Day trip

Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

4.3 / 5

98 reviews

Activity provider: TOUR TRANSFER SICILY
Day trip

Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

Activity provider: TOUR TRANSFER SICILY

From US$ 123.93 per person

Visit Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, on a day trip. Explore Taormina, a popular village perched on a cliff overlooking the sea.

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Duration 11 hours
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Italian, English, Spanish


  • Experience the dramatic views of Europe's highest Volcano, Mount Etna
  • Discover interesting facts and the history of Mount Etna with a guide
  • Explore Taormina’s old churches, antique shops, restaurants and cafés
Full description
Europe’s highest active volcano is studied extensively by scientists and is popular with trekkers and nature lovers as well. Visit Mount Etna and the clifftop village of Taormina on this 11-hour excursion from Palermo. From Crateri Silvestri you’ll take the funicular with a local mountain guide all the way up to 2,500 meters above sea level. From this point you’ll experience unforgettable panoramic views. Just south of Taormina is the nature reserve of Isola Bella, and further south you’ll see the popular seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Visit the village of Taormina, a 45-minute drive from Mount Etna. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, the village features an ancient Greek theater, many old churches, antique shops, lively bars and fine restaurants.
  • Driver and guide
  • Hotel or port pick-up and drop off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entrance fees to museums and other attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities for both guide and driver (recommended)
  • Funicular ticket
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • You are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and clothing for your day excursion to Mount Etna and Taormina.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 98 reviews

Review summary

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The driver of our vehicle, Sebastian, was professional and courteous and as helpful as he could be, given his limited English. However the so called guide, Joshua, who was driving the other vehicle, barely spoke a sentence to us all day, giving no guidance beyond very basic instructions. We expected more information and general attention from him.

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March 26, 2023

Great day, just be prepared for lots of driving. When booking it would not give me the option to enter my hotel pick up location which caused some anxiety as I wasn't sure I was being picked up or not, however I was contacted the day before the trip and was told that I would be picked up. When we got to Mt Etna we were all told we had 90mins to which we all agreed. I came back to the van after exploring Mt Etna for 90mins, however there were two people from our group that never returned. We waited in the carpark for over an hour which caused lots of anger for all involved. The tour guide (Sebastian) did everything he could have possibly done to resolve the situation and he apolgised to us all which I appreciated but also it was not his fault. I think going forward it must be made absolutely clear that you need to be back at a given time othwrwise it throws the whole tour and schedule off for everyone.

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March 26, 2023

There was miscommunication regarding pick up location. Make sure to double-check a day or two before trip. Also, there is missing approximately timeline of trip (ours was sometnihg like this): 3.5 hours drive to ETNA 1.5 hours at ETNA 1 hour drive to Taormina 2.5 hours at Taormina 3.5 hours drive back to Palermo

March 26, 2023

Product ID: 63336