Mount Etna Day Trip From Taormina

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  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Via Luigi Pirandello, 36c, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Visit Sicilys famously fiery volcano, the magnificent Mount Etna, on a day trip from Taormina. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Etna is Europes tallest active volcano, and views from it over Parco dell Etna (the national park) are breathtaking. Explore the foothills around the base station on a 3-hour independent hike, or upgrade to include transport to Mount Etnas upper area (at around 3000 meters) and an escorted walking tour of the upper crater.

Highlights

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

Know More about this tour

Start your day trip by boarding your air-conditioned coach in central Taormina, and then relax on the 1-hour journey inland to Mount Etna, the islands brooding and spectacular nemesis. Set in the middle of a national park, Europes highest active volcano dominates the Sicilian landscape around it.

Hop out of your coach at the base station Rifugio Sapienza, and then enjoy roughly three hours at leisure to trek independently around the foothills of Mount Etna. The area is covered with hiking trails that zigzag in all directions, and your host will happily point you in the right direction for the Monti Silvestri Craters two small, yet impressive, craters near the base station.

If you want lunch before or after your hike, visit Rifugio Sapienzas restaurant. Food and drinks are at your own expense, but the restaurant offers a good selection of hot and cold snacks.

Eager to visit Mount Etna upper crater? Upgrade to skip the three hours of independent time and head to approximately 3,000 meters height with an alpine guide, instead. Ascent by cable car up to 2,500 meters and continuing on board jeeps up to the authorized crater zones at approximately 3,000 meters with the assistance of licensed guides of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club); stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in a safety zones according to weather conditions.

Then, return to Taormina in the comfort of your air-conditioned coach. Your day trip finishes with a drop-off at the start point.

Inclusions

Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional multilingual guide

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Wind jackets and boots rental

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Warm clothes and comfortable shoes are recommended

Please contact the supplier to reconfirm the excursion at least the day before and to get more information about the closest pick-up point

The high-altitude ascents are not indicated for heart passengers, asthmatics and pregnant women.

Please note that for your safety, all excursions to Etna do not reach the edge of the main craters and customers are always kept on a safety zone.

This tour is operated in English, German, Italian. All 3 languages will be spoken during the tour.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 22-Nov-2019

    Didn't realise how commercialised etna was. Nice courier, big coach, view was fantastic from the top, we were lucky, no clouds. Enjoyable trip.

  • 07-Oct-2019

    Was no more than a very expensive return bus trip. Poorly organised, long queues, all very rushed and chaotic.

  • 17-Sep-2019

    The trip up Mount Etna is well worth it. Amazing views and if you go the extra to 3000 meters you are almost at the top of the mountain.
    The only thing which let our tour down was the lack of organization. The ticket booth and cable car entry is quite narrow and chaotic. Out tour guide told us to wait for her and then at the top rushed off with half the group to pick up the guide leaving the rest of us behind to sort out our own tour of the craters. I think it actually worked out better for us so my tip is to go round by yourself.

  • 05-Aug-2019

    We stayed a couple of nights in Taormina and this was well worth it. A wonderful old town and we went to the opera one evening in the old Greek Amphitheatre. The Etna trip was well organized and was good value. Unfortunately the mountain had erupted a couple of days before we got there so there was no trip to the actual crater, for safety reasons. The guides took us as high as they were permitted. We enjoyed the trip.

  • 11-Jul-2019

    We went on the upper craters trip which was a great experience. It obviously costs more but I’m not sure the trip is worth doing if you just go to the base station. If you do that, you will basically be left in a coach park surrounded by souvenir shops and food outlets, and left to wander around the lower slopes for an hour. You can walk further up but that would be hard work given conditions underfoot and under the Sicilian sun. The upper trip involves going up the cable car and then being driven further up in rough terrain vehicles. Once near the top, you then get a guided tour around the upper craters (note the tour does not go to the very top crater, too risky - you are about 350 metres below the very top). Amazing views, fascinating landscape. Only hitch was our coach was a little late at the start of the trip (20 minutes) due to traffic, but other than that it was extremely well organised with very clear instructions provided in Italian and English.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    This was a great day excursion. Our guide, Aleksandra, was very pleasant, informative and knowledgable. Unfortunately, the weather was not good. I wish they would have given us the option to decide if we still wanted to go all the way to the top knowing that we couldn't see 2 feet in front of us. I probably would have chosen to go to the 2 lower craters( one of which is a 25 minute walk up). Really nothing to see at the top. If I were to do this again, I would not book in advance and decide upon arrival if I wanted to spend the extra money to go up. No need to do this if there's nothing to see.

  • 25-Oct-2018

    Check the weather forecast before booking - visibility was about 20m as the cloud cover was so low The trip itself was well organised with a guide Litter/fly tipping everywhere

  • 30-May-2018

    Mount Etna is definitely worth seeing. This tour is more a bus ride to Etna than an experience, but is worth doing.

  • 19-Mar-2018

    A great adventure for the whole family. We had a lot of fun visiting Mount Etna, hiking around and taking in the spectacular views. Unique, interesting place, even when it is not skiing season.

  • 19-Mar-2018

    AMAZING guides were fantastic walked on warm larvae from recent eruption. Views were incredible had so much freedom to do what you wanted. Will always remember this trip
    We went up the cable cars in further up via buses, but walking up was available to those fitter than us

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