September 16-21: Sicily

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The Sicily Bike Tour is an Italiabike classic! Enjoy the ride on a wild region full of history and tradition. Our bike rides will pass over neverending Marsala vineyards, melons and prickly pears. What about having lunch in an agriturismo specialized in olives? A visit to the medieval city of Erice at the top of a mountain will give you the real essence of Sicily, arts, culture, sun and sea!
Price: 3790,00 € in double occupancy

September 16 – Sunday – DAY 1 – 20 km (12 Miles)
We will pick you up in Trapani Airport and shuttle you deep into our first hotel, the Donnafranca in Marsala (Marsala, where the famous sweet dessert wine is made). In the afternoon a first bike ride in the west part of Sicily, close to the sea up to Mozia Island. Visit of the Island and the Whitaker Museum.
The relais & Chateau Donnafranca makes you live an unique experience through big agricultural firms, immense vineyard expanses, teritories rich in history and old Baglios (typical rural buildings located in Sicily countryside where the wine used to be produced).
At night wine tasting and dinner in the hotel cellars.

September 17 – Monday – DAY 2 – 54 km (36 Miles)
Cycling from the hotel we head out on quiet lanes towards Trapani, passing fields of grapewines of Marsala.
Stop at the Baglio Fontanasalsa for e light lunch in their typical “AGRITURISMO” where olives are their specialty…Be prepaired to taste a tasteful Olive oil Ice Cream!
At the night we are gonna have a wine tasting of the famous dessert wine “Marsala” on the sea river and a typical dinner at the Trattoria Garibaldi in Marsala.
September 18 – Tuesday – DAY 3 – 50 km (30 Miles)
Today we are leaving our hotel in Marsala for the next destination, Segesta.
Segesta was the political center of the Elymianpeople, located in the northwestern part of Sicily.
The population of Segesta was mixed Elymian and Ionian Greek, though the Elymians soon Hellenized and took on external characteristics of Greek life.
Before arriving to Segesta we stop at the Baglio Pocoroba for a light lunch of “Antipasti”.
After the lunch we will visit the Segesta temple and theatre.
In late afternoon we check in our Hotel Relais Angimbè. it will be our hotel for the next 3 night, until the end of the Tour.

September 19 – Wednesday – DAY 4 – 40 km (25 Miles)
Cycling from the Hotel we follow directions towards “Scopello” and “Riserva Naturale dello ZIngaro”, one of the most charming natural reserve, where the time seems to stop.
A quick visit to the Scopello sea and his famous “tonnara” (an ancient structure used to fish tunas) before arriving to the small town of Scopello on the hills above the sea.
Lunch at the restaurant Torre Bennistra where you will have an amazing view of the “Riserva” and return to Hotel passing the city of Castellammare del Golfo.
Tonight it’s time for a relaxing walk ont he sea of Castellammare and dinner at Egesta Mare
September 20 – Thursday – DAY 5 – 45 km (27 Miles)
Today we are going to visit one of the most beautiful ancient city of Sicily: Erice.
Erice is located on top of Mount Erice, at around 750m above sea level, overlooking the city of Trapani, the low western coast towards Marsala, the dramatic Punta del Saraceno and Capo san Vito to the north-east, and the Aegadian Islands on Sicily’s north-western coast, providing spectacular views.
The ancient name of Erice was Eryx, and its foundation was associated with the eponymous Greek hero Eryx.
In Erice we stop for a visit of the city and lunch at Monte San Giuliano restaurant.
Returning back to Segesta with our bus we stop in Valderice at the Molino Excelsior for a cooking class and dinner; we will learn how to prepair the famous Sicilian Cous-Cous with fish and Caponata.

September 21 – Friday – DAY 6 – 20km (13 miles)
One last very short bike ride from our hotel to Sirignano Wine Resort for a wine tasting and last lunch before say goodbye to Sicily and transfer you to Trapani airport in the afternoon.
In the Sirignano Wine Resort we will have rooms available for showers.

What’s Included:
5 nights (6 days) in 4* (or more) hotel
Hybrid Bike, Sport Bottle, Helmet
All Breakfasts, Lunches & Dinners (Wine included, max 1 bottle every 3 guests)
Daily Map with all tour indications
Entrance to Museums, visits etc..
All scheduled wine and olives oil and cheese tasting
Support vehicle with food and beverage
Transportation from meeting point to final drop off
Baggage Transport
At least but not last: support by the Italiabike big Hospitality MotorHome, please check Bus images here

What’s not included:
Airplane tickets
Personal expenses
Single occupancy supplement (+500 euros)
Speed bike full carbon (+200 euros)
Everything is not specified in “What’s included”

Baglio Donna Franca is a place of fairytales, at just a small distance from Trapani Airport.
Baglio Donna Franca is conveniently located at the heart of the “Strada del vino e dei Sapori del Marsala”, one of the most prestigious wine productions in the world, and just a small distance from the local cities and from Trapani/Birgi Airport.
It is of great historical and naturalistic value, where a vacation transforms into a truly unique experience. The immense stretch of vineyards, territories rich in history and culture and the restored antique “baglio” all greatly demonstrate the ostentatious wine industry of Western Sicily.
The Relais was built from the restoration and conversion of a large “baglio” located in the centre of an agricultural establishment that, at one time, belonged to the Florio family. The historic Sicilian dynasty of the Florio family introduced Marsala wine to the entire world, invented the tuna fish industry in Favignana and controlled the largest commercial naval fleet at that time in Italy. The name Donna Franca is a homage to Franca Florio, who was an important and well-known figure of the Florio family.

Angimbé Relais is a 4 star country hotel resort located in the Sicilian region of Trapani, north west of the island’s capital city, Palermo. With a noted in-house restaurant and wine tavern of exceptional quality, utterly breathtaking panoramas of the Sicilian countryside and a wealth of outdoor activities to choose from.

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