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Temples, Coast & Egadi Islands

Western Sicily and its islands
 
Explore western Sicily and the idyllic Egadi Islands on this self-guided journey by car (hire car included). Highlights include the beautiful Zingaro nature reserve with its diverse flora and fauna, the ancient temples of Segesta and Selinunte, and the famous Marsala wine.
Temples, Coast & Egadi Islands. 10 nights
Temples, Coast & Egadi Islands. 10 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday in western Sicily

Sicily’s western coast has proved an inviting stepping stone for myriad invaders over the centuries, and the rich seas, fertile valleys and lucrative saltpans have tempted many to linger. The influence of these settlers is very much in evidence in the island's culture, cuisine and traditions, making it an intriguing place for leisurely exploration. Savour sweet Marsala, one of the world's most famous fortified wines; discover awe-inspiring ruined temples at Segesta and Selinunte; and marvel at the far-reaching views across sea and mountain.
The tranquil Egadi Islands lie only a short boat ride away from the western coast of Sicily and are the perfect place to spend a few days away from it all. Throughout history the islanders have relied on the sea to provide their living, and today the seafood dishes served in the islands' restaurants, featuring superbly prepared Sicilian classics, are as enticing as the views are inspiring. The island of Marettimo, where you stay, is the wildest, most westward and least developed of the Egadi Islands, comprising green mountains and villages of whitewashed houses leading down to busy little fishing harbours. There's only one road on the island, so enjoy strolls along the cliffs to a crumbling Norman castle, or wander through scented pine forests to find a secluded beach for a quiet swim.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Scopello
    Night 1: at Hotel Torre Bennistra (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore from Scopello
    Spend your time exploring the reserve itself, widely regarded as one of the island’s most beautiful corners, with a wealth of flora and fauna, including 700 plant species. Take a walk along paths lined with dwarf palms and fragrant shrubs; alongside hills whose grassy sides are awash with wildflowers in springtime; and above a rugged coastline, beyond which towering sea stacks guard secret coves and hidden caves. Take a swim in the transparent turquoise waters (nearby San Vito lo Capo boasts a beautiful white-sand beach), or drive inland to the medieval hill-top town of Salemi and watch the skies for Golden and Bonelli’s Eagles as you stroll the maze of cobbled streets below its castle.
  • Scopello to Florio: 2hrs by car
    Driving south, pause to bask in the drama of the magnificent 2,500-year-old Doric temple of Segesta, emerging like a mirage from a green and tranquil valley, its 36 columns framed by Monte Bernardo and Monte Barbaro. A short walk up the slopes of the latter brings you to a superb Greek theatre, offering a fabulous vista over the hills and coast. Continue to Florio, where Baglio Donna Franca, a fine agriturismo surrounded by vineyards, is your base for two nights.
  • Explore from Florio
    Visit nearby Marsala, famous for its eponymous fortified wine. It comes in both dry and sweet varieties, the latter pairing nicely with the classic Italian dessert zabaglione, for which it is also a key ingredient. Other options are to admire Trapani’s Baroque architecture; explore wonderful, hill-top Erice; or sail to the small island of Mozia with its Phoenician settlement.
  • Florio to Menfi: 1.5hrs by car
    Continuing south and then east, the wondrous temple of Selinunte entices, its crumbling columns standing like pale spectres against the vast, open sky. Wiped out by marauding Carthaginians in the 5th century BC, this once-thriving Greek city has become Sicily's Pompeii as archaeologists uncover half-eaten meals on tables, and pots waiting by kilns to be fired – all life frozen in the moment of its demise. A little farther east, you arrive at Il Vigneto near Menfi, where you spend two nights.
  • Explore from Menfi
    Choose to spend your day relaxing by the pool, strolling to the nearby fishing village of Porto Palo for lunch, or drive via the scenic interior to Poggioreale, damaged extensively in the 1968 earthquake that destroyed the neighbouring villages. Poggioreale's inhabitants were rehoused in a new town a few kilometres down the valley, leaving the remains of the original town to stand empty, a ghostly reminder of the force of nature and of yet another twist in Sicily's turbulent tale.
  • Menfi to Marettimo: 1.5hrs by car, plus 1.5hrs by ferry
    Drop off your hire car and catch a ferry for the hour-long journey to the secluded Egadi Islands. Here, you finish with three nights at the comfortable Egadi Island Apartments close to the harbour in the small, picturesque port of Marettimo.
  • Explore the Egadi Islands
    The Egadi Islands offer a taste of Sicily with a North African accent. Whitewashed houses, colourful fishing villages, sun-scorched hills and tropical vegetation lend an exotic feel, and, with only one proper road, there is hardly any traffic. In fact, all concerns – and the trappings of modern life – will be left far behind: this is the perfect place to tune out and switch off, amid some truly idyllic scenery. Follow one of our walking routes, visit the site of a Roman garrison, or take a boat ride around the coast to see hidden caves and sublime coves only accessible by sea.
 

Accommodation

You stay in a delightful mix of accommodation. On the Egadi Islands, a 1-bedroom apartment is included for parties of 1-2; and two 1-bedroom apartments for parties of 3-4.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 10 nights: 01 April - 30 June 2019 & 01 September - 25 October 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 15 April £1075 £410
    16 - 30 April £1120 £425
    1 - 8 May £1150 £430
    9 May - 5 June £1185 £475
    6 - 20 June £1230 £515
    1 - 6 September £1155 £470
    7 - 30 September £1120 £425
    1 - 12 October £1075 £410
    13 - 15 October £1025 £400
    3rd & 4th person discount -£70 to -£85
    Single traveller supplement £150 to £165

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: 7 days’ category B car hire (e.g. Fiat Panda or similar with manual transmission), ferry crossing to Marettimo and taxi from the Marettimo port to Palermo airport

    Please note: a 'one-way' supplement is payable locally if the hire car is returned to a different location from the pick-up point.

    Driving time to first hotel: Palermo 0h45

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Baglio Donna Franca
    Suite: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £20
    Suite: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £20
    Il Vigneto Resort & Restaurant
    Junior suite with balcony: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £22
    Junior suite with balcony: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £22
    Egadi Island Apartments
    Deluxe apartment: 01 Apr - 14 Jun 2019 £22
    Deluxe apartment: 15 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £28
    Deluxe apartment: 01 Sep - 25 Oct 2019 £22

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day's hire car (except on Egadi Island)
    Torre Bennistra (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £90 £135
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £85 £130
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £72 £120
    Baglio Donna Franca (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 19 Apr 2019 £70 £86
    20 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £90 £125
    01 Sep - 17 Sep 2019 £90 £125
    18 Sep - 15 Oct 2019 £85 £120
    16 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £70 £86
    Il Vigneto Resort & Restaurant (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £72 £88
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £68 £84
    Egadi Island Apartments (self-catering) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 17 May 2019 £36 £72
    18 May - 14 Jun 2019 £50 £100
    15 Jun - 30 Jun 2019 £64 £128
    01 Sep - 13 Sep 2019 £50 £100
    14 Sep - 25 Oct 2019 £36 £72
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Palermo

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Palermo easyJet 
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    London City - Palermo (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
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    Gatwick - Palermo easyJet 
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    Heathrow - Palermo British Airways 
    Heathrow - Palermo (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
    Heathrow - Palermo (via Rome Fiumicino) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Palermo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Palermo Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Palermo Ryanair 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 10 nights
  • 3 dinners (2 at start/end of season)
    7 breakfasts
  • detailed documentation
  • 7 days' category B car hire
  • return ferry Trapani-Egadi Islands
  • taxi car depot-Trapani port
    taxi Trapani-Palermo airport
 
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FAQs

  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Italy, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The principal official language is Italian, though some regions have a second official language, such as South Tyrol, where German is widely spoken. The currency is the Euro. Italian time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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