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


  • Make the most of your time in Palermo with a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour
  • Explore 16 combined stops on 2 bus routes to see more of the city
  • See the main sights of Palermo, including the Teatro Massimo, Quattro Canti, Palazzo Reale and Vucciria Market
  • Sightsee at your own pace, creating your own unique itinerary
  • Get on and off the bus as many times as you like while your ticket is valid

What You Can Expect

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

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

While you’re in port, discover the best of Palermo with a hop-on hop-off bus tour as your shore excursion. It’s a short walk from the cruise port to the bus stop, and from there it’s an easy route to see the highlights of this fascinating city.

There are two bus routes, and the routes are connected so it’s easy to switch between them at two different stops.  Line A includes the Quattro Canti, Botanical Gardens and Palermo Cathedral. Line B includes the Mercato del capo and Castello della Zisa. Both routes includes the Teatro Politeama and Teatro Massimo, the famed opera house.

Get off the bus at any point to see a nearby attraction, such as the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale) or one of the colorful outdoor markets in the city. Visit the fountains and gardens of the Castello della Zisa or see the beautiful wooden ceiling inside the Palazzo Steri. All of the stops for the two bus routes are listed in the itinerary section below.

This shore excursion begins within a 20-minute walk of the Palermo cruise port, so it’s up to you to decide what time to return to your ship. Please give yourself enough time to not only enjoy the excursion but also to get back to port in time. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The hop on hop off bus took us to all the major sights.

Frank S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was the way to get around Palermo if you are getting off the cruise ship , less than 10 minute walk.

Stacey I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Best way to see Palarmo

Alexander D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Well Organized and local tour operator is dependable

Richard R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great way to see the city

Kenneth L W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

HOHO was great. However, Palermo was a port that could well have been missed. Not much to do. Most people got back on the ship fairly early.

Teresa C Canada

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!

Aldina V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014


Donald P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013


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