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COASTAL CHARMERS | 10 Nights | Departs Sep 13, 2014

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Taormina (Sicily), Italy

Taormina (Sicily), Italy-port

Naxos is gateway to the island of Sicily’s strategically significant northeastern region. From this port city, it is a short transfer to Taormina, resting 820 feet above the sea and overlooking imposing Mount Etna. In the early 20th century, Taormina became a colony for expatriate artists and writers, including D H Lawrence. Highlights of any tour of this city would include the remarkably preserved Roman-style Greek Theater, whose acoustics are still appreciated in performances today; the splendid 15th century Palazzo Corvaia; and the Odeon, a small Imperial Age theater set amidst colorful public gardens.


Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Taormina and Greco-Roman Theater
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Mount Etna
    Seated Tour
  • Mount Etna and Off-Road Ascent
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent Choice
  • Taormina and Mount Etna
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Hidden Sicily - in the Footsteps of the Godfather
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Sicilian Wine Roads
    Light Activity /WalkingMeal
  • Taormina and Lunch in a Private Villa
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Explore Taormina On Your Own
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Taormina and Greco-Roman Theater

    Moderate Activity/Walking
    Duration: 4 hours
    Tour Code: tam-001


    The ancient city of Taormina is yours to discover during scenic and memorable visits to the Greek Theater, the Palazzo Corvaia and the Odeon.

    Depart the pier for the 6-mile drive from the port of Giardini Naxos en route to Taormina. A hilly road will lead to the coach parking area where your guided walking tour will begin. This beautiful and renowned tourist resort is a small, Medieval town perched atop a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna. During the tour, you will visit the Greek Theater, known for its stunning location. This Roman-style theater was reconstructed in the 2nd century AD. It is in excellent condition, and has marvelous acoustics that are still appreciated in contemporary performances of classical plays.

    From the upper tiers, you can take in spectacular views and photo opportunities of majestic Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano. Other highlights include exterior visits to the splendid, 15th-century Palazzo Corvaia and the Odeon, a small Imperial Age theater featuring public gardens blossoming with flowers and color.

    Afterward, some free time will be made available to explore Corso Umberto, Taormina's busy main street. You can visit some of its many shops, or stop for coffee at the old Dominican monastery, now the deluxe Hotel San Domenico. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens filled with exotic foliage. At the appointed time, you will return to the coach for the drive back to the pier.

    Please note: Extensive walking is required in Taormina, including uphill climbs, steps and uneven terrain in the Greek Theater. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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