Shore excursions in Italy ,Daily Tours and guided Limousine services.
We had an awesome day with Claudio our driver. He collected us promptly and took care to find out what we expected to get from our trip and made sure that he exceeded these expectations. He called ahead to book a trusted private tour guide who was waiting for us on our arrival in Pompeii - he was fantastic! And then we drove on to Sorrento, stopping at various places on the Amalfie Coast to take photographs and then we had a late lunch in Il Positano, before returning to Rome. Travelling with two young daughters, it was a long day trip, but memorable - and we all thought it was our best day of our week-long holiday to Rome.
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Date published: 02/20/2016
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CATANIA SHORE EXCURSION Catania, Riviera dei Ciclopi, Castelmola (Stroll down the region of Sicily and explore the hidden beauty of these cities characterized by its magnificent coastline and charming architecture)

CAT02 - Catania, Riviera dei Ciclopi & Castelmola
CATANIA Shore Excursions
Duration: 7/9 Hours

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1-2 475.00 €
3-4 525.00 €
5-6 570.00 €
7-8 625.00 € The Above Rates are subject to change in high season without notice
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Whenever possible, payment in Euros is greatly appreciated and will avoid costly Italian bank commission on exchange rates. However if you choose a different payment method rather than Euro cash, the additional costs are as follow: Credit card + 12 %
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Cash USD - Official exchange rate + 7%
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From beaches to Renaissance art, sometimes it seems as if there's nothing the Italian island of Sicily doesn't offer. And if there's one city that captures it all, it's Catania a great place to take in the mountains, the Mediterranean, folk traditions and fantastic food, all in the course of a day. Founded by the Greeks in early 729 BC, the city became a Roman colony and amazingly, considering the dramatic series of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes that have so afflicted the area, three theatres have survived from this period.The Teatro Romano, in Via Vittorio Emanuele, was built on the site of a Greek theatre in the 2nd Century AD. Its use of lava stone demonstrates how long the excretions of Etna have been put to good use. Next door is the Odeon, a smaller theatre used for more intimate occasions, such as musical performances. Second in size only to the Colosseum in Rome, the Amphitheatre, though not usually open to the public, can be viewed from outside.

The modern city delights its visitors with beautiful churches and squares. You will visit Piazza del Duomo with the splendid Cathedral of S. Agata, the city's patron saint, an imposing Baroque structure that incorporates some Roman columns taken from the amphitheatre.

Head to the open air food market where where fishermen hawk their catch. Stroll through the ancient historical city before heading to our next stop. Drive past the ancient village of Aci Castello, popular destination for swimming, sunning and snorkeling and reach Acitrezza a fishing village, setting of Giovanni Verga's 1881 novel I Malavoglia.

Aci Castello marks the beginning of the so-called Riviera dei Ciclopi, a stretch of coastline surrounded by myth and legend. It is said that blinded Polyphemus cast huge rocks towards the ship, which carried Ulysses and his men as they were escaping from the Cyclops.

Continue the ride to Castelmola and enjoy the incredible views of the bay of Naxos , Etna and Taormina. This tiny medieval village with just one cobbled road and the remains of an old castle was built like a fortress, to protect the inhabitants against agressors from the sea. Although little more than four walls, the castle at the top of the moutain is worth the climb if only for the view.
Visit the famous bar specialized in phallic accessories intended to give the tourists a smile. You have been warned..


- Spectacular panoramas
- Beautiful art and architecture
- Delightful local cuisine


Complete information including our phone numbers, meeting time and place are included in your confirmation voucher.
Please give your voucher to the driver at the end of the tour. We hand select our drivers and tour guides in order to give you the ultimate experience. We would love to hear from you after your tour is completed.
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Important information

- This tour includes a professional informative English-speaking driver. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our drivers cannot walk with you into any site but can answer any question you have from the vehicle. A Professional licensed guide, where needed, can be hired on request at an extra cost.
- Please dress respectfully when visiting religious monuments; local custom requires covering knees and shoulder.
- Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
- The tour sequence may be altered to avoid congestions but always covering mentioned sights.
- Keep an eye on your wallet and purses at all time. Do not wear jewelry or carry large amount of cash.


- Professional informative English-speaking driver
- Private vehicle for the day
- Pick up and drop off at the port
- Guaranteed return to the pier on time
- Flexible itinerary


- Lunch
- Admission fees if not mentioned
- Tips to driver and guide ( please read below for more information)


Tips are never included in our quotes.
I think that a tip shouldn't be included in the rate otherwise it would be a tax.
Tip only if you really liked the service.
Tips are a personal gesture and are given whenever the client feels it is necessary.
Tips are generally: 10% not bad - 15 % great - 20 % best tour in my life. Please report any abuse.

Is this tour private?

The tour is private, just for your party, however if you prefer to share your tour with other passengers to alleviate costs, please register and sign in on a popular cruise community website called Cruise critic. This is the link:

Once you have joined, look for your cruise ship and the thread talking about your cruise. Place a post requesting if anyone wants to join you for the shore excursion you have chosen. We would be happy to provide a detailed itinerary and assist you with all the questions your fellow cruisers may have.

Is the driver also a guide?

Our English speaking drivers are NOT licensed guides. In order to provide you with the best-in-class service, our English speaking driving guides have been trained to offer our clients a nice overview with information regarding the major highlights avoiding the expensive charges of hiring a private guide. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our driving guides can comment and explain the sights only from inside the vehicle, but are not allowed to do so once they are outside the vehicle. They are regularly licensed instead to chauffeur the public. We highly recommend that you never book with any touring company that does not make this clear.

Does the driver go with us inside the monuments?

No, only a licensed guide is authorized to accompany you during the visit of sights. Our driver will  drop you off close to the sights but will stay with the vehicle for the duration of your visit.

Does this tour include lunch and admission fees to sites?

No tickets or lunch are not included in the rate. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.

Does it include a guide?

No guide is included either. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.

What is the duration of the tour?

The duration of the tour is 7/9 hours, including pickup and drop off at the ship.

Is the itinerary flexible?

Our itineraries are completely flexible, and we will be happy to operate any changes to the original itinerary (within reason). Please contact our office with all the requests you may    have so that we can better organize your day.

Do you guarantee the return to the ship on time?

In almost 30 years of business, we have never missed the ship that is why we have organized all itineraries to guarantee your return on time.

Is gratuity included in the price?

Tips are never included in our quotes .We think that a tip shouldn’t be included in the rate otherwise it would be a tax!!! Once in Italy do not feel as though you have to tip everyone because someone told you to. Tip only if you really liked the service. Tips are generally: 10% not bad 15 % great 20 % best tour in my life. Please report any abuse.