1. Boarding in Trapani in the afternoon.
Trapani is 1h and 45 minuter drive from Palermo Airport. There is also an Airport in Trapani if guests prefer it.
We leave Trapani to cruise to Egadi Islands. Happy hours and dinner at anchor with the wonderful Egadi Archipelago on the background. Obviously a dive from the yacht and a swim can not be missed!
A full day dedicated to watersport in the Egadi Islands waters. We are going to discover the best coves of this amazing archipelago: made by three little islands Favignana, Marettimo and Levanzo. If you like trekking there are beautiful footpaths to go in the middle of the nature. If you like architecture, you don’t have to miss Castello di Punta Troia in Marettimo island. If you like to read more about Egadi, see the page Destination Egadi (www.westcoastint.com/destinations/egadi)
After breakfast and a quick swim in this clear blue water, we head towards Marsala, The town is famous for the docking of Giuseppe Garibaldi on 11 May 1860 (the Expedition of the Thousand) and for its particular Marsala wine. A feature of the area is the Stagnone Lagoon Natural Reserve, a marine area with salt ponds. We suggest you to have a wine tasting in one of the famous wineries of the town, as Florio winery.
A cruise from Marsala to Trapani in the early morning. After a delicious breakfast, we visit Erice, a tiny hilltop town with narrow cobbled streets, Norman castle and all churches that make you feel like as if you have been transported in the Middle Age, when Erice was a thriving center of Sicily west coast. Its shops are full of local crafts, colorful rugs and pottery. You can find typical foods such as the curly busiati pasta, salt harvested from the shallow salt pans in Trapani and sweets for which Erice is famous.
In the afternoon we cruise to San Vito Lo Capo. The guest can have a swim in front of San Vito sandy beach or in Cala Rossa, between rocks and pebbles. Later we skirt the coast and the Zingaro Natural Reserb. Along the coast we can see and discover fantastic and tiny coves as Cala Mosca and Cala dell’alberello, Cala Bianca, Cala Rossa, Cala dei Sogni and Fossa dello Stinco.
We arrive in Castellammare del Golfo, where you can find shops, bars and restaurants. This could be a good place for some nightlife or just a walk and an ice cream.
5. Capogallo and Mondello
Continuing the cruise from Trapani to Mondello, we stop at Isola delle Femmine. It is a small islet not far from the coast. Several legends have undergone the charm exercised by the now dilapidated tower overlooking the islet, erroneously known as a prison-tower for women only. Hence the name Isola delle Femmine (Women Island), in reality the name derives from “Isola di Eufemio”, from the name of General Eufemio di Messina, Byzantine governor of Sicily.
After we skirt the coast, keeping Capo Gallo on the right. There are lot of amazing places, caves, coves and beaches where to swim, dive and snorkel as Serracavallo beach, Grotta dell’olio (Oil Cave), Mondello beach. We anchor in Mondello Bay for the night.
In the early morning the crew take you to Ustica, a little island. From some, such as the New Zealand historian L.G. Pocock and the writer Marco Carlo Rognoni, is considered the island of Eèa, the home of the sorceress Circe mentioned in the Odyssey, who turned unwary visitors into pigs. The island is characterised by reduced sources of water, and the vegetation is consequently scarce. The coast has numerous rocks and grottoes to discover from the yacht or by tender. It is the right place to do snorkelling or diving.
The day will start with a tour of the city of Palermo: the Capella Palatina, with its stunning Byzantine-style mosaics and extraordinary ceiling decoration in the nave and dome. The day will continue with the visit to the exquisite church of Santa Caterina delle Suore di Clausura. This spectacular church belongs to an enclosed order of nuns. Your guests will also visit the nearby La Martorana with its beautiful Byzantine mosaics and the nearby Byzantine church of San Cataldo.
Street food lunch at Il Capo: one of Palermo’s four main street markets and possibly the busiest. Its Arabic origins are evident and it is well worth a visit in the morning when the level of hustle and bustle is at its highest. It concentrates mainly on the sale of food and the fish stalls are of particular renown. After lunch, the guests can do some shopping in the town or go back to the yacht and go for the last swim of the day.
8. Disembark of guests in the morning.