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Nights Available 5 days / 4 nights
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Sicily Italy The Godfather of Cycling Breaks

The Godfather of Cycling Breaks

Enjoy the beautiful Italian island of Sicily on our 5-days, 4-nights cycling package. It is the largest island in the Mediterranean and internationally renowned for its delicious food. With miles of incredible cycling routes and one of Europe’s best climates, this island is an ideal cyclist destination.

4 nights in 4* Hotel
Daily Guided Rides
Mechanical Support
Airport Transfers
Breakfast & Dinners
Optional Extras Bike Rental
Sicily by Sportive Breaks
Routes Details
Itinerary
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Event Info

Ride Notes

Cycling holidays in Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean with a fascinatingly vast history and incredible landscapes. Riders can roll throughout the island and conquer the highest climb, Mount Etna. Several professional teams come to train in Sicily in January and February, due to the early season sunshine and the mix of terrain. The island is also home to the 2014 Tour de France winner, Vincenzo Nibali.

Our 4-night Sicily cycling break takes riders through the villages filmed in the movie, the Godfather, on the way up to Mount Etna. Our Sicily cycling package also includes a stay in the 4-star Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa, based in Castiglioni di Sicilia near Taormina. Which is great location to experience authentic Sicilian culture and to load up on those essential ride carbs!

Real Rider Reviews

Mark, Sportive Breaks Rider, 2017: "Sportive Breaks' attention to detail and communication are spot on! Will be back next year. "

Ride Highlights

  • Climb Mount Etna

    On our Sicily cycling route, we combine gentle rides with some iconic climbs such as the 3327 metres high Mount Etna.

  • The Al Pacino experience

    Take a well-earned coffee stop at Bar Vitelli, the same bar Al Pacino famously drank at in the Godfather.

  • Spectacular Taormina

    Our routes take you off the beaten track in small Sicilian villages, but we also ride through the beautiful hilltop town of Taormina with the famous Teatro Antico di Taormina.

Trip Summary

  • 5 days and 4 nights near Mount Etna
  • Available from Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th May
  • Total distance: Average 101km per day
  • Total elevation: Average 2,200m per day
  • Prices from only £549
Routes Details

Route Overview

Sicily Cycling Route Overview

All rides will be led by an expert local guide who will alternate longer and shorter days, you will also benefit from mechanical support throughout each of your rides. For those arriving early on Tuesday, we have an additional short warm-up ride.

Stage One

Stage One

From Castiglioni di Sicilia to Castiglioni di Sicilia

Ride Distance 49
Elevation Gain 852

Climbs at Sicily

Mt Etna (from Linguaglossa)

The big climb on Sicily, the climb includes over 1,000m of ascending and some glorious views over the island. Expect very little traffic, a lot of hairpins and occasional steep gradients.

Ride Distance 15.2km
Elevation Gain 7%
KOM  51min39
Itinerary

Sicily Cycling Itinerary

Our trip will be based at the foot of Mount Etna, close to the stunning Sicilian coast. Our rides will take in both the north and south coasts whilst also climbing Mount Etna. Read our daily itinerary below.

Itinerary

Day One Tuesday

Castiglione di Sicilia

• We meet with our mechanics to build bikes and to check the fit for those who have opted to rent a bike from us.
• For those arriving on the early transfers, we have a short afternoon ride.

Ride Distance 49 km.
Elevation Gain 852 m.

Day Two Wednesday

Castiglione di Sicilia

• Today we will experience the villages filled in the Godfather.
• After a relaxing breakfast we will meet at 9.30am for a 9.45am rollout.
• Today's ride goes down to Taormina and then inland to the villages where the Godfather was set.
• After coffee and cake at Bar Vitelli, we will head back to the hotel for mid-afternoon relaxation before dinner.

Ride Distance 107 km.
Elevation Gain 2315 m.

Day Three Thursday

Castiglione di Sicilia

• Today is a shorter day with a later beginning.
• We will today ride the biggest climb on the island, Mount Etna.
• It will be a gentle ride, allowing each rider to go at their own pace.

Ride Distance 66 km.
Elevation Gain 1829 m.

Day Four Friday

Castiglione di Sicilia

• Today we ride through quiet road to the North of the island for lunch on the beach.
• The day includes two climbs:
1) Before lunch, a 14km, 5% spin.
2) After lunch, a 12.5km, 5% climb.

Ride Distance 130 km.
Elevation Gain 2762 m.

Airport Transfers

Our airport transfers are from Catania (CTA) airport in the east of the island. If you are unable to make our transfer times, our team will be more than happy to arrange a private transfer.

Arrival

Once you have arrived in Catania our ride guides will meet you in the arrivals area for our transfer to Castiglione di Sicilia, this journey will take around 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Arrival Airport
Transfer Times
Catania (CTA)
12.20pm, 7.15pm & 9.00pm - please book flights that arrive 30 mins before these transfers.

Departure

We leave the hotel with plenty of time, allowing a stress-free return journey. You can find that last minute holiday gift and check-in your bike without any rush. Please book flights that leave at least 2 hours after our arrival time. Contact us if you would like a private transfer outside of these times,

Departure Airport
Transfer Times
Catania (CTA)
9am, 2.30pm and 6.45pm - please book flights that depart at least 2 hours after these times.
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Book your cycling Sicily holiday today

Enjoy an idyllic cycling holiday on the Mediterranean’s biggest island, Sicily. It boasts great road surfaces, a mixture of terrain from coastal to mountain rides, and authentic Italian food. What’s there to not love? Book your Sportive Breaks Sicily package today. Our package includes accommodation in a 4* hotel, daily guided rides led by our experts, mechanical support throughout, airport transfers and breakfast / dinners included. Check our available dates below.

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Date Hotel Name Room Type Price  

Spring 2020

5 - 9th May 2020 Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa Single Room £649 Book Now
Twin / Double Room £1099 Book Now

Sicily
May

4 nights

Single Room £649
Twin Room £549
  • 4 nights in 4* hotels
  • All breakfast & dinners
  • Return airport transfers from Catania
  • Daily guided rides and mechanical support
  • Ride nutrition
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Lunch (budget for €10 per day) and drinks with dinner.