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From Catania: Guided Tour of Mount Etna and Taormina

1. From Catania: Guided Tour of Mount Etna and Taormina

Begin your Sicilian adventure with pickup from your hotel at 9 AM. Sit back and relax as you’re transported in comfort to a truly unique location, Mount Etna. Positioned above the convergent plate margin between the cities of Messina and Catania, Mount Etna is the highest-located active volcano in all of Europe. Learn about this fascinating volcano  from your expert guide, and explore its ancient craters and lava caves with helmets and torches. Then move on to explore Taormina at your leisure without a guide. Discover one of the most pristine areas of Sicily, celebrated for its stunning natural landscapes, marine beauty, baroque and medieval monuments, and its quaint Greek theater.

Mount Etna Mountain E-Bike Enduro Tour

2. Mount Etna Mountain E-Bike Enduro Tour

When you arrive at the start point of your mountain bike trail, get kitted out with all the necessary equipment and your professional mountain e-bike.  Ride on a mixture of fun country trails with terrains ranging from volcanic sand to lava rocks. Listen to your certified mountain bike guide who will advise the most suitable route for you and explain the peculiarities of the trail. All guides are local, energetic and passionate about this sport, so they will be able to convey to you their passion and knowledge about this wonderful region.

Mount Etna: Summit Cycling Tour

3. Mount Etna: Summit Cycling Tour

Your cycling adventure begins with traveling to the northern part of the volcano. Upon arrival, get kitted out with all the necessary biking equipment and then get ready for the ride of your life. Follow your guide along a dirt path that journeys upwards, passing by vast ancient craters and fascinating lava flows. Along the way, admire the stark contrast of the volcano landscape that is unlike anything else on earth, and marvel at the views back down to the towns below. Arrive at the Volcanological Observatory at an altitude of 2800 meters and regain your strength as you relax against a backdrop of panoramic views. Gaze upon the summit craters of Etna, the Ionian Sea and the Valle del Bove, as well as giving yourself a pat on the back for your achievement.

Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

4. Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

Your expert guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Catania, or another central location, around 8:30 AM. The guide will drive you to Rifugio Sapienza where you will the cable car to 2500 meters. Here, a 4x4 vehicle will take you to the maximum reachable height of 1.7 miles (2750 meters). With the guide, enjoy the magnificence of the volcano in front of the impressive Central and South-Eastern Craters, which are surrounded by ancient and recent lava flows. Return to Rifugio Sapienza to head in the direction of Monte Nero Degli Zappini. Take a nature walk with your guide to discover the geological and botanical aspects of Etna. Stop for a delicious lunch of authentic Sicilian baked goods accompanied by water and Mount Etna wine. In the afternoon, you will visit a volcanic cave and use helmets and torches to safely explore the depth of the volcano. Your expert guide will teach you some basic information about speleology and the fascinating phenomenon related to eruptions.

Etna: Half-Day Mt Etna Mountain Bike Tour

5. Etna: Half-Day Mt Etna Mountain Bike Tour

Visiting Mount Etna and the surrounding area by mountain bike is a unique experience that will give you the chance to see uncontaminated landscapes, between ancient lava flows and old craters, passing through oak and pine woods. The tour will start from the southern part of the Volcano, which in recent years has been hit by lava flows. This is one of the most beautiful sides of the volcano because during the tour it is possible to admire the contrast between the dark rocks and the vegetation (like the broad-leaved woods). On the path there are some alpine houses and a beautiful fracture cave "Santa Barbara". The climate of the region makes it possible for tours to operate all year around.

From Taormina: Cycling Tour to the Top of Mount Etna

6. From Taormina: Cycling Tour to the Top of Mount Etna

Pickup from your hotel in Taormina or Giardini Naxos. Your tour will start from the southern part of the Etna volcano. After reaching Rifugio Sapienza, ride along a dirt path with your guide, between ancient craters and recent lava flows. Admire an extraordinary panorama, with views of the summit craters of Etna, the Ionian Sea and the Valle del Bove. Later, put on a helmet and headlamp and head inside a lava cave to learn how lava flows are formed, before returning to the starting point. In the end, visit one of the area’s top organic farms to taste products such as honey, olive oil, and wine.

Mount Etna: Guided Mountain Bike Tour

7. Mount Etna: Guided Mountain Bike Tour

Once you arrive, with the help of our guide, you can choose the route that best suits you! From downhill, to the descents of lava sand, single trail in the woods, free-ride and enduro trails, up to walks of varying difficulty. Starting from Rifugio Sapienza, in the south side of Etna, you will begin your journey through lonely and scenic trails, landscapes of pure Sicilian nature, caves of lava flow, passing through forests of oak, pine, birch and beech trees.  You will go through the most secret and suggestive places of our island, and you will be enchanted by the power and beauty of this volcano. All this, concentrated in a unique and unmissable experience by mountain bike, which will allow you to spend three unforgettable hours in contact with nature, discovering the highest active volcano in Europe.

From Catania: Etna Downhill Mountain Biking Experience

8. From Catania: Etna Downhill Mountain Biking Experience

After meeting the group in front of Rifugio Sapienza hotel at 10:30AM, you'll be in good company with a qualified mountain bike guide who will share with you a deep passion for this land and sport. Once you reach the top of the mountain, admire an extraordinary panorama: the summit craters of Etna, the Ionian Sea, and the Valle del Bove. Begin the downhill trail from 2,800 meters by e-bike, with a single trail descent around old and new lava flows on the highest active volcano in Europe.

Catania: mountain Bike Rental on Mount Etna

9. Catania: mountain Bike Rental on Mount Etna

Starting at Catania, rent a bike for the day and absorb the beauty of the Sicilian coast and landscape as you cycle at your own leisure on the paths to the summit of Mount Etna. Follow one of the recommended bike routes or discover your very own island adventure while being charmed by the stunning vistas.  At the rental base choose your preferred bike from the high-quality selection available including traditional mountain or electric bikes with premium suspension ranging from MTB Fork 100mm to 180mm. Customize your riding experience with optional bike racks, bags or clothing. Set off on the tracks and trails and admire the serene mountainous surroundings on the ascent to the summit of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the imposing Mount Etna. Feel the warmth of the breeze as you cycle at your own speed, viewing the spectacular coastal scenes and Sicilian architecture.   As the day draws to a close, descend from the peaks at a leisurely pace to return your bike to the Rental Center. Savor the memories made of your beautiful and distinctive cycling experience.

From Catania: Mountain Bike Tour Aci Castello & Aci Trezza

10. From Catania: Mountain Bike Tour Aci Castello & Aci Trezza

Starting from Catania, aboard your mountain bike, you will admire the architectural beauty of this ancient city, a treasure trove of treasures dating back to different historical periods. You will then move to the coastal area, until you get to Aci Castello, a quaint fishing village that takes its name from a real castle, built on a rock of basalt lava, formed during an underwater eruption about 500,000 years ago. Heading towards Aci Trezza, you will discover a small fishing village, which is the backdrop to the enchanting island Lachea and the famous Faraglioni dei Ciclopi, lava buildings, born from the same underwater eruption, linked to an ancient legend: it is said that they were thrown by the Cyclops Polyphemus against Ulysses, after his blindness. To conclude this tour, you can finally give yourself a regenerating dip in the sea or even opt for a refreshing and tasty homemade granita, before returning to Catania.

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Full day on Mt Edna with a group of 8 + awesome guide. Transportation provided in minivan, hiked around 2 volcanic craters, one old / one more recent. Combo gondola/ 4x4 small bus to reach slightly below summit. Lava fields are extensive, multiple craters and Mountain View’s. I found the hike to the 2nd crater challenging as it’s steep and you’re trudging through loose volcanic sand/rubble. After touring the craters our guide found a great spot for a picnic lunch- it included a variety of local foods so we had a chance to try the local fare, wine and water included! Following lunch we drove to a lava cave - our group was the only one there. Another very short hike to reach the cave and a bit of a challenge to enter- cave was fairly small but a good example of a lava cave. Our guide was knowledgeable regarding the geology of the area and was always very safety conscious. This tour is considered their “easy “ tour due to the assist of gondola & bus - beware if out of shape/older.

A fost o excursie plăcută, iar ghidul Daniele ne-a oferit multe explicații interesante, în special despre vulcanul Etna. Dacă vrei să vizitezi aceste două destinații într-o singură zi, e alegerea perfectă.

An excellent way to experience this part of Sicily. A diverse day that combines the mighty etna and the charming views of Taormina

Experience not to be missed. The tour of Etna and Taormina are truly unforgettable experiences.

Great guides; great groups - fun comradery with so much to see! What are you waiting for?