Secrets of Sicily Self-Guided Walk

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Trip code: 
W07MR
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided
Activity:
Walking & Hiking
Min age:
12
Group size:
2–6

Discover Sicily's sapphire waters, hidden sandy coves and unexplored islands

Starting at the Moorish village of Scopello, this seven night walking holiday allows you to uncover the secrets of one of the most remote areas of Sicily. The national parks and unexplored islands are the perfect place to appreciate the peace and tranquillity and explore the cultural highlights including ancient ruins, mediaeval churches and prehistoric caves.

Highlights

  • Turquoise seas, coral-lined grottoes and unspoilt sandy beaches
  • Exotic Mediterranean flora; orange groves, dwarf palms and olive trees
  • Mediaeval churches, ancient villages and pre-historic caves
  • Stay in a traditional Sicilian farmhouse and cosy bed and breakfast
  • Fantastic bird spotting opportunities

Key information

  • 7 nights in delightful hotels
  • 4 days circular walking 
  • Low altitude and well-marked paths 
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 12 yrs

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All baggage transport
  • Route notes and maps
  • Arrival & departure transfers - subject to 2 passengers traveling

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) Compulsory single supplement.
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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4

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 4-6 hours walking per day

Terrain:

Walks follow mainly stony coastal paths with daily ascents/descents of up to 700m.

Day by day breakdown
Day 221.0km/13.0miles
Day 414.0km/9.0miles
Day 57.0km/4.5miles
Day 710.0km/6.0miles

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Itinerary

Scopello
to
San Vito Lo Capo
  • Day 1

    Start Scopello

    You will be met at the airport to take you to your hotel in Scopello (40 minutes) where you will have a briefing on your walking week before dinner. You will spend two nights here at the traditional farmhouse.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Walk as little or as much as you like through the Zingaro Nature Reserve

    On your first day you can walk as much or as little as you like. Wind your way up through asphodel, wild fennel, dwarf palm, pomegranate and citrus trees to amazing viewpoints overlooking the stunning coastline of tiny sandy coves lapped by sapphire waters.

    Walking time 3.5hr, distance 13km/8mi or walking time 6hr, distance 21km/13mi.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Private transfer to the temple of Segesta; catch the ferry to Marettimo.

    Take a private transfer (30 mins) to the 2,500 year-old temple of Segesta and the wonderfully preserved theatre. After lunch in Trapani to taste the famous granita - lemon, almond or even coffee flavoured - you catch the ferry (1 hour) to Marettimo, where you will stay for the next three nights, and arrive in time for a swim or short walk before your first dinner in the old village.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Walk through pine woods and citrus-carpeted hillsides towards the coast and up to the Punta Libeccio Lighthouse

    A path through pine woods and across citrus-carpeted hillsides takes you from the east to the south west coast, with striking views from high above the village. There’s complete peace and quiet as you picnic by the lighthouse - look out for red kites and Bonelli’s eagles cruising the thermals - and gaze down at the sparkling waters and the Egadi Islands shimmering in the distance.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Ferry crossing to Levanzo; walk to the Grotta del Genovese

    It’s a short crossing to Levanzo where a coastal path bright with lilac scabious leads past deserted stone farmhouses and olive trees to the Grotta del Genovese - admire the well preserved 11BC cave paintings and engravings lining the cavern walls. The bay here is a good picnic spot. There’s time too for a dip in the pool or Jacuzzi before your final evening meal in Marettimo.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Return to the mainland; chance to explore the mediaeval hilltop town of Erice

    Today you return to the mainland and visit the hilltop town of Erice. Its smooth, winding marble streets reveal mediaeval churches, old city gates, ancient squares and a stunning Norman castle set against a backdrop of the entire north western shoreline. A private transfer takes you to Daniela’s charming little B&B near San Vito Lo Capo where you spend your final two nights.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Transfer to the foot of Monte Cofano and ascend; opportunity to swim before the transfer to the hotel.

    A scenic lift to the foot of Monte Cofano is followed by a gentle ascent through twisted olive trees with breathtaking views over the Bay of Bonagia. Descending, you reach an old tonnara (tuna factory) where nearby coves with sapphire waters are perfect for a dip. Then a cliff path fringed with red valerian and field gladioli leads into the village of Cornino for a late lunch before we meet you and take you back to your hotel.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End San Vito Lo Capo. Take a transfer to Palermo in time for your return flight

    After breakfast, you will have a transfer (1 hour) to the airport. Alternatively, why not extend your stay with extra nights in vibrant Palermo. The capital city of Sicily, Palermo, is a unique urban melting pot, conquered numerous times by invaders, including the Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans and Spanish. The 4-star Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa is a stone's throw from one of Palermo's main streets, the Via Vittorio Emanuele, which runs through the heart of the historical centre. The hotel is a stunning conversion of two historic buildings, with origins of the hotel dating back to the 16th Century convent of the Mercedarian Monks. There is also a luxurious spa, along with an elegant bar and restaurant to relax in.

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All continental breakfasts and 3 dinners are included.

Sicily's typically southern Italian cuisine is interspersed with many more exotic dishes reflecting the island's jumbled cultural past. Italian dishes like pasta alla norma (made with tomatoes, aubergine and grated ricotta) are often found on menus along with couscous (a north African speciality), or even pasta con le sarde (a pasta dish dating back to Phoenician times made from sardines, raisins, pine nuts, fennel, saffron, parsley and capers).
The Arabs introduced citrus groves to the island and a popular drink today is granita made with crushed ice and lemon. This was traditionally drunk with sweet bread dipped in it as a lunchtime snack by Sicilian peasants.
Fish is of course also abundant. Local specialities include pesce spada alla ghiotta (swordfish cooked with tomatoes, capers, onion, celery and potatoes) or tonno fresco alla brace (grilled fresh tuna).
Sicily is famed for its desserts. Why not try cannolo, a crunchy pastry tube filled with ricotta cheese and studded with candied fruits, pistachio and chocolate? Or cassata, the Arab influenced cake made with ricotta cheese, candied fruit and chocolate pieces.
Sicily is not traditionally famous for its wines, so it is surprising to learn that the island boasts one of the largest wine producing areas in the whole of Italy. Look out for the Etna DOC label and Corvo di Salaparuta. One of Sicily's most popular wines is Alcamo Bianco - a soft white which goes well with fish dishes.

Weather

Sicily has a good all year round climate, with plenty of sunshine and warm/hot temperatures. The summer departures ought to have daily hot sunshine and temperatures can reach 30 to 35 degrees Celcius. The earlier and later departures are likely to be cooler with a slightly higher chance of rain. In late summer there is the possibility of heavy thunderstorms, but these are usually short-lived.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
The walks follow mainly stony coastal paths, with frequent small ascents and descents. There's a good choice of walks at different levels on Marettimo. There may be some sections on uneven terrain where scrambling is required. The route is suitable for anyone looking for walks of 4-6 hours and confident with daily ascents/descents of up to 700m. Walkers don't need specific hiking experience, however, good health and a reasonable level of fitness is required.

This is a self-guided tour, as such there will be no group or tour leader and you are free to complete the walks at your own pace.

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference:

http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

This trip features a number of special hotels. In Scopello you stay at a baglio style hotel, nestled between the mountains and the sea; on Marettimo, your host meets you at the jetty and takes you to the seafront 4-star residence featuring a pool and Jacuzzi, and near San Vito you stay at Daniela's cosy five bedroom B&B hotel and appreciate the fantastic sea views from the luxuriant Mediterranean garden.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs. Please call for further details. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for tailormade trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed April 2018
    adam wardman

    secrets of sicily: an amazing experience!

    This was a wonderful break. You stay at a number of very beautiful places: Scapello, Marettimo and San Vito La Capo. The walking is enjoyable but not too challenging. There are many opportunities to enjoy the food and culture of this part of Sicily; for example the town of Erice and the ancient site of Segasta. We also had a chance to spend an evening in Trapani and i would really recommend this too. I hadnt done self-guided walking before but really enjoyed it. We went in April and the weather was super. Not too hot so perfect for walking and little rain.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The days on Marettimo were just awesome. Its a tiny place. a few hundred people, one bar and restaurant open (sure more open in the summer). The residence you stay in was lovely and the walks lead to amazing views. We particualr enjoyed walking along the coast to the Norman Castle, but it was also lovely going in the restaurant Il Veliero; the menu consisted of laocal pasta dishes and the catch of the day: so charming, friendly and delicious.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    As it was self-guided we only met him once. He was very friendly and positive about Sicily. They were very helpful when bad weather was forecast for Marettimo. Rather than have us stuck on the island (as the boat may not have run) they organised for us to transfer to Trapani early and spend the evening there.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We ended our trip with a few days in palermo. This was fantastic and i really recommend it; a great way to round off the trip. Also try cous cous if its on the menu, eat lots of ice cream, visiting the tuna factory at Scapello is worth the walk, the B and B at San Vito La Capo is in quite a secluded spot which is lovely (the views from the garden at brekie are wondeful) but you may want to buy some supplies/snacks to take on your walks.

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