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THE WESTERN SICILY SPLENDORS TOUR

We are delighted to feature a unique small group tours to discover spicy Western Sicily : The Western Sicily Splendors. Sicily may be Italian, but the islanders are Latin only by adoption. The greatest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily was for centuries the centre of the known world. Its geographic position made it vulnerable to attacks by foreigners, but also a meeting place of civilisations, a bridge between East and West.

Sicily is an island with a unique identity and rich historical past. A melting pot of different cultures, traditions and architectural styles as well as beautiful landscapes and a coastline, which is home to some of Italy’s most stunning beaches.

The most African of the island’s landscapes, the North West saw a cultural melting pot of Phoenicians, Greeks and Arabs settling in Sicily. Their stamp remains. Incontestably some of the island’s most charismatic ancient sites are also to be found in the West, the Greek temple and theater in Segesta, surrounded by rolling meadowland and the Phoenician site on the island of Mozia, just off Marsala. Selinunte Doric columns are special too, as is the Phoenician ruins of Solunto, perched on the slopes of Monte Catalfano. But be prepared for contrast. From the vibrant port town of  Trapani you can take a boat across to Sicily’s captivating Egadi islands or a cable car which whisks you up into the medieval walled town of Erice where you can almost feel that you have been transported to Tuscany.

We have a real passion for western Sicily and look forward to sharing it with you!

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 8 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS
  • Private Western Sicily land tour: Min 2 participants
  • More than 9 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences: Tour of PALERMO with its historical treasures & popular open markets
  • Visit MASSIMO Theater, the PALATINE Chapel and the ROYAL PALACE
  • Guided tour of MONREALE and its CATHEDRAL
  • Visit SEGESTA temple and theater
  • Visit the hill-top town of ERICE and its CASTLE
  • MARSALA and wine tasting
  • Visit the MUSEUM OF THE SALT in Trapani
  • Climb ” la Rocca ” in CEFALU’
  • Visit UNESCO ROMAN VILLA with its mosaics in PIAZZA ARMERNA
  • AGRIGENTO TEMPLES and archaeological museum and many more
  • Our Hotels: Staying 7 nights in charming hotels: 2 nights in Palermo, 2 nights in Marsala,1 night in Agrigento, 2 nights in Cefalu’
  • Visit popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • First-class driver to accompany you throughout the journey
  • All entrances to main Sicilian archaeological sights are included
  • All local guides tipping are included
  • All transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned van
  • All transfers while overseas; baggage transfers & porterage
  • Our Included meals: All breakfasts, 2 street food experiences, 4 lunches, 2 dinners (main meals include wine, mineral water, coffee and tea only)
  • View Our unique Hotels: PALERMO “Centrale Palace“or similar; MARSALA “Hotel Carmine” or similar; AGRIGENTO “Hotel Baglio della Luna” or similar, CEFALU “Hotel La Plumeria” or similar
  • Activity level: Light/Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View Here) and FAQ ( View Here)
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
  • Purchase of European Travel & Health Insurance is strongly recommended. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation
THE SECRET ITALIA DIFFERENCE: TOUR ITINERARY

THE WESTERN SICILY SPLENDORS TOUR

PRIVATE TOUR FROM PALERMO TO PALERMO

Day 1 : WELCOME TO PALERMO

Arrive in Palermo International airport and travel to the city centre  for a two nights stay at our exclusive boutique “CENTRALE PALACE “or similar, which enjoys an excellent central location close to the city’s architectural treasures. Welcome dinner is included tonight in a local restaurant.Overnight in PALERMO

Day 2 : PALERMO’S HIGHLIGHTS & MONREALE CATHEDRAL

Breakfast in hotel. An included guided tour will help you to discover the highlights of PALERMO,the Sicilian capital. A crossroads of history, Palermo holds the distinction of being the world’s most conquered city, following conquests by the Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans. We have included today a visit to the Byzantine MARTORANA CHURCH, which has some of the most impressive Norman mosaics in Palermo,the bustling open market IL CAPO located in the ancient Arabic quarter of the city, the striking PALATINE CHAPEL, an evocative chapel dating back to the 12th century with amazing mosaics and some of the rooms of the ROYAL PALACE. After an included lunch in a local tavern,we’ll visit the famous MASSIMO THEATER, the biggest Opera House in Italy and one of the largest of Europe. In the afternoon we head towards MONREALE, renowned for its striking Cathedral, the greatest monument of Norman Sicily. Here we’ll also experience a unique mosaic demonstration. Evening on your own in Palermo.Overnight in PALERMO

Day 3 : SEGESTA, ERICE & SALT PANS EXPERIENCE

Breakfast in hotel. Western Sicily has always been more African than European and the first known settlers were the Elymians, probably Trojan refugees, about whom little is known. This morning we take a panoramic drive to SEGESTA, a unique archaeological site famous for its magnificent 5th century Doric temple. Though never completed it is one of the best preserved examples of a Greek temple. Afterwards, we’ll be reaching the spectacular hill town of ERICE which combines medieval charm with astounding 360-degree views. It boasts a breathtaking setting high above the Tyrrhenian Sea, a perfectly preserved medieval treasure. Its roots date as far back as the Carthaginian empire. It also boasts an impressive Castle with views over the Egadi Islands.After a “slow food” lunch in a local tavern we’ll descend to Trapani by a 10 mins panoramic cableway ride (weather permitting) travelling along the Salt Road, passing Salt Pans and windmills and learning about the history and process of salt harvesting at the Museum of the Salt. Stay for two nights at the charming “HOTEL CARMINE” or similar, located in the historical area of MARSALA. Evening on your own. Overnight in MARSALA

Day 4: DOLCE FAR NIENTE IN MARSALA & WINERY

Breakfast in hotel. The morning is spent on your own to soak up the beauty of the charming town of MARSALA. The town is the most popular wine producer on the entire island.At 1pm, we’ll visit a well-known winery for a wine tasting of popular Marsala wine and a light lunch.Enjoy the rest of the day on your own. Overnight in MARSALA

Day 5: AGRIGENTO: THE VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES & THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Following breakfast,we’ll visit AGRIGENTO where you’ll view the finest of all ancient Greek sites – the complete Doric Temples and the “Archaeological Museum”,one of the most important and visited archaeological museums in Sicily. The Museum displays over 5688 artefacts that illustrate the history of the town from prehistoric times to the end of the Greek period. Overnight stay at the charming country hotel “BAGLIO DELLA LUNA” or similar, located a short drive from the temples.Dinner is included tonight in the hotel restaurant.Overnight in AGRIGENTO

Day 6: ROMAN VILLA MOSAICS & CEFALU’

Today we leave for Cefalu’, travelling through the interior of Sicily to reach Piazza Armerina where we will view the ruins of the ROMAN VILLA DEL CASALE, an ancient villa decorated with the finest Roman floor mosaics in existence. The Villa was built in the first quarter of the 4th century and contains the richest, largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world. It is one of the 44 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Italy. Lunch is included in a local tavern near the Roman Villa.This afternoon we’ll drive to the charming fishing village of CEFALU’ for our last two nights staying at the charming “HOTEL LA PLUMERIA” or similar.This evening join the typical Sicilian passeggiata “stroll” as only Sicilians do, to find the perfect place for a meal or the perfect cafe’ to enjoy an aperitivo.Overnight in CEFALU’

Day 7: CAPTIVATING CEFALÙ’

Your day is on your own to soak up the beauty of CEFALU‘. The squares, streets and churches of this medieval town are so postcard-pretty that it’s no wonder director Giuseppe Tornatore chose to set parts of his much-loved film Cinema Paradiso here. Most of Cefalu sites are found in the historic town centre around Corso Ruggero and Piazza del Duomo, where you can visit the striking Cathedral, a mosaic-adorned outpost of Norman power and one of the jewels in Sicily’s Arab-Norman crown.Overnight in CEFALU’

Day 8: ARRIVEDERCI SICILIA

Morning transfer to Palermo airport for your flight home.Thanks for travelling Secret Italia Tours!

2018 TOUR PRICING

2018 Tour price: EUR 3,200         currency converter

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.

The tour is available on a weekly basis. 

Available departures

2018 Tour Price: 3,200 € | Days 8 |min 2 Participants!This a private land tour which can begin any time.

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