To see the best of Sicily, you have to climb to great heights. And on this trip you'll do exactly that. After a coach drive to the cable station, you’ll take the cable car up to the top of a mountain. Take in the view out over the Trapani salt pans, the turquoise sea and all the way to the Egadi Islands - it's breathtaking. While you're up here, you'll explore the Medieval town that is Erice. Wander the winding cobbled streets. Visit the Mother Church that's stood here for over 700 years. And admire the Castle of Venus where the son of Athena, goddess of love, built a temple in his mother's honour. But save some sighs for the gorgeous Balio Gardens in all their rainbow bright glory. Last but not least you'll have time to enjoy the atmosphere in Erice’s dinky plaza, before you take the cable car back down to the ship.
Travel back in time to the days of Aristotle and Alexander the Great with a visit to Segesta. Tucked among Sicily's mountains in a cushiony-green valley, this abandoned city is a throwback to a time when Zeus and his mythical friends ruled the roost. And while it was founded by the Elimi - some of the island's native people - it was the Greeks that finished it off and made it the most important town in Western Sicily. Today, with its magnificent Doric temple taking pride of place in the centre of the valley, it's one of the best-preserved Greek archaeological sites in the world. Speaking of temples, this one's made of marble, supported by 36 Doric columns and it's stood in this spot since the 5th century BC - hard to believe it was constructed before the days of power drills and stone cutters. While you're here, you'll also pay a visit to the amphitheatre that curves around the slopes of Mount Barbarian. Built during the Hellenistic age and restored by the Romans, it's still used today. Every summer people crowd into its 20 tiers of seats to watch Greek tragedies played out in Italian. And even if you don't come here for the history, it's worth a visit for the views alone. Cue a widescreen panorama of mountains, rolling valleys and an ancient city left ruined by the tides of time.
On this 2-in-1 trip, you’ll get to enjoy a boat tour of one of the most scenic pockets of Sicily, before sampling the country’s famous wine. The first half of your itinerary involves a boat trip around the Stagnone Lagoon. The biggest and most important in Sicily, it’s a large expanse of crystal-clear water, that’s freckled with the islands of Isola Lunga, Mothia, Isola di Schola and Isola di Santa Maria. As you glide through the water, your guide will fill you in on the history of the isles, including Mothia, one of the most prosperous Phoenician colonies in days gone by. You’ll also get to see the vast salt pans and ancient windmills that dot the lagoon’s edges. Eventually, you’ll anchor at the port, before boarding a coach and driving through the countryside to the town of Marsala. Here, you’ll stop by a rustic winery to learn about the making of the town’s famous wine, and to taste some of the different varieties for yourself. Before you leave, you’ll have a chance to pick up a couple of bottles in the winery shop, too.
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