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Palermo Cruise Port (Terminal Crociere di Palermo) Tours

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Palermo Cruise Port (Terminal Crociere di Palermo)
The dramatic mountain peaks towering over Palermo, along the northwestern coast of Sicily, is the first thing that strikes visitors arriving at the city’s port—but there’s more here than spectacular views. Famous for its cuisine, ceramics, and architecture, historic and happening Palermo is a highlight of any Mediterranean cruise. 

The Basics
Because of the wealth of architectural masterpieces located across the old city center, it’s best to explore Palermo with a hop-on hop-off bus or private tour. Start your Palermo shore excursion at Palazzo dei Normanni, former Royal Palace of Palermo and today home of the Sicilian parliament. Seat of the kings of Sicily since the Norman domination in the 11th century, the building is the oldest royal residence in Europe and boasts intricate 12th-century mosaics. Follow this with Monreale, one of Italy’s most impressive cathedrals, famous for its 42 biblical scenes depicted in Byzantine mosaics. Take in the city’s other highlights—the Palermo Cathedral, Chiesa Della Martorana, Capuchin Catacombs, Teatro Massimo opera house, and Quattro Canti square—and be sure to browse Palermo’s ceramic shops for brightly painted Sicilian pottery and the city’s bustling street markets for food, handicrafts, and souvenirs.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Popular day trips from Palermo include Cefalù, famous for its Sanctuary of Gibilmanna and Castello della Rocca; Segesta, home of a well-preserved Doric temple from the 5th century BC; and Erice, known for its Venus Castle.
  • Just outside the city of Palermo, you can easily visit Mondello, a historic fishing village now one of the area's prettiest coastal resorts. 
  • Farther afield to the south, the Valley of the Temples, outside the city of Agrigento, is one of Sicily’s most popular sights and makes for an easy day trip.
  • Sicily’s train and bus systems are famously inefficient, in part due to the island’s complicated geography. It is almost always faster and easier to get around by car.

How to Get to Palermo from the Palermo Cruise Port
Cruise ships berth at the Stazione Marittima (cruise terminal), which was built in 1950. Taxis and horse-drawn carriages are usually waiting at the port exit to take travelers along the small winding streets of the city’s historic center, and many cruise companies also offer shuttle buses to the center of town.
 
Port Information
Many of the largest cruise lines stop at the Palermo port. Italian is the most widely spoken language here. The local currency is the euro; ATMs are easy to find, and foreign exchange bureaus are near the docks. You can pick up free city maps near the terminal’s exit.
Address: Stazione Marittima, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
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Palermo Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Enjoy your time in port in Palermo with a hop-on hop-off bus tour of the Sicilian capital. Explore the city with a do-it-yourself shore excursion aboard a double-decker bus to see the Politeama Theatre, Massimo Theatre and Palermo Cathedral. Discover Palermo at your own pace.
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Palermo Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Segesta, Erice and Marsala

Leave the Palermo port, and spend a day getting to know Sicily. The day-long shore excursion, with a private driver, takes in the towns of Marsala, Erice and Segesta. Travel along the coast to see the Doric Temple of Segesta and the Venus Castle of Erice. Then later, in Marsala, explore the cathedral and the Church of St John the Baptist — a 16th-century treasure with underground vaults.
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Palermo Shore Excursion: Palermo, Monreale and Mondello Private Day Trip

When your boat docks in Palermo, leave the port and spend a day exploring Mondello, Monreale and Palermo itself. With a private driver to you chauffeur you around, you’ll discover the statuesque sights of Palermo like the Benedictine Abbey and Cappella Palatina, a chapel with Arab-Norman art. Enjoy free time to explore the charming towns of Monreale and Mondello, and soak up the delights of Sicily as you go.
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Palermo Shore Excursion: City Segway Tour

Maximize your time in Palermo port with this 3-hour Segway sightseeing tour. Simply step on the electric, self-balancing Segway, and then glide behind a guide as you explore the streets of Palermo. Hop off to take photos, learn about the city’s history and see a multitude of sights. The Gallery of Modern Art, Capos Market and the Palace of the Normans are just a few Palermo landmarks on the list.
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Palermo Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Cefalù

Want to explore Sicily’s enchanting coastline and Cefalù, too? Leave your cruise ship behind at the Palermo port, and spend a day sightseeing with a private driver. Discover the city of Cefalù, home to the Sanctuary of Gibilmanna and the dramatic Castello della Rocca — a ruined castle that clings to a rocky outcrop and overlooks the city. All entrance fees to attractions are at your own expense.
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