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Treasures Of Sicily

Open a door to the ancient world of Sicily and step out onto a sun drenched island rich in history and awe-inspiring natural wonders.

From£1,579

  • Sicily

  • 11 nights
  • Sightseeing

  • Apr

    Oct

Leisurely

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Tour codes: 18600

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Our holiday walking grades

Leisurely

Grade 2

Mixes active sightseeing with short city or countryside walks.

The National Parks, beaches and rainforest of Sri Lanka are typical examples of places you will enjoy visiting in one holiday.

Any walks will take up to 2 hours and any ascents or descents will be taken at a leisurely pace.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the island’s vast ancient ruins and temple sites.
  • Admire in awe the ceiling mosaics of Norman Monreale Cathedral.
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Villa Romana containing fine Roman mosaics.
  • Revel in the buzzing street life of Palermo.
  • Stroll through thousands of years of history at Agrigento’s temple complex.
  • Enjoy little known Syracuse, home of Archimedes and formally the most important city in the western world.
  • Take short pleasant walks throughout the island.

Open a door to the ancient world and step out onto a sun drenched island rich in history and natural wonders. Sicily is a cornucopia of cultural riches set amidst beautiful surroundings. Experience this journey with Ramblers Walking Holidays.

The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has been of strategic importance for centuries. Walk in the footsteps of the ancients; Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Germans, French and Spanish have all left their mark. As Goethe said, “To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to not have seen Italy at all, for Sicily is the clue to everything.”

Your journey begins in a remote corner of coastal south west Sicily where we visit the most impressive classical site on the island, Selinunte. It’s a quiet, peaceful place, where spring flowers grow and sheep graze amidst the ruins. We soon gather pace to uncover many of the country’s highlights including the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and the Greek and Roman sites of Syracuse, which once rivalled Athens in the Greek world. Our last stop is the exciting capital city of Palermo. There is so much to see, including a visit to Monreale Cathedral, one of the greatest examples of Norman architecture.

  • Return flights from London to Palermo or Catania (British Airways or Alitalia via Rome/Milan)
  • Airport transfers
  • Coach transfers between centres
  • En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken at the hotels
  • Dinners taken at the hotels and local restaurants
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Selinunte

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

We fly to the bustling city of Palermo and transfer by road to Selinunte.

Transfer Time = 2h

Day 2

Selinunte

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    2 miles

We walk about 3km to the Selinunte temples, one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. Our local guide will introduce us to the myriad fascinations of the site. On the eastern site you can still ascend the worn steps into the remains of one of the Greek temples. Nearby are the ruins of the fourth largest Greek temple in the world where you can clamber happily amongst the ruins. Crossing the valley which used to be the harbour we explore the western temples, the streets and especially the citadel built to defend against invading Carthaginians.

  • Time

    2 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

After some hours we leave the site pausing for an ice cream on the sea front, before walking back to the hotel via the Belice nature reserve along a sandy beach where the Loggerhead turtles return to lay eggs.

Day 3

Agrigento

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

On the way to Agrigento we visit Sciacca, a former spa resort for the Greeks of Selinunte and a testament to the eclectic cultures that have influenced the city over time. Here you'll find narrow streets, blind alleys and covered courtyards that date from Arab times, a cathedral with Norman apses and a Baroque façade and city gates that date from the Spanish period. We also stop at Eraclea Minoa, established by Spartan colonists and fought over by the larger Greek cities of Selinunte and Agrigento. It has a small Greek theatre and significant remains of two Greek houses. The small museum is well worth visiting and there are excellent views along the coast on a good day. As we approach Agrigento we catch a tantalising glimpse of the Temples on a ridge towering over the coastal plain below. They were intended to make a statement about the power and authority of Akragas – the Greek city. We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 4

Agrigento

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    220m

We walk from the hotel to the E gate of the UNESCO World Heritage Valley of the Temples. There we meet our local guide who has so much knowledge to impart about the six temples as we walk through this fascinating site. A highlight is The Temple of Concordia, one of the most complete Greek temples in the world with only the roof missing. We'll have a picnic lunch and make our way down to the Kolymbetra gardens (an ancient orchard and fishing lake of the ancient Greek city). We then make our way by a country lane to the Archaeological Museum. The museum has an outstanding collection of ancient vases and an almost complete Telamon from the Temple of Zeus Olympian which helps us to appreciate its huge scale. We can then walk or take the bus up the hill to our hotel to rest a short while before dinner. Our total walking distance today is around 6km.

Day 5

Agrigento

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    170m

We walk up the hill or take the bus to the modern centre of Agrigento. We'll see a statue of the black saint Calogero outside his church and then pass through the Porta Ponte to enter the old town. The church of San Lorenzo (Il Purgatorio) has statues and stucco work by Serpotta inside and out as well as fine paintings. The convent of Santo Spirito has more examples of Serpotta’s stucco work. Serpotta was the absolute master of Stucco – it looks just like marble sculptures. He was based in Palermo and one of his best known works is the Battle of Lepanto in the Rosario di Santa Citta not far from our Palermo Hotel. We climb many steep steps today to get to the Cathedral which shows several architectural influences and even has a Hapsburg two headed eagle on part of the ceiling. You can ascend the tower for a view over the town. A further flight of steep steps gives a close up view of the intricate craftsmanship of the Arab Norman ceiling. Nearby is the small church of St Maria dei Greci. You can still see the columns of the original Greek Temple within its walls. We then descend many steep steps and arrive at the Town Hall which houses the theatre named after the Nobel prize winning author Pirandello who lived in Agrigento. 

Day 6

Syracuse

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we transfer to Syracuse with a couple of stops en route. The coach takes us to Enna, the highest regional capital in Italy at 931m. Enna was a natural stronghold and the Castello di Lombardia is one of the largest and most important of Sicily’s medieval castles. After 20 years under siege, the Arabs resorted to climbing through the sewers to conquer it. We also visit Villa Romana del Casale, which has the best preserved and most extensive set of Roman mosaics in the world. They give an unforgettable insight into all aspects of Roman life.

Day 7

Syracuse

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We spend the day exploring Syracuse old and modern. We'll visit the Neopolis archaeological site and the Catacombs of San Giovanni, second only in size to those near Rome. Its Greek theatre is one of the largest and finest in the world and is still used for productions today. You can ascend to the top level for some great views. After lunch we'll explore the island of Ortigia where possible visits include the cathedral (a converted Greek temple that has the columns incorporated into its walls) and the Church of St Lucia, housing a Caravaggio. There is also the Fonte Aretusa, a fresh water spring right next to the sea with papyrus growing in it and a hands on museum dedicated to the inventions of Archimedes and Leonardo Da Vinci.

Day 8

Syracuse

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

We visit the UNESCO listed Noto, one of the best examples of Baroque Architecture. The town was completely rebuilt on a new site after the earthquake of 1693 destroyed much of eastern Sicily. We take the train to Noto and walk 30 minutes steeply uphill to the main street. The Cathedral, Town Hall, Opera House, Palazzo Nicolaci Villadorata, and several churches are all well worth exploring. You will not see more decorative balconies anywhere else!

Day 9

Palermo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    1.5 hours

  • Distance

    3 miles

This morning we transfer to Palermo by road. In the afternoon we walk to the opposite side of the Historic Centre via Quattro Canti and the “Square of Shame” to the World Heritage listed Cappella Palatina – Palermo’s most popular wedding venue. This private chapel of the Norman Kings is a glittering jewel with all surfaces decorated - Islamic mosaics at the lower level and golden Byzantine mosaics representing scenes from the bible above. The intricate coffered ceiling was made by Arab craftsmen. On the way back we can visit the Cathedral. It has an unusual astronomical time line set in the floor and has the ornate tombs of the Norman Kings decorated with mosaics.

Day 10

Palermo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

Today we visit Monreale with its UNESCO listed Cathedral situated on a hill which we climb partway from the bus stop. It is the climax of Arab Norman art and has the biggest expanse of gold mosaics showing scenes from the new and old testaments in Sicily, if not in the whole of Europe. The cloisters are outstanding and the decorative stonework in different colours outside the cathedral is a testament to its craftsmen. Climbing to the roof terrace we get close up views of the cathedral and views over the Concha d’Oro Valley. On returning to Palermo there is the possibility of visiting the Sicilian Art or Modern Art Galleries, the puppet museum or perhaps attending a puppet show. The shows recount the battles of the Crusaders against the Saracens with furious and violent fights between the puppets. There are also three chapels with outstanding examples of Stucco work by Serpotta quite close to the hotel and other churches ranging from ornate Baroque, Eastern Orthodox or to the very simple with red Arabic domes.

Day 11

Palermo

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

  • Time

    3 hours

  • Distance

    5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

Today is a free day for personal exploration. The sea side resort of Cefalu is easily accessible by train either as a relaxing break or a chance to see another Norman cathedral, an ancient Arab washing area and an ancient hill fort. La Zisa and La Cuba (both small palaces of the Norman Kings), the Casina Cinese and Monte Pelligrino all can be reached by bus. In town there are several Palazzi with interiors preserved from the 19th century as well as guided tours of the Teatro Massimo, the biggest opera house in Italy and third largest in Europe. The Botanical Gardens is of international importance. Its well labelled collection of 12,000 species is a peaceful oasis in the midst of a bustling city in which to see some unusual plants. An unusual visit (but not for the fainthearted) is to the Capuchin Catacombs with its clothed mummified monks and important citizens. As you can see, there is no shortage of things to choose from for your last day on Sicily.

Day 12

Final day

Meals

Breakfast

We transfer to Palermo Airport for the return flight to the UK.

From (GBP)£1,579

Departure dates for your selected tour

14th Apr 2020 - 25th Apr 2020 (11 Nights)

28th Apr 2020 - 9th May 2020 (11 Nights)

6th Oct 2020 - 17th Oct 2020 (11 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Palermo (British Airways). Or Gatwick (Easyjet).
  • Airport transfers by road c.2hrs
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each nights' accommodation for each departure date.

Grande Hotel Selinunte

Selinunte is a quiet and peaceful town located on a high plain overlooking the sea. It is the site of the Greek city of Selinus. It has all of the facilities you will require including shops, banks, restaurants, bars, cafés, a post office and medical centre.  

We stay in The Grande Hotel Selinunte, situated in a suburb of Selinunte and a 30-minute walk from the archaeological sites and city centre. The hotel is fairly isolated but makes up for this with its wonderful views! It’s located close to the seat and surrounded by beautiful olive groves. This modern hotel has a restaurant, swimming pool (open during high season), tennis courts, laundry facilities and room service. 

We stay in twin and single bedded rooms with private ensuite facilities. Room facilities include a balcony, free Wifi, tv, hair dryer, air conditioning, direct dial telephone, minibar and safety deposit box.


Hotel Della Valle

Agrigento is a modern built up town with some old historic characteristics such as its narrow alleyways, historic churches and archaeological sites. It is a perfect location for our walks itinerary and has a variety of services in walking distance such as restaurants, cafes, bar, supermarkets and shops.  

The four star Hotel Della Valle is situated in the main town of Agrigento, near to the Temple sites. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, spa and an outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a lush Mediterranean garden (open during high season). Room facilities include air conditioning, minibar, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer, Wifi and direct dial telephone.

Grande Albergo Alfeo

Syracuse is a large city originally founded by a Greek colony. It is perfect base for our walks itinerary and has shops, banks, restaurants, supermarkets, post office and medical facilities. 

We stay in the elegant four-star Grand Albergo Alfeo in the heart of Syracuse. The hotel has recently been renovated and is now modern and luxurious. It has a stylish restaurant, a bar, a reading room and an interior courtyard. En suite rooms include a hairdyer, satellite TV, mini bar, air conditioning, heating, desk, safe, telephone and free WIFI.

Hotel Palazzo Sitano

Palermo is a lively and busy city decorated with modern and historic buildings. There are markets, shops, banks, restaurants, bars, supermarkets, a post office and medical facilities. 

We stay in the four star modern Hotel Palazzo Sitano, built in the 18th century but inside has a contemporary feel. It is centrally located in downtown Palermo, close to the station and within walking distance of all the major city sights. The hotel has a lounge, terrace area and wellness centre. The spa offers health and beauty treatments, plus a sauna and a Turkish bath. The restaurant is one of the most pleasant surprises for guests. The spa offers health and beauty treatments, plus a sauna and a Turkish bath. There's also an upscale cocktail bar. It is characterised by the loggia with lofty ceilings. Glass-topped arcades define interior corridors while the windows of the Franciscan Library can be seen from below.

Room facilities include air conditioning, safety deposit box, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, radio and TV. Wi-Fi is available throughout and is free for one hour and chargeable thereafter.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

This is a Grade 2 leisurely holiday which mixes active sightseeing with short countryside walks. As we are visiting some of the finest archaeological sites in Europe our walking will mostly be covering these sites. The pace will be slow with plenty of stops but some of the sites, notably at Agrigento are built on hill sides so paths are not level. In various sites we have local guides so we will stop to take in all that we are told. This is something we would not want to rush.

Walks & Excursions

The walking on this holiday will mostly be in conjunction with the sightseeing programme.  Sightseeing will be on foot in the towns, cities or immediate surroundings including archaeological sites and will be taken at a leisurely pace. 

Local Transport Costs

All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.

Optional Excursions

A range of local excursions and activities may be available to book at your destination through a local operator. We have no involvement in such activities or excursions which are not run, supervised or controlled in any way by us. Your contract will be with the local activity supplier and we accept no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

When budgeting for your holiday, you will need to consider drinks, any meals not included in the holiday price, non-included entrance fees, optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally and any souvenirs or additional services such as laundry. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees are not included and you will need to pay these locally.  

An example of some of the approximate entrance fee costs (based on Spring 2018) are as follows:

  • Selinunte €6
  • Valley of the Temples + museum €13.50
  • Eraclea Minoa €4
  • Gardens of Kolybetra €4 - Free for NT members so please bring your National Trust Card
  • Villa Casale €10
  • Neapolis Syracuse €10
  • Catacombs Syracuse €8
  • Akrai €4
  • Palermo, Archaeological Museum €6
  • Syracuse Cathedral €2

Currency in Italy

The currency in Italy is the Euro.

Holiday Currency

There are banks with ATM machines in all four centres. All hotels accept most major credit cards.

Tipping

Although entirely at your own discretion, tipping is an important aspect of tourism and hospitality life and expectations are fairly high. In order to simplify tipping, we strongly recommend that you allow your leader to take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. This will be done using some funds provided by us together with, if you wish, a contribution from you, which he/she will collect during the holiday.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader makes the world of difference to your holiday and ours are as passionate about discovering the world on foot as you are. They're resourceful, organised and widely travelled. They will handle all the local administration and other needs that might arise to ensure that you don't have to worry about planning your days and you can enjoy your holiday. Although leading group holidays, they won't forget that every group is made up of individuals. Each tour leader has their own individual style, talents and professional backgrounds and all are trained, qualified, experienced and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting and inspiring as possible.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will discuss with you the programme for the following day. This will be your opportunity to discuss the details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. If you have concerns on clothing or equipment, this can be discussed then also. If you do not wish to join the organised group programme, please let the leader know.

Local Guides

To enhance your experience, as well as your tour leader, each holiday will be accompanied in some centres by a well qualified and knowledgeable English-speaking local guide.

Your Travel Details

We fly  London Heathrow to Palermo and return including an en-route stop both ways, with Alitalia or a direct flight on some departures from London Heathrow with British Airways or Easyjet– please check which flights apply at the time of booking. 

Travel in Sicily will be by road. Transfer time from airport to hotel is approximately 2 hours by road.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements?

If you wish to organise your own flights from a non-UK or provincial airport or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. Please contact us for details.

Before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details. 

Please note that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight number, arrival time and departure point so that the group leader is able to meet up with you.

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

For all those booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.

Personal Details Check

To ensure that we can accurately administer your holiday arrangements, please confirm that the personal details we hold for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements. Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to properly manage your holiday booking. You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.ramblersholidays.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 331133. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.

Passports and Visas

General Passport Advice

It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport. Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country.

Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.

General travel and destination advice for UK nationals is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at www.fco.gov.uk/travel and at www.gov.uk/travelaware.

Brexit Passport Advice

You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.

If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.

You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.

Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance. 

UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.

The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules  which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.

In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

Breakfasts and dinners are included. Breakfasts are taken at our hotels and are usually continental buffet style with a hot and cold selection. We will dine in the hotel throughout our stay in Selinunte due to the hotels isolated location. Dinners here will usually be buffet style serving both traditional and international cuisine. During the rest of the holiday, we will have a mixture of dinners in hotels and restaurants. Usually we can expect a variety of international and local delicacies such as pasta, risotto, meat and fish! We can fully immerse ourselves in the culture and enjoy the delicious Italian cuisine! Lunches are not included and are usually taken as picnics or in local cafés. Note: Depending on flight arrival times, dinner at the hotel on day 1 may be a light meal consisting of a cold platter selection.  


Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Good quality waterproof walking shoes or trail shoes with a thick, moulded sole with a good tread and a low heel are likely to be all that is required for these holidays. If you are a frequent walker and are comfortable in good quality hiking sandals, these may be adequate for some walks. You can wear lightweight walking boots if you prefer.

Footwear As Hand Luggage

We recommend that you either wear your walking boots or shoes or pack them and some waterproofs in your hand luggage as in the unlikely event that your hold luggage is delayed, you will still be able to participate in the holiday programme.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun screen
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the days activity)
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Reusable Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Traveling Light

You should be able to lift and carry and handle your own luggage. At some hotels, the coach may have to stop some distance short of the hotel entrance. Also, within some of the hotels themselves, there may be some long walks between the rooms and entrance area which could include some steps.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Italy

Electricity in Italy is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

The Map Shop

Maps and guidebooks relating to your the areas you will be walking in may be brought before your holiday from The Map Shop at www.themapshop.co.uk

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before departure. Advice on vaccinations is available from your GP.

Health Advice for Italy

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Italy.

You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. 

You may wish to consider immunisations against Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

You must be adequately insured to join our holidays. We do not insist that you insure with us but we require that you are adequately insured for the nature of your holiday. You will be unable to participate in our local walking and other activity programmes without being able to demonstrate that you have valid travel insurance.

Please ensure that as a minimum your travel insurance policy covers you for travel to your holiday destinations (country and geographical region) and for medical expenses, mountain rescue (including helicopter rescue) and emergency repatriation to your home country in the event of illness or injury. Your policy should also provide adequate cover for the activities, included and optional, you are likely to participate in during your holiday.

See our brochure or website for further advice regarding holiday insurance.

Whoever you insure with, please ensure that you take full details, and ideally the policy itself, with you on holiday and provide our tour leader with your insurer's name, the policy number and emergency assistance contact numbers.

Please note that it is very difficult to obtain travel insurance once your holiday arrangements have started.

EHIC Cards

Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance. 

For more information please visit ehic.org.uk.

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides up to date information on security and local laws for travellers, together with current passport and visa information, at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Please take a few minutes to look at the current advice on your planned destination.

Please be aware of what's going on around you, take sensible precautions with your credit cards and passport and avoid displays of wealth such as wearing expensive jewellery or watches. Do not carry more cash on you than you will need for each day, and we recommend that a money belt is used.

Cultural Awareness

Italian Laws & Customs

In some Italian towns and cities you may be fined for dropping litter and in some towns or cities it’s an offence to sit on monument steps or to eat and drink in the immediate vicinity of main churches, historic monuments and public buildings. It’s also an offence to enter or bathe in public fountains.

In May 2019, the Municipality of Capri introduced a law forbidding the use of any disposable plastic objects such as bags, cutlery, plates, cups, food packaging, trays, straws on the island of Capri. Violations can incur a fine of up to 500 euros.

Illegal traders operate on the streets of all major Italian cities, particularly tourist cities like Florence, Venice and Rome. Don’t buy from illegal street traders. You could be stopped by the local police and fined.

It is illegal to remove sand, shells or pebbles from coastal areas in Italy. Doing so may result in heavy fines. It’s also forbidden to collect various species of flowers, plants and herbs from mountain and wooded areas. For more information, check with the regional authorities of the area you’re visiting.

Responsible Travel

We're committed to ethical tourism in all our destinations. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.

The Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust

Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel’s profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public. In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Litter in Sicily

It is important to stress that Sicily is still in many ways a developing society and standards can vary throughout the island. Refuse bags and litter are a common sight in most towns and cities and some areas are visibly poorer than others. This does not, however, detract from the beauty of the island, its fascinating history or the warm hospitality of the Sicilians.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Please do provide us with a mobile phone contact number. We will only use this to contact you with important information relating to your holiday arrangements. 

Do keep your mobile phones switched on and readily available when travelling to the airport or if delayed in transit so that we can contact you with any last minute information relating to your travel arrangements.  

As a matter of courtesy, please switch off your mobile phone during walks, or endeavour to minimise its use. Please also try to minimise the use of mobile devices during group meals.

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Italy

  • Capital

    Rome

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Italian

  • Time Difference

    UTC +02:00

  • Flight duration

    2.5hrs from UK

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    6°C

    Avg. Rain: 67mm

  • February

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 62mm

  • March

    9°C

    Avg. Rain: 63mm

  • April

    12°C

    Avg. Rain: 61mm

  • May

    16°C

    Avg. Rain: 56mm

  • June

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 47mm

  • July

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 35mm

  • August

    22°C

    Avg. Rain: 48mm

  • September

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 64mm

  • October

    15°C

    Avg. Rain: 89mm

  • November

    10°C

    Avg. Rain: 96mm

  • December

    7°C

    Avg. Rain: 82mm

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