Duration: 7 hours
Enjoy a private, guided tour of the major sights in Palermo (like the Palatine Chapel in the Royal Palace, the Norman Cathedral and the picturesque Ballaro' market), then continue on to Monreale and visit the magnificent Norman Cathedral with its impressive Byzantine mosaics from the 12th century and the enchanted cloister of the former Benedictine Monastery. At last, drive to Cefalù, a charming unspoiled village with winding, narrow, medieval streets and delightful restaurants overlooking a rocky coast. It is dominated by a huge megalithic rock known as "La Rocca" - once the site of a Temple of Diane and one of the finest Norman-Arab-Byzantine Cathedrals. The Duomo begun in 1131 by Roger II was intended as the principal religious seat in Sicily. Though it failed to fulfill this function, the building's magnificence has never been eclipsed. Its fine mosaics (1148), which feature an image of Christ Pantocrator in the apse, are often celebrated as the purest Byzantine works of art on Sicilian soil.
Exact time will be provided in final documents. Pick up at your hotel.
- Private English-speaking guide at disposal for 7 hours in Palermo, Monreale and Cefalu'
- Gratuities (optional)
- Entrance Fees: Palatine Chapel - 10 euros per person, Royal Tombs inside the Palermo Cathedral - 5 euros per person, Martorana Church - 2 euros per person, Monreale Cloister - 6 euros per person