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From Taormina: Sunset Experience on Mount Etna Upper Craters

1. From Taormina: Sunset Experience on Mount Etna Upper Craters

Begin your journey by boarding a coach with your friendly and knowledgeable tour leader. This will take you approximately 1900 meters (about 6233 feet) up Mount Etna, where you will then switch to jeeps in order to get within a safe proximity of the main crater area at 3000 (about 9840 feet) meters elevation. During your ascent, you’ll be escorted by licensed guides of the CAI - Italian Alpine Club.   Mount Etna is an active volcano on the east coast of Sicility, and the tallest active volcano in Europe, standing at 3,350 meters (about 10990 feet). It’s also one of the most active volcanoes in the world and in an almost constant state of activity since its first eruption about half a million years ago.   After reaching the highest authorized area, stop to experience a stunning sunset as the fading sun’s colors cover the volcano, the Valley of the Bove, and all of the expansive surroundings. Following the sunset, return by jeep to 1900 meters, at which point it will be time for a wonderful dinner at your expense in a local restaurant to finish off the evening.

From Catania: Guided Tour of Mount Etna and Taormina

2. 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.

From Taormina: Etna Upper Craters Day Tour

3. From Taormina: Etna Upper Craters Day Tour

Explore the highest, active volcano in Europe on this day tour from Taormina. Travel by cable car and jeep to the top of Mount Etna with a local guide. After being picked up, relax as you are driven to visit the highest volcano in Europe with its smoking peak seen throughout Sicily. Drive to the Mount Etna Refuge with the opportunity for refreshments as you ready yourself for further ascent.  Climb higher by cable car up to 2,500 meters. Continue by jeeps up to the authorized upper crater zones with the assistance of licensed guides of the Italian Alpine Club. See the 4 distinct craters at the summit area and more than 300 vents on the flanks, ranging in size from small holes to large craters. Stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in a safety zone according to weather conditions.

From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges

4. From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges

Enjoy a full-day tour of the highest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna. Tour guests meet at the bus terminal in Taormina, Via Pirandello. The tour is led by a knowledgeable tour leader. You can enjoy exclusive information of the history of Mount Etna and the surrounding areas. An air-conditioned coach will transport you to the Alcantara Gorges (entry extra). This is an impressive natural sculpture. Thousands of years ago the riverbed was blocked by lava flow from Mount Etna, and as the lava cooled more quickly than the water it crystallized. Tall columns of lava have since stood here and as the river eroded through the lava it has created a series of impressive gorges. Don’t forget your camera. The trip continues on board the Circumetnea, a traditional train that winds around the foot of the volcano reaching up to Adrano in the south. Then. by coach, reach Rifugio Sapienza, at an altitude of 1.900 meters on the southern side. Then, ascend via cable car and jeep to the authorized crater zones, assisted by licensed guides of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club). Stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in the area of security. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Taormina where the tour ends.

Sicily: Mount Etna 4x4 Jeep Tour with Lava Caves & Forests

5. Sicily: Mount Etna 4x4 Jeep Tour with Lava Caves & Forests

2002 Lava front. The first visit is the 2002 lava flow, reachable by jeep through a winding dirt road surrounded by chestnut and oak forests. The 2002 eruption lasted from October 27th to January 29th 2003 and it is considered one of the most explosive eruptions of the past one hundred years Corruccio Cave’s Continuing our excursion we will reach the Ragabo pine forest where hidden among pines and brooms, we will discover the cave of Corruccio (1350 meters above sea level) a cave formed by flowing lava. Piano Provenzana Later, driving up along the Mareneve road we will reach Piano Provenzana (1800 meters above sea level), a ski resort, theater of the great eruption of 2002. After enjoying an excellent espresso, we will take a short walk to visit the ruins of the hotel Le Betulle destroyed by a molten lava flow. Monti Sartorius Our tour continues with a short walk to some of the side craters, the Sartorius Mountains (1700 meters above sea level), formed in the year 1865 and characterized by seven small, aligned eruptive cones (or "buttonholes"). This area holds great geological and botanical treasures, and our tour winds along clearings rich in endemic species, large volcanic “bombs” and woodlands dominated by birch trees (Betula Aetnensis). Halfway down from the top of one of the craters, one can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Ionian coast, from Riposto to Taormina, the Calabrian coast, the North-East Crater (3350 meters above sea level), the impressive dark lava formations of 2002 and the eruptive mouths (2000 meters above sea level), near the tourist resort of Piano Provenzana. Traveling through one of the wine roads of Sicily and crossing large expanses of vineyards (Etna D.O.C.), we will arrive at a local restaurant. This is the ideal place to enjoy relaxing moments surrounded by nature while sampling local cuisine and excellent wines. (Lunch not included) Alcantara River In the afternoon we will discover a unique canyon comprised of basaltic lava (the “Alcantara” Gorges) and shaped by the waters of the Alcantara river. The Alcantara's vertical cliffs reach 30 meters in height and its structures have been forged by high intensity geological and geothermal events. In prehistoric times, a river flowed here over clay sediments until a massive volcanic eruption channeled magma into the river bed forming the current canyons. After this stop, we end our memorable day and return to town.

Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

6. Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

This private adventure begins with hotel pick up from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. In the comfort of an air-conditioned, 4WD vehicle, take on regular and unpaved roads as you ascend to the extinct craters at an altitude of 2,000 meters. Break away from the classic tourist itineraries to discover unique panoramas enriched by stories and fun facts from your experienced guide.  Walk amongst lunar landscapes on Europe's highest active volcano and UNESCO World Heritage Site and view the ancient lava flow, the Etna forest, Valley of Bove, and extinct craters. What's more, put on your helmet and headlamp, provided by your guide, and make your way through a long, underground tunnel, formed by the lava flow.  To ascend the summit area at 3,0000 meters, you may purchase a cable car ticket on the spot. After a full day of touring, hotel drop-off is provided.

From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Morning Trek

7. From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Morning Trek

Admire the breathtaking views from Mount Etna on a half-day morning trek from Taormina. Visit craters, explore lava tunnels, and learn about this otherworldly landscape from your guide. Enjoy lunch and wine tasting after the hike. Depart Taormina in the morning and journey to the foothills of Mt. Etna. En route, enjoy insightful commentary about your surroundings from your guide. Arrive at Mount Etna and hike for approximately 1.5 hours around the perimeters of extinct craters. Walk through ancient woods and along paths covered in lava at about 2,000 meters above sea level. Get a better understanding of this active volcano and its surrounding landscape from your guide. Learn about its geology and history before heading underground to explore one of the lava caves. Then, head to a local café for a savory sandwich, wine, and dessert, followed by almond wine tasting. Savor this Sicilian sweet wine before being returned to your hotel in the afternoon.

From Taormina: Etna Summit Area, Lunch & Alcantara Tour

8. From Taormina: Etna Summit Area, Lunch & Alcantara Tour

Reach the summit area of Etna, ascending 2750 meters by either cableway or off-road vehicle on this tour from Taormina. Hike the base of the active craters with a naturalistic guide, experience the lunar landscapes, and savor a typical Sicilian lunch with local wine and drinks. Begin your tour with a pickup from your accommodation (or close vicinity in Taormina and the surrounding area). You'll travel in a small group of no more than 8 people for a more intimate and personalized experience. Drive to Mount Etna where you'll start the ascent to the summit area (2750-2800 meters of altitude). Depending on the availability and the circumstances, in order to guarantee an optimal service, the ascent can be carried out either by cableway or off-road vehicles only. Once at the summit area, enjoy light trekking with a volcanological guide and a naturalistic guide. Walk through a desert of black ashes and extinct craters, while admiring the lunar landscape and the spectacular view of the active craters from a close distance. Back at 2000 meters, you'll be given the proper equipment, such as helmets and torches, to visit one of the striking lava caves of the volcano. Then, enjoy a typical Sicilian light lunch with local wine and drinks during the midday break. Finally, you'll admire the Alcantara Gorges created when thick lava flows invaded the bed of the icy river Alcantara, giving rise to geometrically perfect rocks.

From Taormina or Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna Hike

9. 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.

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

10. 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.

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I took my parents on this trip for my mums 70th birthday, and it surpassed all our expectations! Rosario our guide was superb, he was so knowledgeable and made the trip interesting and exciting. He took us to the best spots for the weather and time of day, we were even late back as he took us somewhere to see the lava at night. l couldn't recommend this trip enough! Well worth the little extra money for a private tour of Etna :)

Fantastic experience for our family with an almost 4 year old child. Guide Giacomo, his Defender jeep, the stories and the sights of Mt. Etna, the lava streams and the caves... it was the full package what we wished for. Adventurous, but also easy accessible and flexible. 5 Star!

Had a great tour to Mt Etna with Antonio. He was very kind and knowledgable. The winery was wonderful with delicious wines to taste and a terrific lunch. Highly recommend!

Unfortunately, the hikes on Etna were only in English and therefore difficult to understand

Amazing experience visiting the craters atop Mount Etna.