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Sicily Family Biking: Ancient Civilizations & Mediterranean Sensations

Italy

from $4,498* per person 6 Days March
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 26 people max
  • Catania, sicily
  • Active & Adventure trips
There's so much to learn when you're in Sicily - especially when you're a kid. Like how to eat granita before it melts under the Sicilian sun. (Really, really fast!) And how to appreciate Baroque architecture from a new perspective. (Hint: hideous monsters and ferocious animals lurk beneath balconies and above the doors.) That pizza with French fries on top is perfectly okay. Yes, Sicily is full of surprises. Uncovering them has never been more fun!

  • Fantastic biking in the shadow of Mount Etna
  • Ascend the 142 tiled stairs in Caltagirone
  • Incredible Sicilian Baroque architecture at World Heritage sites of Scicli, Módica, Donnalucata and Ragusa
  • Marvel at archaeological treasures

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  • Family oriented trip.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Fantastic biking in the shadow of Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano A feast of traditional Sicilian cuisine awaits at a centuries-old agriturismo, nestled among Catania's rolling hills Ride quiet roads in the Val di Noto to the 15th-century Castello Camemi, our home for two nights  Kids enjoy a fun afternoon of ceramics painting Discover the pleasures of Sicilian wines during a festive dinner.

Days 3-4 Ascend the 142 tiled stairs in Caltagirone, inhabited since the Bronze Age and renowned for intricately painted ceramics Catching the scent of fragrant orange blossoms, pedal a route lined with muri a secci (stone walls), windmills, orchards and olive groves Taste distinctive organic olive oils, produced the old-fashioned way (by hand and in small batches) The younger set heads to our hotel's kitchen to learn to make biscotti Incredible Sicilian Baroque architecture at World Heritage sites of Scicli, Módica, Donnalucata and Ragusa Dessert lovers of all ages rejoice! First it's gelato by the sea, then remarkable chocolate at Sicily's cioccolataio.

Days 5-6 Marvel at archaeological treasures in historic seaside Siracusa  Junior spelunkers set out for a morning of cave exploration  Travel back in time during a visit to the ancient Greek theater in Akrai, founded in 664 B.C. Dine on seafood antipasti, sardines and other local favorites at a typical Siracusan pescheria Soak up stunning views of the sea in the soft morning light during a final spin.

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