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  • Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour from Taormina

    1. Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour from Taormina

    Travel in a small group with an expert guide from Taormina to Etna on this full-day tour. Enjoy a 2-hour hike around the perimeters of extinct craters and along lava-covered paths at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. Visit the volcanic underground, discovering one of the wonders of Etna. Stop for lunch and visit a local winery for a guided tasting of Etna wines (DOC). The 3-course lunch features typical Sicilian antipasti, a main course, and a delicious dessert. Last on the itinerary is a visit to the Alcantara Canyons, formed thousands of years ago when lava flowed into the Alcantara River, from a panoramic view point.

    Our Guide Alex was very passionate and had a Great knowledge about vulcanos. A wonderful combination of exploring Etna. Good Wine and Alcantara gorge. We had a wonderful day.

  • Etna Nature and Flavors: 6-Hour Tour from Taormina

    2. Etna Nature and Flavors: 6-Hour Tour from Taormina

    Visit the tallest volcano in Europe and explore Etna Park on a 6-hour tour from Taormina. The first stop of the day is in the town of Zafferana, known as the town of honey, located on the eastern side of Etna. Visit one of the area’s top organic farms to taste products such as honey, olive oil and wine. Later, put on a helmet and headlamp and head inside a lava cave to learn how lava flows are formed. At the Sapienza Refuge, see both the newest eruptions of the volcano and the old Silvestri craters dating from the 1892 eruption. Trek along a nature path enjoying breathtaking views, before the drive back to Taormina.

    Great tour to see Mount Etna! Our tour guide Andreas was great and very insightful, he answered all our questions and told us many things along the way. Definitely bring something warm to wear. We went mid August and it was about 17 degrees and windy, a lot of people had to buy sweaters in the end, especially if you plan on taking the funicular higher up. The tour of the bee farm was also nice but definitely not the highlight of the trip.

  • From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

    3. From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

    No trip to Sicily would be complete without a visit to the tempestuous territories of Mount Etna. Just jump in the shuttle bus and head out into the lunar landscape of one of the world’s most active volcanoes. At over 6,500 ft (1,981 meters), this majestic mountain dominates the coastline, concealing plenty of treasures within its lair. Starting at Rifugio Sapienza, follow the line of the old Sivestri craters down into a cave of lava formed during the eruption of 1792. From here, head to the province of Zafferana, where you'll visit a local organic farm and sample honey and wine, cultivated in the fertile soils of the region. En route to Taormina, take a look at the spectacular wildlife reserve of Isola Bella from the top. Upon arrival, spend lunch at your leisure, then re-group to check out the highlights of this unique historical town. From the old-world charm of the ancient Greek t...

    Great tour. Maybe a little less Etna and more Taormina. The honey shop should be skipped and therefor we could have more time in Taormina.

  • From Catania: Guided Tour of Mount Etna and Taormina

    4. From Catania: Guided Tour of Mount Etna and Taormina

    Begin your Sicilian adventure with pickup from your hotel at 9 AM. Sit back and relax as you’re transported in comfort to a truly unique location, Mount Etna. Positioned above the convergent plate margin between the cities of Messina and Catania, Mount Etna is the highest-located active volcano in all of Europe. Learn about this fascinating volcano  from your expert guide, and explore its ancient craters and lava caves with helmets and torches. Then move on to explore Taormina at your leisure without a guide. Discover one of the most pristine areas of Sicily, celebrated for its stunning natural landscapes, marine beauty, baroque and medieval monuments, and its quaint Greek theater.

  • Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

    5. Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

    This private adventure begins with hotel pick up from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. In the comfort of an air-conditioned, 4WD vehicle, take on regular and unpaved roads as you ascend to the extinct craters at an altitude of 2,000 meters. Break away from the classic tourist itineraries to discover unique panoramas enriched by stories and fun facts from your experienced guide.  Walk amongst lunar landscapes on Europe's highest active volcano and UNESCO World Heritage Site and view the ancient lava flow, the Etna forest, Valley of Bove, and extinct craters. What's more, put on your helmet and headlamp, provided by your guide, and make your way through a long, underground tunnel, formed by the lava flow.  To ascend the summit area at 3,0000 meters, you may purchase a cable car ticket on the spot. After a full day of touring, hotel drop-off is provided.

    Perfect choice . Private 4x4 pick up . Us 2 and Rosario (local expert) We wanted to have an unique experience, if you visit the ätna minimum ones in your life. The extra cost for the private tour was worth every cent. Thank you for that highlight of our holidays.

  • Etna: Bove Valley Hiking Tour with Volcanologist Guide

    6. Etna: Bove Valley Hiking Tour with Volcanologist Guide

    The park of Etna has been part of the UNESCO heritage list for several years, and it offers a thrilling trekking in a exciting path on the north side of the volcano. Starting at an altitude of about 1 mile, at the Rifugio Sapienza, you'll catch the cablecar up to 1.5 miles above sea level. After, you'll trek to reach the ridge of the Bove Valley, an extensive depression that occupies most of the eastern flank of the volcano, where you can admire many lava flows because today it is a natural basin and protection for the villages at the bottom of the volcano. Once you reach the ridge of the Bove valley you can observe the top of the active crater and be fascinated by the beauty of the volcano. Along the way you will encounter lunar landscapes and rich Etnei woods.

  • Taormina and Catania: Mount Etna Exploration and Cave Tour

    7. Taormina and Catania: Mount Etna Exploration and Cave Tour

    Begin your trip to Etna with an easy walk around the Sartorius Craters, whose eruption is dated back to 1865. This excursion to Mount Etna will allow you to understand the different types of eruptions that can take place on volcanoes, as you undergo an easy trek of about 4 kilometers up and down this interesting fissure eruption site. Afterward, head to the Etna Nord Ski Resort, where a lunch break is planned in a beautiful chalet at 1,900 meters above sea level. Following lunch, embark on a cave exploration of a lava tube. Created by a prehistoric lava flow, it is now enriched by the Etna birch forest which surrounds it. This cave was allegedly used for some time by bandits, whereas others say the tunnel was used to store snow during winter to then be used in the warmer seasons. Whatever the truth behind its common use during the past centuries, it's a wonderful place to explore with c...

    Excellent experience! Our guide, Roberto, was extremely knowledgeable about volcanology and the history of Mt. Etna! Having a personal tour guide to answer any questions and tailor the experience to your own personal skill level and ability was well worth it! Be sure to wear lightweight pants and bring a windbreaker since it’s pretty windy and can get a bit cold. Hiking boots are highly recommended but not a necessity. Overall awesome experience and highly recommended! Thank you, Roberto!

  • From Taormina: Etna Summit Area (2900m), Lunch & Alcantara

    8. From Taormina: Etna Summit Area (2900m), Lunch & Alcantara

    Start your tour with 8:30 AM pickup at your accommodation, or in its close vicinity in Taormina and the surrounding area. You will travel in a small group of no more than 8 people for a more intimate and personalized experience. Drive to Etna South where you will start the ascent, first by cableway and then by off-road vehicles up to 2900/3000 meters. Here you will hike for approximately 45 minutes, walking through deserts of black ashes and extinct craters. Back at 2000 meters, you will be given the proper equipment, such as helmets and torches, to visit one of the striking lava caves of the volcano. Enjoy a typical Sicilian light lunch with local wine and drinks during the midday break. Finally, you will admire the Alcantara Gorges created when thick lava flows invaded the bed of the icy river Alcantara, giving rise to geometrically perfect rocks.

    We had a wonderful time with Antonio. He is really passionate about geology and Etna. He told us so many interesting and funny stories and was answering all our questions. Important for tourists, even if the excursion says "trip to summit", there are little chances that you will get there because most of the time there is some dangerous activity in the biggest crater. Nevertheless, we discovered a lot and enjoyed a nice atmosphere during the day

  • Excursion to Volcano Etna and Afternoon Visit to Taormina

    9. Excursion to Volcano Etna and Afternoon Visit to Taormina

    You will be picked up from your accommodation or agreed upon meeting point in Catania by your guide around 9:00 AM and you will be on your way to Etna. Your guide will introduce you to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena, walking through ancient woods, extinct craters and past lava flows on Etna. You will get to explore a volcanic cave and the surrounding landscape of Edna with your guide. Enjoy a packed lunch with some typical street food products in a nice area on Etna. In case of bad weather you will go to a refuge to have lunch of sandwiches. Then, in the afternoon, you will have a self-guided visit to the historical center of Taormina, where you will admire the Ionian coast from one side and Mount Etna on the other, immersed in a picturesque and unforgettable atmosphere. You will have the chance to visit the elegant avenue that separates the medieval city gates, Porta Cata...

    Our trip to the Etna and Taormina was really great. Our young guide Dario made it even more interesting thanks to his enthousiastic storytelling and amazing knowledge of nature and ecology of the volcano. The picnic and wine at midday were delicious. Also Taormina was wonderful (but very hot!) Highly recommended trip!

  • From Taormina & Catania: Guided Mount Etna Summit Base Hike

    10. From Taormina & Catania: Guided Mount Etna Summit Base Hike

    During this Etna hike, you will visit the most devastating eruption sites which occurred along the years of 2001, 2002/2003. You will also visit a lava channel, a natural conduit formed by flowing lava which moves beneath the hardened surface of a lava flow. Afterwards, visit the great caldera "Valle del Bove" (theater of recent eruptions), which provides a beautiful panorama over the Mediterranean Sea, from Taormina to Catania. At 3,000 meters altitude, you will prize being able to approach the several active craters of the summit, complete with their high plumes of smoke. This is an exclusive route tailored to stay away from the usual crowd of tourists. A picnic break is then planned along the way in the middle of the ash volcanic desert. You will be able to take a break and enjoy a lunch composed of traditional Sicilian specialties. If time allows, the excursion will conclude with a...

    Well worth the money. Seemed expensive at the beginning, but after doing the tour with Roberto, it became clear how experienced he is. The cheaper tours are mostly bus rides up and down the mountain, but not this one. We definitely got our full package Etna-experience. Roberto is a great guide, very easy-going, he made sure everything was fine with us. Recommend!

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What people are saying about Taormina

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 183 reviews

My husband and I decided to take this cruise after our travel agent recommended it to us. We were so thrilled with our experience. We got lucky to be with one other couple who were the sweetest souls and made our experience that much better. Graziella and Saro are so incredibly lovely and charming--they completely made this experience as amazing as it was. The views were amazing, made better by Graziella's knowledge of the island. The boat is kept up meticulously well and we loved having the snacks they provided toward the end of our tour, after we were done swimming. My husband and I are on our honeymoon and they toasted us with prosecco which was such a beautiful gesture. Highly, highly recommend this tour, independently owned by a wonderful wife and husband team.

Although it was raining so much the day we did this excursion, they made it a really pleasant experience! They also send a message before the excursion if we wanted to do the boat tour on another day to have better weather but we didn’t had any service on our phone so we didn’t see the message. Although they didn’t know we were coming they were waiting for us! We got to swim with lots of fish because of the boat driver! We got some snacks and a drink on the boat with a nice talk with them! It was an amazing boat tour and i would recommend everyone to do this one with blue diamond!

Amazing experience - fantastic boat, crew and views. Highly recommend, a highlight of our trip. Recommend bringing snorkelling mask for the swim (buy beforehand, shops along the seafront)

It was a pleasure to be with this lovely boat and crew at these beaches. The service, snack was perfect and hospitality hearty. I perfect choice. Thanks a lot for this spot!!!

Great experience. Boat captain was friendly ans very informative. The food was yummy. Probably need more water on boat but otherwise great day.