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Palermo: Valley of the Temples and Scala dei Turchi Day Trip

1. Palermo: Valley of the Temples and Scala dei Turchi Day Trip

Discover the Valley of the Temples Park and the Scala dei Turchi on a day trip from Palermo. Stroll through the park and admire the stunning examples of Ancient Greek architecture, including the Temple of Concordia, one of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world. Start with pickup from your hotel in Palermo in the morning and drive along the road to Agrigento, enjoying the views of medieval castles along the way. Make a stop along the way where you can buy some coffee and Sicilian cannoli, or lunch to enjoy inside the Valley of the Temples. When you arrive at the site, enjoy around 2 hours to explore. Admire the beautifully preserved Ancient Greek temples, including the fascinating Temple of Concordia and Temple of Hera Lacinia. When the visit is over, enjoy a photo stop at Scala dei Turchi, a stunning white marl rock cliff face that contrasts with the turquoise ocean waters below. Relax on the journey back to Palermo, admiring the views of the southern coast of Sicily, with drop-off back at your hotel.

Catania: Valley of the Temples and Turkish Steps with Snack

2. Catania: Valley of the Temples and Turkish Steps with Snack

Begin the day with a pick-up from your accommodation in a comfortable minivan at around 8:30 AM. The first stop will be in Agrigento. This city used to be the richest of all the Greek colonies.  Admire the beautiful and impressive Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. See some of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world. Pindar, the Greek poet, and writer, described it as one of the most beautiful cities of those inhabited by mortals. The Valley of the Temples is famous for its well-preserved temples, seven in total.  The Temple of Concordia is one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world helping the site to gain the classic UNESCO world heritage award. At the site, visit the remains of many other temples dedicated to various divinities like Juno, Hercules, Hephaestus, and Athena. Next see one of the most amazing beaches in Sicily. A few kilometers away from Agrigento, find the Scala dei Turchi, literally translated to Turkish steps. Discover a dazzling white rock formation, rising from the clear blue sea-like giant steps. Walk this gentle slope, high above the sea on your feet, and enjoy a unique experience. Here, have free time to enjoy one of the most famous beaches in Sicily. Enjoy a tasty snack, all accompanied by local wine and water. Arrive back in Catania in the early evening, at around 7:00 PM.

Agrigento: Stair of the Turks Cliffs Boat Tour & Swim Stops

3. Agrigento: Stair of the Turks Cliffs Boat Tour & Swim Stops

Swim in the crystal clear waters at the Stair of the Turks cliffs on this boating excursion from Agrigento. Trace the shoreline and uncover beaches, and bays like Maddalusa beach and the Bay of Madonnina. Have the option to purchase drinks and rent recliners onboard. Meet your skipper at the activity provider's office in Agrigento and begin your boating adventure. Admire the beautiful landscapes of the area as you cross the river Akragas. Discover the beauty of the soft white cliffs of the Stair of the Turks (Scala dei Turchi) surrounded by turquoise waters. Stop to go for a refreshing dip in this scenic location. Continue west for stunning views of the lighthouse of Capo Rossello, the Bay of Madonnina, and Gucciarda rocks. Go for a second swim in a spot with blue water and breathtaking views. Sail past the dynamic beaches of Pietre Cadute, Siculiana, and Giallonardo before returning to your starting point in Agrigento.

San Leone: Scala dei Turchi Private Boat Tour & Aperitif

4. San Leone: Scala dei Turchi Private Boat Tour & Aperitif

Do not miss the opportunity to live a unique and unforgettable experience in a special location. You will leave from the pier of San Leone, along the coast of Agrigento, so you can fully enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the place. Near the river Akragas, you will reach the Bay of Kaos and the beach of Maddalusa, a beautiful location enclosed between two rocky promontories, perfect for relaxing, enjoying a drink on board. Continue to Realmonte, reaching the tip of the excursion, the beautiful Scala dei Turchi, rocky promontory, with delicate shapes, which stands out on the clear sea. Continuing to sail towards the west, you will find Cape Rossello and Rocca Gucciarda, two characteristic destinations not to be missed, before returning to San Leone.

From Palermo: Valley of the temples and Turkish steps

5. From Palermo: Valley of the temples and Turkish steps

Embark on an epic 8-hour adventure to discover the historical magnificence of the Valley of the Temples, a flawless tour carefully organized to provide you with an unparalleled experience. Your journey begins at dawn, when a luxurious transport welcomes you with elegance and comfort. On board the luxury vehicle, every detail is designed to ensure maximum relaxation and enjoyment. Wraparound seats welcome you, providing a pleasant and refined travel experience. But the comfort doesn't stop there. Charging sockets for devices are at your disposal, allowing you to capture every moment without worrying about your battery. Onboard wifi allows you to share your excitement in real time with the outside world, keeping you connected throughout your journey. The luxury transportation also offers a range of services designed for your well-being. Fresh water is always available to keep you hydrated as you enjoy the breathtaking scenery flowing past the windows. Arriving at the Valley of the Temples, you will have time to explore every corner of this extraordinary site, admiring the grandeur of the ancient temples and the majesty of the ruins. At the end of the excursion, your return aboard the luxury vehicle will be a relaxing time to reflect on your discoveries of the day. On this tour, the combination of luxury, knowledge, and comfort come together in a unique experience, making your visit to the Valley of the Temples unforgettable in every way.

From Sciacca: Agrigento Province Highlights Tour

6. From Sciacca: Agrigento Province Highlights Tour

The excursion to Eraclea Minoa and the Scala dei Turchi is a short and interesting tour around the western coast of the province of Agrigento, to discover a historical and natural atmosphere made up of preserved beaches and archaeological remains. Our day begins by bus at 8:30 or 14:30 with departure from your hotel in Sciacca or from the Gulliver agency. Archaeological park The first stop is the archaeological park set in the promontory of "Capo Bianco" at the foot of the mouth of the Platani river. This double name of his can be traced back to the myth of an ancient Sicily, of the demigod Heracles and of King Minos. There are large defensive lines, with towers and gateways to the city, remains of inhabited neighborhoods and a theatre: the latter is protected by a cover to prevent erosion by atmospheric agents and is still used today as a venue for performances that have the cliffs of Capo Bianco and the splendid underlying beaches as a backdrop. The material discovered during the erosion is kept in the Antiquarium at the entrance to the site. The beach of Eraclea Minoa It stretches for about 6 kilometers in an amazing environment: the fine white sand is bathed by a sea of extreme beauty, clean, fresh and luxuriant with marine fauna. Behind it, a thick pine forest accompanies the coast for its entire surface. Scale of the Turks The second stop is the Scala dei Turchi, a magnificent dazzling white jewel that stands out among the clear blue of the sea. Describing the view is not transmissible in full: you have to live immersing yourself with all five senses in the magic of this incredible white marble cliff. It is a fascinating place where centuries of rain and wind have carved out a large natural staircase whose white color is made more dazzling by the sunlight. The Scala dei Turchi is not only nature, but it is a place recalled by local legend: it is said that the Saracen corsairs, for the Sicilians "the Turks", after having moored the ships in the calm, clear waters protected by the cliffs, climbed up these natural "stairs" reaching the top and thus invading the surrounding villages, including Realmonte.

San Leone: half day Boat tour Scala dei Turchi with Skipper

7. San Leone: half day Boat tour Scala dei Turchi with Skipper

The 4-hour itinerary will show you the Scala Dei Turchi and all the beauties of the coast: coves and beaches. The departure and return will be in the beautiful port of San Leone. Soon after the departure you will see the mouth of the legendary Akragas River and the view of the valley of the temples from the sea. After Porto Empedocle we will reach the Scala dei Turchi in a few minutes with its particular shiny water where you can swim and snorkel right in front of this majestic white marl cliff. Moving further west we will reach Capo Rossello, the lighthouse that dominates the coast and the bay of the Madonnina, in front of these places we will make the second stop for swimming. The last stop will be before returning and we will also visit the Saracen tower and the Siculiana beach. An intense tour, half a day with 3 stops for swimming and a complete visit of the entire coast of Agrigento!

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What people are saying about Stair of the Turks

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based on 91 reviews

The day was great. Our guide Marco had reorganized the activities to fit the weather and it was perfect. We relaxed at the scala in the morning and had enough time to see the temples in Agrigente afterward. Just one remark : if the group is composed of people from different countries, the guide speaks in English instead of the chosen language. The documents are in the chosen language in any case. Not an issue for us but it might help to know this.

Extraordinary excursion, the Valley of the Temples fills you with emotions that recall the past with its colossal gigantic works, transporting you to ancient times!!!! The Turkish staircase is immensely wonderful!!!! Our guide Dario was very good at illustrating and explaining all the details of the trip! Thank you so much.

The visit to Agrigento was a perfect day trip. We all walked at our own pace as we explored the temples. Amazing to see these giants. Using the Get Your Guide app made it so easy to purchase tickets, find the pickup location and enjoy a comfortable ride from Palermo.

Very, very beautiful excursion from Palermo, destinations that cannot be missed in the program of a trip to Sicily. Giampiero, the driver, polite and professional.

The companion, Giovanni, competent and clear in his explanations.