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Shore Excursion Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I purchase shore excursions on this website?

A: Yes, most Seabourn shore excursions can be purchased in advance online once you have booked your cruise and know your itinerary. To purchase a shore excursion online, click the Find Shore Excursions link above.

Q: Do I have to buy the shore excursions online?

A: No. Purchasing a shore excursion online provides immediate confirmation. You can also contact us by phone to purchase tours from our Destination Specialists by calling 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187. You can also purchase excursions after boarding your ship. Space is limited, so book early for the best selection.

Q: Can I purchase tours for both myself and my companion?

A: Yes, you can purchase tours online for all guests on the booking.

Q: How do I know which tours are right for me?

A: Excursion descriptions are marked with various symbols to indicate the amount and difficulty of walking, as well as occasional special interest content. In addition, specific information about restrictions or suggested cautions is included in the tour descriptions. Once you are on board, the Tour Manager can help you assess the suitability of a specific tour in a personal consultation.

Q: What if I need to cancel my excursion?

A: We understand plans change. However, last minute cancellations can result in costs to us or to our third party service providers. Cancellations of shore excursions, spa services or gift orders made more than three days prior to embarkation will be fully refunded; cancellations made onboard or within the three day window prior to embarkation may be subject a cancellation fee. Cancellation fees for certain shore excursions may be up to one hundred percent (100%) of the shore excursion price, depending on the shore excursion. For onboard cancellations of shore excursions, therefore, please speak with the Shore Excursion department onboard for the actual cancellation fee amount. Cancellations of spa services within twenty-four hours of the appointment are subject to a fifty percent (50%) cancellation fee. All cancellations made onboard will be refunded in the form of onboard credit, regardless of whether the purchase was made by a guest or a third party.

Q: What if I want to do two tours in the same day?

A: In many ports, it is possible to do two tours in the same day. However we recommend that you confirm with a destination specialist at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 at the time you are booking your excursion. If there is a time conflict, you will be able to select the tour you prefer.

Q: What if I want to do something that’s not offered on a tour?

A: In most ports Seabourn's staff, both ashore and on board, are capable of arranging a wide range of individualized activities. You can make your custom request by calling us at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 and speaking with one of our Destination Specialists to arrange your experience before you sail. Our hours of operation are 6am-5pm Monday-Friday and Saturday and Sunday 8am-3:30pm (Pacific Standard Time).

Q: What if a tour is cancelled?

A: If Seabourn cancels a tour due to safety, security of other conditions beyond our control a full refund will credited to your onboard account.

Q: Is it customary to extend gratuities to local tour guides?

A: Yes. Seabourn tour prices do not include gratuities for guides, drivers and other tour operator staff.

The Trulli Houses of Alberobello: A UNESCO Partner Tour

Approximately 4¾ Hours
Moderate Walking 

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Trulli of Alberobello was inscribed in 1996. Limestone dwellings found in the southern region of Puglia, they are remarkable examples of drywall (mortarless) construction, a prehistoric building technique still in use in this region. The trulli are made of roughly worked limestone boulders collected locally. They usually feature pyramidal, domed or conical roofs built up of corbelled limestone slabs.

Alberobello -- nothing less than a fairytale village -- will bewitch you with its intriguing charm. This community is famous all over the world for its unique, cone-shaped buildings with whitewashed walls and stone roofs -- all built without mortar. The village of Alberobello was founded in the 16th century. The feudal landlords at that time belonged to the Acquaviva family -- the Earls of Conversano. The local peasants built circular houses on the land without using mortar (this kind of building is called a trullo), simply by using the stones that they found on the ground or in caves. An early form of tax evasion was invented by the landlords here -- a response to the high taxation imposed by the king. When inspection time rolled around, the peasants simply took apart their houses, rebuilding them after the tax collectors had passed through. In 1797, the peasants asked King Ferdinand IV (a Bourbon) to declare Alberobelloa a free village, so these remarkable buildings remained intact. Alberobelloa is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known all over the world as the trulli capital.

Your guided tour starts at Terrazzino Belvedere situated in Aia Piccola, which boasts more than 400 trulli. Visit the Old Town (called Rione Monti), which is comprised of 1,030 trulli. The majority of these are still used as private houses. End your walking tour at the Church of Saint Anthony -- a trullo church with a façade of three wings adorned with a rose window and two round windows. The roof of the church is cone-shaped and measures 64 feet tall.

In the narrow streets of Alberobello you can admire workshops with artisans at work. You'll have a chance to step inside a typical trullo house to see the architectural style and structure, and learn how people used to live in these unique buildings. Enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own.

Please note: Modest attire is required in churches; knees, shoulders and midriffs must be covered. Guides are not allowed to provide commentary inside the church at certain times; an introduction will be given outside and you will view the inside on your own.

Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.


Learn more: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/787