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From Taormina: Etna Summit Area (2900m), Lunch & Alcantara

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From Taormina: Etna Summit Area (2900m), Lunch & Alcantara

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Get to the summit area of Etna (2750 meters) by either cableway or off-road vehicles, hike at the base of the active craters with a naturalistic guide, and savor a typical Sicilian lunch.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian, Spanish
Pickup included
Pickup is available outside or near to your accommodation or in Taormina and Giardini Naxos. For those staying in Letojanni and Castelmola, a convenient meeting point will be provided. For those coming from different areas, accessible meeting points will also be provided with additional free parking areas.
Small group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Climb to the summit area of Etna by cableway or off-road vehicle
  • Enjoy the view of the active craters on the highest active volcano in Europe
  • Explore one of the striking volcanic caves
  • Taste a typical Sicilian lunch and wine
  • Visit the Alcantara river
Full description

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.

Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Insurance
  • Entrance fees
  • Equipment rentals, including hiking boots, jackets, and walking sticks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in the Taormina/Giardini area
  • Lunch
  • Anything not mentioned as "included"
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with respiratory issues
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The maximum reachable altitude may vary due to volcanic activity and weather conditions, and the contingent municipal laws restricting the maximal height
  • The agency, in agreement with the guides, can, at any time, modify or cancel the excursion if deemed necessary for the safety of the group
  • Tours in other languages (French and Spanish) can only be arranged with adequate notice
  • Please be advised this tour is not recommended to those who are not in a good state of health, especially to those suffering from cardio-respiratory conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 37 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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We had a wonderful time with Antonio. He is really passionate about geology and Etna. He told us so many interesting and funny stories and was answering all our questions. Important for tourists, even if the excursion says "trip to summit", there are little chances that you will get there because most of the time there is some dangerous activity in the biggest crater. Nevertheless, we discovered a lot and enjoyed a nice atmosphere during the day

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July 24, 2021

Roberto was a fabulous guide and an amazing person to spend the day with! He knows so much about Mt. Etna and the surrounding area. He communicated with us prior to the tour to let us know what to expect and picked us up exactly when he said he would. We spent a lot of time hiking around the volcano and then had a fantastic lunch at a local restaurant. The River was also a great experience. I would definitely recommend this tour and Roberto.

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July 10, 2021

Pick up was very straight forward. Ugo (the guide) was extremely informative on the way to Etna. He sorted the tickets and clothing (boots and coats - both very comfortable). Cable car had great views and 4w truck to top was a great fun. At the top the guide was extremely informative and knowledgeable. However Ugo took over the interpretation for us. It was fantastic at the top - such a clear day but very windy. Amazing experience to be so close to an active volcano. Lunch was delicious and very plentiful. Great chatting to Ugo and other travellers. The cave was interesting- again so much information from Ugo who, as a geologist, has so much knowledge to impart but explains it such a way we could understand. The river site was very scenic and great to paddle to cool off on such a hot day. It was very crowded though. All in all a fantastic trip, made all the better by Ugo who was a top guide.

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August 25, 2020

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