Giardini Naxos Etna Tours

Along this article I will list all the available Etna volcano excursions departing from Giardini Naxos and Taormina. I'm going to tell you about the best prices, and I will share tips and suggestions on how to visit the highest active volcano in Europe. Towars the end of the aticle you will find a list of other tours to visit the sourroundin of Giardini Naxos.

Giardini Naxos and Taormina to Mount Etna

Giardini Naxos is a seaside town on the east coast of Sicily, 35 kilometers away from Mount Etna's north side and 45 from Etna cable car on the south side. This pretty Sicilian town offers plenty of beaches and accommodations, making it one of the best locations to visit Etna and Taormina with a guided tour. Ok, let's see the best price for Mount Etna tours departing from Giardini Naxos. Keep in mind that the price of all the excursions described in this article include; transport, a guide, trekking boots, walking sticks and free cancellation. All the listed tours are available every day.

Tour Etna and Alcantara Gorge €69 kids €39

Hikers on Mount Etna from giardini naxos
Mount Etna Sartorius craters

This full-day excursion is ideal for those who wish to visit Mount Etna and the Alcantara River Park on the same day. In 7 hours, you will hike to the peak of a series of craters to an altitude of 2000 meters, you will descend into a cave, visit the impressive lava flow of 2002, and in the afternoon, you will cross the beautiful Alcantara Valley before seeing the river and the Alcantara gorge. This tour is available also from Taormina

  • Departure: 9
  • Duration: 8 h
  • Intensity: low
  • Hike: 4 km.

Excursion Etna half day €55 kids €35

Mount Etna landscape
 Hiker Marveling at Mount Etna

This Mount Etna tour departing from the city of Giardini Naxos is ideal for those travelers who do not want to spend the whole day on the volcano. With this excursion, you will hike through a birch forest; you will visit a cave and see the fantastic Sartorius craters, formed from the eruption of 1865, a UNESCO world heritage. This tour is ideal for families with young children. This excursion departs every day also from Taormina.

  • Departure: 9 a.m.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Intensity: low
  • Hike: 4 km.

Etna wine tour from Giardini Naxos €99 kids €49

Etna Wine tour from Giardini Naxos
A couple enjoying a wine tasting on Mt. Etna

If you are not very keen on hiking but still you love nature, good wine, and excellent food, this Etna wine tour tour departing from Giardini Naxos and Taormina is the one you are looking for. Before visiting a winery on the flanks of Etna, the guide will show you a series of old lava flows before taking you for a 30 minutes walk to the top of a series of craters to see a superb view of the glittering mediterranean sea, Taormina in the distance and Sicily's mountain ranges. 

  • Departure: 10 a.m
  • Duration: 8h
  • Intensity: very low
  • Walk: 1,3 km.

Etna Cable car tour €139

Etna summit tour from Giardini Naxos
Hikers on the way to the summit of Mt. Etna

Every day the are tours to go to the summit of Mount Etna departing from Giardini Naxos and Taormina. This excursion is recommended just to those who are fit and willing to walk for six hours, climbing from 2800 meters to the summit of mount etna at an altitude of 3340 meters. From the summit of mount Etna, the view is astonishing. You can see the inner part of Sicily, the Ionian see and even the beautiful Aeolian Islands. In 2022, access to the volcano's summit is still forbidden due to the intense and frequent eruptions from the four active craters. The tour price includes the ticket to the Etna cable car and the ride on an off-road vehicle.

  • Departure: 7:30 a.m
  • Duration: 10h
  • Intensity: Medium/high
  • Hike: 12/14 km.

Etna Valle del Bove €79

Hikers on Mount Etna departing from giardini Naxos
A group of Hikers on Mount Etna

If you love long hikes away from the crowd and off the beaten path, this trekking is the one for you, among all the excursions departing from Giardini Naxos. Along the tour, the guide will take you to visit one of the most beautiful caves on Mount Etna and the ridge of the Bove Valley, one of the most iconic landscapes of the volcano. Make sure you are fit cause this hike is physically demanding. This tour is available also from Taormina.

  • Departure: 7:30 a.m
  • Duration: 10h
  • Intensity: Medium/high
  • Hike: 10/12 km.

Etna Mountain Bike Tour €59

Ciclist on mount etna Sicily active
Mountain bikers on Mount Etna north side

O yes, Mount Etna can be visited riding an Mtb. The north side of Mount Etna offers plenty of cycling trails. This aventure will takes you through stretches of forest, acient lava flow and craters. The price includes transport, a guide and all the technical gear. With an extra €25, there are electric Moutain bikes available. The length and intensity of any moutain bike tour can be changed according to the needs of the excursionists. 

  • Departure: 8:30 a.m
  • Duration: 8 h
  • Intensity: Low
  • Ride: 22/25 km.

Other tours available from Giardini Naxos

Giardini Naxos
The sandy beach of Giardini Naxos

Boat tour from Giardini Naxos to Taormina isola bella €20/ kids €15

boat tours in Giardini Naxos
Boat tours in Giardini Naxos and Taormina

This boat trip departing from Giardini Naxos arrives at the Isola Bella marine park and explores the four most beautiful bays in Sicily, including Mazzarò bay. The quality / price ratio of this tour is unbeatable. With only € 20 you will sail for two hours, the boat stops for you to swim and on board you the crew serve fruit and drinks.

Snorkeling from Giardini Naxos €35

Giardini Naxos snorkeling
Couple enjoying a snorkeling trip in Giardini Naxos

Daily snorkeling trips depart from Giardini Naxos harbor from April to October. This tour lasts four hours and stops at Isola Bella Marine Park in Taormina and the beautiful mermaids bay. The price includes a snorkeling kit, wetsuit, and drinks.

Body Rafting Alcantara €39

Body rafting Gurne Alcantara
Body Rafting Adventure in the Alcantara River

The Alcantara Gorges is the most advertised place of the Alcantara River Park, and a visit to this canyon is worth it. But the place to go for a real Body rafting adventure is the Gurne, a stretch of river unknown to most people, immersed in a wild nature made of waterfalls and crystal water lakes. If you want to know more about body rafting, check out our dedicated article.