Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
Enjoy a scenic ride past orchards, vineyards and lava fields to the craters nearly 6,000 feet above sea level for a walk along the volcanic rim. Afterwards, visit a jewelry factory for refreshments and to see local artisans at work, and delight in panoramic village, city and sea views on the return to the ship.
NOTES: The tour involves walking uphill for approx. 330 yards on uneven terrain. Throughout this tour, you will be at high altitudes (6,000 feet) and you must judge your abilities accordingly. Closed toe shoes are recommended for walking along the crater and due to the altitude, a light jacket or sweater in summer and a warm jacket in winter are recommended.
See Europe's largest active volcano up close for a unique encounter with the power of nature. Enjoy a scenic 2- hour ride through the countryside then travel up the slope of Mount Etna to the Silvestri Spent Craters, almost 6,000 feet above sea level. Walk along the rim and see the evidence of past eruptions. Afterwards, try the creme-filled pastry, cannoli, at a tasting in a local restaurant. On the return, watch craftsmen at the GIVAL jewelry factor use gold, amber, lava and other materials in their creations.
NOTES: The tour involves walking uphill for approx. 330 yards on uneven terrain. Throughout this tour, you will be at high altitudes (6,000 feet) and you must judge your abilities.
OVERVIEW: Travel through the Sicilian countryside to Mt. Etna and witness the effects of the power of Europe's largest active volcano.
HIGHLIGHTS: Ride through the beautiful Sicilian countryside on your way to walk the rim of Mt. Etna's Silvestri Spent Craters. Pass through the Alcantara Gorge, a unique and unusual natural environment.
NOTES: A light jacket or sweater and sturdy, comfortable closed walking shoes are recommended. Reaching the Silvestri Spent Craters involves walking uphill for approximately 330 yards on uneven terrain. The ascent, higher than 6,400 feet, is not recommended for those suffering from heart diseases and/or high blood pressure.
Experience some of the best Sicily has to offer on one full-day tour: free time in the chic and historic seaside town of Taormina; scenic drives along the coast, through the countryside and on the slopes of the volcano; a wine estate tour and tasting; and a visit to an artisanal jewelry maker.
NOTES: In Taormina, all touring must be done on foot. Guests must be able to walk approx. 300 yards on uneven and cobblestone surfaces with 45 - 60 steps to reach the wine cellars.
Journey through scenic countryside before ascending the slopes of Mt. Etna to walk along the edge of the Silvestri Spent Craters. Then visit the elegant resort town of Taormina, where medieval history meets seaside chic and an ancient theater offers awe-inspiring views of the volcano.
NOTES: This tour involves approximately 1.5 hours on your own in Taormina. There is approximately 200 yards of incline from the bus parking lot to the village gates. At Mount Etna caution is advised when walking across lava and rocky ground. Tour order may vary but all listed sites will be covered.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.