Palermo – Agrigento – Menfi - Cefalù – Erice 8 days / 7 nights
“All of Sicily is a dimension of the imagination.” (L. Sciascia)
Day 1 (Wednesday): PALERMO
Independent arrival to Palermo (optional transfer from airport). Accommodation at selected hotel. In the late afternoon, meeting with your gay tour guide. In the evening, Welcome Aperitif with presentation of the programme and dinner in a restaurant. Overnight.
Day 2 (Thursday): PALERMO – MONREALE – PALERMO
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, Walking Tour to discover Palermo and its Norman-Arab-Byzantine culture: through the historical centre and the enchanting squares, visits to the Norman Palace and the wonderful Palatine Chapel, the Cathedral, the Baroque Square Quattro Canti and the Church of Martorana. Lunch on the road to try some famous typical Sicilian street food. In the afternoon, excursion to the village of Monreale, to appreciate the magnificence of its Cathedral. In the late afternoon, aperitif followed by dinner in a local restaurant. In the evening, you can enjoy the gay nightlife of Palermo. Overnight.
Day 3 (Friday): PALERMO – AGRIGENTO - MENFI
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Agrigento, “the most beautiful city of the mortals” (as Pindaro said) and visit to the magic Valley of the Temples, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to Menfi and arrival to a typical holiday farm. Free time for relax and special massage in the wellness centre. Special Dinner with local products followed by Special Party with music and drinks. Overnight.
Day 4 (Saturday): MENFI - PALERMO
Breakfast at the hotel. Cooking class “Le mani in pasta” (the hands in the dough), followed by lunch to taste what has been prepared, and nature walk to discover the magnificent landscapes surrounding the farm. In the afternoon, transfer to Palermo. Aperitif and dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight.
Day 5 (Sunday): PALERMO – CEFALÙ – CASTELBUONO – PALERMO
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Cefalù. Walking tour on the seafront and in the historical centre, with its historical monuments, the ancient palaces, the typical shops and the important Cathedral. Aperitif in the Main Square and lunch. Departure to Castelbuono, a typical village into the Madonie Regional Natural Park, and visit to the Castle of Ventimiglia. Pastry tasting in a famous bakery known throughout the world. Return to Palermo, dinner and overnight.
Day 6 (Monday): PALERMO – ERICE – PALERMO
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Erice, the best-preserved medieval center of the island, and walk to discover its churches and the Venus Castle. Lunch. In the afternoon, wine tasting of Passito or Malvasia (sweet wines) with almond pastries. Return to Palermo and, in the evening, walk through the Gulf of Mondello, with its Liberty Villas. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7 (Tuesday): PALERMO
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time in the morning for shopping. Lunch in a typical bakery to taste the “focaccia”. In the afternoon, relax in a famous SPA with free access to the hammam (Turkish bath). Good Bye Eve in the historical center of Palermo with aperitif and dinner accompanied by nice music and drinks. Overnight.
Day 8 (Wednesday): PALERMO
Breakfast at the hotel. End of services (optional transfer to the airport).
Palermo: PORTA FELICE**** standard room – 2+4 nights
Menfi: AGRITURISMO TENUTA STOCCATELLO standard room – 1 night
All the selected hotels are “gay friendly certified” and are part of “ LGBT Tourism Network”, a project developed throughout Italy to guarantee proper hospitality standards for a tourism respectful of gender identities and sexual orientations. Our hotels are centrally located, convenient to reach the main attractions. In some cases, the accommodation could be in different hotels (same category, similar location).
The gay tour guide, always with the group for the whole tour, can support you to organize the free time in the most exiting way. He is able to suggest the most important attractions and the best restaurants and can escort you to discover the most hidden areas of the cities.
The programme may change for various reasons, beyond our responsibility. In this case, we will reschedule the lost experience, or offer a valid alternative to compensate for the inconvenience. Upon request, according to the taste of participants, can design customized programmes, for organized groups or individual tourists, in all periods of the year.
- expert gay tour guide for the whole duration of the trip;
- Private GT minibus for all the mentioned transfers and tours;
- 6 nights accommodation in 4* hotels (buffet breakfast included);
- 1 night accommodation in holiday farm (buffet breakfast included);
- 1 Welcome Aperitif and Dinner (including drinks);
- 1 Special Dinner with local products (including drinks);
- 4 dinners at hotel or local restaurants (including drinks);
- 1 Good Bye Eve with aperitif and dinner (including drinks);
- 1 cooking class + lunch (including drinks);
- 6 lunches (including drinks);
- Walking Tours and Excursions as per programme (including entrance tickets and tastings as mentioned);
- 1 Massage;
- 1 Hammam;
- Hotel Taxes;
- Medical and luggage insurance.
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE:
- Airport transfers at the beginning and end of the tour;
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the programme;
- Entrance fees to monuments not mentioned in the programme (most of walking tours include outside visits);
- Gratuities for drivers, porters and restaurant staff;
- Passports and other expenses of a personal nature such as minibar charges, laundry, telephone calls, etc.