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Etna And Taormina Full Day Excursion from Palermo

Palermo, Italy
Etna And Taormina Full Day Excursion from Palermo

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Spend an unforgettable day exploring Mt Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, on this day trip from Palermo. See the looming mountain up close and learn about its unique landscapes, studied since the Greek period.
  • Day trip to Mt Etna from Palermo
  • See the enormous Mt Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, up close
  • Learn what has fascinated people since the ancient Greeks began studying the mountain
  • Enjoy transportation in a comfortable vehicle
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Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Food and drinks
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Palermo , Palermo, Palermo, Province of Palermo, Sicily


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06:45 a.m.
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour Transfer Sicily
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
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  • "My advice is to check the weather forecast for Mount Etna before you go.The weather for my trip was not the best." See review
  • "Nothing to do , If you are in Palermo and want to visit the Etna, I can definitely recommend this tour." See review

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We are very disappointed.
, Aug 2022
We are very disappointed. To sum up we were driving 7h by bus, we spend 15min on the Etna and we haven’t seen Taormina and paid altogether around 200€. The pick didn’t work as agreed even after a privat request from our side. They have canceled our pick up late on the evening before. So we had to manage the drive to the meeting point on our own on the evening before. There were no sanitary facilities at the meeting point and in the bus. We have chosen a german tour guide which didn’t exist. There was no tour guide at the Etna at all. Even with the extra tour that we paid at the Etna, there was no tour guid at all. We had to wait 2h at the cable car station to come down from the Etna because of working problems due to the weather, it would have been nice to get any informations about that situation - instead we were waiting without anybody telling us whats going on. After driving to the second stop for 30min, the guid told us that we can not make it to Taormina so we were driving back to Palermo for another nearly 3h30.
Too ambitious to combine Taormina and Etna in one day
, Aug 2022
It was more a shuttle than a tour. Not much information where shared by the guid. The Etna took much longer than expected (due to sudden weather change) so that we had only 45 min for Taormina that was too short. Tour guid could have simply discussed this with us and come with an alternative solution like heading back to Palermo and offer refund of a part of costs. In the way back driver did not stop any where meaning 4 hours nonuse if sanitary services.
Well worth the trip
, Jul 2022
Tour guide was super friendly and full of fun and interesting facts. Etna was really cool we had around 1.5 hours there. We took the tour to see etna but Taormina was gorgeous and we were happy we got chance to see this part of Sicily. Would definitely recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your feedback, is very important to us
Absolutely recommendable!
, Jul 2022
The day before the tour, the agency was easily reachable to answer any final questions. I had chosen to be picked up from a certain hotel which went very well and we started the tour on time. In total there were 6 participants, which I personally liked very much. Our driver Joshua was very friendly from the beginning and very keen to make the tour as pleasant as possible for everyone, which he managed to do. During the trip we received some information about the landscape and culture of Sicily. Arrived at the volcano Joshua helped us to buy the tickets for the tour to the top and picked us up again after 2 hours. Arrived in Taormina we had a little more than two hours to see the beautiful city. Overall, I can highly recommend the tour and find that the time at both places was absolutely enough to watch everything in peace. Especially if you do not make a round trip through Sicily, but have your accommodation like me only in Palermo, this is the optimal opportunity to see the other side of the island.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
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Worth it
, Jun 2022
As its only one day its quite impossible to be in Etna and Taormina more than 2 hours. Specially in Taormina 2 hours is not much time but is definitely worth doing this excursion. Both places are fantastic.
Great trip
, Jun 2022
Great trip, would go again but with a more specialised visit to Etna during a night or eruption tour. You go upto the base of the central crater and no higher. We were 1 of two groups. You go to the mountain, then pay the attentional to go up a cable car and then 4x4 bus to go to the base of the central crater. It was about 15’C at the top, it was a clear day(sky) but because of an slow eruption you can’t see much because of smoke. Really quite incredible like being on the moon. Take a mask if windy, because of the dust.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear Costumer, Thank you for your feedback. Warmly Jay
Nice day excursion to the Etna and Taormirna
, Oct 2020
The tour starts early in the morning from Palermo. But it has to, if you want to see Etna and Taormina in one day. The driver/guide Joshua was great. Fluently in Italian, English and German he could share some of his knowledge of Sicily and the places we visited. If you go to the Etna, it is recommended to buy a ticket for the whole tour: Cable car and trucks taking you as close as possible to the summit of the volcano. Interesting experience. Also the visit to Taormina was worth the time, although I wouldn't stay there for more than one day. Nothing to do ... If you are in Palermo and want to visit the Etna, I can definitely recommend this tour.
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Taormina was gorgeous, Etna disappointing
, Aug 2019
Our driver Joshua was very sweet, but I found the additional Euro 65 to go up Etna a complete waste of money as the view is not much different. Additionally you must wear closed shoes. The Etna tour was uninformative and pointless. However, Toarmina was lovely and would recommend to this quaint town.
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Wonderful Trip
, May 2019
I really enjoyed this small group trip. The tour was well organized,a driver Joshua came on time to a hotel.After collecting all people he drove us to Mount Silvestri. Joshua explained us what tickets to buy. Tickets for the cable car, bus and guide cost € 65. We took a cable car to a higher point.And we were taken to the very top by special Mercedes buses.A local guide gave us some knowledge about the craters. My advice is to check the weather forecast for Mount Etna before you go.The weather for my trip was not the best. When we were on the top a blizzard started and it was very cold. But I really happy that I decided to go to the top.It is impossible to control weather and it is interesting to compare weather differences on the top and coming back. The second part of the tour was a short distance to Taormina. We had 2 hours to spend in this beautiful town.It is a choice to visit an ancient theater, to have a walk in a town and to have lunch.I would advise not to miss a theater as you can enjoy wonderful views from it. I came back to Palermo not being sorry that I went on a trip.It would be impossible to visit 2 places in one day from Palermo without this tour .
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Bien mais à perfectionner
, Jun 2022
On vous demande si visite avec guide francophone et au final personne ne parle français idem pour les espagnols !!!
Ein Muss für den Sizilien Urlaub !
, May 2022
Die Etna Tour war für uns ein tolles Erlebnis, es hat alles perfekt funktioniert ! Unser Guide hat super Deutsch gesprochen und uns alles super erklärt. Erstmal beim Etna angekommen kann man ein Ticket für die Seilbahn, den Bus und den Guide für den Etna kaufen ca. 65€. Das ist zwar optional aber man hat ungefähr 2 Stunden Zeit bis man wieder zurück zum Auto muss.. ich würde jetzt einfach mal behaupten, dass man es in 2 Stunden nicht auf den Etna und wieder runter schafft. Auf dem Etna war es sehr windig und frisch ! Warm anziehen sollte man sich schon.. man kann aber auch eine Jacke leihen, das kostet ca. 5€. Es lohnt sich aber auf jeden Fall 👍🏻 Danach ging es nach Taormina zum Lunch, dort hatten wir wieder 2 Stunden Zeit um zu Essen, die Stadt zu erkunden und sich überhaupt die Beine zu vertreten. Die Stadt ist wunderschön und man hat einen super Ausblick über das Meer. Wir würden diesen Ausflug nochmal machen. LG E.H.

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