Etna: Guided Climbing Tour to Summit Craters
- Duration: 6 hours
Begin your Sicilian adventure with pickup from your hotel at 9 AM. Sit back and relax as you’re transported in comfort to a truly unique location, Mount Etna. Positioned above the convergent plate margin between the cities of Messina and Catania, Mount Etna is the highest-located active volcano in all of Europe. Learn about this fascinating volcano from your expert guide, and explore its ancient craters and lava caves with helmets and torches. Then move on to explore Taormina at your leisure without a guide. Discover one of the most pristine areas of Sicily, celebrated for its stunning natural landscapes, marine beauty, baroque and medieval monuments, and its quaint Greek theater.
When you arrive at the start point of your mountain bike trail, get kitted out with all the necessary equipment and your professional mountain e-bike. Ride on a mixture of fun country trails with terrains ranging from volcanic sand to lava rocks. Listen to your certified mountain bike guide who will advise the most suitable route for you and explain the peculiarities of the trail. All guides are local, energetic and passionate about this sport, so they will be able to convey to you their passion and knowledge about this wonderful region.
After being picked up from your hotel in Taormina or Giardini Naxos, your tour will start from the northern part of the Etna volcano. The bike tour follows a dirt path for a total height difference of about 1,200 meters, between ancient craters and recent lava flows. You’ll arrive at the Etna Observatory at an altitude of 2,800 meters, with your guides, where you can admire an extraordinary panorama: the summit craters of Etna, the Ionian Sea and the Valle del Bove. The descent will take place along a sandy and exciting track.
Visiting Mount Etna and the surrounding area by mountain bike is a unique experience that will give you the chance to see uncontaminated landscapes, between ancient lava flows and old craters, passing through oak and pine woods. The tour will start from the southern part of the Volcano, which in recent years has been hit by lava flows. This is one of the most beautiful sides of the volcano because during the tour it is possible to admire the contrast between the dark rocks and the vegetation (like the broad-leaved woods). On the path there are some alpine houses and a beautiful fracture cave "Santa Barbara". The climate of the region makes it possible for tours to operate all year around.
Your expert guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Catania, or another central location, around 8:30 AM. The guide will drive you to Rifugio Sapienza where you will the cable car to 2500 meters. Here, a 4x4 vehicle will take you to 2950 meters. With the guide, enjoy the magnificence of the volcano in front of the impressive Central and South-Eastern Craters, which are surrounded by ancient and recent lava flows. Return to Rifugio Sapienza to head in the direction of Monte Nero Degli Zappini. Take a nature walk with your guide to discover the geological and botanical aspects of Etna. Stop for a delicious lunch of authentic Sicilian baked goods accompanied by water and Mount Etna wine. In the afternoon, you will visit a volcanic cave and use helmets and torches to safely explore the depth of the volcano. Your expert guide will teach you some basic information about speleology an...
Your cycling adventure begins with traveling to the northern part of the volcano. Upon arrival, get kitted out with all the necessary biking equipment and then get ready for the ride of your life. Follow your guide along a dirt path that journeys upwards, passing by vast ancient craters and fascinating lava flows. Along the way, admire the stark contrast of the volcano landscape that is unlike anything else on earth, and marvel at the views back down to the towns below. Arrive at the Volcanological Observatory at an altitude of 2800 meters and regain your strength as you relax against a backdrop of panoramic views. Gaze upon the summit craters of Etna, the Ionian Sea and the Valle del Bove, as well as giving yourself a pat on the back for your achievement.
Following pickup from your hotel in Taormina, your tour will start from the southern side of the volcano. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy mixed country trails, which range from volcanic sand to lava rocks on Etna, all whilst riding on a professional e-mountain bike. Your certified mountain bike guide will advise the most suitable route for you, explaining the peculiarities of the trail as you go. The guides are all local, energetic, and passionate about the sport, and will therefor be able to convey to you their passion and knowledge about the wonderful region. At the conclusion of your experience, you will finally be able to say that you "dropped a volcano".
Admire untamed landscapes, lava flows, and volcanic craters as you cycle on a mountain bike in Mt Etna, passing through oak and pine woods along the way. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the southern part of the volcano, which in recent years has been hit by lava flows. During the tour, admire the contrast between the dark rocks and vibrant colored vegetation on this side of the volcano. On the path, you can also see some alpine houses and the beautiful Santa Barbara cave. The climate of the region makes it possible for tours to operate all year round. Choose from a number of trails that are suitable for all ages and availabilities, from downhill descents on lava sand and single trails through woods to free-ride and endurance trails.
Start your tour with a pickup from your hotel in Taormina and head up to 1,700m where the trail begins. With your expert guide, get familiar with your mountain bike and set off on the biking trail circumnavigating Mount Etna along the Altomontano trail. During the tour you will pass through ancient and recent lava flows as well as oak and pine tree woods. You will also stop to see a lava flow cave with all the necessary equipment. At the end of the tour, you will return to your hotel by bike.
After being picked up from your hotel in Catania, head for the southern part of Mount Etna where the tour will begin. You'll be in good company with a qualified mountain bike guide who will share with you a passion for this land and sport. Reach the top of the mountain to begin the trail downhill by bike with climbs and unique descents around old and new lava flows on the highest active volcano in Europe. The proposed trails are able to meet the needs of all bikers and after the tour you will return to Catania.
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Alessio is an AMAZING Tour Leader! He has a wealth of knowledge about everything you'd ever want to know (if I recall correctly, he is basically a history professor) and he speaks English fluently/perfectly. The pick up/drop off is convenient and his transportation is great. I HIGHLY recommend his tours!! I wish I had more time in Sicily to take more day tours with him!
The tour is a must for all Palermo visitors and upright people. What a handful of students began is today one of the best anti-mafia organizations Italy has to offer. If you can do the tour in Italian, you might be lucky enough to meet guide Cloe, who provides many private details about the history of AddioPizzo.
Seriously one of the best walking tours I’ve ever taken. Probably the best. Our guide Linda was exceptional - she told the story of the Addio Pizzo movement with such passion! I loved hearing her personal stories too. I will recommend this tour to EVERYONE I know!
It was a great experience and we learnt a lot about Sicily! The tour was very good. Antonio was very knowledgeable with a good sense of humour. Indefinitely recommend this tour.
Michael was great and the sites beautiful! I recommend it!