Siciclando

Siciclando

This tour company was created in 2000 by two friends passionate about biking and passionate about their homeland of Sicily. Guests can choose from self-guided routes or small group tours with van support. Tours are surprisingly affordable and they are flexible in catering to leisure, active, or avid cyclists. Choose from Sicily, Sardenia, and most of the major Italian regions such as Tuscany, Piedmont, the Amalfi coast, etc. From their site: “Eat, drink, and cook with our friends...the Siciclando family. Explore Italy's ancient history, passionate lifestyle, and richness along the way. Be Italian with Siciclando! 38% return guest rate.

  • Operator Type:
    Full-Service Operator
  • Website:
    http://www.siciclando.com/
  • Price Tier:
    $
  • Avg Price Per Day:
    $210
  • Services:
    SAG Van, Tour Guide
  • Country:
    Italy

Leave A Review

*

27 Reviews

  1. J&Y Richter, San Diego, CA-Reply
    September 19, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    It’s difficult to write a review for Siciclando because there are so many reviews that are right on: it’s an amazing organization with wonderful owners and guides. Dario and Giuseppe, the owners, can’t be beat. In order to say they are the best in a different way, let us first say that we like adventure as well as learning when we travel. We have taken custom biking trips in Sikkim, India (in the foothills of the Himalayas), the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Jordan (Mt Nebo to the Dead Sea), and Morocco (High Atlas Mtns to the Sahara), among others. While we enjoyed the above bike trips very much, there is something uniquely different with Siciclando. After our first tour with Siciclando (Apulia/Basilicata) in 2013 we were hooked. We went back every year since (Sicily/Aeolian Islands,2014; Le Marque/Umbria/Tuscany 2015; Liguria/Piedmont 2016). We have traveled in Italy without bikes numerous times before and know the country pretty well.

  2. Gloria, Houston, Texas-Reply
    September 19, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    My_Comments: Dario and his team were so professional and took care of our every need. The bike routes were beautiful and just the right challenge. Everything went so smoothly. We loved this vacation and the dedication of the team to making sure that everything was perfect.

  3. Michael Beck-Gifford, Fort Collins-Reply
    September 19, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    The Maremma tour through southern Tuscany was fabulous. My wife and I had a fantastic time w/ great food, wonderful guides of some of the hill towns and challenging hill climbs. We were attended to by Daniele who was extremely attentive, funny and knowledgeable. Our tour guide in Florence and Rome was recommended by Siciclando and Cinzia was great. We plan to come back to Italy and tour again w/ Siciclando.

  4. Barbara Phil Boddington, Sydney, NSW-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    My teenage sons and I have just returned from a family holiday with Siciclando on their taste of Sicily tour which we absolutely loved every minute of. The tour is a perfect mix of beautiful scenery, ancient history, culture and enough exercise on the bikes to allow us to indulge in the superb local cuisine. The standard of the hotels was excellent, the staff were very friendly and helpful and the restaurants and food were brilliant, not least the picnics prepared by our guides. Whilst we are all reasonably fit, we do not cycle normally but thoroughly enjoyed the well planned routes and spectacular scenery. We felt throughout that our charming, organized and above all friendly tour guides top priority was for us to have the best holiday and we did! Thank you Siciclando.

  5. Jaap H, Netherlands-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    We enjoyed our trip. The organisation was perfect and the accomodation were all excellent and sometimes fascinating. The cycling was heavy (we are living in a total flat country), but the food, the wine and the kindness of Sicily makes everything fine!

  6. G.Jackman, Sydney, Australia-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    This was an amazing way to experience Sicily. The Siciclando team are extremely professional and friendly. I can easily recommend a tour with them. A highlight for us was Paulo’s beautiful food at B&B Rocca Dei Capperi. Yum!!!!!

  7. Ron Guidotti, Minden, NV-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I’ve done several tours with Siciclando to Sicily and the Basilicata region of Italy. The routes were very scenic and the towns along the way were interesting. The cycling was challenging at times but not intimidating. The accommodations and the meals included in the tours were very very good for the tour price. This is not Butterfield and Robinson where they pamper you. Siciclando tours are best suited for cyclists with some touring experience that like a little adventure. I’ve cycled with Ciclismo Classico and Siciclando provides comparable touring but at much lower cost.

  8. Molly Epstein, Golden, CO-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Our tour leader and co-founder of Siciclando, Giuseppe Crino’, did a great job with our group tour. The hotels,inns and farm houses were very nice, the food and wine was incredible, and the scenery was gorgeous. We were lucky to see so many wild flowers along our routes. e would definitely do another trip with Giuseppe!

  9. D. Pruitt, Golden CO-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    My husband and I have done 4 cycling trips in Europe and by far Siciclando has been our favorite! Very laid back, personal attraction, and Sicily is a beautiful country. We would recommend the Spring- the wild flowers were spectacular!!

  10. Barbara Ross, Calgary AB-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    We have taken 2 tours with Siciclando and have had a great experience both times. The routes that are chosen and the accommodations are just the type we love. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this company for a bike tour.

  11. Phil K, Denver, CO-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Siciclando and particularly its leader, Giuseppe Crino provided the best biking vacation that any of our group of 4 couples have ever experienced (and we’ve all been on multiple tours with the big, name-brand operators). The food was out of this world, Sicily’s scenery and roads incredible and the accomodations charming . What put the trip over the top was its owner/ride leader Giuseppe. Besides being on top of every detail, his charm, sense of humor and friendship made this a most memorable trip. We recommend Siciclando to anyone who asks. We’re planning to ride with Giuseppe and Siciclando again.

  12. Peter R, Calgary, Canada-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Tremendous guiding and bike care. Guiseppi and his staff knew the routes and had fabulous organization in place. I would travel with Guiseppe anywhere anytime. Tom and Kathy Pinder, Calgary, Ab ,Canada

    Our first trip with Sicicalando was in Sicily and we were so impressed with Giuseppe that we requested that he organized a trip for a similar group in southern Italy. On both trips we enjoyed his company, excellent organization skills, sence of humour, professionalism and well chosen choices for meals and accomodations. Giuseppe is a great guide and we look forward to our next trip with him.

  13. Bruce Epstein, Golden, CO-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Our entire group had a wonderful time. The riding was gorgeous and the food was over the top. Giuseppe took exceptionally wonderful care of us. I look forward to returning again.

  14. Charles Lund, Kelowna, British Columbia-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    An outstanding trip. Well organised, friendly and loads of fun. Great cycling, great food. Highly recommended.

  15. Barbara Watson, Golden, CO-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Our bike trip in Sicily was fantastic, due to the routes guiding provided by Siciclando. Food: first rate – from restaurants to private inns, it was wonderful. Lodging: Good to excellent inns. Guiding: Our charming host, Giuseppe, provided descriptions and background as well as excellent routes through the Sicilian countryside. Value: A+.

  16. Lezlie Burkley, Salida, CO-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    When I first read the Siciclando web site I was moved by the passion that the owners have for their country, for biking, and for the experience they offer. It was inviting, the idea of exploring quieter places of Italy by bike. I was reassured of my choice even before the tour when questions and logistical concerns were handled quickly and professionally by co-owner, Dario Carzan. On tour, I realized the words from their web site went much deeper; their words are really their promise to each guest. They love what they do and they sincerely want to share their passion. The guides were exceptional and are attentive to every detail – good bikes, quiet routes, beautiful towns/accommodations, and wonderful picnics. Dario was one of our guides and made the tour very special. One day he (carefully) prepared prickly pear cactus fruit growing along side the road and on another day he translated stories from an Italian man who had lived seventy years in a hill top village where we biked.

  17. M. Stewart, Glasgow, Scotland-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Excellent communications,personal welcome and service, very good bikes, a wonderfully eclectic mix of accommodation [nearly all small, family run], mainly very good, welcoming & comfortable. [If you want predictable chain hotels & satellite TV, go elsewhere] Some truly memorable meals & lovely characters in agriturismos. Road books fine – realistic route & difficulty description with plenty of cultural additions for interest and great refreshment recommendations! Small ‘hiccups’ dealt with efficiently. We’ve been to Sicily twice [self guided] with this company and LOVE the island, especially the interior, and their approach. Although we had one day with a really grotty choice of route last year we’re still giving them 5 stars ~ we told them they made a mistake. We love Giuseppe & the Darios!! What makes them different? They are all cyclists and they are exceptionally proud of Sicily. You aren’t dealing with a ‘blanket’ company which just buys tours from other people. These guys are the real deal.

  18. Wayne, ME-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    An excellent tour of western Sicily, with lots of small towns and archeological sights. Some days were hilly, but generally not long mileage, leaving time for sightseeing. Our guide, Giuseppe Crino, was very knowledgeable and attentive. Bikes had good gearing for the hills, but were relatively heavy.(New bikes are planned, I believe.) Course directions were generally good

  19. George Root, Bellingham, WA-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    We have been on dozens of bike tours over the past 30 years and the four tours we have done with Siciclando in Sicily and Basilicata (Italy) are amongst the very best ever. Giuseppe Crino (Mr. Siciclando) is a fine gentleman and even more, he offers some of the best planned bike trips anywhere. Sicily and southern Italy are outstandingly beautiful in the Spring with wildflowers, deserted country roads, excellent accommodations and superb food. Siciclando offers tours for groups as small as 2 people. My wife and I have done two of these cycling all by ourselves, but always with an emergency number to call. We have also been on two trips with 20 participants run through our bike club (BAC) and these have been given rave reviews by all. If you love cycle touring, visit Sicily before it gets ‘discovered’.

  20. P. Saturley, Ottawa, ON-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Really excellent, well planned trip, very well organized guides. Not only were the obvious items (hotels, bike routes) well planned, they paid great attention to the small details. They even put lemon slices in the water bottles!

  21. D. Hicks, Los Angeles, CA-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    We had a wonderful trip through Sicily. Siciclando is a company dedicated to running trips that the owners themselves love to do, and it results in great support, spirit and humor

  22. Diana P., Salida, CO-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Just finished a wonderful bike tour through Tuscany last May with Siciclando and had an incredibly fun time. Our guide, Dario, was wonderful and incredibly accommodating and fun. The lodging, food and bike route were beyond my expectations and I will be talking about this trip for a long time. I plan on doing a trip again with them in the next couple years..

  23. Joe Warshawski, Calgary, AB-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    You will not find a more efficient client oriented travel company… anywhere. And now lets add guided deserted roads, fine wine,granita extrodinaire, and smiles. A perfect holiday !!

  24. Dale Hewat, Toronto, Ontario-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    The tour was excellent and so well planned. Our guide Paola was a great host, full of lots of interesting stories and fun to be with. The bike routes were great and we really felt like we got to see a nice cross-section of South Eastern Sicily, plus the added bonus of cycling around Mt. Etna, relaxing in Taoromina and then relaxing on the beautiful island of Salina. We faced the challenge of riding a tandem bike, clipped in, and loved it!

  25. Manoel Carvalho, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    I have done several bike tours with Siciclando. Each time is better than the previous one. My last one (A taste of Sicily) was FANTASTIC. The food,the wine and above all the people from Sicily made this tour an unforgetable trip (Will the next one be better?) I came to a conclusion: A tour with Siciclando is not about a bike trip.It is about a life experience!

  26. David Blinick, Toronoto, ON-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    We were a group of 8 at different skill levels planning of week of varied activity in Sicily. Siciclando did a tremendous job working out the details and itinerary for this bespoke trip. The execution was flawless. Even better, the attention to the details, to our well being, and to ensuring that we were all satisfied was at the highest level. There were many times where we had to adjust and make changes and the Siciclando team supported and responded perfectly. Siciclando is a great tour company, owned and operated by people who are very knowledgeable, involved, responsive, proactive, committed, and caring. We loved our time in Sicily, on the bikes, and being with our guides. Siciclando can be recommended without any reservations at all.

  27. Andrew Kent, Toronoto, ON-Reply
    March 27, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Our trip last October with Siciclando was outstanding. Every detail was well attended to and enhanced our experience in discovering Sicily. Authentic,well paced,well organized-couldn’t be better. Ascending to the top of Mt. Etna was an unforgettable experience that capped off a week of touring the highlights of Sicily, cycling, and savouring one culinary treat after another. Mille grazie to Giuseppe and Daniele who did an exceptional job of taking care of us!