Highlights of Messina Accessible Shore Excursion

Messina Accessible Shore ExcursionThis 8-hour wheelchair accessible shore excursion of Messina includes accessible transportation and visits ancient settlements and charming villages.

Your guide and driver will pick you up in a wheelchair accessible van from the Sicily port where your ship arrives to begin your accessible excursion to Tyndaris (Tindari), Cefalú, and time permitting, Santo Stefano di Camastra.

The first stop on Highlights of Messina Accessible Shore Excursion is Tyndaris (Tindari), an ancient Bronze Age (around 1500 B.C.) settlement, where you will visit a 4th century B.C. amphitheatre. Tyndaris is also known for its Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari or the “Sanctuary of the Black Madonna.” Your guide will tell you about the ancient legend surrounding this mysterious “Black Madonna” and the appearance of the shape of the Madonna in the coastline of Tindari!

Next, you will drive to Cefalú, a fabulous coastal village whose quaint, eclectic houses and crystal clear water are the picture of what makes Sicily such an inviting place to visit! Walk/roll through the winding pathways of the village and enjoy the views of the rocky coastline as you take in the sights and sounds of Sicily. Your guide will take you to the Duomo of Cefalú, the Cefalú Cathedral, which dates back to 1131. Its imposing Norman-style façade towers over the city and can be seen from a distance.

Afterwards you will visit the Museo Mandralisca. The museum houses the private collection of the Baron Enrico Piraino di Mandralisca. Its main attraction is a painting by Antonello da Messina, called Portrait of an Unknown Man, but it also includes andiverse collection of ancient artifacts from around the world.

If time permits, you will drive a little farther down the coast to the village of Santo Stefano di Camastra, where you can do some shopping for local ceramics and colorful pottery. Afterwards, your driver will return you to the cruise terminal where you will board your ship.

Note: This accessible Sicily shore excursion is available from the ports Palermo, Messina, or Taormina.

The Highlights of Messina Accessible Shore Excursion features:

  • Convenient accessible van transportation with a wheelchair ramp
  • 8 hour driving tour
  • Lively commentary by an officially-certified, English-speaking tour guide
  • Tour guide familiar with the needs of disabled travelers
  • Pick-up and drop-off at the cruise port
  • Memorable sightseeing and great photo opportunities in Sicily!

 

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Another accessible excursion that visits Tindari and Messina by accessible van is the Panoramic Messina Accessible Cruise Excursion.

Tour Highlights

  • City of Tyndaris (Tindari)
  • Amphitheatre
  • Sanctuary of the Black Madonna
  • City of Cefalu
  • Duomo of Cefalu
  • MuseoMandralisca
  • Santo Stefano di Camastra (if time allows)

Accessibility Description

The Highlights of Messina Accessible Shore Excursion has a 4 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it uses a wheelchair accessible van and has a step-free route. It did not receive a higher rating because the guide is unable to push a wheelchair.

The photos below show the wheelchair accessible van you will be using for the tour.

Wheelchair accessibleVan facility

Tour Details

Tour duration: 8 hours
Cost: €750 for 2 people, €995 for 3 or 4 people, €1170 for 5 or 6 people.
* €50 off if booked as part of an accessible cruise & excursions package.
Days of the week the tour is offered: 7 days a week
Meet-up time: Time that ship arrives
Meet-up place: Cruise dock in Palermo, Messina, Taormina
Dress code: None
Maximum number of people on tour: 2 wheelchair user plus 8 other people
Entrance tickets: Not necessary
Cancellation policy: 80% refund with at least 7 days notice, 50% refund with at least 4 days notice, and no refund with less than 4 days notice. Tours run rain or shine.
Not included: Snacks/meals and gratuities.

 

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