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Mt Etna ( 2.000 meters) and Taormina Day Trip from Cefalu

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Nicolosi, Italy
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icon13 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Explore Mount Etna, Europe's tallest active volcano, as well as, the lovely town of Taormina on this day trip from Cefalu in Sicily. Drink in the amazing views during the drive to the imposing volcano and consider choosing the optional cable car and jeep ride to the top of the steamy craters. Take the rest of the afternoon to discover Taormina, stopping by the centuries-old Greek theater, lingering in Piazza IX Aprile in the center of town, or lounging on its amazing beaches.
  • Day trip to Mt Etna and Taormina from Cefalu
  • Drive up to the craters of majestic Mt Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe
  • Ascend to the steaming summit by cable car or jeep (own expense) with a guide
  • Enjoy free time to explore the picturesque resort town of Taormina
  • Visit the fascinating Ancient Theatre of Taormina overlooking the Sicilian coast
Get picked up at your hotel in Cefalu or choose from a selected nearby location in the center of town and then hop on a comfortable air-conditioned coach to begin this action-packed day trip to Mount Etna and the resort town of Taormina. During the ride, enjoy the scenery of the Sicilian landscape. And then begin the ascent up Mount Etna, Europe's tallest volcano at nearly 11,000 feet (3,329 meters). 

At 6,562 feet (2,000 meters) get out of the bus with your guide and take some time to stroll around the area, drinking in the amazing views and pay a visit to Silvestri Craters, two diminutive craters. And if you're curious about summiting the volcano, take the optional cable car all the way to 8,202 feet (2,500 meters). Linger here and take in the incredible sights over Sicily, noticing the stark contrast from lush on the lower landscape and stark where you're standing. Want an even better view? Choose the optional jeep ride to to the very top of the crater. Follow your guide to the summit and learn about the history of the volcano. When the walk finishes, head back to the base station to reunite with the rest of the group. 

Take some free time for lunch (at own expense) and then head to Taormina, a stunning city on the coast that has been a popular tourist destination for 200 years. Enjoy free time to explore the town independently, strolling down Corso Umberto, the main street that is flanked by high-end designer shops, or linger for a while in Piazza IX Aprile. 

And one site not to be missed is the ancient Greek theater, one of the best preserved ancient ruins in Sicily. Learn about the history of this incredible ruin, first constructed by Greeks in the 7th century BC. 

After some time, meet up with your guide at the set time and ride back on the coastal road to Cefalu, hopping off the coach to take a photo of the Strait of Messina, before finishing the tour at the starting point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna
Etna Sud
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Ancient Theatre of Taormina
Taormina
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during Mt Etna ( 2.000 meters) and Taormina Day Trip from Cefalu?
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This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

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Excellent day tour - highly recommended
Steve T
, Jul. 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed our full day excursion to Mount Etna and Taormina. Marcello (our guide) was brilliant - so knowledgeable , friendly , professional , courteous - everything one would want. His English was very good and he had a very good sense of humour - we felt totally safe in his hands.Being Sicilian his local knowledge of history and geography was interesting - and from the heart. The coach driver (apologies for not remembering his name) was an excellent driver and dealt with many a diversion (due to roadworks etc) , winding roads , other drivers exceptionally well - not an easy task. He was very obliging , friendly , professional and had great care for his passengers. The itinerary was well planned with sufficient comfort stops and sufficient time at Etna and Taormina. The scenic route back to Cefalu from Taormina along the eastern and northern coastlines was stunning with breathtaking views. Very many thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable , pleasant and entertaining day. Very best wishes - Steve and Jenny x
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2019
Dear Steve and Jenny, The team Sicilyexcursions.com thank you for your comment on our tour and of our services. We have appreciated very much. I will inform the guide and driver about your comment. We hope too have You as guest on our tour on your next holiday in Cefalù or Taormina. Best wishes Pino L.
star-5
A really recommendable tour
Katherina66
, Jul. 2019
The trip from Cefalú seemed to be much shorter due to the great scenery. Arrived on the Etna I really recommend to take the cable car and continue with the jeep up to the highest point. That was definitely the highlight of the tour. Marcello was a great guide with a great knowledge about Etna and the region. It was remarkable how he could switch between the different languages (French, Italian, English and even German).
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Our tour guide Carmen was excellent...
Dominique P
, Sep. 2017
Our tour guide Carmen was excellent- helpful, friendly and very good at telling the multi lingual tour attendees interesting information about what we were seeing in French, English and Italian. Ou driver Massimo was also excellent. We both enjoyed the Etna part of the trip a great deal and the weather was brilliant so we had very clear views throughout the time that we were there. It was very interesting and really impressive to see. We would have liked to stay longer ideally. We then went an hour's drive on to Taomia and had 2 hours there- but would have liked to remain longer as 2 hours did not feel long enough to see everything. On the way back we were driven through Messina which was interesting as you can see the Italian mainland very clearly fro there. I found the amount of time spent sitting on the coach while we drove to Etna and on the way back was too much as I all you spend a good 7 hours sitting on the coach driving from Cefalu to Mount Etna and back to Cefalu at the end of the trip, which I feel is too long. However, I did really enjoy seeing Mount Etna I just would have liked more time there and more time in Taormina too.
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In fact, we DO NOT RECOMMEND booking...
Stelian Ioan V
, Jun. 2017
In fact, we DO NOT RECOMMEND booking excursions through VIATOR. We came to Sicily specially for our eight-year-old son to see an active volcano and our trip was not held because the timetable mentioned in the voucher was wrong, the bus departing an hour earlier. Local representatives of Viator did not verify or inform us of this fact. A great disappointment.
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Enjoyed tour, tour guide Mariio was...
manish
, Jul. 2016
Enjoyed tour, tour guide Mariio was knowledgable and friendly. only downside was that it was a long day. 630am pick up and then dropped back off at around 7pm
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This tour was excellent for its...
Debra E
, Jul. 2016
This tour was excellent for its content! The first half of the day was Mt. Etna and the 2nd half Taormina, including the Greek Theater. Loved it. We were a family group of 7 - English. We were the only English on the tour, the others were French or Italian. Our tour director tried to cover everything in all 3 languages, but that was difficult to do. Our only complaint would be that we felt we missed a lot of content as his main delivery was in the other 2 languages. Not quite what was advertised. Other than that, it was great and we would highly recommend.
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Five negative points to...
Edmund J B
, Jul. 2016
Five negative points to make: 1. My first experience of a multilingual guide - nice guy, who spoke Italian and French beautifully but English erratically, and liked to show off his linguistic skills to the Italian and French passengers which he did, at the expense of the bemused Brits on board. 2. Guide never had any intention of letting the few of us on the tour who wanted to view Etna's main crater, queue for up to an hour for transport to the top of the volcano. He must have known before we arrived how long the wait would be - he told us he had been taking groups to Etna for at least 15 years. Queues to visit the top must be a regular occurence but hanging around at Etna would have screwed up the schedule. Fair enough, but why, in that case, advertise the trips to the top at all? 3. No stop for a photo opportunity at Messina although, again, it was mentioned in the blurb advertising the trip. 4. Left Taormina at 4.00pm and arrived back at Cefalu at around 7.15pm without any comfort break of any kind. In fact a woman was so desperate she had to ask to be let off the coach in Cefalu and run into a cafe for the toilet. 5. Finally, although we reached Cefalu first on the coast road we went straight past and on to other hotels well to the west of the town. Then, when we finally got back to Cefalu, we had to sit waiting for a shuttle bus because the guide claimed the coach driver would have trouble negotiating the twisting roads and traffic in Cefalua. Nonsense, he was in fact a very good driver and had managed far tighter and tougher challenges earlier in the tour. It was simply too much trouble for them driving into Cefalu. Not good enough, Viator. You'll have to try harder I'm afraid.
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Mt. Etna was busy so we couldn't...
Ric
, Jun. 2016
Mt. Etna was busy so we couldn't make the ski lift to the top but out guide made the experience great. Lots of interesting facts along the way. The bus was very clean and comfortable.
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Long journey but Mount Etna was...
MGB
, Jun. 2016
Long journey but Mount Etna was worth it despite the long queues and the fact our Etna guide only spoke Italian and French despite a request for English and us having booked this tour in English.
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Dear Viator I liked the tour...
benteroende
, Sep. 2014
Dear Viator I liked the tour very much and was lucky to be picked up at my hotel even though the hotel was not included in the hotels from where you would be expected to picked up from. The weather was perfect for visiting Etna. I went all the way to the top, where there, of course, was a bit windy. After Etna we were allowed some two hours in Taormina, but then again you got to wait for the shuttle bus from the carpark and you do not know the city. Even though it is not very big I gave up to see the antique theater being afrait of not being able to be back on time. Our guide had a hard time translating into English, Dutch and French. She did that constantly while we were on the bus, except for the last hour. In my opinion it would have been nice if she only had translated into English and French and then not constantly. Actually, I was considering it to be a good idea for the participants to have their on audio guide from where to choose their preferred language and also the degree of information to receive. If you ask me today I really do not recall very much of what she said. She did an enormous job, though.

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