Day trip

From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

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54 reviews

Activity provider: Etna Experience Excursion

From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

Activity provider: Etna Experience Excursion
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From US$ 100.40 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

Free cancellation
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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


  • 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 2,000 meters
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch made of typical Sicilian products, water, and a glass of wine
  • Discover the city of Taormina in the afternoon
Full description
You will be picked up from your accommodation or agreed upon meeting point in Catania by your guide around 9:00 AM and you will be on your way to Etna. Your guide will introduce you to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena, walking through ancient woods, extinct craters and past lava flows on Etna. You will get to explore a volcanic cave and the surrounding landscape of Edna with your guide. Enjoy a packed lunch with some typical street food products in a nice area on Etna. In case of bad weather you will go to a refuge to have lunch of sandwiches. Then, in the afternoon, you will have a self-guided visit to the historical center of Taormina, where you will admire the Ionian coast from one side and Mount Etna on the other, immersed in a picturesque and unforgettable atmosphere. You will have the chance to visit the elegant avenue that separates the medieval city gates, Porta Catania and Porta Messina, explore the beautiful view down the alleys and to admire the extraordinary Greek theater. After your visit to Taormina, you will make your way back to Catania arriving around 6:30 PM.
  • Tour guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Glass of wine
  • Hiking equipment (helmets, torches, hiking boots, wind jackets, and snowshoes)
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    • People with heart problems
    • Wheelchair users
    • People with low level of fitness
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You must fill out a travel information form
    • Masks are required while indoors
    • A FFP2 mask (for participants over 14 years old) or a mouth-nose protector (for participants from 6-13 years old) must be worn in all indoor areas. We also recommend wearing a mask outdoors if a safe distance cannot be maintained

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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

    4.7 /5

    based on 54 reviews

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    Our trip to the Etna and Taormina was really great. Our young guide Dario made it even more interesting thanks to his enthousiastic storytelling and amazing knowledge of nature and ecology of the volcano. The picnic and wine at midday were delicious. Also Taormina was wonderful (but very hot!) Highly recommended trip!

    August 1, 2020

    We had a great time walking around the craters of Etna and inside a lava cave. Our guide, Maurizio, picked us up from our hotel and gave us a great tour, not only in Mt. Etna but also during the whole trip. He also provided useful advice for our free walk in Taormina which was very beautiful (although very crowded). We where then again dropped outside our hotel . It was all in all a very nice and comfortable experience.

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    December 31, 2019

    It was a wonderful experience to have had the opportunity to get so close to Etna Volcano and visit extinct craters, lava flows, etc. We also entered a volcanic cave. After a very good snack, we went to visit Taormina, a very beautiful city, with several places of interest, especially the Greek Theater, whose buildings date back to the 5th century BC. Congratulations to the Denise Guide who, in addition to the friendliness, punctuality and competence, gave us many classes of everything that involves the Etna Volcano.

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    November 29, 2019

    Product ID: 189042