Private Tour: Mt Etna and Taormina from Catania

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Etna and Taormina Tour

From USD 478.41

per group (up to 8)

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The Sicilian driving style is not for the faint-hearted—so do your nerves a favor with a private driver/guide. See lava flows and craters, and visit Mount Etna itself, before enjoying a scenic drive to Taormina, Sicily’s most elegant resort town, with its stylish Greco-Roman theater. Please note: all entrance fees are at your own expense.
  • Visit Mount Etna volcano and Taormina town with a private driver/guide
  • Experience the drama of Europe’s most active volcano close up
  • Capture timeless photos of the cliff-side town of Taormina
  • Take it easy with door-to-door round-trip transfers

What's Included

  • Private tour
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
  • Bottled water
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

Departure Point Your hotel in Sicily or cruise ship in Catania, Acireale, Giarre, Messina, Taormina Harbor Departure Time Depending on your ship's arrival time or your preferred hotel pick up time.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Pricing is per vehicle, maximum of 8
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

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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32 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travellers.
Showing 1-10 of 32 reviews
Great Driver Great Tour
Sandra_E, Oct 2023
Our driver Marchello was amazing. So knowledgeable and friendly. He helped us in so many ways. The tour was excellent and I highly recommend it. AWESOME!!!
Worst Viator experience on our trip to Greece and Itsly
Susan_K, Aug 2023
We had a tour of Mt. Etna and Taormina for our party of 6, one of many Viator excursions we had booked during our time in Greece and Italy. This was the one ‘bad apple’! Our guide was nowhere to be found when we got off our ship. We finally had to call the contact number we had, and they were entirely cryptic about why we wrre not met according to the ore-arranged time. Finally, 40 minutes late, our ‘guide’ appeared looking sleepy and a bit disheveled. He first took us to Etna (which was fine) and then on to Taormina. He started ‘pushing’ a restaurant in a seaside town ( not on our agenda) and we told him we wanted to eat in a Taormina restaurant we could ‘vet’ for our grandson’s severe nut allergy. He dropped us in the seaside town, which was crowded with long steep stairs to get us down to what was nothing more than a crowded beach. He told he had made a reservation for us at the restaurant he pushed and pushed for and we had to tell him one again, in no uncertain terms we were going to find our own place in Taormina. Throughout this guide was generally unfriendly except for a few brief moments of spontaneous engagement. Had he not pushed rhe seaside town on us we would have had more time in Taormina, which was our original plan. We’ll so vlad every other Viator guide we had was the ‘polar opposite of this one!!!!!
Ask for Daniel for tauromina/ Etna!
elton_s, July 2023
Daniel was a very knowledgeable guide/driver. He was able to improvise due to scheduling. From this knowledge and ability to make things happen on the fly, I had possibly my best meal on our trip! Fantastic!
Fabulous day!
Antonella_A, June 2023
What a fabulous day! Marco had us stop at each scenic point for the most magical panoramic views!!! Unforgettable!
Nice private excursion in Sicily
Ted_T, June 2023
We rented 3 vans for 16 family members. It was delightful. Daniel drove our van and was knowledgeable and pleasant. He was able to give us history of the area and was very prompt in getting us back to the boat. 2 or the 3 drivers spoke English very well. My brother’s van had a driver who spoke very little English. 7 hours is not quite enough so as soon as you can get moving in the morning the better. I’d try to spend a little more time in Taormina if I were to do it all over again. Mt. Etna is interesting but it is very busy. Overall we were very satisfied with the tour and drivers.
Response from Host, June 2023
Dear Guest, Many thanks for your great review. Hopefully we wil meet you again and show more Sicily. All the best, Simone
Thank you Simone
Stephen_F, Jan 2023
Simone was a great guide and made sure everyone in the party had a great time. We saw a little bit of history, nature, food, and all-around beauty.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Guest, Many thanks for your time and effort sending this review. We are glad you enjoyed oure Etna & Taormina Tour service, and we are looking forward to meet you again. All the best, Simone
Good experience
Dan_W, Oct 2022
Daniel was knowledgeable and anticipated our needs. We were able to see everything on our list including a church that was out of the way. He was a safe driver.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Dear Guest, Many thanks for your time and effort sending this review. We are glad you enjoyed oure Etna & Taormina Tour service with Daniel. We are looking forward to meet you again. All the best, Simone
Amazing experience!
Kevin_D, Sept 2022
The tour was an amazing experience! Our point of contact was Simon, very helpful and thoughtful, provided us with suggestions and all necessary information to prepare for our tour. We were picked up from our hotel on time. We were absolutely delighted to meet Marco and Laura, they were wonderful! We visited Mt. Etna and took the cable car to the top, we also explored around the craters. We then headed to beautiful Taormina and stopped for pictures at Isola Bella. It felt like an awesome day with friends :) Thank you again Marco and Laura! We can’t wait to come back to Sicily!
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Dear Guest, Many thanks for your time and effort. We are all glad you spent had a great Day Trip on Etna. We are looking forward to take you for more Tours on Sicily, in the near future. All the best, Simone
not so good
D8567UFtina, Aug 2019
My clients said your drive was not warm and friendly at all. Please look into this as we send a lot of people your way.
Journey517652, Nov 2019
Chauffeur sympathique, ainsi que très bon guide. Il nous a recommandé les endroits principaux à voir ainsi que le sens de la visite nous permettant d'en voir le plus possible.

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