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Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina

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Taormina, Italy

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Overview

Mount Etna is Europe's largest active volcano, but you don’t have to climb the mighty peak to experience the natural wonder. On this full-day tour from Taormina, hike through the ancient woodlands and lava caves of Mt Etna; indulge in a Sicilian-style lunch and wine tasting; and explore the Alcantara Gorge. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Full-day Mount Etna, Alcantara Gorge, and wine tasting tour from Taormina
  • Tuck into a delicious 3-course lunch and sample fine regional wines
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, lunch, and entrance fees
  • Small-group tour limited to 8 people ensures a personalized experience
Wine tasting
Lunch
Professional guide
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Equipment (Hiking boots, helmets, torches)
Insurance
Expert Naturalistic Guide
Souvenirs

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please provide your accommodation address/hotel in the Taormina - Giardini Naxos area: we will contact you to confirm the pickup outside/nearby the hotel or at a convenient meeting point (for Castelmola, Trappitello and Letojanni we have fixed meeting points).

Ports

  • Giardini Naxos


Departure Time

8:30 AM
Your tour begins with pickup from the port or your Taormina hotel. After meeting your guide and small group of up to 8 people, set out on the around 1-hour journey to Mount Etna.

On arrival, follow your guide on a hike in the foothills of the active volcano. Trek around the rugged lava fields, volcanic craters, and ancient woodlands, then strap on a head torch and venture underground to explore a natural lava cave.

After working up an appetite, head to a local restaurant to enjoy a 3-course lunch of delicious Sicilian cuisine, including tasty appetizers, pasta dishes, and an indulgent dessert. Accompany your meal with a selection of fine wines from the Etna wine region and learn more about the grapes that are grown in the fertile volcanic soils.

After the wine tasting, continue to another one of the region’s natural wonders — the Alcantara Gorge. Discover how the gorge was carved out by an ancient lava flow as you walk beneath the dramatic cliffs and visit impressive viewpoints, where you’ll have plenty of opportunity to take photos.

Back in Taormina, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel or pre-arranged location.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Porta Catania di Taormina
Tour starting point (pickups by accommodation or in agreed meeting points in Taormina available)
Stop At:  
Monti Sartorius
Area of the trekking part.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Alcantara River Park
Afternoon visit to the Alcantara Gorges.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mount Etna
Hike on the Etna, see a lava cave, enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch and wine tasting and visit the beautiful Alcantara Gorges from a panoramic point of view.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Infant seats available
  • Vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options are available, please specify any dietary requirements in the booking request
  • Please let us know your shoe sizes if you require hiking boots
  • Tours in other languages (French and Spanish) can only be arranged upon request, if received with adequate notice.
  • We suggest dressing according to the season (consider that the temperature on Etna is usually lower)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The trip is not recommended for participants suffering form heart diseases or other serious medical conditions
  • Customers will be contacted the day before the tour to confirm the pickup details (hotel if possibile, or in a meeting point nearby).
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We do not recommend participation for pregnant women after the 4th month.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina.

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Traveler Tips


  • "If you are staying a few days, do it early to find the best places to eat and drink." See review
  • "The jackets and hiking boots provided by the tour company are really helpful." See review
  • "It was nice to have equipment jacket and boots available so we didn't need to pack anything special." See review

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Rocking Etna!
Camelia_D
, Sep 2020
An exceptional experience of the most active volcano in the world and delicious Sicilian food and wine. Our guide Alex was fantastic, passionate and an encyclopedia in volcano rocks and facts. Loved all the experience and I strongly recommend this Unique trip to everyone.
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Excellent Tour
terrymccartin
, Jan 2020
Our guide, Tony, was friendly, enthusiastic, and very knowledgeable about Mt. Etna’s volcanic history and events. He also taught us a lot about Sicily and Sicilians. We also learned about winemaking in the Etna region. It was an incredible day!
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Absolutely fantastic tour - worth every penny
hilarysodhi
, Nov 2019
This was the highlight of our Sicily trip. Saro, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and so friendly. The tour company provides heavy jackets so it can take place rain or shine as well as hiking boots so you don't need to lug those around in your luggage. The food and wine tasting was excellent. It was just such a fantastic day, I can't recommend it enough.
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An absolutely amazing day!!!
corkster53
, Nov 2019
Our guide, John, picked us up promptly at the designated pickup location - just a very short walk from our B&B. The tour consisted of a small group (about 8 people total). John was very knowledgable about the entire area and provided loads of insights as we traveled to the first stop on Mt. Etna - where we outfitted with heavy coats, hiking shoes and helmets then continued up to where we hiked. John pointed out and explained the geology of the area and volcanos in general and was engaging in answering everyones questions. He took the time to completely explore the area and was careful to make sure that everyone was safe. The mid-day stop at the winery was very nice, the owner/host was gracious and the food was far beyond the expected fare for wine tasting. The only disappointment was their inability to ship their product outside of Europe. And finally, the Alcantara Gorge was simply amazing. I dont understand why it is not more heavily highlighted in tour/guide books -- It made the day!
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Tens and wine
Sue B
, Nov 2019
Wonderful company. We’re flexible and helped our group out when one person had injured her knee and could not do the hike, but was able to come along anyway. After the hike the winery was spectacular. We all enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend this company ! By the way, the meal at the winery was excellent as well as the wine.
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Etna small group
lanzii2019
, Oct 2019
This tour was spectacular. Manuel was full of knowledge about Mount Etna which he shared with us most graciously. We learned so much! The lunch at the winery was delicious. We cannot say enough about how much we enjoyed this tour. A higher rating is needed!
star-5
Awesome day!!
Deborah F
, Oct 2019
Such a knowledgeable guide!! Our group of eight ladies had such an amazing day! It was certainly a highlight of our Sicily trip!
star-5
Best tour Etna with lunch and wine tasting!
Tresaheaney
, Oct 2019
Saro was a great guide. We went with our 20 year old daughter, joined a group composed of a young couple and retired couple and the three of us. All the other participants were great, the guide was FANTASTIC. he went through the trouble of explaining the geologic science behind volcanos and how they form, in addition to social upheaval of eruptions. I learned so much! I would have been willing to hike more but it was a pretty good workout and the meal in the winery was amazing. The visit to the alcantara gorges was also worth the time. A great way to spend the day!
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Giorgio-a trained geologist giving us a tour of Etna and Al Cantara Gorge - INCREDIBLE!
kris10g68
, Sep 2019
Girogio was such an engaging and knowledgeable guide for what turned out to be my favorite day in Sicily! After hearing his descriptions of wht we were going to see as we were driving to Etna, we asked him how he knew so much and he told us he had a degree in geology! It was so wonderful to get so much fascinating inside info on what makes Etna Etna. He was funny and super personable, endearing us all to him, especially, as he drove us to a little family farmhouse/winery for a special little dinner and wine tasting. We then accompanied him to Al Cantara Gorge, which was just breathtaking... and I'm not just talking about the temp of the water! He was competent, fun, friendly (the other guides we saw all seemed to be happy to see him and joked around with him as we made our way around Etna's many craters. And the mountain was rumbling that day! I said to Giorgio, "What was that?!" And he said, "She is there!" eyeing the highest peak, which was spewing some smoke or steam. So incredible. I would recommend this breathtaking tour to anyone, and if you can, make sure Girogio is your guide. Have fun!
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The best time on our tour!
Safari640922
, Sep 2019
We were a group of 6 and we all had the one of the best days visiting Mt Edna and the area with our guide! He was so interesting he made the trip all the more exciting.

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