Sicily’s Wild West from Scopello to Selinunte

You will be cycling through Val di Mazara, one of the three administrative emirates into which the island was split during the Arab domination and its highlights are numerous: from trekking along the hilly footpaths of Riserva naturale dello Zingaro overlooking the sea to visiting the Greek roots of the island in the archaeologi- cal site of Segesta; from Trapani, the City of Salt to Marsala, the City of Wine, with its evocative landscape made of salt pans and old windmills; and finally from Mazara del Vallo, a renowned fishing port town with a strong Arabic influence to Selinunte with its beautiful beaches and spectacular Greek ruins.

Price from : 900 €
BIKE INCLUDED
Region : Sicily
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Level : Active
Type : On the way
Category :
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :   Arrival in Castellammare del Golfo

Arrival in Castellammare del Golfo, a beautiful portal town whose history goes back to the Classic antique era when it was the harbour of the towns of Segesta and Erice. Handover of the bikes and the tour information.

Day 2 :   Scopello and Trekking excursion to the Nature Reserve “Zingaro”

Option 1 : 17 Miles - 28 Km  Option 2 : 9 Miles - 14 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 571 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 571 Meters 

From Castellamare you start cycling to the wonderful Nature Reserve “Zingaro”. You will have the chance to explore it on foot, trekking along its undulating footpath offers an enchanting view of the Tyrrhenian sea, with its coves and bays (calette) where you can swim and snorkel in the limpid water. On the way back you stop in the pretty village of Scopello, a lovely, old hamlet (locally known as baglio from the arab bahal: courtyard) dating back to the 17th century. Around its small square you will find most of the houses and shops of the entire village.

Level of difficulty: short steep climb at the beginning of the stage, then easy.

Day 3 :   Castellammare - Segesta - Trapani

Distance 1 : 35 Miles - 56 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 631 Meters 

The ride of this stage will allow you to explore the hinterland of the Sicilian countryside where olive trees and vineyards are in abundance. 25 kilometers into this landscape, alternating ascents to flat parts, you will reach the archeological site of Segesta, an ancient city founded by the Elymians more than 2500 years ago. From here, following secondary country roads, you will finally arrive in Trapani, known in Sicily as the city of Salt.

Level of difficulty: medium.

Day 4 :   Erice or Favignana

Distance 1 : 24 Miles - 38 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 784 Meters 

The options for today are very different one from another but both are very attractive.

You may decide to visit Erice, an old medieval village perched onto its homonym hill rising 750 meters asl, which you can reach either by cable car or cycling. From Trapani 11 kilometers of hairpin bends separate you from its summit, where you can enjoy a stunning view stretching all the way to the Egadi islands.

Level of difficulty: easy by cable car; difficult by bike.

Or you may choose to spend a day relaxing in Favignana, the largest of the Egadi islands which you can reach by ferry or hydrofoil. It will certainly not disappoint you with its beautiful calette and its seafaring atmosphere. Favignana is best explored by bike!

Level of difficulty: easy.

Day 5 :   Trapani - Marsala along the salt way

Distance 1 : 27 Miles - 44 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 122 Meters 

Today’s itinerary is completely flat as you will skirt the beautiful coastline the whole time. Windmills, salt pans and mounds of freshly extracted salt will be the backdrop to an unmatchable landscape. You will also have the chance to visit Mothia island, the ancient cradle of Phoenician- Punic civilization which can be reached by motorboat from the lagoon within a few minutes. Today’s stage ends in Marsala, a city famous for its homonym wine and for the landing of Garibaldi with his expedition of the Thousand.

Level of difficulty: easy.

Day 6 :   Marsala - Mazara del Vallo

Option 1 : 19 Miles - 30 Km  Option 2 : 31 Miles - 50 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 67 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 226 Meters 

Today’s stage continues along the enchanting Tyrrhenian coastline until it winds inland through the typical countryside of this part of Sicily with its numerous vineyards and bagli (old centers of farming activities). It will end in Mazara del Vallo, seat of the most important Italian fishing fleet and located at the mouth of the river Mazaro which divides the town in two.

The Arab influence is so dominant as you stroll through the narrow alleyways of the Kasbah (Arabic quarter) with its bright colours and powerful scents, that you will be reminded of the African continent just across the sea.

Level of difficulty: easy.

Day 7 :   Mazara del Vallo - Selinunte

Option 1 : 22 Miles - 35 Km  Option 2 : 25 Miles - 41 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 246 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 246 Meters 

After leaving Mazara, you will continue along a road which runs only a kilometer in parallel to the coast and will take you to the Nature Reserve “Lago Preola e Gorghi tondi”. Immersed in a valley, a series of small lakes of karstic origins will appear without warning. Anyone passionate about watching fauna and flora typical of a swampy habitat, will find this rewarding.

Riding on a hilly road in direction of Campobello di Mazara, you pass by Cave di Cusa, famous because from here all the material necessary to the building of the temples of Selinunte, was extracted. Only 13 kilometers further down the road you will have the opportunity to visit the archeological site of Selinunte, the ancient Greek city which will take you back few thousand years. Relax and swim at Selinunte’s beaches.

Level of difficulty: medium-easy

Day 8 :   Departure day

End of tour and individual departure (in option) after breakfast or extension with additional days.

Average / Day : Distance : 37.33 Km / 23.22 Miles - Elevation gain : 384.89 Meters

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Day : 1, 2

The Arabic name of the 3-star Hotel Al Madarig refers to the history of the place. The Arabs, in fact, called Al Madarig (The Stairs) the city of Castellammare del Golfo. What awaits you here is a wonderful holiday in Sicily, where you will find not only a clear sea and uncontaminated beaches, but also a lot of things to do and see in the surrounding area between history, culture and sport.


Day : 3, 4

Tiziano Hotel it's a modern 4° stars hotel situated in Trapani, in the east part of Sicily,land of colors, fragrances and suggestions,surrounded by monuments, churches and buildings of extraordinary beauty. Tiziano Hotel offers and guarantees, privacy and pleasant locations, soundproofed and modern room. It's situated in a strategic position close to the heart of the old town surronded of magnificent palaces built in different eras. The hotel is close to the port (it' s A 5 mn walk),and other amenities like pharmacies, banks, a post office the bus stop, and few kilometers far from the most beautiful destinations of Trapani and provinces.


Day : 5

Your home in the heart of the beautiful city of Marsala, where you will live in an exclusive atmosphere, surrounded by natural and architectural wonders. Viacolvento is a period residence that offers the style of a distant past, with high quality services, fine harnesses, furniture inspired by current design trends, which make Viacolvento a unique and unforgettable environment, where you can spend moments to relax and enjoy the taste of a different holiday; an oasis of well-being, located in the heart of Marsala, the city of the Wind, among its yellow blue, azure blue, RossoMarsala, biancosale, verdevigneto


Day : 6

Set in the centre of Mazara del Vallo and 500 metres from the beach, Cortile Sant'Agostino offers a terrace and classic-style accommodation with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. A sweet buffet breakfast is served daily. Rooms at Sant'Agostino all come with flat-screen TVs, tiled floors, and en suite bathrooms with hairdryers and free toiletries.


Day : 7

The Hotel Admeto, an elegant, recently-built four star hotel in Marinella di Selinunte, equipped with the latest technology, overlooks the Mediterranean Sea from its panoramic location. The entire building, which consists of four floors, is a perfect fusion between modern design and fine Italian workmanship. Distinctive features include ceramic tiles in minimalist style, high quality fabrics and furnishings, and meticulously designed details.

Bikes available for your tour

The characteristics of this bike are presented as an example and are not guaranteed
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.

Hybrid bike - Standard
FUJI OR DROESSIGER FITNESS - ( or equivalent)
INCLUDED

You want a bike for fitness. You want a bike for commuting. You want a bike for your first charity ride. And you want it to be fun, and fast. The one that does it all: FUJI or DRÖSSIGER.

FUJI

  • Frame : Aluminium
  • Saddle : Oval Concepts
  • Central motion : Shimano Acera 48-36-26
  • Cog Set : 11-32, 9 speed
  • Speed changer : Shimano Altus
  • Brakes : Shimano, disc or V-brake

DRÖSSIGER

  • Frame : Aluminium
  • Saddle : Selle Italia ZOO
  • Central motion : Shimano Deore 48-36-26
  • Cog Set : 11-34, 10 speed
  • Speed changer : Shimano Deore
  • Brakes : Shimano, disc-brake
  • Pannier rack
  • Spare inner tube
  • Bike lock
  • Bike pump
  • Km counter

Accessories


INCLUDED

GPS are included on most of our tours since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people


INCLUDED

Our roadbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our roadbooks even better. Our roadbooks include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow step by step directions (cue-sheets). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.


INCLUDED

Our Travelbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. You will find information about the hotels, itinerary, regional informations...

Daily Elevation Profiles
Average / Day : Distance : 37.33 Km / 23.22 Miles - Elevation gain : 384.89 Meters
Day 2 :   Scopello and Trekking excursion to the Nature Reserve “Zingaro”

Option 1: 17 Miles - 28 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 571 Meters 

Day 3 :   Castellammare - Segesta - Trapani

Option 1: 35 Miles - 56 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 631 Meters 

Day 4 :   Erice or Favignana

Option 1: 24 Miles - 38 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 784 Meters 

Day 5 :   Trapani - Marsala along the salt way

Option 1: 27 Miles - 44 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 122 Meters 

Day 6 :   Marsala - Mazara del Vallo

Option 1: 19 Miles - 30 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 67 Meters 

Option 2: 31 Miles - 50 Km  Elevation gain 2 : 226 Meters 

Day 7 :   Mazara del Vallo - Selinunte

Option 1: 22 Miles - 35 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 246 Meters 

Option 2: 25 Miles - 41 Km  Elevation gain 2 : 246 Meters 

Included

  • 7 nights of accommodation in superior hotels of charm with private shower and/or bath
  • Daily breakfast at each hotel
  • Orientation in person with our local guide
  • Hybrid bike rental included
  • Detailed ROAD BOOK, including details maps, touristic information, step by step itinerary and cue sheets
  • 1 GPS for every 1-3 people
  • All luggage transfers
  • Comprehensive trip literature
  • Technical and emergency support available at all times

What's not included

  • Airfare and local transfers to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks with dinners
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own.
  • You will find all information needed with our team support in your Roadbook.
  • Wine tastings, entrance fees, tips
  • City tax
  • Anything not mentioned above, under "Rate includes".

Informations & Recommendations

Tour rates

Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Price from* & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Standard 900 € 200 € 1300 €
*Rates vary according to hotel availability and specific start date. Please contact us for triple room rates

Accessories

Accessories
GPS Included
Biking Roadbook Included
Travelbook Included

Bikes available

Bikes available Options per person
Hybrid Bike Rental
    Standard Included
Road Bike Rental
    Standard Contact us
    Performance Contact us
Electric assist bike
    Standard 65 €
Tandem Bike Rental
    Standard Contact us



Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.

Services available

Services available
Transfers
    From Palermo airport to Castellammare del Golfo 35 €
    From Selinunte to Palermo airport 50 €

Rates per person, min 2 persons, for 1 person contact us.

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