Etna wine tour

Etna wine tour (full day)

Etna Wine Tour excursion combines two natural aspects linked together: the charm of the volcanic territory and its fruits expertly cultivated by local populations.

The morning tour includes the travel of naturalistic itineraries by jeep and / or trekking based on the choice of the participants. You will be able to appreciate places of particular natural value inside the reserve of the Etna Park, from the lava flows that have threatened entire countries to the majestic Caldera della Valle del Bove.  You will reach an altitude of about 2000 meters on the edge of some very panoramic craters. Also on this tour we will experience the thrill of descending into the meanders of the volcano by visiting a lava flow cave (lava tube) with helmet and speleologist lights. You will therefore understand the phenomena associated with the flow of lava.

The tour will then move to a winery of our volcano selected by us where the guided tour is scheduled in the vineyards and a tasting of fine local wines accompanied by tasty typical Sicilian products.

Overview

  • Period: All year.
  • Daily departures.
  • Jeep 4×4 (8 pax).
  • Private tour (Guide & vehicle in exclusive) on request with supplement.
  • Meeting point:  Trecastagni (Catania).
  • Pickup from Catania or Taormina (area) hotel with supplement.
  • Orario: 09.00 – 16.00 (da meeting point).
  • Difficoltà: bassa (adatta anche ai bambini).
  • Altitude MT. 2000.
  • Duration 7 hours.
  • Languages: English, Italy, French, Spanish.

Tour program

Le Colate Laviche Storiche

The lava flows that descend along the sides of the volcano even for many kilometers are the most impressive manifestations of the Etna volcano. Over the centuries there have been hundreds, some have even reached the sea! On board our 4×4 vehicles we will plow the dark scoriaceous surfaces of ancient and recent lava flows and we will let you touch the transformation of these volcanic rocks from an apparently sterile surface to one of the most fertile in the world.

“Valle del Bove” is a huge natural amphitheater that covers almost the entire eastern side of the volcano. Its walls are up to 800/1000 meters high. Within this “valley” most of the Etna lava flows flow together, making it a place of raw beauty, so from its edges, a panoramic point of passage for many of our excursions on the volcano, it is often possible to admire volcanic activity.

Etna is very rich in volcanic caves, over 250 known ones, which were formed due to the thickening of the lava due to the solidification of the outermost layer of the eruptive flow in contact with the air. Once the cooling is complete, the extraordinary morphologies connected to the passage of the fluid and incandescent lava remain visible: remelting stalactites, bubbles, shelves, rolls and more. We will provide you with lights and helmets to visit, going down inside, a fascinating volcanic cave in order to understand some truly unique and interesting dynamics.

The lateral craters are cones normally generated along eruptive fractures at even low altitudes, due to the accumulation of volcanic slags in the same point for the duration of the eruption (therefore days / months). Etna has about 250 along its sides and their number is increasing since almost every eruption these cones are formed upstream of the lava flow. They are on average about 100 meters high and from their top you can have a privileged overview of the surrounding area having almost the sensation of flying. We will let you experience the thrill of climbing some of these craters from the relevant altitude of about 2000 meters.

If in addition to the natural and landscape aspects, you are also interested in the specialties that the area offers, you can plan a visit to a farm (or its store / store) selected by us for a tasting of typical products, included in the quotas and without purchase obligation.

The last stop of the excursion is obviously at the winery selected on the basis of the chosen tasting package. Here you will have the opportunity to learn about the cultivation systems used by walking between the terraces and dry stone walls built on the slopes of the volcano. Assisted by the explanations of the staff of the cellar you will be led to the tasting of wines produced with native Etna grapes: Nerello Mascalese, Cappuccio, Carricante and Cataratto, but not only. A food and wine experience that you will remember!

Rates

Invdividual prices Supplements
Adults€ 90
Wine tasting light (4 wines + typical light lunch)€ 30
Wine tasting full (5 wines + rich tasting of Sicilian specialties)€ 40
Private tour (private vehicle & guide)€ 100
Supplement pick-up from Catania hotel (per person)€ 15
Supplement pick-up from Taormina hotel (per person)€ 30

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