*Every effort is made to provide the tour as described below, however the itinerary may change due to situation beyond our control.
Today you are greeted at Taormina-Giardini Naxos port and driven to the Etna Natural Park-South Side (Rifugio Sapienza) a beautiful Volcano rich in sounds, perfumes, and colors. On arrival, those interested in experiencing the Etna craters will have the opportunity to explore the Silvestri Craters and also the option to ascent to the top (by Funivia dell’Etna Cable car company) purchasing cable car tickets (Cable Car Fee: not included) on the spot (weather and volcanic conditions permitting) to experience the lava fields and incredible landscape view from Europe’s highest and most active volcano.
How to Ascent to the TOP up to 2.500 meters?
from Rifugio Sapienza we can catch on the first cable car ride (Cable Car fee: around eur 30,00 per person payable on the spot) up to 2.500 meters (Montagnola). Upon arrival at 2.500 meters you can walk around or hiking or just take a cappuccino at the bar overlooking the area.
Later we drive to Taormina, the world famous resort of Sicily. On arrival time at leisure to rest or independent visit to the Greek-Roman Theatre (Admission Fee: not included). Later we drive back to Taormina-Giardini Naxos port on time for your departure.
Mount Etna an active volcano
Taormina the world famous resort town of Sicily
TOUR CODE: TAOETTAO
PRICE & BOOKING INFORMATION
- Group of 1-3 People: Euro 375,00 Total
- Group of 4-8 People: Euro 420,00 Total
Booking process system:
Send us all Your details by filling in the automatic form - no payment is required at this stage - Your booking will be in pending as long as we will confirm the availability. If available, the tour will be confirmed and we will charge a deposit of Euro 100,00 (total per vehicle) on Your credit card. As per our policy, this deposit is needed to guarantee the booking.
The balance will be charged automatically on the same credit card used for the deposit 15 days before tour begins.
*If you prefer to pay the full amount at time of booking, please specify this preference during the booking procedure.
***** IMPORTANT TO KNOW ****
AS REGARDS THE VISIT TO TAORMINA, IT IS A WALKING TOUR.
Taormina is a hill-village with a glossy sheen of glamour. A drink at the tables of Caffè Wunderbar (or similar) in Piazza IX Aprile may set you back a few euros, but you'll be basking where Tennessee Williams and Elizabeth Taylor basked before you.
As well as the famed Greek-Roman Theatre (Admission Fee: not included), there are several minor sites to be discovered around Taormina. The attractive principal thoroughfare, Corso Umberto is pedestrian and ideal for strolling and window-shopping. Picturesque lanes above and below the Corso are interesting to explore, while if you want to stretch your legs further there are attractive walks up into the hills, or down to the sea. Given its compact size, Taormina has a huge range of bars, cafes and restaurants where you can while away pleasant hours while admiring the views. Taormina has two important gates: Porta Messina (Messina Gate) & Porta Catania (Catania Gate). Between the two gates there is an important street under the name of CORSO UMBERTO STREET. The Corso Umberto Street is the core of the town rich of bar, shops, pottery and more. Waling in this street indulge you in the Taormina atmosphere. The two gates are far away each other less than one mile (approx. 700 meters). USUALLY the driver escort stopped people in a gate, and meet them again in the opposite gate giving you the chance to be by yourself. Meeting point locations will be handled on the spot in accordance with your driver escort.
DRESS CODE RECOMMENDED TO EXPLORE ETNA VOLCANO:
Dress in layers and:
-from March to May & from October to November: pack winter coat and dress sturdy shoes or hiking boots;
-from June to September: pack a waterproof shell and dress in layers. Dress comfortable shoes or sneakers; do not forget you sun screen, sun glasses and sun hat.
We will adapt this excursion based on your Cruise Schedule.
For your acknowledge:
-Pick-up will be arranged 0,30 hour later estimated cruise dock;
-Drop-off to the port will be set 1 hour before cruise departure.
TAORMINA-GIARDINI NAXOS PORT:
You will join the docking pier by tenders. Our staff will be pleased to meet & greet you at the tender stops.
TAORMINA-GIARDINI NAXOS PORT: TRAVEL PLAN EXCHANGE
Changes of your travel plan in case of bad weather forecast and impossibility to dock by tenders, the cruise’s captain will decide to:
Cancel the stopover in Taormina-Giardini Naxos port or in Sicily OR he will decide, in accordance with the Port Authorities availability, to swap the stopover using different ports e.g. Catania port or Messina port. The Port Authority won’t share with us this information, as well as the cruise line, and because of it we have no chance to rearrange the excursion in accordance.
If you call us 24 hours before tour begins we can ask to our staff to meet you in a different port and you will pay an extra fee of euros 50,00 (total) cash directly to our staff up to 8 people. This extra amount is due to cover the extra miles from Giardini Naxos to Messina-Catania and vice-versa and highway tolls. Of course, we will do all our efforts to respect the itinerary but in case of less time disposal we will be forced to reduce or remove some visits in accordance with your new cruise schedule.
If you won’t call us 24 hours before tour begins, the excursion is considered cancelled and we will refund you in total as per shore-excursion cancellation policy.
DRIVER ESCORT INFORMATION:
We customized this excursion using a Driver-Escort. A Driver Escort is a chauffeur specialized to drive you around our amazing island. He is able to provide basic historical information, he can show you the main highlights ... he is knowledgeable and he has an umbrella of information. Our Driver Escort will take care to give adequate time at all stops and to accommodate special requests when possible, he will assure that your experience in Sicily will be both memorable and enjoyable.
The Driver Escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide (Licensed Tourist Guide: are the only professionals -- with a Regional license -- permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city) and he cannot escort you inside the monuments because this is not allowed by Italian Rules. In case you need a Licensed Local Guide you must pay a surcharge and we will arrange for Licensed Guide to meet you directly on the spot.
LICENSED LOCAL GUIDE (Service is available on request)
This excursion doesn't include Licensed Local Guide. We are able to book this service on request, subject to availability.
GRATUITIES (We Suggest):
- We recommend to pay an average of eur 50,00 to the Driver Escort --if you are satisfied of him-- based on the efficiency and service you receive.
-Gratuities to restaurants are never included in the bill. The restaurant cover charge is not a tip. If paying with credit cards in Italy & Sicily, please be so kind as to pay your tip separately in cash to the waiter. This should be 10% of the total bill.
-The use of public toilets requires a payment to the attendant of EURO 0,50 cents.
Please be so kind as to share with us, before your arrival, if you have walking restrictions.
SHORE EXCURSIONS | CANCELLATION POLICY:
-Total refund up to 15 working days before arrival
-25% of total amount won’t be refunded from 14 to 10 days before arrival
-50% of total amount won’t be refunded from 9 to 6 days before arrival
-75% of total amount won’t be refunded from 5 to 3 days before arrival
-100% of total amount won’t be refunded from 2 to the day of the services or after (No refund for no show)
IMPORTANT: in case the cruise won’t dock to the port for any reason, we will refund you in total.