11/12 Hours


Day Tour

Tour Type





Wed - Fri

This is a Private Tour

Group Transfer from Palermo to Taormina with stop at Etna Volcano

Group Transfer from Palermo to Taormina with stop at Etna Volcano, with weekly departures on Wednesday and Friday
Transfer service with multilanguage Tour Leades from Palermo to Mt. Etna up to 1900 meters with a short stop on the way climbing up the Volcano and free time to explore the area or ascent above 1900 meters on your own.

Then transfer to Taormina

Palermo > Etna Volcano: South side > Taormina
Approximately Travel Time and Unit: Full Day  –  9 hours
Season: from July to October
Weekly departures: Wedneasday & Friday

Mount Etna Dress Code: use sturdy shoes, wind jacket and do not forget sun screen

Today meet our staff at one of the meeting points in Palermo or Mondello. Then depart for the Etna Natural Park to discover a beautiful Volcano rich in sounds, perfumes, and colors.

Along the scenic drive we will stop at the the 2002 lava flow reachable through a winding curvy road surrounded by chestnut and oak forests. The 2002 eruption lasted from October 27th to January 29th 2003 and it is considered one of the most explosive eruptions of the past one hundred years. Continuing our excursion we will reach Rifugio Sapienza (1900 meters above sea level), a ski resort, theater of the great eruption of 2002.
Once arrived at Rifugio Sapienza you will have approximately 2 or 3 hours of free time to enjoy an excellent espresso and take a short walk to visit the Silvester Craters and the ruins of the hotel Le Betulle destroyed by a molten lava flow.

Ascent to the top is optional, bookable purchasing cable car tickets directly on the spot (Cable Car Fee: not included) – weather and volcanic conditions permitting – to experience the lava fields and incredible landscape view from Europe’s highest and most active volcano.

After your independent ascent to the top or hiking around Rifugio Sapienza, meet again your Driver and transfer to Taormina.

  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts (from September 1st, 2021)


Ascent to the TOP is optional. Ascent fees NOT included
How to Ascent to the TOP?

Ascent from Rifugio Sapienza (Funivia dell’Etna) up to 2.500 mt (Montagnola)
Our staff will drive you to Rifugio Sapienza next to the Funivia dell’Etna. From here you can catch on the first cable car ride (Cable Car fee: around eur 30,00 per person payable on the spot) who moves you up to 2.500 meters (Montagnola). Upon arrival at 2.500 meters you can walk around or hiking or just take a cappuccino at the bar overlooking the area.
Ascent to the Summit from 2.500 mt (Montagnola) up to 2.920 mt
From the Montagnola (located at around 2.500 meters) you can jump on board on the UNI-MOG (Jeep WD4X4) to reach 2.800 meters with Licensed Etna Guide (Ascent fees: eur 70,00 per person payable on the spot included of the cable car ride tickets). The jeep will stop at around 2.800 at the Torre del Filosofo. From here guided hiking around the crater to reach 2.920 meters.


This tour is collective and operated with multilanguage Tour Leader: English, Spanish and Italian are guaranteed. French and German are on request (not guaranteed).

From March to November we provide a private tour to Mt. Etna from Palermo with similar routing. If collective date is not available or if you wish a vehicle and driver only for you and your group, inquire us for rates of the private tour. Click here for more details.


Meeting points available at Palermo or Mondello (Palermo beach).
Select the meeting point closest to your hotel in the booking procedure.

This tour is provided with a minimum of 2 clients. In case this number will not be reached, the tour will be cancelled even after Confirmation and all the amount paid refunded.

Please dress in layers, use sturdy shoes or hiking boots and in case you wish to ascent to the summit do not forget your winter jacket because there’s cold at 2.900 mt. Do not forget your sun screen, sun glasses and sun hat.


  • Collective excursion
  • Legal Invoice
  • Multilanguage tour leader
  • Vehicle with air conditioning
  • Visit as per itinerary (independent without booking of guide)
Not Included
  • Admission fees
  • Ascent fees
  • Beverages and meals
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Licensed Tourist Guide