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  • Location: Palermo, Italy
  • Duration:  1 day (approx.)

While in port in Palermo, spend your time enjoying the perfect do-it-yourself shore excursion in this beautiful city. Head into the city to see all of Palermo’s top attractions on a convenient hop-on hop-off bus tour! Admire the Politeama Theatre, overlooking Politeama Square, and drive by the Massimo Theatre, one of the biggest and most famous opera houses in Italy. Explore the glorious buildings of the Cathedral Monreale, admire the wonderful mosaics in the Cappella Palatina and more.

Highlights

  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour in Palermo
  • Enjoy a shore excursion and see the city’s top attractions at your own pace
  • Learn about the sites you pass from the informative onboard commentary
  • Choose from two interconnecting routes that show you the best of Palermo
  • Hop on and off as many times as you like aboard the open-top, double-decker bus

What You Can Expect

Palermo Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Palermo Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

When your cruise ship docks in Palermo, enjoy a shore excursion to see the best sights of the city! On this hop-on hop-off bus tour, get to know the true heart of Palermo. Take a short walk to the bus departure point and dive into a world where ancient and modern ruins stand side-by-side. Visit the Politeama Theatre (Teatro Politeama), a beautiful venue home to many great music shows located in the vibrant social center of the city. Visit the botanical gardens near Palazzo Steri and see the city’s central station before visiting the impressive Royal Palace, built by Arab rulers around the 9th century.

Your Palermo hop-on hop-off tour will also take you to the wonderful historical palace called Palazzo Steri, famous for its beautiful wooden ceiling. Discover the fascinating city at your own pace and visit the marvelous Arabian castle, Castello Della Zisa, with its magnificent gardens and fountains -- this is said to be one of the most interesting places to visit in Palermo.

You can hop on and off as many times as you like aboard the open-top, double-decker bus. The two tour routes are interconnected so you can easily change routes depending on your interests. See the Itinerary section below for a full list of stops.

This excursion is located within a 20-minute walk of the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Palermo. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

Itinerary

Stops include:
Line A

  • Teatro Politeama
  • Teatro Massimo
  • Piazza Quattro Canti
  • Palazzo Steri
  • Orto Botanico
  • Stazione Centrale
  • Palazzo Reale
  • Cattedrale
  • Mercato Vucciria
Line B:
  • Teatro Politeama
  • Giardino Inglese
  • Villa Malfitano
  • Castello Della Zisa
  • Mercato del Capo
  • Teatro Massimo
  • Porto

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Our family (4 persons) recently completed a western Mediterranean cruise. Viator was recommended to us by our travel agent as a less expensive alternative to the cruiseline's shore excursions. Through Viator we booked Hop-on/Hop-off tours of Marseille and Palermo, and a Naples/Pompeii tour. We were very pleased with the service that we experienced. Everyone was very pleasant, professional and spoke excellent English. In Palermo, the Hop-on/Hop-off staff were located right at the cruise terminal and gave us good instructions to the nearest stop. In Naples, our tour guide, Maria, was waiting for us when we arrived. We kept to the pre-arranged schedule. The vehicles were all clean and in good condition.
But what impressed us most was the manner in which Viator handled the cancellation of our Marseille Hop-on/Hop-off tour. Only 3 days before our anticipated arrival in Marseille, the ship's captain advised that we would be stopping in Toulon instead. We emailed Viator immediately of our need to cancel the tour and requested a refund. We were very happy to promptly receive an email message that this would be no problem.
We are very happy with the service that Viator provided and will be happy to book with Viator in the future. We will also recommend Viator to family and friends (and have already done so).

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

It was excellent!!! Our tour guide adjust the time to take us to the most important locations and he demonstrate his knowledge.
Thanks Silva!

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