Days 1 – Erice
From Palermo airport a private transfer will take you to medieval Erice, one of the most beautiful old towns in Sicily. This is located on the top of a solo mountain and overlooks the flat province of Trapani. It was an important religious center for the Elymians, a population that lived in western Sicily before the Greek colonization, the same who founded Segesta. Erice is a charming village, from there you’ll get some great views overlooking the area below and the Egadi Islands.
Day 2 – Erice to Marsala (60 km)
Today your trip begins with a relaxing bike ride to Marsala. It is a mix of inland and by the coast rides. The coastline from Trapani to Marsala includes saltmarshes and windmills where salt has been cultivated according to ancient methods. Along the way you can stop and visit one of the windmills and the salt museum. From this location you can also take an excursion to the island of Mozia, where is an interesting museum, just 10min away by boat. An optional wine tasting can be arranged in advance in Marsala.
Day 3 – Marsala – Vigneto (near Menfi) (64 km)
This is the longest ride of the trip, but it is easy rolling terrain with some stretches by the sea. It takes you to a nice and comfortable resort with a pool and spa, plus the beautiful, sandy beaches that are only a few miles away. This is an oasis and an excellent base for your next two nights. Dinner is included at the hotel this night.
Day 4 – Vigneto loop ride to Selinunte (60 km)
You will ride to Selinunte, one of the largest Greek colonies in Sicily. It was founded in the seventh century BC, and destroyed in 409 BC. Nowadays you see ruins of the majesty of the place, which are still impressive. The ride is lovely and you’ll have plenty of time to explore this amazing site before returning to your hotel. Dinner is included.
Day 5 – Vigneto – Contessa Entellina (43 km)
The ride takes you through the fertile valley of the Belice River, which runs along the provinces of Palermo, Agrigento, and Trapani. The area is sadly known from the tremendous earthquake in January 1968. Products of the Belice Valley include DOP pecorino/sheep cheese: The Vastedda della Valle del Belice and several different olive oils. Your accommodation is near Contessa Entellina, this is a comfortable country hotel where Paolo and Maria will serve great homemade Sicilian food. Enjoy! Dinner is included at the agriturismo this night.
Day 6 – Contessa Entellina – Sirignano (45 km)
The trips continues inland, with some great views on the interior of the island. The accommodation for this night is an agriturismo and their main production is wine. Guided tour of the winery is available on request. Dinner is included at the agriturismo this night
Day 7 – Sirignano – Segesta – Castellammare – 40 km
The last ride of the trip takes you to the archaeological site of Segesta, the magnificent 2,500-year-old Greek temple still intact. After the visit you’ll continue your ride to your accommodation for the day which overlooks the sea.
Day 8 – Palermo
Your tour ends after breakfast. We will transfer you to the Palermo airport. Or you might enjoy an optional extra night.
Optional Extra night in Castellammare, Day 8: Castellemarre – Scopello – Riserva Naturale dello Zingaro – Castellamare (25 km by bike and up to 14 km on hiking trail)
You will begin with a 12 km ride to the lovely hamlet of Scopello. You might enjoy spending some time in town before continuing to the end of the road where you’ll begin walking in the Zingaro Reserve. This is an out and back walk, so you can choose the distance you would like to walk. This is your chance to walk along the most beautiful stretch of coast of Sicily. You will have the chance to swim in every bay you fancy and to visit the several museums scattered along the main path, telling you about the unique landscape you are exploring and its ancient traditions. Then, you will return by bike to Castellammare.
Optional Day 9 – Palermo
Your tour ends after breakfast. We will transfer you to the Palermo airport.