from PALERMO: MONREALE & CEFALU' with Local Guide Mimmo - Exceptional Example of Socio-Cultural Syncretism between Cultures
Cefalù and Monreale are the Jewels in the Crown of Northern Sicily, with Beautiful Architecture and rich Arab, Byzantine, and Norman History to Explore.
The Monastery of Monreale commissioned by William II (1154-89), the Norman ruler of Sicily, combines in one project employment of both Sicilian and Byzantine craftsmen. The highlight of the Cathedral is its interior, incandescent with the gold of the mosaics, covering the walls of the nave, aisles, transept and apse - 81800 square feet in total.
The second part of the tour takes you out of the city. Driving east along the north coast till Cefalù, a medieval town full of charm. The sturdy Norman lines of Cefalu's Cathedral, 12th century Arab-Norman monument, are softened by palm trees, and tourist's shirts are filling the city hall piazza before it.
For up to 6 travelers
Pick up at your hotel and board a Luxury Mercedes Minivan to MONREALE: the Cathedral is the apotheosis of Norman architecture in Sicily. With its splendid mosaics from the 12th century, it is part of the World Heritage Arab Norman Period, built under William II. It rivals Saint Sophia in Istanbul and Saint Mark's in Venice in its use of decorative mosaics.
This part of the tour takes you out of the city. Driving east along the beautiful north coast, to an enchanting area which is covered with many woodland areas. We'll reach the lovely town of CEFALU', once a typical fishing village. During a stroll trough the characteristic streets, we'll visit the medieval washhouse and the Norman Cathedral from the 12th Century.
Please note the Dress Code recommended to enter any church. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts. This applies to both men and women.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection
Duration: 6 hours 30 min.
✔️ Trips and shore excursions are subject to ship arrival and departure times and may be adjusted to ensure a safe return to port.
✔️Departure time after 9am applies only for Shore Excursions !!
Luxury Mercedes Minivan V-Class
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 EUR - per person for a Light lunch
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
- LICENSED LOCAL GUIDE - can give guided tours inside archeological areas and towns
- REGISTERED DRIVER - special permit to drive people
- SPECIFIC LICENSED (NCC) VEHICLE to transport people - Luxury Mercedes Minivan
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We had a great tour to Monreale and Cefalù with Mimo Salvo. Mimo picked us up at our hotel on time and we started our Sicilian adventure! Mimo was very informative, professional and entertaining on our tour. We highly recommend this tour with Mimo as your guide!!