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Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

1. 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.

From Taormina: Isola Bella Mini Cruise

2. From Taormina: Isola Bella Mini Cruise

Be enchanted by the beauty of Sicily on a cruise from Giardini Naxos to Isola Bella. Discover the “Mediterranean Pearl” that the German Baron, Wilhelm von Gloeden introduced to the world. Given to the mayor of Taormina by King Ferdinand II of Bourbon in 1806, the tiny island of Isola Bella was purchased by the British philanthropist Florence Trevelyan and has been a World Wildlife Fund for Nature natural reserve since 1998.  Relax and swim at this wonderful spot, and look for the many different birds and marine species it attracts. Get a great view of Taormina and the mighty Mount Etna in the background. Drop anchor at the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto) and nearby Grotta del Giorno, where the water is clear blue and provides ideal conditions for snorkeling.  Cherish this day to just relax and be cradled by the waves and summer breeze.

Godfather vs Mafia Tour from Taormina with Sicilian Lunch

3. Godfather vs Mafia Tour from Taormina with Sicilian Lunch

Begin the 5-hour tour with a drive to Savoca, a small village where you’ll take a guided walk through the old town. Visit places where The Godfather movie was filmed. See the Bar Vitelli where Michael Corleone met the father of his future wife Apollonia, and St. Lucy’s Church, where they were married. Learn about the history of the Sicilian Mafia and how it spread throughout Italy. Hear about the Mafia clan wars for control of the territory. The second stop is Forza D'Agro, another small village where the movie was filmed. After a walking tour stop for lunch in a charming elegant restaurant. Enjoy a plate of fresh pasta with sicilian wine from the Etna region on a terrace overlooking the Sicilian coast.

Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

4. Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

Europe’s highest active volcano is studied extensively by scientists and is popular with trekkers and nature lovers as well. Visit Mount Etna and the clifftop village of Taormina on this 11-hour excursion from Palermo. From Crateri Silvestri you’ll take the funicular with a local mountain guide all the way up to 2,500 meters above sea level. From this point you’ll experience unforgettable panoramic views. Just south of Taormina is the nature reserve of Isola Bella, and further south you’ll see the popular seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Visit the village of Taormina, a 45-minute drive from Mount Etna. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, the village features an ancient Greek theater, many old churches, antique shops, lively bars and fine restaurants.

Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola 5-Hour Tour

5. 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. 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.

Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

6. 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.

Private Tour of Alcantara Gorges. Including Food and Wine

7. 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.

Etna Private Sunset Tour with Prosecco

8. 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.

Giardini Naxos, Taormina and Castelmola Tour

9. 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. 

Alcantara River: Body Rafting & 'Pasta Alla Norma' Lunch

10. Alcantara River: Body Rafting & 'Pasta Alla Norma' Lunch

Your guide will meet you at your hotel, or a meeting place of your choice, and take you by comfortable private car the Alcantara river. The river is an ecological wonder, with limestone rocks that make it perfect for letting the rapids take your body on an exciting descent. When you arrive, our specialized guides will take you on your body rafting adventure. Enjoy the views of the rocks as this unique experience allows you to use your body as the raft, with the upmost confidence in your safety. At the end of the tour, your guide will accompany you to the nearby village of Giardini Naxos where you can have lunch with the traditional "pasta alla norma" with good local wine – a just reward for all of your exercise earlier.

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What people are saying about Giardini Naxos

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 174 reviews

Hello, we really want to thank and congratulate Manuele, our guide who took care of our transportation to the activity. He was super nice, considerate and patient. He kept our things and waited for us for 4 hours without ever showing the slightest impatience. In addition, he was able to answer all our questions about Sicily, and other local legends. We also want to thank and congratulate the two body rafting guides who are real pros, attentive, considerate, responsive and adorable. Being guided in this magical place by such people really made the excursion unforgettable. ❤️

This tour was so fun! Antonio Chirco was hands down the best tour guide we have ever had!! He went out of his way to take us to different places he thought we would love. He is incredibly knowledgeable about history and architecture! He made this day amazing!! The roads are very windy and Antonio stoped at a pharmacy so we could get motion sickness medication. Lunch was delicious!

It was a great experience and we learnt a lot about Sicily! The tour was very good. Antonio was very knowledgeable with a good sense of humour. Indefinitely recommend this tour.

Excellent experience with very friendly drivers! Do not forget that the activity costs are not included in the price of the excursion (here ascent of the cable car)

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