Taormina: Guided Historic City Tour
- Private group
- Duration: 2 hours
Per group up to 54
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The day was well organised with the bus picking us up promptly at Giardini Naxos at 7.30. Make sure you are early the bus does not wait for long! Following more pick ups from Taormina etc we were on our way and to our surprise stopped at a service station for 20 mins (I’m assuming as the driver needed to stop due to time on the road - as otherwise a very odd place to stop) in hindsight we would have however bought snacks as there was a lot of time between breakfast and lunch, especially for anyone like us who did not really have time for breakfast with the early pick up point. However they are the downsides the trip was totally worth it! Spectacular sites of the Greek theatre and the paradise caves were brilliant. And Ortigia was beautiful with amazing buildings to go view. Overall a great trip with our guide, Eva being very knowledgable, interesting and funny!
I absolutely loved the trip to Etna and Taormina. Despite half of our group opting for an English-spoken guide, our driver only spoke Italian. This wasn't a problem- as a group, we managed to get by. My one criticism would be regarding the pick up time. I had to chase for confirmation of a pick up time from the host the night before and eventually was told this would be 7am. However, when I left my apartment at 7am on the day, the driver waiting outside seemed angry- saying that I'd been keeping him waiting for a whole twenty minutes prior to this. Aside from that, we had sufficient time in both areas. 2 hours in Etna, which was just enough to get the cable car to the top and return. Then we had another 2.5 hours in Taormina. I had researched a lot in trying to find the most cost effective trip to Etna from Palermo, and this was by far the best option!
Etna was natural and beautiful and a bit of a challenge scaling, but well worth the effort . Toarmina was beautiful and the Amphitheatre is a real treasure. However the was made really great due to our guide and driver, Michael. He was very friendly, informative and gave good advice and tips about both parts of the trip. He was very punctual and gave us plenty of time and notice st Rach stop. Nothing was too much trouble and his conversation was also a nice distraction . Can’t give more praise fora great experience, Thanks Michael. From the Liverpool family
Our guide- Mr. Antonio was informative and very knowledgeable. He was professional, very engaging and had excellent communication skills. He was very patient and well-organised. With him around you dun hv to worry that u missed any detail of the tour. The lunch at a secluded secret hideout with panorama view was superb. He left us with a memorable Sicily GodFather/ Taormina/ savoca/ castelmola experience. We hope to have you once again when we join other tours. — Taylor & Mikee from Singapore 23/09/19
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip! The guide (Joshua) speaks perfect English. He was very friendly and also was very careful with driving, as I've informed him about my car sickness. He told us a lot of interesting facts about Sicily. We were lucky with weather on top of Etna, so we could clearly see other craters and Sicily. Taormina was a very nice addition, cute small town with an amazing amphitheater. Overall, we had a blast! :)