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Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

1. Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

Enjoy a hike on the highest, most active volcano in Europe. Explore a fascinating landscape and take in breathtaking views on this climbing adventure. Start the tour with an early morning pickup from the meeting point chosen. On the way, there will be a stop for a coffee and to buy something to eat. Arrive at the starting point for your off-the-beaten-track hike. Take advantage of a helmet and all the equipment you need for your hike. As you begin to walk, admire the fascinating landscape of the Valle del Bove, the biggest depression of Mount Etna, and its moonlike deserts. From there take in the breathtaking views of the smoking summit craters and the surrounding landscape facing the Ionian Sea. Finally, in the afternoon, get dropped off back in Catania where your tour concludes.

Taormina and Catania: Mount Etna Exploration and Cave Tour

2. Taormina and Catania: Mount Etna Exploration and Cave Tour

Begin your trip to Etna with an easy walk around the Sartorius Craters, whose eruption is dated back to 1865. This excursion to Mount Etna will allow you to understand the different types of eruptions that can take place on volcanoes, as you undergo an easy trek of about 4 kilometers up and down this interesting fissure eruption site. Afterward, head to the Etna Nord Ski Resort, where a lunch break is planned in a beautiful chalet at 1,900 meters above sea level. Following lunch, embark on a cave exploration of a lava tube. Created by a prehistoric lava flow, it is now enriched by the Etna birch forest which surrounds it. This cave was allegedly used for some time by bandits, whereas others say the tunnel was used to store snow during winter to then be used in the warmer seasons. Whatever the truth behind its common use during the past centuries, it's a wonderful place to explore with caving equipment such as helmets and torches to ensure a safe visit. If time allows, the excursion will conclude with a free tasting of Etna's finest products, including honey, wine, liqueurs and much more at a local producer in Zafferana Etnea. This village of honey sits along the Etna Wine Route, which will lead you back to your accommodation where you will be dropped off at the conclusion of your tour. Alternatively, upgrade your experience to a private tour and enjoy an itinerary adapted to your desires, specifications, and pace. The guide will follow a tailor-made itinerary based on your requests, a route that can also be reviewed during the day.

From Taormina: Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour

3. From Taormina: Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour

Travel in a small group with a guide from Taormina to Etna on this full-day tour. See craters, walk along the volcanic underground, enjoy a 3-course lunch, and visit the Alcantara Canyons. Enjoy a 2-hour hike around the perimeters of extinct craters and along lava-covered paths at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. Visit the volcanic underground, discovering one of the wonders of Etna. Stop for lunch and visit a local winery for a guided tasting of Etna wines (DOC). The 3-course lunch features typical Sicilian antipasti, a main course, and a delicious dessert. Last on the itinerary is a visit to the Alcantara Canyons, formed thousands of years ago when lava flowed into the Alcantara River, from a panoramic viewpoint.

From Taormina or Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna Hike

4. From Taormina or Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna Hike

Hike on Mount Etna's finest trails to discover one of Europe's most famous volcanos. Enjoy a trek over extinct craters, lava flows, lava tubes, and have a fantastic view over the dramatic beauty of the Valle del Bove caldera. During your hike discover the beauty of Mount Etna and see the vibrant active craters of the summit. Enjoy the view along the volcano's flanks and see the Ionian Coast from Taormina to Catania. This tour is adaptable to all levels of hikers and transportation is carried out with off-road pickups vehicles. Depending on the season, your lunch includes a picnic in the outdoors or at a restaurant with typical Sicilian products. If time allows, your excursion will conclude with a complimentary tasting of Etna's finest products, including honey, wine, liqueurs and much more at a local producer in Zafferana Etnea. This village of honey sits along the Etna Wine Route, which will lead you back to your accommodation where you will be dropped off as the tour concludes.

Sicily: Etna Volcano & Taormina Tour

5. Sicily: Etna Volcano & Taormina Tour

Discover Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe (3.345 mt), and the town of Taormina that sits on the slopes of Mount Tauro on this guided tour. Enjoy plenty of free time to see the Silvestri Craters, Taormina’s Greek-Roman Theater, and more. Meet with staff and the rest of the group at the meeting point in Palermo, then depart to Etna. Upon arrival, enjoy free time to visit the Silvestri Craters and other sites. Try climbing Mount Etna in two different ways: • Ascend to 2,500 meters: From Funivia dell’Etna, ride a cable car up to 2,500 meters (at Montagnola). Upon arrival at 2,500 meters, you can walk around, hike, or enjoy a drink at the bar overlooking the area. This option has an additional cost to pay on the spot, approximately €30 per person. • Ascend to the top from 2,500 meters up to 2,920 meters: From Montagnola at around 2,500 meters, jump on board the UNI-MOG (mini-coach WD4X4) to reach 2,800 meters with a licensed Etna guide. Then, hike to reach 2,920 meters. This option has an additional cost to be paid on the spot of approximately €60 per person. Afterward, depart for Taormina, a scenic town on the slopes of Mount Tauro (204 m). This stop is not guided, so you are free to explore independently at your own pace. Visit the Greek-Roman Theater and admire the views of Etna and Taormina Bay. Later, head back to Palermo to be dropped off.

Etna Urban Winery - Vineyard walk and Tasting experience

6. Etna Urban Winery - Vineyard walk and Tasting experience

Experience an urban winery on the slopes of Mount Etna. Begin the tour with a warm welcome and a walk across urban vineyards nestled between Catania and Etna. See the unique urban landscape with rare dry-stone-made buildings and walls from the 19th century, and an oak wood representing the large forest that was once just above Catania, now claimed by the expanding city. Children will receive a treasure map to follow along on the walk. Discover 18th-century Palmento (traditional Sicilian winery) upon returning from the walk, among the largest and best-preserved in the area, still equipped with its large chestnut wood barrels and the grape pressing machine dating back to 1790. Hear of some family stories found reading ancestor’s diaries from the 1800s. Finish the tour with a tasting experience on today's Etna culinary landscape. Taste wines from 4 different wineries around the volcano, each wine paired with a gourmet bite prepared by resident chef Leonardo, to finish a day relaxing in the courtyard or the garden looking at the Etna volcano.

Catania: Mount Etna Trekking and Summit Craters

7. Catania: Mount Etna Trekking and Summit Craters

From the meeting point at Funivia dell'Etna, you’ll start the day by catching the cable car and bus to the trailhead. After trekking for about 2 kilometers, you will reach the western portion of the summit crater terrace where it is possible to admire the stateliness of the Central Crater. The trekking will continue along the crater wall before starting downhill on the steep path constituted by ash and volcanic scoria along the southern portion of the summit. Complete the extraordinary journey back to Rifugio Sapienza by cable car.

Arancino Making Class in Taormina

8. Arancino Making Class in Taormina

Learn to cook Sicilian Arancini, starting from cooking the filling, preparing the crust and secrets and techniques to make the right shape. Available also for Gluten Free and Lactose intolerant, Vegetarian, Vegan and other food intolerances. Coffee Break Apron included Water, Wine and Soft Drinks A meal with all the Arancini you made Arancini, Arancini, Arancini Certificate

Mount Etna: half day Guided Family-Friendly Hike

9. Mount Etna: half day Guided Family-Friendly Hike

Enjoy a family-friendly adventure to Mount Etna. Uncover the history of the volcano and its fascinating origins, with stories and visuals designed for children. Explore extraordinary formations like an ancient lava tube or the lateral craters and admire the stunning volcanic landscapes. This tour is specially conceived for families with children. Meet your guide and make your way to the lava tube. Adjust your helmets and light your torches as you step into this ancient structure. Learn about the formation of this cave with interesting stories and visual supports. Then, begin your hike to the lateral craters and gain an insight into the origins of the volcano. Here, uncover the differences between the lava stones and how they were made. As you hike, listen to famous legends and funny stories about the volcano from your professional guide. Finish your tour with a small surprise for the children to remember their incredible adventure.

From Syracuse: Etna Volcano & Zafferana Etnea Private Tour

10. From Syracuse: Etna Volcano & Zafferana Etnea Private Tour

Reach the summit crater on Mount Etna. It is the highest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. It has also been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013. Visit the nearby town of Zafferana Etnea, offering stunning views of the mountain and sea. Begin your private excursion by meeting your driver at your hotel in Syracuse. Before reaching Rifugio Sapienza, stop near a cave of lava origin. Explore the dark cave with a helmet and torchlight. From here, you can choose how to continue onward. Either trek up to 2000 meters on a simple trail of the Etna Park and admire forests and lava sceneries on the way. Or pick the "Etna high altitude" route. The second option comes with extra costs to be paid on-site for the comfort of the Etna Cableway and 4×4 off-road vehicles. This will take you to the Torre del Filosofo (Philosopher’s Tower), perched 2900 meters above sea level. Explore the central crater and lava-covered slopes that characterize the Etna landscape. No matter which path you take, you will be rewarded with stunning sea views and imposing craters at the top. Continue the tour to Zafferana Etnea, the city of honey. Taste typical local products and discover the secrets of honey processing.

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Our guide, Ezio, was very nice and prepared, giving us a lot of information on vulcanos and the history of Sicily. We were picked up in Letojanni and drove to the winery where we could have a coffee and change shoes. We then drove further up where we started our tour. Difficluty: ar the beginning it was tough (5-10min), later on it was easier. Once we had finished the tour, we got to see a cave. Ezio explained what the cave had been used for in ancient times and explained the geology once again. After that, he drove us to the winery again where we had lunch and some good wine. The winery was very typical, the surroundings beautiful. Afterwards, we left for Alcantara where we had the possibility to have a swim or to just walk in the (very cold) water. Eventually, he brought us back where he had picked us up. Overall: can only be recommended!

This was an excellent trip, the guides are very knowledgeable (one was a geologist / volcanologist - what else would you want when hiking up a volcano?). The hike itself was definitely doable, with amazing views and there were not many other tourists on our path (only saw one other group). What's more, the conversations were great, we learned a lot about the history of Catania, the best local dishes, and much more. Book this one if you are looking for a personal and fun experience.

We have just spent a wonderful 4 hours with Valeria. It is a perfect family activity with lots of interesting information about the Etna with fun activities along the way. Our son enjoyed every minute of it and so did we. Grazie mille Valeria!

Very nice trip to 2600 meters. It was very beautiful up there! The guide was very patient; even with particularly difficult guests!

Very informative trip. Enough time at the stops. Super tour guide Tizziano.