Taormina and Catania: Mount Etna Exploration and Cave Tour

4.9 / 5

23 reviews

Activity provider: Etna Unlimited

Taormina and Catania: Mount Etna Exploration and Cave Tour

Activity provider: Etna Unlimited

From US$ 75.50 per person

Explore Mount Etna on this exciting off-road tour and trek. On this half-day visit to the highest active volcano in Europe, you will experience sensational views, explore volcanic cave and drive off road, exploring the region.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Italian
Pickup optional
Your hotel in Catania
Private or small groups available


  • Walk along 8 aligned craters of a dormant volcano
  • Visit a lava cave equipped with helmets and flashlights
  • Take in the nearby scenery of birch forests
  • Taste some of Etna's produce including honey, wines, liquors, and more
Full description
Begin your trip to Etna with an easy walk around the Sartorius Craters, whose eruption is dated back to 1865. This excursion to Mount Etna will allow you to understand the different types of eruptions that can take place on volcanoes, as you undergo an easy trek of about 4 kilometers up and down this interesting fissure eruption site. Afterward, head to the Etna Nord Ski Resort, where a lunch break is planned in a beautiful chalet at 1,900 meters above sea level. Following lunch, embark on a cave exploration of a lava tube. Created by a prehistoric lava flow, it is now enriched by the Etna birch forest which surrounds it. This cave was allegedly used for some time by bandits, whereas others say the tunnel was used to store snow during winter to then be used in the warmer seasons. Whatever the truth behind its common use during the past centuries, it's a wonderful place to explore with caving equipment such as helmets and torches to ensure a safe visit. If time allows, the excursion will conclude with a free tasting of Etna's finest products, including honey, wine, liqueurs and much more at a local producer in Zafferana Etnea. This village of honey sits along the Etna Wine Route, which will lead you back to your accommodation where you will be dropped off at the conclusion of your tour. Alternatively, upgrade your experience to a private tour and enjoy an itinerary adapted to your desires, specifications, and pace. The guide will follow a tailor-made itinerary based on your requests, a route that can also be reviewed during the day.
  • Hotel or meeting point pickup and drop-off (depending on option chosen)
  • Bilingual guide
  • Private or shared tour (depending on option chosen)
  • Cave exploration equipment
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Outside Bar Très Joli, Via Aldo Moro, 39, 95029 Viagrande CT, Italy

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Wear weather appropriate clothing
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 23 reviews

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C'est une experience intéressante bien que pas extraordinaire. Roberto parle un excellent français ce qui est un point fort. Je deconseille la rando - car c'est une vraie rando - pour les enfants en dessous de 12 ans : vous pouvez avoir de la pluie en haut alors qu'il faisait beau en bas et la marche peut s'avérer éprouvante pour de très jeunes randonneurs. CONSEIL: vous apprécierez de vrais chaussures de randonnée car la roche volcanique ne pardonne pas d'autres type de chaussures. Les caps sont fournies en cas de pluie mais mettez un pantalon technique léger et déperlant de préférence que vous apprécierez fort bien en cas de pluie. A savoir pour éviter mauvaise surprise: dans la voiture nous avions 5 places dont 2 places à l'arrière (coffre) qui ne sont pas confortables et peuvent être valablement utilisées comme places que pas les plus jeunes voyageurs. Je recommande Tres Joli Café a la fin de balade!

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May 14, 2022

Loads of fun and well thought out, our guide picked us up from our hotel and Taormina and drove us up to several awesome places on Mt Etna. There was moderate hiking involved and the guide was super informed about volcano science and geology, which made each stop very interesting. The off-roaring was also very fun and the overall experience was great! Would recommend for anybody looking for a ln adventurous half day at Etna

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November 28, 2021

My husband and I had a great time with our great guide Guglielmo! He picked us up in Taormina. We've got a lot of information about Etna, the all along existing danger living around a vulcano and how Etna controls the life of the citicens that live there. I highly recommend the Tour! Keep doing a great job like this! It was nice getting to know you. With best regards!

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September 19, 2021

Product ID: 194816