Taormina (Giardini Naxos)
05/04/2020 6:00 PM
05/04/2020 8:00 AM

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Giardini Naxos: Greek Taormina Walking Tour - 3 hours
Meet your expert local guide today for the ascent up to the wonderful town of Taormina which has overlooked Mount Etna since Greek times. Perched atop a high cliff, Taormina seems to float above the azure waters of the Bay of Naxos. The air in Sicily’s most glamorous spot is perfumed with the scent of orange and lemon blossom, and here you’ll find narrow streets full of local colours and flavour.
 
Explore this little corner of paradise today with your guide. A stroll through Taormina’s main street, Corso Umberto, reveals numerous chic stores and a wealth of historic interest. Visit the Greek Theatre, whose unparalleled position offers spectacular views of Mt. Etna and the surrounding landscape.

Highlights:
  • Take in the incredible views from the town of Taormina, which overlooks the Bay of Naxos
  • Wonder through Taormina's charming streets and visit the Greek Theatre
Tour Duration: 3 hours

Tour can Operate: Morning/Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Light 

Inclusions:
  • Luxury car or minivan transfers between Giardini Naxos and Taormina
  • An expert English-speaking guide throughout (3 hours)
  • Entrance fees to the Greek Theatre
  • All taxes
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
  • Gratuities
Giardini Naxos: Syracuse & Ortigia Island - 8 hours
The city of Syracuse, birthplace of Archimedes, was once described by Cicero as: "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all." What began as a small Greek outpost would eventually become one of the most prosperous and powerful states in the entire ancient world.
 
From here take a short drive to the Neapolis to visit the Greek theatre, one of the most important examples of ancient theatre architecture in the world and once the centre of Siracusan life. Testament to its stature, it is said that famous Greek playwright Aeschylus once premiered works here. Sights also include the Roman Amphitheatre and the Latonia del Paradiso, the impressive ancient stone quarries and caves - the most famous of which was named "the Ear of Dionysius" by Caravaggio for its peculiar acoustic qualities.
 
A highlight of your day will be exploring the island of Ortigia, one of Sicily's most picture-perfect destinations and known for its beautiful white baroque architecture and the 5th century BC Temple of Athena.

Highlights:
  • Explore the beautiful city of Syracuse
  • Visit the Greek theatre at Neapolis, one of the most important examples of ancient theatre architecture in the world
  • Discover the charming island of Ortigia
Tour Duration: 8 hours

Tour Can Operate: Morning

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Light

Inclusions:
  • Luxury car or minivan at your disposal during the tour
  • An expert English-speaking guide throughout (8 hours)
  • Entrance fees to the Neopolis Site
  • All taxes
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
  • Gratuities
Giardini Naxos: Catania and Piazza Armerina - 8 hours
Enjoy two sides of Sicily today: modern life and ancient history. First stop of the day is the city of Catania, which sits at the foot of Mount Etna. Discover the very vibrant morning fish market and the many baroque buildings in the city built using the lava stones of Etna.
From here, continue into the beautiful, rural landscapes of central Sicily and the town of Piazza Armerina. Here you will visit the site of Villa Romana del Casale, considered to be one of the finest examples of aristocratic dwellings from the Western Roman Empire, both in terms of beauty and complexity. While little remains of the structure today, an unparalleled series of mosaics depict scenes from mythology, hunting and Roman domestic lifestyle in exquisite detail.

Highlights:
  • Explore the city of Catania,including the morning fish market and the many buildings in the city built using the lava stones of Etna.
  • Explore central Sicily and the town of Piazza Armerina, where you will visit the site of Villa Romana del Casale
Tour Duration: 8 hours

Tour can Operate: Morning

Wheelchair Accessible: Please enquire for more information

Physical Activity Level: Low

Inclusions:
  • Luxury car or minivan at your disposal during the tour
  • An expert English-speaking guide throughout (8 hours)
  • Entrance fees to the Villa Romana del Casale
  • All taxes
Exclusions:
  • All cruise travel, personal items, meals and associated costs
  • Gratuities

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