Day trip

Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

4.3 / 5

94 reviews

Activity provider: TOUR TRANSFER SICILY

Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

Activity provider: TOUR TRANSFER SICILY

From US$ 123.37 per person

Visit Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, on a day trip. Explore Taormina, a popular village perched on a cliff overlooking the sea.

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Duration 11 hours
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  • Experience the dramatic views of Europe's highest Volcano, Mount Etna
  • Discover interesting facts and the history of Mount Etna with a guide
  • Explore Taormina’s old churches, antique shops, restaurants and cafés
Full description
Europe’s highest active volcano is studied extensively by scientists and is popular with trekkers and nature lovers as well. Visit Mount Etna and the clifftop village of Taormina on this 11-hour excursion from Palermo. From Crateri Silvestri you’ll take the funicular with a local mountain guide all the way up to 2,500 meters above sea level. From this point you’ll experience unforgettable panoramic views. Just south of Taormina is the nature reserve of Isola Bella, and further south you’ll see the popular seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Visit the village of Taormina, a 45-minute drive from Mount Etna. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, the village features an ancient Greek theater, many old churches, antique shops, lively bars and fine restaurants.
  • Driver and guide
  • Hotel or port pick-up and drop off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Entrance fees to museums and other attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities for both guide and driver (recommended)
  • Funicular ticket
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  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • You are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and clothing for your day excursion to Mount Etna and Taormina.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 94 reviews

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It was a nice tour. The drive was a bit long (3 hours each way) but very pleasant and you could observe the beautiful landscape of Sicily. Etna and Taormina each had 2 hours to explore the place. All in all well organized, our tour guide was very nice and told us a lot about Sicily and gave us some tips for Palermo.

September 28, 2022

Top. We were contacted the day before to be picked up and the pick up was very easy at our AirBnb. We went to Etna in barely 3 hours from Palermo with a break for lunch. Visit of Etna (we paid 58€/pers to go up to the top) in 2 hours. We took the van back to go to Taormina, a very pretty town with a very nice view. We had 2 hours free for lunch and sightseeing. Then return to Palermo at 6.45/7 p.m. I really recommend and we had a very friendly driver who told us lots of history about Sicily and its surroundings.

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August 23, 2022

Little feedback. Pick-up at our hotel at 06:00 a.m. and grouping with the other participants for a coach departure at 06:45 a.m. We arrived in Sapienza at 10:00 a.m., the road is more than 3 hours long. Arrive on site 2 hours free, we opt for the cable car (30 euros per person) which takes you to 2500 meters, the view is breathtaking. You can choose to climb the rest on foot or a jeep will take you there for an additional 30 euros . Return to the coach at 12:30 p.m. for the departure to Traormine, 1 hour by road. Little time on site, too short to enjoy it and return to Palermo at 8:30 p.m. after 3:30 a.m. by bus. All in all the experience is worth the detour, the simple fact of going up on Etna justifies the price of the excursion. I strongly recommend, but be aware that the day will be very long and a lot of transport in reality.

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August 10, 2022

Product ID: 63336