7 nights from £949pp
Departing 19 June and 9 October 2012
You'll love this tour if you like:
- Charming seaside towns - Castellammare is a delight
- Spectacular coastal scenery and national park
- Ancient Greek monuments
- Superb seafood and rustic cuisine
- Historic towns and cities
Elsewhere we indulge in winetasting and a traditional Sicilan lunch in an old Moorish farmhouse in the countryside. Culturally and scenically the region is rich too – we will visit the stunning hill town of Erice, dating back 800 years and boasting an amazing array of medieval architecture along its steep, narrow, cobbled streets. We will also visit the superb 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.
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick with Easyjet to Palermo.
On arrival transfer to Castellammare (approx 1 hour from the airport) for check-in for a 7 night stay.
Day 2: Late morning visit to the charming typical village of Scopello and the spectacular Zingaro Nature reserve which slopes majestically down to the sea with wonderful views and walks. The day is complemented with a leisurely late lunch at Baglio Fontana farmhouse in the beautiful Sicilian countryside.
Day 3: Full day tour to the beautiful and ancient hill town of Erice, which has preserved its medieval character with fine city walls, lovely cobbled streets and squares lined with stone houses, and dotted with numerous churches including the medieval Chiesa Matrice. This fascinating day takes us also to the ancient Greek Temple and Theatre ruins at Segesta.
Day 4: Day Free with optional tour to the unspoilt Egadi Islands.
Day 5: Tour to the western end of the Zingaro Reserve and the very Italian seaside town of San Vito lo Capo, where plenty of time is allowed for a leisurely lunch (not included) at one of the many restaurants overlooking the bay.
Day 6: Full day tour to the exotic city of Palermo, Sicily’s capital, that offers a wealth of sights with architecture ranging from Arabic to Norman, Baroque and Art Nouveau. Highlights include the Norman Palace, Palatina Chapel, Cathedral, dating from 1184, San Domenico Church, Islamic San Giovanni degli Ermeti dating from 1132, Baroque Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita, several interesting museums, lively streets and piazzas and much more. We also visit the Monreale Cathedral which is full of stunning mosaics from the 12th and 13th centuries.
Day 7: Full day tour to the south coast to the fascinating Greek temples at Selinunte, with one of the higlights of the tour – a wonderful seafood lunch at Vittorio’s.
Day 8: 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
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
- Return scheduled flights with Easyjet from Gatwick to Palermo including all applicable taxes
- 7 nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the 3-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
- Holiday insurance
- Single room supplement
- Porterage and gratuities
- Personal items such as drinks, meals, laundry, telephone calls
Castellammare del Golfo
The base for this tour is the typically Sicilian seaside town of Castellammare del Golfo, which was the Greek port for Segesta and Erice. Ideally situated for exploring the region, the town offers wonderful views of the bay and has a picturesque medieval quarter and Aragonese castle.
Scopello & Zingaro Nature Reserve
The spectacular nature reserve of Zingaro covers nearly 4,000 acres sloping down towards the sea with wonderful sea views. It is a haven for birds espically for raptors such as Bonelli's eagles, peregrine falcons and kites. The gateway to the reserve is the pretty 18th century farming village of Scopello that built up around a fort. The day is complemented with a leisurely late lunch at Baglio Fontana farmhouse in the beautiful Sicilian countryside.
Erice & Segesta
The splendid town of Erice is perched on the top of Monte San Giuliano. Laid out on a triangular plan, it has preserved its medieval character with fine city walls, stone houses with decorated doorways, tiny squares and a host of splendid churches, most notably the Chiesa Matrice. There is also a Norman castle, several defensive towers, lovely main street Corso Vittorio Emanuele and two interesting museums. Segesta was founded in ancient times by exciles from Troy and is home to two important ancient Greek monuments, its 5th century BC temple is well-preserved with 36 Doric columns and semi-circular theatre carved out of the Monte Barbaro.
An optional day to the beautiful and remote Egadi Islands of Levanzo and Favignana off the coast of Trapari (reached by ferry/hydrofoil in under an hour). Your tour manager will advise about cost which varies according to the number of participants.
San Vito lo Capo
Today's very relaxed tour takes you to the western end of the Zingaro Reserve and the very Italian seaside town of San Vito lo Capo, where plenty of time is allowed for a leisurely lunch (not included) at one of the many restaurants overlooking the bay.
The exotic city of Palermo, Sicily's capital, offers a wealth of sights with architecture ranging from Arabic to Norman, Baroque and Art Nouveau. Highlights include the Norman Palace, Palatina Chapel, Cathedral, dating from 1184, San Domenico Church, Islamic San Giovanni degli Ermeti dating from 1132, Baroque Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita, several interesting museums, lively streets and piazza and much more.
Selinunte & Vittorio's seafood lunch
The ancient Greek ruins of the temples at Selinunte, overlooking the sea, are one of the most striking archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Ongoing excavation has revealed eight temples, an acropolis and a fortitication system, thought to date from the city's heyday in the 6th centruy BC. In contrast, the history of the day's itinerary is balanced with one of the highlights of the tour - a wonderful seafood lunch at Vittorio's, one of Rick Stein's "food heroes".
|Departure Date||Duration||Status||Per Person||Single Supplement||Board Basis|
|19-Jun-2012||7||Available||£949||£154||Bed and Breakfast|
|09-Oct-2012||7||Available||£949||£154||Bed and Breakfast|