Segesta & Monreale

This private shore excursion provides a great overview of Western Sicily. Giving you also the possibility to enjoy the beautiful north coast and admire some of the great sites of Sicily.

Shore Excursion Program

Starting Time Subject to Ship Arrival

from Palermo Port

Pick up at the port by your private Guide Driver. Relax on a scenic drive (1h15min) through the Sicilian countryside to reach Segesta. Heading west following the beautiful Gulf of Castellammare. Drive trough the pleasant wine producing area of “Bianco d’Alcamo”.

Visit 1h

Segesta

Here visit the heritage of the Greeks in this singular archeological area embedded in a wonderful countryside. The well preserved temple was built in the late 5th century BC. Visible are also the remains of an Arabic mosque. In addition to the remains of a Norman church and the Forum Romanum.

Drive 1h/Lunch Break/Visit 1h

Monreale

Find the apotheosis of Norman architecture in Monreale. The Cathedral with its splendid mosaics from the 12th century. It is also part of the World Heritage Arab Norman Period. Built under William II. Certainly it rivals Saint Sophia in Istanbul. And with Saint Mark’s in Venice in its use of decorative mosaics. The cathedral combines aspects of Arab, Byzantine and Norman architecture.

Drive back to Palermo 30min

Drop off at the port

Tour Price from €130

What’s Included

Guided Tours inside Archeological Areas and Towns
English speaking Guide Driver
Private Transport by Premium Mercedes Minivan
Pick up/Drop off at the Port
Parking/Highway Fees

What’s Extra

Admission fees
Meals & Beverages

Tour Details

Duration: 7 Hours
Religious Heritage
Shore Excursion
Moderate
Friendly: No
Price varies by group size

William II (1154-89), the Norman ruler of Sicily commissioned the monastery in Monreale. It combines in one project employment of both Sicilian and Byzantine craftsmen. The highlight of the cathedral is its interior. Incandescent with the gold of the mosaics. These cover the all walls of the nave. Further the aisles, transept and apse. 81800 square feet in total.

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