Taormina and Etna with The Gold of the Gods

Interesting small group excursion
December 12, 2023
We had plenty of time to explore both Taormina & Mt. Etna . Our guide was very personable & knowledgeable. I like the small group excursions better than the large ones done by the ships. “ The Gold of the Gods” was not what we expected. It was just a stop at a tiny store that let you taste samples.
Reviewer: Martina Cartwright
4 Stars
A wonderful visit
November 16, 2023
Our guide, Celia, was friendly and provided a lot of interesting information about the places we saw en route and the sites we visited. She was flexible with our itinerary, allowing us enough time to enjoy Crateri Silvestri and Taormina while still getting us back to the ship on time. Nuncio, our driver, was impressive with his navigation of the narrow streets and tight switchbacks. We were glad he was driving!
Reviewer: S. Mireault
5 Stars
Something different for nature lovers
October 16, 2023
Firstly the company providing this excursion was outstanding . The bus was excellent the tour guide was the best we had our entire cruise . He provided the perfect amount of information and enough time to see the sites . We loved walking around the carers at My Etna . The hillside village was also beautiful. Great views and the best cannoli !
Reviewer: Jodie Johnston
5 Stars
Beyond our expectations!
August 09, 2023
This was one of out two favorite tours, showcasing Sicily's rural and urban areas. Our guide, Sara, was delightful, and extremely knowledgable. Our driver was happy to lend a hand getting in and out of the luxurious van, and to carry our shopping baskets (We later found he was the owner of the company, there to work on his english!). We were with another couple, and Sara made sure each of us had a wonderful, personalized experience. Book this tour rather than the larger ship ones. You'll be glad you did!
Reviewer: Elizabeth Dunn
5 Stars
Awesome Tour and I would do it again
June 29, 2023
Great tour and guide. We were lucky to have Sara as our guide as I learned so much from her in a short time. Luckily we had rain coats, but still froze being on Etna. Bring a jacket!!! Lol.
Reviewer: Matt Pefley
5 Stars
June 20, 2023
One of our favorites! Our guide, Pepe, was great! Due to a port change by our ship, we did not have time to do the farm stop inland still have adequate time at Etna and in Taormina. We absolutely loved both of those stops; wouldn’t have changed anything! (Pepe gave us great food and beverage snacks on the bus and wonderful recommendations for Taormina.)
Reviewer: Lisa Becker
5 Stars
Was well worth it
May 25, 2023
We just returned form a recent NCL cruise from the Rome port of the Mediterranean sea with three Shore Excursions tours including the this tour of Taormina and the Gold of The Gods and Mt. Etna. It was an awesome day with them. They even included a special stop for lunch at an authentic Italian restaurant high in the mountains on the way to Mt. Etna were we were treated to authentic pizza and a drink at no cost to us this was very generous. But I was very impressed with Shore Excursions. They were very professional and offered essentially the same tour but even better than what the ship was offering but for a much better price. Their buses were all very clean and new Mercedes Benz. The guides were all educated in the subjects and local traditions and customs and spoke English well. I will use Shore excursions again on every cruise from now on were available.
Reviewer: Steve Krupp
5 Stars
November 10, 2022
This was one of the highlights of the cruise for me. Our guide, Sara was amazing. She had good info and she did not drag on and on about what we were looking at. We hiked Etna and enjoyed the surroundings. The hike to the top of the second crater takes about 10 mins, there are two ways, the easy way and the nightmare way. I did the nightmare way! Take heed, ITS HARD! Views are amazing.
Reviewer: Thomas Hollembaek
5 Stars
October 12, 2022
We were so impressed with this tour company. Wonderful tour guides with lots of info The buses were like new. We will certainly use them again.
Reviewer: Shirley Aulls
5 Stars