Palermo Port excursions: tours to Palermo, Monreale & Mondello
Today you will be disembarking and car touring in one of the loveliest places in Italy – Palermo. Your driver and private luxurious vehicle will pick you up directly at the port and bring you to visit not only Palermo, but also Monreale, and Mondello.
Palermo has been inhabited since the stone age, as proven by the many artefacts and carvings found inside the caves of Adduara on the slopes of Monte Pellegrino. From the 8th century BC the area became a very important commercial base due to its position near the sea but also because of its two rivers Kemoia and Papireto that are used as ports, creating a very large protected area. In fact, Palermo became the unattainable goal of the Greeks who never managed to conquer it.
Palermo remained the capital of Sicily even after the Norman conquest and reached its maximum splendour during the reign of Frederick II. Today on your private car tour you will see many famous monuments from this epoch – The church of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio or Martorana, the Palatina Chapel. See the Baroque palace Branciforte di Raccujia which was the private residence of the Count of Raccuja and the Zisa Castle, now the home of the Museum of Islamic Art. After your visit of Palermo, your driver will continue your shore excursion with a visit to Monreale.
Monreale is beautifully located above the “Conca d’Oro” or “Golden Valley” which was so named for the once numerous citrus orchards that dotted the valley. Once a hunting reserve for the rulers of Palermo, it later became a real urban center when William II decided to build the famous cathedral here that you will see today on your tour. Most of the town is in fact built around the cathedral complex which includes not only the Duomo but also a Benedictine Abbey and the Royal Palace later transformed into a Seminary. Construction started around the year 1172 by William II when as legend has it the Madonna appeared to him in a dream and told him to build the cathedral with the money his father had hidden and where the money was hidden.
The Duomo should be an equal in beauty and size to other famous European cathedrals and be even more beautiful than the Palatina Chapel built by his grandfather Ruggero II. The church is dedicated to Santa Maria Nuova and is filled with famous and important works of art which are definitely worth seeing during your visit here. After your tour in Monreale, your driver will take you to one of its suburbs and beach resorts at Mondello.
Mondello is the most popular beach resort of Palermo at the foot of Mount Pellegrino. Noisy and colorful, this town was a swampland up until 100 years ago, when Prince Francesco Lanza di Scalea had the idea together with a Belgian company to build a plant to drain the land, giving birth to the Mondello beach. Only a few fishing boats remain in the old port which has now been transformed into a row of pizzerias, fast food, and cafés. You will see the remains of the old “tonnara”, or tuna factory, once the most active on the coast. Also visible is an old guard tower from 1445. In the late afternoon your driver will take you back to the Palermo port and your ship.
Please note: The proposed itineraries are only examples of possible tours. For different pick up / drop off locations or customized itineraries we invite our clients to contact one of our tour coordinators to help them design their own tour. Included
Never miss the ship + no worry refund/cancellation policy (read more)
Pick up/drop off directly at your ship gangway
A fun and informative private English speaking driver to lead you through the day.
Private transportation by air-conditioned and fully equipped Mercedes Benz vehicle
Free wi-fi and fresh bottled water on board
All taxes, parking, tolls and gasoline
No hidden costs
Entrance fees (unless specified on your confirmation voucher)
Gratuities (entirely at the client's discretion)
Prices per party (NOT PER PERSON)
Party of 1-2 people EURO 490 Party of 3-4 people EURO 550 Party of 5-6 people EURO 600 Party of 7-8 people EURO 650 Party of 9+ people ASK US
Availability and scheduleDepartures: Daily (all year round) Pick up/drop off location: Your ship gangway (your driver will be waiting for you on the pier, holding a sign with your name on it). Departure time (customizable to suit your needs and your ship schedule): 8.00am Tour duration: 9 hours (approx.)
Things to note:
The above itinerary is just an example and includes the highlights; please feel free to customize it to suit your travel needs, directly with your driver on the day. Being a private tour you will have the complete control of the day with the freedom to choose exactly what to do and see.
Cash payment on the day: the payment will be made cash (Euro currency) at the end of the day, directly to your driver. During the booking procedure you will provide your credit card details just to guarantee your booking (no charge will be made). If you need to get some cash from an ATM, please let your driver knows before the end of the service.
Payment by credit card at time of booking: credit card payment must be made at the time of booking because drivers cannot accept credit card payments on the day. Please advise us at the time of reservation.
Please note: for shore excursions we highly recommend the cash payment option, because in case your ship will not dock in port due to weather conditions, itinerary change, etc. you don't need to pay the bank fees necessary to refund you the total pre-paid amount.
No charge or penalty for tours cancelled at least 7 days in advance
6 to 3 days prior - 50% of cost of service
48 hours or less or NO SHOW - full forfeiture
No charge or penalty if your ship will not dock in port due to unforeseen circumstances (weather conditions, itinerary change, etc.)
NEVER MISS THE SHIP - GUARANTEED TIMELY RETURN TO YOUR SHIP
We have been offering shore excursions for a very long time and we never had a customer that missed the ship. In the extremely unlikely event that you miss your ship due to the late arrival of one of our tours, we will arrange and pay for your accommodations, meals, and transportation to the next port of call.
PS. We know very well that on the ship they try to terrorize you, saying that if you reserve your day with a private tour company and you are late, they will not wait for your return and you will miss the ship. As you can imagine, in cases of bad traffic, accidents, etc. the big buses they use have to wait in line just like all the other vehicles, and if you are on one of our small vehicles it will be much easier to find alternative routes to bypass the traffic problems.
WORRY FREE CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY
No charge or penalty if you cancel your tour up to 7 days prior the date!
No charge or penalty if your ship will not dock in port due to unforeseen circumstances (weather conditions, itinerary change, etc.) and if your tour has been paid in advance, we will refund you.