Day trip

From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

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Activity provider: Etna Experience Excursion
Day trip

From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

Activity provider: Etna Experience Excursion
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From US$ 103.03 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

Free cancellation
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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 2000 meters
  • Enjoy a 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.

  • Naturalistic guide (i.e. Geologists, biologists, agronomists)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Catania (or in a agreed meeting point close to your accommodation)
  • Lunch
  • Water
  • Glass of wine
  • Hiking equipment (helmets, torches, hiking boots, wind jackets, and snowshoes)
  • Transfer to Taormina
  • Extra food and beverages
  • Entrance tickets
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with low level of fitness

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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 77 reviews

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It was a great trip with 5 other travelers and our guide Floriana who was friendly, helpful and full of joy. We had a short walk to the refugio and the Silvestri craters followed by simple lunch with schiacciata and wine. Then we had off to Taormina where we had 2 hours to wonder around.

February 19, 2023

We had a private tour for 2 couples and it was well worth it. Our driver/guide was very informative and professional and yet friendly. He arrived at pick up point at a timely manner. It was great experience to trek the slopes of Mt Etna, explored the small cave created by the lava. The lunch at a vineyard with wine tasting/pairing was fabulous. There was enough time given to spend at Taormina. Absolutely happy with this tour. Thank you Andrea and Etna Experience.

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October 10, 2022

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

Product ID: 189042