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The Realm of the Baroque

Sicily – spectacular canyons & coast
 
Cycle self-guided, while your luggage is transported, from one varied, welcoming hotel to the next. Starting and ending in Siracusa, the rich diversity of cultures, World Heritage architecture, nature reserves and archaeological sites en route will inspire and delight.
The Realm of the Baroque. 7 nights
The Realm of the Baroque. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cycling holiday in south-east Sicily

South-east Sicily is a mosaic in many senses – the rich diversity of cultures contributing to its lifestyle and buildings over the centuries, the patchwork of its landscape, the palette of warm colours characterising its hill-top villages, and the exquisite golden mosaics of its cathedrals and palaces.

Starting and ending in Siracusa, this holiday reveals beautiful scenery characterised by deep canyons (locally called cave) carved out of the white calcareous rock by swiftly flowing rivers; wonderfully preserved antiquities; and the cluster of Baroque towns for which this part of Sicily is renowned.
Built by great artists and craftsmen after the massive earthquake of 1693, the extravagant detail of the architecture is enhanced by the bright Mediterranean light.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    Given its location in the Mediterranean, Sicily is known for its hot, sunny climate, though breezes can make it cooler in the mountains.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 15 16 17 19 23 27 31 31 28 24 20 16
    mm 73 51 44 30 17 5 4 10 35 104 61 76
  • Arrival in Siracusa
    Night 1: at Hotel Gutkowski (where you spend one night).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of cycling.
  • Siracusa to Noto: 40km

    Following the coast for much of the way before heading inland for the final leg, your ride today includes some gentle ascents to reach the Giardino del Barocco in Noto, the ‘capital’ of Italian Baroque. Its magical Noto Antica ruins predate the earthquake of 1693 and are well worth exploring if time allows.

    Noto
  • Noto to Ragusa: 53km
    Today's route is an exhilarating but slightly uphill climb through tranquil countryside to reach Ragusa and your next hotel, Il Barocco, where you spend two nights. Ragusa is a World Heritage Site and justly famed for its glorious Baroque architecture, as well as its picturesque hilly setting. The city has two distinct areas, the old town of Ragusa Ibla, and the newer Ragusa Superiore, built higher on the hill. The two are separated by a deep ravine, crossed by several bridges, but there are important Baroque cathedrals, churches, and palaces in both parts of the town.
    Ragusa
  • Circular route from Ragusa: 62km; shorter option: 40km
    Take time to explore Ragusa Ibla today, or opt for our suggested circular ride which leads you to Modica and Scicli, both of which are wonderful Baroque towns. In Modica you could visit one of the most famous cioccolaterie  where they produce chocolate using traditional methods; while, in Scicli, you can visit the town hall where several scenes of the popular Italian detective series Il Commissario Montalbano were filmed. There is a shorter option just taking in Modica if you would prefer an easier day.
  • Ragusa to Anapo Valley: 55km
    Enjoy a rewarding cycling over gently rolling hills to reach the picturesque Anapo Valley, with its deciduous woods and clear rivers, the Anapo and the Calcinara. Here you stay two nights at the agriturismo Sacre Pietre.
  • Circular walk in the Anapo Valley: 12km
    Leave your bikes behind to enjoy a highly recommended exploration of the fascinating Anapo Valley on foot. Discover Bronze Age settlements and cave-tombs amid plane, carob and almond trees, and the hugely impressive Necropolis of Pantalica, one of the most famous in the world. It is possible to book a guided visit of the necropolis (pay locally).
    Necropolis of Pantalica on the walk in the Anapo Valley
  • Anapo Valley to Siracusa: 30km
    Your final route is mostly downhill, taking you back towards the coast to Siracusa. With an early start, you will have plenty of time on arrival to take a stroll to see the city's architectural highlights. As well as the handsome Baroque buildings, the ancient Greek theatre and Roman amphitheatre are not to be missed. You spend your last night at the Hotel Gutkowski.
    Siracusa
 

Accommodation

Your accommodation is varied but always stylish, comfortable and welcoming.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 04 March - 30 June 2019 & 01 September - 15 November 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    4 - 31 March £1095 £215
    1 - 30 April £1185 £215
    1 May - 23 June £1295 £225
    1 - 30 September £1295 £225
    1 - 31 October £1245 £215
    1 - 8 November £1095 £215
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £80

    Includes accommodation, meals, bike hire, luggage transfers and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus cycling notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Electric bikes available: add £155 per person

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Gutkowski
    'Classic': 04 Mar - 30 Jun 2019 £13
    'Classic': 01 Sep - 15 Nov 2019 £13
    'Plus': 04 Mar - 30 Jun 2019 £30
    'Plus': 01 Sep - 15 Nov 2019 £30

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day’s hire of a standard bike. If you are upgrading to an e-bike, add a further £21pp per day.
    Hotel Gutkowski (B&B) Double room Single room
    04 Mar - 30 Jun 2019 £85 £135
    01 Sep - 15 Nov 2019 £85 £135
    Il Giardino del Barocco (B&B) Double room Single room
    04 Mar - 30 Jun 2019 £72 £96
    01 Sep - 15 Nov 2019 £72 £96
    Hotel Il Barocco (B&B) Double room Single room
    04 Mar - 30 Jun 2019 £96 £116
    01 Sep - 15 Nov 2019 £96 £116
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Catania

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Catania (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Catania easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Catania Alitalia,  British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Catania easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Catania Air Malta 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Catania easyJet 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Catania

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Catania Airport to hotel (1h) £45 flexible
    rail Catania Centrale to Siracusa (1h25), walk Siracusa to hotel (0h30) or taxi Siracusa to hotel (0h10) pay locally £10 1900
    bus Catania airport to Siracusa (1h15), taxi Siracusa to hotel (0h10) pay locally flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Catania airport (1h) £45 flexible
    walk hotel to Siracusa (0h30) or taxi hotel to Siracusa (0h10, pay locally), rail Siracusa to Catania Centrale (1h20) £10 1100
    walk hotel to Siracusa (0h30) or taxi hotel to Siracusa (0h10), bus Siracusa to Catania airport (1h15) pay locally flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • high-quality bicycle
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help.
  • Our chosen bike rental shop will provide you with a hybrid bike with 24 gears; a waterproof map case on handlebars; panniers/saddlebags; pump; puncture repair kit; and a lock. Electric bikes are available as an upgrade (see price panel), subject to availability, and must be requested at the time of booking.
  • While we would always recommend that you take your own well-fitting helmet, they can be hired locally for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to hire a helmet.
  • Yes, we will provide GPX tracks for this holiday prior to departure so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. (We also provide maps and our tried-and-tested route notes.)
  • You do need to make sure you’re covered, because it’s you who is responsible for any damage to or loss of the bike during the holiday. You should always lock it (preferably to an immovable object) and remove any easy-to-steal accessories when leaving it unattended. The travel insurance policy that we offer covers you for loss and damage (provided you’ve locked or stored it appropriately). If you are arranging your own insurance, but it doesn’t cover bikes, we can provide bike-only cover for £19 per person. More details >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. On mornings when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation so that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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