Silversea Luxury Cruises To PALERMO (Sicily)

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Palermo, Italy

The capital of Sicily, Palermo is a fiery, authentic city and a cultural powerhouse on the periphery of Europe. Juicy lemons weigh down the branches of its tree-lined streets, while treats like cannoli tubes, filled with ricotta-blended cream, provide a sweet taste of the local cuisine. Oozing layered character, explore this incredible city at leisure, or head out to nearby villages, which offer preserved medieval charm. Stacked markets spill out onto Palermo’s souk-like streets, while grand piazzas host elaborate fountains and sculptures, below the watch of baroque church domes. View more

Many cultures have clashed and combined on this island’s shores, - since the days of antiquity - giving the city the dubious honour of being the world’s most conquered city. A genuine patchwork of influences, Palermo’s triumph lies in somehow combining it all into one fascinating whole. Palermo is a delightfully dishevelled city. Wander bomb-damaged streets of neglect, which suddenly open out to the grandest of cathedrals and most majestic of stunning palaces. The 12th-century Palermo Cathedral is a glorious domed structure – rise to the top, to look across the city’s restaurant-filled alleyways from above. Next, encounter the Norman, Arabic, and Byzantine fusion of the Norman Palace and the incredible golden mosaics and sweeping archways of the adjacent Royal Chapel. Visit Europe’s third-largest opera house, or Mondello’s beach, which offers relaxation on a beautiful arc of white sand. Stop in at the selection of restaurants, which serve up fresh fish, and refreshing granita al limone.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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ATHENS (Piraeus) To ROME (Civitavecchia)
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Excursions in PALERMO (Sicily)

Arab-Norman Heritage

Sicily's diverse historic landmarks and architectural beauty are yours to discover during this picturesque, half-day excursion to Palermo and Monreale via coach and on-foot.

Palermo, City Centre, Palatine Chapel and Norman Castle

Depart the pier for a brief sightseeing drive through the city of Palermo and admire the crowded, picturesque streets of this ancient town.

Palermo's unique Byzantine-Saracen-Norman architecture is a fascinating amalgam of its rich and remarkably diverse heritage. A visit is then made to the impressive Palatine Chapel, located in the Norman, or 'Palazzo dei Normanni'. The chapel's Arabo-Norman influences are reflected in its gold and coloured mosaics, intricately-carved candelabrum and ceiling. Today, the building is the seat of the Sicilian Parliament

Monreale, Cathedral and Benedictine Cloister

Next, re-board your coach and head to Monreale. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the Cathedral, designed and built by William the Good in 1174 A.D. and thought to be Italy's most beautiful Norman Church. With its thick walls and powerful towers, Monreale's exterior looks like an austere fortress; however, the Cathedral's interior is its crowning glory. The large nave has side aisles and grey granite columns that highlight the exquisite Byzantine mosaics adorning the walls above the arches. A visit is also made to the Benedictine Cloister. The courtyard is enclosed by an arcade supported by 216 sets of twin columns, each with a different design and richly-decorated capitals.

Free Time and Shopping

Following your walking tour of Monreale, some free time is made available to visit one of the lovely cafes or browse the local shops at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier via Palermo's historic centre.

Erice & Segesta

Embrace the medieval beauty of Sicily's west coast during this panoramic, full-day excursion to Erice and Segesta.

Erice

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.75-hour sightseeing drive through Palermo en route to Sicily's west coast, and a visit to Erice. A small, medieval town perched on an isolated hill north of Trapani, Erice was founded in 415 B.C. and renowned in ancient times as an important sanctuary of Venus. Although it is often shrouded in mist due to its hilltop location, Erice offers splendid panoramic views of the sea and Egadi Islands. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through this lovely town.

The Walls

Erice's Norman-style influences are reflected in its imposing towers and fortifications. During your guided walking tour, see the walls that stretch from Porta Spada to Porta Trapani, and protect the only side of the hill with no natural defences. On all other sides, the sheer rock face made the town one of the most impregnable fortresses on the island.

Balio Gardens and Venus Castle

Other historic sites that may be encountered during your visit include the delightful, English-style Balio Gardens and ancient Venus Castle, which offers exquisite panoramic vistas and an up-close look at the remains of the Temple of Venus. Following your guided visit, some free time is made available for you to browse the shops before proceeding for a typical Sicilian lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, re-board your coach for the drive to nearby Segesta.

Segesta

Upon arrival in Segesta, discover why the view of the renowned Doric Temple on a bare hill in the deserted countryside has awed visitors for centuries. Walk up the path and steps from the coach parking area, then past the agave plants and on to this extremely well-preserved temple, which was thought to have been built by a Greek architect between 424-416 B.C. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier via Palermo's historic centre.

Golf at Verdura Resort Golf Club

Spend four hours enjoying the spectacular Verdura Golf Club, part of a 5-star resort on the southwest coast of Sicily. This golf complex consists of 45 holes, centred around a sporting facility that is considered one of the best in the Mediterranean.


The course was founded by Sir Rocco Forte, a keep sportsman with a lifelong passion for golf, who hired American architect Kyle Phillips to create a thoughtful master plan for Verdura Golf Club. Wth two 18-hole courses (the East course and the West Course) as well as a 9-hole par three course as well as a driving range and practice area, the course encompasses over 500 pristine acres.


Depart the pier and take a 90-minute drive via coach to the Verdura Golf Club in Sciacca. depart pier and drive towards the verdure golf club in Sciacca (about 90 minutes of driving). Enjoy the sweeping views as land and sea join together as you approach the beautifully apportioned golf courses and landscapes.


Gather your equipment and choose your course, or possibly more than one course as you have four hours to explore and test your skills at this legendary golf resort. Although both courses are built to the same standard on similar terrain, the East and West courses provide alternate journeys for golfers to enjoy.


Reboard the coach at the end of your day and make the scenic return drive back to pier


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking (golf cart available), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. This golfing excursion includes private transfers between the pier and the course, and cart rental. Club rental is not included; payment can be made to the club directly (at the time of this printing, standard rental is 50 Euros per person). Lunch and beverages are available for purchase in the clubhouse at the expense of each guest. Bring Euro currency and a credit card. All guests must wear tailored trousers/shorts/skirts (no jeans) with a collared polo shirt of solid color (no prints please), and socks and soft- or hard-spike golfing shoes, and bring sun protection from the ship. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Palermo Market & Santa Caterina Church

Leave the pier by coach and start the panoramic sightseeing drive of Palermo.


Palermo sightseeing, city centre walking tour, food market, tasting

Comfortably admire from your coach the main monuments such as the Norman Palace, which began life in the Saracen period and altered by the Norman kings; the magnificent Cathedral, built in the 12th century by an Archbishop, transformed into a mosque after the Muslim era; the Felice Gate, the Marina Square and the Garibaldi Gardens.


Leave the coach near Porta Carini and continue on foot to reach the "Al Capo" food market. The market is an animated, characteristic and folkloristic place: the colours, the screams ("vuci") of the vendors, the animation of the stalls, make it an essential element of Palermo city's character. Open every day, it gives the possibility to purchase any kind of grocery and several other merchandise. Take the opportunity to taste some local street food while strolling around the market.



Santa Caterina Church, Monastery

Afterwards, reboard your coach and drive to Santa Caterina Church. The Church stands next to a fourteenth-century monastery of Dominican nuns and was built between 1566 and 1596. The dome was added In the eighteenth century and the choir in 1863. The façade is in late Renaissance style; inside, the chapels are in rococo style with very rich marble decorations and eighteenth-century frescoes, which make it one of the richest churches in Palermo. The visit continues also inside the Monastery, where the cloistered nuns were leaving, exploring their private cells. Weather permitting, access upstairs on the terrace to enjoy a magnificenf view of Palermo centre.


Afterwards return to the coach for the drive back to the pier.

Palermo Panorama

Discover the scenic splendour and historic landmarks of Palermo, and visit the picturesque beachfront town of Mondello during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Palermo, City Centre, Norman Palace and the Cathedral

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute sightseeing drive through Palermo's city centre, a popular holiday destination for local residents. A photo stop is made at the historic Norman Palace, which dates back to the Saracen Period but was altered by the Norman Kings. Afterward proceed to the magnificent Cathedral, which was built in the 12th-century by an archbishop and transformed into a mosque during Muslim occupation. The basilica houses six Royal Tombs, and was restored to the hands of Christianity by the Normans. The remains of Palermo's protector, Ste. Rosalia, are stored in the chapel in an urn of pure silver.


Palermo Landmarks and Mondello

Next, re-board your coach for the drive past the Massimo Theatre, Felice Gate and Marina Square, a popular meeting-place amidst the Garibaldi Gardens. Upon arrival in Mondello, some free time is made available to explore this scenic beachfront resort area at your leisure. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car with Guide (Full Day)

Explore Palermo at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car with Guide (Half Day)

Explore Palermo at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van and Guide (Full Day)

Explore Palermo at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van with Guide (Half Day)

Explore Palermo at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.