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Etna Slopes and Taormina Tour

Access from: ​Messina


Key info

  • Tour ID: 3525
  • Duration: ​7 hours
  • Pick up point: Messina cruise port
  • Activity level: Active
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • Mount Etna
  • Taormina
  • Greek Roman Theatre
  • Cathedral Square

From $75.92pp

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 3525
  • Duration: ​7 hours
  • Pick up point: Messina cruise port
  • Activity level: Active

Top highlights

  • Mount Etna
  • Taormina
  • Greek Roman Theatre
  • Cathedral Square

Itinerary

Pick up just outside the port of Messina
2 Hour Drive to Mount Etna
Continue in the afternoon to the town of Taormina
Free time
Return to port
Times are subject to change.

When does my tour start?
Morning tours generally commence at 9AM (shore time) or if your ship ports after 08:30am then 1 hour after your ships port time.


When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?
We schedule your return to port to ensure you arrive in plenty of time to re-join your ship - normally 1 hour before the scheduled sailing time. Where you have free time after the end of your tour, then it is your responsibility to ensure you re-join the ship on time.

All tour times are based on Shore time (ie local time, - not ship time)

You will be met at the port by a Cruising Excursions representative who will guide you to your air-conditioned transportation ready to commence your tour.

The tour will commence with a drive on the outskirts of Messina, your guide will be pointing out all of the main landmarks for your interest before the tour will continue with a beautiful scenic coastal journey toward the famous Mount Etna National Park.

The journey to the National Park will take around 2 hours. 

The drive will continue, making our way up to the National Park, the scenery during the drive is impressive, with lava rock formations on either side of the road as we continue through the twist and turns before reaching 3000 feet and the main coach park of this most visited area.  Your guide will be giving you information along the journey, explaining about the Etna eruptions over the years.

Mount Etna is a popular tourist area and is also extremely respected by the locals, Mount Etna otherwise known by the Sicilians as ‘Mamma Etna’ is the main water source for the island.  The area is also famous for producing excellent wines due to the volcanic soil.

Disembarking the transportation, you will be taken on a guided walk of one of the many craters the National Park has to offer.  If you do not wish to embark on the walking part of the tour, there are plenty of café/bars boasting amazing views from their open terraces, just simply relax and enjoy.

After the walking tour the guide will allow you some free time before we get back onto the transportation before heading to the beautiful town of Taormina.

Taormina is a very popular and interesting old town situated high up in the Sicilian hills.

The journey will take you on a scenic coastal drive before embarking on a drive up to this beautiful town. The views are absolutely breath taking as your driver navigates the twist and turns before getting to the parking area.

At the parking area, when we disembark the transportation, we take a lift up to the road entrance to this pedestrianised town. There is an incline of around 50 yards before the entrance.

Once in Taormina we embark on a short walking tour of around 1 hour. Those who wish to experience Taormina on their own may advise the guide, your guide will then point out the meeting time and place for everybody to meet at the end.

The walking tour will take you through the quaint Sicilian streets full of vibrance and shops and restaurants in abundance.

The first stop will be the Cathedral Square, your guide will give the history and all of the information about the Cathedral situated within the square before continuing with the tour.

A viewing point from the town is the next stop, be prepared to be amazed by the incredible views of the coast down below. 

After taking your photographs from the viewing point the tour will continue.

There is an option to visit the Greek Roman Theatre during your hour free time at the end. If you wish to do this please inform your guide, who will take you to the entrance (entry fee to the Theatre is 10€ payable locally).

After the free time you will meet back up with the guide who will escort you back to your transportation ready to take you back to the port in plenty of time for your cruise ships departure.

Please note:  There is not enough time to take the cable car to the crater of Mount Etna on this tour.  It is important that you wear suitable footwear and take a jacket, the National Park can get quite breezy.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How strenuous is this tour in Mount Etna?  If you are embarking on the walking tour of the crater, this involves walking up inclines, uneven ground, rocky pathways.  However, if you choose not to walk the craters you are able to sit and relax in the local café/bars, so those with walking difficulties do not have to embark on the walking tour if they do not wish to do this.

How strenuous is this tour in Taormina?  Once reaching the parking area there is an incline of around 50 yards to reach the entrance to the town.  Once in the town this is relatively flat, although there are some side streets with steps (these do not have to be taken).  The main street through the town is flat.

Are there washroom facilities in the National Park?  Yes, there are plenty of bars and cafes where you will be able to use their washrooms (please be aware some will expect you to buy a coffee, or purchase something first)

How long is the journey up to Mount Etna National Park?  Depending on the traffic the journey will the comfort break along the way will take around 1 hour 15 minutes.

Are we able to take the cable car up to Mount Etna crater?  On this tour, unfortunately not.  There is not enough time to take the cable car, I would highly recommend a private tour should you wish to do this.

Is there an opportunity to souvenir shop on this tour?  There are a few souvenir shops in the national park, you are able to visit these during your free time.  Taormina there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.

  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 3525
    • Duration: ​7 hours
    • Pick up point: Messina cruise port
    • Activity level: Active

    Top highlights

    • Mount Etna
    • Taormina
    • Greek Roman Theatre
    • Cathedral Square

    Itinerary

    Pick up just outside the port of Messina
    2 Hour Drive to Mount Etna
    Continue in the afternoon to the town of Taormina
    Free time
    Return to port
    Times are subject to change.

    When does my tour start?
    Morning tours generally commence at 9AM (shore time) or if your ship ports after 08:30am then 1 hour after your ships port time.


    When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?
    We schedule your return to port to ensure you arrive in plenty of time to re-join your ship - normally 1 hour before the scheduled sailing time. Where you have free time after the end of your tour, then it is your responsibility to ensure you re-join the ship on time.

    All tour times are based on Shore time (ie local time, - not ship time)

    You will be met at the port by a Cruising Excursions representative who will guide you to your air-conditioned transportation ready to commence your tour.

    The tour will commence with a drive on the outskirts of Messina, your guide will be pointing out all of the main landmarks for your interest before the tour will continue with a beautiful scenic coastal journey toward the famous Mount Etna National Park.

    The journey to the National Park will take around 2 hours. 

    The drive will continue, making our way up to the National Park, the scenery during the drive is impressive, with lava rock formations on either side of the road as we continue through the twist and turns before reaching 3000 feet and the main coach park of this most visited area.  Your guide will be giving you information along the journey, explaining about the Etna eruptions over the years.

    Mount Etna is a popular tourist area and is also extremely respected by the locals, Mount Etna otherwise known by the Sicilians as ‘Mamma Etna’ is the main water source for the island.  The area is also famous for producing excellent wines due to the volcanic soil.

    Disembarking the transportation, you will be taken on a guided walk of one of the many craters the National Park has to offer.  If you do not wish to embark on the walking part of the tour, there are plenty of café/bars boasting amazing views from their open terraces, just simply relax and enjoy.

    After the walking tour the guide will allow you some free time before we get back onto the transportation before heading to the beautiful town of Taormina.

    Taormina is a very popular and interesting old town situated high up in the Sicilian hills.

    The journey will take you on a scenic coastal drive before embarking on a drive up to this beautiful town. The views are absolutely breath taking as your driver navigates the twist and turns before getting to the parking area.

    At the parking area, when we disembark the transportation, we take a lift up to the road entrance to this pedestrianised town. There is an incline of around 50 yards before the entrance.

    Once in Taormina we embark on a short walking tour of around 1 hour. Those who wish to experience Taormina on their own may advise the guide, your guide will then point out the meeting time and place for everybody to meet at the end.

    The walking tour will take you through the quaint Sicilian streets full of vibrance and shops and restaurants in abundance.

    The first stop will be the Cathedral Square, your guide will give the history and all of the information about the Cathedral situated within the square before continuing with the tour.

    A viewing point from the town is the next stop, be prepared to be amazed by the incredible views of the coast down below. 

    After taking your photographs from the viewing point the tour will continue.

    There is an option to visit the Greek Roman Theatre during your hour free time at the end. If you wish to do this please inform your guide, who will take you to the entrance (entry fee to the Theatre is 10€ payable locally).

    After the free time you will meet back up with the guide who will escort you back to your transportation ready to take you back to the port in plenty of time for your cruise ships departure.

    Please note:  There is not enough time to take the cable car to the crater of Mount Etna on this tour.  It is important that you wear suitable footwear and take a jacket, the National Park can get quite breezy.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    How strenuous is this tour in Mount Etna?  If you are embarking on the walking tour of the crater, this involves walking up inclines, uneven ground, rocky pathways.  However, if you choose not to walk the craters you are able to sit and relax in the local café/bars, so those with walking difficulties do not have to embark on the walking tour if they do not wish to do this.

    How strenuous is this tour in Taormina?  Once reaching the parking area there is an incline of around 50 yards to reach the entrance to the town.  Once in the town this is relatively flat, although there are some side streets with steps (these do not have to be taken).  The main street through the town is flat.

    Are there washroom facilities in the National Park?  Yes, there are plenty of bars and cafes where you will be able to use their washrooms (please be aware some will expect you to buy a coffee, or purchase something first)

    How long is the journey up to Mount Etna National Park?  Depending on the traffic the journey will the comfort break along the way will take around 1 hour 15 minutes.

    Are we able to take the cable car up to Mount Etna crater?  On this tour, unfortunately not.  There is not enough time to take the cable car, I would highly recommend a private tour should you wish to do this.

    Is there an opportunity to souvenir shop on this tour?  There are a few souvenir shops in the national park, you are able to visit these during your free time.  Taormina there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.

  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • ​​Air conditioned transportation
    • English-speaking professional tour guide
    • Please note: Snacks/lunch and entrance fees to any sites (such as the Greek-Roman Theatre) are not included.
    There is walking involved on uneven ground. This tour is NOT suitable for guests with walking difficulties.
    ACTIVITY LEVEL: 4 (Quite strenuous with walking, steps and inclines)
    Activity Level Scale:
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    Note: If you do not wish to embark on the walking part of the tour, there are plenty of café/bars boasting amazing views from their open terraces, just simply relax and enjoy.
    During the months of March-May and October-November you will need a winter coat and sturdy shoes or hiking boots.
    From June to September pack a waterproof jacket and dress in layers. You will need comfortable shoes. It is recommended to take sun cream and a sun hat as at times on this excursion it can get un-seasonably hot.

    Joining instructions

    You will be met at the port of Messina by a Cruising Excursions Representative who will guide you to your air-conditioned transportation, ready to commence your tour.
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