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Secrets of Sicily Cycling

Secrets of Sicily Cycling

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided cycling
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
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  • Activity level
  • From £1319per person, tour only

    Flight inclusive prices from £1609 per person
  • NEW FOR 2020  
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 29 Aug '20 to 23 Oct '21
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , , and hotels
  • All 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
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Flights from Gatwick to Palermo with Easyjet
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares on request
  • Electric bikes available
  • Room upgrades
  • Transfers available at a supplement for tour only packages
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Food lovers, flora & fauna, art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, coastal routes, island exploring

Italy: Sicily

Secrets of Sicily Cycling

  • 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

This holiday provides a wonderful introduction to Sicily's western coast, an undiscovered part of the island renowned for its beautiful, unspoilt coastline, pristine nature reserves, spectacular Baroque architecture and sumptuous regional cuisine.

Your journey begins from the coastal town of Castellammare del Golfo from where you'll head inland to discover the stunning ancient Greek city of Segesta before returning to the coast at Trapani. Enjoy a day out of the saddle to explore its Baroque churches and take the cable car to the medieval village of Erice. You also have the option to visit the Egadi islands, all within easy reach from the port of Trapani. Continue your ride to Marsala, renowned for its sweet fortified dessert wine, stopping en route to explore the Phoenician island of Mozia. Your final days take you to Mazara del Vallo and its famous bronze statue the Dancing Satyr, before reaching your final destination, Selinunte, one of the largest archaeological parks in Europe.



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Day-by-day itinerary



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Day 1: Arrive in Castellammare Del Golfo

Arrive at Castellammare del Golfo with its glittering coastlines and authentic Sicilian 'feel'. Enjoy an afternoon in one of Sicily's most picturesque seaside towns.
Overnight at Sopra le Mura Boutique Hotel

Day 2: Castellammare del Golfo - Bruca 24km/15mi

From the fortress-studded shores of Castellammare Del Golfo you reach the archaeological site of Segesta. After admiring its Grecian temple and amphitheatre, end the day in hamlet of Bruca, just in time for a refreshing dip in the Agriturismo's salt water pool before your evening meal.
Meals included: Breakfast and evening meal
Overnight at Agriturismo Arcudaci

Day 3: Bruca – Trapani 43km/26.5mi

Leaving Bruca's olive covered foothills, you'll cycle inland towards Trapani. Spend the afternoon exploring its intricate Baroque churches, museums and shops that sell hand harvested sea salt, coral jewellery and tuna products.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Room of Andrea – Palazzo Platamone

Day 4: Free day exploring

A great opportunity to explore the area with many options available for you whilst in Trapani. Spend time exploring this beautiful coastal city or take a cable car to the picturesque medieval village of Erice overlooking the Salt pans. Alternatively, ride the hydrofoil to enjoy a day exploring one of the Egadi Island which offer plenty of opportunities to snorkel around coral reefs, cycling or walking.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel Andrea – Palazzo Platamone

Day 5: Trapani - Marsala 55km/34mi

Today you can cycle at a relaxed pace with views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea whilst admiring the Egadi Islands in the distance. If you haven't already done so, on your way to Trapani, spend time exploring the Saline of Trapani and Paceco. Then it's onto Mozia, an ancient city on San Pantaleo Island off the West Coast of Sicily and visit its striking archaeological ruins. A short ride away, you will reach Marsala where the fortified wine originates from.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel Carmine

Day 6: Marsala - Mazara del Vallo 31km/19.5mi

Visit Marsala's local wineries and explore the town at your own leisure before setting off on today's panoramic coastal cycle towards Mazara del Vallo, with its vibrant fishing port and Arab Kasbah and home of the bronze statue the 'Dancing Satyr'.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Mahara Hotel

Day 7: Mazara Del Vallo - Selinunte 40km/25mi

Most of today's cycle will be along the coast before heading inland towards vineyards and aromatic olive groves. You end the day in Selinunte where you can visit one of the largest archaeological parks in Europe before heading to your hotel in Marinella di Selinunte. With seven Grecian temples spanning 1,300 meters east, the Selinunte archaeological site is a true architectural gem.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at B&B Bahari Selinunte

Day 8: Leave Selinunte

Leave Selinunte or maybe spend extra nights in Palermo.
Meals included: Breakfast

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £ per adult per day and £ per child per day.

To find out more call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 5pm today) or email sales@headwater.com


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Sopra La Mura Boutique Hotel, Castellammare del Golfo

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Sopra le Mura is an elegant Boutique Hotel made unique by an unparalleled view of the port of Castellammare del Golfo.

Located in an ancient historic building, the hotel has been recently renovated with scrupulous attention to every detail. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and free WiFi is featured throughout the property. Free public parking is possible at a location nearby.

The rooms include a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms include a seating area to relax in after a busy day.

Breakfast is a real taste experience: the buffet is a triumph of varieties, shapes, colors and flavours of local products of the highest quality, ranging from sweet to savory for the happiness of all palates.

During summer months, guests can enjoy the use of a sun lounger and parasol at a nearby partner beach.


Find out more on the hotel website.
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Agriturismo Arcudaci, Bruca

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The Agriturismo Arcudaci is a farmhouse set in the quiet hills that sketch out the Trapani landscape and just outside the hamlet of Bruca. Rooms at this converted farmhouse have air-conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Each room has a private bathroom and some have views of the countryside. Free Wi-Fi available throughout. The salt water pool (biological) available to guests deserves special attention. You can also relax out on the terrace with tables and chairs and in the large garden. The agriturismo has its own horses and horse riding is available. A sweet Italian breakfast is served each morning. Evening meals (included) are taken at the hotel’s restaurant which offers Sicilian dishes in a characteristic dining room with wood-beamed ceilings.


Find out more on the hotel website.
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Room of Andrea – Palazzo Platamone, Trapani

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With its great location right next to the beach and the historic centre of Trapani, this lovely 4 star hotel is located in the spectacular Palazzo Platamone, built in the early 20th century by the Marquess Enrico Platamone.

Some of the rooms are decorated in neoclassical style, retaining the original details of that era and all offer the modern facilities that will make your stay very comfortable. The hotel also has a bar and a terrace with swimming pool.

Guests at Room of Andrea - Palazzo Platamone can enjoy a buffet breakfast.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Hotel Carmine, Marsala

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Located in an elegant, historic building, Hotel Carmine offers a central position, within walking distance from the Convento del Carmine and the central square of Marsala.

Renovated in 2005, the hotel retains some of its original and historic Sicilian furniture creating a charming atmosphere throughout the hotel.

Stay in cosy rooms with modern comforts such as a minibar and air conditioning. Rooms feature exposed wood-beamed or vaulted ceilings. Some offer original ceramic-tiled floors. Wi-Fi is free. Some rooms overlook the internal courtyard while others offer a view of the street or the quiet garden.

Start your day with the hotel’s free buffet breakfast and end it by relaxing in the hotel lounge. During the summer you can enjoy your breakfast in the garden.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Mahara Hotel, Mazara del Vallo

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Just a 10-minute walk from the centre of Mazara del Vallo, on Sicily’s south-west coast, this modern Hotel was rebuilt from an old winery belonging to the eighteenth-century English family Hopps. The relaxed atmosphere and the excellent local cuisine based on fish, makes it the perfect destination.

Ghilbi restaurant is recommended by Italy's most prestigious food guides and serves traditional Sicilian dishes for lunch and dinner. Drinks are available in the lounge bar, with sofas and internet access.

All elegant rooms are spacious and air conditioned. Each includes satellite TV and a minibar. Many offer full views of the Mediterranean Sea with either a balcony or terrace. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and a free shuttle to partner beaches.

The wellness centre is complete with a Turkish bath, chromotherapy shower and hot tub. The outdoor swimming pool, open from April until October, is equipped with a terrace and sun loungers.


Find out more on the hotel website.
Read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

B&B Bahari, Selinunte

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Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Bahari Selinunte offers accommodation in Marinella di Selinunte. It offers a shared terrace with panoramic views of the Selinunte Archaeological Park.

Every room at this bed and breakfast is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room has a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and free toiletries. The property features a terrace with a view on the beach, archaeological sites and the acropolis.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.


Find out more on the hotel website.
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Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Palermo

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Located just a stone's throw from one of Palermo's main streets - the Via Vittorio Emanuele that runs through the heart of the historical centre - the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa is a stunning conversion of 2 historic buildings. The origins of the hotel date back to the 16th century convent of the Mercedarian Monks; the hotel's picturesque cloister dates back to this era.

In the early 1800s, the monks joined the convent with the Briuccia family's neighbouring palazzo. However, by the 1860s, the monks had left Palermo and the building was used as the Sicilian stock exchange - in fact the former trading floor is now the hotel's Kemonia restaurant.

Today, the Piazza Borsa is a comfortable 4 star hotel, fully equipped for the needs of the 21st century traveller, with a gym and spa (including jacuzzi, sauna, Turkish bath and massage rooms), bar and elegant restaurant.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we're open until 5pm today) or email sales@headwater.com

Air

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: Easyjet Gatwick to Palermo 16:30/20:25 then transfer to hotel 35 mins. Return: Transfer to airport 1 hour 5 mins then Palermo to Gatwick 21:00/23:00.

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative travel

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Popular alternative routes for this holiday include:

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London StanstedPalermoRyanair

Tour only

Standard transfers
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Palermo airport at 20:25, and back to Palermo airport at 17:30.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

Holiday extras

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges directly through their website - or call us on 01606 720199 for further details of all the services on offer. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

This 7 night self-guided cycling holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , , and hotels

All 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


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we're open until 5pm today) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we're open until 5pm today
Use our live chat to ask us a question

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
No minimum group size, however transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

Singles
Add £234 single suplement

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Selected Saturdays from 29th Aug 2020 to 23rd Oct 2021, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All breakfasts and 1 evening meal

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £134 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment.

Tailor-made travel

The above prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: Easyjet Gatwick to Palermo 16:30/20:25 then transfer to hotel 35 mins. Return: Transfer to airport 1 hour 5 mins then Palermo to Gatwick 21:00/23:00.

Alternative Air
Flights can be arranged from most UK airports, with connecting transfers as required, prices and details on request.

Upgraded air travel
Business/club/first class fares on request.

Tour only
Transfers can be arranged at a supplement from Palermo airport at 20:25, and back to Palermo airport at 17:30.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 (we're open until 5pm today) or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Complete our holiday enquiry form - we'll get in touch when it's most convenient for you
Speak to our sales team on 01606 720199 - we're open until 5pm today
Use our live chat to ask us a question

Please note: The prices and travel options shown are provided for customers based in, and travelling from/to, the UK. We are happy to arrange holidays for non-UK customers however, if you are travelling from USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, we recommend that you contact your local agent as they can provide appropriate transport options and advice.



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