Etna & Wine Tour

Relaxed tour to get to know the largest active volcano in Europe and enjoy its fruits

from 130 € p.p.
*Price valid for at least 4 participants!
*Children under 13 years pay 20 € less!
*Children under 4 years free of charge!

A varied tour for connoisseurs: We hike relaxed through lava flows, up old and new craters. We go underground and visit a lava tunnel.

We learn about the wine that thrives in this particularly fertile soil and reward ourselves with a wine tasting and typical local food (2 choices: 4 wines + antipasti or 6 wines + menu).

Itinerary of the "Etna & Wine Tour"

MEETING POINT GIARRE

Our excursion begins at the motorway exit in Giarre. Already during the ride, our English-speaking guide will tell you interesting facts about the surroundings and about Etna, the largest active volcano on the Eurasian plate.

You will learn about the formation of Etna and how this volcano is reflected in the thoughts, customs and habits of the people who inhabit it.

You can enjoy comfortable and safe transport in a 6-seater Toyota, Nissan or Mitsubishi or a 7-seater Mercedes minivan. We guarantee you:

  • Vehicles with regular NCC registration,
  • Authorised driver with proof of professional qualification.

TOWARDS ETNA PARK

We set off in the direction of Etna Park. We leave the beautiful Lemon Riviera and approach the villages on Mount Etna.

From 1000 m above sea level, the nature reserve “Parco dell’Etna” (Etna Park) extends over an area of 720 km². We encounter lava flows that, like black highways, cut through the slope of the mountain: the “sciara”, as the lava is called when it is cold and hard.

TREKKING – CRATER VISIT

We start our trekking on the north side of Etna. As we walk among pines, beeches and globally unique indigenous plants, such as the beguiling smelling Etna broom (Genista aetnensis) and the Etna birch (Betula aetnensis), we can admire this unusual landscape and enjoy breathtaking views.

We reach the edge of a side crater, where the boiling hot lava flowed out of the slope. In front of us, however, is not just this one crater, but a series of seven craters in total. We are standing on the “buttonline” of the Sartorius craters, which was formed during the eruption of 1865.

They were named after the geologist Wolfgang Sartorius von Waltershausen. He produced such good and accurate maps of Etna that they were used for about 100 years, until the switch to satellite imagery in the 1980s.

We walk along these 7 craters and can admire the north-eastern crater, one of the 4 summit craters of Etna, and Monte Frumento delle Concazze, the largest of the more than 300 lateral craters of Etna.

TASTING OF HONEYS, CREAMS AND LIQUEURS OF ETNA

After the hike you can taste the sweetest specialities of Etna for free: Honey, also called the gold of Etna; creams made from pistachios, almonds, hazelnuts; Modica chocolate and of course liqueurs such as the fire of Etna, pistachio, almond, hazelnut, tangerine, melon liqueurs,…

LAVA TUNNEL

Now we want to discover what lies beneath the hard crust of lava. In front of us we see a crack in the ground: one of about 190 lava tunnels on Etna, created by the flow of hot lava.

Equipped with helmets and lamps, we descend and begin the underground adventure to discover the most hidden secrets of “a muntagna”, as the Sicilians call Etna.

VISIT OF A WINERY, WINE TASTING & LUNCH

After the trekking we visit one of the most renowned wineries of Etna to get to know the volcanic wines. After a guided tour of the winery and learning about wine making here on Etna, a tasting of wines and matching local specialities awaits us.

You have two choices:

  • For the small appetite, there is the version with 4 wines and starters (cheese, sausage, ham, olives, etc.).
  • If you want to get to know the typical Sicilian cuisine better, you can choose the variant with 6 wines and a complete menu with antipasti, first and second course (pasta, meat with side dishes) and dessert.

RETURN – UNTIL THE NEXT ADVENTURE!

After exploring Etna inside and out, we have reached the end of our day together. Well fortified, we return to the starting point of our journey.

Until the next adventure!

Important information about the tour

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TOUR – OPTIONS

  • Tasting of 4 wines + antipasti
  • Tasting of 6 wines + menu

* The menu includes: Starter, first course, second course, dessert

MEETING POINT

  • Motorway exit Giarre (view on Google Maps). There is a supervised car park where you can park your car.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

  • If possible, closed trekking or running shoes, layered clothing appropriate to the weather and altitude: during the winter season we recommend the use of snow clothing (gloves and hat very important!); in summer we recommend windbreaker, cap, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • 1l of water and possibly a small snack for the road.

SERVICES INCLUDED

  • Pick up/drop off at the Giarre motorway exit
  • Transport with 4×4
  • Authorised English-speaking guide (tour guide, AIGAE excursion guides, with BLSD certificate)
  • Insurance during the entire tour
  • Wine tasting + lunch
  • Equipment: trekking poles, windbreakers, backpacks, helmets, lamps and hiking shoes (please let us know your shoe size when booking)
  • Tasting of typical products: Honey, cream, liqueurs

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

  • Everything that is not listed under “Services included”.

SERVICES ON REQUEST

  • Pick-up from hotel or other meeting point (price by arrangement).
  • Child seats for transfer
  • Trekking shoe rental

IMPORTANT MESSAGES

  • Please inform us in advance of any special circumstances: health problems, allergies, heart disease, blood pressure problems, limited mobility, disability. We will find the best solution for you for an unforgettable day on Etna.
  • Changes may occur or the tour may be cancelled if the guide deems it necessary if weather or volcanic conditions threaten the safety of the group.
  • Of course, all our staff are fully vaccinated for your and our protection.
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