossing
Day 2: ride to Marsala
Day 3: ride to Agrigento
Day 4: ride to Siracusa
Day 5: loop ride out of Siracusa
Day 6: ride to Taormina
Day 7: ride to Cefalý
Day 8: ride to Palermo for ferry crossing
Day 9: ride back to Rome 

map (click to enlarge):

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Price per person in euro:

in single room riding solo: 2750 euro

in double riding two up: 2230 euro

sharing a twin room riding solo: 2390 euro

 

included:

not included

9 days motorcycle tour itinerary, maps and road book

motorcycle rental

7 nights accommodation in Sicily with breakfast

fuel for bike

welcome and farewell dinners

dinners, lunches and snacks

tour guide on bike

beverages with your meals

2 ferry crossings in private cabin (no breakfast)

toll roads

support chase van

entrance fees to any museums or historical sites
anything not expressly included
city taxes


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