Around Etna

Mount Etna for cruise ship passengers: a brief guide

Have you decided to spend your holidays taking a relaxing cruise with a stop in Sicily? Then a must-see, among others, is definitely Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Located in the area of Catania, Mount Etna is relatively easy to reach for cruise ship passengers visiting the Ionian coast of Sicily.

Mount Etna for cruise ships docking in Catania and Taormina-Giardini

The ports of Eastern Sicily such as Catania or Taormina-Giardini allow cruisers to visit these cities and their surroundings (e.g. Savoca, Acitrezza, Acicastello). However, they also are the ideal starting point to take an excursion and admire our wonderful volcano. Taormina, in particular, is definitely one of the most famous tourist destinations in Sicily thanks to its Greek Theatre and the wonderful Isola Bella. Not only that: it also has a convenient position in order to reach Mount Etna even for those coming by cruise ship.

If you are on a tight schedule, we suggest you take a half-day tour in the morning. Our Goodmorning Etna will get back between 2.00 and 3.00 PM; therefore, it will allow you to make it back to the ship in time.

If, on the other hand, you have more time available, you could opt for a full-day tour. Our Etna, Wine and Alcantara or Etna Summit Area last stop at the beautiful Alcantara Gorges and get back at around 5.30/6.00 PM.
Are you more interested in typical food & wine? Then we recommend our Etna Wineries tour. This will give you the chance to taste some traditional Etna wines in renowned wineries of the Etna territory; also, you will visit Castiglione di Sicilia, one of the most beautiful medieval villages of Italy.

Mount Etna for cruise ships docking in Messina

If your docking port will be in Messina, you could also consider paying a visit to Etna. Careful, though: you must keep in mind that it will take an hour and a half of driving, as Messina is more distant. In this case, we can organize a group tour with other cruise passengers or a private tour. 

Cruise ships docking in other areas

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. It actually 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 maybe the Egadi Islands). Maybe you can save the East Coast and the visit to Etna for your next vacation in Sicily!

For any information, do not hesitate to contact us!