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From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Full-Day Trip by 4x4

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From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Full-Day Trip by 4x4

From US$ 144.66 per person

Discover the highest volcano in Europe on a full day off-road tour to Mount Etna. Take an easy hike along old lava flows and craters as you admire the stunning volcanic landscape. Visit the famous Alcantara Gorges and take a refreshing dip in the river.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English, French, Italian
Pickup included
Your hotel, campsite, pension, holiday cottage, railway station, or port in the area around Taormina and Catania


  • Experience a thrilling 4x4 tour of the Mount Etna volcano region
  • Travel on off-road routes through the incredible scenery
  • Explore a real lava cave with helmets and torches
  • Enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch in a picturesque setting
  • Visit the famous Alcantara Gorges and take a refreshing swim
Full description
After being picked up from your accommodation in Sicily, climb into an off-road 4x4 vehicle and head in the direction of Mount Etna. Make a stop to take an easy walk to the impressive Monte Fontana and visit the famous valley Valle del Bove. Wander amongst old and new lava flows and walk on extinct craters. Visit a real lava cave equipped with helmets and flashlights to see where ice was produced centuries ago. The guide will show you a great variety of flora and fauna: plants and animals which populate the active volcano. While walking through ancient forests, learn about the vegetation and wildlife of Mount Etna. Make the last stop at the cold lava streams of Piano Provenzana, which was destroyed during the last big eruption in 2002. Enjoy typical Sicilian food at a chalet including appetizers, a main course of pasta, dessert, water, bread, wine, and coffee. Then, visit the famous Alcantara Gorges, which were formed millions of years ago on the north side of the volcano. Between the cold lava flows runs a small mountain river. Here you can walk barefoot in the crystal clear ice cold water of the canyon or (during summer) have a refreshing swim. On the way to the canyon, pass by the idyllic Sicilian mountain village of Castiglione di Sicilia. Admire views of Motta Camastra in the distance which is situated on a slope. At the end of the tour get driven back to your accommodation.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to the Alcantara Gorges
  • 1 small bottle of water per person
  • Equipment like trekking poles, helmet, and torches if requested
  • Typical Sicilian lunch
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with mobility impairments
    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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    Meeting point

    If you are staying outside the area of Catania or Taormina, it possible to meet up at the highway exit (if you are traveling with your own car). Address: Stazione Di Servizio, Via Stabilimenti, 282/B, 95010 Santa Venerina CT, Italy.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Smoking
    • Luggage or large bags
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    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 24 reviews

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    Enjoyable day

    We enjoyed the tour. The guide was very nice and knowledgeable. The only problem was that when we were picked up, another family was already in the jeep and we had to sit on the benches in the back. We are in our sixties and it was quite uncomfortable. The guide saw this and suggested we switch in the middle. There were even supposed to be 2 other people on the benches with us which would have been really crowded and impossible. Luckily they found them 2 empty seats in another jeep for the morning but in the afternoon there were 4 people on tiny benches

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    October 20, 2019

    Super beautiful, interesting excursion with optimal accompaniment. Thank you

    The guide and the driver are totally good. Great knowledge, friendly, competent, helpful. We really enjoyed the excursion and learned a lot of interesting things about Mount Etna. The food was great and at the end the visit to the Alcantarra Gorge was simply awesome. Many thanks for everything! 100% recommendable. Big thanks from Switzerland, Jürg and Fränzi

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    June 14, 2019

    Very good excursion

    Interesting visits. Very welcoming guide (Lorenzo) who gives very good information and anecdotes.

    August 15, 2019

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