Western Sicily


Citrus, seafood and stunning scenery

Sicily is an ancient intersection of Mediterranean civilisations, with its strategic position resulting in a wealth of cultural influences. Displaying the traces of multifarious cultures over the ages, Sicily is a treasure trove of history and art with layers of diverse architecture just begging to be explored. Mount Etna’s numerous eruptions have sculpted the island, creating a dramatic contrast between land and sea. In its wake, lemon, almond and pistachio trees thrive in the fertile soil and delicious Sicilian dishes use the freshest ingredients. From the glittering azure seas, to the imposing mountain crowned with smoke, to the vibrant green meadows in between, Sicily’s juxtaposing scenery is some of the very best Italy has to offer.


Atmospheric towns and marvellous mosaics in this cultural crossroads

From £1,299 per person

based on two sharing in a twin/double room, with a minimum of 35 passengers travelling in a specific month

Best time to go

March, April, May, June, September, October, November

Suggested Hotel

Hotel Al Madarig, Castellammare del Golfo

  • Lovely 3-star hotel by the sea, offering excellent value for money
  • Within the historic centre of Castellammare del Golfo
  • Classic charm and helpful staff
  • Spacious and comfortable bedrooms
  • Close to a great selection of restaurants

Not the hotel for your group? Other hotels are available, contact us.



Fascinating Palermo tells the story of its multi-layered history with its labyrinthine streets, exotic aromas and heady mix of sounds and sights. Delving into the city’s seductive and mysterious atmosphere reveals dilapidated palazzi, shaded cloisters, souk-like markets and a vast array of architectural styles. Palermo’s Palatine Chapel is a treasure trove of artistic delights, with its astounding interior of opulent gilding, sacred images and luminous mosaics.


The compact town of Cefalù is a delightful combination of golden beaches and fascinating cultural sights. Clustered around the granite bulk of La Rocca, the pretty cobbled streets of Cefalù are dominated by the twin towers of its fortress-like Norman Cathedral replete with shimmering Byzantine mosaics. Enjoy a stroll along the sea front, where fishing boats bob in the sparkling waters.


One of the best-preserved ancient temples in the world, the spectacular Segesta is an unfinished Doric temple in a stunning hilltop position. Once forming part of the ancient city of Segesta, this site was lived in until the Middle Ages and has other fascinating remains – including a dramatic amphitheatre – which show the varied occupation by different civilisations over the centuries.


The romantic, medieval hilltown of Erice exudes allure. Ringed by ancient walls and topped by the Castello di Venere (Castle of Venus), this atmospheric town enjoys a dramatic position and far-reaching panoramas. It’s not just medieval delights within the smooth stone streets, however: the windows of the town’s renowned pasticceries display teetering, tempting stacks of crisp cannoli and mouth-watering almond pastries.

Team Comments:

“My very favourite island.” (Jo)


Monreale Cathedral

Monreale’s magnificent cathedral is one of the greatest surviving examples of Norman architecture. Built to compete with Palermo’s grand Palatine Chapel, the cathedral is an extraordinary masterpiece of glimmering mosaics, spectacular cloisters and fine sculptures with a clear Byzantine influence.

San Vito Lo Capo & Zingaro Nature Reserve

The resort of San Vito Lo Capo is all about sun, sea and sand. Its large golden beach is the perfect spot for relaxing by the turquoise seas, admiring Sicily’s rugged mountain scenery and enjoying the town’s lovely restaurants. Nearby, the Zingaro Nature Reserve is a glorious, precipitous stretch of coast, barely touched by man and with coves and grottoes that have been dramatically sculpted by the forces of nature.

Local cuisine

Group dinners can be included, using local restaurants.

Fancy a shorter trip?

5 night tours are also available - the perfect short break for a cultural group.

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