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Western Sicily, Palermo & the Aeolian Islands

8 days from only £1,024pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Guided tour of the hill-top village Erice, with its incredible churches and monasteries, plus a visit the Grotta Mangiapane cave dwelling in undiscovered Trapani
  • Visit to Segesta Archaeological site, a perfectly preserved ancient Greek temple and theatre
  • Visit Marsala renowned for its outstanding dessert wine, touring a winery with tastings
  • Guided tour of Palermo, gorgeously medieval and baroque, plus its stunning Norman Palace
  • Visit to Monreale’s cathedral displaying the world’s finest golden, medieval mosaics (2018 departures)
  • Learn about the ancient craft of salt panning at a family-run museum
  • Short orientation walk of charming Cefalù - one of Sicily’s most attractive coastal villages
  • Spend a full day touring Lipari and the Aeolian Islands, accessed by boat
  • Scenic drive through the mountainous Madonie National Park to the town of Castelbuono
  • Services of our experienced tour manager
  • Seven nights’ in conveniently located four-star accommodation, including all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner (including two dinners at carefully selected local restaurants)
  • Return travel from the UK and transfers to and from your hotel included

Selected departures from April to October 2019

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At a Glance
7 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Half board
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Carthaginian Trapani contrasts with Greek Segesta, discover atmospheric Palermo then, completely off the tourist map and little changed from Roman times, the unique volcanic Aeolian Islands. Like so many other potential visitors, you could be forgiven for ignoring Sicily, yet here lies some of Italy’s and indeed Europe’s most fascinating historic towns, most beautiful and unspoilt scenery, most delightful people, plus some of its finest food and wine. Ruled by every Mediterranean power since records began, the Phoenicians were probably the first visitors. Next came the Carthaginians, followed by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, the Moors, Normans, the Spanish, Bourbons and eventually the Italians.

Lack of large scale modern development and a mild climate has maintained what can only be described as one of Europe’s most staggering cultural legacies but which remarkably is still largely off the tourist map. This astonishing blend, probably unmatched anywhere is truly fascinating, with every day of the tour revealing more wonders. In architectural style, the towns and villages are revelations. From the almost souk-like markets to church spires displaying distinct signs of classic Moorish arches and calligraphy, the variety of influences are written in the very fabric of the buildings, some featuring Norman gold leaf mosaics yet carrying unmistakeably Byzantine inscriptions. Amazingly preserved classical Greco-Roman architectural styles and lamboyant baroque churches are all to be discovered in this plethora of historic monuments. Equally sumptuous mixes of culinary traditions abound, from classic Mediterranean staples like grilled fish, to cous-cous etraying Sicily’s proximity to Europe’s southernmost edge.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. The price includes return flights, seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast and four dinners, all local taxes and transfers, all tours as mentioned, entrances to the Norman Palace, Pellegrino wine Cantina and Salt Museum and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Useful Information

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport  Transfer time
Palermo Airport Trapani 1 hr 15 mins Cefalú Palermo Airport 1 hr 30 mins

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitabilty of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 50 mins
  • Language: Italian
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Italy

Weather in the Aeolian Islands

Occasionally bad weather prevents travel to the Aeolian Islands for safety reasons, however we will endeavour to reschedule this visit to an alternative day. If this is not possible a refund of £20 per person will be made on your return.

Hotel Information

  • The use of air-conditioning in hotels in Italy is at the hotel’s discretion and is normally restricted to the summer months (mid-May to mid-September), depending on the temperature.
  • Where hotels feature a swimming pool, it will be open during the summer months depending on weather conditions.
  • Whilst we do our best to ensure an exceptional experience, the views from the sea view rooms may at times be partially obstructed.

Accommodation


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