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Full Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour with Messina Shore Excursion

Messina, Italy

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  • 6 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance ticket to the Greek roman theater
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure & Return

This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.

Departure Point

  • Messina Cruise Terminal - Terminal Crociere
    Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 47, 98122 Messina ME, Italy

    FOR THE CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: The guide will meet you inside of the port, on the left side of the ship. She will have a signboard on which will be written the name of our company: DISCOVER MESSINA SICILY and you will also see our logo: A LION HEAD.

  • Via I Settembre, 110
    Via I Settembre, 110, 98122 Messina ME, Italy

    FOR THE GUESTS THAT ARE NOT CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: The meeting point at our office DISCOVER MESSINA SICILY, located in Via I Settembre, 110.

  • Porto di Giardini Naxos
    Via Schisò, 98035 Giardini Naxos ME, Italy

    The travellers will meet the guide in front of the small three columns temple, located in front of the port of Giardini Naxos.

Pickup Details



Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

Please Note

THE PICKUP TIME IS SETTLED 30 MINUTES AFTER THE DISEMBARKATION. Example: if your ship arrives at 8:00 AM the pickup time will be 8:30 AM; if the ship arrives at 9:00 AM the pickup time will be 9:30 AM, and so on.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Personal food and drinks allowed.
  • Minimum numbers 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
  • Walking in Taormina is over paved and cobblestone surfaces, some of which are sloped. The Greek Theater requires climbing steep uneven stone stairs to enter and numerous steps inside.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Full Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour with Messina Shore Excursion?

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

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Full Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour with Messina Shore Excursion?

A: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

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Full Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour with Messina Shore Excursion?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour with Messina Shore Excursion?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Traveler Tips

The pace of this tour is excellent with enough time to see the sites, plus relax, have lunch or do some shopping.
66 reviews
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Antony_M, Aug 2022
Full Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour with Messina Shore Excursion was great, waited about 10mns after disembarking, about 20 of us altogether. Sabrina was our guide, really friendly and informative. Loved the free tasters of almond sicilian cake and wine, we did purchase some wine to take home, but no hard sell. We opted to do the amphitheatre and we were so glad we did, was amazing to see with incredible views, we enjoyed sampling cannoli and arancini from the cafe/bar at the top, stunning & so peaceful. We also had bit of free time to wander back through the town. Would recommend tour.
Great sights and guide!
Erin_T, Jul 2022
We really enjoyed our tour with Katya. She was a great guide and we saw some beautiful sights! Group was small enough but the AC on the bus is not sufficient in such a heat wave... They call it European AC. That said, it was worth going on for the guide and the views.
Amazing places
Yvette_F, Jul 2022
We arrived on a cruise ship in Messina and the bus were waiting for us already. Beautiful panoramic views, unexpected boutiques stores and amazing restaurants. Our tour guy was great, he made us feel like family and we felt free to talk as if we were old friends. Although a lot of time is lost in the bus, was extremely comfortable and we were able to enjoy the panoramic views. It was one of my best days in this trip.
My son’s favorite tour!
barbies2cat, Jun 2022
Chiara was a wonderful guide! My family and I had such a wonderful experience visiting Castemola and Taormina with Chiara. She was kind, informative and spoke wonderful English. Our driver also was kind and we had nice transportation for our shore excursion.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Thank you for your kind opinion, I deeply appreciate
Well organized, a beautiful day!
ShirellAnita, Jun 2022
This was a long day with many components and everything was handled really well. First off, the bus was nice and included full air conditioning (and a USB port at the chairs). The tour guide was great, he broke down the detailed plan for the day, helped arrange lunch reservations for hoe who wanted it, and provided wonderful information about the culture and lifestyle on the drive. The castle tour was spectacular. We got a brief overview of how the farm (nit winery) runs. The wine tasting included information about each wine. You could buy the wine but there was absolutely NO pressure, which was nice. I just loved it!
Terrible experience and never again
Monica_M, May 2022
My husband and I were on a cruise and traveled to four countries. We booked tours at each port and had wonderful experiences except for this tour. I sent a message to the tour operator about our experience and I never received a response. Sadly, that left me no choice to to review this to the public. We were excited to visit Taormina, my second visit and first for my husband. The tour included Castelmola which is above Taormina and has wonderful views. We were given about an hour to tour with most of the time on our own. It's a tiny village and could easily be a half hour tour. Beyond the almond wine the other focus was a bar featuring a large collection of phallus. Our tour through Taormina included identifying cannoli and arancini with a tiny bit of history. We purchased additional tickets to the Greek theater but we were rushed through because they were ending the tour early to get back to Messina to purchase a cookie and stop at a vista. No background of the theater and a couple of quick pictures before we rushed through the town to get a quick bite and back to the bus. We were extremely upset to not have the tour that we signed up for. This was inexcusable. We went back to Taormina to get that cookie. At that point, people were asking to depart the bus and walk back to the port terminal on their own. We were not the only guests that were upset. If you set up a tour please keep to the tour. We would have been better off hiring a taxi
1 traveler found this review helpful
Messina tour
Don_C, May 2022
Our guide, Maririta was very knowledgeable and very good at showing us everything worth while. I would highly recommend her and her company to anyone coming to Messina.
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear Don_C, thank you so much for your kind comment. I'm so grateful! Hugs Mariarita
1 traveler found this review helpful
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent tour
Alistair_C, Sep 2019
Great day out tour guide excellent. Well organized and friendly. Good location and guide explained things accurately.
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!
Maria_S, 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.
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
Andrea_W, 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.
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
Daniel_T, 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!
Passport449391, 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
KATYA_E, 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
Gundappa_A, Apr 2019
The tour was to take us for a visit to the Messina Cathedral with the biggest astronomical clock - which was completely missed. .
1 traveler found this review helpful
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Abenayolanda_B, 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Full-Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour
Alan_B, 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.
Great tour guide and loved Taormina!
Dianne_M, Oct 2018
We could have probably skipped Castelmola and spent more time in Taormina, which was so lovely. Our guide was wonderful and I would recommend this excursion wholeheartedly.
A Fantastic Day!!!
George_H, Oct 2018
We really enjoyed this tour, and our guide, Chiara, took wonderful care of us. You see a lot in about a 6 hour timeframe. We especially enjoyed walking the streets Taormina. Make sure you sample the cannolis! Seriously, if you're coming off a cruise, this is the way to go.
Great tour! Taormina was very fun...
Carol_M, Jun 2018
Great tour! Taormina was very fun and Castelmola was such a cute town with beautiful views.Olivia and team were wonderful which made for a very fun day. I recommend this tour.


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