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West Coast Self-Guided Tour (7 Nights)

Tour code: SICSG7

Tour Overview

Starting in the coastal town of Castellammare you head west around the coast to Fontanasalsa in Trapani fro a two-night stay.  A loop ride from here takes you to wonderful Erice and San Vito lo Capo. Alternatively you can choose to take the short ferry ride over to the Egadi Islands for the day.  Leaving Fontanasalsa behind you head further round the splendid coastline, passing through Marsala, famed for its fortified wine, before reaching Mazara del Vallo.  You will have the chance to visit the fabulous ruins at Selinunte.  You then leave the coastline behind, heading inland to Contessa Entellina.  From here you head toward the mountainous plateau of Piana Degli Albanesi, with beautiful views far and wide.  The last leg of this great journey brings you back to Monreale, a stunning hill town just outside of Palermo, where you will stay your last night.

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

Ten highlights

  • Mondello’s pier and waterfront seafood restaurants
  • The pretty coastal village of Scopello
  • Zingaro Nature Reserve
  • The temples at Segesta
  • Erice
  • San Vito lo Capo
  • The Trapani salt pans
  • Sampling Marsala wines in Marsala
  • Exploring Mazara del Valo
  • Selinunte’s incredible ruins


  • Country Road
  • Mondello
  • Near Salemi
  • Scopello
  • Segesta


  • Guided tour of Mazara del Vallo
  • Add additional nights in Castellammare and/or Mazara and ride loops from these towns

Outline Itinerary

Day Start Stay Core route Options En Route
→ km ↑ m longer shorter
1 - Castellammare - - - -  
2 Castellammare Fontanalsalsa 55 610   Segesta archaeological site
3 Fontanasalsa Fontanasalsa 54 917   Erice, medieval town
4 Fontanasalsa Mazara 72,6 310   Salt marshes and wind mills; optional boat excursion to Mozia; Marsala; Mazara del Vallo and the Satyr museum in town (near the hotel)
5 Mazara Contessa Entellina (Rocca dei Capperi) 72 1035   The interior  landscape of the island: authenticexpression of Sicily
6 Contessa Entellina (Rocca dei Capperi) Piana degli Albanesi (Mass Rossella) 55 1111   The route passes through a beautiful rural area with open views on the countryside and through Corleone
7 Piana degli Albanesi (Mass Rossella) Monreale (Palazzo Ducale) 34 551   Monreale is famous because its Arab Norman main church and the beautiful decoration in golden mosaic in the intereior of the church

Tour Costs

Costs in Euros
Basic cost per person sharing 845*
Single accommodation supplement (if applicable) 225
Optional Costs
Bicycle rental Hybrid 160
Road 195
E-Bike 275
Pannier rental per pair 10
luggage transfers Total for one or two people 410
Each additional person 45

* Prices for solo travellers are on request

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