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Passage to Sicily

#86 of 228 Tours in Palermo
Palermo, Italy
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About Passage to Sicily
We provide expert-led cultural tours in Palermo and Sicily. Our scholars and specialists lead in-depth tours with an emphasis on culture, local traditions, gastronomy, art and archaeology. We also tailor tours that meet your personal needs and interests, including experiences such as Sicilian cooking classes, boat tours or hiking in the nature, for an immersive holiday in the Sicilian culture.
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barbaraschipper wrote a review May 2015
Jerusalem12 contributions10 helpful votes
If you rent a car MAKE SURE you rent an automatic. The streets are exceptionally hilly, narrow, and crowded in the city itself.
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Date of experience: May 2015
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Response from Sherpa09193274065, Front Office Manager at Passage to Sicily
Responded 18 Nov 2020
Hello! Passage to Sicily is a tour operator providing guided tours with experts in the main sites of interest in Sicily. We don't offer a car rental service, so maybe this is not the right location where to post this comment! Please, remove it! Thank you:))
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CanadienErrante wrote a review Sep 2014
Toronto, Canada8 contributions4 helpful votes
Every private tour with the Palermo-based firm of Passage To Sicily (www.passagetosicily.com) has been absolutely perfect. Passage To Sicily's experts are not only superbly qualified guides (e.g. Oxford doctorates, work experience at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Getty in L.A., the Museum of Archaeological Studies in London, etc.) and passionately engaged in their subjects. Each is also a completely charming, exceptionally interesting individual. You feel you are spending each day with a brilliant, enthusiastic new friend.
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Date of experience: September 2014
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Barbara I wrote a review Aug 2014
Short Hills, New Jersey11 contributions4 helpful votes
We took a full day tour, booked through Passage to Sicily (www.passagetosicily.com), taking us from Palermo to Agrigento, to the ruins and the museum. It was unbelievably good. Our guide, Andrea, was very knowledgeable, erudite, charming and fun. It was the highlight of our vacation, and it is definitely a site not to be missed. I very highly recommend going with a guide to get the most out of what you're seeing, which might be somewhat obscure otherwise. Andrea was the best guide imaginable! A must do!
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Date of experience: August 2014
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Richard F wrote a review Aug 2014
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom19 contributions11 helpful votes
We booked 8 half day tours around Sicily for our family of 5 (children aged 4 to 8) on a 3 week holiday and we had a great time. Jean-Marie organised everything very smoothly via bank transfer and itinerary with mobile numbers for all the guides. We had excellent tours around Palermo, Segesta, Selinunte, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina, Ragusa, Syracuse and Mount Etna. They were all excellently run and we met the guides at the sites. They explained everything really well and were specialists in their areas of archaeology, art history or volcanoes. They kept the children interested and were very informative. Many thanks to all.
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Date of experience: August 2014
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iconlady wrote a review Jul 2014
sonoma, california65 contributions46 helpful votes
We have gone on a number of tours with "Context Travel" in Rome and Naples and have loved every single tour we have had with their archaeologists. They recommended Passage to Sicily for our trip to Sicily. We booked the Valley of the Temples tour in Agrigento for the three of us (including our thirteen year old son). Since the Context tours are all around 3-4 hours, we mistakenly believed this tour was also around that length. It was, however, much longer, and is advertised as a 6 1/2 hour tour. Guess I should have more carefully read the fine print. Instead of our tour beginning at the site first thing in the morning when it is much cooler, we spent about 2 hours touring the Regional Museum first (as this was what the tour guide had planned)t. This was a real mistake. By the time we reached the site, it was already lunch time and blazing hot - easily over 100 degrees. In my opinion, we spent twice as long at the museum admiring every single Greek pottery shard as we needed to. A one hour tour at the museum AFTER we saw the site of the Temples would have been much more desirable. Please note that I make my comments as a person with a degree in classical archaeology. Not that our tour guide (Valentina) would ever have known my background. I realize that she has an immense amount of experience as an archaeologist, but this does not necessarily make for an engaging tour guide. Moreover, I learned about her background from the company website. She told us nothing about herself and asked nothing about us. She did not ask what we were interested in seeing or how we would like the tour structured. I have no idea if this was because her command of English was limited or she just didn't even think to ask a single question (ie, how long are you in Sicily? Where do you come from? etc.) In our recent tour of underground Rome with Context (which was wonderful and I highly recommend with Patrizia), we were asked which of the three sites we wanted to focus on and whether we wanted to see 1, 2 or 3 of those sites. Thus, we helped create our own tour based on our interests and stamina. Nothing so personal and necessary occurred on this tour of Agrigento. And the tour of the site is brutal - it takes about 3-4 hours with the guide. After the museum, this was just too much for us. Even our son, who is only 13 and in good shape, was absolutely exhausted. We never stopped for lunch and the tour did not end until close to 4 pm. It started at 10 am. We should have been told to bring sandwiches or some kind of food. According to the app on our phone, we walked nearly 7 miles through the museum and site. I think the worst aspect of this tour was the fact that my son and I felt that the tour guide excluded us. She did not make eye contact with us from the moment the tour began and did not ask if we had any questions. Her attention was solely focused on my husband. I am not saying there was any flirting going on - I think everything was quite unconscious. It was very odd, however, and we felt completely disengaged. Perhaps the guide felt we were not interested in the site but the reality was that she failed utterly to engage us in any way. When she showed pictures of certain things on her IPAD, she directly it only to my husband. Neither my son or I could actually see what was on the IPAD. I think you all get the point. I am sure after reading the other reviews that the enjoyment of the tours is highly dependent on the guide you end up with. Just be aware that, in our opinion, this tour had real problems.
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Date of experience: July 2014
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