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

Excursion

Mt. Etna Wine and Taormina Tour

Excursion information

Location North East side of Etna
Altitude 2000 meters
Duration from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00/6.30 p.m.
Difficulty Easy
Departure Piazza Fedierico di Svevia 32 in Catania (we guarantee pick up at meeting point agreed upon booking)
Operated by

First Stop

Pick-up: One of Etna Experience’s expert naturalistic guides will pick you up at 9:00 a.m. from your hotel in Catania or from an agreed meeting point, to take you aboard one of our 8-seater vehicles (jeep or minivan).

Mt. Etna and Taormina tour hiking: Your guide will lead you to discover the secrets of the highest active volcano of Europe. He will introduce you to the fascinating volcanic phenomena, walking through ancient woods, on old craters and unique lava formation. You’ll hike for 1,5h-2 hours at 2000 mt.


Second Stop

Volcanic cave: You will visit a volcanic cave using the equipment provided from us (helmets and torches).  Our expert guide will introduce you, with some basic information of speleology, to the fascinating phenomena often related to eruptions. You’ll discover traditions and uses about a magnificent volanic tube!

In case of heavy snow and/or ice or in case of unordinary natural events, the visit may be cancelled for safety reasons.


Third Stop

Lunch: Then, you will stop by a winery in the Etnean city of Linguaglossa, where you will taste an authentic typical Sicilian lunch made from fresh local products. Every course will be paired with a matching Mount Etna wine, each rigorously DOP-labelled and locally produced (vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free options available upon request).


Forth Stop

Taormina: You will visit the historical center of Taormina. Our guide will bring you to Porta Messina, then by strolling along Corso Umberto, you will admire Palazzo Corvaia and Santa Caterina church. Finally you will visit the Greek theater, from which you will be able to have an astonishing view of the Ionic shore, with our beautiful mountain which dominate the landscape. Our guide will give you information and tips about Taormina before the visit. You’ll have also the opportunity to use a paper guide and a map.

[It is possible to be guided by a touristic guide, upon request.]

Return: The guide will wait for you at Porta Messina to bring you back in Catania. The return will be at 6.00 pm.


Partecipation Fee

From April to October the cost of the Mt Etna and Taormina tour  is 85€ per adult and 75€ for both children and under 24 years old. For kids under 12: 30% discount.

From November to March: the rate is 75€ per adult, 65€ for both children and under 24 years old.


Included in the booking

A professional and expert naturalistic guide (geologists, volcanologists, agronomists..exc) but first of all passionate of trekking on Etna. Map and paper guide in Taormina. Transport service with jeep or minibus from Catania, directly from your hotel or from an agreed meeting point. Snack with Etna doc wine. Insurance with our Tour Operator. Licensed Transport Service. Equipment, if required when booking. Small group tour, maximum 8 people.

Languages

The excursion will take place in Italian and English. (Upon request and according to the availability also in Spanish, French and German).

Recommended equipment

We remind you to wear closed and sturdy shoes (sport or trekking) with thick socks, and to bring a jacket because the temperature at higher altitude may be lower (about 10° to 15° degrees lower than in Catania). If you believe you might not be well equipped, let us know when booking. In that case shoes and jackets will be provided.

Requirements

We strongly advise not to attend the excursion to those who are not in good health, especially to people suffering from cardiorespiratory disease.

Itinerary changes

In case of bad weather conditions, the guide may decide to make some changes to the itinerary.