5 days to explore the famous Sicilian capital Palermo and the wonders of the northern part of the region.
Get the taste of Sicily with this tour to discover the customs, the food, the picturesque villages and the traditions of one of the most fascinating islands of Italy with our local tour leaders.
DAY 1: STARTS IN PALERMO
DAY 2: MONREALE
DAY 3. CEFALU'
DAY 4: MONDELLO
DAY 5: END IN PALERMO
4 nights accommodation in Palermo
Orientation walk of the city
Entry ticket to Monreale Cathedral
Return bus tickets to Mondello beach
Return train tickets to Cefalu
Italy on a Budget trip leader
Please note: Flights are not included in this trip. This tour meets on Saturday at 3:00pm directly at the accommodation provided by us on the tour program sent before the trip. If you would like to arrive on Friday please contact email@example.com.
|STARTS||On Saturdays in Palermo|
|ENDS||On Wednesday in Palermo|
|ACCOMMODATION TYPE||Hostels & Budget hotels in the centre of Palermo|
|MIN/MAX||Trip guaranteed with a min of 6 people confirmed|
- Flights. Meet us at the hostel and we will start from there. If you arrive a day earlier or wants to stay a day longer, let us know and we can organise the accommodation for you.
- City taxes. Starting from next April 1st 2012 all clients staying in any hotels/ hostels / campsites in Italy have to pay a city tax. The fee is COMPULSORY and MUST be paid DIRECTLY in hotel. In general is between € 1 and € 3 per person per night.
- Food and Drinks where not specified however our guides will always have great recommendations about local and affordable restaurants for delicious meals.
- Entry tickets to museums and monuments which are not included in our walking tours.
DAY 1 - PALERMO
We meet in Sicily's capital, Palermo! In the afternoon you will meet your Italy on a Budget tour leader and fellow travelling companions at the reception of the accommodation where your tour leader will give you a briefing on what lies ahead on your tour. We will then proceed with an orientation walk of the city passing by the colourful markets of La Vucciaria and Ballarò then Quattro Canti, the Catherdral and Pretoria Quare. The tour will end in a local restaurant for a welcome dinner to get to know together your new travel friends.
DAY 2 - MONREALE
Spend the morning in complete freedom to wander around the streets of Palermo. Meet again in the early afternoon to reach Monreale, a little town not far from Palermo with beautiful views of La Conca d'Oro valley and famous for its Cathedral considered the greatest example of Norman architecture in the world. The church in fact is a national monument of Italy and one of the most important attractions of Sicily. We will then head back to Palermo where you will be free to decide if to have dinner in one of the recommended places by our local guides or enjoy this eclectic city at your own pace.
DAY 3 - CEFALU'
This day we head to the town of Cefalù which is one of the major tourist attractions in the region. Despite its size, every year it attracts millions of tourists from all parts of Sicily and also, from all over Italy and Europe for its long sandy beach, it's imposing Normal cathedral and charming old centre. After an orientation walk of the city, you will have free time to walk through the narrow alleyways of the town and spend the afternoon at the beach. We will return back to Palermo before dinner. Free time
DAY 4 - MONDELLO BEACH
Today is beach day! We will spend a full day at Mondello, a small seaside resort with a wonderful beach and turquoise sea just a short bus ride from the centre of the Sicilian capital Palermo. Excursions to the sea at Mondello are also a ritual for the people of Palermo so we cannot leave Sicily without spending a bit of time at Mondello. The beach is generally crowded in high season but it is a great way to take a break from a city sightseeing schedule. Here you will be able to hire pedal-boats, relax on the beach and buy food from the stalls along the street. From permanent kitchens to old men frying food on the back of little ape trucks - are good for cheap snacks on the go, selling seafood and local street food like pastries, arancini, panelle chick-pea fritters in rolls, and deep fried vegetables.pedlars weaving up and down the beach with jewellery, sarongs, food and drink, and generally a busy, lively atmosphere. Back to Palermo in the afternoon
DAY 5 - BYE BYE PALERMO
It is time to say good bye and continue to your new destination. Check out time is by 10am but you are more than welcome to store your bags in the accommodation and spend some extra time in Palermo.
How do I reach Palermo?
Palermo can easily be reached by boat, train or plane. If you are flying from Italy, the main airports are Pisa, Roma Fiuminicino, Milano Bergamo, Torino and Bologna. You can also frying from Europe at a very affordable price. We recommend checking out the 2 main low costs airlines company Easyjet and Ryanair. Especially if you book in advance you can find flights from € 20 one way.
The airport of Palermo is called " Falcone - Borsellino " and it is located only 35km out of Palermo. From the airport to reach the city centre, you can either take a train Trinacria Express to Palermo Centrale train station ( 45m ) that leaves every 30 minutes or the local bus.
If you are taking a ferry, the main ports are Naples, Civitavecchia/rome ( 12h ), Livorno ( 19h ), Genoa ( 20h).