"Sure Footed Sicily"
On Sure Footed in Sicily you will travel at a perfect pace. Our small group walking tour of Sicily is immensely popular. It is a large island and you are accompanied throughout by knowledgeable historians and archaeologists.
Sicily is a magical island museum where you can see many unexpected treasures and walk in spectacular scenery. Picture the 2000-year-old columns of a superbly preserved Doric Greek temple standing at the foot of rugged mountains, bathed in sun and colorfully carpeted with wild flowers. Experience the remote Madonie mountains, encounter seas of wild flowers, visit a hidden cave with Paleolithic and Neolithic paintings, and enjoy picnic feasts among vines and olives.
We visit the forty mosaic floors in the finest Roman Villa ever to have been discovered. There are mosaics decorating fine Norman Cathedrals. And then just walk along medieval cobbled streets where time seems to have stood still and dip your toes in the breathtaking blue and emerald green of the Mediterranean Sea while enjoying spectacular views of the active volcano Mt Etna.
Sicilian people are welcoming, warm and hospitable; the food embraces the aromas of the sun, sea & soil; a wonderful blend of woodland and sea flavours; swordfish, pine nuts, raisins and wild fennel; oranges and lemons simply bursting with sweet juices; ricotta cheese in specialties such as Cannoli; the ingredients are delicious, hearty and great fun at the end of every exciting day.
In Sicily everything is a high point:- you are at the heartbeat of the Mediterranean; a mythical island of great enchantment, bathed in sun, blessed by its plants, flowers and fruit, and home to people who are warm and hospitable and greet the stranger as a far-flung friend.
from € 4,795
per person shared occupancy
Included in the Tour:
♦ All accommodation
♦ All meals – except 1 lunch & 1 dinner
♦ Wine, water & coffee with meals
♦ All transport within the tour
♦ Everything except postcards, stamps and phone calls
♦ No hidden extras!!
| DAY 1 | Palermo airport -Cefalu
We meet at 14.00 at the Palermo airport and drive along the coast and into the foothills of the Madonie near the north coast. Relax and enjoy this dramatic setting, sipping an aperitif on the terrace which has spectacular views of the Aeolian islands.
| DAY 2 | Madonie Mountains National Park
A walk in the heart of the Madonie mountains, an area seldom visited and of ancient traditions. We stroll through the cobbled streets of Geraci Siculo where time seems to have stood still. Our hiking trail climbs through pine forests to Pizzo Corvo where we emerge and cross mountain pastures through awe-inspiring scenery with occasional views of Mt. Etna; the sleeping giant which looms at a distance of over 50 miles as we approach Petralia Soprana. Here a mountain feast awaits us. (4hrs/13km) (Elev. +/-300m)
Small Group Walking Tour Sicily
| DAY 3 | Cefalu & Monreale Cathedral
Visit Cefalu’s charming old quarters, the Norman Cathedral and the old fishing town at your leisure. A short walk onto the Rocca promontory
with walls and castle ruins offers magnificent views of the harbour, town and emerald blue sea. After a picnic lunch we drive along the coast to
Monreale Cathedral to admire one of the finest examples of 12C gilded Byzantine mosaics.
(2hrs/6.5km) (Elev. +/-200m)
| DAY 4 | Segesta
We visit the Greco-Trojan city of Segesta at the top of Monte Barbaro to see the 4C BC theatre which has a stunning view overlooking the
countryside and sea, walking down afterwards to the unfinished Doric temple – situated one a truly incredible setting – and then on to a forest
track on the other side of the river gorge for a picnic lunch with a panoramic view of the temple.
| DAY 5 | Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve
Walking from Scopello, we ascend into the Zingaro Nature Reserve to enjoy the rugged, Sicilian coastline and learn how locals used to make a
living form tuna fishing and basket weaving. If lucky, we may spot a peregrine falcon. High above the coast, admire the colours of the
Mediterranean. In the afternoon enjoy a gelato or cappucino in a local cafe.
(4hrs/12km) (Elev. +/-500ft)
| DAY 6 | A walk in the Egadi islands
From Trapani we take a hydrofoil to Levanzo and walk across the hinterland to a hidden cave, the Grotta del Genovese. Through an enlarged rabbit warren we enter the cave to see a treasure of Palaeolithic and Neolithic drawings. We continue around the island with views of Favignana and Marettimo, the other two islands of this archipelago, set in crystal clear blue waters. We return mid afternoon to explore the charming town of Erice. (3.5hrs/11km) (Elev. +/-400ft)
| DAY 7 | Walking tour of Selinunte
Selinunte, Europe’s largest archaeological park, is a wonderful opportunity to explore an entire ancient Greek city. With two harbours, fortifications and many temples scattered across the excavations, it is set in an almost unequalled location. After a picnic lunch and time to the digest historic and gastronomic delights, a most rewarding day is ended with a scenic journey down the coast to Agrigento. (3hrs strolling in ruins) (Elev. sea level)
| DAY 8 | Walking tour of Agrigento & Valley of the Temples
A pleasant morning beach walk takes us to the unusual Scala dei Turchi promontory (2hrs/4miles). In the afternoon we visit the museum of Agrigento with a local guide. Inside is an excellent collection of artefacts, temple decorations, a giant statue from the temple of Zeus, votive offerings and a model of the largest temple in Magna Graecia. We then walk through the Valley of the Temples, discussing Greek civilisation and why Pindar described Akragas as ‘most beautiful of mortal cities’. (2hrs in ruins) (Elev. almost sea level) UNESCO Heritage Site
| DAY 9 | Piazza Armerina & Roman Villa Casale
We drive to Piazza Armerina, located in the heart of Sicily known as ‘the bread basket of Rome’. Here we visit the very fine Roman Imperial Villa Casale, with over forty pictorial mosaic floors life of the rich roman citizens. A pleasant walk takes us over a hill, past fresh water fountains and enters the medieval town of Piazza Armerina where we stop for a delicious gelato. We end the day in Siracusa on Ortigia island. (2.5hrs/8km) (Elev. +/-600ft) UNESCO Heritage Site
Small Group Walking Tour Sicily
| DAY 10 | Pantalica gorge
We head out for a vigorous, stunning walk in the rocky gorge of Pantalica in the Iblei montains. The canyon is like a honeycomb with thousands
of 4000 year old burial chambers of various shapes and sizes. The gorge is a place of great natural beauty, a deep limestone ravine carved out
over millennia by the Anapo and Calcinara rivers along which a variety of flora flourish.
(3hrs/9.5km) (Elev. +/-500ft) UNESCO Heritage Site
| DAY 11 | Free morning*; afternoon walking tour of Siracusa
A leisurely morning to explore the historic quarters of Siracusa and experience the lively fish market. In the afternoon our local guide explains the historical scenery as we explore the Ear of Dionysius, the Greek theatre, the Roman amphitheatre and the Altar of Hieron. We learn about Siracusa, arch enemy of Athens, once capital of Magna Graecia and the most powerful city of the Greek world. The day ends on the island of Ortigia at the 2500 year-old building which today is the Cathedral of Siracusa. (3hrs strolling in ruins) UNESCO Heritage Site *lunch not included
| DAY 12 | Free day in Taormina and Castelmola
Free day to explore the charming streets of Taormina, Sicily’s most famous resort town and also Castelmola. Visit the Greco-Roman amphitheatre, do a little shopping, sit in a street cafe and watch the world go by. Optional guided walk along ancient mule tracks down into Taormina and then continuing, after free time in town, to the beach. (1.5hrs/5km) .
| LAST DAY | Departure for Catania Airport
Scheduled drop off at Catania airport at 10.00am (or earlier as long as this accommodates everyone in the group). If you wish, we can help you to extend your stay or make other independent departure arrangements such as early taxis to the airport.
We recommend the Aeolian islands as an extension to our Sicily small group walking tour.
Small Group Walking Tour Sicily
Castelmola di Taormina
The secret of our small group walking tours lies in choosing exciting itineraries and turning them into relaxing vacations for others to enjoy. A journey with us is like a chapter in a good book you cannot put down, a discovery trail of treasures, an active vacation outdoors where you meet like-minded people and create wonderful memories to take home.
• WHAT WE OFFER YOU •
We offer you the luxury to relax, be carefree and totally immerse yourself in the local atmosphere, making the most of your precious time.
We take care of all the logistical arrangements and tiny details you would hope to think of if only you had the time.
• VALUE FOR MONEY •
Our priority is to give you a tour of the highest standard and excellent value for money; prices are fully inclusive with no hidden extras. We believe you will only need to buy postcards and the occasional cappuccino.
• WE ARE UNIQUE •
We are unique through our personal devotion to your tour. We don’t rely on others to provide the quality and service we expect, we make sure it happens ourselves.
We spend a lot of time finding attractive walks and seeking the best places to visit. We take small groups and guide all our own tours employing local experts where detailed knowledge is beneficial.
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