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Etna & Taormina Excursion

A complete excursion, for nature lovers. We will show you the north side of Etna, the least crowded area of this UNESCO natural reserve. We will guide you through craters and lava caves, through woods and lava flows, and, in the afternoon, the history, architecture, archeology of Taormina will enchant you.

● Pick up Giarre (gas station SP)/Fiumefreddo (LIDL) 98€ p.p.
● Pick up in Hotel 119€ p.p.

Children under 12 pay € 10 less! Children under 3 years free!

Why should I choose Etnaway

Because we offer the best services for you:
– Small groups max 12 pax.
– Authorised guides with great knowledge and multiple languages skills.
– Authorised experienced drivers.
– Authorised and fully insured cars.
– Walkie-talkie in each car to keep safe and in communication.
– Full insurance during the whole tour.

Itinerary
8/9 amHeading towards north Etna (very car has walkie talkie to hear the guide talking from his car)
9:30 amFirst trekking on Sartorius mountains. Visit to 5 – 7 inactive craters.
11:30 amHeading towards Ragabo pine forest driving on a 4 x 4 route to reach the old lava flow from 20 02.
11:45 pmBreak at Piano Provenzana where we will get to try local products such as honey, pastes and liquors.
12:15 pmHeading towards the cave.
12:30 pmVisit to Corruccio cave (you will get helmets and lights).
1 pmDeparture for transfer to Taormina;
1:45 pmArrival in Taormina, free time to visit Taormina.
4:30/4:45 pmHeading back to the hotel

Tour option with pick up
If you choose the pick up option from your hotel or the meeting point:
You will benefit from our guide’s knowledge during the journey on a safe and comfortable transport.
The expert English speaking guide will share with you the basic information about the creation of Etna, the most active volcano of the entire Eurasian plaque.
The guide will show you how the volcano effects customs and traditions of the local people living around it.
You will travel on a safe and comfortable off road 6 seater Toyota, Nissan or Mitsubishi, or on a 7 seater Mercedes minivan.
– Full NCC license cars.
– Authorised and professional
driver.
– English speaking guide.

Meeting Point

Once on-board of our 4×4 jeeps, we will make our way towards Etna’s hill. We will leave the wonderful “Riviera dei limoni” (Lemons’ coast), to approach Etna’s villages. We will then get on the road that leads through the volcano’s slopes, crossing old mulattiere (ancient mule drivers’ roads) and coalmen paths, we are soon at about 1000 mt altitude where a protected area of 720km²  begins. We also come across cold and dried lava flows that, like black highways, tear the mountainside.

Direction: Etna Park

We will get into a fantastic Nature trail, inside the Etna Park, heading towards the craters. We will arrive on the top of a lateral crater, created by an eruption with the typical buttons’ line progress, called “bottoniera”. A crater is made of pyroclastic slag that has been thrown out from the volcanic shaft and, once placed around the eruptive vent, creates a cone. Once we get to the edge of the lateral crater, in the exact point where incandescent lava used to come out from volcano slope¹, we will tell you about the features of Etna’s eruptions. You will have the opportunity to admire all of the different colours that lava turns into, as a beautiful reflection of a rainbow, and touch by hands all of the different kinds of consistency of pyroclastic rocks.
We will be able to see very few plant species that manage to survive in very extreme conditions both in winter and summer².

¹On Etna there are around 250 craters, among lateral and eccentric.

Visiting the craters

Through the off-road routes you will get to discover hidden places around Etna. We will get deep inside the forests, and together we will observe how nature forces are in constant competition : on one side the power of the volcano with its black and harsh lava flows, on the other side the power of nature that always generates new vegetation and makes the landscape look smoother.

4x4 Route

After all this adventure we will take some time to admire Etna’s top craters. We will stop at the ski station of Piano Provenzana and we will admire the north east craters and 2002 eruptions. If you wish you can enjoy a food tasting of typical Etna products such as honey, pistachio, almonds or hazelnut paste, sun dried tomatoes, olives and mushrooms paste etc.

Ski station and Etna’s honeys, pastes and liquors tasting

Let’s deeply penetrate in the heart of the wood to discover what’s hiding below the volcanic hard surface. Suddenly a crevice in the ground appears by our eyes: one of the about 190 Etna lava flow caves. We start our underground adventure: leaving the surface we enter into the mountain deepness to discover its most hidden secrets, visiting a lava flow cave¹.

¹These lava tubes are created during eruptions, through the flowing of the incandescent lava, still fluid, between 700 and 1100 °C (1292 – 2012 °F)….

Lava flow cave

You can stroll through the medieval streets of the town which fascinates visitors from all over the world for its scenic beauty and historical and archaeological riches. At each step you will find yourself laying eyes on real pieces of history, from the Greco-Roman to the medieval one.
Simply walking through the ancient city walls you will be spoiled for choice between the Greek Theater, the Villa Comunale, the Palazzo Corvaja, the Duomo, Corso Umberto I, Piazza IX Aprile, Palazzo di Santo Stefano, and much more . And if you are looking for a refreshing break and you want to enjoy a corner of paradise, you can only stop at the beautiful public garden, the Villa Comunale, originally a private park of Lady Florence Trevelyan Cacciola. From the backdrop to all this in the background, again and always, the magnificent profile of Etna, which steaming shows itself in all its splendor, from the apex to the sea with a rainbow of colors that give the feeling of being in a place where the man can still live in harmony with nature.

Taormina

It is now time to get back home after this great tour through nature, history and archaeology. Ready for next adventure!
See you on the next adventure!

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  • Pick up time

    About 8 a.m., to be agreed upon during the booking confirmation

  • Pick up location

    Pick up at your hotel or agreed place (Catania, Acireale, Giarre, Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Letojanni or close areas).

  • Drop off time

    About 2 p.m.

  • Included services

    Jeep 4x4;
    Authorised English tour guide (touristic guides, hiking guides AIGAE-GRE in possession of BLSD certification);
    Insurance;
    Pick up/drop off at your location;
    Equipment: Helmets and torches;
    Typical products tasting, such as honey, liquors, creams;
    Hiking sticks and baby car seats will be available if requested in advance.

  • Not included services

    Anything not specified in the "Included services".

  • Extra cost services by request

    You can rent other equipment (shoes, jackets, etc.) by requesting it in advance paying an extra fee.

  • We advice

    Trekking or running shoes, proper clothes depending on the season, the weather conditions and to the altitude: during winter season we recommend snow clothing (hat and gloves essential), during summer season you should wear a wind jacket, a hat and bring sunscreen. Bring some water, a snack, and don't forget your camera!

  • Important communications

    Tell us in advance about any special needs or health issues, such as allergies, heart disease, pressure problems, walking difficulties, handicaps.
    We will do our best to let you enjoy the tour to its full extent.
    Thank you!

    The tour could be modified or interrupted by the guide, in case of dangerous weather or volcanic conditions that may undermine everyone safety.

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