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Etna and Taormina Tour from Messina

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

See the volcanic landscape of Mount Etna, then stroll the hilltop town of Taormina on a full-day tour from Messina that explores Sicily’s remarkable landscape, architecture, and culture. Enjoy views into the Silvestri Craters, and time to take in Taormina’s ancient Roman streets, theater, and monuments with the guide. This full-day tour includes pickup and drop-off at the Messina port or Cathedral Square, and transport in a climate-controlled coach.
  • Visit the tallest volcano in Europe—Mount Etna
  • See the Silvestri Craters from the 1892 eruption
  • Departures available throughout the day
  • Pickup and drop-off at Messina's port and square
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Transport by air-conditioned bus
Professional guide
Live commentary on board
Food and Drinks
Gratuities
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure Point

Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 47, 98122 Messina ME, Italy

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Departure Point

Via I Settembre, 110, 98122 Messina ME, Italy

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Departure Point

Via Schisò, 98035 Giardini Naxos ME, Italy

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Meet a driver/guide for departure at one of several start times that are available through the morning and early afternoon, then make the drive to Mount Etna in a comfortable vehicle. Upon arrival at the mountain, which is the highest volcano in Europe, enjoying sweeping views across the surrounding countryside and coast.

Stretch your legs at the mountain refuge of Sapienza, at 6,233 feet (1,900 mt.) above sea level, then continue to the Silvestri Craters, a pair of inactive craters hollowed out by Etna’s 1892 eruption. Watch for serious hikers at the craters, as this is on the path for anyone wishing to summit the 10,991-foot (3,350-meter) volcano.

From Mount Etna, continue to the beautiful mountain village of Taormina, which is on UNESCO’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites. Here, you have time to walk the ancient Roman street through the heart of the town, stop by the Greco-Roman theater, and see churches and monuments (as well as visit a few amazing spots for Sicilian sweets and gelato).

This full-day trip concludes with the return trip to Messina, and drop-off at the port or main square.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
La Madonnina del Porto
The stele was raised by the will of Archbishop Angelo Paino
Pass By:  
Fontana di Nettuno
The fountain of Neptune is the second fountain created in Messina by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli
Pass By:  
Chiesa di S. Francesco all'Immacolata
It is an impressive temple, the second in size for the churches of Messina
Stop At:  
Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna
Two inactive craters located at 1900 meters, on Mt Etna
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Corso Umberto
The main street of Taormina where the major part of the monuments are situated
Pass By:  
Porta Catania di Taormina
Porta Catania delimits the southern part of Corso Umberto I, is part of the second city wall and its construction dates back to 1440
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Minimum number of 4 people per tour 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’
  • A maximum of 50 people per booking
  • Infant meals not included
  • Cellular number required
  • departure times are set according to arrival of the cruise ships
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY DISCOVER MESSINA SICILY

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Etna and Taormina Tour from Messina?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Etna and Taormina Tour from Messina?
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The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Etna and Taormina Tour from Messina?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Etna and Taormina Tour from Messina?
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The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Etna and Taormina Tour from Messina?
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This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

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Mt Etna
Go220151
, Oct 2019
Too little time at Mt Etna. Could not take cable car to top. TOO MUCH time for shopping in Messina. Time would be better spent at MT. Etna. Mt. Etna was reason for this tour not shopping
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Wear proper shoes! This was so much...
miryam
, Oct 2017
Wear proper shoes! This was so much fun and the perfect amount of time to see the beautiful volcano and breathtaking Taormina.
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The french guide Sara was very kind...
Francois V
, Aug 2017
The french guide Sara was very kind and was interesting. However, you do not stay long enough at Etna to have time to visit. You only have time for a quick view.
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Our guide was good and the van was ok...
Suzanne W
, Sep 2016
Our guide was good and the van was ok. Every seat was taken so it was tight inside.
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Worse tour I took during my 11 day...
Naomi A
, Aug 2016
Worse tour I took during my 11 day cruise. Chiada barely spoke the entire time. When she did speak it was very hard to understand. The bus driver got lost and it took us over 3 hours to get to Mt Etna. It was basically a bus service. The other family on the tour said it was horrible as well.
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We didn't get to go to Mt. Etna...
Helena C
, May 2016
We didn't get to go to Mt. Etna because of an eruption that morning. Instead, our guide, Chiarra, took us to the town, Savoca, where the wedding scene from the Godfather was filmed. She slowed down at the tour members request because it was uphill and hard for us older folks. She did talk in Italian a lot more than English. There were only two Italians on the bus with 15 English speakers. One couple from New York called her on it and she correct herself. But she was interrupted several times in Italian and that was confusing for us English speakers. Chiarra did very good with us at the end though and gave us extra time in the town itself. Taormina was beautiful and we had a great lunch there.
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organisme Discover Messina a ne PAS...
gaelle p
, Apr 2016
organisme Discover Messina a ne PAS recommander ! Arrivés à l'etna après 1h30 de mini bus , nous étions un petit groupe de français et un petit groupe anglophone...La guide très gentille certes mais discours absolument sans intérêt dans le bus ! pas d'explications sur l'etna son type de volcanisme son historique ....bref ce qui rend les choses intéressantes !!! Les gens qui ont pris l'excursion avec le bateau de croisière CDF ont eu un guide ultra intéressant qui leur a tout expliqué dans le bus, ils se sont arrêtés en cours de route pour le panorama , ont vu un film sur les volcans dans le bus , le guide s'est déplacé avec eux sur le volcan pour leur expliquer ! c'est ce que j'attendais de notre guide surtout en prenant un truc privé en plus petit comité ! au lieu de cela elle nous a laissé 1h sur place sans nous accompagner ! Le pire à Taormine ....La guide nous emmene dans un resto qu'elle nous conseille ultra loin du théatre hors nous avions seulement 1h30 pour manger et visiter ! Notre pizza nous a été servie plus d'une 1/2h après ! moralité nous sommes partis avec les pizzas sans les avoir mangé en courant pour arriver au site à visiter !....Là il nous restait 10 mn pour visiter le théatre de Taormine ! Entrée payante non comprise dans le prix de l'excursion !!! Moralité j'ai payé 10 euros pour 10 mn de visite à cent à l'heure pour prendre des photos pour les autres qui sont rentrés au bus pour ne pas être en retard !!! L'excursion m'a couté 100 euros pour moi et ma fille 10 euros d'entrée pour seulement un taxi bus et une guide qui ne nous a servi à RIEN !!!! je suis très en colère car je ne retournerais probablement pas là bas et je pensais en passant par Viator plutôt que par le bateau avoir une excursion de qualité !!!....Et ce fut l'inverse au contraire dePompéi vésuve qui a été inoubliable ! comme quoi le guide et l'organisation fait la différence ! Je ne recommande pas .
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