The Highlights of Western Sicily
6 days from £829 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Western Sicily is still untrodden by mass tourism. Impressive sights and probably the most breath-taking of the coastal scenery of the island is at our base of Castellammare del Golfo. Closer to North Africa than the Italian mainline, this side of the island has the most exotic feel to it; Arab inspired art, mosaics, palm trees, Moorish “bagli” (farmhouses) and, of course, an impressive collection of Ancient Greek and Pheonician sites.
Day 1 – We fly to Palermo. A coach and local tour manager will meet us to transfer us to the hotel. Dinner at leisure.
Day 2 – Full day excursion to Palermo. Palermo’s history has been anything but stable as the town passed from one dominating power to another with remarkable frequency. The result of this quilted history is evident today in the vast range of architectural styles, and many place names which are obviously not of Italian origin. Artistic delights are abundant but the most strikingly are the spectacular mosaics in the Palatine Chapel in Palermo and the Duomo of Monreale. Our day will include a highlights tour of the city including a visit to the Royal Palace to visit the incredible Palatine Chapel – a magnificent blend of Byzantine, Islamic and Norman styles of craftsmanship. It is lavishly decorated with mosaics, marble, gold stone and glass. After time for lunch the coach will continue to the famous cathedral at Monreale. This is one of the greatest of the Norman sights of Sicily. The interior glitters with the mosaics with the highlight being the Christ Pantocrator. Return to the hotel. Dinner at leisure.
Day 3 – Morning visit to Selinunte. Selinunte became one of the greatest cities of Magna Graecia and the ruins are considered one of the most important of Sicily’s historical sites. Although the city itself has disappeared, eight of its temples are distinguishable, but it is still being excavated. We return to Castellammare for an afternoon to explore the local area independently or soak up the sun and atmosphere the square or at the port. Dinner at leisure.
Day 4 – Full day excursion to Cefalu, home of one of the finest Norman Cathedrals begun in 1131, and a pretty, unspoilt seaside town. The Mandralisca Museum houses a collection of archaeological relics, majolica and paintings, the must see being Messina’s “Ritratto d’Ignoto”. There will be some free time in the town for independent visits. Return to Castellammare del Golfo for dinner at leisure.
Day 5 – Today includes visits to Segesta, Erice and Trapani. Segesta is the spectacularly situated, unfinished Doric temple. Erice is a medieval town overlooking Trapani, with small windy lanes, a 14th Century Duomo and a 13th Century church. Trapani, originally a trading centre for the Phoenicians, Carthaginains and Romans, and is famed for its salt pans, medieval windmills, its Sicilian Baroque style Cathedral and trade in tuna, olives and wine. Dinner at leisure.
Day 6 – Free time in Castellammare prior to our return flight to the UK.
The exact order of the itinerary is subject to change.
Hotel Al Madarig
The Al Madarig hotel is a traditional 3 star hotel located in the lovely coastal town of Castellammare del Golfo, and is set in a square overlooking the sea. With easy walking access to the town and port, and plenty of good restaurants to choose from, the hotel offers comfortable accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis. All rooms have en-suite facilities as well as most rooms offering balconies. The hotel has a lift and a small bar.
• Return flights from the UK
• 5 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
• Local tour manager throughout
• Itinerary as detailed
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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