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Mount Etna Half-Day Tour

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Get close and personal with Sicily’s most famous volcano on this six-hour, small group tour. Set off from Taormina — hotel pickups and drop-offs in the vicinity are included upon request — and arrive at Mount Etna, where you’ll spend the day walking through craters, exploring a lava cave, and learning about the volcano’s past eruptions at max. 2000 meters of altitude. Afterwards, travel to a local chalet where you will be provided with a snack, complemented by wine, cake and an almond wine taster for dessert.
  • Great-value Mount Etna tour with transportation, guide, drinks, and snacks
  • Visit lava fields and underground lava caves
  • Small-group tour ensures you get personal attention from your guide 
  • Opt for hotel pickup and drop-off
What to Expect
Begin your tour with an optional hotel morning pickup in Taormina. Meet your guide and small tour group and get on the road for the roughly 75-minute journey to Mt. Etna. Stop at the foot of the volcano and take a short hike across lava fields. Along the way, your guide tells you about Etna’s geological features and history. Afterward, don a helmet and grab a flashlight to head underground into a lava cave, which you also explore with your guide. The last stop is a nearby chalet, where you lunch on a Sicilian sandwich, local wine, cake, and almond wine. Relax on the journey back to Taormina and finish the tour with a drop-off at your hotel.
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Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Please provide your accommodation address: we will arrange a convenient meeting point.

Giardini Naxos
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Helmet and flashlight
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Free rental of hiking boots and jackets
  • Expert Naturalistic Guide
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infant seats available
  • Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Tours in other languages (French, Spanish and German) can only be arranged if received with adequate notice.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • We suggest dressing according to the season (consider that the temperature on Etna is usually lower)
  • Please let us know your shoe sizes if you require hiking boots
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Our half day tour on Mount Etna was the focus of our trip to Sicily and we weren't disappointed. Georgio, our guide, was very knowledgeable and informative and looked after us (a group of eight) well with patience and humour. Thanks for a very enjoyable...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Eagle301
Reviewed 6 days ago

We chose Etna people based on the reviews and we made the right choice. Roberto, our guide, was friendly, very knowledgeable and funny! Our group was composed of people of different ages but it did not hold us up. We managed to do everything that...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank FMSh
Reviewed 6 days ago

Far exceeded our expectations in every respect. A pleasure from the very first moment being picked up in our minibus. A group of six who blended together very well and were led by the guide Tony. Tony is a natural guide and leader. Courteous, respectful,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank MBURNHAMBurnham
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely and personal guide, Giuseppe, that guided us through the day. Perfect half day trip! Highly recommend it!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Venture826390
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were looking forward to seeing Mt Etna before we embarked on our Europe trip. Even though this tour did not include the 4x4 excursion (probably at a higher altitude), we learned, experienced, and enjoyed more aspects with this tour. Pick-up very accommodating, tour guide...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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September 29, 2019|
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Response from winters1 | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend getting a taxi to the cable car in Taormina, where Etna people pick up, it shouldn’t cost much as the distance between the two towns is not great. The buses are in general really good, we only experienced 1... More
June 7, 2019|
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Response from traceylevans | Reviewed this property |
I would ring the office and speak to them directly. Very good English speaking if your Italian not too good. There were young couples on some of the tours so I don't see it being a problem. Good luck - brilliant tours.
January 11, 2019|
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Response from Jim H | Reviewed this property |
We too booked it in Taormina so I agree that best might be to check website. Note that Catania is South of the mountain and Taormin seems to concentrate more on "its" north/east side. I think that Catania is in fact a... More
Key Details
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: Italian
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