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Mount Etna and Taormina Private Shore Excursion

We will take you to the highest active volcano in Europe reaching 2.000 meters. Driving down from the mount through a wonderful pine tree forest, we get to the highlights of Taormina.

 

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Groups
Reserve 1 car for a group of 1 to 3 people and pay a booking deposit - view full price details >>
Private Excursion with Professional Driver (priced per group not per person)
Passengers Total Group Price Booking Deposit Balance due to driver (in cash at travel time)
1 to 3           € 350 €50 €300 (car)
4 to 6         € 470 €70 €400 (van)
7 to 8           € 520 €70 €450 (van)
9 to 11          € 860 €110  €750 (van + car)
12 to 14 € 960 €110  €850 (2 vans)
15 to 16       € 1010 €110 €900 (2 vans)
Optional Professional Guide Service for Taormina City and Greek Theater Walking Tour
Group Price Booking Deposit Balance due to guide
€150         (Taormina 1/2 day service) €20 €130 (in cash at travel time)
Cash needs note: often drivers or guides do not have a POS for credit card charges. You can use your credit card(s) at easily found ATM machines to withdraw cash. Your driver or guide can show you where to find one. 
€50,00
Reserve 1 van for a group of 4 to 6 people and pay a booking deposit - view full price details >>
€70,00
Reserve 1 van for a group of 7 to 8 people and pay a booking deposit - view full price details >>
€70,00
Reserve 1 van and 1 car for a group of 9 to 11 people and pay a booking deposit - view full price details >>
€110,00
Reserve 2 vans for a group of 12 to 14 people and pay a booking deposit - view full price details >>
€110,00
Reserve 2 vans for a group of 15 to 16 people and pay a booking deposit - view full price details >>
€110,00
Add optional professional guide for Taormina walking tour (deposit only) - view full price details >>
€20,00

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booking private exursions constitutes acceptance of the following Conditions >>

Private Shore Excursions Inclusions, Exclusions and Rules

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    All private excursions are provided by a licensed professional driver in an air-conditioned vehicle. Types of vehicles include:
    • car (up to 3 people). Can access all restricted areas.
    • van (up to 8 people). Can access all restricted areas. Industry standard Mercedes Vito or similar (see pictures). Vans have 2 seats in the front row next to the driver, 3 in the middle row, and 3 in the back row. The 2 seats on the front might be a little uncomfortable for tall people. If you have additional space requirements you may want to book a van for no more than 6 or 7 people.
    • minibus (up to 19 people) or  bus (up to 50+ people). May have restricted access to sites.
  • Private Excursion can be customized to meet the traveler's specific needs and interests according to feasibility constraints (time and distance).
  • Semi-Private (shared) excursions follow a fixed itinerary.
  • Travelers are met at their indicated meeting point and returned there at the end of the excursion. Driver will hold a sign with the name of the person making the booking.
 
GROUP TRAVEL: We can handle groups of any size. For larger groups or custom itineraries please send your request here.
 

Inclusions

- Professional licensed driver. 
- Prices include all taxes and fees, no hidden costs.

Exclusions

- Entrance tickets to Museums or Archeological sites are not included.
- Official Licensed Guide service. We can provide the service of an official Licensed guide upon request (additional cost).
- Lunch, drinks and gratuities.

Professional Driver Role

A driver is not an official guide. Local regulations require that only official licensed guides are allowed to provide information about sites and escort people through monuments, churches and museums. The widespread use of the term “driver-guide” is misleading. See this article describing the problem in the New York Times.

Changes and Cancellations

In order to receive a refund (or adjustment of price in case of changes), we need to receive your changes or cancelation  7 calendar days before the scheduled departure. For changes or cancelation received within 7 calendar days of the tour date you will be charged a 100% cancelation fee (no refund, nor downward price adjustments).

Group Guidelines and Conditions:

The group leader (person making the booking) shall be deemed to have accepted the following conditions on behalf of the persons traveling with him/her. He/She is also responsible for passing any relevant information received from SmartCruiseTours travel assistants as well as all issued travel vouchers to each group participants.
  • Whenever a participant departs from the group during the tour, establish a meeting point location and time.
  • If a participant gets temporarily lost, they must remain still and contact SmartCruiseTours emergency number (shown below). Making a phone call in Italy is easy as any Italian will provide assistance with that if asked.
  • Balance due at travel time is per group and not per person. All participants must respect their commitment to the group and need to provide their share if they cannot participate at the last minute or must be responsible for finding people to replace their slots (not applicable for tours that are prepaid).
  • If less people than the number indicated at booking time arrive at travel time, the group must provide advance payment to the driver (not applicable for tours that are prepaid).

SmartCruiseTours Emergency Number: your travel vouchers include our Emergency Number and other important local contact. SmartCruiseTours.com  (owned and operated by ABLE worldwide Inc) will not be held responsible for any problem that may arise if you do not follow the instructions on your Vouchers, or if you do not call the appointed Emergency Number in case of difficulties at travel time. Calling us is very simple as you can ask your driver to call us directly so that we can help right away.

 

for larger groups or custom itineraries please send your request here.

Product Details

INCLUSIONS: 
  • Travel in an air-conditioned 8 or 7 seats vans, ideal to reach historical sites and reduce walking.
  • Licensed professional driver.
  • The driver will assist you with basic information and suggestions. 
  • Prices include all taxes and fees, no hidden costs.
 
EXCLUSIONS:
  • Entrance tickets to Museums or Archeological sites are not included (can be purchased separately on site).
  • Official Licensed Guide service. We can provide the service of an official licensed guide (select "Add optional licensed guide" above. Quantity 1).
  • Lunch, drinks, and gratuities.
 
DURATION: approx. 8 hours from pick up to drop off time - additional time €30/h paid to the driver(s)
 
TIME: You indicate the desired pick up time (8:00 or 8:30 am suggested) 
 

ACTIVITY LEVEL: altMODERATE (see legend)

Activity Level Legend

 LIGHT: May require walking over relatively level terrain. Can involve few steps, some uneven surfaces, and moderate periods of standing.

 MODERATE: May require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces. Can involve several steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and longer periods of standing.

 DIFFICULT: May require extensive walking over uneven surfaces. Can involve flights of stairs, steep terrain and extended periods of standing. NOT suggested for people with walking disabilities.

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Available Discounts

  • Use coupon code MULTIPRIVATE at check out time and get €10 for each additional private excursion you book after the first one. 
  • REFER your friends here and get €10 gift for each private excursion they book!
  • See all of our Discounts and Special Offers.
 

Tour Description

Proposed Itinerary (may be reversed or rearranged as needed)

NOTE that the itinerary can be customized and coordinated directly with the driver according to your specific needs and/or preferences.
 
  • You will be picked up in the morning directly at your ship’s pier.
  • You will visit the Mount Etna: the highest active volcano in Europe. You will reach 2.000 meters where you will see  the "Silvestri" craters and the latest new lava flows and craters from 2001/2003. On the way, you will have the chance to  visit a local family farm where it will be possible to taste local Etna wine, a selection of different types of honey (orange, lemon, eucalyptus, strawberry...), almond pastries, olives and extra virgin olive oil.
  • After the volcano, your driver will take you to Taormina to see its highlights. Not to be missed is a visit to the Greek Theatre (€8 pp entrance tickets not included), a stroll on the main street "Corso Umberto" with several art and design shops, baroque churches and palazzi. Here you can have an excellent meal at one of the local Sicilian places pointed out by our expert driver.
  • Return to indicated drop off location at approximately 5 to 5:30 pm.

ETNA NOTE: you will be reaching the lower craters (located at 2000m) area directly with the car. The topmost crater is much higher (3000m) and can only be reached by 1st taking a gondola lift, then joining a guided excursion by 4weel drive followed by a hike. That version is for hikers and is quite expensive. It can be arranged, but it is not the standard version, that is quite easy. If you wish to arrange a full day excursion to Mount Etna, contact us here

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Itinerary details are indicative and may need to be changed by the driver in case of heavy traffic or any other unforeseen situation. 
 

Price Details

Private Excursion with Professional Driver (priced per group not per person)
Passengers Total Group Price Booking Deposit Balance due to driver (in cash at travel time)
1 to 3           € 350 €50 €300 (car)
4 to 6         € 470 €70 €400 (van)
7 to 8           € 520 €70 €450 (van)
9 to 11          € 860 €110  €750 (van + car)
12 to 14 € 960 €110  €850 (2 vans)
15 to 16       € 1010 €110 €900 (2 vans)
Optional Professional Guide Service for Taormina City and Greek Theater Walking Tour
Group Price Booking Deposit Balance due to guide
€150         (Taormina 1/2 day service) €20 €130 (in cash at travel time)
Cash needs note: often drivers or guides do not have a POS for credit card charges. You can use your credit card(s) at easily found ATM machines to withdraw cash. Your driver or guide can show you where to find one.