Pick-up (Taormina and Nearby Area)
We will pick you up outside/nearby your accommodation in Taormina or in its close vicinity (depending on the accommodation’s location, we will organize a convenient meeting point) between 8.30 and 9.00 AM. Each of our minivans can accommodate up to 8 participants.
Guided trekking at 2900 – 3000 MT on Etna South
Drive to Etna South (approximately 1 hour and half); from Rifugio Sapienza you will start the ascent by cableway first (until 2550mt) and then by off-road vehicle up to 2900mt; there you will start a light trekking (about 40/45 minutes), around the summit area; our naturalistic guide and a volcanological guide (mandatory at this altitude) will walk you through deserts of black ashes and extinct craters. The expert guides will show you extinct craters as well as introduce you to the spectacular volcanic phenomena occurred over time You will admire the central craters from a very close distance. The trekking part will last about 40 minutes.
Equipped with helmets and torchlights that we will provide for free, you will be able to get in the volcanic underground and visit one of striking volcanic caves of our volcano; during this part the guide will explain origins, characteristics and uses of the of this fascinating volcanic phenomenon.
You will then stop by a restaurant near Rifugio Sapienza, where you will taste an authentic typical Sicilian lunch made from fresh typical products and local wine (vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free options available upon request).
As final step of the day, you will stop at the River Park of the Alcantara Gorges. These were created when thick lava flows reached the icy Alcantara river and formed these geometrically perfect rocks. You will be amazed at the sight of this river streaming through the high walls that form the gorge, and will be able to walk along the watercourse.
At the end of the trip, at around 6.00/6.30 PM, the guide will drop you off at the starting point.
Included in the booking Naturalistic English-speaking guide (geologists, volcanologists, forestry-experts or agronomists); pickup and transport, ascent via cable car and off-road vehicles, lunch, entrance fee to the Alcantara Gorges, insurance and equipment.
Languages English and Italian. Spanish, French and German are available upon request, if informed with adeguate notice.
Requirements This activity is suitable for people of all ages with good health conditions. We don’t recommend participation to those who are not in a good state of health, especially to those suffering from cardio-respiratory conditions.
Itinerary changes The activation of this tour is frequently affected by weather and volcanic conditions; it may, therefore, be subjected to frequent changes. In case of restrictions dictated by the authorities due to the volcanic activity, the maximum reachable height may be lowered for safety reasons. We will provide further updates a few days before the excursion.