1. Italy
  2. Province of Messina
  3. Taormina
  4. Mount Etna

Mt. Etna South Side Day Tour

Product ID: 13016
Our day tour of Mt. Etna takes you to the top of the highest volcano in Europe. Though the volcano is active, you are safe to take a look at its four craters. We guarantee you will not find a similar volcano in Europe!
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
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English, German, Italian
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  • A scenic tour of the tallest volcano in Europe, Mt. Etna
  • The opportunity to trek the Silvestri's craters
  • Optional ascent to the main crater area
Full description
This is a 1-day excursion by bus from Taormina to Mount Etna. The highest volcano in Europe (10,922 feet high), its smoking peak can be seen throughout Sicily with seismic activity constantly changing its shape. There are 4 distinct craters at the summit area and more than 300 vents on the flanks, ranging in size from small holes to large craters.

You'll be picked up from Taormina at 08:30 AM from where you'll be driven to the Etna refuge. From here, you'll be able to trek around the the Silvestri’s Craters at 1.900 meters. You then have the option (at extra cost) to head to the top of the volcano by funicular and a 4x4-wheel drive.

Eruptions at the summit are extremely spectacular, but rarely threaten the inhabited areas around the volcano. An eruption in 1669 lasted 122 days and destroyed several towns. Since then, there have been countless summit eruptions and at least 60 flank eruptions, the last one in 2008.

At 04:00 PM, you'll be returned you to Taormina. It's a guarantee that you'll never experience a similar volcano in the whole of Europe.
  • Transportation
  • Tour leader
  • VAT and taxes
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks, Meals and other extras
  • Ascent to the main crater area
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Meet at the Taormina Terminal Bus at Via Pirandello. Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before departure time. Pick-up is available in the areas of Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Recanati and Letojanni. Please contact SAT Group office (office opening hours: 08:30 - 13:00 /16:00 - 19:30) to reconfirm the excursion at least the day before and to get more information about the closest pick up point.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Open-toed shoes
Know before you go
• It is recommended to wear warm clothes and closed shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 47 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.1 / 5
  • Organization
    4.2 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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The tour was really very exciting and impressed me, especially since there was a temperature difference of about 20 degrees from the valley to the Etna (at 3000 m altitude). A great experience of the power of nature. The guide was not so linguistically trained, so I didn't understand a lot. I lacked information about the Etna itself. This is also not a hiking tour, you can be transported comfortably by cable car or bus.

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May 30, 2019

Great tour. We have booked the cable car and Unimo extension.

Great tour, cable car and Unimog extension booked. With these extensions it is not cheap, but firstly it is worth every penny and if you consider that the cable car is regularly damaged by lava flows, you should not compare the costs with cable car tariffs in the Alps. The Unimog transport from the mountain station up to 3000m is also extremely valuable because you don't have to trudge across these scree fields, where you have to slide back half a step for each step. Visiting the craters at 3000m above, and stomping around there is already strenuous enough at altitude - you finally come from sea level and are not acclimatized. The tour is super interesting, also for children.

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August 31, 2017

Was great, unfortunately the weather did not cooperate

September 27, 2017

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Product ID: 13016