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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.


  • Full-day private shore excursion from Palermo to Segesta, Erice and Marsala
  • Explore the charming towns of Segesta and Erice and admire the Doric Temple and Venus Castle
  • See top Marsala attractions, such as the Church of St John the Baptist and the Marsala Cathedral
  • Savor famous Baglio Anselmi wine (own expense)
  • Private tour with port pickup and drop-off ensures a personalized experience and flexibility to explore at your own pace
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Palermo Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Segesta, Erice and Marsala

Doric Temple

When your cruise ship docks in Palermo, meet your local driver at the port and set off in the comfort of a luxurious vehicle to explore the most ancient and fascinating places in Sicily. First, visit Segesta, a historic city on Mt Barbaro. Explore this pretty town and see the fascinating Doric Temple from the 5th century BC, a prime example of Greek architecture. Enjoy the magnificent views from this temple and spend time taking unforgettable photos before continuing your trip.

Your driver will take you west toward the coast to the beautiful town of Erice, located on Mt Erice. According to legend, Erice was founded by the Trojans while in exile from their own land. Walk up to Venus Castle, a breathtaking structure from the Norman period built on top of the ancient Temple of Venus. Take in stunning views of the city below from the castle walls.

Next, head to the city of Marsala. Here, see evidence of the influence of the Roman, Norman and Spanish civilizations as you visit the Marsala Cathedral, which was built on the foundations of a preexisting Norman castle. Visit the 16th-century Church of St John the Baptist, a true pride of Marsala and well known for its underground vaults.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Palermo port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Great guide, great views. A fantastic way to get a feel for the West side of Sicily in a day.

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