Discover the best of western Sicily on a day trip to Erice and Segesta from Palermo. Be wowed by the views from Erice, a walled medieval mountain town that overlooks the picturesque Trapani harbor. Visit an olive oil producer and enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch, as well as tastings of locally produced oil and wine. Spend the afternoon at the archaeological site of Segesta. Discover the unfinished temple at your leisure and soak up dreamy views of Sicily’s sun-drenched valleys and hills.
Meet your tour leader in central Palermo and head for the hills towards two beautiful towns in Sicily’s wild west. After a relaxing journey in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, stop at Erice, an isolated medieval town perched high on top of Mt Erice. Listen as your tour leader reveals Erice’s fascinating backstory. Legend suggests that Erice was founded by the indigenous Elymian people, who were believed to be Trojan exiles. Admire the breathtaking vistas of sweeping valleys and wander around the maze of Mediterranean lanes. Venture into some of the town’s pastry shops, which are known for their mouthwatering selections of specialty sweets, such as marzipan candies and almond and pistachio pastries. Travel to a Sicilian olive oil estate and tuck into a typical Sicilian lunch that features fresh local produce such as cheese, salumi and olives. Savor samples of olive oil and wine, which are also produced locally. After lunch, continue to Segesta, another city connected to the ancient Elymian people. Pay the admission fee to enter the archaeological site independently. Explore the ancient ruins at your leisure, marveling at the unfinished Doric temple, which dates back to the 5th century BC and at panoramic vistas of the rolling hills. Please note that your tour leader will not accompany you inside the site, but he or she will be able to share information about its highlights and history. Afterward, settle back into your seat for a scenic drive back to central Palermo, where your tour concludes.