See Mount Etna which boasts a very special heritage and visit Taormina, one of the most popular place to visit in Sicily

Highlights:

  • Full day trip to Mount Etna and Taormina from Taormina
  • Travel to Etna’s base station at Rifugio Sapienza
  • Pose for photos next to the stunning Silvestri craters
  • Enjoy three hours at leisure to trek around the foothills of Mount Etna
  • See the famous Monti Silvestri Craters near Rifugio Sapienza
  • Browse shops along Taormina’s charming main street
  • Take in the views from the Greek Theater overlooking Taormina
  • Admire a panoramic view over Taormina

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Program:

Start your day trip by boarding your air-conditioned coach at your hotel or at a meeting point and then relax on the 1-hour journey inland to Mount Etna, the island’s brooding – and spectacular – nemesis. The Mt. Etna is the higest peak of Sicily and the most active volcano in Europe. The territory surrounding the vulcan constitutes the “Park of Etna”,  one of the  largest protected areas in Italy:  You will be astonished about the great variety of vegetation and landscapes that we will meet along the way before arriving at the “ Silvesti Craters” (about 1.900 mt).

Hop out of your coach at the base station Rifugio Sapienza, and then enjoy roughly three hours at leisure to trek independently around the foothills of Mount Etna. The area is covered with hiking trails that zigzag in all directions, and your host will happily point you in the right direction for the Monti Silvestri Craters – two small, yet impressive, craters near the base station.

Optional activity: CABLEWAY TO 2.500 METERS

On request and at extra cost, there is the possibility to get to a height of 8,202 feet (2,500 meters) by cableway in just 15 minutes. Once you reach this altitude, you can spend all the time you want admiring the wonderful views and panorama along the coast! At the top of the mountain you will find a refreshment point and a souvenir shop. At the end of your walk, return to the base station via cable car to meet the rest of your group.

At the end of your walk, return to the base station by cable car to meet the rest of your group.

Price per person: € 30,00

Optional activity: ETNA SUMMIT

On request and at extra cost, instead of spending three hours at leisure to trek independently around the foothills of Mount Etna, there is the possibility to get Mount Etna’s summit with cableway, jeep and alpine guide. Ride by cable car to a height of 8,202 feet (2,500 meters), and then travel the remaining distance by 4×4 jeep, stopping at a dizzying 9,843 feet (3,000 meters). Follow your alpine guide (*) carefully around the craters at Mount Etna’s summit, peering intohornitos (small openings that release lava), and learning about volcanic activity in Sicily.
Your ascent begins to discover the crater of the 2001 eruption, surrounded by an almost lunar landscape. This was one of the strongest eruptions of the third millennium with activity felt as far as the island of Stromboli!
You will continue on to the Belvedere del Valle del Bove, the most beautiful panoramic point on Mt. Etna at about 2750 meters. You will be amazed by the beauty of this large volcanic depression dating back 64,000 years! Here you will stop to admire the landscape, take some photos or simply enjoy the breathtaking views from which you can see Taormina, Calabria and even Syracuse. From there you also have a privileged view of the Summit Craters, where you can see the endless column of gas and water vapor.
You will then visit a crater depression called Cisternazza and finally return to an altitude of 2500 meters to take the cable car and return to the Sapienza refuge with your guide.

 

Price per person: € 67,00

At the end of your walk, return to the base station  to meet the rest of your group. Hop on your coach and we stop for tasting local honey and Sicilian specialities.

Set out on the one hour drive to Taormina. Perched on the side of a hill overlooking the sea, this town has a delightful character. Upon arrival, your walking tour will begin with a brief exterior visit to the famous 15th-century Palazzo Corvaia. This building, indicative of the architectural style of the period, is adorned with classic double windows. Your guide will take you to scenic lookouts of Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos, point out the municipal buildings and the maze of staircase “streets” that intertwine in this predominantly pedestrian only hillside town.

Discover  the impressive Greek Theater, known for its stunning location. This Roman-style theater was reconstructed in the 2nd century AD. It has marvelous acoustics which allow performances of classical plays to still be held in the theater. To reach the theater requires climbing several uneven, steep stone steps. To access the upper part of the theater also involves climbing uneven steps. For those willing to do it, you will be rewarded with impressive views. Guests wishing to visit the theater are responsible for their own admission which is approximately 10 EUR.

You will then have free time to grab a coffee or hot chocolate or explore the many shops that line Corso Umberto, Taormina’s main street. As well as being a resort town with boutiques of European fashion, you will also see many shops that offer the local Sicilian pottery

After free time, you will meet your guide at the designated location and walk back to your vehicle.

(*) Alpine guides speak Italian and English

Mount Etna

Taormina

Departure dates:

Every Wednesday: from May to October

General Information:

Inclusions:

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off,
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach,
  • Tour escort/host

The rate does not include:

  • Gratuities (optional);
  • Food and drinks;
  • Ride by cable way to 2.500 meters (€ 30);
  • Mount Etna’s summit with cableway, jeep and alpine guide to 2.920 meters (€ 67);
  • Equipment for trekking or hiking (it is possible to rent it at the Rifugio Sapienza);
  • Lunch;
  • Entrance fee to the Roman Theatre in Taormina (approx. 10 eur)

Children policy:

  • Children from 0 to 2,9 years are free of charge
  • Children from 3 to 11,9 have 50% discount

Important informations:

  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair,
  • Warm clothes and comfortable shoes are recommended;
  • It is strongly advised to wear comfortable clothes, wind stopper and sporting shoes (tennis or trekking shoes) for all guests who want to reach the altidude of 2.5000 or  2.920 meters. It is possible to rent trekking shoes and wind stopper jackets at an altitude of 2.500 meters;
  • The high-altitude ascents are not indicated for heart passengers, asthmatics and pregnant women;
  • Please note that for your safety, all excursions to Etna do not reach the edge of the main craters and customers are always kept on a safety zone;
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems;
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers;
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Cancellation policy:

No penalities will be applied for cancellations received within 15:00 pm of the they before the excursion. For late cancellations, a penality of 50% of the booked tour will be applied.

Other Info:

Departure point:

You hotel in Taormina, Letojanni, Giardini Naxos, Sant’Alessio or Bus Terminal Recanati – Giardini Naxos

Departure time:

07:30 am from Bus Terminal of Recanati – for pick up from other meeting points, please see below

Arrival time:

19:00 pm approximately

Return details:

Returns to original departure point

Meeting Point: Pick up Time: Collected Hotels: Location:
Naxos Beach 07:25 am Naxos Beach In front of Hotel Naxos beach (back entrance) – Viale Apollo Archegeta, Giardini Naxos
Sant’Alphio Garden 07:25 am Sant’Alphio Garden Outside the hotel S.Alphio Garden (back entrance) – Viale Apollo Archegeta, Giardini Naxos
Recanati Bus terminal 07:30 am Baia degli Dei, Villa Linda, RG Naxos, Hellenia, Alexander, Villa Daphne, Kassiopea, Baia di Naxos at Bus Terminal Recanati – Viale Dionisio, 12,98035 Giardini Naxos
Pozzo Greco 07:35 am Villa S.Antonio at Ristorante Pozzo Greco Via Stracina, 33, Giardini Naxos
Sporting Baia 07:35 am Sporting Baia, Villa Athena, Sabbie d’oro, Villa Nefele, Kalaskisò, La Sirenetta, Panoramic, Kalos, Arathena, Nike, Porto Azzurro In front of Hotel Sporting Baia (seafront side): Via Lungomare Schisò – Giardini Naxos
Giardini Naxos waterfront 07:40 am La Riva, Tysandros, Baia Otello, Costa Azzurra, Villa Mora, Villa Pamar In front of Hotel Palladio, next to the church Parrocchia Maria Santissima Immacolata – Via Umberto, 470, Giardini Naxos ME (interbus bus stop)
Corallo 07:45 am Corallo In front of Hotel Corallo: Via Madonna della Rocca, 9, Taormina Mare (interbus bus stop)
Capotaormina 07:45 am Capotaormina In front of hotel Capotaormina: Via Nazionale, 105, Taormina (interbus bus stop)
Taormina beach cable way 07:50 am Mazzarò Sea Palace, Villa Bianca, Ipanema, Baia Azzurra, Villa S. Andrea, All the Hotels of Taormina city (2) Via Nazionale, Taormina ME Funivia (at the “Spiaggia la Pigna” junction)
Atlantis Bay 07:50 am Atlantis Bay, Villa Esperia In front of hotel Atlantis Bay Via Nazionale, 161 Taormina ME
Bay Palace 07:50 am Bay Palace, Baia delle Sirene In front of hotel Bay Palace Via Nazionale, 248, 98030 Taormina ME
Caparena 07:55 am Caparena In front of hotel Caparena: Via Nazionale, 189, Taormina (interbus bus stop)
Delle Palme 08:00 am Delle Palme, Albatros, Da Peppe, Sylesia, San Pietro, San Vincenzo, Le Tartarughe in front of hotel delle Palme on the upper road – Via Nazionale, (interbus bus stop)
Antares 08:00 am Antares, Le Terrazze, Olimpo, Calypso, Chrismare, Myosotis Apartments Bus Parking of Hotel Antares Via G. Chincherini, Letojanni (lower parking)
Silemi 08:05 am Silemi On the road at the Hotel Silemi bridge: Contrada Silemi, Letojanni
Baia Taormina (3) 07:45 am Baia Taormina, Crystal Sea Palace Outside of Baia Taormina, on the lower road, Via Nazionale Km 39 – Marina d’Agrò (Interbus stop)
Capo dei Greci (3) 07:45 am Capo dei Greci Outside of capo dei Greci Resort on the lower road – Via Nazionale, 421 – Sant’Alessio Siculo (Interbus stop)
Sant’Alessio (3) 07:30 am Elihotel, Solemare Outside of Elihotel – Via Lungomare, 274, Sant’Alessio Siculo

Important Notes:
1) The departure time of the excursion could be changed due to techincal reasons! We kindly ask you to contact our office at +39 327 059 4404 at least one day before the beginning of the tour to reconfirm the departure time and the meeting point.

2) Clients staying at the hotel in Taormina city center must reach the meeting point “Taormina cableway”. It is possible to book a extra transfer from the hotel to the meeting point and back at the cost of € 10 per person per way.

3) Clients staying at a hotel in the city of Sant Alessio Siculo and Marina d’Agro must pay a supplement for a transfer from the hotel to the meeting point “Antares”, € 5 one way

€60 P.P.