Family tour of Sicily from West to East

  • Trapani - Agrigento - south east Sicily

    If you love hot summers, Sicily is a fantastic destination for a family holiday. Children will love the Sicilian pasta and puddings, the endless sandy beaches and they might even enjoy the history: archaeological sites scattered across the countryside in some spectacular settings.

    Highlights

    • Explore the Egadi Islands
    • Visit ancient Greek ruins at Segesta, Selinunte and Agrigento
    • Enjoy cookery courses and olive oil tastings
    • Visit the Baroque cities of the south east
    • Relax on the kilometres of white sand beaches on the south coast

    Rating

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  • Southern Sicily fly drive taking in the sites of Trapani, Agrigento and Syracuse

    Day 1 

    Fly into Palermo, collect your hire car and drive to your agriturismo near Trapani where you will be based for 5 nights.

    Overnight: near Trapani 

    Day 2-5

    Spend your days exploring western Sicily. Trapani, with its salt and tuna fishing roots, has an interesting historical centre. Children will enjoy the cable car ride from Trapani up to medieval Erice, perched on a hilltop the town is a few degrees cooler than the coast and a perfect spot for enjoying an ice cream while admiring the magnificent views. From Trapani there are boats over to the Egadi Islands, great for cycling, snorkelling and beach combing.

    A little further afield is the fabulous beach of San Vito lo Capo and history fans will no doubt be drawn to the Greek temple at Segesta or perhaps to the Arabic-influenced fishing port of Mazara del Vallo. Wine tasting can be arranged with the Planeta estate or you could visit some wineries at nearby Marsala.

    Overnight: near Trapani

    Day 6

    Today you will drive east towards Agrigento. We suggest stopping at the attractive port town of Sciacca for lunch where there is an excellent selection of fish restaurants. Alternatively, pack a picnic and head to the archaeological site of Selinute, magnificently positioned overlooking the sea and perfect for children to explore while parents relax and admire the sea views. The total driving time today will be around 3 hours'.

    Overnight: near Agrigento 

    Day 7-9

    We suggest an early start for your visit to the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento. It will be very hot so exploring the site early in the morning is recommended.

    Although Agrigento is famed for its temples, the area is also a magnet for Italians looking for that perfect beach holiday. There are kilometres of white sand beaches and the remarkable white rocks at Scala dei Turchi are well worth a visit.

    Cookery courses and boat trips can also be arranged from your agriturismo.

    Overnight: near Agrigento

    Day 10

    Today you will continue east towards the Baroque heart of Sicily. We recommend making a lunch stop in Licata where our clients rave about a particularly great eatery before heading to your hotel.

    Your final destination today is a family-friendly rural hotel near Ispica close to the south coast set in peaceful gardens with a swimming pool and small play area.

    Overnight: south east Sicily 

    Day 11-14

    South east Sicily is famed for its impressive Baroque towns, our favourite is atmospheric Modica, perfectly positioned over two hillsides with its main street Corso Umberto I, set in the gorge between the hills. One of the highlights of Modica is the ornate church of San Giorgio, set atop one of the hillsides and reached via a long flight of stairs.

    Modica is well known for its chocolate which has an unusual grainy texture and comes in various flavours. Head to the oldest shop in town, Antica Dolceria Bonajuto which has been family-run for over 100 years where you can often see the chocolatiers in action. One of the delicacies to be had here is the i’mpanatigghi pastry filled with meat and chocolate (tastes better than it sounds!).

    For more Baroque hits, head to picturesque Ragusa or to the honey-coloured delights of Noto. The smaller town of Scicli is also well worth a visit.

    Also within day trip distance is delightful Syracuse, a blend of Baroque and ancient Greek no more apparent than in its magnificent cathedral complete with Doric columns and elegant Baroque façade. The beautiful piazza in which the cathedral sits is the perfect place to eat granita or drink a coffee, watching the world go by.

    Of course, there are more beaches to explore including those at the Vendicari Nature Reserve and at the little fishing town of Sampieri just south of Scicli.

    Overnight: south east Sicily

    Day 15

    Today is at leisure until your flight home. If you are driving to Catania airport for an afternoon or evening flight, Syracuse is an ideal spot to stop off at for lunch if you have not yet visited it.

  • From £1,250 per person

    Price is based on travel in mid season and on a family of 4 sharing. Includes international flights from the UK, accommodation and car hire.

    All of our itineraries are tailor-made to your specific requirements and therefore prices do vary. The above is an indication only. Prices will vary depending on the season of travel and the standard of accomodation used. Please contact us for a quotation and to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.




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Everyone returns to Sicily because there is too much history, too much culture, too much of a contrast between beauty and post war development, to take in on one visit.
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