Vulcano, Panarea & Stromboli: 3 Islands Tour from Milazzo
- Duration: 11 hours
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Good tour of the city, highlighting it's history and important historical locations on both routes. We'd advise to start early as possible to take in both routes, and allow time to hop on, hop off at your preferred locations. It's a lot to take in so quickly, so bring a pen and paper to make note of locations which you'd like to revisit on route. The ticket is unlimited on both routes for 24 hours from your entry onto the tour bus. You can start at any point on the circuits convenient to you - both start/terminate at Teatro Politeama. Make note where your stop is, take note of the sign locations- they're not always clear & visible, as sometimes the bus has to stop close as possible, due to traffic/parking. If you 'Re staying a few days in Palermo - very worthwhile, it'll give you guidance to explore further. Both routes intersect at Teatro Massimo - there is good shopping and dining options within a short walk. Great history, architecture and buildings are sublime.
The city centre of Palermo is bigger than we thought and booking this tour was a great idea! Moreover, booking the ticket online is recommended because the ticket office is not open in the afternoon. Cons: - During the first ride, I had to send by email my booking to one of the employees of the company. - A number of passengers wanted to take the same line at the same line, probably because they arrived together with a cruise. We avoided it by taking the other line and the company reacted adding extra buses to the route. They also organised quite well the queue by giving numbers to the passengers, so whoever arrived first, entered first the bus. - One of the employees was quite rude and not helpful to everyone.
There were two routs and they were both very short, only 1 hour each. But, they were very informative and you see the main sights from the bus. Only problem was to find the initial bus stop. This mostly due to road construction. But, CitySightseeing Parlermo was not providing additional info on how the find the bus due to construction. Also the woman at the office was not helpful.
Excellent concept to get on/off all day. The complimentary map was useful. My only suggestion is that the public announcements upstairs could be a little louder as with earplugs and traffic noise, was difficult to hear. Thank you
Claudia is a wonderful guide and very fun and knowledgeable about the history of Catania. She made the hot weather bearable.