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Spirit of Sicily

Trip Length

Trip Code

11 days PESY

Minimum Passengers

4 people

Maximum Passengers

16 people
Minimum Age
15

Countries Visited

Italy

Start City

End City

Palermo Syracuse
Spirit of Sicily

As the largest Mediterranean island, Sicily’s landscape is draped in soft hills and rugged mountains. Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe (it last erupted in 2011), resides in the east and keeps watch over the stunning surrounds. A multitude of pre-historic architecture dots the landscape, but it's the agriculture that dominates it all.

Why we love it:

Spirit of Sicily


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Palermo

Meals included: 1 dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Joli or similar, Palermo

Activities:

Day 2: Monreale - Palermo

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Joli or similar, Palermo

Activities:

Day 3: Cefalù - Madonie Regional Park - Tyndaris - Montalbano

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Federico II or similar, Montalbanco

Activities:

Day 4: The Malabotta Forest & the megalithic site of Argimusco

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Federico II or similar, Montalbanco

Activities:

Day 5: Taormina – Castelmola - Isola Bella

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Sole Castello or similar, Taormina

Activities:

Day 6: The many faces of Mt. Etna: the Alcantara canyon, recent flows & old craters

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Corsaro or similar, Mt Etna

Activities:

Day 7: The top of Mount Etna

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Corsaro or similar, Mt Etna

Activities:

Day 8: Pantalica - Valle dell’Anapo - Ragusa

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Montreal Hotel or similar, Ragusa

Activities:

Day 9: Ibla – Modica - Noto - Vendicari Nature Reserve

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Alla Giudecca or similar, Syracuse

Activities:

Day 10: Syracuse - Ortigia - Neapolis

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Alla Giudecca or similar, Syracuse

Activities:

Day 11: Syracuse

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Activities:


Your Trip

What to know

You'll need to be in good health and able to walk for a few hours, with some up-and-down, and on varied terrain, from well-defined paths to rocky trails.

What's Included

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. For group trips, speak to your leader if you are interested in any of the following:


What to know

Fitness

The walking on this tour is graded as easy to moderate; anyone used to hill walking/mountain hiking with a daily average of about 4-5 hours and a height gain/loss of maximum 500 metres per day should find the tour within their capability.

Average duration of walking per day is 3 to 4 hours. Some of the walks can be shortened if desired by the use of cable cars or private bus service. Please note if you opt out of any of the group walks or choose to do a shortened version, any additional transport costs are at your own expense.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Italy
Visas are currently not required for Australian, New Zealand, US, Canadian or UK/EU passport holders wishing to visit Italy. Some EU nationals may travel in Europe using only an identity card, however it is your responsibility to check with the relevant authorities if this applies to you.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Italy

The House of Medici-Christopher Hibbert A Small Place In Italy-Eric Newby Love And War In The Appennines-Eric Newby Italian Lessons-Tim Parks An Italian Education-Tim Parks A Room With A View-Edward Forster Under The Tuscan Sun-Frances Mayes The Hills of Tuscany-Ferenc Maté


Important Information

Pre-departure document PDI
Please carefully read these trip notes in conjunction with the pre-departure document (PDI) which you will recieve upon confirmation of your holiday. This important document contains further information about your European trip that you will need to know before you travel.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

5 March 2014


General Contact Details

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