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Sicily motorcoach tour or carrent and explore solo?

Wellington
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Sicily motorcoach tour or carrent and explore solo?

Should we(2 adults) rent a car at Palermo airport and drive and explore on our own or take a guided tour. We only have 8 days?

Here & There
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1. Re: Sicily motorcoach tour or carrent and explore solo?

It's a matter of personal preference!

When will you visit?

If you don't have time to plan a trip, or you prefer traveling with a group, a tour would work for you.

If you prefer more independent travel, and enjoy tailoring a trip to your tastes, explore on your own.

With a good itinerary and a plan, you would be able to rent a car, explore on your own, and see and do exactly what you want on your own schedule!

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2. Re: Sicily motorcoach tour or carrent and explore solo?

We are leaving Dec. 27 and returning Jan.05. Into and out of Palermo.

Can you suggest a good route and places to see in this short time?

How about good rental car rates?

Thanks, Dan

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3. Re: Sicily motorcoach tour or carrent and explore solo?

Glad that you decided to explore on your own! :-)

You can compare shop right on this site:

compare.carrentals.co.uk/index.php…

Car Hire Palermo Airport:

carrentals.co.uk/car-hire/palermo-airport-ab…

AutoEurope and Europcar are especially good!

AutoEurope:

http://www.autoeurope.com/

Also - Europcar:

…europcar.com/EBE/…

Others to check:

Avis:

http://www.avis.com/AvisWeb/home/AvisHome

Hertz:

https://www.hertz.com/rentacar/index.jsp…

So you will have 8 nights!

What kinds of things do you like to see and do? If you like cities, spend your last two nights in Palermo (return the car prior to your arrival in Palermo) and take public transportation to the airport from the city.

Will route the trip once you indicate what your interests – cities, towns, historic sights, wineries, Etna, coastal areas, hiking, foods, farms.……..

Vagabonda

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4. Re: Sicily motorcoach tour or carrent and explore solo?

Actually, it should be 9 nights - You will arrive on the 28th!

Vagabonda

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5. Re: Sicily motorcoach tour or carrent and explore solo?

If you take a tour vs. independent driving your experience will be very different. If you speak a little Italian and want to connect more with the local people it is very difficult with a tour, but easy if you are flexible and drive yourself. With tours I think you get more educational information about the places (especially Greek and Roman) you see. With your time there you can visit about 1/2 of Sicily. Personally I like the Trapani end of Sicily better. You can take the trip from Palermo-Trapani/Erice-Marsala-Agrigento-then inland to Piazza Amerina. You would see a good cross section of Sicily as well as be able to see the temples at Selinunte and Villa Casale. This is less touristy than Taormina. For car rental you can get much better rates reserving from the US than in Sicily. Two weeks ago when I was there the best rates were with National Car Rental (AVIS) - which I got at Trapani Aero. Good luck on your trip.

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6. Re: Sicily motorcoach tour or carrent and explore solo?

Western Sicily does offer much to see and do - Segesta, Erice, Selinunte, but it is not the best destination during winter when the beach areas around San Vito, Zingaro, Trapani, Favignana, and Sciacca are desolate. Villa Casale in Piazza Armerina will also be under reconstruction with limited hours beginning in January, and the more mountainous are now getting snow!!

Vagabonda

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