Hiking Palermo and the Egadi Islands

Hiking Palermo and the Egadi Islands

Hiking Palermo and the Egadi Islands

Prices

From $1,875USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels

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Highlights

Hike the unspoilt natural and archeological beauty of Italy’s Egadi Islands

Trek through a natural paradise on four islands amid the cobalt Tyrrhenian Sea.

Learn about a myriad of distinct civilizations that once lived in western Sicily.

Experience the breathtaking scenery of Sicily’s first established nature reserve.

Hike to ancient temples, churches, and medieval towns all over the region.

Dive into the rich biodiversity and ancient cultures and traditions of western Sicily and the surrounding Egadi Islands on this 8-day trekking tour. Starting and ending in Palermo, the tour allows its guests to experience rich landscapes and visit some salty spots in the area.

First, get to know the wilderness of the Egadi islands, rocky and lightly-forested outcrops of turquoise waters. You’ll trek and explore the islands of Favignana, Levanzo, Marettimo, and Mothia, which each have a unique piece of Egadi magic from castles to cave paintings. A visit to the salt flats near Trapani will impress you with spectacular landscapes and a chance to learn about the traditional salt extraction methods. This tour brings you to a place with immaculately preserved nature at the Riserva della Zingaro, Sicily’s first nature reserve. Finally, you’ll have a chance to bask in the timeless medieval charm of Erice and walk through the ancient temples of Segesta.

This tour hits the mark for both hiking through the Mediterranean wilderness and diving into the area’s history and traditions—and there’s no shortage of seaside views and picturesque landscapes!

Hiking Palermo and the Egadi Islands Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Palermo

Your guide will meet you at the airport on Palermo, and you’ll head to the hotel to meet your group and discuss the week ahead. If you arrive with time to spare, feel free to roam throughout the spectacular capital of Sicily, noting its rich culture comprised of centuries of various civilizations from Arab, Greek, Roman, and modern Sicilian. Get your camera out for the vivid markets in the historic centre. Have dinner with your group, and get some sleep for the week of adventure ahead.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Palermo
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Explore Favignana

After breakfast in Palermo, you’ll depart for the small island of Favignana to trek up to the Santa Caterina castle. Impressive views await at the top—think clear, turquoise water at the base of beautiful rocky coastlines as far as the eye can see. If you take this tour in warmer weather, you’ll have the option to cycle around the island to explore its quarries and caves where you can swim in the refreshing water. Settle into a hotel in Favignana for the night.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Favignana
Distance
2.5 hours, 300 m of ascent, 300 m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Discover Marettimo

Into the wild! Head to one of the more remote islands in the Egadi archipelago: Marettimo. You’ll spend about 2 hours trekking on this small island from the port up to the old Spanish fortress, Castello di Punto Troia. The lush vegetation here adds a pop of greenery, making the sea views that much more picturesque. Rest in the hotel back on Favignana.

N.B. The trail on Marettimo hugs a cliff and is crumbling in some places. Take extra caution and use proper trekking boots and equipment.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Favignana
Distance
2 hours, 150 m of ascent, 150 m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Trek on Levanzo

Embark on an excursion to Levanzo, a tiny island north of Favignana. The trek will lead you to the peak of the island; then you’ll traverse through a wooded area, eventually stopping at the Grotta del Genovese, which is home to some prehistoric cave paintings. Head back to the hotel for your last night on Favignana.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Favignana
Distance
4 hours, 250 m of ascent, 250 m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Saltpans, Mothia and Erice

Get acquainted with a different landscape as you head to the Salt pans of Marsala near Trapani. Learn about salt extraction traditions and techniques in this heavily milled area. After you’ve admired the salt mills, you’ll travel to Mothia for a guided tour of another island rich with resplendent flora, fauna, and archaeology. End the day by strolling through the medieval charm of Erice before settling in for the night in Trapani.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Trapani
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Riserva della Zingaro

Spend the day touring the private coves and rocky trails of Sicily’s first natural reserve, Riserva della Zingaro. Just a short transfer away from Trapani, the proposed trek immerses you in a gorgeous landscape with typical Mediterranean vegetation that spills into the cobalt sea. An idyllic spot to have lunch! After exploring the reserve, the group heads back to Trapani for dinner and rest.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Trapani
Distance
4 hours, 243 m of ascent, 243 m of descent
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Ruins of Segesta

A testament to the numerous civilizations that have existed in Sicily, you’ll explore the ancient city of Segesta. Discover the ancient temples and theatres in the area, either on your own or with opting an authorized guide at the site. Have dinner back in Palermo and settle into your hotel to reflect on the week.

Overnight Location
Hotel in Palermo
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Departure from Palermo

Enjoy your final breakfast with your group before heading to the airport in Palermo to bid farewell.

Overnight Location
None
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Hiking Palermo and the Egadi Islands Tour Price and Dates

This guided trekking tour in Western Sicily is always run as a custom tour for your group only, and the price depends on the number of people in your group.

The recommended time to travel to Sicily for this trek is from April to June and from September to mid-October.

Prices of Private Guided Hiking Palermo and the Egadi Islands Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group! Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 2: €2,695EUR per person
  • Guided Groups of 3-4: €2,150EUR per person
  • Guided Groups of 5+: €1,850EUR per person
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Accommodation on Hiking Palermo and the Egadi Islands Tour

Hotels on this trip are 2- and 3-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travelers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of €275EUR to have a private room in a hotel while traveling with your group. Contact us, and we can try and match single travelers up, where possible.

Hotel Joli in Palermo

This classy hotel in Palermo is situated perfectly to explore the centre by foot. Enjoy great service and many helpful amenities.

Hotel Aegusa in Favignana

An elegant oasis in central Favignana where old meets new with stone archways and modern furnishings. Check the views from your private balcony.

Hotel Maccotta in Trapani

Hotel Maccotta offers modern amenities and comforts in central Trapani. Spacious rooms and friendly staff add to its appeal.

Hotel Joli in Palermo

This classy hotel in Palermo is situated perfectly to explore the centre by foot. Enjoy great service and many helpful amenities.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Hiking Palermo and the Egadi Islands Tour?

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 7 nights along the tour are included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transport for you and your luggage is included throughout the tour in a private minibus, including the airport transfers.

Also Included

  • English-speaking guide services
  • All taxes

Not included

  • Flights to and from Sicily
  • Drinks during the meals
  • Entrance fees to museums and archeological sites
  • Anything not mentioned as “Included”
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance

Optional Extras

  • Extra night before or after the tour

Frequenty Asked Questions about Hiking Palermo and the Egadi Islands

How hard is the Hiking Palermo and the Egadi Islands Tour?

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. Although the hikes on this tour are not strenuous, you should be fit enough to be on your feet for several hours daily.

Do I need a visa to travel to Italy?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Hiking Palermo and the Egadi Islands Tour?

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Palermo to start this tour?

You can get to Palermo by plane from many major Italian cities, or by ferry from Naples.

Is the Hiking Palermo and the Egadi Islands Tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English-speaking.

Where does the Hiking Palermo and the Egadi Islands Tour end?

The tour ends where it starts, in Palermo.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Italy?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Italy?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

Prices

From $1,875USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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What travellers say

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 2 / 5. Although the hikes on this tour are not strenuous, you should be fit enough to be on your feet for several hours daily.

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