Western Sicily is beautiful with a varied landscape that is peaceful and quiet with vineyards, olive groves and temples. The island's character has been shaped by a myriad of invaders and settlers whose diverse cultures are reflected in this part of Sicily - Greek monuments, rugged inland hills, medieval towns, Saracen watchtowers, temples and the warm welcome of the people.
Your base is the Punta Nord Est Hotel which overlooks the Tyrrhenian Sea, this laid-back hotel is a minute's walk from a pebble beach and 10-minute walk from Castellammare del Golfo. The airy rooms have a nautical theme, some have balconies with sea views. During the summer the breakfast buffet is served in the Mediterranean courtyard, there's also an outdoor swimming pool, a poolside bar and access to a private beach.
Our escorted tour takes you through an enigmatic landscape, from ancient windmills and glistening salt pans to timeless temples, colourful fishing villages and beguiling hamlets. You begin with a Sicilian food and wine experience to get you in the mood. A boat tour along the western coast to Scopello and Zingaro Nature Reserve with time to dip your toes or snorkel.
The adventure continues...a cooking class followed wine tasting. You visit to the Trapani slat flats with a WWF guide, then onto the medieval hill-top town of Erice before following the coast to Marsala – home to Sicily’s famous golden wine. From here you wind your way across the island’s rugged interior to reach Segesta, famed for its Doric temple followed by lunch at an agriturismo looking out onto the magnificent temple- what a back-drop! Last, but by no means least, a boat trip by 'Caicco'(ancient sail boat) to the islands of Levanzo and Favignana.
Extend your stay by 2 nights and choose one of these wonderful tours:
Palermo - staying in the wonderful Hotel Wagner, walking tour or Palermo, visit the UNESCO site at Monreale, Cefalu, lunch. Guide and tranfers included.
Agrigento - staying at the Hotel Villa Athena overlooking the 'Valle dei Templi', private guide, dinner, un-route stop at Scala dei Turchi, private transfer to hotel and return to airport.
- Return Palermo airport transfer
- Private local English-speaking guide
- Private transport
- Entrance fee to museums or monument with tour guide (where specifed)
- Accommodation bed and breakfast
- Meals - lunches and dinners where specified
- City tax