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Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina

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Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina
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icon6 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

The volcanic landscapes around Mt. Etna are widely considered among the most fascinating in Italy, but they’re not always easy to explore without a guide. This adventurous half-day bus and hiking tour from Taormina includes food-tastings in Zafferana Etnea and a visit to the Parco dell’Etna. Delve into a lava cave with a guide, follow winding trails to the Rifugio Sapienza at 6,200 feet (1,900 meters) above sea level, and watch the sunset over the Silvestri craters.
  • Half-day Mt. Etna sunset tour from Taormina
  • Sample locally made honey, olive oil, and wine in Zafferana Etnea
  • Explore lava caves and hiking routes in the Parco dell’Etna with a guide
  • Learn of the region’s volcanic geology
  • Watch the sun set over the Silvestri craters from an altitude of 6,200 feet (1,900 meters)
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from your accommodation in Taormina and Giardini Naxos
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Shuttle bus (return)
Multilingual guide
Trekking shoes (on request)
The kit for visiting the Cave
Sampling
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4:00 PM
Pick up and drop off in your accommodation in Taormina and Giardini Naxos
Begin your tour with a pickup at your accommodation in Taormina or Giardini Naxos. Then, travel out of the city to the historic town of Zafferana Etnea—known for the quality and diversity of its produce. On arrival, visit a local organic farm and sample the honey, olive oil, wine, and other traditional products for which the town is famous.

Next, strap on your helmet and explore a lava cave in the Parco dell’Etna with your guide. Along the way, admire ancient rock formations in the molten landscape and gain insight into the Parco dell’Etna’s complex geology.

Hike along winding trails through the Parco dell’Etna to the Rifugio Sapienza at 6,200 feet (1,900 meters) above sea level. At the summit, admire sweeping views over the ancient Silvestri craters as the sun sinks on the horizon.

When your time at the summit comes to an end, return to your original departure point to conclude your tour.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Etna Tribe
Tour made by Etna Tribe
Pass By:  
Nike di Kalkis
Pick up and Drop off in Hotel and B & B in Giardini Naxos
Pass By:  
Porta Messina
Pick up and Drop off in Hotel and B & B in Taormina
Pass By:  
Piazza Duomo
Pick up and Drop off in Hotel and B & B in Taormina
Pass By:  
Porta Catania di Taormina
Pick up and Drop off in Hotel and B & B in Taormina
Stop At:  
Oro d'Etna
Sampling of typical products in a local farm
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Grotta dei Tre Livelli
Visit of a lava cave with helmets and lamps
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mount Etna
Trekking through naturall path of MOnte Etna
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna
Trekking in old Silvestri craters
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Parco dell'Etna
Trekking through naturall path of parco dell'Etna
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • 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.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina?
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
See all safety measures taken by Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina?
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 Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina.
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What is the social distancing policy during Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina.

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star-3
Not the best
Jane_L
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide, Daria, was fantastic and spoke impeccable English. However, the content of the tour was lacking. Firstly, the wine tasting and honey tasting was unnecessary. The hike up the mountain is not suitable for anyone other than those who are very fit, and the cave was nothing worth writing g home about.
star-5
Mt Etna at sunset tour
Tianna_R
, Aug 2022
Fun tour. Julio was fantastic. His english is excellent and he looked after us well. Highly recommended!
star-5
Highly recommended
Federico_C
, Aug 2022
Incredible experience in particular if it’s the first time you visit Etna - Timing and organization perfect, the guide was incredibly nice and informative
star-5
Fantastic tour
AnnaKatharina_W
, Jul 2022
The tour was great, it was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it. Our tour was on July 23rd 2022 and the stops weren’t crowded at all. The view from Etna was breathtaking and our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. He gave us enough time to take beautiful pictures and take in the views. The pictures don’t do it justice. It feels like you are on another planet. If you are thinking about booking the tour, do it, you will not be disappointed. I am definitely doing the tour again next time I am in Sicily.
star-5
One of the best expiriences!
Vasil_K
, Jul 2022
Whole trip was amazing. Starting with tasting some traditional food, homemade honey and wine. The views from etna felt like I was walking on the moon and the guide Simone was so nice informative and full of energy. Grazia!
star-5
Beautiful trip, fantastic...
Christel_R
, Jul 2022
Beautiful trip, fantastic Views. Very pleasant guide, but also a very fast driver. Interesting caves and an interesting landscape
star-3
Not a Great Sunset … Not Worth the Time
Joseph_K
, Jun 2022
Our guide Florence was really good. She had a very good knowledge of the Etna area and the volcano. She did a terrific job getting us back to Taormina when roads were closed due to a cycling / running event. My problem with the tour is that the drive from and back to Taormina was an hour each way plus the sunset just wasn’t very interesting, just the bright sun going behind the mountain. There was hardly any color. We climbed up 150 meters to get a better view, but I don’t think it was worth the climb.
star-5
Great guide and trip
James_R
, Jun 2022
Our guide Enzo was great. Very knowledgeable and a really good storyteller. It was loads of fun and Etna was beautiful.
star-4
Very enjoyable- wear good shoes!
John_T
, Jun 2022
Great afternoon/evening exploring Etna at a quiet and beautiful time of the day. Opportunity to walk on some craters and learn more about the vulcano. Awesome to see lava flows
star-2
Would not recommend
Ellie_W
, Jun 2022
Francesco the guide was really lovely and it was good to see the mountain but that’s where the fun ended. The tour went ahead despite freezing cold rain at the summit and the threat of a storm - no one in the group was warned about what to bring to prepare appropriately except for a question about whether we had a jacket after we were already in the car. (Too late!) The result was everybody in the tour was freezing and soaked wet 20 minutes into the tour. Given the mountain is slippery and quite dangerous if you get cold and stiff this seems a basic amount of information to give ahead of time. The “wine, honey and olive oil tasting at a local producer” was literally being herded into a shop to stand around awkwardly and ask to be given tiny skewers of bread with a tiny bit of olive oil from a plastic container. The wine was not served to temperature and was dishes out in little plastic cups. In each cup there was less than a thimble full of wine - not a proper tasting at all. The wine also tasted of poor quality - although it was hard to tell given how little wine there was, the method it was served and that it was not served to temperature. Italy is such a generous country and food is so important, given bread and olive oil are free flowing every time you sit down for a meal I would have thought we would be sat down and at least have a few slices of bread and a proper tasting. The actual experience was not that at all.
star-5
Must do tour!
jdlevett
, Jun 2022
The guide, Enzo, was informative and amusing. The tour ran to time - the experience was very memorable.
star-5
Enjoyable time to see Etna with less crowds.
Brendan_C
, Jun 2022
The guide Mateo was informative and friendly. He was patient and relaxed with our small group of seven.
star-5
The best part was seeing...
Sara_A
, Jun 2022
The best part was seeing lava and being inside a crater. There were few groups, which made the experience more intimate.
star-5
Well worth it
Paul_W
, Jun 2022
Tour guide excellent and informative stunning views and amazing stop offs - lots of photo opportunities and guide took lots of photos of us which was nice because as a couple you often never get any of the two of you
star-5
A fun and great experience
nick_n
, May 2022
Really good tour and very professional. Prompt pick up from the hotel, comfortable drive to and from Etna, with a nice stop on the way to sample some local food. The tour guide had a lot of knowledge and was very friendly. All in all it was a great experience and would highly recommend.
star-5
Not to be missed!
Claire_H
, May 2022
This was just the best way to end our holiday, a fantastic guide who provided a great balance of information and fun, plus of course Etna itself was incredible and walking round the craters is an experience not to be missed.
star-5
Our guide Angelo was...
janaamatt
, Apr 2022
Our guide Angelo was lovely and very patient. It was a great tour, we really enjoyed the caves and the walk around the craters!
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star-5
Etna at sunset
Stefany_E
, Sep 2021
Great trip up Etna during sunset. It was well organised and our tour guide Simone was very knowledgeable
star-5
Ideal way to get a taste of Etna
Ian
, Aug 2021
We can highly recommend this tour. Enzo, our guide, was both highly informative and personable, discussing extensively not only only information about Etna, but also about life and in region, with a very personal touch. We were able to walk around craters and enter caves, and sunset is an ideal time, both because of the sublime lighting and calm atmosphere.
star-5
Highlight!
Ashley_L
, Aug 2019
My husband and I loved visiting Etna. We sampled local products, walked through a cave, and saw multiple sunsets as we kept walking higher and higher. My only complaint would be that I booked a tour in English, and we ended up being the only two English speaking people in a French language tour which left us isolated from the group. However, I would still recommend this tour.

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