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Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

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

Break away from classic tourist itineraries to discover unique landscapes of Etna on this guided tour from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned, 4WD vehicle. Have your experience enriched by stories and fun facts from your guide.  Begin your private adventure with hotel pick up from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. Relax on the drive over regular and unpaved roads as you ascend the extinct craters that sit at an altitude of 2,000 meters.  Walk through lunar landscapes on Europe's highest active volcano at a UNESCO-listed site and view ancient lava flow. Admire the Etna forest, the Valley of Bove, and extinct craters. Put on your helmet and headlamp and make your way through a long, underground tunnel, formed by lava flow. Ascend the summit area at 3,0000 meters where you can purchase a cable car ticket on the spot. Be dropped off at your hotel at the end of your tour. 

From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Full-Day Trip by 4x4

2. From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Full-Day Trip by 4x4

After being picked up from your accommodation in Sicily, climb into an off-road 4x4 vehicle and head in the direction of Mount Etna. Make a stop to take an easy walk to the impressive Monte Fontana and visit the famous valley Valle del Bove. Wander amongst old and new lava flows and walk on extinct craters. Visit a real lava cave equipped with helmets and flashlights to see where ice was produced centuries ago. The guide will show you a great variety of flora and fauna: plants and animals which populate the active volcano. While walking through ancient forests, learn about the vegetation and wildlife of Mount Etna. Make the last stop at the cold lava streams of Piano Provenzana, which was destroyed during the last big eruption in 2002. Enjoy typical Sicilian food at a chalet including appetizers, a main course of pasta, dessert, water, bread, wine, and coffee. Then, visit the famous Alcantara Gorges, which were formed millions of years ago on the north side of the volcano. Between the cold lava flows runs a small mountain river. Here you can walk barefoot in the crystal clear ice cold water of the canyon or (during summer) have a refreshing swim. On the way to the canyon, pass by the idyllic Sicilian mountain village of Castiglione di Sicilia. Admire views of Motta Camastra in the distance which is situated on a slope. At the end of the tour get driven back to your accommodation.

From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Guided 4x4 Tour

3. From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Guided 4x4 Tour

Explore the other-worldly landscapes of Mount Etna on this guided tour with from Catania or Taormina. Tackle rough terrain in a 4x4 vehicle before enjoying a guided hike on the Monte Fontana trail. See the Valle del Bove and view volcanic craters along the way.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and relax on the drive through the stunning Sicilian countryside. Get set up with a bottle of water and hiking gear like a helmet and trekking pole.  Begin your walk on the impressive Monte Fontana trail. Visit the famous valley Valle del Bove, wander through old and new lava flows, and walk on extinct craters. Enter a real lava cave where ice was produced centuries ago.  Discover fun facts about the unique plant and animal life that thrive on this active volcano. End your tour at the cold lava streams of Piano Provenzana, which were destroyed during the last big eruption in 2002.  Return to your accommodation in Catania or Taormina at the end of your tour.

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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 :)

Guide at the top (Rosario), very pedagogue, who took the time to explain to us in English, but also in French a few times, which was not planned, which is a bonus. Very nice experience, which I recommend

Well organized, the guide was very friendly and responded to our wishes. Despite some bad weather, a nice trip.

Gianni was a fabulous guide for our family to Mt. Etna. He was very knowledgeable and so kind.

John Franco was our tour guide. He was excellent, and very informative.