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Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola 5-Hour Tour

1. Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola 5-Hour Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation in Catania, and then travel by bus to the seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Continue to the beautiful almond wine village of Castelmola on the Ionian coast. View the small and lovely island of Isola Bella from above, connected to the mainland by a thin strip of sand. Get stunning views of the bay and promontories of Capo Sant’Andrea, and cool down with a swim in the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea. Move on to the pretty resort town of Taormina and get a stunning view of the Messina Gate from the Corso Umberto on arrival. See the important monuments of the historic town center, including the Palazzo Corvaja, Teatro Antico and medieval Cattedrale Fortezza. Get some time to browse the boutique stores and handicraft shops before the return trip to Catania.

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Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

2. Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

This private adventure begins with hotel pick up from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. In the comfort of an air-conditioned, 4WD vehicle, take on regular and unpaved roads as you ascend to the extinct craters at an altitude of 2,000 meters. Break away from the classic tourist itineraries to discover unique panoramas enriched by stories and fun facts from your experienced guide.  Walk amongst lunar landscapes on Europe's highest active volcano and UNESCO World Heritage Site and view the ancient lava flow, the Etna forest, Valley of Bove, and extinct craters. What's more, put on your helmet and headlamp, provided by your guide, and make your way through a long, underground tunnel, formed by the lava flow.  To ascend the summit area at 3,0000 meters, you may purchase a cable car ticket on the spot. After a full day of touring, hotel drop-off is provided.

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Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

3. Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

Your tour will begin when you meet your captain and board your boat at the Port of Giardini Naxos before setting sail on an unforgettable adventure. Your first stop will be at the Bay of Spisone, where you’ll have the chance to take your first swim of the day and to snorkel independently. You’ll marvel at the stunning stone islets that emerge from the waters and the Atlantis Bay hotel built in Gaudi style. Next, you’ll set sail to Mazzarò Bay, widely considered one of the true treasures of the Sicilian and Taormina coasts. You’ll then stop off at Isola Bella, a historical pearl of Taormina, where you’ll have the chance to explore the Blue Grotto and to discover its gorgeous reflections of light. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Taormina, you'll then be served a tasty selection of local cold cuts, cheeses, and seasonal fruit, all washed down with a fine local white wine. Finally, you’ll have the chance to take another swim before beginning your journey back to the Port of Naxos Gardens.

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Private Tour of Alcantara Gorges. Including Food and Wine

4. Private Tour of Alcantara Gorges. Including Food and Wine

During this private tour by comfortable air-conditioned car, you will visit a Sicilian natural phenomenon - Alcantara Gorges National Reserve. This tour is private - only for your party, nobody else, to ensure the highest standards for clients, and includes pickup and drop-off at your accommodation or the port in Taormina, Catania, or Messina. Several thousand years ago, the river Alcantara's bed was blocked by a lava flow from Mount Etna. As the lava was cooled much more quickly by the water than it would have done otherwise, it crystallized in the form of columns. Over the next millennia, the river naturally eroded a channel through these columns, resulting in impressive gorges and ravines. During this private tour to Gole Alcantara, you will visit the Alcantara park relaxation area. Your friendly private English-speaking guide will explain to you about the origins of this natural phenomenon, about Etna, and Sicily itself. After this refreshing experience, your guide will chauffeur you to the charming seaside town of Giardini Naxos - the first Greek colony in Sicily. You will visit one of the best wine bars and have a delicious and hearty food and wine tasting. You will taste different types of Sicilian Etna DOC red and white wines with locally produced organic food - cheeses, salami, prosciutto, bresaola, olives, mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh bread.

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Etna Private Sunset Tour with Prosecco

5. Etna Private Sunset Tour with Prosecco

You will be picked up at your accommodation by your personal guide and driver in a comfortable air-conditioned car and your private trip to the highest active volcano in Europe will start. On the way to Etna, you will learn the geological history of the volcano and learn what it is like for the Etnean people to live on an active volcano. Your first stop will be at a honey farm on the slopes of Etna where you will try locally produced honey and wine. Then you will continue your ascent between old and new lava flows, black valleys and extinct craters to reach 6560 feet (2000m) above the sea level. A small walk on a crater will let you reach the panoramic point from which you will admire all the Ionian coastline view. A glass of the finest Italian Prosecco will be coupled with a breathtaking sunset in front of you. Take your time, explore lava formations, breathe in the cristalline mountain air. When you are ready your guide will bring you back to your accommodation.

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Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Tour

6. Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Tour

After being picked up from your desired pick up point you will be transported in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle and driven to your first stop of the day, Giardini Naxos. After enjoying the beauty of Giardini Naxos you will drive to the enchanting village of Castelmola. From Castelmola you can enjoy amazing views of Giardini Naxos Bay and Mount Edna. Then visit your last stop of the day, the ancient Greek colony of Taormina. Walk down the ancient greek road, Via Valeria, and see the Greek theatre. While exploring Taormina discover various monuments, shops, restaurants, pubs and more and enjoy the beautiful scenery. After your visit to Toarmina, you will be driven back to your requested destination and dropped off. 

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What people are saying about Giardini Naxos

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 105 reviews

our driver came to pick us up directly at the Hotel, the tour was very nice, the driver was very knowledgeable about all the information we asked for and allowed us to take a trip that we will remember for a long time, super recommended for the professionalism and courtesy

Perfect choice . Private 4x4 pick up . Us 2 and Rosario (local expert) We wanted to have an unique experience, if you visit the ätna minimum ones in your life. The extra cost for the private tour was worth every cent. Thank you for that highlight of our holidays.

Great experience. Boat captain was friendly ans very informative. The food was yummy. Probably need more water on boat but otherwise great day.

Fun. A lot of new sights and ability to swim in Taormina. Overall really fun trip.

Gianfranco was great: friendly, didactical! Would highly recommend.