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The Mountains of Sicily

From the Madonie peaks to the sea
 
Escape to tranquil mountains with sweeping views and rich wildlife on this self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking holiday. Your luggage is transported as you walk, and you finish in style at a luxurious 5-star agriturismo complete with a swimming pool.
The Mountains of Sicily. 7 nights
The Mountains of Sicily. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in Sicily's Madonie Mountains

Rugged and peaceful, the little-visited Madonie Mountains in northern Sicily are home to golden and royal eagles and are criss-crossed with rugged, tranquil trails which invite the walker on a journey through the mountains to the sparkling waters of the Tirrenian Sea. On clear days you can admire splendid views of the Aeolian Islands, but it is not these that make the holiday so special – there is also a real sense of getting away from it all that is enhanced by the attractive hotels and agriturismi (working farms), including the luxurious Relais Santa Anastasia.
Autumn, when the reds and golds of the turning leaves light up the wooded slopes, is always beautiful, but another special time is mid-April to mid-May, when masses of endemic flowers provide extraordinary displays of colour, particularly around Pomieri.
 
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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.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    In the mountains, temperatures will often be lower than the figures given above for the coast.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 8 9 10 13 19 23 26 27 23 18 14 10
    mm 65 52 48 38 27 12 10 21 38 72 66 76
  • Arrival in Petralia Sottana
    Night 1: at Albergo Il Castello (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 walking.
  • Choice of walks from Petralia Sottana: 8km or 14.5km

    Circular walk via Petralia Soprana: 8km, 3hrs; ascent / descent 700m
    As well as exploring the lower slopes of the Madonie Park, following scenic lanes and grassy trails, this walk gives you the opportunity to explore historic Petralia Sottana and its sister town of Petralia Soprana, the second highest town in Sicily. Both have a labyrinth of narrow streets with tiny shops, and a wealth of small churches. 

    Circular walk via Pizzo di Covo: 14.5km, 5.5hrs; ascent / descent 320m
    A more challenging option ascends the flanks of Pizzo di Covo to reach a high plateau between the peaks of Cozzo Ipsi, Pizzo di Catarineci and Pizzo di Covo. Your efforts are rewarded with panoramic views as far as Etna in the east. The return to Petralia Sottana is initially steep but soon becomes a long gentle descent.
    Cozzo Ipsi on the circular walk around Petralia Sottana
    Circular walk via Petralia Soprana: 8km
    Circular walk via Pizzo di Covo: 14.5km
  • Petralia Sottana to Pomieri: 11.5km, 4.5hrs; ascent 700m / descent 350m
    A mix of countryside paths and woodland tracks ascend gently north from Petralia Sottana, before swinging west to reach a remote and peaceful upland known as Portella di Mele in the heart of the Madonie National Park. You rise to the top of a ridge, finishing with a descent to your destination, the Hotel Pomieri, where you stay two nights.
    The walk from Petralia Sottana to Pomieri
  • Circular walk from Pomieri: 13km, 5hrs; ascent / descent 750m
    You have the chance to walk a section of the long distance ‘Sentiero Italia’ linking Pomieri to the Vallone degli Angeli that contains over twenty examples of the Nebrodi Fir, an endemic species that in the past covered a large part of the Sicilian mountains. The gradient is fairly steep at first and the ground underfoot is rough, but it soon softens as you gain height and views begin to unfold. You follow panoramic forestry tracks and clearly waymarked paths in a clockwise direction to complete a loop around this fascinating valley.
    Circular walk from Pomieri: 13m
    Vallone degli Angeli on the circular walk aound Pomieri
  • Pomieri to Bergi: 18km, 6.5hrs; ascent 500m / descent 1500m
    Today's epic route crosses a wide limestone valley, surrounded by some of the highest peaks of the Madonie. The paths are exceptionally tranquil as you head towards the green pastures and woods of the Piano ('plain') Pomo where there are remarkable 14-metre-high, 300-year-old holly trees. Continuing on pleasant forest tracks from Rifugio Crispi, the second part of the walk takes you gently downhill beneath enormous chestnut and oak trees to reach your hotel, the Azienda Agrituristica Bergi.
    Pomieri to Bergi: 18km
    The walk from Pomieri to Bergi
  • Bergi to Santa Anastasia: 10.5km, 4hrs; ascent 500m / descent 400m
    Leaving the heart of the Madonie Park, you cross a range of small hills via the bustling town of Castelbuono, renowned for its cake shops and dominated by an imposing fortress. Take some time to explore before continuing to your final hotel. It's a relatively short walk, leaving you time to spend the afternoon relaxing in the splendid setting of the Relais Santa Anastasia where you spend your final two nights.
    Bergi to Santa Anastasia: 10.5km
    The walk from Bergi to Santa Anastasia
  • Explore Cefalù from Santa Anastasia
    It might be tempting to spend your last day relaxing at the Santa Anastasia. However, Cefalù and the sea beckons. We include a one-way transfer for you today, so that you can take time to visit the town's best-known landmarks – the Norman cathedral with its early mosaics, and La Rocca, the northernmost spur of the Madonie Mountains. You can even climb to the ruined 13th-century castle which tops La Rocca and affords marvellous views to the Aeolian Islands. You return to your hotel by taxi or bus (pay locally).
    Cefalù
 

Accommodation

You stay in carefully chosen accommodation of varying styles.
 

Extend your stay

 

Prices for 2020

We are in the process of updating our prices for 2020. If you’d like to book now, please contact us – we’ll be happy to provide a quotation.
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Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 13 April 2019 - 30 June 2019 & 25 August 2019 - 31 October 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    13 Apr - 4 May 2019 # £865 £125
    5 May - 23 Jun 2019 £895 £125
    25 Aug - 25 Sep 2019 £955 £130
    26 Sep - 24 Oct 2019 £925 £125
    3rd & 4th person discount -£65
    Single traveller supplement £65

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    # Add £30pp/pn (unless in single room) for stays at Santa Anastasia on 20 & 21 April 2019

    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 Santa Anastasia, Santa Anastasia
    Deluxe: 13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £14
    Deluxe: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £14
    Junior Suite: 13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £22
    Junior Suite: 25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £22

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

    Azienda Agrituristica Bergi, Bergi (with dinner) Double room Single room
    13 Apr - 30 Jun 2019 £75 £93
    25 Aug - 31 Oct 2019 £75 £93
    Relais Santa Anastasia, Santa Anastasia (with dinner) Double room Single room
    13 Apr - 04 May 2019 # £95 £110
    11 May - 30 Jun 2019 £112 £126
    25 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £125 £140
    01 Oct - 31 Oct 2019 £112 £126
    # Add £30pp/pn (unless in single room) for stays at Santa Anastasia on 20 & 21 April 2019
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Palermo, Catania

    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. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Catania (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM,  KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Catania easyJet 
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    Liverpool - Palermo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Palermo (via Milan Linate) Alitalia 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Catania Alitalia,  British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian 
    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 - Catania easyJet 
    Luton - Palermo easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Catania Air Malta 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Palermo Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Catania easyJet 
    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. 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 stated in the connecting travel section, 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.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Catania

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    transfer Catania airport to hotel (2h) £116 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    transfer hotel to Catania airport (2h45) £110 flexible
    transfer hotel to Cefalù (1h), rail Cefalù to Catania Centrale (4h30) £42 1600

    Connecting travel options - flying via Palermo

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    transfer Palermo airport to hotel (2h) £98 flexible
    bus Palermo centre to Petralia Sottana (1h50) pay locally 1630 (1500 Sun)
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    transfer hotel to Palermo airport (2h) £80 flexible
    transfer hotel to Cefalù (1h), rail Cefalù to Palermo Centrale (1h) £30 1200
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    4 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfer on Day 6
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • 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 >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • 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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