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 the Etna summit area, at 2900mt; there you will start a light hike (about 40/45 minutes) around the summit area; our naturalistic guide and a volcanological guide 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 the 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. 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 originated when thick lava flows reached the icy Alcantara river and formed these geometrically perfect rocks. You will have some time to walk along the watercourse and relax; the sight of this river streaming through the high walls that form the gorge will amaze you.
At the end of the Mount Etna by Cable Car, 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 and French 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.