Pantelleria - The Secret Island of Italy

Leisurely Touring

8 Days from £1,549

Jun 2020 - Sep 2020 Departures

Pantelleria Package Holidays for Singles

Pantelleria – the 'black pearl' of the Mediterranean – is Italy's hidden gem.  This unique island is an open-air spa, with breathtaking volcanic scenery at every turn.

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Your holiday at a glance

LEISURELY TOURING
HALF BOARD
MAX GROUP SIZE 25

What's included

  • ​Just You Tour Manager as your host 
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Alitalia via Milan
  • ​7 nights half board in a 3-star hotel
  • 17 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Welcome drink & farewell get-together
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports

Included excursions

  • ​​Bathe in the thermal waters of Gadir
  • Explore Mursia's Bronze Age archaeological site
  • Take a mud bath in the Mirror of Venus Lake
  • Visit Pantelleria's castle, the Castello di Barbacane
  • Explore the Roman acropolis
  • Boat trip around Pantelleria with lunch on board
  • Learn about ancient island farming techniques at a traditional farm, with cookery demonstration
  • Enjoy a natural sauna in Benikulà cave

Optional excursions

  • Hike to the famous Favare natural steam jets
  • Snorkelling


 

Your itinerary

Today we'll fly to Pantelleria, and on arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel, which is located in a tranquil spot overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean.

After breakfast we'll head off for a tour of Gadir, whose name – derived from Arabic – means 'water basin'. A traditional fishing village with a long history, here you can bathe in the thermal waters of the Bay of Gadir in tanks that have been dug into the rock. Temperatures rise to 40-55℃ and numerous therapeutic minerals enrich the waters to ease aching muscles and soothe mind and body alike. 
On a stroll you might see fisherman weaving their 'nasse' – traditional fish traps made from rushes – before we pass by the Arch of the Elephant, a stunning rock formation that gives the impression an elephant is dipping its trunk into the sea. We'll then tour the Bronze Age archaeological site at the village of Mursia, where the necropolis features fascinating circular tombs dating back more than 4,000 years.

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before we leave for today's first truly special destination – one of the many jewels of this island that make it so unique.  The heart-shaped 'Mirror of Venus' Lake stands out from the middle of the island like a blue-green gem, with a stunning aquamarine hue that changes throughout the day. For an unforgettable natural spa experience, cover yourself in the mineral-rich mud here before bathing in the wonderfully warm volcanic waters of the lake.
This afternoon, the museum of Punta Spadillo offers a fascinating insight into volcanology, telling the story of Pantelleria's turbulent geological past and present. Later, we'll visit Pantelleria's imposing, sandcastle-shaped castle, the Castello di Barbacane. Built entirely of lava stone, it's thought to date back to the 13th century, with impressive 15th century bastions and a distinctive central circular clock tower. It houses some of the archaeological finds found during excavation campaigns on the island, as well as various permanent exhibitions.
An astonishing Roman acropolis at the archaeological site of San Marco and Santa Teresa is also in our sights today – a unique reminder of Pantelleria's ancient past as the island of Cossyra. Its strategic position, between Africa and Italy in the central Mediterranean, means the island has always been a sought-after destination. Here, in 2003, the heads of Roman statues dating back to the first century AD were found.

The best way to appreciate Pantelleria's wild, rugged coastline is by sea, and that's just what we'll do today on a cruise that also includes lunch. We'll head to the port of Pantelleria to board our boat, and you can expect to see dazzling white pebble beaches, hidden inlets only reachable by boat and numerous caves, including the Grotto of Love and the caves of Macasinazzi, where impossibly blue waters meet smoothed-out, lava-grey rock. We'll stop and swim in the warm waters at Nika and at Scarpetta di Cenerentola – a creek called 'Cinderella's shoe '. After a swim, you can soak up the sun on the boat's sun deck, or retreat to a shady spot on board as you admire the hidden, unspoilt beauty of this island gem.

Join your travelling companions for an exciting adventure in the heart of Pantelleria Island National Park today. Spend the morning learning about the challenges of farming this rugged landscape at a traditional farm – you'll have noticed the ingenious terracing farmers have created for crops as we tour the island. Pick the locally-grown capers or grapes before enjoying a farmer's lunch and cookery demonstration. 
This afternoon, the wildness of the island will be brought vividly to life as we travel to an area of outstanding beauty, where no human intervention has ever occurred. We'll take an ancient mule track to Benikulà cave, where we'll enjoy the unique phenomenon of a natural sauna. Sit on the lava-stone seats and enjoy the healing underground vapours – the deeper into the cave you venture, the hotter the vapours become. You're sure to emerge feeling rejuvenated! We'll also learn about the medicinal Mediterranean herbs that grow in the area.

Spend today at leisure enjoying the hotel's seawater swimming pools, or why not take an optional trip to experience the famous Favare of Pantelleria. These steam emissions come out of the rocks, reaching temperatures of up to 100℃. We'll take a short hike along a rocky path to reach them, through lush vegetation abundant with wildlife and flowers. When we arrive, you'll be treated to some fantastic views. Admire the deep red-brick colour of the rocks at this amazing location, affected by the sulphurous gases released here, and learn about the ingenious systems farmers have put in place to utilise the steam, providing water for their animals.
Later, we'll head to a restaurant where we'll taste some local delicacies. Pantelleria is known for its delicious caper pesto, pasta with tomatoes and pistachios, luscious ricotta cheese and sweet passito wine, made from Zibibbo grapes dried in the sun.

Pantelleria's rocky coastline makes it ideal for snorkelling, with a seabed undisturbed by sand. Today, perhaps you'll join our optional snorkelling excursion to discover more of the island's gems. The seabed here features rich fauna and marvellous submarine landscapes – with the geological movements and lava flows in the area creating a dramatic backdrop under the surface of the sea. Alternatively, spend a lazy day at the hotel or explore at your own pace.

Today we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Italy - Hike to the famous Favare natural steam jets

Italy - Hike to the famous Favare natural steam jets

from £65

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Experience the famous Favare of Pantelleria, where steam emissions come out of the rocks, reaching temperatures of up to 100?. You will take a short hike along a rocky path to reach them, through lush vegetation abundant with wildlife and flowers. Admire the deep red-brick colour of the rocks at this amazing location, affected by the sulphurous gases released here, and learn about the ingenious systems farmers have put in place to utilise the steam, providing water for their animals.
The distance of the hike is 4km and duration of the excursion is approximately 4 hours. A light lunch and water is included.

Italy - Snorkelling the coastline of Pantelleria

Italy - Snorkelling the coastline of Pantelleria

from £55

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Pantelleria's rocky coastline makes it ideal for snorkelling, with a seabed undisturbed by sand, join the snorkelling excursion to discover more of the island's gems. The seabed here features rich fauna and marvellous submarine landscapes – with the geological movements and lava flows in the area creating a dramatic backdrop under the surface of the sea.
Your snorkel experience will last approximately 40 minutes and will be accompanied by a dive guide. Transfers and hire of fins and a mask are included.
Note: This excursion is subject to a minimum number of bookings.

Accommodation

This lovely hotel occupies a tranquil coastal spot on the island, where Pantelleria is closest to the African coast, which is visible on a clear day. It is designed in a traditional 'dammuso' style ­– the distinctive stone architecture of the island, mixing Italian and Arabic influences – and is connected to the town of Pantelleria by a regular shuttle service. Facilities include a restaurant, panoramic terrace, bar, two seawater swimming pools and a spa with a Turkish bath and sauna. Guest rooms feature private facilities, balcony, domed roofs, ceiling fan, Wi-fi, safe and mini-fridge.

Hotel Mursia

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Dates and Prices

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TOUR DURATION

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8 days

Saturday 20 June 2020

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£1,259

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8 days

Saturday 04 July 2020

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£1,259

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8 days

Saturday 29 August 2020

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8 days

Saturday 05 September 2020

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DEPARTING FROM

DEPARTURE DATE

DEPARTURE

PRICE FROM

STATUS

 

London (Heathrow)

Saturday 20 June 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,549

Available

Outbound
Alitalia

Saturday 20 June 2020

Departs

06:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

09:40 Milan (Linate)

Operated by

Alitalia

Inbound
Alitalia - AZ

Saturday 27 June 2020

Departs

16:55 Milan (Linate)

Arrives

18:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Alitalia

London (Heathrow)

Saturday 04 July 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,549

Available

Outbound
Alitalia

Saturday 04 July 2020

Departs

06:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

09:40 Milan (Linate)

Operated by

Alitalia

Inbound
Alitalia - AZ

Saturday 11 July 2020

Departs

16:55 Milan (Linate)

Arrives

18:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Alitalia

London (Heathrow)

Saturday 29 August 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,549

Available

Outbound
Alitalia

Saturday 29 August 2020

Departs

06:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

09:40 Milan (Linate)

Operated by

Alitalia

Inbound
Alitalia - AZ

Saturday 05 September 2020

Departs

16:55 Milan (Linate)

Arrives

18:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Alitalia

London (Heathrow)

Saturday 05 September 2020

GUARANTEED

£1,549

Available

Outbound
Alitalia

Saturday 05 September 2020

Departs

06:45 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

09:40 Milan (Linate)

Operated by

Alitalia

Inbound
Alitalia - AZ

Saturday 12 September 2020

Departs

16:55 Milan (Linate)

Arrives

18:00 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Alitalia

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