Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 9 miles (15 km); approximately 1/2 hour one way. 3 hikes to choose from. Easiest: walking about 1.4 miles, approximately 1.5 hours, city streets and cobblestones. Intermediate: hiking about 2.7 miles, approximately 2.5 hours, elevation gain of roughly 820 feet. Challenging: hiking about 7 miles, approximately 4 hours, elevation gain of roughly 2,200 feet.
At the hotel, we’ll have a typical European-style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.
Boarding our private motorcoach, we’ll transfer to Erice together. Erice is set on a mountain high up at roughly 2,300 feet (700 meters) overlooking almost the entire province of Trapani. A perfect representation of a medieval community, it also enjoys mind-blowing views. The easiest group will set out on foot for a visit of Erice led by a local expert who will show us many of Erice's attractions along with educational commentary. Afterwards, we’ll have some time to explore independently before taking the motorcoach back to Trapani where we will meet the other groups later. The intermediate group will also enjoy a short expert-led visit of the town of Erice on foot, followed by the hike around the perimeter of Erice. The hike will take the group to some of the historical places of the town, such as where food and other supplies arrived. Along the way back to Erice, we’ll see the ancient rock churches and enjoy the spectacular view. The third, most challenging group activity, will also consist of a short, expert-led visit of Erice on foot, then continue with a hike along the Sentiero delle 3 Chiese, which will take the group to the three important churches of the “modern” times. The route will almost fully loop around the mountain before leading all the way down to Trapani. During the hike, we will soak in the beautiful view.
At a local restaurant in Trapani, we’ll have plated meals with water included.
After lunch, all three groups will come together for an expert-led walk through Trapani, during which we will learn about the city through educational commentary.
Hotel plated meal.