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Between dazzling historic churches, mouthwatering markets, and sandy beaches, there’s plenty to do in Palermo. But if you’re itching to explore beyond the Sicilian capital, try these rewarding day trips—and still get back in time for dinner.

Monreale — 8 miles (13 km) away
Nestled just above Palermo on the slopes of Monte Caputo, Monreale boasts a 12th-century cathedral adorned with glittering gold mosaics that outshine even Palermo’s Palatine Chapel. Definitely worth a visit, the cathedral’s gilded interior and well-preserved Norman-Byzantine architecture earned it a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Cefalu — 48 miles (78 km) away
Located an easy hour east of Palermo by road, Cefalu is a popular seaside escape for locals and visitors alike during summer. Enjoy a break from the bustle of Palermo on a stroll through the quaint, historic city center, and stake your spot on the gorgeous beach when the weather’s nice.

Segesta — 50 miles (81 km) away
Venture inland to Segesta to explore Sicily’s ancient Greek roots at the ruins of a Doric temple dating back to the fifth century BC, as well as a Greek theater. The whole area is rich in archaeological treasures, with Norman ruins, a mosque, and an Islamic necropolis also unearthed by excavations.

Erice — 63 miles (102 km) away
Travel about two hours toward Trapani to reach medieval Erice, perched atop a mountain of the same name and the ruins of a Phoenician city. Wander the cobblestone streets, visit a Norman castle, and marvel at a piece of the ancient city wall. You can also glide down to Trapani in a cable car for a taste of western Sicily and stellar views of the Mediterranean.

Agrigento — 89 miles (143 km) away
For an even deeper expedition into Italy’s ancient heritage, head to Agrigento and the UNESCO-listed Valley of the Temples. The largest archaeological site in the world, it encompasses seven Greek temples and other ruins, including the amazingly intact Temple of Concordia. Learn about the site’s fascinating history and browse artifacts at the Archaeological Museum of Agrigento.
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Agrigento and Valley of the Temples Day Trip from Palermo

Agrigento and Valley of the Temples Day Trip from Palermo

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Spend a day exploring the ancient sights of the Valley of the Temples with this day trip from Palermo. Travel to Agrigento for a quick coffee break (own expense) before visiting the fascinating site for a 1-hour tour. See the temples of Hera, Concordia and Apollo. Take a midday break for lunch (own expense) before stopping at the archaeology museum for a 1-hour self-guided visit.
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  • 9 hours
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$77.69
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$77.69

Segesta Erice and Salt Pans Full Day Excursion

Segesta Erice and Salt Pans Full Day Excursion

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Visit some of the most beautiful parts of Western Sicily with this day trip from Palermo to Erice, Segesta, Nubia and the Trapani Salt Pans. Visit an archaeological excavation at Segesta. Take in the excellent views from the hilltop town of Erice. See how sea salt is still collected off the Sicilian coast at the Salt Pans of Trapani.
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  • 8 hours
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$77.69
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Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion

Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion

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Spend time exploring the glorious Duomo of Monreale, Cathedral and Cloister and the Medieval town of Cefalù during this half-day trip from Palermo. Travel to Monreale for a 1-hour Duomo tour. Next, travel to charming Cefalù for a tour that includes the Duomo, Medieval lavatory, Mandralisca Museum and more.
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  • 6 hours
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$77.69
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Etna And Taormina Full Day Excursion from Palermo

Etna And Taormina Full Day Excursion from Palermo

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Spend an unforgettable day exploring Mt Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, on this day trip from Palermo. See the looming mountain up close and learn about its unique landscapes, studied since the Greek period.
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  • 12 hours
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$135.95
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Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
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Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area

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On this full-day tour from Palermo, you’ll be driven to three of Sicily’s most stunning and history-packed destinations. Enjoy free time to explore the castle town of Castelbuono, the hillside town of Monreale, and the originally Greek seaside hub of Cefalu. Discover the region’s Arab-Norman roots with optional visits to the opulent Cappella Palatina and 14th-century Castelbuono.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$218.81
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The best of the West Segesta, Erice, Trapani Saline, Full-Day Tour from Palermo

The best of the West Segesta, Erice, Trapani Saline, Full-Day Tour from Palermo

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Discover a number of western Sicily’s most popular destinations on this full-day tour from Palermo. Meet your guide at your accommodation, climb aboard a climate-controlled minivan, and head first to Segesta, where you’ll explore the ancient Greek amphitheater and temple (entry own expense). Then, discover the medieval town of Erice, enjoy a traditional Sicilian lunch (own expense) in Saline, and finish with a walking tour of the elegant city of Trapani.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$299.40
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Private Etna & Taormina Tour, from Palermo area & Cefalù

Private Etna & Taormina Tour, from Palermo area & Cefalù

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Cover three of Sicily’s most iconic locations in this full-day tour of Monte Etna, Taormina, and Castelmola. Explore the slopes and lava fields of the UNESCO-listed volcanic crater, with optional cable car or all-terrain drives to the top. Then, organize a visit to the famed Greek-Roman Theatre or simply relax in a cafe, topped off by a stop at Castelmola village.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$283.22
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Palermo Street Food Walking Tour
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Palermo Street Food Walking Tour

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Snack your way through the streets of Palermo on this Sicilian food tour. Explore backstreet markets and food stalls specializing in local delicacies like stuffed rice balls and chickpea fritters as your guide fills you in on local history, culture. Plus, this small-group tour has a limited number of participants for a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.67
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$64.67
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Palermo No Mafia walking tour: discover the Anti-mafia culture in Sicily

Palermo No Mafia walking tour: discover the Anti-mafia culture in Sicily

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Explore Palermo’s key sights on foot on this walking tour of the Sicilian capital. Meet your guide in a convenient location in central Palermo, and set off. Visit popular landmarks ranging from the Palermo Cathedral and Palazzo Pretorio to the Massimo Theater. Learn about the city’s long entanglement with the mafia, and meet the shopkeepers and other individuals who have pioneered a local anti-mafia movement.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$37.13
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$37.13

Palermo Old Town Bike Tour

Palermo Old Town Bike Tour

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Capital of Sicily, Palermo is a city of rich history and impressive architecture—with hidden secrets round every corner. On this bike tour, hop onto the saddle, escape the tourist trail with your guide, and see sides of Palermo many visitors miss. Spin along peaceful back-streets and through pretty squares, sample Sicilian street food, and experience life in Palermo away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist traps.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.69
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Private Agrigento & Scale of the Turks Tour, from Palermo area

Private Agrigento & Scale of the Turks Tour, from Palermo area

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Discover ancient ruins left over from the Greeks on this private excursion. Enjoy pickup from the Palermo area and head to Agrigento where you can find the UNESCO-listed Temple Valley. Learn about its ancient history and explore its many sites before heading to the seaside to see the white cliffs dubbed as the ‘Turkish Stairway.”
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$242.77
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Private Segesta, Erice & Selinunte Tour, from Palermo area

Private Segesta, Erice & Selinunte Tour, from Palermo area

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Discover the ancient origins of Sicily during this private sightseeing tour from the Palermo region. Visit the town of Erice, famous for its sweet confections and for being associated with the goddess of fertility. Then, see ancient Greek ruins in the towns of Segesta and Selinunte and learn about the indigenous people of Sicily. This is not a guided tour but a private, English-speaking driver is included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$242.77
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Great Full Day Excursion in Sicily to Cefalù and Castelbuono From Palermo

Great Full Day Excursion in Sicily to Cefalù and Castelbuono From Palermo

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See two of northern Sicily’s most characterful destinations when you embark on this full-day trip from Palermo. In the morning, your guide picks you up from your accommodation; board an air-conditioned minivan and head to the medieval village of Castelbuono, located in the Madonie Mountains. See the Castle of Ventimiglia and visit a local pastry shop before continuing to Cefalù, home to a UNESCO-listed cathedral and impeccable seaside views.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$293.41
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Full Day City Tour in Palermo , Monreale and Mondello, from Palermo

Full Day City Tour in Palermo , Monreale and Mondello, from Palermo

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Maximize your time in Palermo with this sightseeing tour, which showcases the best of the city and the surrounding region. Visit the hillside town of Monreale, known for its Norman cathedral and 12th-century mosaics, and explore Palermo’s historic center. Enjoy beach time at the seaside resort of Mondello and venture up Monte Pellegrino to view the 17th-century Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia cave shrine.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$239.52
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Full Day Shore Excursion to Zingaro Reserve and San Vito Lo Capo from Palermo

Full Day Shore Excursion to Zingaro Reserve and San Vito Lo Capo from Palermo

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Relax in the sun with this excursion to two of the most beautiful spots in all of Sicily. Travel just over an hour to the Zingaro Reserve and enjoy stunning views of white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and dramatic cliffs and caves. Get the chance to lunch on traditional treats like cunzato bread, arancini, and panelle. Explore the charming town of San Vito Lo Capo before your return to Palermo.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$299.40
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Best Excursion in western Sicily to Erice, Trapani Salt Flats from Palermo

Best Excursion in western Sicily to Erice, Trapani Salt Flats from Palermo

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Explore Western Sicily from Palermo easily without having to rent a car with this tour of Erice, Trapani, and the salt flats. Travel comfortably from stop to stop by air-conditioned minivan as a guide tells you all about the area and its history as you go. Plus, round-trip transport from your Palermo hotel is included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$275.45
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Full Day Exclusive Excursion to Monreale & Cefalù From Palermo

Full Day Exclusive Excursion to Monreale & Cefalù From Palermo

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On this two-for-one, full-day private tour, you’ll discover top historical sights in both Monreale—famous for its mosaic-filled 12th-century cathedral—and stunning, seaside Cefalù. Travel comfortably by air-conditioned minivan, with bottled water and hotel transfers included. You’ll also enjoy free time to browse local boutiques.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$269.46
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 Agrigento; Valley of the Temples, Scala dei Turchi from Palermo, Private Tour

 Agrigento; Valley of the Temples, Scala dei Turchi from Palermo, Private Tour

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Optimize your time in Sicily with this driving tour that includes pickup in Palermo and hassle-free transport to three of the top sights on the island: the Valley of the Temples, Agrigento, and the Scala dei Turchi beach. Enjoy free time to explore the Greek ruins in the “Valle dei Templi”, then sightsee in Agrigento. End with a photo op at the dramatic Scala dei Turchi coastline.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$281.44
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AGRIGENTO Valley of Temples Private Tour - with Local Guide -starts from Palermo

AGRIGENTO Valley of Temples Private Tour - with Local Guide -starts from Palermo

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Although Sicily is an island, crossing distances between the capital and destinations along the coast—especially along the south and west sides—can be tiring and time-consuming. With this tour to Agrigento from Palermo, let a guide take care of the roughly 2-hour drive between coasts, and then take you on a private tour of the strikingly well-preserved Valley of the Temples archeological site.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$407.84
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Transfer From Palermo to Catania with a Stop in Agrigento Valley of Temples

Transfer From Palermo to Catania with a Stop in Agrigento Valley of Temples

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Enjoy a a private transfer from Palermo to Catania with a stop in Valley of Temples, Agrigento. This is a great way of transportation from Western Sicily to Eastern Sicily with a sightseeing stop of Agrigento Valley of the Temples. From door to door, we offer pick up at your accommodation in Palermo area visit Agrigento Valley and drop off at your accommodation in Taormina.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$608.42
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Private Palermo & Monreale Historical Tour

Private Palermo & Monreale Historical Tour

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Palermo is rich in historic and cultural treasures, but getting around the city and nearby Monreale with public transportation can be stressful and time consuming. Save hours by exploring with a private driver, skipping the hassle of crowded buses and trains and taking in highlights like the Norman palace, Zisa Castle, and Ballarò and Vucciria markets in just hours. Afterwards, set off to nearby Monreale to admire its magnificent cathedral.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$186.12
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$186.12
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ERICE and SEGESTA Private Tour with Local Guide - starts from Palermo

ERICE and SEGESTA Private Tour with Local Guide - starts from Palermo

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The medieval settlements of Erice and Segesta rank among the top archaeological sites in Sicily, but bringing the rich history to life requires expert knowledge. On this private tour, reach both cities in one day with your guide, and uncover thousands of years of Italian history. Discover Arabic mosque ruins, Norman churches, and Roman forums, and enjoy uninterrupted views along the Gulf of Castellammare—with round-trip travel from your Palermo hotel included.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$312.36
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Scopello and Tonnara di Scopello departing from Palermo, Private Tour

Scopello and Tonnara di Scopello departing from Palermo, Private Tour

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Treat yourself on our tour to admire unique panoramas such as the Zingaro Nature Reserve. Enjoy Scopello, a true corner of paradise that preserves all its uniqueness intact. Admire its beautiful beam. An enormous arch marks the entrance threshold and opens the doors in the presence of an ancient oak, witness of past civilizations. Walk through its lonely alleys where it is pleasant to get lost in the smell of "cunzato bread" that you breathe in the air. Visit the famous Tonnara di Scopello! Here was one of the most famous scenes from the movie "Ocean's twelve"! And then Commissioner Montalbano who in one of the episodes comes here to spend the holidays with his beloved Livia. And still many other fiction! We would let you taste the cassatelle, excellent fried sweets, with a delicious filling of ricotta and chocolate chips inside. They are typical Sicilian sweets and precisely of the province of Trapani, but loved and sold throughout Sicily.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$161.92
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Nature and History: Agrigento and Scala dei Turchi

Nature and History: Agrigento and Scala dei Turchi

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Highlights during the excursion: Visit of the Valley of the temples with a private local guide A very unusual meal : a picnic in the nature A visit to Scala dei turchi
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$556.73
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Agrigento and Valley of the Temples Day Trip from Palermo
"These Temple are worth a visit, our driver Joshua was very attentive towards everyone in the group he even went the extra mile and took us to the Turkish steps even though it was not part of the itinerary. Joshua was very polite and this is the first time that a driver on a tour did not ask for a tip at the end of the journey. Thank you Joshua keep up the good work."..."
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Segesta Erice and Salt Pans Full Day Excursion
"Great tour, although the weather was quite bizarre (rain, sun, rain again), the tour itself is a very nice one"..."
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Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion
"Our driver, Joshua was terrific. In Monreale he has awaiting us a taste of the local bread in virgin olive oil. We had traffic on the way to Cefalu but Joshua took side roads and avoided all the traffic. Great guide and better driver my wife and I feel fortunate to have him. Beautiful Norman church’s. They absolutely rival Ravenna."..."
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Etna And Taormina Full Day Excursion from Palermo
"The tour starts early in the morning from Palermo. But it has to, if you want to see Etna and Taormina in one day. The driver/guide Joshua was great. Fluently in Italian, English and German he could share some of his knowledge of Sicily and the places we visited. If you go to the Etna, it is recommended to buy a ticket for the whole tour: Cable car and trucks taking you as close as possible to the summit of the volcano. Interesting experience. Also the visit to Taormina was worth the time, although I wouldn't stay there for more than one day. Nothing to do ... If you are in Palermo and want to visit the Etna, I can definitely recommend this tour."..."
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Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
"We are very enjoy the trip and the guide really take care of us. Water also serve to us even we don't ask for it. Highly recommended trip"..."
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The best of the West Segesta, Erice, Trapani Saline, Full-Day Tour from Palermo
"Sal and Umberto were great hosts. Lots of info and free time for lunch and shopping. We had a comfortable van and took lots of photos. 3 of 4 of us are from Italian/Sicilian heritage."..."
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Palermo Street Food Walking Tour
"The tour was lots of fun and the food was delicious. The real star was the guide, Salvatore. He was knowledgeable, informative, entertaining and very gracious to our group of twelve."..."
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Palermo No Mafia walking tour: discover the Anti-mafia culture in Sicily
"Really enjoyed the tour and got a lot of great insights into this field I didn’t know much about. Very knowledgeable and friendly guide."..."
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Palermo Old Town Bike Tour
"Our tour guide was also a history teacher! Obvious from the wealth of info we received! Literally saw all we needed to see in Palermo on this 1 bike tour"..."
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Private Agrigento & Scale of the Turks Tour, from Palermo area
"Our driver, Giovanni, made this trip so enjoyable! He picked us up at our hotel in a comfortable car, gave us water, and provided stories, tips, and history throughout the drive, and even after the trip. Well worth the price. Adequate time for seeing top destinations. Highly recommend- ask for Giovanni!"..."
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Private Segesta, Erice & Selinunte Tour, from Palermo area
"There were 8 of us, including 3 children. We enjoyed the trip and the areas we visited. Our driver was very pleasant, a good driver, and very knowledgeable. Definitely recommend the trip. We would have liked more time in arrive, but no fault of our driver."..."
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Great Full Day Excursion in Sicily to Cefalù and Castelbuono From Palermo
"Wonderful day trip. Very knowledgeable guide. Stopped for a fabulous local lunch. Would highly recommend this trip."..."
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Full Day City Tour in Palermo , Monreale and Mondello, from Palermo
"We loved learning the history of the area, seeing so many beautiful churches, and lunch in Mondello! A great day out!"..."
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Full Day Exclusive Excursion to Monreale & Cefalù From Palermo
"We had read of the beauty of both Monreale and Cefalu, but this exceeded our expectations. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and added an extra dimension to just seeing these sights."..."
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AGRIGENTO Valley of Temples Private Tour - with Local Guide -starts from Palermo
"Mimmo is the best tour guide. He is smart, funny, courteous, punctual and just wonderful to spend the day with. I highly recommend any tour with Mimmo and we will be using him again next time we are in Sicily."..."
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Transfer From Palermo to Catania with a Stop in Agrigento Valley of Temples
"Daniel was fantastic and although expecting a child at any moment he never appeared nervous or rushed. He took his time explaining everything we saw. He was hired as a driver but was knowledgeable and professional enough to be a guide. He made the long drive interesting for us and my 14 year old son. Having had a son the night he dropped us off he arranged our transport to the airport several days later with an excellent driver and a very comfortable van. I would highly recommend Daniel for any travel trough Sicily and be ready for an informative experience beyond just transportation."..."

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