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Western Sicily’s Coast & Temples

A land of glorious contrasts
 
New and improved for 2020, this self-guided journey by car is packed with cultural, historic and scenic highlights, ending with a 2-night stay close to Agrigento’s iconic Valley of Temples. En route, visit ancient sites, lively fishing towns and tranquil nature reserves, and savour delicious fish, seafood and the famous Marsala wine.
Western Sicily’s Coast & Temples . 7 nights
Western Sicily’s Coast & Temples . 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday in western Sicily

It’s said that when the gods made Sicily, they gathered together all that was good in the world and cast it into the clear blue sea. The sea lit up like a rainbow and threw up a vibrant and beautiful land.

And so Sicily remains: fertile, enigmatic and sun-drenched; poised on the edge of Europe and shaped by the many different civilisations that have rolled across its shores.
In the west of the island, vestiges of the past abound – from the swathe of great Greek temples that rise solidly from the land to the Phoenician saltpans that glow red under the evening sky. Sicily’s disparate invaders and settlers have also helped to craft its language and cuisine, a striking fusion of Middle Eastern, North African and Western influences.
 

Book now for autumn 2020 or summer 2021

Our flexible booking arrangements, commitment to safety and financial protection mean that you can book with confidence. We are also keeping our prices the same next year, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

What we’re doing so you can book and travel with confidence >
 
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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.

We've made some changes to this holiday for 2020, so some of the reviews below may not correspond with the current itinerary.
  • Arrival in Nubia
    Night 1: at Relais Antiche Saline (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore from Nubia
    Your hotel is just a few minutes’ drive from the ancient seaport of Trapani, with its vibrant fishing fleet and quayside market, redolent of North Africa. Trapani is also the starting point for a dramatic cable car ride to the medieval hill-town of Erice, often swathed in mist and cloud and home to a remarkable cluster of churches. Another option today is to follow the coast southwards towards the famous wine-making town of Marsala, calling en route at the Stagnone Nature Reserve with its renowned salt museum and excellent lagoonside restaurant. From here, you can take a short boat trip out to the fascinating island of Mozia to explore its Phoenician remains.

    Add extra nights in Nubia to enjoy both options, and to visit the magnificent 2,500-year-old Doric temple at Segesta, set amid a green and tranquil valley.
    Enjoy a granita in Trapani
    Hill-top Erice
  • Nubia to Menfi: 1.5hrs by car
    Your onward route to Menfi slices across Sicily’s interior, passing through rolling wheat fields and the quiet, hill-top town of Salemi, home to the surprising and revealing Museum of the Mafia. Your destination – and your base for the next three nights – is Menfi’s Il Vigneto Resort, which lies in the heart of wine-growing Sicily.
  • Explore from Menfi
    With two full days in Menfi, there’s ample time to take in the nearby Greek temple complex of Selinunte – wreathed in spring flowers, this once-thriving city has become Sicily’s Pompeii as archaeologists uncover half-eaten meals on tables, and pots waiting by kilns to be fired. From here, you may like to continue to the fishing town of Mazara del Vallo with its unusual Tunisian quarter and one of the most remarkable Baroque church interiors on the island. We also recommend an exploration of Menfi’s hinterland and the vivid green bowl of the Beliche Valley. Stricken by a devastating earthquake in 1968, the valley’s inhabitants have movingly recorded their experiences in the local Museum of Memory.
    Visit the fascinating ruins at Selinute
    Incredible Baroque interiors in Mazara del Vallo
  • Menfi to Agrigento: 1.5hrs by car
    Leaving Menfi, you continue to the southerly town of Agrigento and its world-famous Valley of the Temples – another phenomenal and extensive complex of Greco-Roman remains. A wonderful view over this UNESCO World Heritage Site can be admired from the garden of the Hotel Baglio della Luna, where you spend your final two nights.
  • Explore from Agrigento
    You will probably wish to spend much of today exploring the impressive Valley of the Temples, but don’t neglect Agrigento and its excellent small museums and 11th-century Norman basilica, nor the nearby Scala dei Turchi, a spectacular white rocky cliff that contrasts beautifully with the blue Adriatic Sea.
    Temple of Concordia, Agrigento
    Inside Agrigento's 11th-century Norman basilica
 

Accommodation

You stay in three high-quality hotels, all of which enjoy excellent locations.
 

Extend your stay

 

Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September 2020 - 31 October 2020, 01 April 2021 - 30 June 2021 & 01 September 2021 - 31 October 2021

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 17 Sep 2020 £920 £285
    18 - 30 Sep 2020 £895 £280
    1 - 24 Oct 2020 £820 £250
    1 - 26 Apr 2021 £820 £250
    27 - 30 Apr 2021 £845 £250
    1 - 27 May 2021 £920 £285
    28 May - 15 Jun 2021 £870 £245
    16 - 23 Jun 2021 £845 £250
    1 - 17 Sep 2021 £920 £285
    18 - 30 Sep 2021 £895 £280
    1 - 24 Oct 2021 £820 £250
    3rd & 4th person discount -£70 to -£90
    Single traveller supplement £70 to £90

    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. Lancia Ypsilon or similar with manual transmission)
    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 the first hotel: Palermo 1h
    Driving time from the final hotel: Palermo 2h15

    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)

    Relais Antiche Saline, Nubia
    Grand superior 'Curatulu': 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £32
    Grand superior 'Curatulu': 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £12
    Grand superior 'Curatulu': 01 Apr - 30 Apr 2021 £12
    Grand superior 'Curatulu': 01 May - 30 Jun 2021 £16
    Grand superior 'Curatulu': 01 Sep - 30 Sep 2021 £32
    Grand superior 'Curatulu': 01 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 £12
    Il Vigneto Resort & Restaurant, Menfi
    Junior suite with balcony: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £22
    Junior suite with balcony: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2021 £22
    Junior suite with balcony: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2021 £22
    Baglio della Luna, Agrigento
    Deluxe 'Torre': 01 Sep - 03 Oct 2020 £30
    Deluxe 'Torre': 04 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £36
    Deluxe 'Torre': 01 Apr - 03 Apr 2021 £30
    Deluxe 'Torre': 04 Apr - 02 May 2021 £36
    Deluxe 'Torre': 03 May - 01 Jun 2021 £30
    Deluxe 'Torre': 02 Jun - 20 Jun 2021 £36
    Deluxe 'Torre': 21 Jun - 30 Jun 2021 £30
    Deluxe 'Torre': 01 Sep - 03 Oct 2021 £30
    Deluxe 'Torre': 04 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 £36
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 03 Oct 2020 £46
    Junior suite: 04 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £58
    Junior suite: 01 Apr - 03 Apr 2021 £46
    Junior suite: 04 Apr - 02 May 2021 £58
    Junior suite: 03 May - 01 Jun 2021 £46
    Junior suite: 02 Jun - 20 Jun 2021 £58
    Junior suite: 21 Jun - 30 Jun 2021 £46
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 03 Oct 2021 £46
    Junior suite: 04 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 £58
    Superior with temple view & balcony: 01 Sep - 03 Oct 2020 £82
    Superior with temple view & balcony: 04 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £88
    Superior with temple view & balcony: 01 Apr - 03 Apr 2021 £82
    Superior with temple view & balcony: 04 Apr - 02 May 2021 £88
    Superior with temple view & balcony: 03 May - 01 Jun 2021 £82
    Superior with temple view & balcony: 02 Jun - 20 Jun 2021 £88
    Superior with temple view & balcony: 21 Jun - 30 Jun 2021 £82
    Superior with temple view & balcony: 01 Sep - 03 Oct 2021 £82
    Superior with temple view & balcony: 04 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 £88

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

    Prices include an extra day's car hire
    Relais Antiche Saline, Nubia (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 17 Sep 2020 £88 £110
    18 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £74 £100
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £62 £96
    01 Apr - 05 Apr 2021 £62 £90
    06 Apr - 13 Apr 2021 £66 £100
    14 Apr - 30 Apr 2021 £62 £90
    01 May - 30 Jun 2021 £74 £100
    01 Sep - 17 Sep 2021 £88 £110
    18 Sep - 30 Sep 2021 £74 £100
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 £62 £96
    Il Vigneto Resort & Restaurant, Menfi (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2020 £72 £88
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2021 £76 £92
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2021 £72 £88
    Baglio della Luna, Agrigento (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 03 Oct 2020 £145 £220
    04 Oct - 31 Oct 2020 £120 £175
    01 Apr - 03 Apr 2021 £110 £165
    04 Apr - 02 May 2021 £125 £180
    03 May - 01 Jun 2021 £145 £220
    02 Jun - 20 Jun 2021 £125 £180
    21 Jun - 30 Jun 2021 £110 £165
    01 Sep - 03 Oct 2021 £145 £220
    04 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 £120 £175
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Palermo
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail and ferry travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly via 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 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Palermo (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Palermo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    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 via 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 £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 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
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • detailed cultural information
  • category B car hire
 
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FAQs

  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • 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 £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • 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.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • 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 travel insurance 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 – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • 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 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 for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. 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.
  • 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.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.

    When the UK withdrew from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, it entered an 11-month transition period that will last until the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) 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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