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Grand West Sicily Self-Guided Tour (12 Nights)

Tour code: SICSG12

Tour Overview

This is a wonderful, challenging itinerary that takes you around the western coast from Palermo to Selinunte, then inland as far as Alia and Scillato toward the centre of the island and finally north to Cefalu on the coast.

Starting from Mondello just north of Palermo you will follow the coast west around the shores of the picturesque Golfo di Castellammare to the resort of the same name for a two night stopover. The loop ride from here takes in the pretty coastal village of Scopello and gives the option to hike in the beautiful Zingaro National Park. Leaving Castellammare you pedal west to visit the temple at Segesta on the way to Fontanasalsa on the Mediterranean Coast. The loop ride from Trapani leads north to San Vito lo Capo and to Erice. The next stage takes you south through Marsala around the coast to Mazara del Vallo and on to visit the fabulous ruins at Selinunte. From Selinunte you pedal inland over rolling terrain to Contessa Entellina and then onto Palazzo Adriano, which is most famous as the scene for the stunning Cinema Paradiso.  Leaving Palazzo Adriano you begin to make your way north, first to Alia, then Scillato.  The final ride takes you through the Madonie Park and then on a long and thrilling descent to the coast at Cefalu.

For information about en route scenery and attractions see the Regional Details page.

Ten highlights

  • Zingaro Nature Reserve
  • The temples at Segesta
  • Erice
  • The Trapani salt pans
  • Sampling Marsala wines in Marsla
  • The incredible ruins at Selinunte
  • Palazzo Adriano
  • The mosaics at Piazza Armerina
  • Madonio National Park
  • Cefalu cathedral


  • Cefalu Evening
  • Erice
  • Golfo Di Cofano
  • Mazara Del Vallo
  • Selinunte


  • Guided tour of Mazara del Vallo


  • Three dinners are included in this itinerary

Outline Itinerary

Day Start Stay Core route Options En Route
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1 - Mondello - - - - Bay and sandy beach of the sea hamlet. You are 10km from the center of Palermo
2 Mondello Castellammare 62 517   Please be prepared that this may be a pretty busy route coming out of Palermo
3 Castellammare Castellammare 25 561   Town by the sea, Castle and restaurant and cafes by the sea. The hotel is in front of the sea. Optional ride to Zingaro Regional Park
4 Castellammare Fontanalsalsa 55 610   Segesta archaeological site
5 Fontanasalsa Fontanasalsa 54 917   Erice, medieval town
6 Fontanasalsa Mazara 72,6 310   excursion to Mozia; Marsala; Mazara del Vallo and the Satyr museum in town (near the hotel)
7 Mazara Selinunte 40 335   Archaeological site of Selinunte
8 Selinunte Contessa Entellina 52 959   The interior  landscape of the island: authentic expression of Sicily
9 Contessa Entellina Palazzo Adriano 40 979   Palazzo Adriano is where the 1990 Oscar award “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” film was made. Along the way you ‘ll pass through: Santa Margherita Belice, Sambuca, Giuliana and Chiusa Sclafani.
10 Palazzo Adriano Alia 61 835   Interior of the island.
11 Alia Near Caltavuturo 44 876   A taste of Madonie Regional Park
12 Near  Caltavuturo Cefalù 62 1516   Ride through Madonie Regional Park: Isnello, Collesano. Cefalù is a beautiful Arab-Norman town by the sea

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
Basic cost per person sharing 1365*
Single accommodation supplement (if applicable) 205
Optional Costs
Bicycle rental Hybrid 245
Road 295
E-Bike 390
luggage transfers Total for one or two people 570
Each additional person 70

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