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Experience more with so much included

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the medieval and Baroque old town of Palermo, home to many UNESCO-listed sites
  • Visit the stunning Norman Palace, a renowned World Heritage site
  • Marvel at the spectacular gold and glass mosaics of Monreale cathedral on a guided tour
  • Return flights from a selection of regional airports, with hotel transfers
  • Three nights in four-star accommodation inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast daily, two dinners including a welcome dinner, and your tour manager’s drinks reception to meet your fellow travellers
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout

Departures from June to November 2019 

 
At a Glance
3 nights in 4-star accommodation
Return flights & transfers
Daily breakfast & 2 dinners
Solo traveller welcome dinner
Programme of daily tours & visits
Expert tour manager
Inclusive of all local taxes
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

Captivating Palermo presents a colourful and intoxicating mix of Arabesque archways, Byzantine mosaics and frescoed domes. It nestles at the crossroads of civilisations, where atmospheric markets reminiscent of Arabian souks bustle in the shadow of sweeping cathedrals, and ornate Gothic palaces are fringed by soaring palm trees.

Sicily’s alluring capital started life as a jumble of Phoenician stores on a quiet bay, backed by a fertile plain that attracted everyone, from the Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans to the Moors, Normans, Spanish and French. The city was such an impressive showpiece during Arab rule that the Norman invaders made it the seat of their kingdom. Under the ‘Kingdom in the Sun’, there arose spectacular new churches of unprecedented grandeur and the unmistakable southern Italian Romanesque style. Of course, there are also many other architectural styles, such as Baroque and Art Nouveau, waiting to be discovered.

Monreale, which overlooks Palermo and the sea, is home to one of Sicily’s greatest cultural treasures, the 12th-century Norman cathedral. The beauty of the cathedral’s Byzantine-influenced mosaics cannot be overstated – you must see for yourself the dominating mosaic of Christ in the magnificent central apse.

You can see the intriguing influences of past civilisations everywhere on the island: in churches, palaces, market squares and the cuisine. Thankfully, the agreeable Mediterranean climate has ensured that these landmarks have survived in a remarkable state of preservation.

In character Sicilians like to think they’re different from the rest of Italy, and the dialect spoken by some locals is a fusion of Italian, Arabic, Greek, French and Spanish. The food is wonderful and quite different from the typical cuisine you would find on mainland Italy. Many recipes evolved from peasant kitchens, so the dishes are more rustic and simpler, but today these are enjoyed as specialities served on special occasions.

If you’d like to discover a different side of Italy – the stunning eternal crossroads of the Mediterranean that continues to seduce travellers with its many treasures to discover – our tour of Palermo is set to surprise and captivate.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on sole occupancy of a double room. The price includes three nights’ accommodation with breakfast and two dinners, including a welcome dinner and drinks on the first night, all tours as mentioned, airport departure taxes, all local accommodation taxes, transfers and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Personalise Your Holiday


 

Street food tour - from £35 per person

Experience Palermo’s rich culture through its variety of delicious foods, such as creamy arancini risotto balls, thick-crusted sfincione pizza and savoury panelle fritters. Your local guide will help you identify the Mediterranean and Arab influences that make Palermo – and its street food – so delightful.

Contact us to pre-book this experience.

Useful Information

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport Hotel location Transfer time
Palermo Airport Palermo 40 mins

Fact File

  • Currency: Euro
  • Deposit: £100 per person
  • Flight time: Approx. 2 hrs 40 mins to 3 hrs
  • Language: Italian
  • Time zone: GMT+1
  • Country: Italy

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

Itinerary Note

Occasionally the opening times of the places of interest vary, and if this happens we may have to change the order of events.

Hotel Information

  • The use of air-conditioning in hotels in Italy is at the hotel’s discretion and is normally restricted to the summer months (mid-May to mid-September), depending on the temperature.

Accommodation


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