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Messina Private Mount Etna and Taormina Excursion S3404

Messina, Sicily

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  • Roundtrip private transportation from your Messina Cruise pier!
  • Air-conditioned and fully licensed private transportation!
  • English speaking private certified driver/guide!
  • Sightseeing of Giarre and Zafferana!
  • 1-hour stop at Mount Etna - Silvestri Crater!
  • Visit the Greek Theatre and Palazzo Corvaja!
  • Free time in Taormina!
  • Escape the cruise ship shore excursion crowds and enjoy unique sights of Sicily and surrounding area!

Treat yourself to this private yet affordable, VIP shore excursion! Travel back in time to see the ancient and still active Mount Etna volcano and the historic sites of Taormina!

Your English-speaking driver will meet you at your cruise port in Messina to begin your personalized experience. It will just be you and up to 7 of your friends or family on this fun adventure. Climb into a luxury vehicle and drive up the coast through the town of Giarre - known for its unfinished medieval buildings - and the village of Zafferana, a summer resort with spectacular views of landscapes toward the mountain, as well as the sea.

You will want to have your camera on hand during the entire experience, but especially when you stop at the Cratere Silvestri on Mount Etna, created by the major eruption of Mount Etna in 1892. The surreal landscape here will make you think you are either on Mars or the moon. Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe, and it is extremely active. In Roman mythology, it was believed to be the realm of Vulcan, the god of fire. The most recent eruption occurred in March 2017. As a benefit of the volcanic soil, agriculture in the area is abundant, and there are vineyards and orchards along the lower slopes of the mountain.

After your stop at Mount Etna, it is off to Taormina (a.k.a. the "Mediterranean Pearl"), one of the most well-known resorts of picturesque Sicily. You will enjoy the climate here regardless of when you visit. See the ancient Greek Theater where some say it is difficult to choose between watching the event or the panoramic, unspoiled landscape - you can see the peak of Mount Etna and across the Naxos Bay. Entrance fee to the ruins is not included, please consider an additional 10 Euro per person.

While in Taormina, you will also visit the Palazzo Corvaja, a medieval mansion that was owned by the Corvaja family for over four centuries until 1945. The stunning courtyard walls are decorated with reliefs that depict The Creation, and the Arabic influence is readily apparent in the arched windows and doorways. Since 2009, this stunning palace has been the home of the office of tourism and is also used as an exhibition center. You will have some free time to have lunch or explore on your own and buy some souvenirs. 

At the end of the day, your driver will return you to your Messina cruise port. What an incredible VIP experience you will have had!

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Participants (price per person) 4 $179.30$179.30$0.00
Participants (price per person) 5 $143.10$143.10$0.00
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Enjoy your private driver and guide on this memorable excursion. Admire one of the most amazing and still active volcanoes in the world, Mount Etna! Bring your camera, since you will visit the Silvestri Crater and the outstanding views. Then you will discover Taormina, a very picturesque town very well known for its resorts and unspoiled beauty. 


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Winter Haven, FL
     5/5  July 2018
This is the best experience I've ever had on all my cruises over the years! The tour was great, the guide was very knowledgeable. It was a good balance of educational and interesting. The vehicle was comfortable and it was very nice just having my small group in the private van. My friends and I are glad we did this excursion, I have to admit that some of my friends hesitated a little due to the price but it is totally worth the few extra dollars. Good value for our money.
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West Valley City, UT
     5/5  August 2018
Booking the tour was very easy with Paypal deposit. We met our guide just outside the terminal. He was very fun and informative. He did all he could to make this tour unforgettable. We visited many places in Etna including a honey shop. On our way down the mountain, we so many local people selling chestnuts they just picked. Delicious. We had a great time in Taormina as well. What a wonderful day we had!
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