Western Sicily’s Temples & Coast

A land of glorious contrasts
 

Holiday Highlights

Temples & saltpans | Discover the unique character of western Sicily by hire car.
Sicily’s nature | Your route features rolling wheat fields and timeless hill-top towns.
Scenic heights | Enjoy a dramatic cable car ride to the medieval hill-town of Erice.
Cuisine | A striking fusion of Middle Eastern, North African and Western flavours.
Doric delight | Visit the temple of Segesta, a majestic, 2,500-year-old Greek icon.
Western Sicily’s Temples & Coast. 7 nights
Western Sicily’s Temples & Coast. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A touring holiday in western Sicily

Discover the culture, history and landscapes of western Sicily on this self-guided journey by car (hire car included). Visit magnificent ancient temples, vivid green valleys and lively fishing towns, and savour the delicious fish and seafood and the famous Marsala wine.
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.
 
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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 Nubia
    Night 1: at Relais Antiche Saline (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 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 for your time in Nubia is to visit the magnificent 2,500-year-old Doric temple at Segesta, or you could 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.
    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 two nights – is Menfi’s Il Vigneto Resort, which lies in the heart of wine-growing Sicily.
  • Explore from Menfi
    Begin today by visiting 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.

In the Nubia area, we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. Both are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation.
 

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  • 7 nights: 01 April 2024 - 30 June 2024, 01 September 2024 - 31 October 2024, 01 April 2025 - 30 June 2025 & 01 September 2025 - 31 October 2025

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Apr - 31 May 2024 £1175 £355
    1 - 9 Jun 2024 £1230 £340
    10 - 25 Jun 2024 £1200 £335
    1 - 15 Sep 2024 £1255 £365
    16 - 30 Sep 2024 £1215 £325
    1 - 24 Oct 2024 £1175 £340
    1 Apr - 31 May 2025 £1225 £370
    1 - 9 Jun 2025 £1280 £355
    10 - 25 Jun 2025 £1250 £350
    1 - 15 Sep 2025 £1310 £380
    16 - 30 Sep 2025 £1265 £340
    1 - 24 Oct 2025 £1225 £355
    3rd & 4th person discount -£140 to -£145
    Single traveller supplement £140 to £150

    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
    Deluxe Patruni: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £36
    Deluxe Patruni: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £36
    Deluxe Patruni: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £37
    Deluxe Patruni: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £37
    Grand superior 'Curatulu': 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £14
    Grand superior 'Curatulu': 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £14
    Grand superior 'Curatulu': 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £15
    Grand superior 'Curatulu': 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £15
    Superior 'Salinàru': 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £7
    Superior 'Salinàru': 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £7
    Superior 'Salinàru': 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £7
    Superior 'Salinàru': 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £7
    Il Vigneto Resort & Restaurant, Menfi
    Junior suite with balcony: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £15
    Junior suite with balcony: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £15
    Junior suite with balcony: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £16
    Junior suite with balcony: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £16
    Baglio della Luna, Agrigento
    Deluxe 'Torre': 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £46
    Deluxe 'Torre': 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £46
    Deluxe 'Torre': 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £48
    Deluxe 'Torre': 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £48
    Deluxe with temple view & balcony: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £46
    Deluxe with temple view & balcony: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £46
    Deluxe with temple view & balcony: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £48
    Deluxe with temple view & balcony: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £48
    Junior suite: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £58
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £58
    Junior suite: 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £60
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £60
    Suite 'Torre': 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £55
    Suite 'Torre': 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £55
    Suite 'Torre': 01 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £57
    Suite 'Torre': 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £57

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

    Relais Antiche Saline, Nubia (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £108 £135
    01 Sep - 15 Sep 2024 £144 £172
    16 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £131 £151
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2024 £110 £140
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £112 £140
    01 Sep - 15 Sep 2025 £150 £179
    16 Sep - 30 Sep 2025 £140 £161
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2025 £114 £145
    Il Vigneto Resort & Restaurant, Menfi (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £85 £115
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £85 £115
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £88 £119
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £88 £119
    Baglio della Luna, Agrigento (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2024 £155 £291
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 £155 £291
    01 Apr - 30 Jun 2025 £165 £310
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2025 £165 £310
  • 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
    Edinburgh - Palermo Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Palermo (via Barcelona) Vueling 
    Edinburgh - Palermo (via Zurich) Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Palermo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Palermo easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Palermo British Airways 
    Heathrow - Palermo (via Rome Fiumicino) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Palermo easyJet,  Wizz Air 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Palermo Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Palermo Ryanair 
    Manchester - Palermo (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Palermo (via Milan Malpensa) easyJet 
    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 for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. 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

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  • 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 routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. 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. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). 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 >
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