Sicily – temples and windmills

  • Starting location: Palermo
  • Ending location: Palermo
Highlights
Meal options

Bed and breakfast

Accommodation

Four-star accommodation

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.

OR

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.

What's included:

  • 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

What's excluded:

  • Flights
  • Gratuaties
  • City tax

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Palermo - Gulf of Castellammare del Golfo

At Palermo Airport you will be meet by the wonderful Nicolo who will be your host and guide.  Your private transfer will take you to your hotel in the beautiful costal town of Castellamare del Golfo, which will be your base while you discover the wonders and hidden delights of Trapini Province.  After check-in your Sicilian experience begins with a relaxed welcome and a food and wine tasting.  The evening is free and there are many bars, shops and resturants Castellemare to choose from.

Day 2 - Boat tour - Scopello and Zingaro Reserve

This morning pack your swimming gear and snorkel and see probably one of Sicily’s most dramatic, most striking and most varied stretches of coastline. This boat tour will start from the port of Castellammare and cruise along the stunning west coast with a stop and walking tour of the charming village of Scopello built around an 18th-century baglio (fortified manor house) with its high wall, huge gates, white houses and smooth-stone streets look like they belong in a 1950s Italian movie. In fact, the historic tonnara (tuna-processing plant) on the shore below is a popular film location – the 2004 Hollywood blockbuster Ocean’s Twelve was filmed here, as was an episode of the Inspector Montalbano TV series.

There will be swinning stops visiting Faraglioni de Scopello and Riserva dello Zingaro.  Soft drinks and fruit will be available on board.  Free evening.

 

Day 3 - Tastes of Sicily

Today is your Sicilian culinary tour, giving you an insider’s perspective to this mysterious island.  Sicily is an exotic island that has beckoned travellers for centuries and still bears those cultural and gastronomic influences.

This morning starts with a ‘hands-on’ cooking class making pizza, arancine or pasta, while the afternoon is devoted to wine.  A wine tasting that show cases some of the island’s world-famous wines such as Grillo and Nero d’Avola.  Free evening.

Day 4 - Trapani Salt Flats and Erice

Morning – Trapani Salt Farm and Nature Reserve with WWF guide.

The Nature Reserve of Saline di Trapani e Paceco is located between Trapani and the tiny village of Paceco. It was created in 1995 and today it is managed by the World Wildlife Fountation – WWF.  This unique environment benifits from hot African winds, long, sun-drenched summer days and shallow coastal waters are the very same conditions which are still being put to good use on the salt pans with traditional harvesting methods.  The Nature Reserve has prominent flora and fauna where there are 208 species of rare animals such as flamingos, white herons, the rare peregrine falcon.  Lunch at Trattoria del Sale Wind Mill overlooking the salt flats.

Afternoon – Erice.  Walking tour through the maze of cobbled streets that make up the medieval town of Erice.  Free evening.

Day 5 - Marsala or Palermo

Walking Tour of Marsala, Salt Road and FLORIO Marsala Wine Tour.
The day starts with a walking tour to better understand how Marsala has earned its place in Italian history and the wine we know today. A drive north along the Salt Road and finally a Marsala wine tour.

OR

Palermo  –  A Walking Tour of the city with guide.  Markets, the famous Opera House featured in the film ‘The Godfather’, cathederal, to name a few outstanding landmarks.  A coffee break in the city centre and lunch in a typical Trattoria are included.  Free evening

 

Day 6 - The Temple of Segesta and Archaeological Park

Today we have about 1 hours drive for a guided tour of the Dorice Temple of Segesta and if anyone needed proof that the Greeks had a good eye for where to build, Segesta would lay any doubts to rest once and for all.  The setting of the Temple, perched on a hill is simply beautiful, totally unspoilt rolling green countryside and views that stretch right down to the sea.

The temple was not actually built by the Greeks but by the Elymians, an indigenous population of Sicily who also founded Erice. It is true, however, that Greek colonists probably contributed to the building of the Temple, which took place between 430 and 420 BC. It has 36 Doric columns, and is 61 metres long and 26 metres wide.

Lunch is a Sicilian ‘Food Experience’ at a beautiful Agriturismo with views of the Temple.  Free evening.

Day 7 - Sail to the Islands of Egadi

Weather permitting, today is a visit the islands of Levanzo and Favignan (part of the Archipelago that are the Egadi Island) by ‘Caicco’ a wooden sailing boat, similar to a Gulet or Dhow.  Here you will see prehistoric cave-paintings on the little picture-postcard island of Levanzo.  After lunch you will  sail to the island of Favignana where you’ll have time to wander around and relax in the picturesque piazza and have glass of wine or coffee.  Free evening.

Day 8 - Depart for Palermo

Check out of the hotel, your private transfer will take you back to Palermo Airport or stay longer.  You can extend your holiday by 2 nights and stay in Palermo or Agrigento.

How to get here

Fly into...

Palermo (PMO) - 44 km/35 mins

Falcone–Borsellino Airport or simply Palermo Airport.  The biggest UK airlines fly direct to Palermo are British Airways (BA), Ryanair and easyJet.

Transfer options

Private

You will be met at Palermo airport by the wonderful Nico who will be your guide for the duration of your holiday.  The journey by private air conditioned mini bus is approximately 35 mins to your hotel in Castellammare.

Dates and prices

Prices for 2018

All prices are based on two people sharing a double or twin-bed room.

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Arrival date
Price
April/May/October
£1150
June & September
£1200
July
£1350

Extend your stay and choose one of these by 2 night tours:

Palermo – staying in the wonderful Hotel Wagner, walking tour of 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.

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