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Treasures of Western Sicily

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.3 Read 7 reviews
  • Uncover the secrets of Sicily’s off-the-beaten-track Western coast
  • Pristine and undiscovered nature reserve of Zingaro
  • The ancient city of Palermo, rich in culture and architecture
  • Charming Egadi Islands of Levanzo and Favignana boasting a long history
  • Classic local cuisine and wines specific to Western Sicily, such as Marsala
Discover Sicily’s windswept and unspoilt Western coast and its intriguing mix of nature, history and culture. The sweeping views of the mountains that meet turquoise seas in the nature reserves of Zingaro and Monte Cofano are a sight to behold, as are the vistas upon reaching the dizzying heights of Erice, an impregnable hilltop town, perched at 750m above sea level. The Segesta Archaeological Site and its well-preserved Greek Theatre is a highlight. Levanzo and Favignana, two of the Egadi Islands, are charming with their white-washed cubed houses, more reminiscent of Greece than Italy. The excellent culinary tradition here draws on many influences and the revolution in the Sicilian wine industry during the 1980s has produced some remarkable local wines.

What To Expect

The walks on this tour are rated easy to moderate and the distances very manageable, giving you time to discover this part of Sicily’s incredible history and culture. Another great reason to visit are the excellent restaurants serving unforgettable local cuisine. If you are a wine lover you will appreciate the local wines, such as Marsala and Nero d’Avola.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wine, Whisky & More...
  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island
  • National Parks & Trails

Grade & Terrain

Although this trip is graded easy to moderate overall, it is advisable that you will have had previous walking experience. You will be walking on large dirt roads, mule tracks and on paths. You should be in good physical fitness to fully enjoy the walking on this tour. Although the distances are fairly short there are some elevation gains and losses, but mostly only about 200-300m. However on the Zingaro Nature Reserve walk the elevation gain is 500m and on the Erice walk the elevation loss is 650m.

Navigation

The route is at times waymarked (in the Nature Reserves) but outside of this there will be little way-marking. Detailed routes note and maps will provided for you.

Accommodation Information

7 Nights in good quality B&B’s, and 3* hotels. The accommodation normally used is detailed below. However we may use alternatives of a similar standard should the dates you request not be available.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is available to solo walkers, although there is a supplement due to the fact that some of the costs (such as transfers) are not shared. Single rooms are available on request and a supplement is payable.

Meals

A breakfast will be provided by your accommodation every morning. Usually they are buffet-style or continental breakfasts. Dinners are not included, however there are options to dine out either at your accommodation (if they have a restaurant) and in the village and towns in which your accommodation is situated. Lunch is  also not included, but you can find small stores in which to purchase items for a picnic lunch. In your route notes we give advice on where you can eat/pick up lunch.

Included
  • 7 Nights in B&B’s, & 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Baggage transfers
  • Private transfers on Days 1, 3, 6 & 7
  • Route notes, maps and detailed information pack
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Palermo
  • Lunches & Dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Ferries or entrances
  • Tourist taxes (usually €1.50 per day)
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Extra nights before, during or after your walk

When To Go

As with much of Italy, Spring is a lovely time of year for walking due to the wild flowers popping up everywhere. Also the Autumn is great and you can walk when any crowds have left. The height of summer can be hot to walk so you will need to start out early and take plenty of sun protection and water.

Getting to the Start

By Air: You can fly into Palermo Airport.

There are flights to Palermo from the UK. (Ryanair and Easyjet). At the time of writing this, Alitalia, Lufthansa and Air France also have flights from Europe into Palermo. From Palermo Airport there is an included transfer to  Scopello. Please let us know what time your flight arrives so that we can set up the transfer for you.

Should you wish to take a ferry from the mainland Italy there are overnight ferries from places such as Naples, Civitavecchia and Genoa.

Getting from the End

Your last night will be spent in Palermo. You can take either a bus or taxi to the airport. Buses leave every 30 mins from the Central Station and take 45 mins. We can arrange a private taxi transfer from your accommodation to the airport. Please ask your Destination and Adventure Specialist for details.

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight stay. On this particular tour your luggage will be transferred at the same time as you. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sunhat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a daypack.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Scopello and overnight Day 2 Zingaro Natural Reserve Walk 7 miles / 12 km Day 3 Transfer to Cornino. Nature Reserve of Monte Cofano Walk 4 miles / 7 km Day 4 Egadi Islands, walk on Levanzo 9 miles / 15 km Day 5 Free morning Trapani 4 miles / 6 km Day 6 Day on Favignana, Egadi Island Day 7 Segesta Archaeological Site and walk, transfer to Palermo 6 miles / 10 km Day 8 Onward journey

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