Headwater - Secrets of Sicily Cycling

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Trip code: 
C07MR
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
12

Discover Sicily's sapphire waters, hidden sandy coves and unexplored islands

Explore the undiscovered western coast to find pristine nature reserves, ancient monuments and Baroque towns. Option to visit the stunning Egadi Islands.

Highlights

  • Visit Baroque churches, charming seaside towns and bustling food markets
  • Cobalt blue seas, coral-lined grottos and unspoilt sandy beaches
  • Superb historical monuments: Segesta Amphitheatre, Selinunte Archaeological Park
  • Enjoy a slow pace of life amongst windmills, the coast and salt pans

Key information

  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation
  • 6 days cycling
  • All continental breakfasts and 1 evening meal
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • RideWithGPS navigation app
  • High quality bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Countries visited: Italy
Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Cycling
Pace:

 

Terrain:

 

Day by day breakdown
Day 224.0km/15.0miles
Day 343.0km/26.5miles
Day 552.0km/32.0miles
Day 635.0km/22.0miles
Day 741.0km/25.0miles

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Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Castellammare Del Golfo

    Transfer to the glittering coastlines of Castellammare Del Golfo. Enjoy an afternoon in one of Sicily's most picturesque seaside towns.

  • Day 2

    Castellammare del Goldo - Bruca

    From the fortress-studded shores of Castellammare Del Golfo, we reach the archaeological site of Segesta. After admiring its Grecian temple and amphitheatre, we end the day in San Mauro La Bruca, a quaint hillside town overlooking Pisciotta with dinner included.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Bruca – Trapani

    Leaving Bruca's olive covered foothills, you'll cycle inland towards Trapani. Following an afternoon exploring its intricate Baroque churches and shops that sell hand harvested sea salt.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Free day exploring

    Take a cable car to the picturesque medieval village of Erice overlooking the Salt Pans or ride the hydrofoil to enjoy an afternoon of snorkelling around Favignana’s coral reefs.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Trapani - Marsala

    Cycle at a relaxed pace with views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and flow mills. Make a pit stop in Mozia, an ancient city on San Pantaleo Island off the west coast of Sicily and visit its striking archaeological ruins. A short ride away, we reach Marsala where the fortified Marsala wine originates from.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Marsala - Mazara del Vallo

    Visit Marsala's local wineries and explore the town at your own leisure. Or you can choose an optional boat tour around the breath-taking Egadi Islands. Next, we move on to the Mazara del Vallo, home of the bronze statue - the 'Dancing Satyr'.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Mazara Del Vallo - Selinunte

    Cycle along the coast and admire the views of the Aegadi Islands before travelling inwards towards vineyards and aromatic olive groves. Afterwards, visit one of the largest archaeological parks in Europe in Selinunte. With seven Grecian temples spanning 1,300 meters east, this site is a true architectural gem.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Leave Selinunte

    Leave Selinunte

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All continental breakfasts and 1 dinner is included.

Sicily's typically southern Italian cuisine is interspersed with many more exotic dishes reflecting the island's jumbled cultural past. Italian dishes like pasta alla norma (made with tomatoes, aubergine and grated ricotta) are often found on menus along with couscous (a north African speciality), or even pasta con le sarde (a pasta dish dating back to Phoenician times made from sardines, raisins, pine nuts, fennel, saffron, parsley and capers).
The Arabs introduced citrus groves to the island and a popular drink today is granita made with crushed ice and lemon. This was traditionally drunk with sweet bread dipped in it as a lunchtime snack by Sicilian peasants.
Fish is of course also abundant. Local specialities include pesce spada alla ghiotta (swordfish cooked with tomatoes, capers, onion, celery and potatoes) or tonno fresco alla brace (grilled fresh tuna).
Sicily is famed for its desserts. Why not try cannolo, a crunchy pastry tube filled with ricotta cheese and studded with candied fruits, pistachio and chocolate? Or cassata, the Arab influenced cake made with ricotta cheese, candied fruit and chocolate pieces.
Sicily is not traditionally famous for its wines, so it is surprising to learn that the island boasts one of the largest wine producing areas in the whole of Italy. Look out for the Etna DOC label and Corvo di Salaparuta. One of Sicily's most popular wines is Alcamo Bianco - a soft white which goes well with fish dishes.

Weather

Sicily has a good all year round climate, with plenty of sunshine and warm/hot temperatures. The summer departures ought to have daily hot sunshine and temperatures can reach 30 to 35 degrees Celcius. The earlier and later departures are likely to be cooler with a slightly higher chance of rain. In late summer there is the possibility of heavy thunderstorms, but these are usually short-lived.

Is this trip for you?

Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to cycle independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodation, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can cycle at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The routes notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotels are normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

You will stay in a mixture of traditional and modern hotels with en-suite, air conditioned rooms.

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]