- Experience the remote peace and beauty of Lo Zingaro nature reserve
- Marsala wine tasting at Florio winery
- Visit the temples at Segesta, Selinunte and Agrigento
- Picnic on the Isle of Mozia
- Lunch at a country farmhouse
Greeks, Arabs, Romans and Bourbons fought over Sicily for centuries and all left their mark on the food, the people and the architecture that we see today.
We visit the ruins of Greek temples in the storied Segesta and Selinunte and in the best preserved archaeological site of Agrigento. Walks take us to the mountain-top town of Erice and along the coastal paths of the Zingaro Nature Reserve, so remote that pack horses are used to carry the supplies for maintaining the paths. We take a local ferry to explore and have lunch on the island of Mozia, once a Phoenician colony and walk along the lagoon through the saltpans guarded by the old windmills. In Marsala we visit the famed Florio winery and have the chance to sample the local specialty - seafood couscous.
Sunday Overnight: Baglio dello Zingaro
Monday Overnight: Baglio dello Zingaro
We spend the morning walking the coastal path of the Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve, where wild flowers abound and only the haunting clang of the goats bells and the breaking of the waves on the shore disturb the silence. Here many species of birds nest and breed and we may even see the rare Bonellis Eagle. In the afternoon we walk to the seaside resort of San Vito lo Capo that opens out into a bay of clear blue water and famous for its Cous Cous festival. We then return to our charming Hotel.
Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Carmine
We transfer to the Nature Reserve Park of Monte Cofano to hike around the promontory, on footpaths once trodden by pirates, and immerse ourselves in the wild and rugged beauty of this unspoilt coastline. After lunch, we drive to Erice for a walking tour of this thoroughly medieval walled mountain town, dramatically perched 750 metres above the sea. Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Normans have all occupied this impregnable fortress which, today, is simply one of the most stunning towns in the Mediterranean. We then transfer to our Hotel in Marsala and have dinner in a local trattoria.
Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Carmine
Thursday Overnight: Hotel La Foresteria
Segesta and Selinunte are the two great 5th century cities whose rivalry led to all-out war. Today we visit the first, Segesta, where we will see the great Doric Temple and the Theatre dating from the 3rd century BC, two of the most stunningly sited Classical monuments in the world. The temple is situated on the edge of a deep ravine and, by contrast, the magnificently preserved theatre occupies a prominent position near the summit of Monte Barbaro with far-reaching views across the Gulf of Castellamare to distant mountains. We stop en route and enjoy an organic lunch at the agriturismo farmhouse. Our walk is in the rolling hills in the footsteps of those who, for centuries, have beaten a path to this unique site.
Friday Overnight: Hotel La Foresteria
Today we have a choice. In the morning, you can opt to drive (about 90 minutes) to Agrigento for a guided walking tour of the magnificent Valley of the Temples, dedicated to Juno, Concord, Hercules, Jupiter, and the Dioscures. The alternative is a lovely walk in the countryside, through olive groves and vineyards, with beautiful views. We will see some WWll bunkers and walk through the riserva of the river Belice, before strolling along the beach for a lovely lunch under a pergola overlooking the sea. In the afternoon, we will have a guided tour of the enormous ruins of the temples at Selinunte, another of the most impressive archeological sites in the Mediterranean. Excavations have uncovered extensive ruins, but experts now believe that the destruction was caused by earthquakes rather than by armies. The remains of five temples litter the fortified acropolis, while the ruins of three more, bearing massive Doric columns, lie on a hill to the east. We return to our hotel for our special gourmet Farewell Dinner by the famous chef Angelo Pumilia with a selection of Planeta wines.
(Single Supplement $595.00)
Hotels - Where we stay
Baglio dello Zingaro
In an enviable position near old Scopello, the hotel faces the sea and is surrounded by nature. With panoramic views embracing the coast along the gulf of Castellammare, there is an outdoor pool and terraces to sit out and enjoy the vista. The 30 comfortable guest rooms come with a beautiful view of the sea and facilities include satellite TV, individual climate control, a laptop-size safe, a minibar and a private balcony. Bathrooms are fitted with a hairdryer, a roll-in shower and complimentary toiletries. There is free WiFi throughout the property. A delicious buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant each morning.
This simple, charming 3-star lodging is the only hotel situated in the historic centre of Marsala in a peaceful piazza, forming part of a 17th century convent. All the rooms feature elegant Sicilian decoration maintaining the original architecture, antique furniture and state-of-the-art amenities such as modern bathrooms. They all have satellite television, air-conditioning, internet connection, minibar and safe. There is a cloistered courtyard to relax away from the bustle of the city. The hotel has no restaurant but a highlight of the stay must be the sumptuous buffet breakfast.
Hotel La Foresteria
Located on the south western coast of Sicily, in Menfi, a town between Selinunte and Agrigento, the hotel is just 4 km away from the crystal-clear sea and the fine sand beaches of Porto Palo. La Foresteria has spacious bedrooms, each room is a perfect balance between comfort and ambiance. All have a private terrace and king or queen size beds complete with air conditioning, safe, phone, free wi-fi, Sky LCD TV, hair dryer, towels, ipod dock, mini bar (extra) and coffee maker. Traditional Sicilian cuisine is prepared by chef Angelo Pumilia, from Sicilian-style pasta with sardines to true caponata, all prepared using only the finest local ingredients. While staying at La Foresteria, you can visit the wine cellar where you can taste wines matched with the dishes of Casa Planeta. The resort also offers a wide range of services including a marvellous deck level swimming pool, Turkish bath, fitness area and bicycles are at your disposal to explore the olive groves and vineyards.
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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation
- Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
- A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
- Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
- Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
- Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
- All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
- Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
- First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
- All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
- Wine with dinner
- On-trail snacks and refreshments
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants