Day trip

From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

4.8 / 5

74 reviews

Activity provider: Etna Experience Excursion

From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

Activity provider: Etna Experience Excursion

From US$ 101.78 per person

Enjoy a wonderful excursion on Etna, visiting extinguished craters and a lava cave before heading to Taormina for a relaxing afternoon.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 - 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Pickup included
Be picked up at your accommodation in Catania. Guides will wait no longer than 10 minutes after the scheduled pick-up time. Look for the activity provider's jeep or minivan.
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • See 2 of the main points of interest of Sicily in just 1 day
  • Visit the north slope of Etna and its craters and lava cave at 2000 meters
  • Enjoy a lunch made of typical Sicilian products, water, and a glass of wine
  • Discover the city of Taormina in the afternoon
Full description

Hike to the highest active volcano in Europe, Mt Etna, and continue to the characteristic town of Taormina on a guided day trip from Catania with return hotel transfers. Visit old craters and lava flow caves and sit down for a picnic lunch in nature with a glass of wine.

Start with a pickup from your accommodation in Catania and make your way to Etna. Get introduced to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena by your guide. Gear up in hiking equipment and walk through ancient woods, extinct craters and past lava flows on Etna.

Explore a volcanic cave and the surrounding landscape of Etna. After working up an appetite, enjoy a packed lunch with some typical street food products in an open area. In case of bad weather, go to a refuge to munch on sandwiches. 

Next, head to the historical center of Taormina for a self-guided visit. Admire the Ionian coast on one side and Mount Etna on the other, immersed in a picturesque atmosphere. Visit the elegant avenue that separates the medieval city gates, Porta Catania and Porta Messina, walk down the alleys, and see the Greek theater. After your visit to Taormina, jump back on board for the return trip to Catania.

Includes
  • Naturalistic guide (i.e. Geologists, biologists, agronomists)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Catania (or in a agreed meeting point close to your accommodation)
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Glass of wine
  • Hiking equipment (helmets, torches, hiking boots, wind jackets, and snowshoes)
  • Transfer to Taormina
  • Extra food and beverages
  • Entrance tickets
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with low level of fitness

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Important information

What to bring

  • Jacket
  • Water
  • Hiking shoes

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet minimum number requirements
  • In the event of this occurring, or in case of bad weather conditions you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Trekking shoes and jackets are available for free at the moment of the booking if requested
  • Equipment for children (car seat, booster seats, baby carriers) are rentable for free, on request. Please inform the tour operator at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking
  • Vegetarian, vegan and celiac options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 74 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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The tour was well organized. We were lucky to have Andrea as a tour guide - due to his studies and his work, he simply has enormous knowledge not only about Sicily but also about Etna, its history and the entire botany. just wow. The team took care of everything and there were good shoes and jackets for rent for spontaneous or forgetful people. The tour on foot is not strenuous, it only goes up a bit steeply and at the grotto there are a few mean steps. We were lucky to have great weather and therefore a great view. The lunch with a small antipasti platter, pasta and a small dessert as well as a great wine tasting should be mentioned, we would have expected much less here. Taormina is beautiful but of course enormously overcrowded so that it is a bit exhausting to enjoy the small beauties that are lost due to the crowds

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September 26, 2022

We spent a very enjoyable couple of hours trekking and exploring the lower slopes and caves of Mount Etna. Our guide Marco was absolutely brilliant. He was very informative about all aspects of the area and he was very passionate about his job. He had a great sense of humour and couldn’t have been more accommodating. The food and wine we had at the vineyard was exceptional. Overall the trip was great value for money

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July 3, 2022

Great trip, knowledgeable guide, lots of good information. Interesting and easy walk. Fantastic scenery. Lovely lunch and unexpected wine tasting (great wine). Only about 90 mins in Taormina, but long enough to browse the shops and visit Greek theatre. Brilliant day. (Just for information, my wife is asthmatic and we thought long and hard about which Etna tour to take, due to some of the warnings about asthmatics going up Etna, this tour was fine and posed no issues for my wife) Brilliant day thanks

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May 28, 2022

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