This seven night self-guided walking tour uncovers the secrets of Sicily's western coast and favorite off-shore islands. Historically the poorest and most remote area of Sicily, the region maintains its purity; you'll feel as though you're the first to discover its clear sapphire waters, hidden sandy coves and unexplored islands. This is certainly the place to visit if you want peace and tranquillity and to escape from it all; there are hardly any roads even on Marettimo.
You'll start your holiday in the Moorish village of Scopello, on Sicily's north western coastline, that lies adjacent to one of Italy's most pristine coastal nature reserves, the Riserva dello Zingaro. It's an undulating mix of orange groves, twisted olive trees, swaying vines and hidden bays lapped by azure seas. You then move on by private transfer/ferry to Marettimo, the most mountainous of the three Egadi islands just off the western coast. This is a walker's paradise and you'll discover cliff paths wind through Spanish broom and purple cistus to Saracen fortresses, Roman villas and coral lined sea grottoes. Boat trips to neighboring islands are easily arranged. For your final two days, you return to the mainland at San Vito Lo Capo. Highlights here include exploring the medieval hilltop town of Erice and hiking on Monte Cofano - enjoy stunning coastal vistas as far as Palermo.
All your hotels are special in their own contrasting ways. In Scopello you stay at Camillo's baglio style hotel, panoramicaly set in the heart of the village, sandwiched between the mountains and the sea; on Marettimo, your host, Fausto meets you at the jetty with a luggage trolley (there are no roads!) and takes you to his charming sea front residence (with pool and jacuzzi) just by the harbor; near San Vito you stay at Daniela's cozy five bedroom B&B hotel and enjoy great sea views from the luxuriant Mediterranean garden.
|Meals||Continental breakfast and 3 evening meals.|
|Tour Starts||Palermo airport 20:25 (Pick up, then transfer to hotel, 40 mins, provided).|
|Tour Ends||Palermo airport by 19:00 (drop off, transfer provided).|
|Rail Options||Not Applicable|
|Rail Supplement||Not Applicable|
|Singles||Add $31 per night, except Sep 1 & 8 when $37 per night. Solo traveler supplement an additional $373.|
|Other details||Room upgrade: Prices from $22 per person, per night, based on 2 sharing. Allow 60 Euro/$70 for entrance fees to Segesta (Monday) and ferry to Levanzo + admission to caves (Wednesday) not included. Allow 3â‚¬ per person for Zingaro Nature Reserve.|
|Hotels||**** (3 nights), *** (2 nights), AAA (2 nights)|