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Sicily: Etna Volcano & Taormina Tour

Sicily: Etna Volcano & Taormina Tour

From US$ 112.78 per person

Visit Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, and the town of Taormina on this tour starting in Palermo, Sicily.

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Duration 12 hours
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English, Italian, Spanish


  • Discover Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe
  • Climb Mount Etna (optional)
  • Visit the scenic town of Taormina
  • See the Silvestri Craters, the Greek-Roman Theater, and more
  • Enjoy free time to explore at your own pace
Full description
Discover Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe (3.345 mt), and the town of Taormina that sits on the slopes of Mount Tauro on this guided tour. Enjoy plenty of free time to see the Silvestri Craters, Taormina’s Greek-Roman Theater, and more. Meet with staff and the rest of the group at the meeting point in Palermo, then depart to Etna. Upon arrival, enjoy free time to visit the Silvestri Craters and other sites. Optionally, you can also climb Mount Etna in two different ways: • Ascend to 2,500 meters: From Funivia dell’Etna, ride a cable car up to 2,500 meters (at Montagnola). Upon arrival at 2,500 meters, you can walk around, hike, or enjoy a drink at the bar overlooking the area. • Ascend to the top from 2,500 meters up to 2,920 meters: From Montagnola at around 2,500 meters, jump on board the UNI-MOG (mini-coach WD4X4) to reach 2,800 meters with a licensed Etna guide. Then, hike to reach 2,920 meters. Afterward, depart for Taormina, a scenic town on the slopes of Mount Tauro (204 m). This stop is not guided, so you are free to explore independently at your own pace. Visit the Greek-Roman Theater and admire the views of Etna and Taormina Bay. Later, head back to Palermo to be dropped off.
  • Multilanguage staff
  • Transportation
  • Meals and beverages
  • Entry tickets to monuments (to be paid on site)
  • Etna ascent fee
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Please wait outside hotel Politeama Palace. Be ready at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Windbreaker
  • Closed-toe shoes

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  • Opening hours are subject to change
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 29 reviews

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We had brilliant trip to Etna and Taormina. Everything was organised perfect, our driver and guide Lora did their best to keep us happy. We got loads of information about Etna, Taormina and Sicily. We really enjoyed it. This trip is highly recommended if you visiting Sicily and staying in Palermo.

June 11, 2022

Departed on time, nice bus, driver and very nice guide Titiano! Cable car is recommended; there was a lot of wind, so sunglasses for the fabric, not super cold, long pants, sweater is desired. Shoes with a profile sole are also recommended. Taormina : 1 1/2 hours is just enough for a visit to the amphi theater and a quick lunch, but enough for a nice impression.

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June 2, 2022

It was nice to be able to go to Mount Etna and the city of Taormina on a day trip. Moreover, because the number of participants was small, I was able to drive around by wagon. Of course I didn't have time to go to the summit of Mount Etna, but I could get to the middle by cable car. I also had time to go see a small crater. The city of Taormina also had time to go around the main points. Since both places were free to go around, I think this tour is more like a shared taxi than a tour. The driver and guide also provided brief explanations and answers to questions. It was a bold drive, so I was a little nervous.

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August 26, 2021

Product ID: 396900