The best of Palermo shore excursion

Tour Number

Activity Level



Shore Excursion, Museums / Culture, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent), German (fluent), Italian (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

Taxi ride included! Discover Palermo's downtown starting from the harbor

Starting from the harbor, we will reach very quickly by taxi our first stop: the Royal Palace of Palermo, where we find the Palatine Chapel: worldwide an unique jewel decorated with byzantine gold mosaics and Arabic inlays, which give us a clear idea of the Arabic-Norman arts of the 12. century.

After this, we will walk along the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest street of the city, visiting the Cathedral of Palermo, and the 4 corners of the city, a typical baroque square realized in the 17. century.
Around the corner we will have also a taste of the Renaissance with the magnificent Pretoria Fountain. And we will wonder the richness of the baroque decorations inside of the church of Santa Caterina.
After this, we will jump to the Capo market to have a taste of the every day life of the city and we will finish our discoveries with a picture all together in front of the Theater Massimo, Italy's biggest Opera house!

1 taxi-ride to the city center included!


We will meet at the ship terminal and we will take a taxi (included) to the Royal Palace to visit the Palatine Chapel, an unique small church fully decorated with gold byzantine mosaics. From there we will enjoy an easy walk along the oldest street of the city, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II (pedestrian), visiting the Cathedral, the Quattro Canti (4 Corners), the Pretoria Fountain, the Church Martorana and the Church Santa Caterina, in order to give you a taste of the different artistic styles we have in the city: Norman-Arabic, Baroque, Renaissance.

We will continue walking towards the Theater Massimo (the biggest Opera House in Italy) and, if you are interested, we can explore together the Arabic street food market Capo.

We will finish the tour in front of the Theater Massimo. From there you can decide if spending more time in the center or walk back to the harbor (1 km / 0. 6 miles, 15 enjoyable minutes walking in streets of the shops) or take a taxi (extra).

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: At the ship terminal

End location: In front of the Opera House (Theater Massimo)

Duration: 4 hours


Taxi and walking.

What’s Included

Other: 1 taxi ride from the harbor to the Palatine Chapel, in the downtown and my service as local guide

Estimated Local Cash Needed

12 euro - Entry tickets for the Palatine Chapel, Church Martorana and Santa Caterina

What’s Extra

Other: Entry tickets to the monuments



Private tour guide Mauro

Contact this Guide

Questions about the tour? Not seeing exactly what you’re looking for? Contact this guide with questions, or to create a custom itinerary for you and your travel companions.

Message Mauro A.

Web address (URL) of this page:

Tours by Mauro A.

See more of the tours offered by this guide.

The best of Palermo shore excursion

The best of Palermo shore excursion


Taxi ride included! Discover Palermo's downtown starting from the harbor

289 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

4 hours

learn more
Perfect for Summer (June / July / August): visit Palermo old town and Food and Wine Tour (Evening Tour)

Perfect for Summer (June / July / August):,...


Discover the beauty of the city center and enjoy Sicilian food and,...

277 USD per tour

(max 8 people)

4 hours

learn more
Unique Ceramic workshop and Piazza Marina Tour in Palermo

Unique Ceramic workshop and Piazza Marina,...


Play the ceramic game and visit an eccentric area of old town

212 USD per tour

(max 4 people)

2 hours 30 min.

learn more