Messina Shore Excursion: Full Day Taormina And Castelmola Tour

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Overview

Travel by air-conditioned bus with a maximum group of 30 passengers for this opportunity to discover and visit Taormina (32 miles (52 km) away from Messina) with its Greek Theater, Corso Umberto, and its exclusive shops and famous bars. You will admire the wonderful landscape and Isola Bella, a nature riserve-Unesco Heritage.The tour also includes a short visit to the picturesque village of Castelmola.

Highlights

  • Led by a local guide
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Day trip (destination A to B)

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After pickup from Messina cruise port or the nearbytourist information point, travel by air-conditioned coach to Castelmola, a picturesque village situated just above Taormina.

Hop out here to enjoy the beautiful setting and wonderful outlook over the magnificent bay of Giardini-Naxos and Mt Etna rising in the distance.

Continue into Taormina and see the 19th-century Porta Messina gateway before a guided walk along the Corso Umberto, once part of the ancient Roman street of Via Valeria. Stroll along this pretty, traffic-free street and enjoy a guided look at the towns oldest churches and monuments, as well the most exclusive shops and restaurants.

Taste some typical Sicilian specialities and sweets at pastry and ice cream shops, and visit Taorminas Greco-Roman theater, the second-largest of its kind in Sicily, built by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC.

On return to Messina, stop to explore the highlights of this historical port. Delve into the heart of the old city, and visit Cathedral Square (Duomo) to see Messina Cathedral, home to the worlds biggest astronomical clock.

View the Church of the Catalans, an extraordinary example of 12th- and 13th-century Arab-Norman art, and visit the panoramic terrace between the Shrine of Christ the King and the Sanctuary of Montalto for spectacular views over the Strait of Messina.

Your tour finishes at the original starting point.

Inclusions for Messina Shore Excursion: Full Day Taormina And Castelmola Tour

  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Walking tour
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entrance fees
  • Port pickup and drop-off

Exclusions for Messina Shore Excursion: Full Day Taormina And Castelmola Tour

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking

May be operated by a multilingual guide

Not wheelchair accessible

Personal food and drinks allowed.

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund

Walking in Taormina is over paved and cobblestone surfaces, some of which are sloped. The Greek Theater requires climbing steep uneven stone stairs to enter and numerous steps inside. 

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Group was to large to really hear the guide.

  • We had a great time, We had a great guide. We love the ear buds so you can hear the guide from where ever you are. We traveled in a group of about 15. We were given time to look around both towns, Castelmola was not as busy as Taormina. The scenery is beautiful. We were very pleased. there was no problem with meeting up with the tour

  • This was my first experience with aviator and I look forward to using them again. My shore excursion in Messina was easy to book, the
    representatives were on time, and we had a lovely experience. While driving to Taromina Mariarita gave us information on the area.
    Her assistants gave us a bottle of water and Pasta di Mandorle which is a popular treat from Messina. We all enjoyed the day tour
    but Taromina was the highlight. We had time to walk around and enjoy lunch on our own. I would highly recommend this day trip
    to anyone who is in Messina for the first time.

  • Very nice excursion, proffesionel. Better then the excursions the ship offer and cheaper. Clever guides, two young ladies, and we got a Messina cake and bottle of water each in the bus. We also got their telephone number to wear around the neck if we got lost! Very charming places Caselmoda and Taormina.

  • We purposely choose to take a tour not from the cruise company because we want smaller groups. However we were a full large bus load. We first went to Castelmola which had very little to see and our guide did not take us up to the Castle or tell us anything about it. She just pointed up and said we could go on own. Unfortunately it was a bit rainy and so very few stores were open nor was the church. She gave us almost an hour to stand around in the rain. Next we went to Taormina where all 40 of us trouped behind the guide as she quickly talked about things that we weren't at yet because half of us were at the end of the trail and when we finally got there we weren't sure what to look at. We visited the ancient theatre and our guide gave a talk about it-fairly brief and then told us we had an hour or so on our own. Not a lot to do and learned very little about both towns. Our tour of Messina occurred at the end of the day and was very brief and we never got out of bus. I feel the driver did a far better job than our guides!

  • Amazing tour, we love the service provided by the tour guide, she is super friendly and cute, good information and enough time for us to take photo as well. Super cool driver with excellent driving skills!

  • The tour company was fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Taormina and Castelmola. The tour guides were great and very informative. Highly recommend this tour

  • Although the information indicated there would be only 30 people in the bus, our bus was packed...too many people for one guide!!! Reminded me of a ship tour!!!

  • I would rate the destination as only 4.5 stars. The rest (drive, guide, bus, organization) were definitely 5 stars.

  • This is such a beautiful location and Discover Messina did an excellent job of providing the highlights of both areas we toured and then giving us free time to explore on our own. We enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it.

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