If you have decided to spend your holidays taking a relaxing cruise with a stop in Sicily, a must-see stop among others is definitely Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Located in the area of Catania, it is easy to reach for those who are visiting the Ionian coast of Sicily.
The ports of Eastern Sicily such as Catania or Taormina-Giardini are the ideal starting points to take an excursion and admire this wonderful volcano – other than to visit these beautiful cities and the surrounding villages (e.g. Savoca, Acitrezza, Acicastello), of course.
Taormina, in particular, besides being one of the most famous tourist destinations in Sicily thanks to attractions such as the Greek Theatre and the wonderful Isola Bella, has a convenient position in order to reach Etna.
If you are on a tight schedule, we suggest you take a half-day tour in the morning, such as our Goodmorning Etna, which will end between 2.00 and 3.00 PM; therefore, it will allow you to have some spare time to visit Taormina and its beauties.
If, on the other hand, you have more time available, you could opt for full-day tours, such as our Etna, Wine and Alcantara or Etna Summit Area, whose last stop is at the beautiful Alcantara Gorges and end at about 5.30/6.00 PM.
Otherwise, if you love good food and drinks and you would like to taste some traditional products and local wines, we recommend our Etna Wineries tour, which will give you the opportunity to taste typical Etna wines in renowned wineries of the Etna territory as well as to visit Castiglione di Sicilia, one of the most beautiful medieval villages of Italy.
If your docking port will be in Messina, you could also consider going on Etna, although you must keep in mind that it will take an hour and a half of drive, as Messina is more distant. In this case, we can organize a group tour with other cruise passengers or a private tour.
Finally, if your cruise will stop in regions of Western Sicily such as Palermo or Trapani, it will be difficult to reach the Etna volcano since it takes about three hours of drive, as you will be on the other side of Sicily. In this case, you could opt for the visit of the port cities and the surrounding villages (e.g. Mondello, San Vito Lo Capo or pay a visit to the Egadi Islands) and maybe save the East Coast and the visit to Etna for your next vacation in Sicily!
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