Today you are greeted at Messina port and driven to Taormina, where you will have time at leisure to enjoy the town. The Driver will drop off you right outside the pedestrian center of Taormina and will communicate you the exact time and location of the pick-up for the return transfer.
You will have approximately 2 or 3 hours to walk around and visit the main highlights: the pedestrian Corso Umberto, Corvaja palace, the Dome and the the famed Greek-Roman Theatre (Admission Fee: not included). Taormina is a charming village ideal for strolling and window-shopping and with a huge range of bars, cafes and restaurants where you can while away pleasant hours while admiring the views.
At the end of your independent tour, meet again your Driver at the agreed location and get back to Messina port.
We will provide a collective round trip transfer from/to Taormina:
- only transfers at pre-fixed times with air conditioned vehicle & Italian speaking Driver;
- the Driver will not be at your disposal during your visit to Taormina;
- at time of booking it is mandatory to communicate Cruise name and schedule;
- guaranteed with minimum 2 People on the tour.
MESSINA MEETING POINT:
Outside Messina Cruise Terminal.
The exact time will be fixed in accordance with Cruise arrival time. Indicatively the Driver will pick-up you 30 minutes later Cruise estimated dock.
TAORMINA MEETING POINT (for the return transfer):
Once arrived in Taormina the Driver will communicate you the exact time and location of the pick-up for the return transfer. Pick-up time will be set in accordance with the total time of your shore excursion (4-5 hours) and with your Cruise schedule. In any case the Driver will drop off you again outside Messina Cruise Terminal within 1 hour before Cruise departure.
-Collective transfers from/to Taormina;
-Vehicle with air conditioning;
-Italian speaking Driver;
-Credit Card fees;
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
-Licensed Tourist Guide;
-Beverage and meal.
AS REGARDS THE VISIT TO TAORMINA, IT IS A WALKING TOUR:
Taormina is a hill-village with a glossy sheen of glamour. 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 two gates are far away each other less than one mile (approx. 700 meters). Corso Umberto is pedestrian and ideal for strolling and window-shopping. Walking in this street, that is the core of the town rich of bar, shops, pottery and more, indulge you in the Taormina atmosphere. 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 here Tennessee Williams and Elizabeth Taylor basked before you. 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. If you are interested in archaeological sites, we suggest you to visit the famed Greek-Roman Theatre. 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 (e.g. Castelmola, the balcony over Taormina, reachable by bus in 10 minutes), or down to the sea (reachable by cable car).
Castelmola: warm friendly people and spectacular panoramas characterize this village. Castelmola offers a balcony over Taormina and the bay of Giardini Naxos and is framed by the mysterious and beautiful active volcano, Mount Etna. Its narrow winding streets and Olde world charm make Castelmola a destination for anyone wishing to experience the enchanting beauty of Sicily from one of its most spectacular villages. Enjoy a refreshing glass of Almond Wine at local bar and be delighted by its unique decor and friendly staff, it’s definitely worth the visit.
LICENSED LOCAL GUIDE
This excursion doesn't include Licensed Local Guide.
The price of this excursion does not include the Admission Fees (around eur 10,00 per person per entrance). If you are under 18 years old the admission fees are free of charge for you showing your document (or copy of your document) on the spot.
GRATUITIES (We Suggest):
- We recommend to pay a gratuity to the Driver --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.