Private tour Cycling

Tasting Palermo by bike

SicilyDifficulty path:
Easy
Private tour · CyclingDuration: 5 daysCode: bg015
departure on request

Highlights

Welcome to Sicily, sunny and iridescent land.
Here lush green and undulating hills alternate with entire valleys covered with vineyards and olive trees, and where more than 1000 kilometers of coastline are washed by crystal clear waters and there is a magnificent setting of all different islands.
Cycling from Palermo, we will discover an extraordinary artistic and architectural heritage, a vociferous and sensual town, the limpid sea of Mondello, the bilingual community of Piana degli Albanesi. We will satisfy the eyes with art and awaken the seven senses intoxicating them with the scents and the flavors of this land: a cultural and gastronomic experience like no other.

 PRIVATE TOUR:
choose your date and travel with your own group, always accompanied by one expert local tour leader.

  • The coloured traditional Markets of Palermo

  • Ancient Community and Handicraft in the Mountains

  • Cycling from the beautiful Palermo

  • The Beaches where the locals use to go

  • Sicilian Street Food

  • Superb Sweet local Wines

Program

Day1

Welcome to Palermo

Individual arrive at the accommodation.
After a short walk in beautiful Palermo, you will arrive at the restaurant to have dinner, and begin to learn about typical Sicilian cuisine, made of recipes full of contrasts and paradoxes, with dishes that bring to the table all the peoples who have passed through this land, with a wealth of colours and flavours obtained by skillfully blending simple and sometimes poor ingredients.

Day2

Vuccirìa, Capo and Ballarò

about 20km

Today we will spend the morning among the colorful markets of Palermo and in the afternoon we will cycle to the sea of Mondello.
The 3 markets Vuccirìa (this name comes from the word Bucceria, from the French boucherie, which means butcher), Capo and Ballarò (famous for selling delicious fruits that come from the Palermo countryside) are the places where we will see any kind of things: fish, meat and seasonable vegetables that become street food at any time.
Markets need to be visited at slow pace, taking time to taste any food you come across, like Palermo sfincione, panelle, potato croquettes, boiled potatoes, thistles, olives, cedars, bread with spleen, quarume and carcagnòlo: we will have plenty of choice to experience Palermo at the table and on the street.
In the afternoon, riding our bikes we will leave Palermo, to reach Mondello, famous for its sites of historical interest and for the numerous Liberty style villas that make of its seafront promenade one of the gems of Art Nouveau in Italy.

Day3

Bagheria and Capo Zafferano by bike

about 50km

Today is a full day by bike to explore the surroundings of Palermo.
We will start from the center along the seafront of Aspra, a seaside village full of charm and ancient traditions. We will stop in this picturesque fishing village to enjoy its beauty and visit the fish market, an incredible riot of Mediterranean smells, sounds, colors and flavours. We will also visit the Anchovy Museum, to truly dive into Sicilian maritime culture, and we will have a tasting here.
Continue towards the small promontory of Capo Zafferano and its picturesque lighthouse, and we will say goodbye to the beautiful villas of Bagheria to then return to Palermo.

Day4

Monreale and Piana degli Albanesi

about 30km

After breakfast we will reach the splendid Monreale by private transfer, and during the visit to the imposing Duomo, the bikes will be prepared for another beautiful ride.
We will pedal to the bilingual community of Piana degli Albanesi, Hora and Arbëreshëvet in arbëreshë: here in the mountains of Palermo, to taste the very famous cannoli accompanied by a sweet wine and get to know the only Sicilian artisans of gold of the Byzantine tradition.
From here we will return slightly downhill along the panoramic former via ferrata that crosses the entire Conca d'Oro of Palermo up to Monreale.
Return to Palermo by transfer for the last overnight stay.

Day5

Goodbye!

Greetings, kisses and…sweet hugs!!
If you still have time, we really recommend you the last sin of gluttony reaching the Marsicano Pastry, amazing food and wine museum supporter of the project AddioPizzo, against the Mafia. Eat your fill and then dispose of it all with one last stroll in the center.

Tour programme variations
Due to organizational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during the holiday.

What's included

Our offer includes

  • 4 nights with breakfast in shared double/twin room
  • Dinner day 1
  • Visit and tasting at the museum day 3
  • Cannolo tasting day 4
  • English Speaking locale guide during excursions
  • Private transfer day 4

Not included

  • Transfer IN and Transfer OUT
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Bike rental
  • Entrance fees and tips
  • Hotel tourist taxes
  • Insurance and what's listed as Included

Departures and prices

Low Season01/02/2024 => 23/03/2024
Standard930 € /p
Mid Season24/03/2024 => 21/06/2024
Standard1030 € /p
High Season22/06/2024 => 19/07/2024
Standard1200 € /p
Peak Season - ON REQUEST20/07/2024 => 01/09/2024
Mid Season02/09/2024 => 26/10/2024
Standard1030 € /p
Low Season27/10/2024 => 20/11/2024
Standard930 € /p

Supplements per person

Trek bike
Standard75 € /p
E-bike
Standard110 € /p
Transfer Palermo Apt-Palermo (min 2 pax)
Standard44 € /p

Other Information

Grade

This tour is available to anyone with a minimum of habit to cycle.
Daily mileage varies from 20 to 40 kilometres a day, with scheduled stops for visits and refreshments. The route is focused on typical food and wine of the Palermo area. The bike will be a way to dispose of the good food and enjoy the many landscapes that this land offers. There will also be cultural moments and the opportunity, if possible, for a good swim in the clear Sicilian sea.

Accomodations & Meals
  • 4 nights in Palermo at Locanda Sette Fate.

All rooms are ensuite.
In case of limited availability we choose an alternative position with similar characteristics. Alternative details will be noted in the updated service list.

Private Tour

Holiday designed for small prearranged groups of friends, families and colleagues (quotation is per person and based on a group of 10 pax).
 Departures every day on request.
Just choose the date and your own group and ask for a customised quote.

Price per person

The price varies according to the services requested and the number of people.

Support

You will be accompanied during the excursions and dinners by one of our expert tour leader, coordinator of the group and passionate about travel, nature and the territory visited. He/she will support you, becoming a travel companion and trying to meet the needs of the group, while being attentive to individual requests.
He/she will help make your vacation authentic, relaxing and fun.

Travel documents

A few days before departure you will receive by email the documentation containing the latest information relating to your holiday.

Arrival and Departure

Getting there
Palermo is easily reachable by train, bus, car and by air.

BY TRAIN. Trenitalia connects the main Italian cities with the capital of Sicily. From Milan it takes from 15 to 20 hours of travel, with 1 or two changes; from Rome about 11/12 hours with direct line. On www.viaggiatreno.it you can find update informations about train routes.

BY AIR. Palermo Airport Falcone e Borsellino is well connected to the most important Italian and foreign cities.
The airport is about 35km from the city and is well connected with the bus service of the Prestia e Comandè bus lines. More information at the following link. The train service to and from the airport has also been reactivated, for information and timetables refer to the Trenitalia website.

BY BUS. Palermo is also accessible by bus. Here some of the major operating companies: Marinobus, Baltour & Flixbus, Sais autolinee, Buscenter.

BY CAR. To get to Palermo by car, there are convenient maritime connections departing from Naples, Livorno, Genoa, Tunis. Instead, crossing the Strait of Messina, take the A20 Messina-Palermo, a very suggestive but very busy route.

If you prefer to travel in total comfort, you can book a private transfer on the days of arrival and departure.

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