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+ Optional Post-Tour
Palermo
September 14, 2019 – September 16, 2019
Enjoy Sicily’s fascinating and bustling capital, Palermo. The city, more than 2,700 years old, is rich in history, culture, art, music, and gourmet cuisine.
Post-Tour Rate***
Double: $1,195
Single: $1,495
Itinerary:
Day 9: Depart Taormina / Cefalù / Arrive Palermo
After departing Taormina, enjoy an afternoon of guided sightseeing in Cefalù before arriving in Palermo.

Named for the massive hill and rock formations rising above town, Cefalù is famous for its Duomo (cathedral) built in 1131 by Roger II. Legend has it, he built the cathedral to thank the gods for saving him when he was lost at sea during a storm. The town is also known for its various Greek ruins, delightful streets lined with colorful shops, and sandy beaches. Cefalù is home to just 14,000 residents, however it remains one of the most popular attractions near Palermo. Some of the original structures of the town are still visible, including an unusual edifice built of limestone blocks that appears to have been a palace or residence—and is the island's only example of this style of masonry, which is typically found in Central Italy.
Overnight: Hotel Federico II Central Palace (B)

Day 10: Palermo Guided Sightseeing
After breakfast, set out for a guided tour of the historical center of Palermo. Founded more than 2,700 years ago in a basin formed by three rivers, Palermo is surrounded by mountains and has been influenced by everyone from the Phoenicians to the Romans and Byzantines. Famous for its citrus groves, beautiful ancient churches, outdoor markets, and narrow medieval streets, this delightful city combines well-preserved historical sites, friendly locals, and delicious cuisine to provide a memorable experience.

Stroll through Mercato di Capo market and visit Palermo's cathedral, Martorana. Your panoramic tour also provides glimpses of the opera house Teatro Politeama, “La Cala" (the old harbour), Piazza Indipendenza, Porta Nuova, Piazza del Parlamento, and Villa Bonanno Garden. And enjoy a guided tour inside Monreale Cathedral.
Overnight: Hotel Federico II Central Palace (B)

Day 11: Palermo / Depart for U.S.
In the morning, guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary group transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

B = Breakfast

Please note: this post-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Travel Director. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide. Group space may not be available within 90 days of departure.
(Itinerary subject to change.)
Activity Level:

Moderate

Activities are generally not very strenuous, however, we expect that guests can enjoy two hours or more of walking, are sure-footed on cobbled surfaces, and can walk up and down hillsides and stairs without assistance. Historic city centers are usually more accessible by foot than vehicle. Due to the structure of some buildings, facilities for the disabled may be limited.

Accommodations:

Hotel Federico II Central Palace

Situated In the heart of Palermo and just steps from prime shopping and Liberty Avenue, Hotel Frederico is between the two most important and famous sites in Palermo—Teatro Politeama and Teatro Massimo.

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, LCD TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, phone, minibar, safe, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.
(Accommodations subject to change.)

What's Included:
  • Group transfer to Palermo
  • Two nights accommodations at Hotel Federico II Central Palace (or similar) with breakfast each morning
  • Guided sightseeing of Palermo and Cefalù, as well as entrance fee to Monreale Cathedral
  • Gratuities to local guide and driver
  • Complimentary transfer to the airport for guests departing during the suggested times
***Post-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Airfare not included.