Coastal and Mountain Hikes, Greek and Roman Ruins

Hiking in Sicily

Italy

11 Days

From $6,195

Level 3

Moderate

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He has a master degree in ecology and biogeography and an immense interest in nature, hiking, and photography. In 25 years as a Trip Leader, he has traveled to all the continents and loves telling and hearing stories about different cultures around the world. When not leading trips, Gabriele travels on his own and exercises his passion for photography. Some of his photographic work has been published in Italian travel magazines. ","BioLong":"Gabriele Mastrilli was born and raised in Sicily, the southeast region of Italy, where he still lives when not traveling around the world. He has a master degree in ecology and biogeography and an immense interest in nature, hiking, and photography. In 25 years as a Trip Leader, he has traveled to all the continents and loves telling and hearing stories about different cultures around the world. When not leading trips, Gabriele travels on his own and exercises his passion for photography. Some of his photographic work has been published in Italian travel magazines. "},{"GuideID":851071,"First_Name":"Vicky","Last_Name":"Sotriffer","BioShort":"As an adventure-seeking traveler and Trip Leader, Vicky Sotriffer thrives in new places. She has led trips on nearly every continent for more than 10 years, including sea kayaking trips. Originally from South Tyrol, Italy, Vicky now resides in Ibiza, Spain, and is fluent in a handful of languages. She spends parts of her year in Oman, where she follows her passion for hiking in the country&apos;s striking desert environment and diving in the warm waters off the coast (and trying to improve her Arabic along the way). In her free time, she enjoys tennis, rock climbing, horseback riding, and in the winter, she heads to the Dolomites to ski.","BioLong":"As an adventure-seeking traveler and Trip Leader, Vicky Sotriffer thrives in new places. 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Great towns, woonderful restaurants, and great hotels, each getting better and better as the trip went on.&#160;Wonderful!"},{"GuestNames":"Bettina R.","GuestLocation":"Santa Clara, CA","GuestReview":"This was a wonderful trip. The places visited were terrific, and the leaders, in particular, made everything worthwhile by their knowledge of the place, their flexibility, and their great sense of humor."},{"GuestNames":"Bob and Shirley B.","GuestLocation":"Ennis, MT","GuestReview":"This was a fantastic trip for both of us. We loved the blend of experiences that could only be possible on a WT trip, such as sit-down meals, picnics, a walk followed by a superb lunch at a winery, tour and dinner with a baron in Siracuse, wading in the sea, touring ancient sites. Each trip we have been on with Wilderness Travel has exceeded our expectations. This trip stands out even more so."},{"GuestNames":"Carol L.","GuestLocation":"Kalispell, MT","GuestReview":"We really enjoyed Sicily&#8212;the scenery, food, hikes, and guides were top notch."},{"GuestNames":"Carol M.","GuestLocation":"Lafayette, CA","GuestReview":"The guides were constantly aware of and offered extra cultural and nature opportunities. The hotels were charming and representative of the towns we visited. Food was excellent, represented the local specialities, and menus varied with lots of opportunities for individual choices and close attention paid to client special needs. The picnics were fantastic!"},{"GuestNames":"Carol W.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"I am recommending this trip to friends for next October&#8212;I'll tell them to reserve early because I am sure word of mouth will result in an early sell-out. I can't think of a thing that would improve this trip. I will never forget climbing (and descending) Mt. 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We felt like we saw a tremendous amount of Sicily in our visit and came away with a solid understanding of the island and the multiple cultures."},{"GuestNames":"David C.","GuestLocation":"New York, NY","GuestReview":"Everything was well orchestrated, controlled, and managed, the hotels were very good to excellent, and the meals were extremely good."},{"GuestNames":"Diane C.","GuestLocation":"Manchester, MO","GuestReview":"We had a wonderful time. I felt I had been able to see and experience the &#8216;real&#8217; Sicily."},{"GuestNames":"Don M.","GuestLocation":"Atlanta, GA","GuestReview":"Probably the best trip I've been on! Sicily was a wonderful surprise."},{"GuestNames":"Edie L.","GuestLocation":"Dallas, TX","GuestReview":"We really felt we saw Sicily and learned a lot about its very rich history. The local guides were excellent, the restaurants were wonderful, and Sebastiano and Francesco obviously cared deeply that we had a fun and memorable trip."},{"GuestNames":"Edy and Michael D.","GuestLocation":"Portland, OR","GuestReview":"Terrific throughout. Our guides were the absolute best. Bravissimi!"},{"GuestNames":"Elaine W.","GuestLocation":"Seattle, WA","GuestReview":"I selected this trip to learn and experience the Sicilian culture and food. My expectations were exceeded! Excellent trip leaders and fellow travelers."},{"GuestNames":"Eleanor S.","GuestLocation":"Kingstone, ON","GuestReview":"I loved the trip, and the balance of city\/cultural activities with outdoor\/hiking activities was exactly what I expected."},{"GuestNames":"Eric O.","GuestLocation":"Tampa, FL","GuestReview":"All lodging, food, and drink were excellent and perfectly selected for each location. I feel like I personally sampled many aspects of the complex history and rich culture of Sicily."},{"GuestNames":"Gail B.","GuestLocation":"Larchmont, NY","GuestReview":"Best trip ever! I loved the small group size with two trip leaders&#8212;it allowed for great flexibility."},{"GuestNames":"Heidi M.","GuestLocation":"Brevard, NC","GuestReview":"We enjoyed every minute!"},{"GuestNames":"Jane S.","GuestLocation":"Albuquerque, NM","GuestReview":"A wonderful way to experience Sicily&#8212;everything from ancient Greek and Roman sites, medieval churches, and natural phenomena such as Mt. Etna to tasty fresh fish and pasta dishes accompanied by excellent Sicilian wines."},{"GuestNames":"Johanna S.","GuestLocation":"Sunnyvale, CA","GuestReview":"This trip provided a wonderful sampler of Sicily and Sicilian life, past and present. Throughout our trip, the food was exceptional&#8212;the best in all of Italy!"},{"GuestNames":"John R.","GuestLocation":"Baltimore, MD","GuestReview":"Well designed and well run. I especially loved the hikes, and the enthusiasm of the guides was very contagious."},{"GuestNames":"Jon R.","GuestLocation":"Hillsborough, CA","GuestReview":"Ones world expands through travel in many ways, but I think the best medium of that expansion is new friends. Group travel opens that door so that luck can take a hand. Like your trip leaders, the group of clients you attract is exceptional in our experience. We have made some of our best friends while traveling on WT trips. and we continue to travel with them often. Thank-you is in order."},{"GuestNames":"Joselyn B.","GuestLocation":"Caspar, CA","GuestReview":"Fantastic trip. Good itinerary, wonderful guides, generous with extras such as espressos at every stop."},{"GuestNames":"Julie L.","GuestLocation":"La Mesa, CA","GuestReview":"The beauty, archaeological history, food, and wines of Sicily were so much more than I envisioned. We were blessed with glorious views, wildflowers, picnics, dinners, historical sites of wonder. The fellow participants were almost as wonderful as the stellar guides. I loved this tour!"},{"GuestNames":"Larry E.","GuestLocation":"Chicago, IL","GuestReview":"I had high hopes for Sicily, though unsure how it would compare to previous Italian trips. It exceeded all expectations by far. One of my most favorite trips."},{"GuestNames":"Lynn M.","GuestLocation":"Great Falls, VA","GuestReview":"What a gorgeous country, what amazing wildflowers, what fresh and varied food and wine! National parks and museums, archaeological sites and historic sites, a Greek play in a Greek amphitheater, back roads and seaside boulevards, beach towns and Roman villas, luncheons on country estates, elegant picnics at the trail&#8217;s end, dinners in romantic settings...lovely trip! We had a great overview of Sicily with lots of opportunities to see into the past and the present, the natural world and the cultural treasures, the farms and the cities. Our leaders gave us insights and introductions to people with whom we would never otherwise have made contact. They spoiled us with good food and lovely hotels, and guarded our safety and experiences to make sure we never had to worry about ANYTHING on the trip."},{"GuestNames":"Margaret K.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"This was an incredible introduction to Sicily. We covered so much of the island, the hikes were all so different, it was a perfect blend of hiking and cultural activities."},{"GuestNames":"Marilyn O.","GuestLocation":"Tampa, FL","GuestReview":"This was an amazing trip. From diamond-in-the-rough Palermo to the jewel that is Taormina and the great variety of architecture, culture, and landscape in between, Sicily is full of surprises. The three all-Sicilian guides added enormously to the experience and deepened our understanding of this complicated culture."},{"GuestNames":"Marlaine L.","GuestLocation":"Princeton, NJ","GuestReview":"This trip was terrific, a great mix of outdoors and archaeology. The hotels were charming, the food delicious, and the sites amazing. Hiking through Sicily (and Mt. Etna!) was great!"},{"GuestNames":"Mary C.","GuestLocation":"Dallas, TX","GuestReview":"Fantastic trip! Sebastiano, Francesco, and Tania did a great job. We loved the local foods, the wines, and the people, and felt we really got to experience Sicily. And we had a very nice group of fellow travelers!"},{"GuestNames":"Pam M.","GuestLocation":"La Jolla, CA","GuestReview":"This is a really fun trip with lots of good food and wine as well as some very nice hiking."},{"GuestNames":"Pam W.","GuestLocation":"Minneapolis, MN","GuestReview":"Sicily is quite an amazing destination, and we were very happy to experience it through this fine itinerary with these excellent guides."},{"GuestNames":"Paul M.","GuestLocation":"Olney, MD","GuestReview":"I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to walk and experience Sicily in an up close and personal way. The three trip leaders made this happen."},{"GuestNames":"Pierre J.","GuestLocation":"Fountain Hills, AZ","GuestReview":"The chemistry between our three guides was good, each complementing the other, making the trip fun and lighthearted. They made us feel welcomed in Italy and were eager to share their love of the island, its people, and the beauty of this ancient land."},{"GuestNames":"Sandy C.","GuestLocation":"Haverford, PA","GuestReview":"Simply put, this was the best trip ever. The deliberate balance of exercise, education, and culinary extravaganzas made each day a feast for the eyes, minds, and bodies."},{"GuestNames":"Sharon H.","GuestLocation":"Santa Monica, CA","GuestReview":"Everything about this trip was exemplary. The itinerary included important, well known, and lesser known sites, all highly enjoyable, located around the entire island of Sicily. I felt I got to experience so many interesting and truly fascinating aspects of Sicilian life and culture. The food choices were astonishing: fresh, delicious, and wide ranging, from really special local restaurants to cafes, hotels, and agriturismos. The hotels\/accommodations were all lovely, clean, and well run. 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We were briefed on the next day's itinerary every evening during the excellent dinners and they were thoroughly professional, knowledgable, and accommodating."},{"GuestNames":"Tray B.","GuestLocation":"Chadds Ford, PA","GuestReview":"I must say this was the best vacation that I have ever experienced."},{"GuestNames":"Walter and Anneliese B.","GuestLocation":"Toronto, Ontario","GuestReview":"We had a wonderful time. 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    Overview

    Sicily is an inspiring island with a 3,000-year-old blend of Mediterranean cultures evident in epic Roman temples and in cathedrals with Norman-Arab mosaics. Even the beguiling cuisine is laced with Greek, Spanish, and Arab influences! We hike cliff trails above the sea, into a wild canyon filled with Neolithic tombs, on a secret path to a medieval citadel, and even on the slopes of fiery Mt. Etna. Incredible World Heritage Sites abound, including the marvelous Villa Romana del Casale and the stunning Greek and Roman ruins at Siracusa. Sicily's cuisine (think catch-of-the-day fish and indulgent desserts) counts high among the delights, as do our expert Trip Leaders who call this captivating island home.

    Arrive: Palermo, Italy

    Depart: Catania, Italy

    Highlights

    • Hike spectacular seaside trails, explore medieval Erice, discover seaside Cefalú
    • Visit Siracusa's Ortigia Island, with its Greek, Roman, and Baroque heritage
    • Hike in the Pantàlica Gorge, view the stunning mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale
    • Explore Taormina, hike on snow-capped Mt. Etna
    • Enjoy Sicily's fresh-caught seafood, tapestry of cuisines, and indulgent desserts

    Itinerary

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    A rocky path brings us up to the magical 5th century Greek temple at remote Segesta, and we'll circle Monte Cofano on spectacular trails above the sea, with overnights in the hill town of Erice, topped by a Norman castle. Another hike brings us through vineyards to a family-run agriturismo for lunch, and we'll visit Monreale's 12th century cathedral to see its golden Byzantine mosaics. Seaside Cefalú is our base for a hike in the Madonie Mountains, where Sicily's deeply rustic culture thrives.
    At Villa Romana, once a private Roman estate and now a stunning open-air World Heritage Site, we'll view amazing intact mosaic floors—over 40 of them—depicting everyday Roman life in the 3rd century AD. At our pastoral agriturismo, we can hike, relax by the pool, or visit an archaeological site.
    We hike among Bronze Age tombs in the wild Pantàlica Gorge, then head to ancient Siracusa to walk the narrow lanes of World Heritage-listed Ortigia Island, with its Baroque public squares and Doric temples. The striking Doric temple of Athena, now Siracusa's cathedral, was built in the 5th century BC.
    Writers from Goethe to Hemingway have been drawn to the gorgeous hill town of Taormina. We'll visit the Roman theater, then head up to 9,500 feet on Mt. Etna for a hike below the crater. Depart on Day 11 via Catania.

    Dates & Pricing

    Payment & Cancel Schedule

    $600 due at time of reservation
    90 days prior to departure: Balance

    Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

    Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
    61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
    46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
    45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

    Included
    • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
    • Accommodations in small inns and hotels
    • All meals included except 1 lunch and 4 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
    • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
    • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    Not Included
    • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
    • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
    • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
    • Optional travel insurance
    • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

    Accommodations

    Listed below are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

    Hotel Elimo

    Days 1-2 (2 nights)

    Located in the historic center of the picturesque mountain town of Erice, the small family-run Hotel Elimo is a perfectly restored, quiet hotel with clean and comfortable rooms and a courtyard garden, a great place to relax with a drink. A generous breakfast buffet is served in a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the spectacular landscape.

    La Plumeria Hotel

    Days 3-4 (2 nights)

    This 10-room boutique hotel right in the heart of Cefalú's Old Town is a real gem, just yards from the main square and cathedral. The rooms are beautifully decorated in a simple, elegant style and the staff is very helpful. A plentiful breakfast buffet is offered in the courtyard, and from the hotel you can walk anywhere in town, whether to the beach, restaurants and shops, or up the ramparts of La Rocca.

    Agriturismo Il Drago

    Days 5-6 (2 nights)

    This 9-room property has a quiet rural location not far from the famous Roman Villa del Casale and is surrounded by a 100-acre farm. The food is authentically Sicilian, with an organic garden on site.

    Grand Hotel Ortigia

    Days 7-8 (2 nights)

    With a convenient location on the waterfront, the Grand Ortigia is a renovated turn-of-the-century hotel with comfortable rooms, a good breakfast, and a helpful staff. The restaurant/bar on the roof terrace has great views.

    Ashbee Hotel

    Days 9-10 (2 nights)

    The 25-room Ashbee is a renovated private villa built in 1907 by Charles Robert Ashbee, a renowned Arts & Crafts architect. It has a sublime location—perched on a cliff above the sea. Guestrooms vary in size but all are elegant and comfortable, with private terraces opening onto tranquil gardens. The bar offers a jaw-dropping view of the Sicilian coast. The hotel was featured in the London Times article “Coolest Hotels in the Med” in April 2011.

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    Trip Leaders

    Teresa Baldi

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    William Chicarelli

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    Lisa Halderman

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    Sebastiano Leone

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    Gabriele Mastrilli

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    Vicky Sotriffer

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    Francesco Corbino

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    Mariangela Lovicu

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    What the Trip is Like

    This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 7 miles a day, being on your feet for up to 5 hours a day, and making long descents that can be hard on the knees. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing. Please note that there are long drive times throughout this trip, often 2.5-3 hours in a day.

    Average Hiking Day
    • 4 miles
    • 2-3 hours
    • 800-1,000 feet gain/loss
    Challenge Day
    • Day 9 – 7 miles, 5 hours, 1,300 feet gain, and 4,500 feet loss
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    Our hikes are varied, from light, countryside walking to mountainous and rugged terrain. The hikes in the Madonie Mountains and on Mount Etna can be very challenging, and Mount Etna can have sharp rocks, loose scree, and soft ash. For Mount Etna, we will take a cable car to 9,500 feet and hike to the summit, depending on weather and volcanic activity, which is at 11,000 feet. Please note that the hiking can feel more demanding at times because the weather can occasionally be very hot, even in the Spring and Fall.
    The weather in Sicily in late spring and early fall is usually very pleasant, with temperatures in the 70s°F and 80s°F during the day and in the 60s°F at night. Cool breezes and showers can occur at any time, especially on October departures. It can get very cold on Mt. Etna—there's even a possibility of encountering snow on the trails in April.
    We spend our nights in small, picturesque inns, full of Italian charm and ambiance. All hotels are chosen for their history and central location. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
    Sicily's glorious food (think catch-of-the-day fish, couscous, pasta, vegetables, and indulgent desserts) is among the delights of this trip. Our lunches will be at agriturismos or picnic-style during one of our hikes. Dinners are at local restaurants. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but many restaurants in Sicily do open until 7:30 pm, so the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm at the earliest.
    Please note that there are long drive times on this trip, often 2.5-3 hours per day. Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need during the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day). Most hikes end at lunchtime, but if we are continuing on, you can opt to skip the afternoon hike and travel in the support vehicle.

    Client Testimonials

    "It was magical—the beauty of Sicily and hiking through the countryside."

    Barbara Q.

    Oakdale, NY

    "Terrific itinerary. Nice mix of history, sights, and hiking. Great towns, woonderful restaurants, and great hotels, each getting better and better as the trip went on. Wonderful!"

    Barry R.

    Highland Park, IL

    "This was a wonderful trip. The places visited were terrific, and the leaders, in particular, made everything worthwhile by their knowledge of the place, their flexibility, and their great sense of humor."

    Bettina R.

    Santa Clara, CA

    "This was a fantastic trip for both of us. We loved the blend of experiences that could only be possible on a WT trip, such as sit-down meals, picnics, a walk followed by a superb lunch at a winery, tour and dinner with a baron in Siracuse, wading in the sea, touring ancient sites. Each trip we have been on with Wilderness Travel has exceeded our expectations. This trip stands out even more so."

    Bob and Shirley B.

    Ennis, MT

    "We really enjoyed Sicily—the scenery, food, hikes, and guides were top notch."

    Carol L.

    Kalispell, MT

    "The guides were constantly aware of and offered extra cultural and nature opportunities. The hotels were charming and representative of the towns we visited. Food was excellent, represented the local specialities, and menus varied with lots of opportunities for individual choices and close attention paid to client special needs. The picnics were fantastic!"

    Carol M.

    Lafayette, CA

    "I am recommending this trip to friends for next October—I'll tell them to reserve early because I am sure word of mouth will result in an early sell-out. I can't think of a thing that would improve this trip. I will never forget climbing (and descending) Mt. Etna!"

    Carol W.

    San Francisco, CA

    "An excellent trip. We were not expecting such wonderful food and hospitality—a wonderful bonus!"

    Cindy H.

    Santa Rosa, CA

    "The trip was an amazing introduction to the island and its culture, introducing us to a range of environments, cultural events, archaeological sites and historically significant areas throughout Sicily. The food was consistently wonderful and we sampled many lovely Sicilian wines."

    Claire G.

    Seattle, WA

    "This was one of the best organized trips we’ve done. The leaders were very good and the group meshed well. We felt like we saw a tremendous amount of Sicily in our visit and came away with a solid understanding of the island and the multiple cultures."

    Dan B.

    Oakland, CA

    "Everything was well orchestrated, controlled, and managed, the hotels were very good to excellent, and the meals were extremely good."

    David C.

    New York, NY

    "We had a wonderful time. I felt I had been able to see and experience the ‘real’ Sicily."

    Diane C.

    Manchester, MO

    "Probably the best trip I've been on! Sicily was a wonderful surprise."

    Don M.

    Atlanta, GA

    "We really felt we saw Sicily and learned a lot about its very rich history. The local guides were excellent, the restaurants were wonderful, and Sebastiano and Francesco obviously cared deeply that we had a fun and memorable trip."

    Edie L.

    Dallas, TX

    "Terrific throughout. Our guides were the absolute best. Bravissimi!"

    Edy and Michael D.

    Portland, OR

    "I selected this trip to learn and experience the Sicilian culture and food. My expectations were exceeded! Excellent trip leaders and fellow travelers."

    Elaine W.

    Seattle, WA

    "I loved the trip, and the balance of city/cultural activities with outdoor/hiking activities was exactly what I expected."

    Eleanor S.

    Kingstone, ON

    "All lodging, food, and drink were excellent and perfectly selected for each location. I feel like I personally sampled many aspects of the complex history and rich culture of Sicily."

    Eric O.

    Tampa, FL

    "Best trip ever! I loved the small group size with two trip leaders—it allowed for great flexibility."

    Gail B.

    Larchmont, NY

    "We enjoyed every minute!"

    Heidi M.

    Brevard, NC

    "A wonderful way to experience Sicily—everything from ancient Greek and Roman sites, medieval churches, and natural phenomena such as Mt. Etna to tasty fresh fish and pasta dishes accompanied by excellent Sicilian wines."

    Jane S.

    Albuquerque, NM

    "This trip provided a wonderful sampler of Sicily and Sicilian life, past and present. Throughout our trip, the food was exceptional—the best in all of Italy!"

    Johanna S.

    Sunnyvale, CA

    "Well designed and well run. I especially loved the hikes, and the enthusiasm of the guides was very contagious."

    John R.

    Baltimore, MD

    "Ones world expands through travel in many ways, but I think the best medium of that expansion is new friends. Group travel opens that door so that luck can take a hand. Like your trip leaders, the group of clients you attract is exceptional in our experience. We have made some of our best friends while traveling on WT trips. and we continue to travel with them often. Thank-you is in order."

    Jon R.

    Hillsborough, CA

    "Fantastic trip. Good itinerary, wonderful guides, generous with extras such as espressos at every stop."

    Joselyn B.

    Caspar, CA

    "The beauty, archaeological history, food, and wines of Sicily were so much more than I envisioned. We were blessed with glorious views, wildflowers, picnics, dinners, historical sites of wonder. The fellow participants were almost as wonderful as the stellar guides. I loved this tour!"

    Julie L.

    La Mesa, CA

    "I had high hopes for Sicily, though unsure how it would compare to previous Italian trips. It exceeded all expectations by far. One of my most favorite trips."

    Larry E.

    Chicago, IL

    "What a gorgeous country, what amazing wildflowers, what fresh and varied food and wine! National parks and museums, archaeological sites and historic sites, a Greek play in a Greek amphitheater, back roads and seaside boulevards, beach towns and Roman villas, luncheons on country estates, elegant picnics at the trail’s end, dinners in romantic settings...lovely trip! We had a great overview of Sicily with lots of opportunities to see into the past and the present, the natural world and the cultural treasures, the farms and the cities. Our leaders gave us insights and introductions to people with whom we would never otherwise have made contact. They spoiled us with good food and lovely hotels, and guarded our safety and experiences to make sure we never had to worry about ANYTHING on the trip."

    Lynn M.

    Great Falls, VA

    "This was an incredible introduction to Sicily. We covered so much of the island, the hikes were all so different, it was a perfect blend of hiking and cultural activities."

    Margaret K.

    San Francisco, CA

    "This was an amazing trip. From diamond-in-the-rough Palermo to the jewel that is Taormina and the great variety of architecture, culture, and landscape in between, Sicily is full of surprises. The three all-Sicilian guides added enormously to the experience and deepened our understanding of this complicated culture."

    Marilyn O.

    Tampa, FL

    "This trip was terrific, a great mix of outdoors and archaeology. The hotels were charming, the food delicious, and the sites amazing. Hiking through Sicily (and Mt. Etna!) was great!"

    Marlaine L.

    Princeton, NJ

    "Fantastic trip! Sebastiano, Francesco, and Tania did a great job. We loved the local foods, the wines, and the people, and felt we really got to experience Sicily. And we had a very nice group of fellow travelers!"

    Mary C.

    Dallas, TX

    "This is a really fun trip with lots of good food and wine as well as some very nice hiking."

    Pam M.

    La Jolla, CA

    "Sicily is quite an amazing destination, and we were very happy to experience it through this fine itinerary with these excellent guides."

    Pam W.

    Minneapolis, MN

    "I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to walk and experience Sicily in an up close and personal way. The three trip leaders made this happen."

    Paul M.

    Olney, MD

    "The chemistry between our three guides was good, each complementing the other, making the trip fun and lighthearted. They made us feel welcomed in Italy and were eager to share their love of the island, its people, and the beauty of this ancient land."

    Pierre J.

    Fountain Hills, AZ

    "Simply put, this was the best trip ever. The deliberate balance of exercise, education, and culinary extravaganzas made each day a feast for the eyes, minds, and bodies."

    Sandy C.

    Haverford, PA

    "Everything about this trip was exemplary. The itinerary included important, well known, and lesser known sites, all highly enjoyable, located around the entire island of Sicily. I felt I got to experience so many interesting and truly fascinating aspects of Sicilian life and culture. The food choices were astonishing: fresh, delicious, and wide ranging, from really special local restaurants to cafes, hotels, and agriturismos. The hotels/accommodations were all lovely, clean, and well run. This was a fantastically fun trip!"

    Sharon H.

    Santa Monica, CA

    "A wonderful trip with interesting, capable, and kind leaders. We had a great time!"

    Susan W.

    Portland, OR

    "I cannot say enough how wonderful in every way this trip experience was! And our leaders were the icing on the cake! They both were on top of every aspect, looking after every detail and also anticipating what might be needed."

    Terri L.

    Westminster, CO

    "The absolute key to the success of the trip was the leaders, Sebastiano, Lisa, and Tania. They were just superb in every way. We were briefed on the next day's itinerary every evening during the excellent dinners and they were thoroughly professional, knowledgable, and accommodating."

    Tom G.

    Los Altos, CA

    "I must say this was the best vacation that I have ever experienced."

    Tray B.

    Chadds Ford, PA

    "We had a wonderful time. Sicily was fantastic and our enjoyment was enhanced by our three guides."

    Walter and Anneliese B.

    Toronto, Ontario

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    With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

    Level 1 – Easiest

    Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

    Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

    Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

     

    Level 3 – Moderate

    Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

    Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

     

    Level 5 – Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

    Level 6 – Very Strenuous

    Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Great towns, woonderful restaurants, and great hotels, each getting better and better as the trip went on.&#160;Wonderful!"},{"GuestNames":"Bettina R.","GuestLocation":"Santa Clara, CA","GuestReview":"This was a wonderful trip. The places visited were terrific, and the leaders, in particular, made everything worthwhile by their knowledge of the place, their flexibility, and their great sense of humor."},{"GuestNames":"Bob and Shirley B.","GuestLocation":"Ennis, MT","GuestReview":"This was a fantastic trip for both of us. We loved the blend of experiences that could only be possible on a WT trip, such as sit-down meals, picnics, a walk followed by a superb lunch at a winery, tour and dinner with a baron in Siracuse, wading in the sea, touring ancient sites. Each trip we have been on with Wilderness Travel has exceeded our expectations. This trip stands out even more so."},{"GuestNames":"Carol L.","GuestLocation":"Kalispell, MT","GuestReview":"We really enjoyed Sicily&#8212;the scenery, food, hikes, and guides were top notch."},{"GuestNames":"Carol M.","GuestLocation":"Lafayette, CA","GuestReview":"The guides were constantly aware of and offered extra cultural and nature opportunities. The hotels were charming and representative of the towns we visited. Food was excellent, represented the local specialities, and menus varied with lots of opportunities for individual choices and close attention paid to client special needs. The picnics were fantastic!"},{"GuestNames":"Carol W.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"I am recommending this trip to friends for next October&#8212;I'll tell them to reserve early because I am sure word of mouth will result in an early sell-out. I can't think of a thing that would improve this trip. I will never forget climbing (and descending) Mt. 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We felt like we saw a tremendous amount of Sicily in our visit and came away with a solid understanding of the island and the multiple cultures."},{"GuestNames":"David C.","GuestLocation":"New York, NY","GuestReview":"Everything was well orchestrated, controlled, and managed, the hotels were very good to excellent, and the meals were extremely good."},{"GuestNames":"Diane C.","GuestLocation":"Manchester, MO","GuestReview":"We had a wonderful time. I felt I had been able to see and experience the &#8216;real&#8217; Sicily."},{"GuestNames":"Don M.","GuestLocation":"Atlanta, GA","GuestReview":"Probably the best trip I've been on! Sicily was a wonderful surprise."},{"GuestNames":"Edie L.","GuestLocation":"Dallas, TX","GuestReview":"We really felt we saw Sicily and learned a lot about its very rich history. The local guides were excellent, the restaurants were wonderful, and Sebastiano and Francesco obviously cared deeply that we had a fun and memorable trip."},{"GuestNames":"Edy and Michael D.","GuestLocation":"Portland, OR","GuestReview":"Terrific throughout. Our guides were the absolute best. Bravissimi!"},{"GuestNames":"Elaine W.","GuestLocation":"Seattle, WA","GuestReview":"I selected this trip to learn and experience the Sicilian culture and food. My expectations were exceeded! Excellent trip leaders and fellow travelers."},{"GuestNames":"Eleanor S.","GuestLocation":"Kingstone, ON","GuestReview":"I loved the trip, and the balance of city\/cultural activities with outdoor\/hiking activities was exactly what I expected."},{"GuestNames":"Eric O.","GuestLocation":"Tampa, FL","GuestReview":"All lodging, food, and drink were excellent and perfectly selected for each location. I feel like I personally sampled many aspects of the complex history and rich culture of Sicily."},{"GuestNames":"Gail B.","GuestLocation":"Larchmont, NY","GuestReview":"Best trip ever! I loved the small group size with two trip leaders&#8212;it allowed for great flexibility."},{"GuestNames":"Heidi M.","GuestLocation":"Brevard, NC","GuestReview":"We enjoyed every minute!"},{"GuestNames":"Jane S.","GuestLocation":"Albuquerque, NM","GuestReview":"A wonderful way to experience Sicily&#8212;everything from ancient Greek and Roman sites, medieval churches, and natural phenomena such as Mt. Etna to tasty fresh fish and pasta dishes accompanied by excellent Sicilian wines."},{"GuestNames":"Johanna S.","GuestLocation":"Sunnyvale, CA","GuestReview":"This trip provided a wonderful sampler of Sicily and Sicilian life, past and present. Throughout our trip, the food was exceptional&#8212;the best in all of Italy!"},{"GuestNames":"John R.","GuestLocation":"Baltimore, MD","GuestReview":"Well designed and well run. I especially loved the hikes, and the enthusiasm of the guides was very contagious."},{"GuestNames":"Jon R.","GuestLocation":"Hillsborough, CA","GuestReview":"Ones world expands through travel in many ways, but I think the best medium of that expansion is new friends. Group travel opens that door so that luck can take a hand. Like your trip leaders, the group of clients you attract is exceptional in our experience. We have made some of our best friends while traveling on WT trips. and we continue to travel with them often. Thank-you is in order."},{"GuestNames":"Joselyn B.","GuestLocation":"Caspar, CA","GuestReview":"Fantastic trip. Good itinerary, wonderful guides, generous with extras such as espressos at every stop."},{"GuestNames":"Julie L.","GuestLocation":"La Mesa, CA","GuestReview":"The beauty, archaeological history, food, and wines of Sicily were so much more than I envisioned. We were blessed with glorious views, wildflowers, picnics, dinners, historical sites of wonder. The fellow participants were almost as wonderful as the stellar guides. I loved this tour!"},{"GuestNames":"Larry E.","GuestLocation":"Chicago, IL","GuestReview":"I had high hopes for Sicily, though unsure how it would compare to previous Italian trips. It exceeded all expectations by far. One of my most favorite trips."},{"GuestNames":"Lynn M.","GuestLocation":"Great Falls, VA","GuestReview":"What a gorgeous country, what amazing wildflowers, what fresh and varied food and wine! National parks and museums, archaeological sites and historic sites, a Greek play in a Greek amphitheater, back roads and seaside boulevards, beach towns and Roman villas, luncheons on country estates, elegant picnics at the trail&#8217;s end, dinners in romantic settings...lovely trip! We had a great overview of Sicily with lots of opportunities to see into the past and the present, the natural world and the cultural treasures, the farms and the cities. Our leaders gave us insights and introductions to people with whom we would never otherwise have made contact. They spoiled us with good food and lovely hotels, and guarded our safety and experiences to make sure we never had to worry about ANYTHING on the trip."},{"GuestNames":"Margaret K.","GuestLocation":"San Francisco, CA","GuestReview":"This was an incredible introduction to Sicily. We covered so much of the island, the hikes were all so different, it was a perfect blend of hiking and cultural activities."},{"GuestNames":"Marilyn O.","GuestLocation":"Tampa, FL","GuestReview":"This was an amazing trip. From diamond-in-the-rough Palermo to the jewel that is Taormina and the great variety of architecture, culture, and landscape in between, Sicily is full of surprises. The three all-Sicilian guides added enormously to the experience and deepened our understanding of this complicated culture."},{"GuestNames":"Marlaine L.","GuestLocation":"Princeton, NJ","GuestReview":"This trip was terrific, a great mix of outdoors and archaeology. The hotels were charming, the food delicious, and the sites amazing. Hiking through Sicily (and Mt. Etna!) was great!"},{"GuestNames":"Mary C.","GuestLocation":"Dallas, TX","GuestReview":"Fantastic trip! Sebastiano, Francesco, and Tania did a great job. We loved the local foods, the wines, and the people, and felt we really got to experience Sicily. And we had a very nice group of fellow travelers!"},{"GuestNames":"Pam M.","GuestLocation":"La Jolla, CA","GuestReview":"This is a really fun trip with lots of good food and wine as well as some very nice hiking."},{"GuestNames":"Pam W.","GuestLocation":"Minneapolis, MN","GuestReview":"Sicily is quite an amazing destination, and we were very happy to experience it through this fine itinerary with these excellent guides."},{"GuestNames":"Paul M.","GuestLocation":"Olney, MD","GuestReview":"I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to walk and experience Sicily in an up close and personal way. The three trip leaders made this happen."},{"GuestNames":"Pierre J.","GuestLocation":"Fountain Hills, AZ","GuestReview":"The chemistry between our three guides was good, each complementing the other, making the trip fun and lighthearted. They made us feel welcomed in Italy and were eager to share their love of the island, its people, and the beauty of this ancient land."},{"GuestNames":"Sandy C.","GuestLocation":"Haverford, PA","GuestReview":"Simply put, this was the best trip ever. The deliberate balance of exercise, education, and culinary extravaganzas made each day a feast for the eyes, minds, and bodies."},{"GuestNames":"Sharon H.","GuestLocation":"Santa Monica, CA","GuestReview":"Everything about this trip was exemplary. The itinerary included important, well known, and lesser known sites, all highly enjoyable, located around the entire island of Sicily. I felt I got to experience so many interesting and truly fascinating aspects of Sicilian life and culture. The food choices were astonishing: fresh, delicious, and wide ranging, from really special local restaurants to cafes, hotels, and agriturismos. The hotels\/accommodations were all lovely, clean, and well run. 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We were briefed on the next day's itinerary every evening during the excellent dinners and they were thoroughly professional, knowledgable, and accommodating."},{"GuestNames":"Tray B.","GuestLocation":"Chadds Ford, PA","GuestReview":"I must say this was the best vacation that I have ever experienced."},{"GuestNames":"Walter and Anneliese B.","GuestLocation":"Toronto, Ontario","GuestReview":"We had a wonderful time. 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Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-13T09:24:57 --><p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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