Art & Culture of Western Sicily & Palermo

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Castellammare del Golfo

Scheduled flight to Palermo from your preferred airport – transfer with our tour manager in our private executive coach to the 3* Hotel Punta Nord-Est on the outskirts of Castellammare del Golfo – dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 – Erice, its Duomo & Trapani

Poised on a crag overlooking the Mediterranean, the delightful medieval town of Erice boasts stunning views and we enjoy a guided tour at the 14th century Duomo, home to a ‘Madonna and Child’ attributed to either Francesco Laurana or Domenico Gagini – the afternoon is at leisure in Trapani where you may choose to visit the Cathedral of San Lorenzo and Chiesa del Collegio dei Gesuiti whose facades each display magnificently the West Sicilian Baroque architecture. 

Day 3 – Palermo & Monreale

A guided tour of Palermo, a beautiful city whose architecture ranges from Arabic to Norman in style, takes in sights such as the 12th century La Martorano, the awe inspiring Palatine Chapel and the Church of San Cataldo – afternoon guided tour of the magnificent cathedral at Monreale, one of the great sites of Norman Sicily adorned with glittering Sicilian and Byzantine mosaics.

Day 4 – Marsala, tour & tasting Florio Wine Cellar, boat trip to Mozia Island & the Museum of Mozia

The port of Masala is the home of the thick, strong, sweet wine that Admiral Nelson ordered vast quantities of following the Battle of the Nile in 1798, and we enjoy a tour and tasting at the Florio Wine Cellar – the boat trip to the island of Mozia affords views of the salt flats and windmills that characterise this part of the coastline – the archaeological site of Mozia was an important colony of the Phoenician city of Carthage, and its museum’s greatest treasure is its marble statue, ‘Giovanetto di Mozia’, also known as Charioteer.

Day 5 – Guided tour of Cefalù

Travel along the coast to the charming medieval seaside town for a guided tour of Cefalù and its splendid duomo, built in the 12th century during Sicily's Norman era and intended as the principal religious seat in Sicily – rest of the day is at leisure in Cefalù and on an individual basis you may choose to visit the Museo Mandralisca, home to a fine ‘Portrait of a Man’ by Antonello da Messina, and an interesting collection of coins, ceramics and vases.

Day 6 – Guided tour of Segesta

With a hilltop position on Mount Barbaro, a guided tour of Segesta also takes in its Doric temple dating from 5th century BC and one of the best preserved in the world – transfer to Palermo airport for our scheduled flight home.

Tour Features

All excursions & guided tours included

Welcome dinner

Professional tour manager

Scheduled flights to Palermo

Executive coach in Italy

One free place per 10 paying passengers

Castellammare del Golfo

Erice, its Duomo & Trapani

Palermo & Monreale

Marsala, tour & tasting Florio Wine Cellar, boat trip to Mozia Island & the Museum of Mozia

Guided tour of Cefalù

Guided tour of Segesta

Hotel

Five nights at the 3* Hotel Punta Nord-Est. Located a one minute walk from the beach and a ten minute walk from the harbour at Castellammare Del Golfo, facilities at the hotel include a café, breakfast room and an outdoor swimming pool. All rooms are en suite. A welcome dinner is included at a restaurant close to our hotel on Day 1 and the remaining four nights are on bed and breakfast basis.

Tailor-make this tour

Your tailor made tour

Here are some more suggested places of interest you might like to include:

  • Tour of the rest of Sicily - tours can be tailor made to your group’s exact requirements - see opposite for a suggested itinerary
  • Selinunte - founded by Greeks around 650BC, this is a vast archaeological site famous for its many temples and acropolis
  • Mondello - a charming seaside town just to the north of Palermo known for its Art Nouveau villas and where the cream of Palermo high society came to enjoy its beautiful beach

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor this tour
for your group

Tailor make your group tour

Remember this itinerary is just our suggestion. Tailor make this tour exclusively for your group to suit your members’ budget or preferences. You could:

  • stay at a 4* hotel
  • on half board basis throughout
  • with fewer or different excursions
  • for more (or fewer) days
  • include different excursions – see ‘Tailor-make this tour’ tab for suggestions
  • include UK airport coach transfers
  • bring a specialist lecturer
  • include all entrance fees & gratuities

Call us on
020 7064 4970
to tailor make the perfect tour
for your group