Day trip

From Catania/Taormina: Mount Etna Cablecar & 4WD Tour

4.2 / 5

13 reviews

Activity provider: Go-Etna Excursions

From Catania/Taormina: Mount Etna Cablecar & 4WD Tour

Activity provider: Go-Etna Excursions

From US$ 197.05 per person

Discover the highest, active volcano in Europe on a day-trip from Catania or Taormina in a 4x4 vehicle with an expert guide. Take a cable car to the top of Mount Etna to witness the craters at the summit area and admire the stunning views below.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
French, Italian
Pickup included
Your accommodation in the area around Taormina or Catania


  • Drive in a special 4x4 vehicle and ride a cable car to the summit of Mount Etna
  • Admire the breathtaking views from a height of 3000 meters
  • Learn about the geology of the area from a volcano expert
  • Enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch in a chalet at the Rifugio Sapienza
  • Explore a real lava cave with helmets and torches
Full description
After being picked up from your accommodation in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, set off in the direction of Mount Etna. Embark on an adventurous drive up to the volcano, passing by the small towns of Pedara, Nicolosi, and Zafferana Etnea and cold lava fields. Reach the Rifugio Sapienza Etna starting point where the next portion of the tour begins. Your English-speaking guide will explain to you the most interesting phenomena of the active volcano and about the plants and animals of the region. Climb into a cable car and soar up to an altitude of 2500 m. Next, continue upwards to 2900m in a special jeep. Explore the area at the foot of the main crater known as Torre del Filosofo. Marvel at the stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea if it is a clear day. During a 40-minute tour of the area, your expert alpine/volcanology guide will explain all about the geology of the area and how the hot smoking craters were formed after the 2002-2003 eruption.  After this, return to the Rifugio Sapienza to enjoy a traditional Sicilian lunch at a chalet. Once you've filled your belly, get kitted up with helmets and flashlights and begin on an unforgettable adventure inside a real lava cave. At the end of the tour,  you will be driven back to your accommodation in Catania or Taormina.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off in the Catania and Taormina area
  • English-speaking guide
  • Alpine/volcano expert guide at the summit
  • Equipment like trekking poles, helmet, and torch for the cave visit
  • Cable car and unimog ticket
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People with respiratory issues
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

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The tour is well organized and really interesting if you want to experience Mount Etna. We were picked up right at the hotel in the morning and have already learned a lot about Etna and its landscape with history on the way. The ride on 2500m by car and cable car goes smoothly and yet there are always 5-15min to explore for yourself, breaks etc. Once at the top, you wait briefly for the four-wheel drive vehicles and are then handed directly to an experienced volcanologist who will also give you another look 4 languages Etna explained in more detail. Back again there is a good and more than sufficient lunch and then you are comfortably brought back to the hotel door. Francesco, grazie mille and see you next time!

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September 30, 2019

Awesome! Our guide Francesco was just wonderful. Kind, funny and passionate, we had a truly unforgettable time. In addition there were very few people which made the experience even more memorable and enjoyable. I really recommend this experience.

July 4, 2020

We wasted about an hour at the beginning waiting for another mini bus to arrive. Two children (10 and 5) were definitely bored. Also wasted about twenty Minutes at mount Etna cable car for unknown reason.

November 1, 2019

Product ID: 220035