The Best of Sicily Luxury Walk (Palermo to Etna) 6D5N, Fully Guided

From A$8,100.00 Per Person, Twin Share

At a Glance

Uncover Sicily's natural treasures as you immerse into an enchanting 6 days voyage from Palermo to Etna. Eternal crossroads of the Mediterranean, be seduced by its cultural treasures, breathtaking landscapes, exquisite cuisine and uncover centuries-old ruins where bygone civilisations are at every turn.

Your Mediterranean adventure begins at Palermo, after which you’ll shuttle to the breathtaking village of Cefalù where we traverse its stunning paths. From your hotel's private dock, take a dip in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Explore the stunning Hamlet of Castelbuono known for its resplendent Arab-Norman castle. Behold the striking Mount Etna famous for hosting several legends. Hike into the Alcantara River gorge whose rich volcanic soil is responsible for the surrounding landscape's prosperity. Explore Etna's northern slopes from Piano Provenzana and drink in the awe-inspiring sights of Sicily ...

Trip Highlights

  • Discover the island's fascinating history as you journey from Sicilian fishing towns to the phenomenal Mount Etna
  • Explore the charming seaside village of Cefalù, featured in the iconic 1988 film, Cinema Paradiso
  • Savour tasty Sicilian cuisines
  • Walk in comfort with two support vans and three tour leaders on each departure for an average 6:1 guest-to-leader ratio
  • Behold the pristine Alcantara River, and be held in the fascination of how it shaped the neighbouring landscape
  • Visit the hilltop Hamlet of Castelmola and explore its exquisite restaurants
  • Explore Taormina, the Pearl of Sicily
  • Experience the freedom to enjoy the best of this region at your own pace with multiple walking options to choose from each day accommodating varied activities

What's Included

  • All meals as specified in itinerary
  • All luggage and shuttle transfers
  • Brief orientation in Palermo on Day 1
  • 5 nights accommodation in 5 star hotels on a twin share basis
  • Professional guiding: two support vans, 6:1 guest to leader ratio on average
  • Hiking and sightseeing as stated in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Comprehensive travel planner with detailed pre-trip information

Itinerary

DAY 1 BENVENUTI IN SICILIA! “WELCOME TO SICILY”
Le Calette, Cefalù (5*)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2 UNCOVER THE QUAINT HAMLET CASTELBUONO & LEARN TO MAKE LOCAL SAP
Le Calette, Cefalù (5*)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3 TRAVERSE THE ALCANTARA RIVER GORGE
Villa Neri, Contrada Arrigo (5*)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 EXPLORE PIANO PROVENZANA & TAORMINA
Four Seasons San Domenico Palace, Taormina (5*)
Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5 HIKE UP THE HAMLET OF CASTELMOLA & MONT VENERE
Four Seasons San Domenico Palace, Taormina (5*)
Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6 UNCOVER TAORMINA'S THEATRE & BID FAREWELL AT CATANIA
None
Breakfast

Dates & Prices

Please contact us for private departures and group bookings. Single Supplement is available on request.

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How To Get There

- The departure point is Palermo, Sicily

- The finish point is Catania, Sicily

- Major commercial flights provide convenient access to Palermo. The nearest airport is Palermo Airport, the main international airport serving the city of Palermo, the capital of Sicily. which is 21 km away. Other nearby airports include Trapani, 77.9 km, and Catania, 168.9 km.

Weather & Climate

Sicily has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild and wet winters and hot, dry summers with very changeable intermediate seasons. On the coasts, especially in the south-west, the climate is affected by the African currents and summers can be scorching. Snow falls above 900–1000 metres, but it can fall in the hills. During late spring and early autumn, Sicily generally enjoys sunny skies and warm temperatures during the day and comfortably cool evenings. In early spring, Sicily can be quite chilly—extra layers are essential that time of year, as we may even encounter some snow on Etna. Rain showers are possible year-round.

Hiking Level

The routes on this trip are rated Levels 1-4.

Level 1, 2-5 hours, 3-8km (2-5 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 244m (800 ft)

Level 2, 2-4 hours, 6-11km (4-7 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 396m (1300 ft)

Level 3, 3-5 hours, 8-14km (5-9 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 610m (2000 ft)

Level 4, 4-6 hours, 10-18km(6-11 miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 914m (3000 ft)

Level 5, 5-7 hours, 11-21+ km (7-13+ miles), Maximum Elevation Gain 1219m (4000+ ft)

Other Information

Onlyluxe Travel acts as travel agency and work with different tour operators.

Payment Detail
All pricing is in Australian dollars and are quoted on a per person twin share basis. A supplementary price is available (see below). Bookings are not confirmed until full payment and the signed Booking Form has been received by Onlyluxe Travel.

A non-refundable 30% deposit is payable within 7 days of your booking, with the final balance due 120 days prior to departure. If a booking is made 120 days or less before departure, the full payment is payable immediately. Last minute bookings are payable before arrival. Failure to pay on time may result in automatic cancellation of a booking with cancellation penalties payable to Onlyluxe Travel. If you pay by credit card or PayPal a surcharge will be added to the total price.

Single Supplement
All accommodation is twin share. Single guests will share with someone of the same gender. If a single room is demanded, a supplementary price of will apply. The supplementary price refers to our quotation and needs to be stipulated at the time of booking.

General Cancellation Policies
- Outside of 120 days monies will be refunded less 30% of full fee
- Within 120 days prior to arrival all monies will be forfeited
- No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption
- We strongly recommend guests protect themselves with travel insurance and medical insurance

Please Note: Cancellations must be advised in email and will take effect from the date they are received.

Liability
The participant agrees to indemnify Onlyluxe Travel, and its servant, tour operator and agents, in relation to any liability, loss and damage which the tour operator, or its servants and/or agents may incur as a result of the participants, negligence or misconduct during the tour.

Smoking is not permitted on the bus, or in tents or in other accommodation being used by tour operator at the time that a trip is being conducted.

Child Policy
Please consult travel consultant on age limit.

Changes to Itineraries
Local conditions may necessitate changes to sightseeing, walking and driving routes, camping and accommodation locations. While every effort will be made to provide the services and experiences as offered in our brochure, on our website, and in our trip letters, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary. In the event that we are forced to change your arrangements, substitute arrangements of a similar standard will be provided. The tour operator will not be liable where interruptions to itineraries are caused by weather conditions, technical problems to transport used by the tour operator, industrial action, political or civil commotion or other circumstances beyond our control. We refer you to the conditions regarding travel insurance.

Changes in Prices
While we will do its utmost to honour its pricing unforeseen circumstances may mean that prices may be subject to change without notice.

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions and Age Limits
You need to advise Onlyluxe travel and the tour operator on any pre-existing medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of your requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a trip and the enjoyment of other trip members. Onlyluxe Travel and the tour operator may require an assessment of your medical condition from a qualified medical practitioner. If you fail to adequately notify the tour operator of any pre-existing medical conditions and/or disability, the tour operator reserves the right, at its reasonable discretion, to cancel your participation in a trip at any time, including after the commencement of your trip, with no right of refund if your medical condition, mobility impairment and/or disability could be reasonably expected to affect the normal conduct of the trip and the enjoyment of other trip members.

Cancellation by The Tour Operator
The tour operator is at the mercy of nature in all her beauty and all her fury. The tour operator will under no circumstance knowingly place at risk the health and well-being of our guests and guides. In the case of natural threats, acts of God and the like (e.g. bushfires, impassable snow, etc) the tour operator may need to cancel a tour with very little notice. In some cases, this can occur after the tour has commenced. The tour operator reserves the right to cancel any tour up to 60 days prior to departure if the minimum number requirement is unable to meet for a tour. If the tour operator needs to cancel for any reason, the cost of the tour or any other costs associated with travel to the designated pick up point, overnight accommodation, meals, etc will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore we strongly recommend travel insurance be taken out prior to travel.

Force Majeure
'Force Majeure' means (without restriction) any event which Onlyluxe Travel or its third party providers could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure Onlyluxe Travel will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.

Evacuations
In rare circumstances, due to injury or unforeseen illness, the tour operator may need to evacuate you from a remote part of the walk. Helicopter evacuations are expensive and in most cases will be at a cost to the customer.

For Australian residents, under the Australian Government Medicare Act, it is prohibited for any domestic travel insurance product to provide any financial reimbursement with regard to ambulance or air ambulance services. We therefore strongly advise our customers to take specific ambulance cover through their health insurance provider. Evacuation cost will not be covered by the Onlyluxe Travel and therefore it is also strongly recommended that our customers take out travel insurance to cover (amongst other things) the costs associated with evacuation.

Travel Insurance
In view of the heavy cancellation penalties applied to cancelled reservations in certain circumstances, we strongly recommends suitable travel insurance be purchased at the time the holding deposit is paid. We recommend insurance cover that covers any loss which may be suffered due to cancellation. We also strongly recommend comprehensive travel insurance against loss of baggage and medical expenses.

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