Sicily Tour Self&Drive  – 8 days / 7 nights

DAY 1:  TRAPANI

Arrival in Trapani pick up of the car and transfer to the b&b.

DAY 2 : TRAPANI – ERICE : 25min- 10 KM

After breakfast we suggest to visit Erice.

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Towering over the west of Sicily at 751m above sea level and often covered in its own personal cloud, Erice is a wonderfully preserved Mediaeval town offering the most breathtaking views and a palpable sense of history. Amongst the most visited sites are the two castles, Pepoli Castle and Venus Castle. The former was built by the Arabs while the latter was a Norman construction with imposing towers that derived its name from the fact that it was built on the site of the ancient Temple of Venus, allegedly founded by Aeneas. Other attractions include the sixty (yes 60!) churches including the Gothic Chiesa Madre (1314) and the Mediaeval Church of Saint John the Baptist. 

Tasting of  typical Sicilian pastries and liquors.

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After lunch , visit to Segesta.

It looks as if it were built yesterday. Segesta’s ancient Greek temple can make a valid claim to being the best preserved in the world, and its amphitheatre boasts a hilltop position on Mount Barbaro second to none. The archeological site, about seventy kilometers southwest of Palermo, reflects the presence of several ancient civilizations, beginning with the elusive Elymians. While the magnificent Doric temple, though (strictly speaking) never completed – as the roof was never added and the pillars never fluted – is impressive, it is just the highlight of a large archeological park.

SEGESTA – PALERMO : 1H50min – 110 km

Accommodation in b&b in Palermo and overnight stay.

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DAY 3: PALERMO-MONREALE:28 min – 10 KM

After breaksfast, visit to Monreale

Surveying Palermo and the Conca D’Oro from its panoramic hill-top position, Monreale would be a fairly non-descript town were it not for the presence of one of the world’s most stunning architectural treasures: the Duomo.The story of how this splendid cathedral came into being starts when the Arabs took control of Palermo in 831. They transformed the cathedral into a mosque and banished the Bishop of Palermo from town. Outside the Cathedral, adjoining its south side, is another artistic and architectonic masterpiece: the cloisters.  In 2015, the cathedral of Monreale granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral of Monreale is an outstanding example of a socio-cultural syncretism between Western, Islamic, and Byzantine cultures.

After lunch, chance to visit to Palermo.

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Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily, is one of those cities with its own very distinct, almost tangible atmosphere, a place of mystery where reality often outperforms the traveller’s imagination and preconceived stereotypes. Its strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean brought wave upon wave of invaders including the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Greeks, the Romans, the Saracen Arabs, the Normans, the Swabians, the French and the Spanish Bourbons just to name the most influential. The result of this quilted history is evident today in the vast range of architectural styles, the intriguing fusion of ingredients used in many local dishes and in many place names which are obviously not of Italian origin.

Street food tasting in Palermo.

Return to  the b&b  and overnight stay.

DAY 4 : PALERMO- CEFALù: 1H10min – 75 km

Chance to visit Cefalù

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For a small town, Cefalù offers a great deal, including sandy beaches, winding Mediaeval streets flanked with all manner of shops, excellent restaurants serving the freshest of fish and last but probably first, its unique Norman cathedral.While Cefalù’s origins go back to at least Greek times (the name derives from the ancient Greek word for “Cape”), the town we now know and love was built at the behest of the Norman King, Roger II. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1131 and is an exquisite example of what has been termed “Sicilian Romanesque”. Thanks to the splendid mosaic of Christ Pantocrator above the altar, it is twinned with the Palatine Chapel in Palermo and the Duomo in Monreale. Seeing all three on a trip to Sicily is strongly recommended.

After lunch transfer to the b&b in Agrigento and overnight stay.

CEFALù – AGRIGENTO : 2H20min – 170km

DAY 5: AGRIGENTO

Chance to visit  Agrigento temples.

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One of Sicily’s most famous historical attractions is without a doubt the Valley of the Temples, just outside Agrigento.This splendid archaeological park consists of eight temples  built between about 510 BC and 430 BC: the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Heracles, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Hephaestos, the Temple of Demeter, and the Temple of Asclepius (the God of Medicine).  While not being the prettiest city in Sicily, modern Agrigento is worth a brief visit, if only for the wonderful views of the Valley of the Temples and the sea.

AGRIGENTO – MARSALA : 1H60min – 134 km

Accommodation in B&b Marsala  and overnight stay.

Day 6: MARSALA

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Visit  to  salt pans in Marsala  and the Salt Museum.

Marsala is internationally famous for one thing: wine. Its inhabitants, however, while being extremely proud of their amber nectar, are equally enthusiastic about their town’s long, illustrious history.The present-day name, deriving from the Arabic “Marsa Allah”, meaning “Port of God”, gives us an idea of just how strategically important the town once was. A few hundred years after roman domination it was the turn of the English, who did not, however, come to conquer, but rather to make wine. The first man on the scene was John Woodhouse, who stumbled across the local wine in 1773. The next big date on Marsala’s curriculum vitae is 1860, the year in which Garibaldi and his “thousand” landed in the town to begin their unification of Italy. The townsfolk welcomed him with open arms and hundreds of them joined his army as they sped across the island.Today, Marsala is a pleasant, relaxed place to visit and the lovely, recently restored, mainly Baroque old town centre is pedestrian friendly and easy to walk round.

Return to B&b in Marsala and overnight stay.

DAY 7 : MARSALA – FAVIGNANA : 2H10min – 50 km

Chance to visit Favignana.

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Favignana, or La Farfalla as it is often referred to thanks to its butterfly shape, is the largest and most important of the  Egadi islands. It lies some 10 miles of the Trapani coast and is a popular holiday destination in the summer months largely thanks to its crystalline azure waters in bays such as Cala Rossa.The main town, also known as Favignana, has a small port and is dominated by the Fort of Santa Caterina, originally built by the Arabs as a watchtower, enlarged by the Normans and then used as a prison by the Bourbon Kings. With its two main piazzas and its low Mediterranean houses, the town is quite pretty. It is also home to two buildings testifying to the influence of the Florio family: Palazzo Florio, built in 1876 near the harbour, and the large, abandoned skeleton of the Florio tuna fishery.But what most people come here for are the crystalline waters offering excellent swimming and good scuba-diving possibilities, especially in the sea caves such as Grotta Azzurra, Grotta dei Sospiri (sospiri means “sighs” – it is said that the cave moans during the winter), and Grotta degli Innamorati (the Lovers’ Grotto).

FAVIGNANA – TRAPANI : 1H50min – 31km

In the afternoon transfer to the b&b in Trapani and overnight stay.

DAY 8 :  TRAPANI

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Chance to visit Trapani downtown or transfer to the airport and end of services.

Trapani boasts a long history which, according to myth and legend, all began when something fell off the back of a lorry! That, of course is not quite true, but it does appear that a giant scythe fell off the back of Demeter’s chariot as she roamed around Sicily in search of Persephone. The scythe formed a tongue of land on which “Drepanon” (scythe in ancient Greek) was built.While it would be lovely to believe such stories, the rather more mundane reality is that Trapani was founded by the Elymians, who used it as an agricultural centre for their hill-top fortress town of Eryx (modern-day Erice). When the Phoenicians took over, Trapani was turned into an important port. During the First Punic War the very same Phoenicians scored a famous victory over the Romans there in a famous naval battle.The port and the coast were soon to become even more important as tuna fishing and salt production became the principle activities of Trapani and its surrounding areas. Tuna fishing plants soon sprung up all over the area and many of these evocative, generally crumbling structures can still be seen in San Giuliano, San Cusumano, Isola di Formica, Favignana, Bonagia, San Vito Lo Cap and Scopello. The mattanza (culling) of tuna still takes place off the Egadi Islands and has become something of a tourist event for those brave enough to witness a literally wine-dark sea.

 

TRAPANI CITY CENTER – TRAPANI AIRPORT: 22min – 18 km

TOTAL PRICE PER PERSON: €595,00 ( 2 PAX)

INDIVIDUAL RATE + € 350,00

The price includes:

  • 7 nights stay at a three or four stars B&b.
  • Car rental ( Fiat 500 or Panda 2 /4 doors).
  • Tasting of the typical sicilian pastries and liquors
  • Street food tasting in Palermo
  • Insurance
  • Brochures

The price do not includes:

  • All that is not expressly mentioned in “the price includes”, city taxes, tips.
  • Car rental insurance –  This is an optional coverage item that can be invaluable. Rental reimbursement or extended transportation expenses coverage can pay for a rental car if your car is damaged in a covered accident and is out of service for longer than 24 hours. Without it, you can be forced to pay full-price for the rental car as opposed to a reduced insurance or shop rate.Optional coverages will add to your premium, but the cost is often affordable, depending on which insurance companies you get your quotes from.

***Prices may vary depending on the season.

Additional information

Data e pax2 pax (11 april – 30 july), 2 pax (1 January – 10 april and 1 september – 1 january 2018), 1 pax (11 april – 30 july), 1 pax (1 January – 10 april and 1 september – 1 january 2018)

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