Day trip

From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

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38 reviews

Activity provider: Kemedia
Day trip

From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

Activity provider: Kemedia

From US$ 114.46 per person

Discover the highest volcano in Europe on a full-day tour. Visit a lava cave in safety and marvel at different volcanic landscapes, such as craters and curious lava rock formations.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English, Spanish, Italian, French
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel or B&B in Taormina.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Visit the Silvestri craters on Mount Etna and see the result of more recent volcanic activity
  • Trek the paths of the Parco dell'Etna or ride the cable car to get breathtaking views
  • Explore a lava cave in safety
  • Sample the typical produce of Sicily at an organic farm
Full description

Depart from Taormina and head to the Rifugio Sapienza on Mount Etna. Learn the history of the volcano and visit the sites of its last eruptions. Choose to trek along the nature paths of the Parco dell’Etna or take the cable car to an altitude of 2,504 meters and continue by 4WD minibus to the Torre del Filosofo. Get stunning views of the scenery stretching down to the sea and admire the craters and old lava flows that characterize the landscape. Explore a lava cave with all the proper equipment. Continue down the mountain and stop at the organic farm for a delicious sampling of local products, including honey, wine, and oil. Discover the different corners of the Alcantara River. Walk down small paths, past cultivated fields, and see the natural pools and waterfalls and continue to get up close to different basalt and unexpected lava formations.

  • Pick-up and drop off by shuttle bus
  • Pick-up is available from the city center
  • Multilingual guide
  • Trekking shoes (on request)
  • Helmets and torches to visit the cave
  • Food and drinks tastings
  • High altitude access to 2,500 meters by cable car (30€ per person)
  • High altitude access to 2,900 meters by cable car and 4WD minibus with guide (68€ per person)
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 38 reviews

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This tour was great! Our guide, Florence, spoke English, French and Italian brilliantly and knew a lot about Etna, so we learned a lot. The river visit was an unexpected highlight and a fantastic inclusion. At Etna, there will be offers of the cable car, electric bike or jeeps to take you further up (for an extra price of at least €68). However, if you don’t choose this, your guide will give you a walking tour around the craters and the site, which we loved. I really recommend this day trip, we loved it and learned a lot.

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March 28, 2023

Our tour guide Giuseppe was great! He picked us up at the hotel and we got a private tour because we were the only ones that booked the tour that day. We went to the top of the Etna and got a tour by a vulcanologist. That was really cool! The only minor thing was that the price of going to the top was not included in the tour price. Our next stops were a lava cave and a little farm where we could taste different kinds of honey, olive oil, and wine. Both were really nice. Our last stop was the Alcantara river. This was amazing to see. We recommend wearing water shoes. Our guide Giuseppe told us a lot of interesting things during the ride.

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March 28, 2023

Es war ein wunderschöner Tagesausflug. Und unser Guide hat sehr viel dazu beigetragen. Er hat so schön erzählt. Es hat richtig Spaß gemacht ihm zuzuhören. Von der Natur und Landschaft waren wir einfach nur verzaubert. Der Besuch auf der kleinen Farm hat uns auch sehr gut gefallen. Viele Köstlichkeiten haben sich auch direkt als Mitbringsel für die daheimgebliebenen angeboten. Der Besuch auf dem Etna war super schön und auch der Fluss eine Naturschönheit. Muss man gesehen haben. Wir hatten super warmes Wetter. Es bietet sich auf jeden Fall an Badesachen und Wasserschuhe mitzunehmen.

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March 28, 2023

Product ID: 136481