This tour includes 7 days of driving plus a day of rest in Syracuse.
Sicily is the island of the sun; a harmonious chorus of sky, sea, boundless hills and harsh landscapes. Sicily is the island of Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe.
Sicily is the land of perfumes; a unique and varied place, a strange and divine open-air architectural museum; “babba” (sweet), and “sperta” (crafty), lazy yet frenetic; an island with such excessive personality that it’s hard to know if this is a blessing or a curse.
We will depart from Rome heading to the port of Civitavecchia to embark on the night ferry to Palermo, Sicily.
The next six days will be spent on secondary roads with little traffic, sometimes a little bumpy, but absolutely stupendous, where pristine panoramas suddenly open up, witnesses of the ancient Civilizations that have conquered this land over the centuries.
Six days also dedicated to delicious food: cannoli, arancini and arancine, seafood and meat; wines born in a land where the sun is not ashamed to be too bright.
And then again on the ferry that goes to Naples, and from there to Rome.
Enrico Grassi, Tour Leader and Founder of Hear the Road, has spent many hours exploring the horse trails and extraordinary hospitality of this incredible island, to give you an adventure vacation that you will always remember with a smile.
We leave and we arrive
Day 1: Welcome to Rome
Day 2: from Rome to Civitavecchia (overnight ferry to Palermo) − 269 Km /168 miles
Day 3: from Palermo to Sambuca di Sicilia − 253 Km /158 miles
Day 4: from Sambuca di Sicilia to Piazza Armerina − 253 Km /158 miles
Day 5: from Piazza Armerina to Syracuse − 233 Km /145 miles
Day 6: free day in Syracuse
Day 7: from Syracuse to Taormina − 218 Km /136 miles
Day 8: Taormina to Palermo (night ferry to Naples) – 297 km / 185 miles
Day 9: from Naples to Rome
Day 10: day of departure
Only for those who have decided to rent their motorbike through us: motorbike rental with side cases, top case, padlock and anti-theft device. (For rental bikes, a security deposit is required for theft and fire damage, between 1,500 and 3,000 euros depending on the model chosen).
WHAT IS THE DAMAGE SECURITY DEPOSIT? Each motorcycle has a security deposit. This amount will be blocked on your credit card, but not cashed. The deposit is your maximum liability for theft or damage to the vehicle. Make sure you have sufficient funds to cover the security deposit on your cards.
The bike rental prices include the costs for civil liability insurance and insurance for any roadside assistance in the event of a breakdown.
welcome and farewell dinners in Rome.
accommodation: 2 nights with breakfast in a 4-star hotel in Rome, 5 nights with breakfast in a 3 or 4-star hotel in the places where we will stop during the tour, and 2 nights on the ferry to and from Palermo (Sicily).
Italian tour leader.
transfers to and from the airport.
entrance ticket to the archaeological site of Agrigento and the Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina.
courtesy van to collect and leave the bikes.
support van where we will carry your suitcases (1 suitcase + 1 bag per person).
a detailed Road-book with all the information you will need; a map with a well marked itinerary; the “Wordless Travel Book” and a Hear the Road T-Shirt.
Insurance that covers almost all medical problems during the trip, including doctors, ambulance, hospital and any appropriate family trips.
What is not included
- fuel for your bike.
- tolls on highways.
- entrance fees to museums or other sites, with the exception of the archaeological site of Agrigento and the Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina.
- all meals and drinks, with the exception of welcome and farewell dinners in Rome.
We also suggest that anyone traveling abroad on one of our Tours consider purchasing ‘Travel Insurance’.
It can take the worry out of unforeseen situations that may arise in any travel plan.
The tour without any payment and we will immediately check availability of seats and motorbike!
TERMS OF PAYMENT
Only after receiving confirmation emails of tour places and availability of the chosen vehicle will the following be requested: € 800 deposit to be paid. (The deposit is fully refundable if the minimum number of participants is not reached). Balance payable, 60 days before start date when you receive confirmation from us.
IN THE EVENT OF CANCELLATION
If you decide to cancel the tour for any reason beyond La Duchessa’s control, these are the penalties you will incur:
Up to 60 days before the start date, we keep the deposit, which you can use for another tour in the same year or in the following year.
Between 59 and 10 days before the start date the deposit is lost. We keep the balance that you can use for another tour in the same year or in the following year.
From 9 days before the start date you lose 50% of the total amount. We keep the remaining 50% which you can use for another tour in the same year or the following year.