Highlights

  • Experience the beauty of Lo Zingaro nature reserve
  • Marsala wine tasting at Florio winery
  • Visit the temples at Segesta, Selinunte and Agrigento
  • Explore the island 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 Segesta and Selinunte and the archeological site of Agrigento. Walks take us to the mountain-top town of Erice and along the coastal paths of the Zingaro Nature Reserve. We board a local ferry to explore the island of Mozia, once a Phoenician colony, and walk along the lagoon through the saltpans guarded by old windmills. In Marsala we visit the famed Florio winery and have the chance to sample the local specialty - seafood cous cous.

Sunday Overnight: La Tavernetta Hotel

We rendezvous at Palermo for the short journey to our hotel near Scopello, with time to wander around this historic village before we gather for an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

Monday Overnight: La Tavernetta Hotel

We spend the morning walking the coastal path of the Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve, where wild flowers abound. Here many species of birds nest and breed and we may even see the rare Bonellis Eagle. We transfer for lunch to the seaside resort of San Vito lo Capo, which opens out into a bay of clear blue water and is famous for its cous cous festival. Afterwards we walk back to Scopello with a chance to swim at a little bay.

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. We have lunch at the house of a local Sicilian lady. 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 one of the most stunning towns in the Mediterranean. We transfer to our hotel in Marsala and have dinner in a local trattoria.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Carmine

This morning we start with a visit to the renowed Florio winery to see how the Marsala wine is made and taste it for ourselves. Then we walk along the lagoon and salt pans, still guarded by old windmills. A short ferry ride takes us to isle of Mozia where we have a tasty cous cous lunch and explore the ruins of the ancient Phoenician settlement. We return to Marsala and have free time in this lovely town before dinner in a local ristorante.

Thursday Overnight: Hotel La Foresteria

Segesta and Selinunte are 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 theater 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 theater 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. In the afternoon we walk in the rolling hills surrounding the 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 reserve of the River Belice, before strolling along the beach for a lovely lunch under a pergola overlooking the sea. In the afternoon, we take 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.

Saturday

We return to Palermo and say arrivederci to those leaving us.
Moderate
The Walk Leader and Manager were "fun, prepared, easy to be with, knowledgeable about everything (plants, history, food)"
Terrain: Greatly varied - modest, easy and vigorous walks, sometimes rocky trails. 5-10 miles walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

6 nights from
$4,495.00
Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement $595.00)
Our Wayfarers friends Price is $4,270.00

Dates

From Oct 1 to Oct 7 (more dates)
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Arrival: Palermo
Departure: Palermo

Activities

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Hotels - Where we stay

La Tavernetta Hotel

La Tavernetta Hotel

This charming, family-run hotel is situated in the prestigious seaside village of Scopello which overlooks the Faraglioni rock-stacks and the ancient Tonnara. Close to the Nature Reserve of Lo Zingero, this elegant hotel was built and restored on the site of an earlier Arab castle. The location is perfect to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding countryside and for visiting the most important cultural sites in the area: Segesta, Erice, Egadi Islands, Trapani, Palermo (Monreale). The restaurant serves tasty Sicilian cooking which can be enjoyed on the sea view terrace. All bedrooms are spacious, soundproof and are equipped with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, hair dryer and safety deposit box. There is Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

Hotel Carmine

Hotel Carmine

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.

Planeta Estate La Foresteria

Planeta Estate 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