The ONLY regularly scheduled excursions and day tours to Monreale, Segesta, Erice, 
Cefalu and Agrigento from Palermo, Italy.
  The only regularly scheduled excursions and day tours to Segesta, Erice and Agrigento from Palermo, Italy.
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Simply email us. Or use one of the convenient orange buttons. Pick-up is in central Palermo at 8:30 AM. When reserving, please specify your tour and its date.

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tours@bestofsicily.com or phone at +39 091 626 9685, fax +39 091 380 9900. From the US or Canada you may also contact us by Skype at 718-473-0803. (Remember the 6-hour time difference between Central European Time here in Italy and Eastern Time in Toronto and New York.)

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• Convenient Tours
Small groups with regular departures from Palermo. That means that you can plan your excursion just 6 days before its date, based on the days you'll be in Palermo. These are the only regularly scheduled day tours (shore excursions) offered by any company in Sicily. See the FAQs for more information.

• About Us
We're Tradizione Turismo (part of Chat & Tour), the travel service of Best of Sicily, and we've specialized in high quality travel in Sicily for over a decade.

• 7-day Tours
In addition to these excursions, we offer a wide range of Sicily tours and travel services.

Erice, Segesta, Salt Flats, Olive Farm
Reserve this tour right now!Full Day (8:30-5:00) from Palermo on Tuesday.
Group Size: 2-18. Reserve at least 6 days in advance.
Language: English.
Admission fees: Not included.
Pick-up Point: Piazza Ruggero Settimo "Politeama" 15 (in front of Politeama Palace hotel and Prada) at 8:30 AM.
Itinerary:
Meet your driver/guide at 8:30 AM. Departure to tour western Sicily where our first stop is hilltop Erice, founded by Elymians and settled by Phoenicians whose walls are still standing. The goddess Venus was worshipped here, near what is now a castle. The charming medieval streets are full of interesting niches, like the pastry shops offering local specialties. Next we travel to coastal Trapani to view the historic salt marshes and windmills. Later, we'll visit a olive farm for a snack (this is included in the tour price). This afternoon we continue onto Segesta, originally an Elymian settlement later Hellenized, to visit the Doric temple (admission fee not included), perhaps the best-preserved Greek temple in the world. Then we return to Palermo.
Price per Participant: €120. See important purchase conditions (below) for details.

Agrigento
Reserve this tour right now!Full Day (8:30-5:30) from Palermo on Sunday.
Group Size: 2-18. Reserve at least 6 days in advance.
Language: English.
Admission fees: Not included.
Pick-up Point: Piazza Ruggero Settimo "Politeama" 15 (in front of Politeama Palace hotel and Prada) at 8:30 AM.
Itinerary:
Meet your driver/guide at 8:30 AM. See the splendor of Plato's Greece. This itinerary takes you southward across Sicily's scenic Sicanian Mountains to the ancient Greek temples of Agrigento, which boasts some of the most majestic classical Greek architecture in the world. Akragas, as it was known in antiquity, was one of the most important cities of the Greek world, a center of culture and learning said to rival Syracuse and Athens. Our tour begins with a visit of the archeology museum on the edge of the vast park. Following time at leisure for lunch (not included), we'll explore the ancient city and temples, set amidst timeless olive groves and almond orchards. Then we return to Palermo. Travel time between Palermo and Agrigento is about 90 minutes.
Price per Participant: €120. See important purchase conditions (below) for details.

IMPORTANT: A num­ber of in­depen­dent "guides" in Si­cily offer ex­cur­sions (driv­ing you from place to place). Un­fortunate­ly, most of those found on the inter­net are not li­censed as tour guides, tour oper­ators or taxi driv­ers. This means that they probab­ly lack ac­cident in­surance that covers a client who (for ex­ample) in­curs an in­jury while walk­ing from the guide's parked car to an archeo­logi­cal site, such as the temples at Agri­gento and Se­gesta. Worse yet, some of these "guides" may de­ceive you into believ­ing that they are li­censed when they are not. In Italian law, on­ly a proper­ly li­censed com­pany qual­i­fies for the in­sur­ance de­scribed. In Italy the tour­ism/trav­el in­dustry is high­ly reg­u­lat­ed for your pro­tec­tion.

The pick-up point.

Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates of these tours?
Are these "fully guided" tours?
Do these tours require physical mobility?
Where's Piazza Politeama?
Do you do shore excursions?
Do you offer personalized (private) tours?
Do you do walking tours of Palermo?
What prices are there for children and seniors?
How much is a euro (€) worth?
I've seen cheaper excursions advertised. How are these tours priced?
How do I pay?
What's the refund policy for cancellations?
Do you do tours around Sicily - the whole island?
Can I have details about your company?
How do I contact you?

What are the tour dates?
Weekly as indicated except the second week of August, beginning the last week of March 2016

Are these "fully guided" tours?
Terms such as "guided" and "escorted" do not enjoy universal definitions so we'll explain this in simple terms, avoiding tourism jargon and the arcane (and ever-evolving) complexities of Italian law. If there are more than eight persons in your tour you'll have a licensed tour guide who travels with you or you'll be met by a local "site" guide at the more important sites of historical interest. If there are fewer than eight persons in your group you'll have a driver-guide. In practice, the difference is that the driver guides cannot lecture clients within certain archeological or historical areas while the other guides can, so a driver-guide will explain the history of the sites before you enter.

Do these tours require physical mobility?
Yes, and they actually involve a certain amount of walking. In Agrigento the distance from the car park to the archeological sites, and the sloping streets and terrain, are somewhat less challenging than what can be expected at Erice and Segesta. Travel time between Palermo and Segesta is slightly less than the journey from Palermo to Agrigento.

Where exactly is Piazza Politeama, the pick-up point?
Also known as Piazza Ruggero Settimo, it's shown here with Google Maps. More precisely, the pick-up point is next to the square near the corner of Via Libertà in front of Prada and the Politeama Palace hotel.

Do you do shore excursions?
Our tours are quite similar to "shore excursions." The real differences are that we don't pack fifty cruise passengers into a bus and that we don't pick you up at the Port of Palermo. Our main pick-up/meeting point at Piazza Politeama near the corner of Via Libertà is a short ten-minute walk from the Port of Palermo. If your cruise ship arrives early enough, and permits passengers to disembark before 8 AM, you could easily join one of our day tours. Bear in mind, however, that you'd have to be at Politeama by 8:30. Some cruise ship arrivals would facilitate this, while others do not. There is also the very real possibility of a ship's late arrival. If you're arriving on a cruise ship, you may wish to consider a private excursion or a private, personalized walking tour.

Do you offer personalized (private) tours and excursions?
Yes. These are described on the Palermo excursions page on our partner site, Best of Sicily. (The excursions described on this page are "collective" small-group tours.)

Do you do walking tours of Palermo?
By definition, this is a lengthy or highly personalized private tour around Palermo on foot at your own pace, perhaps with a visit to Monreale (which is on a hill overlooking the city) by taxi or bus. We can arrange a private guide for you through our sister company, Sicily Concierge.

What prices are there for children and seniors?
Prices for children, and conditions related to these rates, are described at purchase conditions (below). We offer no special prices for seniors (over 65) but participants over 65 or under 18 may be entitled to reduced admission prices at some sites (see"admission fees" below).

How much is a euro (€) worth?
Consult our favorite currency converter for current exchange rates. The euro (€) is the official currency of Italy, Germany, Austria, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Greece, France, Malta and several other countries of the European Union.

I've seen cheaper excursions advertised. How are these tours priced?
Note that we are a licensed tour operator and that our services are fully insured for liability. A "guide" who drives you around Sicily in his own car may not have insurance that covers, for example, an injury that occurs while you're walking from his parked car to an archeological site. Imagine that you are walking from the parking area at Segesta or Agrigento toward the temple and you fall, injuring a leg. As a legitimate tour operator, we carry insurance for that; most of the "semi-legal" drivers/escorts do not, even if they deceive you into thinking that they do. Moreover, the local "site" guides we work with are legitimately licensed tour guides. Here in Italy, that is a qualification comparable to that of a high-school history teacher. Most of the competition that undercuts our rates does not work with real tour guides.

How do I pay?
You can pay online with a credit card (under "Notes" please indicate the tour, start date and number of participants). Full payment is required when you reserve.

What's the refund policy for cancellations?
This is explained under "cancellations and refunds" below.

Do you do tours around Sicily?
Yes, and they're described on our Sicily tours page.

Can I have details about your company?
Yes. The legal details are indicated under "legal stuff" below. Please note that we're an actual tour operator and licensed as such. This means that we fully meet the legal standards for operational norms, things like insurance and, of course, taxes.

How do I contact you?
Perhaps the most important question of all. Here are our contact details.

Purchase Conditions

All of our tours are prepaid.

What is included:

• All ground transportation as per itinerary;
• Meals and snacks when clearly specified;
• Taxes.

What is not included:

• Beverages and meals not specified;
• Gratuities and Tips;
• Travel Insurance;
• Admission fees. (The price of these tours does not include the Admission Fees at historical and archeological sites. If you are over 65 or under 18 years old and you have a European Union or British Commonwealth passport, certain admission fees may be waived if you display your passport upon entering the sites, specifically at Segesta.)

Cancellations and refunds (prices in euros):

• 50% of total reservation price will be refunded 10-14 days before start date; 20% will be refunded 1-4 days before start date.

• All but a €25.00 processing fee will be refunded for cancellation at least 15 (fifteen) days before start date.

• No refund will be issued for a "late" cancellation within (48 hours) or if participants fail to appear for beginning of the tour.

• Rates for young children may apply when accompanied by at least 2 (two) adults. If there is only one child with one adult the child's price is the full adult rate.

Important to know:

The tours-excursions are operated:

– with a driver-guide up to 7 participants;

– with a driver & tour escort (when clearly specified) from 8 participants;

– sometimes with a driver and local guide (when clearly specified) from 8 participants.

The driver-guide is not a local "site" or local guide. Local guides are the only professionals, with a regional license, permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city. By law, a driver-guide cannot accompany you and lecture inside certain areas.

These tours are operated by Tradizione Turismo Tour Operator by Chat & Tour is located at Via G. Sirtori 25 in Palermo, Italy. We operate under the names Tradizione Turismo, Best of Sicily and Sicily Concierge.

LEGAL STUFF: Tradizione Turismo by Chat & Tour, Via Generale Sirtori 25, 90145 - Palermo, Italy. Full Travel Agency Licence Number: 996/VII/Tur-Sicily • IATA Tids 96 27583 0 • VAT (Partita IVA): IT04943140824 • ASTA Member Number: 900166379. Other trade names: Best of Sicily Travel Guide, Sicily Concierge.

Contact

To reserve contact us at tours@bestofsicily.com indicating "Palermo excursion" in the subject line, or by phone at +39 091 626 9685, or fax +39 091 380 9900. From the United States or Canada you may also contact us by Skype at 718-473-0803. (Please remember that there's a six-hour time difference between Central European Time here in Italy and American Eastern Time in Toronto and New York.) From the UK +44 -208-133-6934, from Australia +61-2-8011-3849. Or... you can pay online with a credit card (under "Notes" please indicate the tour, start date and number of participants). It is also possible to reserve with one of the convenient orange buttons. Full payment is required when you reserve.

We look forward to seeing you in Sicily!

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