Palermo

Sun-kissed Sicily

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30 April 2018 | 24 Nights
Holland America Line : ms Oosterdam

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Venice, Split, Dubrovnik, Sarande, Katakolon, Chania, Crete, Mykonos, Valletta, Victoria, Palermo, Sicily, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Thira (Santorini), Rhodes, Iraklion, Piraeus, Nafplion,…

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27 October 2017 | 18 Nights
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Rome (from Civitavecchia), Italy, Palermo, Valletta, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, Cairo (Port Said), Luxor (Safaga), Egypt, Aqaba, Jordan, Salalah, Oman, Muscat (from Qaboos), Oman, Dubai, UAE

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Southern Europe Synergy

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03 May 2018 | 14 Nights
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Barcelona, Spain, Valencia, Spain, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Ajaccio, Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Portofino, Antibes, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Saint-Tropez, Provence (Marseille), France, Palamos, Olbia,…


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Diverse culture and an explosive landscape


Ballaro market, Palermo

Ballaro market, Palermo

Collapsed volcano cone, Mount Etna

Collapsed volcano cone, Mount Etna

Monte Pellegrino Island, Palermo

Monte Pellegrino Island, Palermo

Palermo Norman Palace

Palermo Norman Palace

Palermo yacht port

Palermo yacht port

Tribunali, the old Arab quarter of Palermo

Tribunali, the old Arab quarter of Palermo

Churches of Palermo

Churches of Palermo

City panorama, Palmero

City panorama, Palmero

Cultivated land and snow on Volcano Etna, Palmero

Cultivated land and snow on Volcano Etna, Palmero

ROL Cruise recommends…


1. Food, glorious food

Sicily’s famous markets are a sight to behold, with masses of coloured tarpaulins suspended above stalls brimming with local wares. Visit the bustling streets of the Ballarò, Capo and Vucciria markets, where home-grown Sicilian staples such as olives, tomatoes, aubergines and sardines, compete for the attention of hungry shoppers beside fruit, herbs and meat from the mainland. Enjoy a glass of Sicilian wine as you feast on cuisine influenced by Greek, Spanish, French, African, Arab and Italian culture, then  choose a refreshing granita or warming Marsala or limoncello before you head home.


2. Europe’s greatest active volcano

In Greek Mythology, Zeus is said to have trapped the multi-headed, fire-breathing monster Typhon under Mount Etna. These days its imposing, seasonally snow-capped peak looms over eastern Sicily, casually reminding us of its presence with the occasional smoke or lava emission. It is closely monitored and a trip to this historic island isn’t complete without learning the story of one of the most active volcanoes in the world. A trip from Palermo to its base takes around three hours, or longer if you take the scenic coastal road. Travel up its slopes by cable car from Rifugio Sapienza, enjoy armchair views from the Ferrovia Circumetnea train, or visit to the informative Museo Vulcanologico dell'Etna.


3. City of stories 

Palermo’s diverse architecture stems from its colourful past, meaning there’s something impressive around almost every corner. Take a trip to the UNESCO recognised, 12th century Cattedrale di Palermo (Palermo Cathedral), for a prime example of Sicily's unique Arab-Norman style. Visit the intricately Byzantine mosaicked Palatine chapel of Palazzo dei Normanni which dates back to the 9th century, or admire the stucco craftsmanship of Rococo sculptor Giacomo Serpotta at Oratorio di San Lorenzo. For a more macabre spectacle, explore the mummified remains of Sicily’s ancestors at the Capuchin Catacombs.


4. Enjoying the arts 

Browsing Sicily’s many museums and galleries is a great way to get a feel for its varied culture. Discover a vast array of historic artefacts at the Regional Archeological Museum Antonio Salinas, ponder a while on the dramatic works showcased in Galleria Regionale della Sicilia, or grab yourself a ticket to the opera at the in famous Teatro Massimo.

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