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Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina provided by Discover Messina Sicily

Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina

Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina
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Tour snapshot
Hear live commentary from your guide
Duration:
6h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
35
Infant seats available
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
See more of Sicily when your cruise ship docks in Messina with a guided tour to Taormina and Castelmola. Benefit from traveling with a local guide with a stop at the village of Castelmola. Get great views of Mt Etna and Isola Bella, and take a guided tour of Taormina’s plazas and historical landmarks, with free time to explore further on your own before returning to Messina.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Italian, Spanish
Highlights
  • Ride in a comfortable air-conditioned bus
  • Visit Corso Umberto and the Greek Theater independently (optional)
  • Pickup and drop-off provided in Messina
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Italian, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Ride in a comfortable air-conditioned bus
  • Visit Corso Umberto and the Greek Theater independently (optional)
  • Pickup and drop-off provided in Messina
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 23689P4
Important information
Inclusions
  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entry/Admission - Sicily
  • Entry/Admission - Corso Umberto
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Entrance ticket to the Greek Roman theatre
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • 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.
  • Messina Cruise Terminal - Terminal Crociere, Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 47, 98122 Messina ME, Italy FOR THE CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: Tour departure time is 30 minutes after ship arrival except for ships arriving at 7:00 AM. Ships arriving at 7:00 AM will always have a tour departure time of 8:30 AM Local Time The guide will meet you inside of the port, on the left side of the ship.
  • 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.
  • Ports:
  • MESSINA PORT
  • GIARDINI NAXOS PORT
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Minimum number of 4 people per tour applies. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough total passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund’
  • Infant meals not included
  • Cellular number required
  • Departure times are set according to arrival of cruise ships
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
Inclusions
  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entry/Admission - Sicily
  • Entry/Admission - Corso Umberto
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Entrance ticket to the Greek Roman theatre
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • 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.
  • Messina Cruise Terminal - Terminal Crociere, Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 47, 98122 Messina ME, Italy FOR THE CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: Tour departure time is 30 minutes after ship arrival except for ships arriving at 7:00 AM. Ships arriving at 7:00 AM will always have a tour departure time of 8:30 AM Local Time The guide will meet you inside of the port, on the left side of the ship.
  • 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.
  • Ports:
  • MESSINA PORT
  • GIARDINI NAXOS PORT
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide
  • Minimum number of 4 people per tour applies. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough total passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund’
  • Infant meals not included
  • Cellular number required
  • Departure times are set according to arrival of cruise ships
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jun 18, 2020
A note from Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina
The guests will receive sanitized audio guides and one-use earphones. The distribution of paper or printable materials will be avoided. The capacity of all the buses will be reduced by almost 25% of their maximum occupancy. It is required only the digital booking voucher on your mobile device.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 3 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Castelmola, ME
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Corso Umberto
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Piazza Duomo
    Quattro Fontane di Taormina
    Palazzo Ciampoli di Taormina
  • 3
    Duomo di Taormina
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Torre dell'Orologio
    Piazza IX Aprile
    Chiesa di San Giuseppe
  • 4
    Chiesa di Santa Caterina
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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cparker2017
London, Canada24 contributions
I thought the Tour company was called Discover Messina Tours. If it is the same company then our tour guide Katia was excellent. Normally on bus trips there are long periods of driving but Katia provided general information on Sicily, which I hadn't been to before, on places we passed through and on Taormina and Castelmola. Lots of useful information. She led a 30 minute walking tour of Taormina, pointing out the best Canoli shop, and allowed two hours for personal exploring. Also did a short walking tour of Castelmola (a smaller place). If you are afraid of heights the drive up is unnerving but the view was great (except Mt. Etna was covered by cloud). Reasonably priced. The owner of bus company drove the bus. Were a bit late coming back but that was because of traffic in Messina. Pick you up and drop you off at the cruise ship.
Written January 6, 2020
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discoverME
Thank you very much for your kind words and your detailed feedback. I am happy that, even for a couple of hours, I was able to share with you a part of the great history that Sicily preserve. The heritage of our island is precious, with many places to visit and discover and I hope that you will return in the future to live them and to feel the authentic Sicilian lifestyle and atmosphere. A presto Katia
Written January 7, 2020
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James & Marsha
1 contribution
Saturday our cruise stopped for a quick visit to Sicily. Mariatita picked us up at the dock and we were off to see these two interesting cities. On the 45 minute drive we learned about the local life and history. Once in Taormina and Castelmola we experienced the sights, sounds, food and drink. Mariatita gave us the right mix of tour time and time on our own to experience the both towns. Her knowledge helped us to see everything we wanted to make the day worthwhile. Of our seven excursions over the 11 day cruise this was in the top 3 experiences.
Written February 17, 2020
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discoverME
Dear James it was a pleasure for me to explain the beauties of my island and enjoy that day with you! I hope to see you again in Sicily. Kisses Mariarita
Written February 19, 2020
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Cljustiniano
Houston, TX8 contributions
Family
Great tour! We went to Castelmola which is a very small town with a beautiful view of the ocean. We then went to Taormina. It’s a larger city with great history, shopping and restaurants. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Highly recommended for families.
Written June 15, 2022
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Mimito4inTX
2 contributions
Friends
We took this tour last week when our ship was in port in Messina. Sebastian was our guide. He was very informative, spoke great English and gave us the perfect amount of time in both the wonderful town of Taormina and the charming village of Castelmola to shop, sightsee and drink wine at a sidewalk cafe. To cap it off, we ended our day at the piazza in Messina and witnessed a bride and her father arriving at the cathedral for her wedding. What a perfect day! This is a wonderful way to see beautiful Sicily!
Written May 11, 2018
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CBS-CHS
Houston, TX298 contributions
Discover Messina has this tour choice planned, paced and priced perfectly. The group is small, the van very comfortable, and the two destinations charming with time enough allowed to explore and enjoy them. Our guide Katya was delightful, knowledgeable, spoke perfect English, and knew to how lead people efficiently yet warmly. Plus, you learn much and get a good feel for the magic of the mountain towns of Sicily in a reasonable time at reasonable cost. What more could you want? Highly recommended. (Tip: Try the local Canoli and Arancini for snacks.)
Written November 18, 2019
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discoverME
Thank you very much for your precious feedback. I am really happy that I was able to share to the fact that I am proud to be part of the team Discover and also to live in this wonderful and magical island. I hope to have the chance, onde day, to show you more of our rich cultural heritage. Warmest regards Katia
Written November 19, 2019
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dandiham
Melville, NY56 contributions
Our tour originated out of the cruise port of Messina on 10/10/19. We were picked up with a Medium size bus that held about twenty-five people, from here we proceeded to Castelmola and Taormina. Our tour guide Chiara was Fantastico, she was very informative and spoke English very well for all to understand. Both towns were incredible, I would highly recommend this Tour company. PS our driver was exceptional navigating the narrow winding roads up the hilly terrain. Bravo ( Charlie says Arrivederci )
Written October 17, 2019
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308Graeme
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Couples
We arrived in Messina with no fixed plans and were suggested to contact Discover Messina for suggestions. We visited their office late in the morning and Katje was most helpful - providing suggestions for walking tours of Messina, local restaurants, transfers to Catania and offered to take us to the local cathedral. She was able to get us a spot on a tour to Taormina and Castelmola leaving early in the afternoon.
The tour was a perfect way to spend the afternoon - the bus was comfortable and the guides Chiara and Debora provided a good balance of informative commentary as well as plenty of free time to explore at our own pace.
On return to Messina, they took us to Ragusa to ensure that we did not leave without sampling the Sicilian specialty of connoli with ricotta filling.
Written August 2, 2018
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Peng Boon T
Singapore, Singapore1,571 contributions
Couples
My wife and I arrived at Messina, Sicily by cruise ship. We joined Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina conducted by Discover Messina. We booked the tour online before we came. The first stop was at the village Castelmola. From Castelmola we could see Mt Etna but the central portion was hidden by clouds. Castelmola village has many interesting places to explore. The tour guide took us to the main church, after which we were allowed to explore on our own. We took a short climb to the ruined castle: Castelmola. We also bought apricot wine, as well as cookies to go with the wine, from a friendly man at Peir de Cat.
Our second stop was at town Taormina. This is a much larger place and involves some walking. Nice walk along the main street. There was also an optional tour to the Greek-roman theatre.
Written July 15, 2018
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Chris O
4 contributions
Couples
What a wonderful day in Sicily! We were met at our cruise ship by Mariarita, our delightful and knowledgeable guide, at precisely the appointed time. We were taken by minibus to the charming and picturesque village of Castelmola where we were given an informative walking tour. The views were spectacular. We tried the local almond wine and were treated to a sample of the local pastry.

Next was a tour of beautiful Taormina and the Roman ruins. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch of pizza and Italian beer, followed by gelato...of course! And finally, a brief, but very informative walking tour of Messina's central square including the cathedral and bell tower.

This tour gave us a beautiful introduction to Sicily and sparked our interest in returning someday soon. Don't miss it!
Written April 22, 2018
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natasha0112017
Washington DC, DC5 contributions
Friends
Last week while on a cruise, the ship had a stop in the port of Mesina. My friend and I took a shore excursionfrom Messina to Taormina and Castelmola. This tour was excellent --I fell in love with this area of Sicily - it was so breathtakingly beautiful. We had a very knowledgeable tour guide Chiara and a very experienced bus driver who got a lot of applause each time he skillfully and safely navigated us to the top of the mountain.
Chiara was charming, lively, helpful in every way, telling us about the history of the area, population and answering all kinds of questions. In Castelmola she took us to the cafe where we could taste the local almond wine. It was delicious! Then in Taormina she conducted a walking tour pointing out the places of interest, recommending restaurants for lunch and places for shopping. I'll never forget that sunny day in Sicily and its beautiful and energetic resident Chiara who welcomed us and showed us the gorgeous views from the top of the mountain. Thank you, dear Chiara! Due to you I left part of my heart on your beautiful island.
Written October 20, 2017
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