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Central Sicily Walk

Central Sicily Walk

7 Days/6 Nights From
AU$2,100 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Code
    HID-19-7880
  • Operating Days
    Daily
7 Days/6 Nights From
AU$2,100 Per person twin share
 
  • Tour Code
    HID-19-7880
  • Operating Days
    Daily
Description 
  • Tour Highlights
    Accommodation Accommodation 6-night accommodationInclusionInclusion Daily transfers of baggage between hotelsInclusionInclusion Maps & detailed walking instructionsMealsMeals Daily breakfast and dinner

Summary

This self-guided walking tour takes you through the heart of Sicily, where never-ending fields and centuries-old traditions continue to flourish. Follow trails going across the countryside, past rolling hills, enchanting valleys, and the forested peaks of the Madonie National Park. Visit some of the small, lovely villages along the way and spend some nights in family-run agriturismos—a 13th century monastery, a 15th century convent hosted by nuns, and a restored noble residence of an ancient village. During the trek, stop occasionally to admire breathtaking landscapes and when taking a break in a village, don’t miss the most delicious specialties of the region. 

This tour departs from Catania or Palermo.

Highlights

  • Walking through the spectacular landscapes of Central Sicily
  • Sicilian hospitality and delicious seasonal cuisine

Itinerary

Day 1, Catania/Palermo – Nicosia
Private pick up in either Catania or Palermo and a 2-hour transfer to Nicosia in central Sicily. A strategic point on the mountain road that linked eastern Sicily with Palermo, Nicosia grew up around a 7th century Byzantine castle and flourished under Norman rule in the 12th century. Today is a bustling agricultural town – pure Sicily! (D)

Day 2, Central Sicily (12 kms, 3 hrs)
Your first walk is an easy hike across the valley to a tiny village that grew up around a rock outcrop riddled with prehistoric cave dwellings. Mt Etna, 100 kms to the east, is visible from the village’s impregnable castle. The village’s dialect still has traces of the French invaders who were garrisoned here in the 13th century. (B, D)

Day 3, Central Sicily (15 kms, 4 hrs)
Today you have a long but gentle walk through rolling valleys with vast views of the mountains and farmlands around you, finishing at a family-run agriturismo in a restored medieval abbey which has been in the family since the end of the 18th century. (B, D)

Day 4, Central Sicily (14 kms, 4.5 hrs)
An easy day, today you climb up to a nearby town which must be one of the most unusual towns in Sicily, a jumble of houses and lanes that tumble down the side of a spherical hill with a very good local museum. Your accommodation is in a family run agriturismo in the valley below the town. You will have the option in the afternoon of doing a loop walk up to visit the town. (B, D)

Day 5, Central Sicily (12 kms, 4 hrs)
The walk today takes you through the valley and then up to a small town that was founded by the ancient Greeks and was the seat of the medieval counts who ruled central Sicily from here in the 14th and 15th centuries, the gateway to the Madonie National Park. Your accommodation tonight is in a small convent just off the central piazza. (B, D)

Day 6, Central Sicily (13 kms, 4 hrs)
Today’s walk takes you sharply up from the town to a wide path the wraps around the side of a mountain, taking you through pines forests and pastures with spectacular views back east across the valleys and mountains, with Mt Etna as a backdrop, before descending to your final destination, an extraordinary town that was founded by the Romans, one of the most interesting and beautiful towns of the region. Your accommodation is in a recently restored villa in the heart of the town. (B, D)

Day 7, Catania/Palermo
Your visit finishes this morning with a transfer to either Catania or Palermo, a two hour drive away. (B)

Inclusions

  • 6-night accommodation
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • Maps and detailed walking instructions
  • Daily transfers of baggage between hotels
  • Pick up and drop off in either Catania or Palermo

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