Silversea Luxury Cruises A Trapani, Sicily

Trapani, Sicily
Trapani, Sicily

Trapani, the most important town on Sicily’s west coast, lies below the headland of Mount Erice and offers stunning views of the Egadi Islands on a clear day. Trapani’s Old District occupies a scimitarshaped promontory between the open sea on the north and the salt marshes to the south. The ancient industry of extracting salt from the marshes has recently been revived, and it is documented in the Museo delle Saline. View more

In addition to the salt marshes,Trapani’s other interesting environs include the beautiful little hill town of Erice, the promontory of Capo San Vito stretching north beyond the splendid headland of Monte Cofano, the lovely island of Motya and the town of Marsala. Trips farther afield will take you to the magnificent site of Segesta or the Egadi Islands, reached by boat or hydrofoil from Trapani Port.

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Excursions depuis Trapani, Sicily

Ancient Greek Ruins of Selinunte

Depart the pier for a brief panoramic drive through Trapani, before proceeding on a scenic one hour drive to Selinunte. One of Sicily's great Greek archaeological sites, Selinunte is situated by the sea in the south-western corner of Sicily where the isolated ruins have stood abandoned for most of their history. The lack of later development allows modern visitors to imagine the ancient town of Selinus as it would have been two and a half thousand years ago.


Selinus

Arriving at Selinus, you will discover the remains of a city founded by the Greeks in the mid-7th century. Visit the remnants of three impressive temples that once graced the site. The first is Temple E, dating back to the 5th century BC and rebuilt in 1958. To the right stands Temple F, lying completely in ruins. Archaeologists believed that Temple G was dedicated to Zeus, and was among the largest of its type in the ancient world. Each of its columns weighs several tons. The surrounding rubble gives some indication of its immense size. You will also explore the Acropolis with your guide. It was partially rebuilt in 1925, and was dominated the columns of Temple C (6th century BC).


Re-board the motor coach for a scenic drive back to the pier.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1000m (.65 miles) on uneven ground at times. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes and sun protection.

Ancient Segesta

Explore the splendid archaeological site of Segesta during a panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion to this ancient city.


Trapani, City Centre, Ligny Tower, Egadi, Lazzaretto and Torre della Colombaia Islands

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Segesta. En route, take a brief sightseeing drive through Trapani's city centre and stop for photos at the Ligny Tower, or 'Torri de Ligny', a massive, quadrangular tower built by Prince di Ligny in 1671. One of the city's most beautiful panoramic viewpoints, the Ligny Tower offers splendid vistas of the Egadi, Lazzaretto and Torre della Colombaia islands in the distance.


Segesta

Called 'Egesta' by the Greeks and 'Segesta' by the Romans, the city was, with Erice and Entella, one of the most advanced centres of the ancient Elymian civilisation (a combination of the Trojans and Phoenicians, who mixed with the Sicans of western Sicily). The city stood on a vast plateau between the two peaks of Monte Barbaro, a very well-defended position. Likely built between the 5th and 4th centuries B.C., Segesta City was surrounded by walls of the Classic or Hellenistic Age.


Archaeological Site, Doric Temple, Theatre, Free Time

Upon arrival in Segesta, take a guided tour of its expansive archaeological site. Along the way, visit the magnificent, very well-preserved Doric Temple, whose majestic appearance and dominating position bestow great nobility on this ancient landscape. Leaving the Doric Temple, board a local shuttle bus for the short transfer to the Theatre, which is situated on the northern slope of Monte Barbaro. Following your guided tour of the Theatre, return to the archaeological site via shuttle bus. Upon arrival, some free time is made available for independent exploration. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 984 yards (about 900 metres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and shuttle bus, and at the sites visited. Walking in Segesta is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Marsala & A Taste of Sicily

Explore the unique flavours and sights of Marsala during this scenic visit to the city, and brunch and a wine-tasting at a local wine farm. Marsala is a coastal town in western Sicily with ancient origins closely tied with those of an unusual archaeological site nearby, the little island of Mozia, also known as San Pantaleo. Mozia was an important colonial stronghold of Carthage in North Africa, itself an early colony of the Phoenician people.


Depart the pier for the approximate one-hour drive to Marsala along the salt road, or 'via del sal'. En route, a photo stop is made to capture the famous 'Saline' salt pan and windmills. The drive to Marsala also offers panoramic vistas of Mozia Island. Due to its location near the coast, Mozia became a key trade city, and one of the most important Phoenician and Carthaginian settlements in the Mediterranean.


Marsala

Marsala is situated on Cape Boeo at the westernmost end of the island. Phoenician refugees founded Marsala after the destruction of Mozia by Dionysius I of Syracuse. The Romans, Vandals and Byzantines subsequently dominated the city. It was occupied by the Muslims and renamed the Port of Allah, or 'Marsa-Allah'. In 1072, the Normans' overtook Marsala, rebuilt the castle, and constructed churches and convents.


Regional Museum

Your walking tour of this ancient city features a visit to the town centre and Regional Museum, which is part of the Archaeological Park of Lilybaeum. The museum houses a famous Punic warship, along with archaeological remains documenting Lilybaeum's history and environs from the Prehistoric Era to the Middle-Ages.


Cantine Florio

Marsala is also renowned for the wine named after it. A stop for brunch at the Cantine Florio, a local wine farm, includes Sicilian specialities accompanied by a variety of local wines, including Marsala wine.


Ligny Tower

After brunch, re-board your coach for the approximate one-hour return drive to Trapani. En route, a photo stop is made at Ligny Tower, or 'Torri de Ligny', a massive, quadrangular tower built by Prince di Ligny in 1671. One of the city's most beautiful panoramic viewpoints, the Ligny Tower offers splendid vistas of the Egadi, Lazzaretto and Torre della Colombaia islands in the distance. Following your photo stop, re-board your coach and return to the pier.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking for approximately 800 metres (.50 mile), at times over uneven terrain and cobblestones, with steps to negotiate at the museum. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, however it is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, walking shoes and sun protection. Order of sites visited may vary.

Marsala Walking and Winery Tour

Discover the unique flavours and sights of Marsala during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing and wine tasting excursion.


Trapani, Saline Salt Pan and Windmills, Mozia Island

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive to Marsala along the Salt Road, or 'Via del Sal'. En route, a photo stop is made to capture the famous 'Saline' salt pan and windmills. The drive to Marsala also offers panoramic vistas of Mozia Island. Due to its location near the coast, Mozia became a key trade city, and was one of the most important Phoenician and Carthaginian settlements in the Mediterranean.


Cape Boeo, Marsala, Town Centre

Marsala is situated on Cape Boeo, at the westernmost end of the island. Phoenician refugees founded Marsala after the destruction of Mozia by Dionysius I of Syracuse. The Romans, Vandals and Byzantines subsequently dominated the city. was occupied by the Muslims and renamed the Port of Allah, or 'Marsa-Allah'. In 1072, the Normans' overtook Marsala, rebuilt the castle, and constructed churches and convents. Upon arrival in Marsala, take a short, guided walking tour of its town centre.


Cantine Florio, Ligny Tower, Egadi, Lazzaretto and Torre della Colombaia Islands

Marsala is also renowned for the wine named after it. Leaving the town centre, re-board your coach and drive to Cantine Florio, a local wine farm. Upon arrival, proceed for a tasting of local wines, including Marsala wine, accompanied by a selection of Sicilian specialities. Afterward, re-board your coach and head to the Ligny Tower, or 'Torri de Ligny', a massive, quadrangular tower built by Prince di Ligny in 1671. One of the city's most beautiful panoramic viewpoints, the Ligny Tower offers splendid vistas of the Egadi, Lazzaretto and Torre della Colombaia islands in the distance. Following your photo stop here, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 656 yards-765 yards (about 600 metres-700 metres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 18 years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary.

Opera House & Sicilian Puppet Museum

Savour a taste of the arts in Palermo during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Trapani, Palermo, City Centre, Piazza Verdi, Opera House

Depart the pier for the approximately 1.5-hour drive through Trapani Town en route to Palermo. Upon arrival, take a brief sightseeing drive through Palermo's city centre. Your first stop is at the Opera House. The Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele is located in Piazza Verdi, and dedicated to King Vittorio Emanuele II. Renowned for its perfect acoustics, it is the biggest opera house in Italy, and third-largest in Europe after the Opéra National de Paris and the K. K. Hof-Opernhaus in Vienna.

Auditorium, Foyer, Royal Sitting Room/Royal Box, Pompeian Hall, Coat-of-Arms Room, Free Time

During your guided visit, explore the stunning Auditorium and most interesting halls, including the Foyer, Royal Sitting Room with the Royal Box, Pompeian Hall (also known as the 'Echo Room' for its perfect acoustics) and the Coat-of-Arms Room. Marvel at the 'Symbolic Wheel' overlooking the Auditorium; it looks like a giant flower with eleven petals that, through a system of ropes, open up to let out the hot air and ventilate the room. Following your tour, some free time is made available to explore Palermo's city centre. Afterward, re-board your coach and head to the International Marionette Museum.


International Marionette Museum, Guided Tour, Puppet Show, Refreshments

This popular, traditional museum of Palermo was established in 1975 by Antonio Pasqualino, when he started its collection of puppets from Sicily and all over the world; after his death in 1995, the museum took his name. Located in the Kalsa Quarter in the former Hotel de France, this 957-square-yard (about 800-square-metre) museum features two floors of puppet displays. In 2017, the museum received the Icom Italia Award for Museum of the Year. Following your guided tour and a puppet show, enjoy some refreshments accompanied by local specialities. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and standing for approximately 0.6 miles-0.74 miles (about one kilometres-1.2 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 50 steps at the Opera House and Museum; a lift is available. Walking in Palermo's town centre is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible nor avisable for guests with motion sickness. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The driving distance between the pier and Palermo is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction.

Panoramic Trapani & Olive Oil Tasting

Experience Trapani's scenic beauty, historic sights and unique flavours during a sightseeing tour of the town, and a tasting at an olive oil farm. Hugging the harbour where Peter of Aragon landed in 1282 to begin the Spanish occupation of Sicily, the sickle-shaped spit of land occupied by Trapani's Old Town once sat at the heart of a powerful trading network that stretched from Carthage to Venice.


Depart the pier for a sightseeing drive through Trapani, followed by a stop at the Ligny Tower, or 'Torri de Ligny'.


Ligny Tower

This massive, quadrangular tower was built by Prince di Ligny in 1671. One of the city's most beautiful panoramic viewpoints, the Ligny Tower offers splendid vistas of the Egadi, Lazzaretto and Torre della Colombaia islands in the distance.

Next, re-board you coach and drive along the salt road, or 'via del sal', which features the famous 'Saline' salt pan and windmills.


Olive Oil Farm

Upon arrival in Paceco, a visit is made to the renowned ancient olive oil farm, 'Fontanasalsa'. After a tour of the factory, proceed to the charming courtyard patio nestled amidst an orange garden for an olive oil tasting. Sample typical Sicilian delicacies that include bruschetta, olive paste, local cheeses and desserts accompanied by local wine. During your visit, the farm's owner, Mrs. Burgarella, or a member of her staff /family will briefly discuss the production and characteristics of olive oil.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking of approximately 328 feet (100 metres) on uneven ground. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility, however it is not recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, walking shoes and sun protection.

Salt Road & Mozia Island

Enjoy a tour to Mozia Island located between Trapani to the North and Marsala to the South. The island was formerly known as Motia and San Pantale and lies in the Stagnone Lagoon. Discover the island is rich with archaeological excavations and finds from what was an island city. Make a stop at the Whitaker Museum and view many beautiful relics that are well displayed here. Mozia, or Mothia, was founded at the end of the 8th century B.C. on the island of San Pantaleo, situated at the centre of a large lagoon, known today as Stagnone, or big pond.


Depart the pier area and, from Marsala, situated on Cape Boeo start driving towards the "via del sale" (the salt road) with the famous "Saline" and windmills.

On the way you will have the opportunity of driving through the Stagnone Lagoon - with a very unreal panorama and beautiful colors - and to have a panoramic view of Mozia Island.


Mozia Island

Embark for a brief sea crossing to Mozia Island by local boat. Due to its presence near the coast as an important trade city, Mozia was one of the most important Phoenician and Carthaginian settlements in the Mediterranean area.

Once on the island your guide will lead you to some of the interesting archaeological points with spectacular view of the Stagnone Lagoon.


Whitaker Museum

Afterwards, make your way to the Whitaker Museum housing several artifacts found in Mozia and in the neighbouring area whose highlight is of course the Ephebus of Motya, the marble statue of a young man from the fifth century BC, found in Mothia in 1976.

Be provided free time on the island for further exploration, then re-board the local boat to the mainland.


Your coach will return you back to pier area.



Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of walking of approximately .93 miles (1500 metres) on uneven ground. When on Mozia Island, the tour is entirely on foot. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility nor recommended for guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, walking shoes and sun protection.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Trapani 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. 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 & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Trapani 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. Guides are 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 Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Trapani 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. 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 & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Trapani 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.

The Essence of Erice

Embrace the Medieval beauty of one of Sicily's most impregnable hilltop fortifications during this half-day journey to Erice. Erice is in such a spectacular, naturally fortified position high above the natural harbour of Trapani, that it is not surprising that the site has been occupied for millennia.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate one-hour drive to Erice, a lovely town perched on an isolated hill north of Trapani. The drive takes place along a road with numerous steep bends.


Erice

This small medieval town 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 views of the sea and Egadi Islands.


The Walls

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


Balio Gardens

Next, proceed for a visit to the English-style Balio Gardens. These delightful gardens were laid out in 1870 by Count Pepoli, and feature a monumental entrance with a double staircase.


Venus Castle

The last stop on your walking tour is the Venus Castle. Built on the site of the original Temple of Venus, the castle offers magnificent panoramic views and the remains of the Venus Temple.


Following your guided visit, some free time is made available for you to browse the shops before re-boarding your coach for the approximate one-hour return drive to the pier.

En route, make a photo stop at the famous 'Saline' salt pan and take an orientation drive through Trapani.



Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, at times on cobblestones that can be slippery when wet. Approximate distance covered on foot is 1500m (1 mile). This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. We recommend wearing comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes and sun protection.