Walking in Western Sicily
Combining some fine walking with exquisite sightseeing
Our Walking in Western Sicily Tour is a combination of walking some of Sicily’s most beautiful footpaths and sightseeing in its capital Palermo. It is the perfect itinerary for those who would like to learn something of Sicily’s illustrious history and at the same time see some of its most delightful countryside…Book this tour
Scheduled dates for Walking in Western Sicily
|15th Sep – 22nd Sep 2024||£2495* (approx $3,232USD)||Book this!|
- Small group travel: maximum group size is 14 guests.
- Guaranteed departure dates
- Accompanied by a Tour manager/Tour leader throughout your journey
- The Zingaro park
- The Madonie mountains
- 3 nights near San Giuseppe Iato (Agriturismo)
- 2 nights in Scopello (Baglio)
- 2 nights in Cefalù (classic room)
- All meals are included
- Arrival/departure airport: Palermo
- Transfers and pick-ups/drop-offs from/to the main airport of arrival on the day of arrival/departure of the tour are included
- Moderate walking
Our Western Sicily walking holiday combines some light walking with some of the fascinating sights of this side of the island of Sicily. It runs concurrently with our Eastern Sicily Walking tour, enabling you to combine them into a grand walking tour of Sicily. There is a 5% discount for anyone booking both the Eastern and Western Sicily walking tours together.
Arrival and onward to San Giuseppe Jato
We rendezvous at Palermo airport in the afternoon and transfer by minibus (1 hour) to our agriturismo near San Giuseppe Jato.
We eat a fine home-cooked dinner in the agriturismo.
Ficuzza & Rocca di Busambra
Ficuzza was the hunting ground of the Bourbon King Ferdinand and in the nineteenth century he built a magnificent hunting lodge here.
Our walk today is in the hunting grounds of the King and the shadow of the Rocca Busambra. It is an excellent site for bird watching enthusiasts, with some of the large raptors soaring over the Rocca and the woodland of Ficuzza filled with songbirds.
After our walk we transfer to the Masseria near San Giuseppe Iato.
Evening meal and overnight in San Giuseppe Iato.
Palermo and Monreale
We head into the city of Palermo to visit the beautiful Palatine chapel.
After a visit to the Norman Palace we head up to Monreale and after lunch in the town we visit the stunning cathedral.
In the afternoon we return to the Masseria for our evening meal and overnight.
Grotta del Garrone & Piana degli Albanesi
Today’s walk takes us from Piana degli Albanesi up to the Grotta del Garrone and down to Strassato. The walk takes in some fine views of the countryside across to the Rocca Busambra and Ficuzza where we walked the previous day.
At the end of our walk we are transported ah hour or so along the coast to the beautiful fishing village of Scopello which will be our home for the next two nights
Evening meal and overnight in Scopello.
Scopello and the Parco dello Zingaro
We begin our walk just a couple of kilometres from the sleepy fishing village of Scopello, at the entrance to Parco dell Zingaro. Our walk follows the shore through the typical Mediterranean macchia and we are blessed with views over the azure sea towards Palermo.
Our walk ends at the exit to the park at San Vito lo Capo where our transport will be waiting for us to take us back to Scopello.
Evening meal and overnight in Scopello.
After breakfast we depart from Scopello to drive to Cefalù (2 hours).
After lunch and having checked in to the hotel, we are free to explore Cefalù.
There is an opportunity to walk up the Rocca for those who wish. Or if you prefer, just to relax on the beach or stroll through the town’s charming historical quarter.
We drive to Piano Battaglia (1600m) from whence we climb the second highest peak in Sicily after Mt Etna – Pizzo Carbonara (1979m above sea level). On a clear day, the views from this peak are spectacular and we get vistas over the Nebrodi, the Aeolian islands and much of the west of Sicily.
After our descent, we drive back down to Cefalù.
Evening meal and overnight in Cefalù.
Departure from Palermo airport.
For those who are joining our Eastern Sicily walking tour, there is a chance to spend the morning in Cefalù before travelling on to Milazzo by train (2 hours) in the afternoon.see photo gallery of this tour
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