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Location of Sicily in Italy

 

What is Sicily? Such a various island is not easy to be defined: incredible archaeological sites, dramatic landscapes, a still active volcano, beatiful and secluded beaches stretching along a clear blue sea. These are just few aspects of a land that offers to curious travellers also one the finest cuisine in Italy, genuine local meetings, fascinating little "borghi" hidden inside the mountains. All the reasons why travellers from all over the world wonder about a journey to Italy are gathered here in one breathtaking dream named Sicily.

 

  1. Palermo - Cefalù
  2. Cefalù - Madonie Regional Natural Park - Cefalù
  3. Cefalù - Segesta - Trapani
  4. Trapani - Aegadian Islands - Trapani
  5. Trapani - Mozia - Trapani
  6. Trapani - Mazara del Vallo - Selinunte - Palermo
  7. Palermo - Monreale - Palermo
  8. Palermo

 

This itinerary can be combined with Eastern Sicily - A volcanic pattern of stories and archaeology

What is Sicily? Such a various island is not easy to be defined: incredible archaeological sites, dramatic landscapes, a still active volcano, beatiful and secluded beaches stretching along a clear blue sea. These are just few aspects of a land that offers to curious travellers also one the finest cuisine in Italy, genuine local meetings, fascinating little "borghi" hidden inside the mountains. All the reasons why travellers from all over the world wonder about a journey to Italy are gathered here in one breathtaking dream named Sicily.

 

This itinerary can be combined with Eastern Sicily - A volcanic pattern of stories and archaeology

Itineraries

Day 1

Palermo- Cefalù • Arrival

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Arrival in Palermo airport and transfer to the hotel in Cefalù area.

Day 2

Cefalù- Madonie Regional Natural Park- Cefalù • The hidden Madonie Mountains

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Today, after breakfast, we start the exploration of the small villages hidden in the Madonie Mountains. This will be a day at a slow pace, typical of the villages of Sicily, where time does not exist and where the real attraction is the people who have decided to live in these extraordinary places. We will walk through the characteristic alleys of the small village of the Madonie Mountains with visits to historical and evocative places, meetings with the locals, itinerant tastings of typical products and local excellences and the visit of the flowered courtyards. We will also enjoy a walking lunch with inspiring meetings and tastings in the streets. Then we will also visit to one of the most beautiful villages in Sicily: Geraci Siculo.

Day 3

Cefalù- Segesta- Trapani • A leap back in time

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After breakfast, we move to Segesta. Along with present-day Erice, Segesta was one of the chief settlements of the Elimi, a people of uncertain origins. Of the ancient town only a few traces remain: the ruins of a number of square towers and of a gate from the old fortifications. Miraculously intact, on the other hand, is the temple, a hexastyle peripteros in the purest Doric style and the theatre, which dates to roughly the middle of the 3rd c.B.C. It stands right in the top of the mountain (400m), overlooking the urban setting. Then we will visit Erice, situated on Mount San Giuliano (751m). Erice is a magnificent medieval village, which has survived intact to the present day. With its cobblestone streets and its remarkable urban layout, it met the requirements of a population that lived on a limited amount of land.
Famous sites are the Matrice Church with its isolated campanile, which was erected in 1314, and the Castle of Venus, which was built on an ancient temple dedicated to the Venus of Erice. The cosy town is also famous for its delicious almond cookies which we will taste. At the end of the day, we move to our hotel for the overnight.

Day 4

Trapani- Aegadian Islands- Trapani • Enchanting sea views

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After breakfast, transfer to the harbour of Trapani for a relaxing mini cruise to the Egadi Islands. The most important and well-known of the Egadi islands is Favignana, where they still practice the “Mattanza”, a traditional kind of tuna fishing which takes place during the months of June and July. The island has some wonderful tufa quarries overlooking the sea at Cala Rossa where the bottom of the sea is covered with small, bright pebbles which reflect the light and create an amazing effect. The island owes its name to the Favonio wind. The only inhabited center is at Cala Principale, a bay where is located also the port. The paved alleys, the picturesque square of Madrice with the outdoor cafes and the charm of an old port make Favignana a delightful place to visit. After lunch, we weigh anchor and proceed to Levanzo. Levanzo, wild and nearly untouched, is the smallest of the Egadi, with the smallest number of inhabitants and the almost total absence of vehicles. The population concentrates in a lovely village on the southern coast of the island, a bay called Cala Dogana. This landing is the only one but is unforgettable, though protected only from the winds between the West and the North.After the visit we return to the hotel for the overnight.

Day 5

Trapani- Mozia- Trapani • Discovering local culture

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Breakfast at the hotel. Then we start to visit Mozia. Founded by the Carthaginians at the end of the 8th c.B.C. on the island of San Pantaleo, the city of Mozia, given its ideal location, close to Africa and an obligatory point of passage along the main trade routes to Spain, Sardinia and central Italy soon housed one of the most prosperous Punic colonies in the Mediterranean Sea. You can see the ancient fortifications, the harbour, the Tophet (an open-air-sanctuary) and a small museum. After the visit, we move back to Marsala. Marsala’s fame is tied to the fine liquorish wine by the same name. The success of Marsala wine was a product of the initiative of British entrepreneurs who came here at the end of the 18th c. We will visit one of the most famous wineries and taste some of the best wines. Famous sites are the cathedral, dedicated to St. Thomas of Canterbury, the tapestry museum and the archaeological museum with its jewel, a Punic ship (the only example in the world of a “liburna”, a agile warship roughly 35m in length). At the end of the day we travel back to our hotel.

Day 6

Trapani- Mazara del Vallo- Selinunte- Palermo • From Phoenicians to Greeks

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After breaksfast, we start our day with the visit of Mazara del Vallo. The town was founded by the Phoenicians, it was an important port in ancient times and is still a one of the most important fishing town. The harbour has the largest fishing vessel fleet of Italy. Mazara del Vallo is also the home of the Dancing Satyr. At the end of the visits, we move to Selinunte, one of the most ancient archeological site of Sicily. It was an ancient Greek colony, founded in 650 B.C., and it is divided in four zones: the acropolis, with its public and religious buildings; the ancient city with the ruins of various homes; the eastern temples, which give us some idea of the wealth and importance of this Greek settlement in the 6th c.B.C. and the Sanctuary of Malophoros, dedicated to Demeter, the goddess of fertility and harvest.
Temple G is the second largest Greek temple in Sicily, after the Temple of Olympian Zeus at Agrigento. At the end of the day, we travel to Palermo to reach our hotel for the overnight.

Day 7

Palermo- Monreale- Palermo • Sicilian capital

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On this day we start after breakfast with the visit of Palermo, the capital of Sicily. The setting is beautiful and the city, a mix of European and Oriental, is without equal despite reduced circumstances. The architecture, ranging in style from Arabic to Norman, Baroque and Art Nouveau, is without comparison in Sicily. Here we will enjoy a walking tour to discover the street food delicacies of the city. We will walk through the historic squares and street markets of the city centre. Bakeries, street vendors and old inns keep the secrets of the delicious street food of Palermo. After the walking tour, we will move to Monreale to visit the famous Cathedral and Cloister with its fascinating mosaics. At the end of the day, we move back to our hotel for the overnight.

Day 8

Palermo • Departure

According to the flights, transfer to the airport.

Price: from 1,660€ – based on 12 pax travelling
For further information on the price or a tailor-made quotation please contact us at info@out-of-italy.com or fill in the “Trip Enquiry” here above.

 

The quote includes: Private transfer in/out; 7 overnights in BB; Welcome dinner on day 1; Transport with minibus comfort (20 seats) with driver for the entire tour; All road fees and parking fees; one tasting on day 2; Almond biscutis tasting on day 3, Boat tickets to Aegadian Islands and Mozia; Sunset-Aperitiv on day 5;Street food tour in Palermo (including street food samples, seasonal desserts and 2 drinks); Local taxes; Tour Leader from 6 pax.

 

The quote does not include: International flights; Drinks during the meals (unless specified); Entrance fees (quoted separately); Tips; Personal expenses; Everything not mentioned in the "included" list.

 

Group departures:  30th May 2022 | 04th July 2022 | 19th September 2022 | 24th October 2022

Weather - Best time to visit Sicily is between late spring and autumn, with some hot months in July and August.

 

Travel in safety - The current itinerary is quoted according to the current safety/health law. The transport will allow the social distance between the passengers. In case regional laws will now allow certain attractions or Hotels to open we shall amend the itinerary according with the price to reflect the changes. We shall do everything is in our power to operate the itinerary as described above.

 

For logistics or technical reasons, the itinerary can be run with some amendments on the sequence of the visits and excursions

The literal translation of Borgo in English would be “Hamlet” or “Village“ but these words do not fully explains the meaning of “Borgo” is.
A “Borgo” is a fascinating, ancient, small Italian town, generally fortified and dating back to the period from Middle Ages to Renaissance. Walking in a “Borgo” is a step back in time, a walk through history, a typical Italian experience.