When it comes to Sicily island tours, visiting the most beautiful villages in the province of Messina and Catania is a must! Get ready to be charmed by these small villages in Sicily where time seems to have stopped. Many of the small villages in Sicily have been declared “most beautiful Italian villages”, winning several times the famous Italian annual competition.
The most popular town is surely Taormina with its Greek-roman theatre. Nearby Taormina, Castelmola is known for the production of almond wine, free offered to visitors. During these Sicily island tours, you discover also Savoca and Forza d’Agrò, the Sicilian villages where some scenes of “The Godfather” movie were shot.
Sicily island tours with us will make you experience also many other less-known destinations, such as the city of Messina and some of the other small villages in Sicily such as Montalbano Elicona with its Argimusco Plateau, Milazzo with its old castle, Tindari, famous for the church dedicated of the “Black Madonna” and the archaeological area.
In Catania, in addition to visiting the town, we reach Acireale and, finally, you’ll discover the impressive Alcantara Gorges, natural canyons created by the basaltic lava from Mt. Etna volcano. But that’s not all…in order to delight your palate, during the Sicily island tours we’ll visit a winery where you can taste local wines, accompanied by Sicilian food.
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The reservations must be done no later than seven days before the tour.
The payment of 30% of the total amount of the tour must be paid at the moment of the booking.
Guests are required to observe with attention the dispositions given by the tour guide during the entire journey, to follow the established itineraries without getting away from the group, except the cases in which they have the approval and to respect the schedule for a possible free time.
The guided visits include promenades with pedestrian itineraries, a few an uphill climb. During all the activities our guest with mobility difficulties must be supported by an personal assistant able to help them.
Discover Messina Travel, will assume the responsibility to modify the itinerary or the program of the journey but only in exceptional situations.
Not recommended to people with restricted mobility.
The participants, once they have become aware of the detailed program, duration and attractions that we will visit, will exempt Discover Messina Travel by any civil and penal responsibility for eventual delays, accidents or incidents that might occur during the itineraries and transfers not attributable to the agency
Discover Messina Travel reserves the right to cancel the tour if the minimum of 4 participants is not reached later than seven days before the departure. In this case, we will refund 100% of the fees between the 24 hours from the moment guests receive the cancellation communication e-mail.
In case of cancellation by the guest, not later than seven days before the tour, we will refund 100% of the participation fees. If the cancellation should occur during the seven days that precede the departure, will be retained 40% of the participation fees.
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Flexible hours and days.
Return details: Returns to the original departure point.
The confirmation will be received at the moment of the booking.
The participation of minors is allowed if accompanied by parental authority or by someone acting in their place only.
The car seats for infant and children are available only if required at the moment of the reservation.
The adult prices apply to all travellers.
If necessary, the tour can be run in more than one language.
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Discover Messina Sicily thinks that your time is valuable. Our attentive staff is here to help and guide you at any moment and through all the stages of your experience in Sicily: before, during and after your journey, hoping to see you back in our land in the near future.
With us, local and professional tour guides you will be able to experience and understand Sicily from a different perspective, with small-medium groups of visitors and getting answers and curiosities that only an insider can provide. So, what to expect from this experience?
Pick-up at the airport and hotel check-in. You will be welcomed by our tour guide at the airport of Catania or Palermo, or in the city of Messina. Sicily island tours start with a visit to Messina, the gateway of Sicily and the 3rd town on the island.
The best attraction of the city is the Bell Tower with the biggest astronomical clock in the world, enchanting people with its show every day at midday. In the city centre, you visit also the Cathedral, the Church of the Catalans, the Fountains of Orion and Neptune, the Sanctuary of Montalto, etc.
Lunch in a local restaurant. During the day we reach also Capo Peloro, the nearest point between Sicily and Italy’s mainland, with a wonderful view of the Strait of Messina and the guide, who will tell you some legends about this wonderful place. Check-in, dinner and overnight in 4 stars hotel in Villafranca Tirrena – Messina.
Breakfast in the hotel. Savoca is a tourist destination because were filmed scenes of “The Godfather“ movie, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. There you can visit the original Bar Vitelli, the Church of Saint Lucy, and the Crypt of the Capuchins Convent which houses some mummies of the aristocratic people that lived in this town during the XVIII century.
Near Savoca, Casalvecchio Siculo is famous for the Abbey of Saints Peter and Paul. Lunch on a farm in Savoca. In the afternoon we move to Forza d’Agrò, another town where was shot “The Godfather” movie.
Especially you’ll visit the Cathedral of the Annunciation, the Agostinian Convent and the Holy Trinity Church. Dinner and overnight in 4 stars hotel in Villafranca Tirrena – Messina.
Breakfast in hotel. In the morning we go to the natural park of Alcantara Gorge, located at the feet of Mt. Etna, characterized by canyons and gorges and crossed by the River Alcantara. The lunch will be in a winery at the slopes of Mt. Etna, where you can drink locals wines, accompanied by Sicilian food.
After lunch, from May 1st to September 30th, there’s the opportunity of a boat tour around Isola Bella, an islet in front of Taormina’s coast (optional service – extra charge €40). In the afternoon we discover Taormina.
Through a walking tour between Porta Catania and Porta Messina, you can see the most important monuments such as the Cathedral, the Greek-Roman theatre, etc. Then we reach Castelmola, a village over Taormina, famous for the production of the almond wine, free offered to the visitors.
Dinner and overnight in 4 stars hotel in Villafranca Tirrena – Messina.
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning you will discover Castroreale. The village has a medieval urban structure characterized by narrow streets and an elegant city centre where there is a Jewish Quarter and the Tower of King Frederick II.
During the day visit the local bakery to try the typical cookies, called “Biscotti Castriciani” or “da Badissa”, made only in this town. Lunch in a local restaurant. The second stop of the day will be in Milazzo. Milazzo is at a panoramic point overlooking the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands.
In the town, there’s also a castle, a testimony of the dominions that have occurred over time on the island. Dinner and overnight in 4 stars hotel in Villafranca Tirrena – Messina.
Breakfast in the hotel and check-out. All the day will be dedicated to visiting one of the small villages in Sicily, San Marco d’Alunzio. The village was founded in the IV century BC when in Sicily there was Greek domination.
For this reason, you will be charmed by the beauty of the Temple of Ercole, now converted into a church. Interesting is also the rest of the Norman castle and the Museum of Byzantine and Norman art. Lunch in a typical restaurant.
In the evening we reach Montalbano Elicona to check in at 4 stars hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast in the hotel. The 5th day of the Sicily island tour is dedicated to discovering Tindari and Novara di Sicilia. Tindari, famous especially for religious tourism, has an archaeological area in which is possible to admire the rest of the ancient town, built according to the Roman urban factory.
You will be captivated by the sanctuary of the “Black Virgin Mary”, which keeps an endearing story. Lunch will be at Novara di Sicilia. Later you will leave with a walking tour to discover this village. You can see the competition of “Maiorchino”, a local cheese, that during the Carnival the inhabitants throw through the cobbled street to reach the finish line.
You visit also a mill to learn the processing of flour. Dinner and overnight in 4 stars hotel in Montalbano Elicona.
Breakfast in hotel and check-out. Sicily island tours will take to visit Montalbano Elicona, nominated one of the most beautiful villages of Italy in 2015. Charming is its Swebian-Aragonese castle in which it is possible to see a wonderful ancient weapons and armors collection, that will take you back in time.
Montalbano is also renowned for its local gastronomic products, like “Provola a sfoglia”, a Sicilian cheese that has a medium-long maturing, and the typical Montalbano’s bread. Lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon we go to experience nature visiting the Argimusco Plateau (recommended during the sunset). Also called the “Sicilian Stonehenge”, the rocks take various shapes…you can imagine the hidden stories behind each of them and immerse yourself in nature in this heavenly place.
In the evening we will transfer in Acireale to reach the hotel. Check-in, dinner and overnight in 4 stars hotel.
Breakfast in hotel. Acireale is a town in Catania province, known especially for the Carnival and its baroque monuments. The coast has a cliff of lava origins and there is set the myth of Polyphemus, mentioned in the Odyssey.
Together with the guide you will discover this city and visit the Museum of Sicilian Puppets, used during drama performances. These drama performances have also been declared UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Lunch in a restaurant. Dinner and overnight in 4 stars hotel.
Breakfast in hotel and check-out. Sicily island tours end by visiting the city centre of Catania, situated at the base of Mt. Etna.
You will see the Cathedral dedicated to Saint Agatha, the patron saint of the town, the Gardens of Villa Bellini, the Fountain of Amenano and during a walk through Via Etnea, the main street of the historical centre, you can taste the local street food.
In the afternoon/ evening, transfer to Catania or Palermo airport, or to the city of Messina. We will share a goodbye hoping to see our guests back to Sicily soon!
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Only for private tours, the following supplements are expected:
From 1 to 3 participants: 300 euros/tour;
From 4 to 15 participants: individual standard fee + 30% of it.
Discover Messina Travel reserves the right to cancel the tour, not later than seven days before the chosen date, only in case of failure to achieve a number of 4 participants. In that case we will refund the complete amount within 24 hours from the notification of cancellation communicated by e- mail.
In case of annulment of the excursion by the customer not later than 24 hours previous to the chosen date for the tour the entire amount will be refunded.
If the tour will be annulled 24 hours before the date of the excursion to the customer it will be deducted 30% of the amount.