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Segesta, Erice, Stagnone Lagoon - saltpans - Marsala and Mozia (Mothia) from Palermo, Private Tour

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Calatafimi-Segesta, IT
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Experience the ancient beauty of Sicily on this captivating private tour. Begin your journey at the mythical Segesta, where you'll marvel at the well-preserved Doric temple and take in the breathtaking panoramic view. Next, explore the charming medieval village of Erice, with its cobbled streets, historic pastry shops, and the iconic Castello di Venere. Then, prepare to be enchanted by the white salt pans of Marsala and the tiny island of San Pantaleo (Mothia), where time seems to have stood still. Finally, visit the island of Mozia, an archaeological treasure with submerged ruins and the prestigious young man of Motya statue. Immerse yourself in history, beauty, and culture as you discover the wonders of Sicily.

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  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
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  • 8 hours
  • Suitable for 1-7 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Private transportation
  • WiFi on board
  • Bottled water
  • Pick-up service from / to hotel / port
  • Bilingual Italian-English driver
  • Child seats (on request)
  • Gratuities
  • Tourist guide

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Introduction

Experience the beauty and history of Sicily with the Segesta, Erice, Stagnone Lagoon - saltpans - Marsala and Mozia (Mothia) tour. This private tour allows you to immerse yourself in the rich heritage of the region, visiting ancient temples and exploring stunning archaeological sites. Your journey begins with a visit to Segesta, where you'll discover an exquisite Doric temple that stands as one of the best-preserved Greek temples in the Western world. As you make your way to Erice, prepare to be enchanted by the simplicity and charm of this medieval village perched high on a mountain. From there, you'll be captivated by the stunning white salt pans of Marsala and the tiny island of San Pantaleo (Mothia), where time seems to have stood still. With each step, you'll uncover the stories and secrets of Sicily's past, making for an unforgettable adventure.

What to expect?

During this 480-minute tour, you can expect to embark on an incredible journey through time and witness the remarkable treasures of Sicily. The itinerary includes visits to the renowned Doric temple of Segesta, the ancient theater of Segesta with its breathtaking panoramic views, the charming medieval village of Erice, the mesmerizing salt pans of Marsala, and the captivating island of Mozia. Throughout the tour, you'll have the opportunity to explore these magnificent sites at your own pace, immersing yourself in their fascinating history and architecture. For history enthusiasts, nature lovers, and cultural explorers, this tour promises to be an enriching and unforgettable experience.

Who is this for?

The Segesta, Erice, Stagnone Lagoon - saltpans - Marsala and Mozia tour is perfect for travelers who are passionate about history, archaeology, and exploring unique destinations. Whether you're a solo adventurer, a couple seeking a romantic getaway, or a family looking to create lasting memories together, this tour offers something for everyone. Sicily's rich cultural and historical heritage provides a captivating experience for all ages and interests. From the ancient temples to the charming medieval village, there's no shortage of beauty and wonder to discover. This tour invites both first-time visitors and seasoned travelers to delve into the fascinating world of Sicily's past and create lifelong memories.

Why book this?

Embark on a journey of a lifetime with the Segesta, Erice, Stagnone Lagoon - saltpans - Marsala and Mozia tour. This carefully curated experience offers a unique opportunity to delve into the captivating history and natural beauty of Sicily. With a private tour, you'll have the flexibility and freedom to explore each site at your own pace, allowing for a more intimate and personalized experience. The tour takes you to iconic landmarks such as the Doric temple of Segesta and the charming village of Erice, as well as hidden gems like the salt pans of Marsala and the island of Mozia. Immerse yourself in Sicily's rich history, marvel at breathtaking views, and create memories that will last a lifetime. This tour promises an unforgettable adventure, leaving you with a deep appreciation for the beauty and cultural heritage of Sicily.

Good to know

During the Segesta, Erice, Stagnone Lagoon - saltpans - Marsala and Mozia tour, it's important to come prepared for a full day of exploration. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking and climbing. Don't forget to bring sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun during your outdoor excursions. It's also recommended to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated throughout the day. Keep in mind that some of the sites may have entrance fees, so it's a good idea to have some cash on hand. Lastly, be sure to bring your camera to capture the stunning landscapes, ancient architecture, and memorable moments of this extraordinary journey through Sicily.

Reviews

Travelers who have experienced the Segesta, Erice, Stagnone Lagoon - saltpans - Marsala and Mozia tour have been astounded by the beauty and historical significance of the sites visited. They rave about the well-preserved Doric temple of Segesta, which offers a captivating glimpse into the ancient world. Visitors have also praised the panoramic views from the ancient theater of Segesta, describing them as breathtaking and memorable. The charm and beauty of Erice have left a lasting impression on travelers, who have marveled at the medieval village's narrow streets, historic pastry shops, and panoramic vistas. The salt pans of Marsala have been praised for their unique natural landscapes and the opportunity to learn about the region's salt production. Finally, the island of Mozia has captivated visitors with its archaeological treasures and the fascinating story of its ancient Phoenician colony. Overall, travelers have been delighted with this tour, expressing their appreciation for the high-quality experience and the chance to uncover the hidden gems of Sicily.

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Your Itinerary

Tempio di Segesta

Halfway between the current Palermo and Trapani stands one of the oldest cities that you can visit in Sicily. The first monument to visit is the Doric temple, one of the best preserved Greek temples in the entire Western world. The Doric temple of Segesta stands outside the city walls, on a hill west of the city. Wolfgang von Goethe, in his Journey to Italy, described the temple with these words: "The position of the temple is surprising: at the top of a wide and long valley, at the top of an isolated hill and yet surrounded by cliffs, it dominates a vast prospect of lands. "

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Teatro Greco di Segesta

The ancient theater of Segesta, built on the north side of the acropolis, stands on the highest peak of Monte Barbaro, close to the Gulf of Castellammare. The theater has a very wide panoramic view that turns into a spectacular setting if necessary. It is one of the most successful examples of theatrical architecture that can be placed in the passage and is still used, during the summer, for performances and concerts. To reach it, you need to follow some paths in the middle of the fields or a wide paved road. But if you don't feel like tackling this long trek, especially in summer or in the evening, you can use the convenient shuttle bus service that leaves from the ticket office and leads to the theater entrance.

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Borgo Storico Erice

Perched on the top of a mountain and overlooking the Gulf of Trapani, Erice is a small and characteristic medieval village, with narrow and cobbled streets, courtyards, churches and lots of clean and fresh air, even in the height of summer. Thanks to its altitude you can enjoy a splendid 360 ° panoramic view. Starting right from the streets behind the cathedral you can start the tour in the center of the town, among suggestive corners, souvenir shops and historic pastry shops. In via Vittorio Emanuele, 14 is the historic pastry shop of Maria Grammatico, here you can admire and taste typical Erice sweets. The symbol of the town is obviously the Castello di Venere, from the Norman era, which stands right on the overhanging rock and offers a spectacular view. Next to the castle you can admire the Pepoli Towers and the beautiful Balio municipal villa. During the summer the cableway that connects Trapani to the summit of Erice is in operation!

Saline of the Laguna Marsala

The Salt Pans of Marsala are located in the Stagnone Reserve and are one of the most visited tourist attractions in the province of Trapani. A unique area facing the island of Mothia, along the famous "salt road", the gateway to the Stagnone Islands Nature Reserve. The Natural Reserve of the Stagnone and the island of Mozia is a place of extraordinary beauty, where, alongside the exceptional natural landscapes, you can appreciate the windmills typical of the Trapani coast, an original example of industrial archeology still in perfect working order today. The Saline della Laguna are located right inside the Reserve. The lagoon, the largest in Sicily (2000 ha) is characterized by very salty shallow waters.

Isola di Mozia (Mothia)/ San Pantaleo

The island of Mozia belongs to the archipelago of the Stagnone di Marsala and is one of the most popular tourist itineraries for visitors. Mozia is a true open-air treasure, with its numerous archaeological finds, some of which are submerged by the sea due to the rising tides: its archaeological value is still considered priceless. In fact, Mozia hosts one of the most important museums in the province of Trapani. The young man of Motya is the most prestigious and representative find on the island: it is a marble statue. Mozia is an ancient Phoenician colony founded in the eighth century. B.C. on one of the four islands of the Stagnone lagoon. The name of Motya, probably given by the Phoenicians themselves, would mean spinning mill and would be connected to the presence of factories for the processing of wool, established here. The island, like most of the other Phoenician colonies, was a trading post and was to serve as a docking point for Phoenician ships en route to the Mediterranean. With the Greek colonization, which begins in the 8th century, Motya increases its importance becoming a small town. In the sixth century. the contrasts between Greeks and Carthaginians sharpen due to the dominance over Sicily and Mozia is involved; you get to surround it with walls that allow a better defense. In 397 Dionysius the Elder, tyrant of Syracuse, besieged the city and put an end to its existence. The inhabitants take refuge on the mainland in the colony of Lilibeo, the current Marsala. The rediscovery of Motya is linked to the name of Giuseppe Whitaker, an English nobleman of the late 19th century whose family had settled in Sicily and had started a thriving export trade of Marsala wine. On the island stands the home of the Whitakers, now transformed into a museum. HOURS AND PRICES ISLAND OF MOZIA: 1 NOVEMBER - 31 MARCH every day from 9.00 to 15.00 1 APRIL - 31 OCTOBER every day from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm PRICES: ADULTS € 9 STUDENTS AND CHILDREN € 5

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Reviews

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Helen_H

My driver Mimo was very punctual in picking me up at the scheduled time. His English was excellent and he was happy, obliging and very knowledgeable in our 9 hours together. He is a real asset to your company! AND the Maserati car was a pleasant surprise to say the least! Thank you for a great day Mimo Helen from Australia

Catherine_F

We had a wonderful day with our driver Marcello. The destinations were very interesting and well arranged , particularly the Embarcadero across to Mothia which was a bonus. We appreciated the flexibility to vary and arrange our timing within the time available. Happy to recommend to anyone.

alionav360

Il tempio ,il teatro,la vista dalla collina mentre sisale verso il teatro e da brividi! Andateci,consigliatissimo!

cristina c

Bellissimo costeggiare in auto lo "stagnone" dove si trova l'Isola di Mozia e salire su una barca per fare il giro passando sopra la vecchia strada sommersa che collegava Mozia alla terra ferma. Lo stagnone ha una profondità max di un metro e mezzo molto pescoso e al tramonto ha un fascino incredibile. Il giro in barca si può fare fino a tardo pomeriggio sotto sera fino alle 20,30/21. Molto romantico per le coppie infatti c'erano sposi che si stavano facendo fotografare dopo la cerimonia. In zona saline si può cenare, prenotando con anticipo, per gustare lo spettacolo del tramonto
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2024-05-25 20:28