Day trip

From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

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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$ 94.82 per person

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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


  • 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

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.

  • 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

    4.8 /5

    based on 66 reviews

    Review summary

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    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

    It was a beautiful experience, we had never been to a volcano before and we were lucky to have gone there for the first time with an extremely knowledgeable guide like Giovanni. I highly recommend this experience and ask specifically for Giovanni because thanks to his passion he made us spend a fantastic day.

    August 17, 2021

    Product ID: 189042