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Say arrivaderci for the day to Taormina and spend some time in Palermo and Cefalù on this intriguing guided day trip. Discover the unique architecture, influenced by the Normans and the Arabs, and learn about the long and interesting history of both places. With your expert local guide, stroll the streets of both cities, taking in the Il Capo market in Palermo and the main cathedral in Cefalù. Consider doing an optional trip to Monreale, an area just outside of Palermo to visit a well-known producer of olive oil, oranges and almonds (at own expense).

Highlights

  • Day trip to the Sicilian towns of Palermo and Cefalù from Taormina
  • Enjoy a Palermo walking tour and learn about the city’s Arab-Norman architecture
  • Stroll through Piazza Bellini to see the La Martorana church and Palermo Cathedral
  • Visit the Il Capo market and browse the colorful collection of food
  • Explore the town of Cefalù with a guide and discover the grandeur of Cefalù Cathedral

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The Il Capo market is one of my favorite places in Palermo; it’s a hive of activity, where traders shout to attract customers. Look out for stalls selling refreshing granita (crushed ice with Sicilian lemon) or cannoli, a local delicacy of sweet ricotta encased in a crisp pastry roll!

What You Can Expect

Palermo and Cefalù Day Trip from Taormina

Walk around the historical center of Cefalu

After meeting your guide at the bus station in Taormina, hop on the comfortable coach to begin your journey to to Palermo and Cefalù. During the bus ride, enjoy the scenery from your window: the rolling hills, the vineyards and olive groves.
Once in Palermo, start a walking tour of the center of the city, a part of town that is pulsating with a fun Mediterranean vibe. Enjoy the all the art and ancient ruins scattered throughout the city. Learn about the history of the city and all its occupiers – from Arabs to Vikings to the French. And get a lesson in identifying different types of architecture and which occupier built it. The austere Viking or Norman structures and the more ornate Arab buildings are an eye-pleasing sight. Learn how, after the Vikings/Normans conquered the city, they were influenced by Arab architecture and adopted some of their techniques.
Linger for a while in Piazza Bellini and learn about La Martorana Church, a spiritual structure known for its marvelous mosaics, and then pose for some photos in front of Palermo Cathedral, a building that dazzles the eye thanks to its elegant Arabic arches. Perambulate through Piazza Vigliena, also known as Quattro Canti, and then admire the Renaissance-era fountains in Piazza Pretoria.
One part of Palermo not to be missed is Il Capo Market. Saunter around the lively market, its narrow walkways crammed with vegetable, fruit and seafood sellers. Take some free time here and enjoy the lively southern Italian ambience of the place. Perhaps sit down at a cafe and enjoy lunch (at own expense). It's here when you might choose for the optional visit to the nearby town of Montrealie. The guide will arrange transportation at an additional cost.
When the time comes, get back on the couch to head to Cefalù. During the hour-long ride, enjoy the scenery. Once in this exciting seaside town, begin strolling the streets with your guide, taking in narrow alleyways, the plus-sized churches and the leafy squares. Stop for a while at Cefalù's cathedral and study the amazing mosaics.
After discovering the town with your guide and at your own leisure, hop back on the coach and head back to Taormina to conclude the tour.

Customer Reviews

davidmstalker

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Graet tor and round trip. Impressed by multi-language skills of guide who filled us in with al lsorts of information.

Daughertyj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a good way to get to Palermo and Cefalu in one day from Taormina. It and #39;s minimal time in Palermo but does give a flavor for the city. Cefalu was beautiful. The guide didn and #39;t seem to know or share a lot about Cefalu (may have been a language issue) but was pleasant and helpful.

MM S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

A thoroughly enjoyable and informative day.I would encourage any visitor to Sicily to take this trip.
The road traffic accident delayed us but we did not feel that we missed anything at all.

cristina.rosu

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

the trip is well organized, good guide, we had very little time for Palermo cathedral

Aybike Turkey

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

This is a MUST DO trip if you are staying at the eastern side of Sicily and do not have time to go to the Western part. Palermo is a beautiful city with a lot of history and in my opinion it would be a big loss if you come alI the way to Sicily and miss visiting Palermo. I would like to thank our tour guide Rosalia Tramuto for such an enjoyable and informative tour. Our only concerns about the tour was 1- We had to pay for the head phones which is not logical as I never had to pay for head phones in any guided tour I bought. 2- If I were a Siclian I would not want any tourist to see that market place anyway. It is a dirty and stinky place where they sell meat and fish in open air with flies all over them. 3- The tour drops you off and picks you up in front of a restaurant. It is a little expensive but I must admit that food is great. You may try some other place for a cheaper lunch. But no matter what, I strongly reccomend this tour to everyone. Worth it!

Roman S

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Palermo should improve as the tourist attraction. Cefalu is charming. The tour itself is good. But you better find your own place for lunch.

patricia d

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

A long journey but the scenery crossing the central plain made it worth the effort.

Judith W

4 star rating: Recommended May 2014

This was a great trip. Marco the guide and Nino the driver were very good. However, the local guide in Palermo would not wait for us to run back into the cathedral to retrieve a hat (it took us 2 minutes!). By the time we came out, she and the group had disappeared! Although we could hear her on our "Whisper", she gave no clue as to her location. Our instruction was to meet ultimately at a restaurant, which we eventually found. She said she had gone searching for us but she couldn't possibly have had time. We felt she was unprofessional not to wait , for tourists in an unfamiliar city, for no more than 2 minutes.

Mike M

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2015

This is a long tour which we were ready for. The disappointment is this. We had a 1hr 45 minute tour in Palermo which has a lot to see. We spent over an hour seeing two churches! One church was fine. You have to cater to all tourists on a tour so a mix is necessary. This is especially true when time is limited! Cefalu on the other hand was really good. We were allowed ample time to explore on your own. I would not recommend this tour if they plan on visiting more than one church in Palermo. It's too far to go only to have a limited experience.

marciabeth07

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2014

The trip was nice, but due to all the language accommodations I felt we had to rush through the tour and therefore, I cannot give it a stellar rating. Alfredo, our tour guide was very good, but again, I felt he was pressed because of the language situation. I was under the impression that this was English only tour when I booked it and wish that I was informed of the multiple languages that had to be addressed. it will not deter me from booking another tour with victor tours, however, I will be more mindful of the above situation.

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