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Messina Shore Excursion: Full-Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour

Messina, Italy
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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more


While your ship is in Messina, see more of Sicily on a half-day trip to Taormina. Take a guided tour of this historical city, including a stroll along Corso Umberto, once an ancient Roman street, and a visit to the Greco-Roman Theater. Plus, sample Sicilian delicacies, admire views of Mt. Etna and Giardini-Naxos bay from Castelmola, and on return to Messina, check out this ancient port’s highlights. Port and Taormina pickup and drop-off included.
  • Explore Taormina and Castelmola on a shore excursion
  • Learn about the area's history from your tour guide
  • Enjoy free time to explore on your own
  • Round-trip transportation from the Messina cruise port included


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Good Tour, Interesting Guide
Rhonda L
, Nov 2019
We saw more than I expected. Mt. Etna, the town of Taormina and the Corso Umberto. Walked to and sat in the Greek Theatre, and traveled up to the village of Castelmola. A more in-depth tour than what the ship offered.
Excellent tour
, Sep 2019
Great day out tour guide excellent. Well organized and friendly. Good location and guide explained things accurately.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you for having shared your experience with our company. We hope that we will be able to guide you towards other wonderful locations on our island, in future, if you will decide to visit us again. Best regards
Great insights!
, Jul 2019
Elisa was a fabulous tour guide. She was super nice and knowledgeable. The pace of this tour is excellent with enough time to see the sites, plus relax, have lunch or do some shopping.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you very much for having shared your impressions and experience with us and our future guests. Elisa, like all our guides, tried to guide you through the past and the present of our beautiful Messina. Warmest regards
Toaramina and Castelmola full day tour - wonderful scenery and a great tour
, Jul 2019
This was our first visit to Sicily and we were not disappointed. Castelmoa is very small village high in the hills above Messina and it takes a couple hours to drive up very very small, windy roads complicated by rows of parked cars on the side making the road a single lane. The bus driver was excellent but we had several instances of grid lock taking up time that could have been spent in the village. The highlight was Taoramina which is a medievel town and worth the visit. Lots of cute shops, crafts, incredible scenery, very old buildings and the stadium ruins which you can walk to from the village. The guide was knowledgeable and spoke English. We really enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you for taking your time and sharing with us your thoughts about the experience in Taormina and Castelmola. Sicily has many wonderful locations to discover so if you will ever decide to return, let us know how we can assist you. Best regards
Taormina & Castelmola
, Jul 2019
Friendly and informative tour guide. Great views of the ocean and countryside from the quaint medieval town of Castelmola. The visit to the ancient Greek city of Taormina with its theater and Roman structures was very awesome. We had plenty of time to walk around and sample the local food and ambiance.
Small group and GREAT tour guide!
, Jul 2019
Our guide was AWESOME! Very knowledgeable and friendly. The group was nice and small. The drive up and down was VERY scary, but once in Castelmola WOW what a beautiful little town and what beautiful views. Taormina was a lot of fun and beautiful too! We had plenty of free time in Taormina, could have enjoyed 10 more minutes in Castelmola. Highly recommend.
beautiful Taormina
, Jul 2019
small group of people, comfortable minibus, very nice and informed guide and, of course, lovely places. recommended !
Very good tour, but missed something
, Apr 2019
The tour was to take us for a visit to the Messina Cathedral with the biggest astronomical clock - which was completely missed. .
Viator's Mediterreanean Shore excursion
, Nov 2018
After months of anticipation for our Mediterreanean Cruise and shore excursions through Viator we were terribly disappointed. All of our excursions were through Viator and 60% of them had issues. The companion companies Viator employs do not take any responsibility for correcting mistakes between Viator and the client. During this excursion the tour bus left before our ship had docked! The tour bus could not be found and we were stuck with nothing to do for our excursion that day. Viator offered a refund for the excursion (which we accepted) but it pales in comparison to our initial plans. Unfortunately this was the second incident of several that we experienced for our eleven day Med Cruise. Our group of 16 relied on our on site travel agent to have things in order for our excursions, of which she did, but Viator's incompetence made her look bad in front of her clients as she scrambled to call Viator when the van or bus was gone or not arrived. On our last day, our transport shuttle to the airport was 2 hours late causing us to scramble at the airport in order not to miss our flight. I WOULD NOT recommend Viator as a company to do business with for ANY international or domestic excursions.
Full-Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour
, Oct 2018
An excellent tour of both locations - guide was very knowledgeable. We had never visited either places before - we'd never even been to Sicily before, so this was a great introduction.

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