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Trapani Acapulco

Revered by its residents, Trapani's 14th century statue of the Virgin and Child is one of this ancient port's monuments and one of the main attractions of Trapani cruises. Part of the Cappella della Madonna within the impressive Santuario dell'Annunziata, it sits in the high altar beneath a baldachin. Next to the Sanctuary, a former convent houses the regional museum. Among its displays are centuries-old examples of beautiful jewellery crafted by the city's famous coral artists.

Other local industries include the export of salt with salt-pans and their distinctive old windmills lining the nearby coast. Also found on the water's edge is the quadrangular-plan tower, Torre di Ligny. With such a variety of destinations included in our Trapani cruise tours, make some time to visit the museum of prehistory exhibits artefacts from across Sicily. Other attractions nearby include the historical hilltop town of Erice, reached from Trapani by cable car in season. With our cruises to Trapani the choice is yours...

 

Shore excursions in Trapani

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Discover Erice and Trapani

Activity highShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover a medieval hilltop village and a baroque-centred seaside town, created by the Elymians, Sicily’s ancient people.

Departing the pier, you’ll take a 45-minute drive up a dramatic hairpin bend road to Erice. Sitting high above the western coast of Sicily, Erice is a mediaeval town with far-reaching views over the Egadi Islands, Monte Cafano and the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was created by the Elymians, Sicily’s ancient people, and grew into an important town that drew big-name visitors like Hercules.

You’ll have time at leisure to explore the cobbled streets and lanes for yourself. At the top of town are the Balio Gardens laid out round Venus Castle, so-called because it was built over the original temple of Venus, where you can drink in the extraordinary vistas. Of the sixty churches in town, the Gothic Chiesa Madre is a definite highlight, with its elaborate carved and vaulted ceiling, beautiful rose window and separate bell tower. No visit to Erice would be complete without a visit to one of the town’s famous pastry shops.

Back down to earth in Trapani, your guide will introduce you to the well-preserved baroque city centre, with its great shops and notable classical monuments such as the Cathedral, and the Church of Purgatory, home to the remarkable 18th-century, life-sized wooden effigies which take centre stage in the annual Easter processions.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. It is a 15 minute walk back from Trapani back to the pier. This tour involves around 2 hours of walking over rough and uneven ground which includes some cobblestone surfaces and steps. Flat, closed-toe, non-slip shoes must be worn. The visits of the churches are exterior only.

Incredible Erice and The Temple of Segesta

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 8 hours

Visit an Elymian town and temple which each offer their own ancient splendour, and some of the most splendid views in Sicily.

It was the Elymians, Sicily’s ancient people, who created the fortified hill-top town of Erice and established Trapani below it as their port. Your coach will take you to the cable station for the 10 minute journey up nearly 2,500 feet to Erice. It’s delightfully panoramic, with views on a clear day over Trapani, Egadi Islands, Monte Cafano and the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Your walking tour of town starts at Porta Trapani and on through the cobbled lanes to the church of Chiesa Madre, with its elaborate carved and vaulted ceiling, beautiful rose window and separate bell tower. Then it will be on uphill to the top of town and the Balio Gardens laid out round Venus Castle, so-called because it was built over the original temple of Venus.After a walk back down through town, you’ll re-board the coach and head to a local restaurant for lunch.

Afterwards, it’s back on the coach for a 45 minute scenic drive to Segesta. This 5th century BC town is built on the lush green hillside of Monte Barbaro, with views over the glittering Mediterranean. There are only a few traces of the ancient town remaining, but the temple is amazingly intact. In fact, it’s one of the best-preserved Doric temples in Europe, so a must-see for lovers of ancient history and archaeology. It is now, as it was then, roofless. Scholars debate why but think it was either a ritual space that was never intended to be roofed, or that it was never completed because war broke out. Roof or not, it is a magical structure that has stood for the past 2,400 years.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, cable car and on foot. This tour involves around 2 hours of walking over rough and uneven ground which includes some cobblestone surfaces and steps. Flat, closed-toe, non-slip shoes must be worn.

Marsala, History and Wine

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Only Marsala can call itself home to both a celebrated wine and the world’s only surviving 3rd century BC warship.

On your 50 minute panoramic drive to Marsala, you’ll pause briefly for a photo stop at the celebrated salt pans which produce salt prized by connoisseurs for its unique qualities. These Salinas have been a major feature in the urban landscape of Trapani and the entire coastal area as far as Marsala.

Once in Marsala, your visit will begin in the fascinating Archaeological Museum, with prehistoric artefact’s, Roman mosaic floors, and - its jewel - the world’s only example of a 3rd century BC liburna - a fast warship about 35 yards long, with a crew of 68 oarsmen.

But, think Marsala and, first and foremost, you think wine. Marsala was first exported in the late 18th century by the English merchant, John Woodhouse. So, the next part of your day will be spent exploring this delicious wine’s rich history. Adjacent to the Archaeological Museum stands Cantine Florio, makers of Marsala since 1883. This famous historic winery is a beautiful building in its own right, with a sea view, courtyard and Mediterranean garden. Inside the winery is no less beautiful, with magnificent arched cellars, thousands of barrels, and an original crushed volcanic tufa stone floor.

The undoubted highlight of your tour will be a tasting of 4 Marsala wines, accompanied by local antipasti.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 2½ hours of walking over rough and uneven ground which includes some cobblestone surfaces and steps. Flat, closed-toe, non-slip shoes must be worn.

Panoramic Cruise at Stagnone

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Stagnone is not just Sicily’s largest lagoon, but Italy’s. Explore its natural and historic riches by boat.

Your coach will leave Trapani on the 45-minute drive to Stagnone, the largest lagoon in Sicily, and Italy. Today, it’s a nature reserve with still-worked salt pans built by the Phoenicians, windmills and rare flora and fauna, including flamingos. It’s also home to the islands of San Pantaleo, better known as ancient Mothia, Isola Longa, Santa Maria and Schola. You’ll embark on a 1hour boat trip exploring the highlights of the lagoon, including the islands and the - now submerged - ancient causeway that once connected Mothia to the mainland. You’ll get a closer look at the salt pans with their piles of harvested salt, neatly covered with terracotta tiles and one of the restored medieval windmills which pump water through the sluice gates in and out of the various salt pans.

Back on dry land, your coach will take you to Marsala to visit the refurbished nineteenth-century wine estate of Cantine Mothia for a tour and a tasting of Sicily's most famous wine: Marsala, with a few Sicilian nibbles.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 1 hours of walking over rough and uneven ground. Flat, closed-toe, non-slip shoes must be worn. You must be able to negotiate steps on and off the boat.

Phoenician Mothia and Marsala

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Two fascinating towns built by Phoenicians twelve hundred years ago; one famous and thriving, one crumbled but not forgotten.

Your coach will leave Trapani for a 45-minute drive to Stagnone, the largest lagoon in Sicily, and Italy. Today, it’s a nature reserve with still-worked salt pans built by the Phoenicians, windmills and rare flora and fauna, including flamingos. It’s also home to the islands of San Pantaleo, better known as ancient Mothia, Isola Longa, Santa Maria and Schola.

You’ll enjoy a 15-minute boat trip to Mothia, to explore it on foot, as well as a visit to the Whitaker museum to see the world-famous Mothia Charioteer statue, depicting the 2,500 year-old winner of a chariot race.

Your tour will then take you back to the mainland and to Marsala. Rich in elegant, baroque buildings and ancient monuments, your guided walk will start at Porta Garibaldi and wind through the historical city centre, visiting the main Piazza Repubblica, the 17th century Palazzo Senatorio, and the Cathedral dedicated to an English saint, Thomas Becket. Your guided walk will end at the Porta Nuova, another of the original four city gates.

Now it’s over to you to enjoy some free time. Explore more, shop or grab a coffee and people-watch? It’s up to you.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. This tour involves around 1 hour of walking over rough and uneven ground which includes some cobblestone surfaces and steps. Flat, closed-toe, non-slip shoes must be worn.

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