Western Sicily’s rich archeological treasures and our undiscovered pathways through lush countryside are the focus of this unusual walking tour. Dominated for centuries by various rulers, Sicily’s turbulent history is evident in everything from the architecture to the aromatic cuisine, so you’ll find magical Greek temples of 2000 years ago and feast on sumptuous couscous left behind by the Moors. The Egadi islands, home to prehistoric cave paintings and sleek tuna, offer wonderful walks in a remote setting, where we truly get away from it all.
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.
“Our trip to Sicily was completely fabulous. It’s impossible to visit every interesting place in Sicily in one week, but we think we had a great itinerary and the selection of sites and activities was excellent.”
– R.M., U.S.A.
- Duck through a narrow opening of a grotto to admire 7000-year old cave paintings on Levanzo island
- Caress huge hand-chiseled stones in a Greek quarry, cut for an unfinished temple some 2500 years ago, and visit the Greek cities of Selinunte and Segesta
- Walk in the protected coastal paradise of Zingaro Park then roam the stone-paved streets of hilltop Erice in search of the best almond biscotti
- Watch fisherman unfold their nets for la mattanza, the tuna-fishing ritual, and taste sea salt drying in the sun
- Meet a woman whose mission is to blaze trails through the roadless island of Marettimo, trek to the ruins of a Roman fort, and cool your face in a fresh water spring
April 16-21, 2019
Daily breakfast / 6 lunches with wine / 4 dinners with wine
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