We did not, however, rate rock-star-priced hotels. Because this was a working trip that was not generating revenue, the Edelweiss office had put Manuel and me on a limited budget for accommodations: no more than 60 Euros per night per man. Priced out of the more posh places that tour clients enjoy, Manuel put his well-honed guide skills to work and dug up outstanding B&B accommodations that often ran way below our financial ceiling. His picks posed no hardship at all and, in fact, we enjoyed an edge of sorts; with only two guys to house, he readily found centrally located B&Bs nestled in the heart of historic, old-town Agrigento and Cefalù, places far too small to handle a full tour group of 12 or more. Yeah, they sometimes included a stout climb up multiple flights of stairs, but they all offered a homey character plus a more intimate, insider's look at these towns. And Manuel unfailingly placed me in the better of the two rooms if there was any discrepancy; always the thoughtful guide.