Sicily 2 walking tour
Explore the ‘other’ Sicily: the remarkable west, which contains some of the most ancient and celebrated sites, some of the most dramatic landscapes and some of the best food on the island.
Once a neglected region renowned more for its Mafia strongholds than its tourist destinations, western Sicily has been reborn over the last 10 years and has much to offer, including its history, natural beauty, national parks and its food and wines.
Starting with a private transfer from Palermo, this tour takes you to the Egadi islands off the western tip of Sicily. You’ll spend the next four days exploring this fascinating and beautiful archipelago. From here you’ll be taken to Sicily’s first national park for the last two nights, a spectacular piece of coastline stretching along the Castellamare Gulf, which you’ll walk along on the last day.
On the way to the park, you’ll visit Erice, an ancient village perched high on a mountain. The tour finishes with a private transfer back to Palermo (you’ll have the option of adding a guided tour to the ruins of Segesta, one of the most important ancient Greek cities in Sicily).
The walks on the Sicily 2 self-guided walking tour follow well marked trails along good paths over generally undulating countryside. They are a combination of coastal and island walks and range from 9 kilometres to 14 kilometres, taking 2.5 to 5 hours, not including breaks. In some cases, it is possible to shorten the walk or to opt out and join the walkers for lunch. This is a Grade 2 walk - gradings for the individual walks are on the itinerary - click the link for each day to see the details.
The self-guided itineraries are rewalked and the notes updated each year.
The accommodation is in very comfortable, family-run 3-star hotels. The superior rooms have en suite bathrooms, terraces and ample breakfasts are included.
The first hotel is in the centre of the main town of the Egadi Islands, only 50 metres from the seaside and a short walk from the port. It is in an historical building that has been recently restored. You'll spend four nights here. The second hotel is in the centre of a small fortified hamlet a short walk from the seashore. You'll spend two nights here. Both hotel's have excellent restaurants.
As far as Sicilians' are convinced that the best things in life include good company, family life, sunny days and above all, good food. Sicilian food is completely hybrid, reflecting the island's extraordinary history. From Greece came the the traditional country dishes around Syracuse and Ragusa; the Arabs introduced sweet and sour; the Spanish a Baroque taste for excess; the French introduced the onion, while Swiss chefs influenced their desserts with cream and stuffing. Eating and drinking in Sicily is synonymous with a delicious journey back in time!
On the coast, the cooking mixes staples like pasta, tomato sauce and fresh vegetables with local specialities like the abundant freshfish, including tuna, sardines swordfish, with chillies, olives, pine nuts and capers. The Arabic influence is clear through the couscous and rich sweets and desserts like marzipan and cassata.
Generous breakfasts are included each day (you'll need them for your walks). With notice, the hotels wil be able to prepare a cut lunch for the walk. A range of restaurant recommendations with contact details for booking your dinners in each town/village will be included in your tour notes.
Support on the walk
To guide you through this wonderful walk, you will receive: the Hidden Italy roadbook (an eighty-page A5 booklet that includes comprehensive daily walking notes accompanied by detailed maps, updated and revised each year); access to the exclusive Hidden Italy App to complement the roadbook (the App is downloadable to Apple and Android devices and features information about the routes: maps, GPS tracks, altimetric profiles, etc; GPS navigation on all the routes; an alert function if you stray off the track; and an emergency function); twenty-four-hour phone support from our Florence-based Operations Manager.
To confirm the booking, a deposit of 25% of the total booking cost is required within 7 days of the issue of the invoice. Please note that in the event of customer cancellation, deposits are refunded, less a cancellation fee of $500 per person per tour. Click here for full T&C’s
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This 7 day/6 night tour can be personalised to meet your interests and travel dates.
- Six nights’ accommodation in family-run 3-star hotels
- All breakfasts included
- Three private transfers (see itinerary).
- All ferry tickets required
- Reading lists, historical and cultural notes
- Maps and detailed walking instructions
- Hidden Italy App with GPS to complement the roadbook
- 24 hour backup from local manager
*please note that the cost of the visit to the prehistoric grotto and the entrance fee to the National Park are not included.
$2800 B&B only per person
Single Supplement: $800
** Please note a high season surcharge may apply in July/August/September
Tour costs quoted are in Australian dollars (AUD)
"I would like to say how much we enjoyed the Sicily 2 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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