Biking in Sicily

Alcantara Gorges, Catania, Etna, Messina, Peloritan Mountains, Taormina,

SICBIKE01 8g +600/-600m 3

Biking in Sicily

An exciting guided circuit of biking from the sea and the hills of Messina to the peaks of Etna!

Escursione Mountain Bike Peloritani vista sullo stretto di messina

*supplement E-bike: 100,00€

Included in the price:

  • Guide/Driver
  • 3 nights in B&B in Messina.
  • 2 nights in Chalet on Etna Northen side.
  • 1 night in a Refuge on Etna Southern side.
  • 1 night Htl Catania ***
  • Bike rental
  • All minivan transfers
  • Pick up and drop off at the airport
  • Packed lunch day 5-6-7-
  • Dinners day 1/3/4/5/6
  • Escursion Top Etna (Vulcanologist guide + bike)
  • City tax Messina, Catania, Etna Sud
  • Mediterranea Trekking Assistance
  • Insurance “responsabilità civile”

Not included in the price:

  • Flights
  • Drinks at meals
  • The meals not mention in « included in the price »
  • Entrance ticket at museums and archeological sites.
  • All not mentioned in « included in the price »

Day 1 - Catania

Pick up at Catania airport and transfer to Messina.
Messina is placed on the northen extreme point of Sicily, it is the third city of the island and it can offer many different possibilities to enjoy its beauty and its historic landscapes. Depending on the arrival time, it is possible to visit the historical center.

Pizza based dinner and night at the hotel

Day 2 - Messina - Excursion to Torre Faro

The excursion of today is easy and is developed on a tarred and straight road. We will depart from the northen Riviera of Messina, by the sea. We will continue along the coast to reach the reserve of Capo Peloro that is made of the two lakes of Ganzirri, until we arrive to the little village of Torre Faro. One of the symbols of the village is the “pilone”, an ancient post that is not used anymore and that today is a tourist attraction. Once arrived at Torre Faro, we will leave our bikes, we will go for a walk along the beach to reach the northen extremity of Sicily.

Altitude gain: +20 / -20 mt
Km 25

Day 3 - Messina - Forti Umbertini

The excursion of today is developed around the hills of Messina. We will climb along a tarred road that will take us to discover some ancient forts built at the end of the XIX century.
Return to the hotel, dinner at the restaurant, night.

Altitude gain: + 600 / – 600 mt
Km 36.4

Day 4 - Messina - Peloritans – Fiumedinisi – Etna

Transfer to the sanctuary of Dinnammare
We will continue along a panoramic route overhanging the sea, called the “Peloritani ridge” that is developed along an ancient military route. After about 20 km, we will go downhill for about 800 metres until we reach the charming village of Fiumedinisi.
Transfer to our chalet on the northen side of Etna, dinner and night at the chalet.

Altitude gain: +300 / - 800
Km 30

Day 5 - Linguaglossa – Vecchia Ferrovia – Alcantara – Giardini Naxos

goes along the river Alcantara, where you will have the possibility to make a stopover to admire the “Gurne dell’ Alcantara”, packed lunch during the excursion.
Possibility to visit the village of Taormina, dinner and night at the Chalet.

Altitude gain: + 200 / - 1400
Km 50

Day 6 - Pista Altomontana - Etna

Departure from the Chalet to cross the « pista altomontana » , a path that traces a circle on Etna at an altitude of about 1700 meters, along 35 km, going from the northen side to the south-west side. Packed lunch during the excursion.
Dinner and Night at the refuge on the southern side of Etna.

Altitude gain: + 800 / - 650
Km 35

Day 7 - Etna

Departure from the Rifugio Sapienza (1900 mt) on mountain bike towards the summit craters, an exciting ascent up the authorized limit of 2900mt. We will leave here our bikes and will continue by walking, guided by an authorized volcanologic guide, up to the summit where we will admire the majesty of the craters. Packed lunch during the excursion. Transfer to Catania.
Dinner and night at the hotel in Catania.

Duration: 7h
Hiking details:
Altitude gain: +1000/-1000
Km 16
Biking details:
Km 6

Day 8 - Catania

Transfer to Catania airport, departure.

  • Tranportation of baggages – minibus: you will only have to carry with you the necessary for the daily excursion
  • Climate: High temperature in July/August (up to 35 degrees) ; possible storms at the enf of the summer. On Etna cold weather.
  • Accommodation: B&B, Chalet (multiple rooms); Refuge/Hotel.
  • Guide : English speaking tour leader.
  • Group : min. 3 max. 7 people

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