Feast of Sicily 2018
| May 17–27 2018
The Topbike 2018 Tour of Sicily will be 11 days (10 nights) fully supported, off the tourist route where possible, riding up to 100k a day (but not every day), starting and finishing in Palermo.
We will take a 40/60 coastal/inland route, including a 2 night visit to the island of Lipari. We use an excellent combination of traditional restaurants and unique accommodation, in all locations. Group size will be limited to 13, with 3 staff.
In and out of Palermo, we’ll be doing an anti-clockwise loop around Sicilia. We’ll be stopping over at the towns of Santa Cristina Gela, Agrigento, Caltagirone, Milazzo, Lipari and Cefalu. Plenty of great coffee, gelato and many other Sicilian treats to be enjoyed en route too…
Tour Price: $5550 (AUD) (per person)
[Places are limited to 13 clients in total]
Tour Start / FinishPalermo - Palermo
Pick UpMay 17 - Pickup 11.00am: Borsellino Airport Palermo
Drop OffMay 27 - Drop off 11.00am, Borsellino Airport Palermo
Cycling Fitness/ExperienceAny + E-Bikes Available
Thursday May 17: Day 1 | Palermo → Santa Cristina Gela
Santa Cristina Gela is a traditional agricultural and culinary producing village, its production of wood cooked bread is much appreciated, it is also exported in the adjacent municipalities. Other local products which are successful, are the production cheeses (ricotta / pecorino), sweets (cannoli, fried cream puffs with ricotta) and meat from local farms (particularly appreciated is the sausage with fennel seeds).
Friday May 18: Day 2 | San Guiseppe Jato → San Guiseppe Jato
Saturday May 19: Day 3 | Santa Cristina Gela → Agrigento
After Corleone we have a solid inland route to Agrigento on the coast, where the road cycling world championships were held in 1994. More recently, in 2008, the Giro d’Italia finished a stage here, after starting in Cefalu. We’ll have a lunch stop in Santo Stefano Quisquina (70k), after a long descent into the town centre. For the ride finish we’ll transport into Agrigento from Raffadali.
Corleone (Sicilian: Cunigghiuni) is a small town and comune of approximately 12,000 inhabitants in the Province of Palermo in Sicily, Italy. It is known primarily as the birthplace of several Mafia bosses, some fictional, such as The Godfather's Vito (Andolini) Corleone, and some real, such as Jack Dragna, Giuseppe Morello, Michele Navarra, Luciano Leggio, Leoluca Bagarella, Salvatore Riina and Bernardo Provenzano. The local mafia clan, the Corleonesi, led the Mafia in the 1980s and 1990s, and were the most violent and ruthless Mafia clan ever to take control of the organization.
Sunday May 20: Day 4 | Agrigento → Agrigento
Dinner tonight, we’ll stroll the streets to an Enoteca for a pre-dinner drink, dinner at a local ristorante.
The 'Valley of Temples' is where seven monumental Greek temples in the Doric style were constructed during the 6th and 5th centuries BC. Now excavated and partially restored, they constitute some of the largest and best-preserved ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece itself. (They are listed as a World Heritage Site)
Monday May 21: Day 5 | Agrigento → Caltagirone
Tuesday May 22: Day 6 | Caltagirone → Milazzo
Wednesday May 23: Day 7 | Milazzo → Lipari
Lipari (Sicilian: Lìpari, Latin: Lipara, Ancient Greek: Meligunis) is the largest of the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the north coast of Sicily, and the name of the island's main town. It has a permanent population of 11,231; during the May–September tourist season, its population may reach up to 20,000.
Thursday May 24: Day 8 | Lipari → Lipari
Friday May 25: Day 9 | Lipari → Cefalù
Cefalù is a city and comune in the province of Palermo, located on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea about 70 km east from the provincial capital and 185 km west of Messina. The town, with its population of just under 15,000, is one of the major tourist attractions in the region. Despite its size, every year it attracts millions of tourists from all parts of Sicily and also, from all over Italy and Europe. In summer the population can triple, making the main streets and major roads in the country crowded. There is then a youthful atmosphere and a lively nightlife.
Saturday May 26: Day 10 | Cefalù → Cefalù
Sunday May 27: Day 11 | Cefalù → Palermo
Palermo to Palermo, Sicily