Mount Etna Private Tour

Mount Etna Private Tour

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 Sicilian 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 over the Silvestri craters, take photos, have 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 best way to reach 2,500 metres (over 8,200 feet): the view is more striking and there are no roads, just tracks! If this is not enough and you really want to reach almost the top, there’s a special truck 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 truck 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.

As an option, you may have lunch and wine tasting at a winery on the slopes of Mount Etna. Contact us if you want to add this option as we have firstly to check the winery's availability.

Why touring with Palermo Walks? We only offer quality!
Palermo Walks has been awarded the patronages of the Sicilian Parliament and of the City of Palermo, we provide a 100% satisfaction guarantee, 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.



  • 7:30 Hotel or b&b pick-up by car or minivan
  • 9:30 Stop at a gas station with coffee bar
  • 9:45 Departure from the gas station
  • 11:15 Mount Etna (Rifugio Sapienza)
  • 13:45 Lunch (not included)
  • 15:00 Departure from Mount Etna towards Palermo
  • 17:30 Stop at a gas station with coffee bar
  • 17:45 Departure from the gas station
  • 18:30 Hotel or b&b drop-off
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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 guide speaking a language different from English or Italian, 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.
    • Shore excursion tour with port pick-up and drop-off: no.
    • Duration: 11 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, and on foot.
    • Level: easy if you stay at 2,000 metres or take the cablecar, medium if you walk up the Silvestri craters and/or take the truck and join the walk at 2,500 metres, difficult/hard if you walk up the craters at 2,000 metres.
    • Vehicles: 1-4 people large sedan or SUV, 4-7 people minivan. All vehicles are air-conditioned.
    • 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 €349, 3-4 people €399, 5-7 people €449.
    • What is included: hotel or b&b pick-up and drop-off by car or minivan, English-speaking driver/guide.
    • What is NOT included: lunch, tickets for cablecar and truck.

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