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Palermo & Western Sicily

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Home throughout the centuries to the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Normans, Western Sicily has countless historical and naturalistic beauties to discover.
Italy
Cultural
Food & Wine
Private Escorted Tours

Highlights

Enjoy a mini-cruise to the stunning Aegadian islands of Favignana and Levanzo

Tasting delicious Sicilian food, such as "cassatelle" and "pane cunzato"

Visit to one of the impressive historical villas of Bagheria

1 Day of Freedom of Choice activity

An incredible range of experiences awaits you in the spectacular region of Western Sicily: from the Greek archaeological sites of Selinunte, Segesta and The Valley of the Temples to the imposing castle of Erice, the Gulf of Castellammare, the beautiful historical centre of Palermo and the remarkable Sicilian food & wine traditions.

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Included

3 nights in Palermo at Hotel Palazzo Sitano (or similar)
3 nights in Trapani at Hotel Vittoria (or similar)
Private arrival & departure transfers to/from Palermo airport
Private transportation with English-speaking driver as per itinerary
Daily Breakfast
Welcome drink & dinner at Palermo hotel
Street Food experience in Palermo
"Cassatelle" tasting in Castellammare del Golfo
Light lunch with "pane cunzato" in Scopello
Coucous-based lunch in a typical "trattoria" in Marsala
1 minicruise of the Aegadian Islands: Favignana & Levanzo, with lunch on board
Visit to a local winery in Marsala with wine tasting
English-speaking local guides as per itinerary
Freedom of Choice Day
Whispers throughout the itinerary
Expenses for meals and accommodation for driver
Porterage service at the hotels

Freedom of Choice

For this package we have included a Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary. Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select one tour on the following day:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 2

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Day 1
Palermo

Welcome to Sicily! Arrive at the airport and meet your driver for a transfer to your accommodation.
Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Palermo at Hotel Palazzo Sitano.

Dinner
Palermo
Church of St. Joseph, Palermo
Day 2
Palermo

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day dedicated to the visit of Palermo and Monreale with your local guide: you will be walking in the pedestrian area of the historical centre of Palermo, one of the largest in Europe, and discover Martorana Church, Piazza Bellini, Piazza Pretoria, “I Quattro Canti di Città - the four corners”, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the ancient “Cassaro”, Piazza Bologni the Cathedral (internal visit) and the outside of the majestic Norman Palace. You will also have the chance to taste Palermo’s delicious street food at a typical local market.
Then you'll proceed to visit Monreale, perched on a hill a few kilometres from Palermo: its Cathedral is one of the most beautiful monuments in Italy, with its Moorish architecture and fine mosaics representing a complete cycle of the Old and New Testaments.
Come back to Palermo and enjoy your pre-selected tour from our Freedom of Choice options:

  • Palermo from Above - Palermo’s skyline is beautiful: there are many special places with stunning views over the mountains surrounding the city, giving you the impression you could touch its domes and bell towers. Terraces and walkways along the parapets were exceptional observation posts to control and protect the area, but also to enjoy the most important religious events. This is a walking tour along the city's historical centre, accessing to the tops of beautiful buildings, with a final tasting in one of the most elegant terraces of Palermo.

OR

  • Palermo Underground- Palermo shows its beauty in the sunlight, but hides an intriguing underground world made of crypts, long tunnels for channelling water, air-raid shelters and secret passages. During the tour, you will visit the crypt of Palermo's Cathedral, those of San Matteo and the Cocchieri and finally the famous Capuchins Catacombs.

OR

  •  Palermo's Planetary Garden - Kalsa is one of the most characteristic districts in the city. The name is of Arab origin - Khalisa means "the pure" or "the chosen one". Today, it is a beating heart chosen as the headquarters of the organization “Manifesta12”, an important biennial of contemporary art, which was awarded to Palermo city in 2018. It best represents the city as a planetary garden, gathering many different cultural realities. The walking tour through its streets reveals the history and beauty of churches, oratories, historic buildings, museums, galleries, fountains and artisan workshops. The same variety and diversity are the protagonist of the city's Botanical Garden, an open-air plant museum where plants from many latitudes have coexisted peacefully for about two hundred years thanks to the city's mild climate.

Overnight in Palermo at Hotel Palazzo Sitano.

Please note that the order of the visits could be changed depending on the tour chosen.

Breakfast, Lunch
Palermo
Cathedral of Monreale, Palermo
Day 3
Palermo → Bagheria → Cefalù → Palermo

After breakfast, enjoy a panoramic tour of Bagheria, a town of nobiliar villas where you will visit one in particular: the renowned Villa Palagonia. Then transfer to Aspra for a visit of the “anchiovy museum”: you will be brought back to the times when this was an ancient village of fishers. After the visit, continue towards Cefalù, where you will visit the Cathedral, the medieval lavatory and walk along the beautiful coastal promenade with its wonderful sandy beach (if the weather is nice, you may take the chance to have a swim!).
Return to the hotel.

Overnight in Palermo at Hotel Palazzo Sitano.

Breakfast
Palermo → Bagheria → Cefalù → Palermo
Cefalù
Day 4
Palermo → Castellammare del Golfo → Scopello → San Vito Lo Capo → Trapani

After breakfast at the hotel check out and continue your journey towards Western Sicily: firstly, you will stop at Castellammare del Golfo to admire the incredible view and taste the typical trapanese cassatella with ricotta cheese and small chocolate pralines. Proceed to Scopello, were you will taste the local Pane Cunzato (hot baked bread with tomato, cheese, olives, origan, olive oil). Proceed to San Vito Lo Capo, a small village by the sea with a wonderful white-sand beaches famous all over Europe.
Transfer to Trapani and check-in at the hotel.

Overnight in Trapani at Hotel Vittoria.

Breakfast
Day 5
Trapani → Marsala → Mothya → Erice → Trapani

After breakfast at hotel, your driver will take you to Marsala for a visit with a local guide: enjoy a tour by boat around Mothya, a beautiful small island. Visit the Salt Museum and the salt pans and then proceed to visit a local winery where you will enjoy a wine tasting, including the famous Marsala wine. At lunch you will taste some typical cous-cous at local Trattoria. In the afternoon, continue with a visit of Erice, a small beautiful town situated in a panoramic position over Trapani and the Mediterranean Sea.

Overnight in Trapani at Hotel Vittoria.

Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6
Trapani → Favignana → Levanzo → Trapani

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Trapani port to begin an incredible mini cruise to Favignana and Levanzo, two wonderful islands of the Aegadian Archipelagus. Enjoy a delicious lunch on board!

Overnight in Trapani at Hotel Vittoria.

 Please note: the date of the minicruise may change depending on weather conditions.

Breakfast, Lunch
Trapani → Favignana → Levanzo → Trapani
Favignana
Day 7
Trapani → Palermo

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Palermo airport for your departure flight.

Breakfast

Additional information

Official language
Italian
Local currency
EURO
Private Escorted Tour

These packages are much more intimate and include a private guide/driver that will be with you throughout the duration of your stay.

Palermo & Western Sicily

7 days
from AUD5,248
per person, twin share
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Palermo
Palermo
Cultural, Food & Wine
Private Escorted Tours
01 April 2022 - 20 December 2022

Hotel options

Hotel Palazzo Sitano
Hotel Palazzo Sitano

Palermo
Located in the historical centre of Palermo, within walking distance to some of the city's most beautiful monuments, Palazzo Sitano is an entirely renovated historical residence with a twist of modern interior design, creating a fascinating contrast. Featuring a lovely internal courtyard, this hotel proves to be an elegant and comfortable accommodation for its customers.

Hotel Vittoria
Hotel Vittoria

Trapani
Hotel Vittoria is a lovely property in a privileged position: right in the heart of Trapani, in front of the sea and only a few steps from its old town centre. With 76 comfortable and bright rooms, this hotel is the ideal place to take in and appreciate Trapani's colours, scents and lifestyle.

Important notes

  • We work with a selection of hotels in each location. All bookings are subject to availability, which means our team will confirm your specific hotels upon confirmation and payment of deposit. The package price is based on 4-star accommodation.

Excluded:
  • Meals other than those specified, drinks, tips and city tax (to be paid locally)

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

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