Sicily 2 walking tour itinerary

Day 1

The tour starts with a private transfer from Palermo to Trapani (approximately 2 hrs) and then a hydrofoil from Trapani to the largest of the Egadi islands (approximately 15 minutes).  Accommodation is in an excellent, family-run 3-star hotel in the centre of town, a short walk from the port.  Dinner is included tonight.

Day 2

Today you take a ferry to explore the smallest and most remote of the three islands of the archipelago (30 minutes away).  The recommended walk climbs up to the central ridge of the island (574 mts) to the ruins of a lighthouse with extraordinary views over the islands (Grade 2, 9 kms, 3.5 hrs).  You will also have two less demanding options:  a walk along the coast to the south-eastern corner of the island on unsealed roads (Grade 1, 2.5 hrs) and another to the northern tip of the island to the ruins of a castle.  Otherwise, you could take a boat ride around the island.  You’ll be able to have a drink at one of the bars on the port; and/or a swim in the blue Mediterranean Sea.  Return by ferry.

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Day 3

A day exploring your base.  Today’s walk does a complete circuit of the island, passing a number of lovely beaches and lookout points (Grade 2, 14.5 kms, 4 hrs).  Although quite long the island flat and walking very easy on unsealed country lanes (bikes are also available for hire).

The little medieval port had its heyday in the 19th century when the tuna fisheries off the islands thrived.  You will be taken on a guided tour of the town, including a very interesting local museum and the very unusual ‘underground gardens’, botanical gardens which have been established in the deep sandstone quarries and tunnels on the north of the island.

Day 4

Take another ferry to the third of the archipelago’s islands, which holds the Egadis’ greatest treasure: a gallery of prehistoric frescos painted between 10,000 and 6000 BC, which were discovered in a grotto in 1949.  The walk today is a beautiful walk across the island to the grotto and then wrap around the other side of the island on its way back to the port (Grade 2, 8 kms, 3 hrs).

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Day 5

Today you take the hydrofoil back to Trapani, where you’ll be met and taken to the beautiful town of Erice, which sits on a hill high above Trapani.  You’ll be able to explore this remarkable town (with time for a light lunch) before being taken to a gorgeous hamlet on the edge of Sicily’s first national park, which stretches along the Gulf of Catellamare.  Dinner is included tonight.

Day 6

As the finale to your visit, the fourth walk is a beautiful coastal walk following a well-marked trail under majestic limestone mountains, through sub-tropical vegetation overlooking gorgeous turquoise-blue bays.  You can take a picnic lunch along the way and plenty of opportunities to swim in the crystal clear water.  (Grade 2, 15kms, 5 hrs).  The walk is long but can be shortened (Grade 1, 10 kms, 3 hrs).  

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Day 7

Private transfer to Palermo or Palermo airport.

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This 7 day tour can be personalised to meet your interests and travel dates.

  • Cost

    $1,850

    per person

• six nights’ accommodation in family-run 3-star hotels
• all breakfasts
• two cut lunches
• two dinners (Day 1 and Day 5)
• three private transfers (see itinerary).
• all ferry tickets required
• a guided tour of Favignana*
• reading lists, historical and cultural notes
• maps and detailed walking instructions
• 24 hour backup from local manager

*please note that the cost of the visit to the prehistoric grotto (10 euro pp) and the entrance fee to the National Park (5 euro pp) are not included.

Cost Options

$1850 b&b or $2050 with dinners on Day 1 and 5 and two picnic lunches.

Single Supplement: $650


5% discount when 4 or more book and deposit together.

 

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Testimonials

"I would like to say how much we  enjoyed the Sicily tour.  It took us  to some  beautiful places which  we would have been unlikely to  find for ourselves, the accommodation was excellent,  the tour was good and the  transfers worked well."

– Graeme J, Sicily 2 walk

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