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Mount Etna Half-Day Tour - Small Groups From Taormina
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Mount Etna Half-Day Tour - Small Groups From Taormina

By Etna People
Recommended by 98% of travelers
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About
Towering Mount Etna is one of Sicily’s most popular tourist destinations, drawing many sightseeing tours daily. This tour stands out by including round-trip transportation, a guide, snacks, and an almond wine tasting at a mountain chalet. After a casual hike through lava fields and a visit to underground lava caves, you’ll come away having seen more of the volcano than most sightseeing tourists.
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Ages 2-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 6h
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Live guide: English, Italian
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Highlights
  • 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

  • Pickup and drop-off nearby the hotel
  • Helmet and flashlight
  • Snacks and beverages
  • Free rental of hiking boots and jackets
  • Expert Naturalistic Guide
What's not included
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

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.

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Please provide your accommodation address/hotel in the Taormina - Giardini Naxos area: we will contact you to confirm the pickup outside/nearby the hotel or at a convenient meeting point (for Castelmola, Trappitello and Letojanni we have fixed meeting points).
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • Giardini Naxos
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Infant seats available
        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Near public transportation
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 14484P2

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options are available, please specify any dietary requirements in the booking request
        • Tours in other languages (French and Spanish) can be arranged upon request, if received with adequate notice.
        • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
        • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
        • 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
        • The trip is not recommended for participants suffering form heart diseases or other serious medical conditions
        • Customers will be contacted the day before the tour to confirm the pickup details (hotel if possibile, or in a meeting point nearby).
        • We do not recommend participation for pregnant women after the 4th month.
        • 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 15 travelers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 14484P2

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        • You'll get picked up
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        • Pass by
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          Stop: 90 minutes
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        • You'll return to the starting point
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        • Etna People
          1,540
          Taormina, Italy
          Joined in August 2013
        • J2785WAdavidp
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great day out with Etna people !
          Etna people deliver and then some , my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our day out , lava caves , ascending Mt Etna , the winery and lunch which was a fantastic array of local foods and finally topping off our day at the stunningly unique Alcantara gorge . Overall great value for money and a fantastic start to our Sicilian adventure, special shout out to our awesome guide Roberto who kept us all entertained with his stories and information .
          Written May 15, 2024
        • M_B_Jenn1ings
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Perfect Day on Etna
          Wonderful tour of Etna! We chose a lighter hike with a cave visit, wine lunch and Alcantara gorge option. In hindsight, I might have picked a longer, more athletic hike, but it was such a lovely day, I cannot complain. Our guide Nic was fantastic! Very knowledgeable about the area, geology, biology - we really learned a lot about the volcano and the natural history. Nic's also funny, kind, and a safe driver on the mountain roads. Would 100% use this company again. Elisa was very accommodating in the office as well, as I asked many question. Oh, and the lunch, especially for a commercial tour, was amazing. The vineyard with which Etna People works is stunning and their natural Etna wines were a treat.
          Written May 14, 2024
        • B_Marcin
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Etna tastes great!
          Etna People did a great job selecting the wineries to visit. We were offered an ample variety of tastes and an insight into local wine production. Roberto is a marvelous guide, attentive yet humorous, with a deep affection towards places he shows.
          Written May 12, 2024
        • 402richardm
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent company
          We did three tours with Etna People. All three were really good, we were picked up near where we were staying. Our drivers, Alfio and Ricardo were excellent; very friendly and helpful. It was really nice to be in small groups. I would thoroughly recommend this company.
          Written May 11, 2024
        • lwillis
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Highly rated trip - book now!
          I never write reviews - ever! This trip is a must do if you are in the area. Tony picked us up at a central point in Taormina and from the minute we met him until our goodbye hours later, he passionately informed us about all things Etna and Sicily. His enthusiasm was something else and what a genuinely lovely, caring person. This trip gives you a variety of experiences: an easy climb of Etna to see the magnificent craters, a tasty traditional lunch with wine, cave exploration and a visit to Alcantara gorge. Every stop was fabulous and even our 11 year old son who is normally difficult to please had a great time! Etna People were really good to deal with and even gave me a discount for booking another trip with them, and I didnt even ask! Book this trip, you will not be disappointed.
          Written May 10, 2024
        • cincotriptalk
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Awesome day on Mt. Etna
          I was having a hard time finding a tour company to Mt. Etna that included hiking and a pick up in Toarmina. I happily came to find Etna People. The staff is amazing. They respond to emails promptly. They also promptly answered all questions and concerns about the hike itself, what to wear, dietary restrictions etc. Communication skills were excellent. Our guide Nick was outstanding. So very interesting and knowledgeable. Guided hike to Etna and lava caves did not disappoint. Nick was a wealth of knowledge. While waiting a few minutes for a small group of late tourists he added extra information otherwise not included in the tour. Not a moment was wasted. He also made sure we followed guidelines to maintain safety. Lunch at the winery after the hike was truly delicious and filling. It was top notch. The visit to the Gorge was an added bonus and completed the day. Many thanks to our tour guide Nick for picking us up and dropping off at our hotel also. Thanks to Valeria, Elisa and Giulia for helping us with questions and details and anything else we needed. Would highly recommend this tour company. Thanks for an awesome day!!
          Written April 20, 2024
        • Venture19508782709
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great experience!!!
          The best trip while being on Sicily! Etna + lunch & wine + Alcantara - so great experience. Roberto is a great guide, very funny and knowledgeable. Very interesting day 🖤
          Written April 12, 2024
        • Kate S
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          An amazing and memorable experience with Toni our fabulous guide and Etna People, would 100% recommend.
          What a great experience a fantastic small tour group. There were only 5 of us on the tour as it was pre season, but with a maximum of 8 you really do get the personal touch. Tony our guide had lived all his life on Etna and studied natural sciences at Catania university so was an incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of the volcano, the local area, people and places. We learnt so much. The walking was very easy you just need good trail shoes or walking boots but they do provide those included in the price if you don’t have them with you. The lunch stop and wines we tasted with it were good and the light lunch was lovely but the real focus and highlight was Etna itself. We thought the price was really great value for money, we’d seen other tours which were considerably more expensive, bigger groups and without the wine tasting. Would 100%. Recommend this Etna people tour. So much so that if we’re back in Sicily we’ll go on the Etna summit trip. Thanks Tony and Etna People for a great and memorable. experience.
          Written April 6, 2024
        • mikujamussu
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Nice trek, but disappointing lunch
          The Alcantara gorge and craters of Etna were impressive and interesting to see. Our guide was very helpful towards all the guests during the day. He explained everything thoroughly and without rush and made extra stops during the drive to explain us more things about the scenery. However, the promised 3-course lunch was a disappointment. The wines were introduced in a rush. It wasn’t a 3-course meal, it was just one tapas food platter and then for dessert a small dry sesame stick. The platter itself was quite good, but I wish the dessert was something sweet and local like a cannolo instead of the dry, inedible sesame stick. We would also prefer if they didn’t advertise a 3-course lunch, when there isn't one. In that case we wouldn’t have been so disappointed with what we actually got. I am deducting 1 star because of the lunch.
          Written April 1, 2024
        • alisona389
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Nicola our guide was passionate about our environment and it was so easy to follow and learn from him.
          The whole experience on Mt Etna was awesome. The wine tasting with lunch was delicious and as you are a small group, this works well. The whole itinerary was perfectly timed.
          Written March 28, 2024
        • joeyrm7
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great Alternative to another tour's crowded wine tasting
          We have been to the craters of Mt Etna and a tasting at Gambino on a prior trip so we were looking for a wine tasting that offered something different. This tour fit the bill perfectly. For Starters, our guide Roberto was great; personable, informative, and a genuinely nice guy. After about an hours ride from Taormina, we stopped off at a really nice old village where Roberto lead us through the village to ancient churches and a fortress, all the time sharing their backgrounds. There are also great views of Etna from there as well. After that we went for 2 wine tastings one of which included a full lunch and both included a tour of the facilities. Not a big fan of Etna wines but we enjoyed the tastings. We know this isn't the highlight Etna and Gambino tour, but with this one you can enjoy a tasting without the crowds that Gambino draws plus walk through a nice small town. Highly recommended.
          Written March 13, 2024
        • MMacabeo
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing day and views on Etna
          We had an amazing day doing this tour in march. The weather was supposed to be bad, but it turned out really well. The landscapes and views were stunning and we took a lot of pictures. There were 8 people in our group. Roberto, our guide was very knowledgeable and funny - thank you for the amazing day.
          Written March 10, 2024
        • donnamariejk
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Best Etna Tour
          This company is outstanding. Guide was interesting and well educated in geology and culture of the region. Equipment supplied for lava cave exploration and small groups so not herded into a large bus. Highly recommended!
          Written March 8, 2024
        • Simos B
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          From tired to drunk!!! 😜
          We took the wine tasting tour with the full etna experience, it is a unique experience that i definitely enjoyed and recommend for everyone visiting Catania
          Written November 22, 2023
        • Rachael B
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing
          Daniele (our tour guide) was absolutely amazing! Extremely kind, knowledgeable, and caring. I was slightly afraid of heights and he helped me immensely! He knew so many facts and truly was passionate about the area. The description of the listing doesn’t do a justice- it exceeded our expectations!
          Written November 10, 2023
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        Ana C
        Bucharest, Romania72 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mar 2023
        Amazing Etna North side tour with Etna People! We were picked-up in the morning near our accommodation in Taormina for the tour. Our guide Giuseppe had a good knowledge of the area and he was able to share insightful information about the history of Etna, about agriculture, former eruptions, geology and much more. It was a pleasure listening to him. We had excellent weather mid-March, sunny and with low wind, so we were able to do trekking in Monti Sartorius area. It is amazing how the snow covers the lava flanks, the mix between white and black is truly outstanding. The tour is easy and you don't need to be sportive to feel comfortable. I highly recommend Etna People excursions, as they are super responsive & transparent about what you can expect from their tours. I had a lot of questions prior to the tour and they provided all the answers. For those of you who are reluctant to book a trip to Etna during winter/snow periods, don't hesitate and try it out - it's an amazing experience. Each season offers a different perspective of the nature, and for sure, during winter, you can't deny the beauty. At the end of the tour, we stopped at a winery for some delicious snacks.
        Thank you Etna People & our guide Giuseppe! You are doing an amazing job for all the tourists interested to explore Etna volcano!
        Written March 17, 2023
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        Gavin D
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2020 • Couples
        My wife and I jumped on this tour as part of our anniversary trip to Sicily. Huge 5 stars for our guide Roberto, super friendly guy, good sense of humor, and very knowledgeable about the whole area.

        We felt like the tour was really good value for money, with a nice walking tour around various craters of Etna, and of course, a great lunch with a few cheeky glasses of wine.

        Would recommend for people looking for a fun time to explore a bit of Etna!
        Written August 31, 2020
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        Kuldeep K
        London, UK118 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We had a lovely half day tour and Toni as a guide was very knowledgable and brilliant. We understood a lot about Big Mamma Etna and heard several stories from Toni who is passionate about Big Mamma and the environment.
        We concluded the tour with simple meal and few glasses of cheeky wine and lemon liquor.
        The tour is good value for money and we were fortunate that our hotel (Villa Diodoro) recommended Etna People.
        Written September 16, 2020
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        Natalie Korol
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2022 • Family
        We decided to buy an excursion for a half of day with a small group to Etna. Thanks so much our guid - Giuseppe. He did really good job, Tom care about every group member, told so many interesting facts and even drew trying to explain us everything about Etna.
        We’re really happy with excursion and I highly recommend it everyone who wants to have a small interesting adventure.
        Written October 8, 2022
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        Amin
        Sicily, Italy1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Loved it. Antonio was the best. When I say the best I mean gangster. He’s chilled so chilled almost you can get him mistaken for a nice bottle of Grillo (that’s Sicilian wine if you’re not familiar. He’s knowledgable, knows the routes, knows everyone on the route, takes you to places you’ve never been, takes your money, has a massive smile on his face, I told you he’s a gangster. Anyways book it don’t cross lines with the gangster.
        Written September 25, 2020
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        Wardy
        Cambridge, UK6 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Our guide was so unbelievably knowledgeable engaging friendly and fun. I’m not the fittest person in the world but our tour guide Ugo was so helpful over any little tricky areas and never rushed any of the group. The views were breathtaking and the food and wine at the end were simply incredible. The vegan option was superb! Cannot recommend this tour enough.
        Written September 28, 2022
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        Naya
        18 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Aug 2023
        I had an amazing experience on Etna! We were welcomed by our guide Nick close to our hotel. He gave us a warm welcome and explained the schedule of the tour. He's extremely knowledgeable and had an answer ready for every question asked. It is clear that he does his job with a lot of passion and love for nature.

        There is so much to learn about Etna, more than i thought. And the guide makes it really interesting and explains everything in a way that makes it exciting and not boring.

        I'm not the fittest person, but this tour was perfect. Stops to explain something every now and then made i bearable for me. If you're looking for something more challenging, i know they offer that too :)

        I would definitely recommend going to Etna people, it is a company that cares about their workers well-being more than about the money. One of the reasons to support the company!
        Written August 17, 2023
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        SBSMichigan
        Ann Arbor, MI7 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sep 2021 • Friends
        Roberto was our guide: he was funny, knowledgeable, friendly, genuine and open-minded and was key to creating just the right atmosphere among 7 people spending 6 hours together. And the tour itself was fantastic, with a good mix of somewhat strenuous walking, stops for explanations and great views. We also were amazingly well matched with others in our group. All in all, a day I’m still thinking about, wistfully!
        Written September 25, 2021
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        bob g
        Foxborough, MA15 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Oct 2023 • Couples
        Five years ago our son and his wife took the full day tour with Etna People and raved about it. We decided to take the 6 hour tour which had a smaller group (8 people) and did not include a visit to a vineyard to sample wine. I should mention that Tsarro (Rosario) was an excellent guide who was informative and patient. My wife who lived in Naples as a child has been fascinated with volcanoes ever since. She was in heaven during this tour! I liked it a lot too.

        I should mention that the description of this tour mentions having a snack. That description doesn't do justice to the sandwich lunch and wine we were served. I highly recommend this tour.
        Written November 2, 2023
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        Anna V
        Lawndale, CA4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        My husband and I had a great time hiking with our small group. Nicola was a very informative guide and great teacher - we learned a lot about the terrain and unique characteristics of the volcanic landscape. Our tour didn’t go near the top of the volcano, but to an area of previous volcano activity. This tour company provided trekking shoes, hiking poles and jackets (though at 21 degrees C we didn’t need the jackets). The sandwiches were ok, and I especially enjoyed the complimentary regional almond wine and cookie. Additionally, the pickup and drop-off near our Taormina hotel was convenient and punctual. Very fun!
        Written September 9, 2023
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