Inspired by the magical moments we’ve experienced at Sicily’s evocative archeological sites, we planned this off-season grand tour of Sicily to relish these amazing sites when they are blissfully uncrowded. This is when the true sense of Sicily’s ancient history permeates the soul, as we view a magnificent Greek temple in exquisite solitude. A mild winter climate further enhances this tour of Sicily with a beautiful landscape cloaked in early wildflowers, the scent of almond blossoms in the air, and flamingos resting by a turquoise sea. We also explore the vibrant capital of Palermo, an energetic experience of great contrasts.
Our walks are rated for their level of difficulty as follows:
- Stroll – Daily distance of 2-5 km (1-3 miles) through archeological sites and in towns with stone stairways. Footwear: Lightweight walking shoes.
- Easy – Daily distance of 8-10 km (5-7 miles) on dirt paths and gravel roads, with short ascents & descents. Good van access for assistance along the route. Footwear: Sturdy walking shoes.
- Moderate – Daily distance of 12-16 km (8-10 miles) with longer ascents & descents. May include cobblestone paths and steps, or narrow paths along terraced hillsides. Some van access or options for shorter walks. Footwear: Sturdy walking shoes or lightweight boots.
- Fitness – Daily distance of 12-16 km (8-10 miles) with steep ascents & descents. Walks are at altitudes of 1200-2450 meters (3500-8000 feet) on trails and forest service roads, some rocky or exposed sections. Limited van access, options for shorter or longer routes. Footwear: Lightweight boots.
- Experience the colorful contrasts of Palermo, from dazzling Norman mosaics to loud street markets, and munch sweet cannoli by the Fountain of Shame
- Boat to the tiny Carthaginian island of Mozia, made rich with the secret of crimson dye 2000 years ago, and see the funeral urns to sacrificial gods
- Walk through the old Arab quarter in the biggest fishing port in Italy at Mazara, and view the elegant bronze Dancing Satyr caught in a fisherman’s net
- Admire soaring Baroque cathedrals in Noto and Ragusa, and join the lively passeggiata in Syracuse
- Touch the massive columns of a Greek temple, and stand on the stage of a Greek theatre in splendid solitude at Segesta – no crowds in off season
Feb 18-26, 2019
Palermo hotel center
Daily breakfast / 7 lunches with wine / 5 dinners with wine
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