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Mt. Etna and Taormina village full day tour from Catania

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Mt. Etna and Taormina village full day tour from Catania
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icon9 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more
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Overview

Marvel over the geological wonders of Mount Etna, then visit the elegant resort town of Taormina on this action-packed full-day tour from Catania. Soak up the dramatic scenery of Europe’s highest active volcano as you visit the hilltop resort of Refugio Sapienza; As an alternative to trekking, you can catch the cable car to the 9,514-foot (2,900-meter) peak of Mount Etna (optional) and explore a natural lava cave. After exploring the lava cave, have a delicious tasting of the local products such as honey, oil and wine. On the way to Taormina, you will stop and see the beautiful "Isola Bella” from above. Then spend the afternoon enjoying your free time in Taormina, among medieval churches, ancient Greek theater, and lively shopping district.
  • Full-day tour of Mount Etna and Taormina from Catania
  • Ride the cable car up the active volcano of Mount Etna (own expense)
  • Venture underground to explore a natural lava cave
  • Visit the historic monuments of mountainside Taormina
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Shuttle bus (return)
Multilingual guide
The kit for visiting the Cave
Sampling
Trekking shoes (on request)
INFANT price - Baby seat and baby carrier included
cableway + 4x4 minibus + alpinist guide to reach 3000m € 68.00 (to pay on the spot) This is optional
Authorized tourist guide in Taormina (on request)
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8:30 AM
Hotels, B&B, port, bus and train stations in Catania
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY EtnaTribe
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
How can I let you know where to pick me up?
A:We offer pick ups from hotels in Catania, so let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mt. Etna and Taormina village full day tour from Catania?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Mt. Etna and Taormina village full day tour from Catania?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Mt. Etna and Taormina village full day tour from Catania.
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What is the social distancing policy during Mt. Etna and Taormina village full day tour from Catania?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Wear a hoodie or bring a scarf to protect Your ears, is my advice." See review
  • "We explored a lava tube, explored mount Etna (cable car and bus to top significantly extra (65euro pp) but very worth it- bring a jacket!" See review
  • "in summer time it is not easy especially because you visit taormina in the middle of the day and the heat can be exhausting." See review

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star-5
Excellent one-day trip
Senka_K
, Aug 2022
Giuseppe was an amazing tour guide! Not only did he explain the geomorphology of the Etna area and pointed out some distinctions, but he also shared a lot of personal experiences that he and his families had over time. I enjoyed the walk on craters and through the short lava cave very much. I'm sad that the trip to Taormina didn't include going down to the beach as well, but it definitely made me want to come and visit again.
star-5
Etna marvel
Andrew_H
, Aug 2022
We paid extra for the cable car and trip further up Etna, definitely worth the extra money. Francesco was an excellent driver, guide and leader, made it a great day. Possibly a few stops to take pictures of some of the amazing scenery would enhance this trip further.
star-5
A little bit of everything
Diana_M
, Aug 2022
I loved the tour! Darria was our tour guide: she was very knowledgeable. Some highlights: when you go to mt rRNA you get option to go up higher for an addition 68 euro I honestly would recommend that because it was really something- I took a lot of videos don’t have any pics otherwise would have posted but it’s like mars up there. The bus will take you to two stops when you pay extra- the second stop is a bit of hike but when you get up the hill there is a huge crater with steam coming out you can feel the hot rocks The cave part was my least favorite. Really not much to it after my etna but it’s fine it’s fast stop We did the tasting! Loved it. You get so much honey, pistachio cream, jelly and cookies some wine. Last stop was Taormina you get like 2 hours there. Wish it was longer because there is so much beauty you just want to soak it in. Great tour!
star-5
Wonderful day tour
Rami_M
, Aug 2022
It was an amazing day trip Pickup was on time exactly, I loved everything especially taormina its very beautiful village! Big thanks to Daria the tour guide.
star-5
Our guide nado was the...
David_O
, Aug 2022
Our guide nado was the best. He went out of his way to ensure that we had a memorable experience his knowledge and personality is second to none. Would recommend this tour...no questions asked
star-5
great experience
Anton_A
, Jul 2022
We had great time, well organized full day trip to Etna and Taormina. Special thanks to our guide Giuseppe!
star-2
Disappointing, expensive and misleading excursion.
Victor_A
, Jul 2022
I chose Viator’s Etna and Taormina full day tour despite the fact that it was significantly more expensive than very similar tours offered by local agencies because it clearly mentioned in the detailed itinerary that you’d have the possibility to participate in both options; i.e. the guided tour of the Silvestrini craters (option included in the price) and in the optional gondola/jeep tour to go to a higher part of Etna (which had an extra cost of 68€; btw going all the way up to the summit to visit the central craters is currently not allowed). However, I was very disappointed when the guide informed us that it was either one or the other, but not both options to visit Etna. Since I definitely wanted to go to a higher altitude to have a closer look of Etna’s summit, I missed the tour of the Silvestrini craters which was included in the price. Both options took place simultaneously. I’ve contacted Viator and asked for a partial refund as I found it fair to ask for it since the information on their website was totally misleading. They have replied back indicating that my request for a partial refund was simply not accepted. No reason or explanation provided. I recommend that you stay away from Viator and its misleading and expensive tours and you book your excursions with local agencies. They offered better and more affordable excursions and guided tours.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Mount Etna Rocks!
Aubrie_S
, Jul 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour! There were 6 of us, ranging in age 10-78 (active 78) and we shared the tour with two others. Our tour guide, Francesco, was kind and very informative. Mount Etna was definitely worth the trek, which we did via Cable Car. We would only recommend the bike option if you're quite fit (we saw a number of people struggling) and even with the Cable Car this is a lot of walking (one of the other people in our group had to sit and wait when we arrived at the top). Take a jacket. The view is gorgeous on a clear day, but keep in mind, it may be foggy with limited visibility. Taormina is a cute town to walk in and the theater is not fully covered with seats like some of the others in Sicily (ex. Syracuse Greek Theater), so you can appreciate the ruins a bit more. Highly recommend this tour for active people.
star-5
Best tour in Sycily
Maria_R
, Jul 2022
We had a great experience, we loved this trip! The trip was very well organized and our guide was perfect.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Absolutely Phenomenal!!
Melly_M
, Jul 2022
Absolutely AMAZING experience with our tour guide Salvo (Salvotorie). Could not recommend this tour experience enough!! The tour was timed perfectly, we had plenty of time at each attraction and Salvo was a fantastic driver, felt extremely safe. Salvo had expert knowledge about each attraction and was wonderful in his English translation, as well as being extremely kind, caring and a true gentlemen. I have been on tour days all around the world and this one I will never forget. It made my holiday in Sicily complete!! Enjoyed every minute of it and it's well worth the money. Especially the cable car experience to the Volcano. Its a MUST! THANK YOU =)
star-5
Great experience
Ildik_M
, Jul 2022
Our guide was Aldo, he was super nice, giving tips not only regarding the tour but about what to do in Catania. We enjoyed the tour, Mt. Etna is a must see. Taormina is full of tourists and a display town, 2 hours is enough for the town.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Great way to see a lot!
Andrea_F
, Jun 2022
Mount etna was awesome. I did the gondola portion (an extra 68 euro) Weather in catania was 98F- so it was a bit windy on the mountain, but no need for jacket/long sleeves. Cave tour was short- would have liked to do more in this area. Driver was amazing on crazy roads.
star-4
The guides were nice and...
Lennart_O
, Jun 2022
The guides were nice and well prepaird. The scenes of the landscapes were fantastic. The only problem was the delay of the pickup.
star-5
A perfect day!
Maureen_J
, Jun 2022
We had an amazing day with Alessandro. He was so informative, easy going and super nice. We loved the honey and olive oil tasting as well as going in the lava cave.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing tour
Ana_A
, Jun 2022
Julio the tour guide very friendly and professional explained all about the Etna volcano. Gives us the proper time to explore every place we went. Highly received this tour.
star-5
Etna and Taormina
Lester_B
, Jun 2022
Guiseppe was our guide and driver and did a wonderful job of describing the places we visited. Would recommend this tour.
star-5
Mt. Etna with the greatest guide, Salvo
Sara_H
, Jun 2022
Salvo, our tour guide, picked us up on time. Upon arriving on Mt. Etna, we chose to ride electric assist bicycles up the mountain. (Other choices are quad, and cable car) The ride was beautiful, with a few stops along the way for Salvo to give us some information about the topography. Once in a lifetime experience, I'm glad to have had. After enjoying, we drove to a cave that was once a lava tube. Next was a beautiful winery. We tasted three wines, numerous olive oil flavors, some dessert spreads. Gracious amount of samples that totaled, in my opinion, a full meal. Then onward to Taormina. A gorgeous, and history filled seaside city. We had ample time to enjoy historic churches, a park, a Greek theater, and some good eats. As if the itinerary wasn't enough, Salvo, our guide, was superior. He was amazing! If I could put him in my pocket for the rest of my trip, I would! He is a very personable, happy, uplifting person. He was very educated in our activity, and explanations. Salvo also filled our time during the drive with information about other aspects and recommendations for our future travel plans. He was very nice, and if you like feeling immersed in a culture and learn from your own personal Sicilian, I would recommend asking for Salvo as your guide. Thank you again. Best tour in Europe, so far! Thank you again, Salvo and team.
star-5
Khandekar Etna trip
C_K
, Jun 2022
Great experience. Fabulous journey. Guide was great! We recommend it to all. Must on a Sicily trip. Loved it.
star-5
Great opportunity to see Mt. Etna and beautiful Taormina.
Craig_M
, Jun 2022
It was a great trip and our guide, Guiseppe, was fantastic. He picked us up right on time from our B&B, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and approachable. Shared a lot about Mt. Etna, Taormina, the general area, and life in Sicily. It was a once in a life-time trip and we would recommend it to anyone. Well worth the cost.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The hospitality (and...
Natika_R
, Jun 2022
The hospitality (and patience :) ) of the tour guide and the bike guide and everyone else we met was amazing. We also learned a lot about the volcano and the history of Etna and surrounding villages. We also tasted delicious products. Our guide Natasha was also a great photographer ;)

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