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Motorcycle Tour of Sicily

Grand Tour of Sicily

1 - 9 April 2023

6 - 14 April 2024

Enjoy this 8 day motorcycle tour of Sicily starting and ending in Palermo. We run the ride of this magnificent island anti-clockwise and take our time to explore its Mediterranean beauty. So much natural and historical beauty is combined with what is probably the finest Italian cuisine. We also ride up on 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.
The Greek temples of Agrigento, the cathedral in Monreale, the Villa Romana del Casale, Ortigia, and many more sites will add importance to an amazing motorcycle tour. Reserve your place now! Only 10 people maximum on the ride.

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

Day 0 (saturday): reach Palermo and meet the team at our chosen Hotel within easy reach of the city centre of Palermo. We'll have an afternoon briefing and finalise the paperwork for the bikes before an exquisite Sicilian dinner in the heart of Palermo.

Day 1 (sunday): We exit Palermo 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 near 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 along the salt plants to reach Marsala for the night. We stay right by a famous winery and have a last wine tasting and cellar tour reserved for us. Dinner nearby will also be in a restaurant serving the same wines you saw being produced.

Day 2 (monday): We leave Marsala and head inland. We ride across the Belice valley and the heart of the wine producing area of Sicily. Before we reach Agrigento, we stop in Gibellina to view an amazing piece of contemporary art, the Cretto di Burri. It's a controversial monument to what happened here in 1968. Upon reaching Agrigento we shall visit the amazing UNESCO site of the Valley of Temples. The visit of these ancient Greek temples at sunset will remain with you for a very long time. 

Day 3 (tuesday): It will be an intense day of riding all the way to Siracusa. On the way there we shall visit the extraordinary Roman Villa del Casale with its mosaics and Caltagirone, the pottery and ceramic capital of Sicily. We also ride the spectacular SS124 from Catagirone to Siracusa. Some really excellent riding.

Day 4 (wednesday): 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 5 (thursday): we leave Siracusa and head for "Mongibello". This is how Sicilians call Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. With its 3300 meters (and growing) summit it's quite a sight when we approach it. We climb up to 2100 meters on some amazing roads through volcanic lava fields. We then circum ride Etna on the East side and reach Taormina by mid afternoon.

Day 6 (friday): We have a full day in Taormina to visit the sites and relax. A ride is also planned to the close by village of Savoca, the location where the "Godfather" movie was shot. We take a coffee at the Bar Vitelli. A ride to Sella Mandrazzi, an amazing pass, will also be offered in the afternoon with views over the Eolian islands and superb cannoli in Novara di Sicilia.

Day 7 (saturday) 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 in Cefalu, or go for a swim at the beach, if your brave enough to face the spring temperatures of the sea. 

Day 8 (sunday): 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, and a coffee in Corleone before reaching Palermo in the evening.

 

to recap:

Day 0: reach Palermo and finalise paperwork
Day 1: ride to Marsala
Day 2: ride to Agrigento
Day 3: ride to Siracusa
Day 4: rest day / loop ride out of Siracusa
Day 5: ride to Taormina
Day 6: rest day / loop ride out of Taormina
Day 7: ride to Cefalý
Day 8: ride to Palermo
 

Price per person in euro:

motorcycle of choice sharing a double
own bike or rented elsewhere 2690 euro
Honda NC750X, Moto Morini X Cape 650 3770 euro
BMW F750GS, Moto Guzzi V85TT or V7, Ducati Scrambler 800 3865 euro
Honda Africa Twin 1100, NT1100, Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello 3950 euro
BMW R1250GS 4070 euro
BMW R1250RT 4125 euro
   

passenger supplement:

+2415 euro
single room supplement:  + 405 euro

 

included:

not included

8 days motorcycle rental

fuel for bike

8 days motorcycle tour itinerary, maps and road book

dinners, lunches and snacks

9 nights accommodation in hotels with breakfast

beverages with your meals

tour guide on bike all the time

toll roads

support chase van for luggage and assistance

entrance fees to any museums or historical sites

welcome and farewell dinners in Palermo

anything not expressly included
city taxes

 

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