1ST DAY: PALERMO - SCOPELLO
Arrival at the airport, meet our local tour leader and transfer to the ancient village of Scopello a famous for its ancient “baglio” dating back to the seventeenth-century. If you have time you can have a walk at the magnificent Zingaro Natural Reserve where the amazing coastal path will take you to discover wonderful coves.
2ST DAY: SCOPELLO – SEGESTA – BUSETO PALIZZOLO (47 KM)
Today it is your first day cycling: from Scopello you will reach the archaeological site of Segesta, one of the most important and evocative archeological center because of the impressiveness of its temple with its breathtaking sea view. Segesta in the past was a powerful town of the Elimians coming from Turkey and also with the Greeks and the Romans during the punic war. Along the way you will taste the famous Sicilian “Arancina” (a Sicilian dish consisting of small balls of rice stuffed with a savoury filling, coated in breadcrumbs, and fried) and the “Cassatella” (a little pocket dessert filled with ”ricotta cheese”, typical of that area)
3ST DAY: BUSETO PALIZZOLO –TRAPANI (34KM)
Today you will pedal in total relax! The panoramic road coasts the sea where the sight of the flow mills on the salinas is amazing. Along the way towards Trapani, Cannolo Tasting, a deep-fried tube of pastry filled with sweetened and flavored ricotta cheese, it is not possible to miss tasting a Cannolo in Sicily! Typical dinner with Cous Cous. This dish comes from the North Africa, so close to Sicily and where steamed coarse-grained couscous is served with an intensely flavoured fish broth (you actually discard the fish) or vegetables, a throwback either to the days when the Arabs ruled Sicily, or from the island's more recent commuters, fishermen from nearby Tunisia.
4ST DAY: TRAPANI – MOZIA – MARSALA (50 KM)
Today you will pedal in total relax! The panoramic road coasts the sea where the sight of the flow mills on the salinas is amazing. Just a little bit of kilometers to reach Marsala where you will visit one of the cellars where the special wine is producted. The town is famous for the Marsala, a dessert wine and the most credible version of the introduction of Marsala fortified wine to a wider range of consumers is attributed to the English trader John Woodhouse. In 1773, Woodhouse landed at the port of Marsala and discovered the local wine produced in the region, which was aged in wooden casks and tastes similar to Spanish and Portuguese fortified wines. Amazing visit and tasting.
5ST DAY: MARSALA – MAZARA DEL VALLO (29 KM)
Today you will have the chance to visit the town, do some wine tasting in one of the many local wineries or just relax. Otherwise you can cross the sea and visit one of the beautiful Egadi Islands, explore the islands, enjoy the seaside or walk. Then you will reach the town of Mazara del Vallo very nice town with a “Kasbah” and worldwide know for the bronze statue called the “Dancing Satyr”.
6ST DAY: MAZARA – SELINUNTE (50 KM)
This hilly stage will lead you to Selinunte, the ancient Selinus, and will give you the chance to enter the interior of the Island. Leaving the flat vineyards around Marsala curve inland towards a softly undulating series of hill, and then down to the sea again. Selinunte area Olive oil Tasting with the famous “Castelvetrano Bread” the area is well known for the olive farms and olive plants and you will have the chance to taste Sicily’s extra-virgin first cold-pressed olive oil which is a staple in the healthy Mediterranean diet and is used daily in Italian cooking. Together will we visit the archaeological site of Selinunte with its temple and ruins: the widest open air archaeological site in Europe.
7ST DAY: SELINUNTE – SCIACCA (45 KM)
Today you will cycle to reach the enchanting town of Sciacca, a town on the sea again. It is famous for its ceramics, its thermal baths and its religious festivals, as well as for its large fishing fleet. Not to miss tasting the delicious fish the town is famous for.
8ST DAY: DEPARTURE
After breakfast departure and end of our services.
From the enchanting village of Scopello with its ancient hamlet to inland then again along the sea with time to discover uncontaminated places where time seems to be stopped; you will taste the typical Sicilian dishes rich of sweets and different flavours and meals as much as tasting wine from the Marsala to Bianco d’Alcamo to the Chardonnay ending with the Nero d’Avola, a portrait of Sicily that from Art to Nature will always remain in your memories. You will cycle admiring vineyards and coastal saltpans, ancient ruins of Segesta with its Doric Temple and the Amphitheatre, the view above which are magnificent Then the town of Trapani with its maze of narrow streets and its Moorish centre overlooked by the impressive medieval town of Erice. Then Marsala with its so many wine cellars to taste delicious wine! Selinunte with its magical historic sites including a number of temples, the ancient city itself and the acropolis and finally the enchanting little village of Sciacca beautifully lying on the coast.