The Arab-Norman Palermo

Shore Excursion

Once a regal capital where peoples very different from one another mingled their cultures. Creating a particularly original fusion like the Arab-Norman Byzantine style of its finest buildings. From Palermo’s narrow streets and twisting alleys in the oldest part of the city, to the grandeur of the Teatro Massimo Opera House.

The City Vibrates In The Clash Between Ancient, Classic And A Most Contemporary Life

Nature too, has been generous with the city, its protection assured by the grayish, pink surrounding heights that form the Conca d’Oro. Rich in citrus groves, that tempers the climate and act as a backdrop to the splendid bay dominated by mount Pellegrino. Goethe called it “the most beautiful promontory in the world”. 

Shore Excursion Program

Starting Time Subject To Ship Arrival

from Trapani Port

Meet your private Driver Guide at the port. Next board a Premium Mercedes Minivan and start a scenic drive (1h30min) following the west coast. Admire the beautiful Gulf of Castellammare and the hilly wine producing area “Bianco d’Alcamo”.

Visit 3h/Lunch break

Palermo Walking Tour

The capital is a many faceted city, with as much an unmistakable as enigmatic identity. A combination of aristocratic magnificence and the colourful ways of the common people. The culture of the city, the beautiful sights, architecture and the typical street markets, are hidden in the old part of town. Soak up the atmosphere trough the old city center. Visit the Highlights of this World heritage Site. Admire the Opera House, Pretoria Square, Palatine Chapel inside the Norman Palace, the Quattro Canti, the Cathedral, a typical market and more. 

Drive back to Trapani 1.5h

Drop off at the port

Tour Price from €165

What’s Included

English speaking Driver Guide
Local Guide in Palermo
Private Transport by Premium Mercedes Vehicle
Pick up/Drop off at the Port
Parking/Highway Fees

What’s Extra

Admission fees
Meals & Beverages

Tour Details

Duration: 8 Hours
Shore Excursion
City Tour
High
Friendly: No
Price varies by group size

Palermo with its singular Arab-Norman aura, with its church-mosques, mosaics, cloisters, gardens, fountains, and bright red cupolas has survived through the centuries. It passed through the reigns of Anjou and Aragon in which the powerful feudal families built their royal strongholds. It survived the Spanish and Bourbon viceroyalties and arrived almost intact into the 19th century.

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