Etna Upper Craters Day Tour from Taormina
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- Duration: 8 hours
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We enjoyed our tour in general, but most of the time we were driving in a bus, taking the cable cart or driving in a mountain bus. Though we didn't need to stand in a line to cable cart or mountain bus for too long, traveling took way too much time. We had less than an hour up at 2900 meters and it was just enough to take a guided tour around a crater, but not enough to explore. All that trouble for a mere 45 mins up the mountain was a bit of a disappointment. Going higher up the mountain was of course forbidden. The mountain guide who walked us around one crater was very informative and multilingual. Our own guide was very pleasant, efficient and attentive. She spoke the whole drive up and down in three languages. The bus driver was amazingly skillful and drove that monster bus like a.. well.. a pro. We had cloudy weather so no breathtaking views down, but the summit was clearly visible from 2900 and we were quite pleased to see it.
Had the absolute pleasure of meeting Marco who was our guide. Right of the bat I can tell you Marco’s a very kind man and we had no issue immediately getting along with him, his enthusiasm for the island is genuine and it shows. Hearing about the Etna and her surroundings was delightful, we even got some personalized tips of places to explore based on what we enjoyed seeing. Other than that the horses we’re very nice! I had a friend with me who’d never sat on a horse in their life and they had a wonderful time. (A.k.a. very beginner friendly) The lunch was traditional and homegrown with a wide array of well-matched flavors. I could definitely recommend this trip.
Danilo was incredible! His English was perfect, he was down to earth, understood all our questions, did not rush anyone. Couldn’t have asked for a better guide! Etna was amazing but beware it’s freezing at the top but you can rent a coat for 4 euros, Danilo will also give you walking boots if you text him the day before which was really helpful. Fantastic day! Thank you Danilo!
Unfortunately the horseback riding was less than 1 hour and not 1,5 hours which allowed us only to go a short walk outside the ranch. The view of the landscape including the mount Etna was spectacular but for me not really a horse back riding really inside the national park. The team of the ranch was very friendly. The food at the Agritourismo was very good.
Antonio was such a knowledgeable, committed, patient and pleasant person. Very flexible and adjusting all wishes of the group. The tour has been an amazing combo of relaxing and intense activities. Don't miss going all the way up to Etna!!! If the day is clear it is the greatest experience of Sicily! Taormina is superb and fancy, take your time to enjoy it!