1. Italy
  2. Province of Catania
  3. Catania
  4. Mount Etna

From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

Product ID: 37175
Explore the beautiful landscape of Mount Etna and it's neighboring town of Taormina on this full-day private tour. Set on the stunning coastline of Sicily, discover a fragile world that both thrives on and is threatened by its surroundings.
About this activity
Duration: 9 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, Spanish, German, Italian

Pickup included

Hotels and B&Bs in Catania only
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore mysterious volcanic caves.
  • Taste organic produce straight from the fertile soils of the volcano.
  • Peer into the depths of the volcano from the ridge of an ancient crater.
  • Enjoy a relaxing afternoon exploring the beautiful town of Taormina.
  • Soak up spectacular views from the hillsides of Mount Etna.
Full description
No trip to Sicily would be complete without a visit to the tempestuous territories of Mount Etna. Just jump in the shuttle bus and head out into the lunar landscape of one of the world’s most active volcanoes. At over 6,500 ft (1,981 meters), this majestic mountain dominates the coastline, concealing plenty of treasures within its lair.

Starting at Rifugio Sapienza, follow the line of the old Sivestri craters down into a cave of lava formed during the eruption of 1792. From here, head to the province of Zafferana, where you'll visit a local organic farm and sample honey and wine, cultivated in the fertile soils of the region.

En route to Taormina, make a pit stop in the spectacular wildlife reserve of Isola Bella where you can take a dip in the in the crystal blue waters of the Grotta Azzura, one of the many caves hidden away in the park.

Spend lunch at your leisure in Taormina, then re-group to check out the highlights of this unique historical town. From the old world charm of the ancient Greek theater, to the breathtaking views of the Bay of Nexus, and the striking architecture of Palazza Corvaja, this town steals the heart of every visitor.
Includes
  • Return transfer by shuttle bus (hotel pick-up and drop off for Catania only)
  • Multilingual tourist guide
  • Trekking and snow shoes (on request)
  • Kit for cave visit
  • Sampling of local products
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Optional visit to Greek Theater

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• The cablecar up to 2,500 meters costs an additional 30€ per person
• The cablecar with off-road bus and volcanic guide up to 2,900 meters (central craters) costs an additional 65€ per person
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 290 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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We had such an amazing experience in this tour. Everything was perfect. Etna Vulcan it’s beautiful and we could explore and do what we wanted going until the 3.340m up in the Vulcan system. Our guide Oracio was amazing, he has good knowledge and it’s very kind. It was an amazing day full of pleasure discovering Etna and Taormina city.

November 21, 2019

Great experience

Our guide, Simone was very knowedgable and happy to answer any questions. We enjoyed the mix of activities on offer and there was plenty of time allowed for each element of the day. We were able to bring a change of footwear and extra layers, which could be left in the mini bus at each stop, if requried. Check the temperature atop Etna though as additional layers (both top and bottom) are essential (certainly in Oct when we went) For those of us unable to brave the wind and snow there was a cabin where we waited. This is not heated but the shear number of us packed in did provide a little warmth!

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October 10, 2019

Danilo was incredible! His English was perfect, he was down to earth, understood all our questions, did not rush anyone. Couldn’t have asked for a better guide! Etna was amazing but beware it’s freezing at the top but you can rent a coat for 4 euros, Danilo will also give you walking boots if you text him the day before which was really helpful. Fantastic day! Thank you Danilo!

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October 6, 2019

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Product ID: 37175