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Treasures Of Sicily

Open a door to the ancient world of Sicily and step out onto a sun drenched island rich in history and awe-inspiring natural wonders.

  • Sicily

  • 11 nights
  • Half board with most dinners taken in local restaurants.
  • Culture

    Coast & Islands

    Landscape

  • Sep

    Oct

  • Average group size: 12-14

Leisurely

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Grade 2

This is a Grade 2 leisurely holiday which mixes active sightseeing with short countryside walks. Most of the walking will be visiting some of the finest archaeological sites in Europe. The pace will be slow with plenty of stops but some of the sites, notably at Agrigento, are built on hill sides so paths are not level. In various sites we will be accompanied by local guides. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is 931m.

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Meticulously curated, guided walking holiday itineraries that delve into the culture, wildlife, cuisine, and rich history of the world.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Most dinners taken in Italian local restaurants.
  • Stay in four centrally located hotels, within walking distance of the main towns and local restaurants.
  • Explore the island’s vast ancient ruins and temple sites.
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Villa Romana containing fine Roman mosaics.
  • Stroll through thousands of years of history at the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.
  • Local guides help you discover Selinunte and Agrigento.

Open a door to the ancient world and step out onto a sun kissed island rich in history and natural wonders. Sicily is a cornucopia of cultural riches set amidst beautiful surroundings. 

The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has been of strategic importance for centuries. Walk in the footsteps of the ancients; Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Germans, French and Spanish have all left their mark. As Goethe said, “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.”

Your journey unfolds in four separate centres to explore as much of the island as possible. Your journey begins in a remote corner of coastal south west Sicily where you visit the most impressive classical site on the island, Selinunte. It’s a quiet, peaceful place, where spring flowers grow and sheep graze amidst the ruins. 

You soon gather pace to uncover many of the country’s highlights including the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, your second centre of your holiday. Agrigento is a modern town with some old historic characteristics such as its narrow alleyways, historic churches and archaeological sites. It is a perfect location for your walks itinerary.

Syracuse is your next stop, a large city originally founded by a Greek colony. Here you'll explore its Greek and Roman sites, which once rivalled Athens in the Greek world. 

Your last stop is the exciting capital city of Palermo. There is so much to see, including a visit to Monreale Cathedral, one of the greatest examples of Norman architecture.

  • Return flights from London to Palermo or Catania.
  • Airport transfers and coach transfers between each centre.
  • En suite hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • Half board with dinners taken at the hotel restaurants and in local restaurants.
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus/train/taxi.
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary.
  • Services of a local guide in Selinunte and Agrigento.
  • Services of a Discover Tour Leader.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

18600

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Selinunte

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Fly to the bustling city of Palermo and transfer by road to Selinunte.

Transfer Time = 2h

Day 2

Selinunte

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Selinunte Temples

The Selinunte temples is the largest archaeological areas in Europe.

The itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control.

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    3-4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    50m

Stroll through the town to the entrance of the impressive Selinunte temples, one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. Your local guide will introduce you to the myriad fascinations of the site. On the eastern site you can still ascend the worn steps into the remains of one of the Greek temples. Nearby are the ruins of the fourth largest Greek temple in the world where you can clamber happily amongst the ruins. Crossing the valley, which used to be the harbour, you'll explore the western temples, the streets and especially the citadel built to defend against invading Carthaginians. Take a path back to Marinella.

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2-3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    25m

In the afternoon, you have the option of joining a short relaxing walk along the beaches of Marinella. Walk on the shoreline beside the Mediterranean for a while (paddling is a distinct possibility) and after a kilometre turn inland through the impressive sand dunes of the Belice nature reserve before circling back to your hotel.

Day 3

Agrigento

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Depending on opening times, on the way to Agrigento you may have the opportunity to take a brief stop at Cave di Cusa, an ancient stone quarry abandoned in 490BC after the Carthaginians captured the city. You'll visit Sciacca, a former spa resort for the Greeks of Selinunte and a testament to the eclectic cultures that have influenced the city over time. Here you'll find narrow streets, blind alleys and covered courtyards that date from Arab times, a cathedral with Norman apses and a Baroque façade and city gates that date from the Spanish period. 

Take another delightful stop at Eraclea Minoa, established by Spartan colonists and fought over by the larger Greek cities of Selinunte and Agrigento. It has a small Greek theatre and significant remains of two Greek houses. The small museum is well worth visiting and there are excellent views along the coast on a clear day.

As you approach Agrigento, catch a tantalising glimpse of the Temples on a ridge towering over the coastal plain below. They were intended to make a statement about the power and authority of Akragas – the Greek city. 

Day 4

Agrigento

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Valley of the Temples

The Valley of the Temples is one of Sicily's most visisted attractions and is home to eight temples and other ancient remains dating buck to 510 BC and 430 BC.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    190m

Begin your day with a leisurely stroll from the hotel to the UNESCO World Heritage Valley of the Temples to meet your local guide, who will share their abundance of knowledge about the six temples. A highlight has to be the Temple of Concordia, one of the most complete Greek temples in the world. 

Following the exploration of the temples, meander along the main road to reach the Archaeological Museum, a treasure trove of historical artefacts. Enhance your experience by indulging in the charm of the outdoor cafe, nestled amid the remnants of ancient wonders. The museum has an outstanding collection of ancient vases with simple descriptions for the most important objects. There is also an amazingly huge, almost complete Telamon from the Temple of Zeus Olympian which helps you to appreciate its massive scale.

From the museum it is a walk of about half a mile to your hotel; there is time to rest and relax after quite a full day.

Day 5

Agrigento

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3-4 hours

  • Distance

    4 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    180m

Ascend the hill with a leisurely walk, or opt for the bus, to reach the modern centre of Agrigento. You'll encounter a statue of the black saint Calogero standing proudly outside his church. Passiing through the Porta Ponte, an  ancient gateway, you'll step into the heart of the old town. The church of San Lorenzo (Il Purgatorio) is decorated inside with fine paintings, statues and stucco work by Serpotta. The convent of Santo Spirito has more examples of Serpotta’s stucco work. Serpotta was the absolute master of Stucco – it looks just like marble sculptures. He was based in Palermo and one of his best known works is the Battle of Lepanto in the Rosario di Santa Citta not far from our Palermo Hotel. 

Climb many steep steps to get to the Cathedral, created by several architectural influences and even has a Hapsburg two headed eagle on part of the ceiling. You can ascend the tower for a panoramic view over the town. A further flight of steep steps gives a close up view of the intricate craftsmanship of the Arab Norman ceiling. Nearby is the small church of St Maria dei Greci, you can still see the columns of the original Greek Temple within its walls. 

You can then descend many steep steps and arrive at the Town Hall which houses the theatre named after the Nobel prize winning author Pirandello who lived in Agrigento. 

Day 6

Syracuse

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Transfer to Syracuse with a couple of stops en route. The coach takes you to Enna, the highest regional capital in Italy at 931m. Enna was a natural stronghold and the Castello di Lombardia is one of the largest and most important of Sicily’s medieval castles. After 20 years under siege, the Arabs resorted to climbing through the sewers to conquer it. 

Visit Villa Romana del Casale, home to the best preserved and most extensive set of Roman mosaics in the world. They give an unforgettable insight into all aspects of Roman life.

Day 7

Syracuse

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Neopolis Archaeological Site

This ancient Greek and Roman ruin is one of the largest and finest in the world and is still used for productions today. 

Dedicate a day to the enchanting city of Syracuse, immersing yourself in its rich historical tapestry. Visit the Neopolis archaeological site and the Catacombs of San Giovanni, second only in size to those near Rome. Its Greek theatre is one of the largest and finest in the world and is still used for productions today. You can ascend to the top level for some great panoramic views. 

After a relaxing lunch stop, explore the island of Ortigia where you may visit the cathedral, a converted Greek temple that has the columns incorporated into its walls; and the Church of St Lucia, housing a Caravaggio. There is also the Fonte Aretusa, a fresh water spring right next to the sea with papyrus growing in it and a hands on museum dedicated to the inventions of Archimedes and Leonardo Da Vinci.

Day 8

Syracuse

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Visit the UNESCO listed Noto, one of the best examples of Baroque Architecture. The town was completely rebuilt on a new site after the earthquake of 1693 destroyed much of eastern Sicily. Travel to Noto and have a short walk steeply uphill to the main street. The Cathedral, Town Hall, Opera House, Palazzo Nicolaci Villadorata, and several churches are all well worth exploring. You will not see more decorative balconies anywhere else! 

Day 9

Palermo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    2.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

This morning you will be transferred to Palermo by road. 

In the afternoon, take a stroll through the Historic Centre via the Teatro Massimo, the road crossing known as the Quattro Canti and the fountains and sculptures of the “Square of Shame”, plus many churches and sights of the city along the route.

There may be time to visit the World Heritage listed Cappella Palatina – Palermo’s most popular wedding venue. Whether part of the day's itinerary or a highlight for the next, the Cappella Palatina promises a journey through the ages. This private chapel of the Norman Kings is a glittering jewel with all surfaces decorated - Islamic mosaics at the lower level and golden Byzantine mosaics representing scenes from the bible above. The intricate coffered ceiling was made by Arab craftsmen.    

You may have time to visit the Cathedral and its unusual astronomical time line set in the floor and the ornate tombs of the Norman Kings decorated with mosaics.

Day 10

Palermo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today you'll visit Monreale with its UNESCO listed Cathedral situated on a hill which we climb partway from the bus stop. It is the climax of Arab Norman art and has the biggest expanse of gold mosaics showing scenes from the new and old testaments in Sicily, if not in the whole of Europe. The cloisters are outstanding and the decorative stonework in different colours outside the cathedral is a testament to its craftsmen. Climbing to the roof terrace we get close up views of the cathedral and views over the Concha d’Oro Valley. 

On returning to Palermo there is the possibility of visiting the Sicilian Art or Modern Art Galleries, the puppet museum or perhaps attending a puppet show. The shows recount the battles of the Crusaders against the Saracens with furious and violent fights between the puppets. There are also three chapels with outstanding examples of Stucco work by Serpotta quite close to the hotel and other churches ranging from ornate Baroque, Eastern Orthodox or to the very simple with red Arabic domes.

Day 11

Palermo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Your last day is a day to explore at your own leisure. The sea side resort of Cefalu is easily accessible by train either as a relaxing break or a chance to see another Norman cathedral, an ancient Arab washing area and an ancient hill fort.

La Zisa and La Cuba (both small palaces of the Norman Kings), the Casina Cinese and Monte Pelligrino all can be reached by bus.

In town there are several Palazzi with interiors preserved from the 19th century as well as guided tours of the Teatro Massimo, the biggest opera house in Italy and third largest in Europe. 

The Botanical Gardens is of international importance with a well labelled collection of 12,000 species, it is a peaceful oasis in the midst of a bustling city in which to see some unusual plants. 

An unusual visit (but not for the fainthearted) is to the Capuchin Catacombs with its clothed mummified monks and important citizens.

As you can see, there is no shortage of things to choose from for your last day on Sicily!

Day 12

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

Say goodbye to Sicily and transfer to Palermo Airport for the return flight to the UK.

Departure dates for your selected tour

3rd Sep 2024 - 14th Sep 2024 (11 Nights)

8th Oct 2024 - 19th Oct 2024 (11 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Palermo
  • Airport transfers by road c.2hrs
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

Hotel Admeto

The four star Hotel Admeto is located in the quiet waterfront of Selinunte. This minimalistic hotel has beautiful views of the sea and has a modern restaurant serving traditional Mediterranean and Sicilian dishes.

We stay in standard twin, double and single bedded rooms. Rooms are minimalistic and include the following facilities:

  • Ensuite facilities
  • Telephone
  • Free WIFI
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Safe
  • TV
  • Mini bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Balcony

Hotel Della Valle

Agrigento is a modern built up town with some old historic characteristics such as its narrow alleyways, historic churches and archaeological sites. It is a perfect location for our walks itinerary and has a variety of services in walking distance such as restaurants, cafes, bar, supermarkets and shops.  

The four star Hotel Della Valle is situated in the main town of Agrigento, near to the Temple sites. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, spa and an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a lush Mediterranean garden (open during high season). 

Room facilities include:

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Minibar
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WIFI
  • Telephone.

Grande Albergo Alfeo

Syracuse is a large city originally founded by a Greek colony. It is perfect base for our walks itinerary and has shops, banks, restaurants, supermarkets, post office and medical facilities. 

We stay in the elegant four-star Grand Albergo Alfeo in the heart of Syracuse. The hotel has recently been renovated and is now has a stylish restaurant, a modern bar, a reading room and an interior courtyard. This hotel is a typical city hotel with smaller rooms but has been selected for its ideal location in the centre of Syracuse.

We stay in standard city rooms with the following facilities:

  • Ensuite bathrooms
  • Hairdyer
  • TV
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Heating
  • Desk
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Free WIFI

Hotel Federico II Central Palace

Palermo is a lively and busy city decorated with modern and historic buildings. There are markets, shops, banks, restaurants, bars, supermarkets, a post office and medical facilities. 

We stay in the four star Hotel Federico II Central Palace. It is located close to downtown Palermo, within walking distance of all the major city sights and the station. The Hotel Federico II Central Palace is a modern hotel with an elegant restaurant where traditional produce is used from the hotel's own organic farm, in addition to a bar area, ideal for relaxing with a drink after a days exploration. There is a wellness area which can be used at an additional charge, and includes a small swimming pool, sauna, Turkish bath, relaxation area and massage treatments. 

We stay in standard double and twin rooms. Single rooms are usually double bedded for sole use.

Room facilities include:

  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Radio
  • TV
  • Minibar
  • Free WIFI

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 2 leisurely holiday which mixes active sightseeing with short countryside walks. Most of the walking will be visiting some of the finest archaeological sites in Europe. The pace will be slow with plenty of stops but some of the sites, notably at Agrigento, are built on hill sides so paths are not level. In various sites we will be accompanied by local guides. The maximum altitude reached on this holiday is 931m.

Walks & Excursions

The walking on this holiday will mostly be in conjunction with the sightseeing programme.  Sightseeing will be on foot in the towns, cities or immediate surroundings including archaeological sites and will be taken at a leisurely pace. 

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Entrance Fees

In the price of the holiday the following entrance fees are included:

In Selinunte, you will visit the vast archaeological site containing temples from the 5th century BC.  A guide will be included in the visit.

The following day, if the quarry site is open, there will be time to buy and use the combined ticket and make a detour for a short visit.

When you stop off in Sciacca; tickets or donations will be given to allow visits to the Duomo and the church of St Nicholas with an interesting exhibition of mediaeval church art.

Eraclea Minoa; The cliff top Greek site and the small but fascinating museum are on your list.

Agrigento; The ‘Valley of the Temples’, and the museum containing the famous Teleman statue are in the costs. Plus you will have an expert local guide for the morning visit.

Agrigento town; you will visit two or three churches, one with a temple visible through the glass floor, and the Cathedral high on the ridge of the town. This has fascinating Arabic roof decorations and there is access to two of the towers.

Enna; a visit to the castle perched high on the hill and a look at another impressive cathedral. The entrance fees are both included.

Villa Casale; Entry to the complex of rooms of this Roman villa with mosaics to mesmerise you.

Syracusa; You'll visit the Greek theatre, the huge Roman amphitheatre, the quarry area with the ‘ear of Dionysius ‘. We have tickets to enter the old Greek underground water course which became the Christian catacombs. Here we have a local guide to show you the way.

Later in Syracusa you can visit the modern church which dominates the skyline, your leader will make a donation on your behalf and then enter the Duomo, where you can see the columns absorbed into the walls from a much earlier Greek temple.

On the visit to Noto you have a combined ticket for the 19th century immaculately decorated theatre and the town hall with its panoramic rooftop views.

Finally, in Palermo you will have entry tickets for the most perfect of Norman cathedrals at Monreale with its amazing wall mosaic’s we should also visit the highly decorated cloisters. In the city we will have entry tickets for the Archaeological museum, a highly decorated church or two and the cathedral. Sometimes there are entry tickets and other times a donation is expected. These costs will be taken care of by your leader.

What isn’t included? Well, there’s not much that we have left out!  But on your free day in Palermo you might visit the botanic gardens, take the train to Cefalu or look at the puppet theatre or the massive opera house in town. These, together, would be unlikely to cost more than an extra €25. In Noto there are some churches with spiral staircases where, for a couple of Euros, you can climb to the top and view the town.

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro.

Holiday Currency

There are banks with ATM machines in all four centres. All hotels accept most major credit cards.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

Fly from London to Palermo and return. 

A private coach transfers you to Selinunte, taking approximately 2 hours. Travel during your holiday in Sicily will be by coach. 

If you intend joining and leaving the party in Sicily, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at the first hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included. Breakfasts are taken at our hotels and are usually continental buffet style with a hot and cold selection. 

You will dine in the hotel throughout your stay in Selinunte due to the hotels isolated location. Dinners here will usually be buffet style serving both traditional and international cuisine. During the rest of the holiday, you will enjoy dinners in a mixture of your hotel restaurants and local restaurants. Sometimes buffet style dinners are served, and sometimes set menu's are served. Usually you can expect a variety of international and local delicacies such as pasta, risotto, meat and fish!

In Italy, traditional meals may include primo, il secondo, and dolce, depending on the individual restaurant. Primo can be served as an appetiser and usually consists of rich pasta, soup or risotto. The main course is called il secondo and usually includes meat, fish or vegetarian. The dolce refers to the dessert and ends a traditional Italian meal. 

Lunches are not included and are usually taken as picnics or in local cafés.

If your flight arrives in Sicily later in the day, dinner at the hotel on day 1 may be a light meal consisting of a cold platter selection.  

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Traveling Light

You should be able to lift and carry and handle your own luggage. At some hotels, the coach may have to stop some distance short of the hotel entrance. Also, within some of the hotels themselves, there may be some long walks between the rooms and entrance area which could include some steps.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Italy

Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWW15 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

Many local libraries stock a selection of travel guides and books which may offer you more information. Apart from any books available in local libraries, the internet is now an excellent resource for information about holiday destinations. You may find the below websites, books and programmes useful. 

Maps of the areas we visit (1:200 000 scale) are available locally and at specialist map shops in the UK. 

Visit Sicily includes pictures and information about various areas of Sicily. 

In literature and film Sicily is closely associated with The Godfather books and films. Various locations were used in the filming of the original Godfather film.

Lonely Planet Sicily Travel Guide. 

The Rough Guide to Sicily.

Sicily: The Wonder of the Mediterranean on BBC2 player. Follow Michael Scott on his historical journey through Sicily.

Gino D'Acampo visits Sicily on Gino's Italian Escapes, available on ITV player.  

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Italian Laws & Customs

In some Italian towns and cities you may be fined for dropping litter and in some towns or cities it’s an offence to sit on monument steps or to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity of main churches, historic monuments and public buildings. It’s also an offence to enter or bathe in public fountains.

In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.

Illegal traders operate on the streets of all major Italian cities, particularly tourist cities like Florence, Venice and Rome. Don’t buy from illegal street traders. You could be stopped by the local police and fined.

It is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy. Doing so may result in heavy fines. It’s also forbidden to collect various species of flowers, plants and herbs from mountain and wooded areas. For more information, check with the regional authorities of the area you’re visiting.

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Litter in Sicily

It is important to stress that Sicily is still in many ways a developing society and standards can vary throughout the island. Refuse bags and litter are a common sight in most towns and cities and some areas are visibly poorer than others. This does not, however, detract from the beauty of the island, its fascinating history or the warm hospitality of the Sicilians.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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Italy

  • Capital

    Rome

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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