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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), runs a 6-day biking and walking trip up Etna and through southeast Sicily that also includes 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). Before embarking on your two-wheel journey, you should also visit www.sicilybike.com.

Sicilytravel.net also offers cycling tours as well as Food & Wine tours of the island. For more information contact tel. 0922-402257; www.sicilytravel.net. The International Kitchen (tel. 800-945-8606; www.theinternationalkitchen.com) offers 7-day culinary tours of Sicily that depart several times a year for groups or upon request. The tours are based in and around southeast Sicily.

For bird-watching enthusiasts, Birding Sicily is run by two local twitchers. For more information see www.birdingsicily.com.

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.