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Even so, 7 hours doesn't seem like enough time, unless you see everything in a hurry. Glancing around, you notice that the large port seems crowded and chaotic. Hundreds of people are milling around. Large buses, each seating 50 passengers, are lined up just off the pier, where tour guides are describing what seem to be different half-day tours of the same places. (These are the "group tours" organized by the cruise ship line and reserved earlier at about 45 euros.) Meanwhile, zealous taxi drivers aggressively hawk their services. (How much they would overcharge you is anyone's guess!) The atmosphere is noisy and even a bit confusing. Attractive women in their thirties (they vaguely remind you of flight attendants) are trying to herd passengers onto the buses.
Surveying this eclectic scene has only taken a minute, for you now spot the placard with your name written on it in bright green letters. You and your companions easily make your way over to Giuseppe ("Joe"), who warmly greets you in fluent English as he opens a door of the new car which will whisk you away from the port toward the Palatine Chapel, Norman Palace, Monreale Abbey and other sights, and of course a delightful lunch. (Your personalized itinerary was finalized weeks before your arrival but still allows plenty of flexibility.)
You already feel familiar and confident with Giuseppe, and you have no doubt that he'll navigate city traffic faster than the tour buses. As you leave the port you have the distinct impression that other passengers are staring at you and your friends in envious amazement, as though you were VIPs. Well, today you are...
Don't leave a great day to chance
Leaving the crowd behind
Morning: Early pick-up at the port. Transfer to Monreale Abbey, built in the 12th century, famous for its Byzantine mosaics (with an optional visit to the Arab-style cloister). Then you'll visit the Palatine Chapel, in Palermo's Norman Palace, and the nearby cathedral.
Lunch: Our restaurant suggestions are as delightful for atmosphere as for their food and wine. (The cost of lunch is not included in the excursion price.)
Afternoon: Tour of the Martorana Church, a 12th century Norman-Arab structure, and Piazza Pretoria, built around a large Baroque fountain, followed by a visit to other local attractions (such as one of the local street markets). Return to port.
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Price: Excursions are priced based on the number of participants. (Please note that we do not "mix" participants; all participants belong to a single group. Prices do not include lunch.) Use our Currency Converter to see how much a euro is worth. Prices for Noble Palermo are indicated on a separate page.
Reservations: To reserve contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org indicating "Palermo excursion" in the subject line, or by phone at +39 091 626 9685, or fax 39 091 380 9900. From the United States or Canada you may also contact us at 312-239-0420. (Please remember that there's a six-hour time difference between Central European Time here in Italy and American Eastern Time in Toronto and New York.)
This tour is organized by Chat & Tour (Tradizione Turismo), Via Gen. Sirtori 25, 90145 Palermo, Italy. Visit our general tours page for information on longer tours of Sicily. We also offer shore excursions from Messina and Catania.
Terms & Conditions: This day tour is offered by Chat & Tour of Palermo, Italy. Price includes all applicable taxes. Prepayment may be effected by credit card or bank wire transfer at least three (3) weeks prior to the tour date. In the event of cancellation by the purchaser within eight (8) days of departure a refund will be issued less a 25% cancellation fee and any incidental bank or credit card service fees. The tour price reflects a standardized rate available directly from the company organizing the tour.
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