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Day tour: Taormina & Etna tour “Gold of Gods”

(8 Reviews)
  • 7 Hours
  • Max People : 20
  • Wifi Available
  • April 01’ - Oct 31'
  • Min People: 4
  • Pickup: Cruise port or accommodation

Choose this Etna tour and Taormina from Messina Sicily and experience the volcanic nature of the huge Mount Etna and the fancy atmosphere of Taormina.

This is one of our most popular tours from Messina port and city centre, so it is suitable even if you are travelling on a cruise ship. On our way from Messina to Etna, we will go through many ancient villages located on the volcano slopes and during the journey you will get an idea about the fertility of the volcanic soil: lush vegetation made by vineyards, citrus and fruits trees are grown everywhere! The first stop of the Etna tour is at Rifugio Sapienza, at 1.900 meters above sea level, and here you will enjoy 1.30 h visiting the “Silvestri Craters”, surrounded by the black colour of the lava stone and the blue of the sky. Before reaching Taormina we will have a stop at the Gold of Gods, a local factory on Etna slopes, where to taste Sicilian products such as honey and much more.
After having explored the beauty of Mt. Etna, in the second part of this Sicily day trip, you will visit the elegant town of Taormina, the so-called “Pearl of the Mediterranean”, and you can decide to have a stroll in Corso Umberto with our guide or to enjoy your free time by yourself visiting the Greek theatre, the oldest churches and monuments, high fashion shops, restaurants, pizzerias, and pastry shops to taste the legendary Sicilian food.

Departure & Return Location

Messina Cruise port (Google Map)

Discover Messina Office

Hotel / B&B

Languages Offered

English, Italian, Spanish, Romanian

Additional information:

We believe the boundaries are made to be broken and we have the desire to lead all our guest to the discovery of our destinations.
Our minivan enabled for people with special needs, equipped with a lifting platform will facilitate the visit of important landmarks enjoying wonderful landscapes and views and learning about their past.

Price Includes

  • Transfer by A/C van or bus from a location to other
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Treats and bottled water on the board of the bus
  • Discover Messina Travel Assistance
  • Liability Insurance

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • What is not being specified in “Included in the price”

Complementaries

  • Light shoes, comfortable clothing, a hat
  • Identity card
  • Camera and video camera
  • Cash and credit card
What to Expect

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?

  • Small-medium tours, Higher Quality
  • Certified tour operator
  • Professional local tour guides
  • Unique experiences
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Itinerary

Departure of the Etna tour and Taormina from Messina Sicily cruise port

The Etna tour and Taormina from Messina Sicily starts from Messina Cruise Port or from Travel Agency Discover Messina Sicily, located in the city center of Messina. On request, departure from your accommodation located in Messina area.

Messina Sicily

On our way from Messina to Etna we are going to have a panoramic tour of the city crossing 1st September Street, the Court of Justice, the Cathedral Square with the Astronomical Clock and the Orion Fountain, Antonello Square with Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, Mazzini Garden, Saint Francis’ Church, Palace of Culture.

Etna tour - Rifugio Sapienza

The first stop of the Etna tour and Taormina is to Rifugio Sapienza at 1.900 meters above sea level. Here you will have 1.30 h to explore the landscape, walking on the edge of the Silvestri craters, among lava stone and admiring beautiful views. At the end of the visit, we will have a stop at the Gold of Gods, a local factory where to taste a great variety of delicious Sicilian products, especially honey.

Taormina tour

You will spend the second part of the day tour in Taormina. The town is known for its magical dolce vita atmosphere. Here you will be surprised by the nice view of the bay of Giardini Naxos and have a guided walking tour in the main street Corso Umberto, Catania and Messina Gates, April IX Square, the Cathedral of Taormina, Corvaja Palace.

End of the Etna tour and Taormina to Messina Cruise Port

The Etna tour and Taormina will end to Messina Sicily starting point. We share a goodbye, hoping to meet our guests back in Sicily soon

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What to Buy

To live in the best way possible your experience in Sicily purchase the DISCOVER MESSINA SICILY kit. Beside the gadgets you will have also our backpack for your tour and also a hat that will protect you from the sun.
Book now and you will receive it at the moment of your tour departure.

FAQ

What is the driving time from/to Messina till Mt Etna?

The distance between Messina and Mt Etna is 90km and the driving time is almost 100 minutes.

Is this tour shared or private?

This tour is shared.  There is the possibility of purchasing a private tour with the payment of an extra fee. 

For further information check the Private Tours page. 

How much free-time available this tour includes?

The free time included in this tour is almost 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Will we be able to use the cablecar and reach the top of the volcano during the tour?

No, during this tour you will not be able to use the cablecar and to reach the top of the volcano, due to the limited time available. 

Once in Taormina, I will be able to visit the Greek roman theatre?

No, once in Taormina the visit of the Greek-roman theatre will not be included.

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Paul_L

Couple Traveller

The visit to Mt. Etna was very memorable. The views were fantastic and it was spectacular to walk
through the craters. Taormina was also beautiful and the fresh cannoli we bought in a bakery was
delicious! Our local guide Margarita was very knowledgable, friendly and accommodating!

April 16, 2022

Paul_L

Couple Traveller

The visit to Mt. Etna was very memorable. The views were fantastic and it was spectacular to walk through the craters. Taormina was also beautiful and the fresh cannoli we bought in a bakery was delicious! Our local guide Margarita was very knowledgable, friendly and accommodating!

April 16, 2022

Paul_L

Couple Traveller

The visit to Mt. Etna was very memorable.
The views were fantastic and it was spectacular to walk through the craters.
Taormina was also beautiful and the fresh cannoli we bought in a bakery was delicious!
Our local guide Margarita was very knowledgable, friendly and accommodating!

April 16, 2022

Robert E

Family Traveller

Fantastico! Just spent the day touring with Chiara and Giuseppe and it was fantastic! Very knowledgeable guide and punctual driver. Mt Etna must be seen close up to really appreciate it, and Taormina is a gem. You need to do this tour. We are using this tour company on our next trip to Sicily. Well done!

October 24, 2019

Jane G.

Family Traveller

We were met off our cruise ship, NCL Pearl, and quickly directed to our guide.
We had a wonderful trip to Mount Etna and Taormina. The day was informative, well timed and our guide Mariarita, was fun and engaging. Throughout the trip we had little surprises involving local produce.

August 18, 2019
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