Mount Etna guided tour - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mount Etna guided tour - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe!

Coming to Sicily without walking on Mount Etna's top is like going to London without walking on the Tower Bridge or to Paris without walking up the stairs of the Eiffel Tower! Not only because Mount Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe, but especially as since 2013 it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. An experience definitely not to be missed when in Sicily!

For this private guided tour we will pick you up from your hotel or b&b with one of our vehicles. It takes some time to arrive at Mount Etna from Palermo but the journey is worthwhile as we drive through Sicily, with views that stun everybody for their peculiarities. The panorama changes according to the seasons: from a brilliant green in Spring to a scorched brown in Summer to a moonish grey in Winter... plus mountains and valleys which recall The Lord of the Rings. But behold: Mount Doom is nothing compared to Mount Etna!

The peak of the volcano is visible from a long distance before arriving near Catania, the largest city close to Mount Etna and the second for population in Sicily. After about a 3.5-hour drive crossing Sicily eastwards from Palermo, we arrive at the almost 2,000 metres (almost 6,600 feet) of the Rifugio Sapienza. From this place you can walk, take photos, have a coffee and lunch... but after such a long way why not to go higher? If you want to do so (most people do!) the cablecar is the only way to reach 2,500 metres (over 8,200 feet): the view is more striking and the walk really different as there are no roads, just tracks! If this is not enough and you really want to reach almost the top, there’s a special jeep to take you to 3,000 metres (over 9,800 feet) and an Etna guide to lead you on a unique walk along and into a crater: this is going to be a really unique and unforgettable experience! The cost for the cablecar and jeep may seem expensive but keep in mind that Mount Etna, even though being totally safe, is the highest active volcano in Europe!

Another interesting experience may be to enjoy some typical local food at a bar... which is not a normal bar, being located at 2,500 metres (or, if you don't want to take the cablecar, there are bars and restaurants at 'only' 2,000 metres...).

Would you like to see more on the same day? Please take a look at the Mount Etna and Taormina tour.

Why touring with Palermo Walks? We have been awarded the patronages of the Sicilian Parliament and of the City of Palermo, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee, our vehicles are checked every month, you can always talk to one of our managers. Our style is based on storytelling, our unique way of sharing with you the history and stories of people, art, culture, food, traditions. Book your tour now to enjoy the best of Sicily!

P.S.: Safety first! In wintertime, in case of snowstorms or rainstorms the driver will decide whether it is safe or not to reach the top. If Mount Etna is not accessible the driver will provide suitable options.

Why touring with Palermo Walks?
1. We have been awarded the patronages of the Sicilian Parliament and of the City of Palermo,
2. we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee,
3. we provide a booklet with information about the sites,
4. our vehicles are checked every month,
5. you can always talk to one of our managers,
6. our drivers are Sicilians and able to tell you stories and history of Sicily to entertain you while driving,
7. we can customize the tour according to your needs, i.e. we can add a professional tour guide,
8. last but not least... we provide quality!

Book your private tour now to enjoy the best of Sicily!



  • 7:30 Hotel or b&b pick-up by car or minivan
  • 11:15 Mount Etna (Rifugio Sapienza)
  • 13:45 Lunch (not included)
  • 14:30 Departure from Mount Etna towards Palermo
  • 17:30 Hotel or b&b drop-off
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    Your experience starting from €71,00
    Number of People:
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  • Options

    • Cableway €30 per person, cableway plus truck €63 per person; 0-4 years old free, 5-10 years old €20 for the cableway and €40 for cableway, truck, and Etna guide. Please contact us to add this option to your booking, agency fees apply. If there is too much snow for running the cableway and/or the truck, it might be possible to take the snowcat at the cost of €75 per person.
    • Customisation: if you prefer a shorter or a longer tour, to add or remove some points of interest, and/or if you require different hours, please contact us.
    • For a driver speaking a language different from English or Italian, please contact us.
    • For a guide please contact us.
    • For special needs please contact us: convertible car seats for babies and foldable wheelchairs may be rented at €15 each.
  • Specifications

    • Frequency: daily (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day).
    • Departure: 7:30 from your hotel or b&b in Palermo's city centre; if your hotel or b&b is outside Palermo's city centre please contact us.
    • Duration: 10 hours.
    • Number of participants: 1-7, for more people please contact us.
    • Type of tour: private.
    • Location: Mount Etna - province of Catania.
    • Modality: by car or minivan.
    • Dress code: bring a jacket, a raincoat or a K-Way as, also in summer,  the weather on Mount Etna can be windy and rainy; in winter it snows daily and the temperature is usually very low; special jackets, socks, and boots may be rented at the Rifugio Sapienza for about €2 per garment; it is recommended to wear closed and comfortable shoes.
    • Rates: 1-2 people €299, 3 people €329, 4 people €469, 5-8 people €499.
    • What is included: hotel or b&b pick-up and drop-off by car or minivan, English-speaking driver/guide, entry tickets.
    • What is NOT included: lunch, and tickets for cablecar and jeep.

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