Etna Experience organizes Etna tour, excursions, full and half day trips to enjoy the best visit, trekking and guided tours to Mount Etna Volcano


Etna Sailing Tour

Excursion information

Location The coast between Catania and Aci Trezza (Cyclops Islands).
Duration From 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
Difficulty Easy
Departure Departure from the port of Catania. Meeting point at the Caffè Del Porto.
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First Stop

Start: Meeting at the pier “diporto nautico Etneo” at the port of Catania at 9.50 am. Departure on board of a sailboat Jeanneau Sun Odissey 34.2 accompanied by our skipper. During the day you will learn the basics of sailing.

Second Stop

Stop at the Ulysses Caves. The colors of the backdrops are gorgeous, from blue to green to blue water. During this stop, you can take the first swim of the day. We will give you a mask and flippers to make snorkeling.

Third Stop

Sailing tour stop ad Acitrezza and Acicastello: Navigating to the fishing port of Aci Trezza, passing under the medieval castle of Acicastello. Spectacular views of the castle by the sea. You will see the typical “pillow lavas” under the castle and due to the fast cooling of submarine eruptions.

Forth Stop

Cyclops’ Islands: Once docked at the port of Aci Trezza we will accompany you to take the pedalo* or small boat, the only way to go inside the marine reserve of Cyclops’ Islands

*Please note: the pedalo is available according to the season (from June to August) and its price is not included, but the cost is negligible (around a few euros per person).

Fifth Stop

Lunch: Returning to the boat, we will offer you a lunch, made of: 

  • Rustic Appetizer (products in oil, bread, cold cuts and cheese) 
  • First course of fish (linguine with clams) * 
  • Fresh fruit and white local Etna DOC wine 

*It is possible to request a vegetarian menu made of pasta with pesto and pomodoriniIn case of any other food requirement (gluten free, vegan diet, ecc) please tell us upon booking.  

Sixth Stop

Afternoon: During the return sailing, if weather and marine conditions are favourable you will have the opportunity to have a swim in the open sea. 

Return: The Etna Sailing Tour will finish at 6:00 p.m., once back at Catania port.

Participation Fee

From October 1st to May 31st the price is 74,00€ per person; 57,00€ for children from 4 to 12 years.

From June 1st to September 30th the price is 97,00€ per person; 67,00€ for children from 4 to 12 years.

If you join 2 excursions (Etna Sicily Sailing + Experience Experience) you will have a discount of 10% on the second tour booked!

For the other sailing excursions from Catania and Taormina, please check our sailing department.

Included in the booking

Full day excursion on board of our boat, captained by our skipper. Lunch on board, made of appetizer with typical flavors of the volcano, a first fish course, fruit and local white wine (in case of particular food requirements, we please ask you to inform us upon booking). Mask and flippers to do snorkeling. Pedalò (according to the season) or small boat. Insurance.


Italian and English (on request and subject to availability also Spanish and French)

Recommended equipment

Swimsuit clothing according to the season (we remind you that during winter/autumn there is very cold and windy). Sun cream, beach towel and hat.


If you suppose to suffer seasickness, we suggest you to take pills and patches before the tour. If you don’t have the equipment required we will provide the necessary, please ask for it upon booking.

Itinerary changes

Depending on weather conditions the skipper can always decide for everybody's safety to change the itinerary. The judgment and decisions of the captain regarding safety reasons, however, are unquestionable.