Welcome to Palermo
For millennia at the crossroads of civilisations, Palermo delivers a heady, heavily spiced mix of Byzantine mosaics, Arabesque domes and frescoed cupolas. This is a city at the edge of Europe and at the centre of the ancient world, a place where souk-like markets rub against baroque churches, where date palms frame Gothic palaces and where the blue-eyed and fair have bronze-skinned cousins.Centuries of dizzying... Read More
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Palermo Street Food Walking Tour
In the morning, meet your guide at Piazza Verdi, home to Teatro Massimo, Italy’s largest opera house. Receive a special ‘foodie’s passport’, and listen as your guide explains that it will be stamped after each tasting, creating a personalized souvenir of your small-group food tour. Then, begin your gastronomic jaunt through Palermo. Wind through the web of alleyways that make up Mercato di Capo and Vucciria Market. Breathe in the heavenly aromas that waft through the air and browse the stalls, which are piled high with regional fare.As you walk, listen to your guide share the secrets of Sicilian street cuisine and explain the history of the city, while pointing out notable monuments including the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which, should you wish, you can choose to enter (own expense). Savor snacks from several street vendors and stop into local bakeries and traditional inns as part of your educational epicurean experience. During the tour, try five different Sicilian specialties, such as arancine (stuffed rice balls) and panelle (chickpea fritters), as well as sipping on a sweet local wine.Top it all off with a lip-smacking local dessert, such as an icy granita (a frozen slushy dessert), ice cream or cannoli (fried pastry tubes filled with sweet ricotta and other ingredients). During summer months (June to September), the tour concludes after three hours at Piazza San Domenico.If your tour takes place between October and May, continue your culinary quest for another hour, during which you’ll see the famous Baroque buildings of Quattro Canti and the Florentine fountain at Piazza Pretoria, before moving onto Ballarò Street Market, a favorite among locals. Sated and satisfied from all the food, you'll then visit the Cathedral of Palermo, where your tour concludes. Please note: In the special requirements field at check out, please advise of any dietary restrictions or food allergies; substitutions may be accommodated with advance notice.
Erice and Segesta Day Trip from Palermo with Sicilian Food and Wine Tasting
Meet your tour leader in central Palermo and head for the hills towards two beautiful towns in Sicily’s wild west. After a relaxing journey in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, stop at Erice, an isolated medieval town perched high on top of Mt Erice. Listen as your tour leader reveals Erice’s fascinating backstory. Legend suggests that Erice was founded by the indigenous Elymian people, who were believed to be Trojan exiles. Admire the breathtaking vistas of sweeping valleys and wander around the maze of Mediterranean lanes. Venture into some of the town’s pastry shops, which are known for their mouthwatering selections of specialty sweets, such as marzipan candies and almond and pistachio pastries.Travel to a Sicilian olive oil estate and tuck into a typical Sicilian lunch that features fresh local produce such as cheese, olives and pasta. Savor samples of olive oil and wine, which are also produced locally.After lunch, continue to Segesta, another city connected to the ancient Elymian people. Pay the admission fee to enter the archaeological site independently. Explore the ancient ruins at your leisure, marveling at the unfinished Doric temple, which dates back to the 5th century BC and at panoramic vistas of the rolling hills. Please note that your tour leader will not accompany you inside the site, but he or she will be able to share information about its highlights and history.Afterward, settle back into your seat for a scenic drive back to central Palermo, where your tour concludes.
Agrigento Day Trip from Palermo
Meet your tour leader in central Palermo and depart by air-conditioned vehicle. Relax on the journey towards Agrigento, a city on Sicily’s south coast.Listen as your tour leader explains the history of Agrigento and the ancient Greek city of Akragas. During its heyday, Akragas was the most prosperous and important settlement on the island of Sicily and beautiful remnants of its past glory are still visible today.On arrival, head to the Archaeological Museum of Agrigento, which showcases valuable and revealing artifacts from ancient times. Pay the admission fee to gain entry and discover more about the life of Greek settlers. Your time here is spent independently, leaving you free to examine the exhibits that interest you the most. Make your way around the statues, pottery and ancient remains before meeting back up with your tour leader at the prearranged time.After getting to grips with the history of this once powerful city, break for lunch (own expense). Then, marvel at the beauty of the UNESCO-listed Valley of the Temples, a vast archaeological zone that contains well-preserved monuments from the ancient city. Pay the admission fee, then head inside to explore independently, viewing numerous temples including the famous Temple of Concord (Tempio della Concordia), an immaculately preserved 5th-century structure.Come late afternoon, hop on the vehicle for the drive back to Palermo, where your tour concludes with a drop-off back at the start point.
Palermo Walking Tour and Street Food
During the 3 hours you will appreciate the street food in the old markets of Palermo which represent a true mix of culture, customs and food tradition. The Capo market, the Ballarò market and the Vucciria market are the oldest and most popular areas of Palermo in which the richness of the artistic treasures of Palermo join the gastronomy and street food.You will have the opportunity to taste some specialties from Palermo including the distinctive flavors of the street food, the "sfincione" (dough topped with onion, cheese, bread crumbs, tomato and oregano), the "panelle" (fried chickpea flour), the "crocché" (potatoes crochettes), the "arancine" stuffed with meat or butter (ball of rice stuffed), caponata (eggplants with tomatoes, capers, onions and olives) and a little cannolo (dessert filled with a cream containing ricotta).
Private Arrival Transfer: Palermo Airport to Hotel
When you land at Falcone–Borsellino Airport (formally, Palermo Falcone Borsellino International Airport), your private driver will meet you at the arrivals hall — simply look for the sign with your name. Then relax on the drive straight to your Palermo hotel in the comfort of a private sedan or minivan, depending on the size of your group.When making a booking for this private arrival transfer from Falcone-Borsellino Airport to your Palermo accommodation, you will need to advise your flight details and your Palermo hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!Price is per person, based on 6 adults per vehicle.
Palermo Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
When your cruise ship docks in Palermo, enjoy a shore excursion to see the best sights of the city! On this hop-on hop-off bus tour, get to know the true heart of Palermo. Take a short walk to the bus departure point and dive into a world where ancient and modern ruins stand side-by-side. Visit the Politeama Theatre (Teatro Politeama), a beautiful venue home to many great music shows located in the vibrant social center of the city. Visit the botanical gardens near Palazzo Steri and see the city’s central station before visiting the impressive Royal Palace, built by Arab rulers around the 9th century.Your Palermo hop-on hop-off tour will also take you to the wonderful historical palace called Palazzo Steri, famous for its beautiful wooden ceiling. Discover the fascinating city at your own pace and visit the marvelous Arabian castle, Castello Della Zisa, with its magnificent gardens and fountains -- this is said to be one of the most interesting places to visit in Palermo. You can hop on and off as many times as you like aboard the open-top, double-decker bus. The two tour routes are interconnected so you can easily change routes depending on your interests. See the Itinerary section below for a full list of stops. This excursion is located within a 20-minute walk of the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Palermo. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.