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Sicily: Etna Volcano & Taormina Tour

Sicily: Etna Volcano & Taormina Tour

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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

4.3 /5

based on 38 reviews

Review summary

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It is an excursion that in the end you have to spend 68 euros more when you get to the Etna volcano (Cable car + buses to the craters + guide) otherwise you do not see anything. They only give you one hour to visit Taormina, in which you don't have time to eat or visit any monument

July 28, 2022

We booked the Etna day tour from Palermo as a family. Tour guide Marco is super friendly, speaks English. Meeting point was 6.40 am at the Politeama Hotel. We were there on time, 4 other guests weren't. We took the bus to the hotel of the sleepy guests and picked them up. The trip to Mount Etna takes 3.5 hours due to traffic jams.

June 19, 2022

The tour is nice, although it is more a prepaid taxi than a tour. The time at Etna is too short to have a relaxed experience. We would have preferred a longer stay there. Taormina is very nice. Overall a good, yet long, experience. Marco deserves extra credits as he was very forgiving when we arrived back at the bus 50 minutes late (as a result of buses not showing up and delays as the cablecar was not working). Our driver was very Italian, using the horn as much as possible :-)

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June 18, 2022

Product ID: 396900