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Mount Etna Half-Day Tour - Small Groups From Taormina

Taormina, Italy
Mount Etna Half-Day Tour - Small Groups From Taormina
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Hotel pickup offered
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Trek around Mount Etna on this tour with a small group and an expert trekking guide. Set off from Taormina to spend the day learning about the volcano's history, exploring craters and lava caves. Stop at a local chalet for an included snack and wine. Hotel or port pickup and drop-off can be arranged on request.
  • Mount Etna trekking tour from Taormina
  • Snacks and drinks at a mountainside chalet
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included if option selected
  • Small group tour means personalized attention
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
Helmet and flashlight
Snacks and beverages
Free rental of hiking boots and jackets
Expert Naturalistic Guide
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

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8:30 AM
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).
Begin your tour to Mount Etna with optional hotel pickup in Taormina in the morning. Meet your local guide and group, then transfer to Mount Etna to begin getting acquainted with one of Sicily's must-see attractions. 

Disembark at the foot of the active volcano, where you'll take a relaxed walk through the lava fields to see where lava and ash have flowed during past eruptions. Head down underground (helmet and flashlight included) to see some of the volcano's lava caves. 

After you've fully explored the otherworldly landscape, stop at a nearby chalet to refuel with a Sicilian sandwich, local wine, cake and an almond wine tasting.. 

Return to your hotel for drop-off.
Pass By:  
Porta Catania di Taormina
Tour starting point (pickups by accommodation or in agreed meeting points in Taormina available)
Stop At:  
Monti Sartorius
Area of the trekking part.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infant seats available
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Etna People s.n.c.
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.
  • 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.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mount Etna Half-Day Tour - Small Groups 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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Mount Etna Half-Day Tour - Small Groups 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
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What is the social distancing policy during Mount Etna Half-Day Tour - Small Groups From Taormina ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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A beautiful and educational experience
, Aug 2022
Everything about this tour was amazing! Tony was an incredibly educated guide who not only grew up in the area, but also dedicated his life to studying Mt. Etna as a volcanologist. We learned so much about the history of the volcano, the area, and even learned some local food recommendations which turned out fantastic. You can tell not all tours up there include this level of expertise! The small group was nice (7 in total), making it easy to ask questions and get to know the other travelers too. It was nice and cool on the mountain and in the caves which was a nice change of pace from the heat on the coast.
Fantastic experience.
, Jul 2022
What a fantastic trip! Roberto was excellent, very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a brilliant time.
Great experience
, Jul 2022
After an early morning message that the tour may be cancelled, the day was turned around by a very kind member of staff who became our driver. After that hiccup we had a great time. Roberto, our guide was interesting, knowledgeable and funny too. The climb for us was comfortable and views amazing. A quick look into a cave, then back for a tasty sandwich and local wine. It was billed as a half day tour. We were picked up at 8.30am and dropped off at 3.30pm, so good value for money too
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience, but more demanding than expected
, Jun 2022
Daniele was an excellent guide, very informative and patient. The trek was a great experience but perhaps a little more physically demanding than the tour description would suggest. There were a number of steep climbs and descents on dusty pathways.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Great Etna experience!
, Jun 2022
The whole trip was awesome but made so much better by having guide Tony with us. It was amazing to see, and hear about, the mountain. All travel arrangements, food, etc. was excellent too.
Top tour
, Jun 2022
The tour was superb & Marcus who is a top man did us all proud, the group were all around the same age group we all gelled, I could of stayed on holiday with them all for the rest of the week on condition that Marcus would join us all, thank you 😊
Friendly and informative
, Jun 2022
Really enjoyable and informative. Roberto was an excellent, knowledgeable and entertaining guide who remembered everyone’s name immediately and ensured everyone was included without being pushy or intrusive. Picked up on time and would thoroughly recommend the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Don’t miss this!
, May 2022
What a beautiful way to spend the day! Tony, our guide, was fantastic. He had such a wealth of knowledge and great experience. The hiking boots and walking sticks helped a lot for myself as I’m a less confident “hiker” but it’s manageable at all levels. Don’t miss this!
Mt. Etna with Ezio
, May 2022
Ezio was a wonderful guide and made the experience both informative and fun. The hike was great and the wine tasting was a special treat in a beautiful place.
We had a really cheerful...
, May 2022
We had a really cheerful guide called Roberto. He was telling a lot about the Etna and had very informative stories.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Apr 2022
Our tour guide Alex was amazing! The scenery, the hiking, the caves and the lunch at the winery surpassed our expectations!
Excellent tour with very good guide
, Oct 2021
Very friendly and passionated guide. Lots of great insigths and stories about vulcanos, etna and sicilian life. Ended with a delicious local wine. Highly recommended
Brilliant tour - must see
, Oct 2020
We had a tour with Roberto, it was very enjoyable and a great way to spend a day. Roberto was very friendly and informative and made the whole group laugh. We learned a lot and really enjoyed the snacks and drinks we got too. Highley recommend this trip for anyone you will not be disappointed
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great trip to Etna with Roberto
, Sep 2020
We had a great time exploring Mt Etna and surrounds with Roberto. He was very informative, friendly and funny. Would easily recommend to anyone wanting to explore Etna.
Interesting and audible
, Mar 2020
Thé huide spoke clearly and audible at a distance. He was interesting and considerate. We enjoyed our trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing tour!!!
, Jan 2020
Giuseppe was just amazing he made the tour! So knowledgeable, fun and welcoming! I would recommend this tour to everyone. The views are spectacular!!! You need warm clothing even in summer we went in January and very cold, 20 degrees at coast 4 degrees there. Some of the hiking is hard so you need to be physically fit. Wine and sandwich at the end was delicious and very welcomed.
A Great Day Out
, Jan 2020
This was a superb trip all the way through — from booking, through confirmation, to delivery of the trip as promised. Great value for the money. We enjoyed it immensely. Our guide, Eddie, was intelligent, good-natured, and well-versed on the history and constant evolution of the volcano, and was a fountain of information about Sicily and its people. Can’t recommend this tour highly enough!
Mt Etna
, Nov 2019
The guide was excellent and informative. Weather was cloudy so it distracted from the site. We had one couple that held back the group but the guide did a good job in keeping them engaged.
Brilliant Day for all
, Oct 2019
Our trip was absolutely brilliant. There was me, my wife and our 14 year old lad and another couple with kids aged 7 and 11. Our guide was Ezio and he took us off in a Land Rover 4x4. He was a super guide and gave us lots of information and took us on a great walk plus a visit to a cave. We had a great lunch at the refuge and sat in the sun eating and drinking Etna wine. Would recommend this trio to anyone. Thanks Ezio!
Great walk with interesting information
, Sep 2019
Really enjoyed this tour. Our guide, Roberto, was 5star. Knowledgeable and personable. At first I thought it was pricey, but with pickup and drop off near our hotel, lunch (including wine and local liqueur), and really nearly 7 hours, it was worth it.

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