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Месина

Messina is a pleasant town located to the northeast of the island of Sicily. Located on the Messina Straits and with a large natural harbour, Messina is one of the busiest ports in the Mediterranean. Enjoy an excursion here or travel inland to the slopes of Mount Etna or pay a pilgrimage to the mysterious Black Madonna in Tindari.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAORMINA

 

Цена: € 50 на възрастен, € 35 на дете

 

Duration: approx. 4 hours

After leaving the port, a bus transfer will take you to Taormina, one of the jewels of Sicily. A pleasant walk takes you to the renowned ancient Greco-Roman theatre, first built by the Greeks before being re-built by the Romans. Enjoy the wonderful view before continuing to Corvaia Palace (external visit); an historic XV century building that formerly housed the Sicilian Parliament. We will also admire the small Roman theatre or “Odeon” (external visit) of Taormina and the St. Nicholas Cathedral. Free time for shopping.

 

 

ETNA

 

Цена: € 49 на възрастен, € 34 на дете

 

 

Duration: approx. 4 hours

 

Departing from the port of Messina, an approx. 1.5-hour coach ride will take you to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest volcano reaching almost 3,300 m above sea level, on a route that will also pass through Zafferana Etnea, a town situated on the volcano’s southern flank that affords lovely views of the mountain and the sea. Once at the Rifugio Sapienza cable car station, which was buried twice in the course of eruptions over the years, at an elevation of 1,900 metres, you will then be taken to visit the famous Silvestri craters amid an otherworldly lava landscape of outstanding natural beauty. Breathtaking views of the city of Catania below also present themselves to visitors, a perfect vista for a snapshot. Your adventurous volcano tour comes to a close with your return to the port and your ship.

Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems. In case of bad weather conditions the program of the tour will have an alternative routing that will be reconfirmed onboard. It is advisable to wear a wind cheater and comfortable shoes.

 

 

 

TINDARI & THE SANCTUARY OF BLACK MADONNA

 

Цена: € 48 на възрастен, € 34 на дете

 

Duration: approx. 4 hours

 

An enjoyable 1-hour coach transfer from Messina begins this tour to Tindari, a small coastal town of Greek origin that is rich in art and history. It is particularly known for the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna, a site you will visit to view the statue of the Madonna. A romantic local legend has it that Tindari’s lagoon was created after a woman accidentally dropped her baby into the ocean upon being startled by the black colour of the statue, whereupon the Madonna is said to have made the land rise to save the child. A visit to a Greek archaeological site is next, with a chance to step back in time and get a unique insight into early Grecian life. There will be time for you do some shopping in Tindari before you return to Messina and your ship.

 

 

 

BEACH TOUR

 

Цена: € 45 на възрастен, € 32 на дете

 

Duration: approx. 4 hours

 

Enjoy a few hours in the sun on a pretty beach; free time to swim and for relaxation. Return onboard. 

Please note: this excursion only runs during summer calls, from June to September.

 

 

 

CITY TOUR

 

Цена: € 40 на възрастен, € 28 на дете

 

 

Duration: approx. 3.5 hours

 

Messina was founded in 730 B.C. by the Greek, Zancle; the city was systematically destroyed by earthquakes, in particular by the eruptions of 1783 and 1908. Our tour departs by bus from the port to reach Ganzirri, a small fishing village situated near the Pantano Grande and Pantano Piccolo lakes, which are rich in marine nutrients. You will continue to Capo Peloro, the nearest point to the coast of Calabria. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Messina, admiring Piazza Cairoli, the Court House, the University and the Cristo Re Church which dominates Messina’s harbour and the strait. We will stop for photos before continuing our tour past the San Francesco Church, the Government Hall, the Fountain of Neptune and the main street, “Viale della Libertá”. Visit the Cathedral and the Cathedral Treasure to admire the famous Golden Mantle (Manta d’Oro), a special cloth that covers the picture of the Madonna and Child and which is studded with precious stones.

 

 

 

 

JEEP ADVENTURE

 

Цена: € 52 на възрастен, € 36 на дете

 

Duration: approx. 4 hours

 

Thanks to its strategic coastal location near Mount Peloritani, the Sicilian city and region of Messina boasts a rich heritage of 19th-century forts and old military roads that were once used to defend Sicily and the Strait of Messina. This tour gives you a chance to explore the beautiful landscape, folk traditions, historical roads and strongholds in the comfort of a modern off-road vehicle. The first stop is Puntal Ferraro, a 19th-century fort that is now run as a wildlife recovery centre with exhibition rooms and extensive grounds in which wild deer roam. A little further along the road lies Forte Campone, where a short stop will be made, after which you will head for the Dinnamare vantage point. Typical Sicilian pastries and fortified wine will be served while you enjoy the view of the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas.

Please note: participants must be at least 8 years of age, provided that they can be properly seated and wearing a seatbelt. The safari leader will provide you with information only in English during the trip. Comfortable shoes and casual clothing are recommended. The tour is not recommended for people with mobility problems. This tour only runs from May until October.

 

 

 

SCENIC CRUISE TO SCYLLA AND GANZIRRI

 

Цена: € 89 на възрастен, € 62 на дете

 

Duration: approx. 4 hours

 

On leaving the port of Messina, a boat first takes you the short distance across the Strait to the Calabrian city of Scilla – site of the famous Scylla and Charybdis legend from Greek mythology. After landing, you will have time to spend relaxing at the beach or taking a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the sea. Alternatively, you may prefer to walk to Scilla’s attractive historical quarter at Chianalea and amble through its narrow alleyways or visit Ruffo Castle, a fortification that was built by the Dukes of Calabria and affords spectacular panoramic views of Scilla beach and the Tyrrhenian Sea. On your return trip through the Strait to Messina, the boat will sail close to the pylon of Ganzirri, which used to be one of a pair supporting a large power line that has since been laid underground.

Please note: guides available only in English. We suggest bringing a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, a hat, comfortable shoes and casual clothing. This excursion only runs during summer calls, from June to September.