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Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina

Taormina, Italy
Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina

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Explore the southeastern coast of Sicily on a day trip to Syracuse from Taormina. Led by a professional guide, see the impressive collection of ancient Roman and Greek ruins, soak up scenic views of the water and learn the rich history behind the city from your guide. Visit the archaeological site of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis (own expense) and spend the afternoon discovering Ortygia, Syracuse’s island neighborhood.
  • Explore Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse’s archeological zone (entry own expense)
  • See well-preserved Roman and Greek ruins like the Altar of Hieron II
  • Pose for photos in front of the Ear of Dionysius and learn about ancient Syracuse from a guide
  • Visit the island neighborhood of Ortygia and discover sights like Syracuse Duomo

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour visits Neapolis and Ortygia and can be less expensive than just transportation from Taormina.
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Local guide service
Tour Leader service
Food and drinks
Entrance fee to Syracuse Cathedral (approx. 2 euros)
Entrance fee to Parco Archeologico della Neapolis (approx 10 euros) - (free for EU citizens under 18 years with a valid ID)
  • Via Luigi Pirandello, 36c , Via Luigi Pirandello, 36c, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy

    Departure for all tours is from the main Bus Terminal in Via Pirandello. Pick up is also available along the coast at Taormina by the sea, Letojanni and Giardini Naxos. Customers are invited to contact for information about pick up.The coach is silver with a SAT logo in red.

  • Recanati Bus Terminal , Viale Dionisio, 12, 98035 Giardini Naxos ME, Italy

    Customers are obligated to contact SAT Group for information about pick up.

  • Letojanni , 98037 Letojanni, Metropolitan City of Messina, Italy

    Customers are obligated to contact SAT Group for information about pick up.

  • 8:00 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    Meet your guide in central Taormina and hop aboard your coach for a 1.5-hour ride along the coast to Syracuse.

    Upon arriving, head first to the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis (entry fee at own expense), home to a vast collection of Roman and Greek ruins. Learn the history behind each archaeological gem as you check out the preserved monuments of the Roman amphitheater, Greek theater and the artificial limestone cave famously known as the Ear of Dionysius. You'll also see the spot where bulls were sacrificed during ancient festivals at the Altar of Hieron II.

    Travel next to Syracuse’s island neighborhood of Ortygia, where you’ll pause to purchase lunch. Appetites sated, head to the Fountain of Aretusa in the bustling square of Piazza Archimede. Admire the Gothic design of the surrounding palaces before walking over to the central spot of Piazza del Duomo.

    As you walk among the locals, gaze up at the Syracuse Cathedral, the Palace of Beneventano del Bosco, City Hall and the Archbishop's Palace, dating back to the 17th century.

    After a full day of history and top sites, you will begin the journey back to your original departure point.
    Stop At:  
    Parco Archeologico della Neapolis
    Visit the Archaelogical area with a local guide
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Stop At:  
    Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio)
    Visit all caves in the archaelogical area
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    Stop At:  
    Duomo di Siracusa
    Visit of the main cathedral
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Not Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • During winter minimum of 12 people. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina?
    A:The policy on sanitization is:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    See all safety measures taken by Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina.

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    Bad weather
    , Jul 2019
    Horrific rainstorm. Could not get to the bus stop. Too late for 24 hour cancellation. As fa as I know, they do not refund for last mean bad weather.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
    Hello tischlerjoann, did you ask us for a refund? Please contact us and we will analyze the issue. We do not understand your low rate without asking for a refund and explaining to us the situation. Our company is Customer oriented and is always available for a switch or for an eventual refund when possible. Please contact us at our mail or telephone. Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
    Copious amount of information given in...
    Marilyn B
    , Sep 2018
    Copious amount of information given in the blazing sun after having received a long narration in two different language's on the bus made for a hot and very tiring day.
    I wanted to go to Syracuse and...
    , May 2018
    I wanted to go to Syracuse and Ortygia on our own but it was actually less expensive to book this tour than to find transport from Taormina. The archaeological park was a bit of a disappointment since they are covering the Greek Theatre completely for a series of plays between May and July. So it was more like visiting a construction site. The guide provided at the park was excellent though. Ortygia was the highlight of this trip and fortunately you are left on your own for it. Don't miss lunch in the food market. The tour had mostly Germans 2/3 and the rest English. English is very much an after thought. I was also surprised when the tour guide on the bus pointed out the military airfield and said to the Germans 'this is where the Americans and French bomb Syria from but then said in English something more pithy this is the military airfield, Americans use it. It did seem judgmental. Another American on the bus called him out on it.
    Viator processed our booking very...
    , Apr 2018
    Viator processed our booking very quickly and provided the tour services as expected - thank you. Our tour guides, on the coach and for the sights at Syracuse were both excellent. I have given 4 stars only because the Greek Theatre was subject to protective building works in preparation for summer performances. The sight of 2 cement mixers and wood-working kind of detracted from the magnificence of this wonderful place. We loved the Roman Amphitheatre, and the Temple of Atehna. All in all, we had a great day out. Cheers.
    A great day out! We managed...
    rosa t
    , Jan 2018
    A great day out! We managed to see the highlights of the city, loved the archeological site with the ancient Greek theater and Dionisius ear. Our guide, Alfredo, was outstanding and most informative, he is a professional. We met him again in summer 2017 as he guided us through other trips to Agrigento and Noto and it was a delight. Grazie Viator and Grazie, Alfredo! Highly recommended trip!
    The Syracuse Tour involves a great...
    , Dec 2017
    The Syracuse Tour involves a great deal of walking to very little effect the Greek and Roman amphitheaters are not spectacular the Ear of Dionysius, on the other hand, is, and the long walk round Ortygia has little of interest except perhaps the cathedral the lunch at a restaurant recommended by the guide verged on the disgusting - it is not included in the price so go anywhere else altogether a dull tour with a mediocre guide - a tour with too few highlights to justify the boredom and the endless walking...
    This was an excellent trip! I was...
    Maggie D
    , Nov 2017
    This was an excellent trip! I was very impressed by our tour guide and the driver was the best I've had. This walking tour allowed us to see all the sites of Siracusa. My only issue was that we didn't spend any time climbing around the Greek theater, but stayed on the outskirts above and below. I felt a little rushed as we passed through some of the areas, but it was a beautiful city and the guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable and gave the tour in 2 languages the whole way through. Impressive!
    The trip was taken in early October...
    Richard S
    , Oct 2017
    The trip was taken in early October 2017. From Taormina, it is a full, rich and wonderful day. The ancient sights are tremendous but our guide for the Cathedral, Enza, was outstanding. Her ability to share her extensive knowledge was a highlight. Rich S.
    Set off in torrential rain, thunder...
    , Oct 2017
    Set off in torrential rain, thunder and lightening, Elizabeth turned the trip around to enable us to see the temples in the afternoon by which time sun was out. Thanks to Marco for driving in such weather and to Elizabeth for her knowledge of the trip. Thoroughly enjoyed the day.
    Enjoyed the archaeological site...
    , Oct 2017
    Enjoyed the archaeological site. Found the walking tour really slow so left and did our own tour. Personally I found this tour a bit disappointing as I didn't find the town that pretty or interesting. However my daughter enjoyed the trip.
    Excellent tour of Syracuse area, and...
    , Oct 2017
    Excellent tour of Syracuse area, and very informative explanation by guides we were divided into groups by language. The only problem we encountered was caused by one tour member who first got on the wrong bus, then later in the day was 1/2 hour late returning to the bus to go back to Taormina this caused us to get caught in Catania traffic, delaying our return by 1 1/2 hours.
    This is a great tour. Santo, our...
    , Oct 2017
    This is a great tour. Santo, our guide on the bus was fantastic, he really has a passion for the history of not just Syracuse, but for all of Sicily's past. He was a great help in finding lunch, as well.
    Superb trip from start to finish. A...
    Deborah T
    , Sep 2017
    Superb trip from start to finish. A very comprehensive guided tour of Syracuse - very cultural but with plenty of free time to enjoy lunch and a stroll around at our own pace. Eva our guide was excellent and although a large group - we could all hear her and she kept control of the numbers very well. There was time for photos and time for a walk around each of the stops - I would thoroughly recommend this trip.
    Comments and explanations were a bit...
    Vlad T
    , Sep 2017
    Comments and explanations were a bit boring and didn't provide too many details.
    The trip locations were great and...
    Lucy E
    , Sep 2017
    The trip locations were great and the guides were knowledgeable, but there were logistical problems. We were a very large group speaking two languages. At one early point, more than half the group got lost in the crowds. The entire group did not really get reunited until we were most of the way through Syracuse. I think the group was too large, and should have been split into two - one English speaking and one German speaking.
    Group too big, tour guide was poor...
    Patricia T
    , Sep 2017
    Group too big, tour guide was poor, very hard to understand and could not hear her. Very poor experience.
    A well conducted guided tour of the...
    cliff k l
    , Aug 2017
    A well conducted guided tour of the Greek amphitheatre area and the cathedral. The optional boat cruise was well worth the price on a hot August afternoon. The included Francine was the best we had in Sicily.
    Trip had 2 languages which wasted so...
    Francesca M
    , Jul 2017
    Trip had 2 languages which wasted so much time. The 20minute stop 6 km out of Siracusa was a waste of time. We end up leaving group to do our own thing. If I had known would have booked own transport and joined a free walking tour in English as we have down in other countries
    The main problem with this trip was...
    Mary L
    , Jul 2017
    The main problem with this trip was that it was a really hot day. The tour guide was very enthusiastic and well informed but really spoke for too long - particularly as we had to stand in the heat while he gave his talk in Italian as well. I'm afraid we skipped the very end of the tour to take refuge in a bar. However, I would love to go back to Syracuse in cooler weather and have more free time to wander round the town. Partly because of the traffic we arrived back at Taormina much later than anticipated making it rather a long day.
    tour was was...
    John C
    , Jun 2017
    tour was was good.....but coach journey too long...too frustrating and time consuming having everything gone over in different languages...previous tours around Italy and rest of Europe in English only

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