Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 7 hours
This day trip begins with a drive up to Rifugio Sapienza, with stops at viewpoints en route. The guide will provide commentary on the volcano's history and point out sites of previous eruptions. Trek along one of the nature paths up to 2,000 meters or take the Etna high altitude option. For the high altitude option, ride a cable car and special 4x4 minibus to Torre del Filosofo, at 2,900 meters. Afterwards, explore a lava cave, equipped with a helmet and flashlight. The final stop will be at one of the area’s top wineries, with a tasting session that includes a sparkling wine and 4 still wines. During the tasting session, enjoy local cold cuts, cheeses, pate and olive oil.
Danilo our guide was great! He was really nice and welcoming, explained a lot and gave us recommendations for the rest of our visit in Catania. The added value of this tour was the easy pick-up and the vineyard visit with tasting of great wines. Now with covid they don't accept visitors that are not part of a private tour, so it was a great opportunity (and the tastings are actually quite a big lunch). the cave was nice but a bit underwhelming. We paid additional 67 euros pp to go the the max altitude allowed (2750).
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.
Following pickup from your hotel in Taormina, your tour will start from the southern side of the volcano. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy mixed country trails, which range from volcanic sand to lava rocks on Etna, all whilst riding on a professional e-mountain bike. Your certified mountain bike guide will advise the most suitable route for you, explaining the peculiarities of the trail as you go. The guides are all local, energetic, and passionate about the sport, and will therefor be able to convey to you their passion and knowledge about the wonderful region. At the conclusion of your experience, you will finally be able to say that you "dropped a volcano".
Enjoy a hike along one of the lesser-followed trails on Mount Etna and discover the region's spectacular wildlife. After getting picked up from your hotel in Catania, head to the trailhead and begin your trek. See everything from lush woods to volcanic deserts. Admire some of the local flora (such as poplars, beeches, birches, chestnuts, oaks and pine trees) and fauna (such as buzzards, hawks, eagles, foxes, wild rabbits) of the volcano. During the hike, stop for a short picnic lunch composed of local products. Finish your trek with a visit to a lava cave and explore the cave with the torches and helmets provided.
Start your tour with a pickup from your hotel in Taormina and head up to 1,700m where the trail begins. With your expert guide, get familiar with your mountain bike and set off on the biking trail circumnavigating Mount Etna along the Altomontano trail. During the tour you will pass through ancient and recent lava flows as well as oak and pine tree woods. You will also stop to see a lava flow cave with all the necessary equipment. At the end of the tour, you will return to your hotel by bike.
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What an absolutely incredible experience! We were picked up by our guide (Danilo) exactly on time from our apartment. We expected to be part of a small group however we were amazed to find out that we would be in a private group for the day (two guests and Danilo). We suspect this was due to a lack of tourists (and therefore bookings) because of the current Covid situation, but we were extremely impressed. The walk at 2000m was superb and a special experience. At the vineyard we were once again spoiled, as we were the only two people in the whole place! There was enough food and incredible wine to come out of our ears and very well explained by the vineyard guide. Now the best part - Danilo! His knowledge of Etna and his stories from his extensive travels were really what made the day so special. He was extremely helpful and patient whilst we savoured every bit of the experience, and also provided us with many recommendations for the rest of our stay. A bargain at €100pp! Grazie!
This was a last minute option for myself and my partner. We looked unlike and just so happened to find this. We thought why not, it looks like a lot of fun. On the day, we were picked up from our hotel location and then went to pick up the others. After, we went straight to a lava cave. Then we went to etna itself and went via cable car and bus to the top and the view.. wow! Later we went to the vineyard where we experienced the food and the wine itself. All I can say is incredible, the food was great and so was the wine. Everyone enjoyed the wine tasting and I'm sure some of them got very tipsy haha! Our tour guide was the best. It's important to have a fun outgoing guide who knows his stuff and ours did. I highly recommend this tour to anyone wishing to experience true sicilian quality.
Francesco was incredible! He was a fantastic knowledgeable guide, always prepared and quick to point out where to grab a coffee or try this or that. The tour itself was a really fun day. It’s a great way to experience Mt Etna without renting a car!
Francesco, our excellent guide and the EtnaTribe agency did a fantastic job. The guide and the people at the vineyard were all invested and excited about what they did and the whole experience at a whole was spectacular!
Our guide was very friendly and informative. The cave was very little, not really worth a visit. The Winery was great - the food and the wine tasting were wonderful. But at all, the price is too high.