Many tourists like the idea of engaging in their hobbies while visiting another country. In Sicily, both can be done.

If cycling is your fancy, Backroads (tel. 800/462-2848 or 510/527-1555; www.backroads.com), run a number of Sicilian biking and walking tours that include food and wine tastings. It also offers a bike tour for families that's suitable for children as young as 9 years old. Butterfield & Robinson (tel. 866/551-9090 or 416/864-1354; www.butterfield.com) also operates a 6-day bike tour of Sicily, covering both the east and west of the island. In the U.K. and Ireland, the best bike tour operator is Iron Donkey with tours of west Sicily (tel. 028-90-813200; www.irondonkey.com). Exodus Travel (www.exodustravels.com) is another fine British organization, that gets travelers from across the globe, for its good-value biking tours of Sicily.

Sicilytravel.net also offers cycling, as well as literary and culinary tours of the island, mostly for private groups.  The International Kitchen (tel. 800-945-8606; www.theinternationalkitchen.com) is a top operator of culinary adventures on the island. 

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.