Welcome to Segesta

Long before the arrival of the Greeks, Segesta was the principal city of the Elymians, an ancient civilisation claiming descent from the Trojans that settled in Sicily in the Bronze Age. The Elymians were in constant conflict with Greek Selinunte, whose destruction (in 409 BC) they pursued with bloodthirsty determination. More than 100 years later the Greek tyrant Agathocles slaughtered over 10,000 Elymians and repopulated Segesta with Greeks.

Little remains of ancient Segesta today, save its hilltop theatre and never-completed Doric temple, yet the ruins' remarkable state of preservation and the majesty of their rural setting combine to make this one of Sicily's enduring highlights.

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$141.18 Day Trips & Excursions

Erice, Segesta Day Tour from Palermo with Sicilian Lunch

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, salumi and olives. 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.

$129.40 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Transfer: Palermo to Segesta Archeo Park

Departure in the morning or early afternoon from your Palermo accommodation or Palermo airport. Enjoy 1-hour private transfer from Palermo to Segesta and admire the magnificent panoramas during the ride. Upon arrival, experience the park on your own (entrance ticket at your expense). You will have about 2-hours to visit the area, you will be given a dedicated guide book of Segesta (in English) to follow.Do not miss the magnificent Greek-Elymian doric temple and the breathtaking views from the Greek theater located at the top of Monte Barbaro. At end of the tour, meet your private driver and relax on your way back to Palermo.

$705.88 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Shore Excursion from Trapani to Segesta and Erice

This is a private shore excursion to Segesta and Erice from Trapani, with English speaking driver and comfortable ride. Meet your driver at your hotel in Trapani or at the port, and embark on a 40 minute-drive to Segesta. This is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites of Sicily, founded by the Elymian population and refugees from destroyed Troy, before the arrival of the Greeks. Segesta's ancient Greek temple can make a valid claim to being the best preserved in the world, and its amphitheater boasts a hilltop position on Mount Barbaro second to none. Kindly take note that the admission fees are not included in the rate and should be paid on site (approximately 10 euro per person)Board the car again and after a 45 minute-ride you, will reach Erice, a small Medieval town with a population of a few hundred inhabitants that grows considerably during summer periods. Located on the summit of the Mount, Erice was once dominated by the Elimi that gave the village its ancient name. Erice founded the temple dedicated to Venus, goddess of love and fertility. The village, surrounded by cyclopean walls, is characterized by stone paths and adorned with trees, plants and flowers, giving the center a magical and enchanted atmosphere. Its large and spectacular view is breathtaking—from Erice, Trapani can be seen with its characteristic sickle shape and Monte Cofano with Custonaci at its feet. The town is also famous for its delicious almond cookies and marzipan, lovely ceramics and colorful rag rugs.On the way back to the ship, make a quick stop in Trapani, a place renowned for its fine seafood and Sicilian cuisine, and try some of the local delicacies while admiring the medieval architecture of the old town.Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded.

$364.66 Day Trips & Excursions


Visit at the old city of Segesta, founded by the Elimi and survived the enemies weather and the many earthquakes in the area. Located on Mount Barbaro, it has a breathtaking panoramic view.Visit the magnificent Temple and the Greek theater of Segesta, free time to take pictures.  Visiting Selinunte, what was largest, the most inhabited Greek city. Currently, there resides the largest archaeological park in Europe.Free time. For lunch, we will take you in a typical restaurant near the archaeological site and is not included in the price. Return in the afternoon and there is the possibility of release in the hotel. All entry ticket at the sites are not included.

$170.57 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour to Erice and Segesta with Local Guide

The tour starts with hotel pickup from Palermo by your Local Guide and you will start the day being driven along the beautiful North coast passing the Golf of Castellammare and the wine producing area of 'Bianco d'Alcamo,' a well-known white wine. On your arrival to Segesta together with your local guide you'll visit the archaeological area (Temple and Theater) which is embedded within a wonderful landscape. The remains of an Arabic mosque, a Norman church and the Forum Romanum are also visible. The location has inspired generations of travelers and artists, and is an experience you cannot miss.Following time for a lunch break, continue to the Medieval hill-top town of Erice, a real gem. Strolling through the cobblestone streets of the Medieval town you will arrive at the public garden located next to the ruins of the Norman castle, the view from there is stunning. It is not just the views that brings people here since the quaint cobblestone streets have their own unique appeal.Return to Palermo in the afternoon.

$352.90 Day Trips & Excursions

Best of West Sicily - 3 Days - Private Tours with Local Guide from Palermo

Day 1)Walking Tour in Palermo: the culture of the city, the beautiful sights, architecture and the typical street markets, are hidden in the old part of town. Palermo 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. Visit the highlights of the Arab Norman Period, Palatine Chapel inside the Royal Palace, the Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria, the Cathedral plus a typical market and more. Day 2) Visit a renowned Winery (Optional) which is embedded in a charming and unique context. The island is renowned for the many outstanding wines, some of them produced in this area (south of Palermo) which is famous for a great wine and olive oil production. During the Wine Tasting session you'll get familiar with the local grapes. Continue towards the archeological park of Selinunte, among the most evocative places in Sicily. Also one of the most impressive of all Greek sites, never having been built over in modern times. In the 5th Century BC it was second only to Syracuse. The archeological site includes several temples, part of the excavated ancient city, amazing ruins more than 2500 years old and a beautiful landscape. Visit an Organica Olive Farm (USDA/National Organic Program). A local producer in the Belice Valley. The prestigious "Nocellara del Belice" olive variety has been grown here for centuries. An unrepeatable combination of the local soil and microclimate gives origin to DOP certified table olives and extra-virgin olive oil. Back in Palermo in the late afternoon. (You Choice - Alternative program for Day 2: Tour to Agrigento to visit of the Valley of Temples)Day 3) This morning is dedicated to the archeological area of SEGESTA. Temple and Theater from the 5th century BC are embedded within a wonderful landscape. The high-stepped, semicircular theatre opens onto a breathtaking panorama over the surrounding countryside with the sea in the distance. Continue to ERICE, just about 2400 feet above sea level, cool even in a hot Sicilian summer, offers on clear days magnificent views. It is not just the views, however that brings people here since the quaint cobblestone streets have their own appeal. Back in Palermo in the afternoon. (Your Choice - Alternative program for Day 3: Tour of Monreale & Cefalù or Segesta & Monreale) 

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