Note that from November 1 to March 31, the tour does not include the train ride nor the optional upgrade to the summit.
- Mount Etna day trip from Taormina
- Explore volcanic canyons and rock pools on a walk through Alcantara Gorges
- Loop around Mount Etna on the Circumetnea Railway, traveling by 1950s-era train (only from April to October)
- Enjoy free time to hike around Mount Etna’s foothills at leisure
- Upgrade to visit the summit of Mount Etna and walk around its craters with a guide
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
Be sure to take a window-side seat on the train ride so you can clearly see the contrasting countryside, with black volcanic rocks set against Sicilian shrubs!
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What You Can Expect
Return to your coach and travel to the small town of Randazzo. If you visit on a Sunday, your host will allow you free time to browse the town's Sunday market. Then, head to Circumetnea Railway, a private train station that operates a 1950s-era train around Mount Etna. Take a seat aboard the delightfully old-fashioned train, and relax as it weaves its way around the entire circumference of the volcano. The route offers unique views of the volcano with valley vineyards and flower-frescoed meadows to one side and old lava fields of Mount Etna on the other.
After an hour on the train, disembark and swap back to your coach. Travel to Etna south station, at an altitude of 6,234 feet (1,900 meters), and enjoy free time to hike the trails in the foothills at leisure. Grab a snack at the station’s cafe (own expense) and ask your host for hiking trail recommendations; sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
Upgrade to skip the free time and head straight to the top, instead. Ride by cable car to a height of 8,202 feet (2,500 meters), and then travel the remaining distance by 4x4 jeep, stopping at a dizzying 9,843 feet (3,000 meters). Follow your host around the summit’s craters and peering into hornitos (small openings that release lava) while learning about volcanic activity.
Board your coach at the pre-arranged time, and then travel back to the start point in Taormina.
Please note: During winter months (November to March), the tour travels from Randazzo to Etna south station by bus, not train. The optional upgrade to the top is also not possible. Winter tours only include free time for trekking at leisure around the foothills.
Fantastic tour. Lots of variety and activity.
Do not miss this trip! Fantastic view, feeling on top of the Volcano ...
I only wish I'd paid to ascend Etna on the day...
It was a wonderful trip, the villages were beautiful to travel through and the train, although very very hot and uncomfortable, offered us the chance to view Etna and the flat lands from a different view point.
The guide was excellent and knowledgable
This was one of the best paid day excursions I have ever been on - wonderfully organised and fascinating. The bus driver Francesco was an artist who drove down scenic small roads with breathtaking aplomb. Elizabeth's commentary was very informative and the experience of climbing up Mt Etna's slopes was wonderful. An unforgettable experience that I would highly recommend to anyone. One bit of advice - if you book directly via Viatour don't forget to give them your hotel address so that they can collect you.
Great experience. Alcantara Gorges is just alright but Etna was really cool. Wish we had a little more time to see the smoking peak.
I so enjoyed visiting the Alcantara Gorge that lost track of the time and then lost my tour group. However, the local agents SAT were on the ball they hooked me up with another group and after some unscheduled activity I met up with my own group at Etna. Etna didn't put on too much of a show that day, but just seeing the surreal landscape, black ash with patches of white snow, was incredible. I can also now claim to have walked across a volcano crater not during an eruption, mind you. I was sorry that we did not get to to the actual rim of one of the active craters.
An exciting trip which goes through Alcantara Gorges. We visited that wonderful place and, in an end, we were late 3 minutes, to find that the coach left. I must mention that our guide was Santo who left us there as he did not count his passengers. Someone from the same company took us by car and raced us up to a crossway to catch the coach back. From that point up to the end our trip was gorgeous.
Good tour. Alcantara gorge very pretty and trip up to Mt Etna was amazing but be prepared for the cold. Circumetnea train was a bit of a train wreck. Train is crowded and hot and the trip pretty boring. Should be dropped from the tour as it's a waste of time.
This Etna excursion was great. Mount Etna is incredible. It felt like we were on another planet. We took the tour to the summit. Mount Etna is 3323 meters high and we got to 3000 meters. The day was clear and warm. We truly enjoyed the top of Mount Etna. The Alcantara Gorges stop was just OK. Actually we were disappointed there. The railway ride was also disappointing. It circles around the base of Mount Etna, as mentioned in the tour description. However, what tripadisor did not mention is that it is a public train (even though it is a 1950's era train) and therefore stops to pick-up and let-off passengers. I think that skipping both the Alcantara Gorges and the train would have given us longer at the summit of Mount Etna, which to me was the highlight of the excursion. The guide on the bus spoke German, English and Italian. Whenever he described something on the way to Mount Etna, he did so in the 3 languages, changing the order in which he spoke all the time. However, it also meant that sometimes we were way passed the sight he was describing by the time he got to speak our language. These are things that Tripadvisor should consider and maybe improve on for this tour. But like I said, Mount Etna itself is fabulous and worth the money.
I would highly recommend going to the top of Mt Etna - it as great. The tour guide was a little bland and we didn't get much history and background. But what we actually saw on the tour was great - the gorge and etna were a must see.