Cruises to Palermo Italy

Hop on board one of MSC's Mediterranean Cruises to Palermo Italy. Palermo is the capital of the Italian island, Sicily, an island renowned as a vacation destination due to its great beauty and historical significance. Find the best cruises to Palermo with MSC Cruises.

Palermo: A beautiful and intriguing mix of cultures

Once an important Mediterranean centre, Palermo still displays the grandeur of its former greatness.

Large, spacious and colorful, Palermo is set on the plain of Conca d'Oro (Golden Shell) between two magnificent headlands. The area has been dominated by many civilizations over the centuries, including the Romans, Carthaginians, Byzantines, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Swabians and the Spanish.

Thanks to its eclectic past, Palermo offers an intriguing mix of cultures. Many ancient monuments still exist today, lending the city a unique appearance. A day spent away from your luxury MSC cruise ship is a day spent immersed in history and culture.

Leave the ship in Palermo’s port and journey back in time; visit Agrigento and the ‘Valley of the Temples’, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and a UNESCO heritage site since 1998.

Other outings in our excursion packages cover the sights of Palermo, with offer the best deals on local attractions, as well as a day of relaxation for those who simply wish to lounge on the beach.

Unique shopping opportunities abound in Palermo itself; a visit to the ‘Capo’ street market will ensure you bring back something to remember your holiday by.

Make Palermo part of your Mediterranean cruise vacation. Find the best cruises to Palermo Italy with MSC cruises!

Cruise to Palermo - Italy - Mediterranean - MSC Cruises

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The modern new cruise port is within walking distance to the city centre.

Port average temperature

Palermo experiences a hot-summer Mediterranean climate. Winters are mild and wet, while Summers are warm to hot, and dry. Palermo is one of the warmest cities in the Mediterranean, with an average annual ambient air temperature of 20°C. It receives approximately 2530 hours of sunshine per year.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

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 PMO02 - PALERMO AND MONREALE (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Best seller  A coach tour will take you past the key sights, although we will stop for a full visit of the Cathedral, built in an unusual marriage of Norman and Arab architectural styles and which houses the tombs of different Norman kings and Emperor Frederick II. Another religious site of note is the “Casa Professa”, one of the most important baroque churches in Palermo. Discover the area around Palermo on a bus tour to Monreale, just 8 km away; enjoy a walking tour around the town and visit the Cathedral, home to an exquisite display of golden mosaics depicting scenes from the Old and New Testament. Free time to shop in Monreale before returning to the ship. Please note: you have to walk up some steps to visit the Cathedral in Monreale. The guide will give explanation only outside the sites; guests will visit them individually. There may be restrictions on shooting videos inside the churches. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 PMO02WI - PALERMO AND MONREALE (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Best seller  A coach tour will take you past the key sights, although we will stop for a full visit of the Cathedral, built in an unusual marriage of Norman and Arab architectural styles and which houses the tombs of different Norman kings and Emperor Frederick II. Another religious site of note is the “Casa Professa”, one of the most important baroque churches in Palermo. Discover the area around Palermo on a bus tour to Monreale, just 8 km away; enjoy a walking tour around the town and visit the Cathedral, home to an exquisite display of golden mosaics depicting scenes from the Old and New Testament. Free time to shop in Monreale before returning to the ship. Please note: you have to walk up some steps to visit the Cathedral in Monreale. The guide will give explanation only outside the sites; guests will visit them individually. There may be restrictions on shooting videos inside the churches. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 PMO03 - PALERMO BEACH (full day, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Panoramic tour  Lunch or dinner included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  No guide available  Recommended for families  Our excursion begins with a sightseeing tour of Palermo through its main streets and squares including Politeama Square and Massimo Theatre. We will pass through the “Cala”, the old port of the city, and the church of “Santa Maria alla Catena” and other landmarks such us the Foro italic and the old waterfront of Palermo. We will stop at the Lido La Martinica where you will have free time for swimming and relaxing on a fully-equipped nearby beach. Lunch included. Please note: this excursion operates from middle June until middle September.

Price per person $79.00 Adults $55.00 Children

   


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 PMO04 - CEFALU' (approx. 5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Enjoy a 1-hour coach drive to Cefalù, a small yet pretty town situated one hour away from Palermo and which was founded by the Norman King Roger II in the XII century on the site of an earlier historic settlement. We will visit Cefalù Cathedral, the “Duomo del Cristo Pantocratore”, an example of Norman-Romaneque architecture with stunning interior Norman-Byzantine mosaics. Free time to walk around the narrow, atmospheric streets; look out for the intriguing public wash houses, a legacy of medieval times and which are carved into the rock. Quality local craft shops make Cefalù a great place for souvenir shopping. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties. There may be restrictions on shooting videos inside the church. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.

Price per person $67.00 Adults $47.00 Children

   


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 PMO04WI - CEFALU' (approx. 5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Cultural  Enjoy a 1-hour coach drive to Cefalù, a small yet pretty town situated one hour away from Palermo and which was founded by the Norman King Roger II in the XII century on the site of an earlier historic settlement. We will visit Cefalù Cathedral, the “Duomo del Cristo Pantocratore”, an example of Norman-Romaneque architecture with stunning interior Norman-Byzantine mosaics. Free time to walk around the narrow, atmospheric streets; look out for the intriguing public wash houses, a legacy of medieval times and which are carved into the rock. Quality local craft shops make Cefalù a great place for souvenir shopping. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties. There may be restrictions on shooting videos inside the church. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.

Price per person $66.00 Adults $46.00 Children

   


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 PMO05 - THE VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES (full day, lunch included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  Leave the port for a 2-hour drive to the town of Agrigento where you will meet your guide. The archaeological site here known as “the Valley of the Temples” is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1998. Important temples to the ancient gods Hera, Lacinia, Olympian Zeus, Castor and Pollux stand on a rocky promontory whilst below, on the banks of the Akragas River and close to a healing spring, are the remains of a temple dedicated to Eusculapius, god of medicine. True to Roman and Greek architectural practice, all these Doric temples face eastwards so the gods can be illuminated by the rising sun. The excursion includes lunch. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties.

Price per person $98.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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 PMO06 - PALERMO & THE PALATINE CHAPEL (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Best seller  Join us as tour through the streets and square of this bustling Sicilian town. Stop at one of Palermo’s key monuments: the Palatine Chapel. The Chapel was commissioned by Roger II of Sicily in 1132 and took eight years to complete. Upon entering the site one is struck by the elegance and the luminosity of the breathtaking mosaics which cover the ceiling and the dome. We will see more of Palermo’s architectural gems, including the Norman Palace (exterior only) and the Cathedral (exterior only). Do not miss the opportunity to look around the wonderful “Capo” Market, Palermo’s largest produce and fish market. We will end our tour via the “Teatro Massimo” (exterior only) before returning to the port. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. There may be restrictions on shooting videos inside the sites.

Price per person $71.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 PMO06WI - PALERMO & THE PALATINE CHAPEL (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Best seller  Join us as tour through the streets and square of this bustling Sicilian town. Stop at one of Palermo’s key monuments: the Palatine Chapel. The Chapel was commissioned by Roger II of Sicily in 1132 and took eight years to complete. Upon entering the site one is struck by the elegance and the luminosity of the breathtaking mosaics which cover the ceiling and the dome. We will see more of Palermo’s architectural gems, including the Norman Palace (exterior only) and the Cathedral (exterior only). Do not miss the opportunity to look around the wonderful “Capo” Market, Palermo’s largest produce and fish market. We will end our tour via the “Teatro Massimo” (exterior only) before returning to the port. Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. There may be restrictions on shooting videos inside the sites.

Price per person $70.00 Adults $49.00 Children

   


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 PMO07 - SANTA ROSALIA'S GROTTO & MONDELLO (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Leave the port for Monte Pellegrino where, set into a local cave, stands the shrine of Santa Rosalia, which was founded in 1625; in the nearby caves, the bones of the Saint were supposedly discovered and are now venerated as religious relics. We will then head to Mondello, a former fishing village and today a top tourist destination. Enjoy some free time strolling around this pleasant village. We will have time for a short sightseeing tour of Palermo before returning to the port. Please note: this tour included some walking on slippery and uneven ground.

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Price per person $50.00 Adults $35.00 Children

   


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 PMO07WI - SANTA ROSALIA'S GROTTO & MONDELLO (approx. 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Leave the port for Monte Pellegrino where, set into a local cave, stands the shrine of Santa Rosalia, which was founded in 1625; in the nearby caves, the bones of the Saint were supposedly discovered and are now venerated as religious relics. We will then head to Mondello, a former fishing village and today a top tourist destination. Enjoy some free time strolling around this pleasant village. We will have time for a short sightseeing tour of Palermo before returning to the port. Please note: this tour included some walking on slippery and uneven ground.

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Price per person $49.00 Adults $34.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.