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Holiday type Tours
Country Italy
Travel type Fly
Price range From £1075
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 7 nights
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Western Sicily

This tour, based in the typical Sicilian seaside town of Castellammare del Golfo, offers a wonderful combination of gastronomic delights, cultural diversity and fabulous coastal scenery. One of the main highlights of the tour is a seafood lunch at Da Vittorio’s on the south coast, featured as one of Rick Stein’s food heroes and whose “vongole” he described as the best he’d ever tasted.

Elsewhere we indulge in winetasting and a traditional Sicilan lunch in an old Moorish farmhouse in the countryside. We will visit the hill town of Erice, dating back 800 years and boasting an array of medieval architecture along its steep, narrow, cobbled streets. We will also visit the Greek temples at Segesta and Selinunte, the pretty coastal village of Scopello and its neighbouring Zingaro national park, and the island’s historic capital, Palermo.

Included

  • Return scheduled flights with Easyjet from Gatwick to Palermo including all applicable taxes
  • Seven nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the three star Al Madarig hotel, Castellammare based on shared occupancy of twin/double room
  • Transfers by coach from Palermo airport to hotel in Castellammare
  • Full touring itinerary including two lunches as detailed
  • Tour manager throughout
Not included

  • Holiday insurance
  • Single room supplement
  • Porterage and gratuities
  • Personal items such as drinks, meals, laundry, telephone calls
Day one

Fly from London Gatwick to Palermo. On arrival in Palermo, transfer by coach to Castellammare del Golfo (approximately one hour) and the Al Madarig hotel.

Day two

Full day tour to Scopello and Zingaro nature reserve. The typically Sicilian village of Scopello, named for the rock stacks that sit in the shallows of the cove below the village, is the gateway to the Zingar nature reserve. The first nature reserve to be set up on the island in 1981 the park encompasses seven km of coastline and many species of rare and endemic flora and a rich variety of fauna, particularly birds. The day is complemented by a late lunch at the Baglio Fontana farmhouse, which sits in the middle of the countryside.

Day three

Full day tour to Erice and Segesta. The town of Erice is perched on the top of Mt San Giuliano (also known as the legendary Mt Eryx) – on a clear day you may spot Tunisia. Laid out to a triangular plan, Erice’s medieval character is well preserved with fine old city walls, stone houses with decorated doorways, tiny cobbled squares and a host of churches, most notably the Chiesa Matrice. The city of Segesta was founded in ancient times by exiles from Troy and is home to two important Greek monuments, a beautifully preserved fifth century BC temple with 36 Doric columns and a semi-circular theatre.

Day four

Full day to relax and explore Castellammare del Golfo or take an optional excursion to the historic city of Cefalù. Castellammare is a Sicilian seaside town, historically the port for the ancient Greek city of Segesta and the hill town of Erice. The harbour is dominated by a medieval fortress where you can watch the fisherman returning from an early morning at sea with their catch especially with an ice-cream in hand from one of the many restaurants, bars and cafes or the sandy beach.

Day five

Full day tour to Palermo. Sicily’s capital city, Palermo is an exotic, eccentric and energetic place, with the majority of its most impressive buildings hidden off the tourist trail – making it a refreshing and exciting place to explore. The city’s architecture is a mixture of Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Renaissance and Baroque – just wandering the streets will take you through different, fascinating period of Palermo’s history. You will also visit the Norman cathedral of Monreale, which sits on the slopes of Monte Caputo behind Palermo, where you’ll find mosaics representing Byzantine, Arab and Norman heritage of the island.

Day six

Full day to Zingaro nature reserve and San Vito lo Capo. Returning for another day amongst the unspoilt gorgeousness of Zingaro, we will also visit the very Italian seaside town of San Vito lo Capo, on the northern tip of the reserve, which sits in a dramatic position in a valley between two mountains. The town is full of little eateries, and there’ll be plenty of time for a leisurely lunch (not included) by the beach.

Day seven

Full day to Selinunte with lunch at Vittorio’s. The ancient Greek temple ruins at Selinunte are sited on a promontory overlooking the azure Mediterranean. Part of a huge and powerful city built in the sixth century BC; archaeologists have revealed eight temples, an acropolis and a fortification system on the site. In contrast, the history of the day’s itinerary is balanced with one of the highlights of the tour – a wonderful seafood lunch at the acclaimed Da Vittorio Ristorante, by the sea in Porto Palo.

Day eight

Transfer to Palermo airport for return flight to London Gatwick.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour managers discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.

Please note that flight timings are provisional and are subject to change.
Al Madarig hotel, Castellammare 

The friendly three star Al Madarig hotel, occupies a prime position in the heart of Castellammare, facing the main square which overlooks the sea. Facilities here include bar, lounge, restaurant and comfortable air-conditioned bedrooms with TV, telephone, bath/shower and minibar.

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A great tour, my husband and I both had a most enjoyable time. Angela was the best tour guide I have met she was able to keep everyone happy and found extra excursions which we enjoyed. Best holiday we have hade for a long time
Oct 2013
Holmes


Tour Manager (Angela) excellent. Coach driver (Damiano) also excellent, especially providing impromptu cakes and wine! Included lunches were very good, as were the tours to Segesta, Selinunte and churches in Palermo. The nature reserve did not warrant two visits, especially at this time of year. The hotel staff were friendly and efficient, and the standard of the breakfasts was very good. It may have been told about the sister hotel beforehand, so that we could have packed swimwear. We would have no hesitation travelling with Travel Editions in the future.
Oct 2011
Mr David Westley


Everything was great. The hotel staff were brilliant and deserve special praise for picking up my Birthday from my passport. Angela our guide was excellent.The tours were varied and interesting. PS. We found t he Yotel accommadation at Gatwick airport was very comfortable, quiet and very convenient for the train next day.
Oct 2011
Mr D Jones
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