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Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour - Small Groups from Taormina
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icon9 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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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
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8:30 AM
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).
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 7 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
  • OPERATED BY Etna People s.n.c.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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  • "If you are staying a few days, do it early to find the best places to eat and drink." See review
  • "If I knew I would bring beach shoes as the water was freezing and it was painful to walk on stones." See review
  • "It was a full on day and you do need to be moderately fit( only around 11000 steps but the equivalent of 87 flights of stairs!" See review

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star-4
Great tour
Luisa_J
, Aug 2022
Our guide was very informative, the tour was great- the wine tasting was a little disappointing though
star-5
Incredible Etna ❤️
Donna_R
, Jul 2022
Such an excellent day - we loved it! Our tour guide Tony was incredible - so knowledgeable about Etna and much more.. he couldn’t do enough for our party and made it such a memorable experience. Highly recommended :)
star-5
Splendid day
Paul_F
, Jun 2022
Swimming at Alcantara and trekking on mount etna. The tour leader was very knowledgeable and friendly
star-5
Enjoyable experience
Loretta_G
, Jun 2022
Danilo, our guide, provided very interesting and factual information about Etna and the vegetation. The hike was doable, despite the heatwave, as was descending into the lava tube. Lunch at the winery was delicious and much appreciated after the morning hike. The day ended with a stop at the Alcantara Gorge and swim in the cool flowing waters. A great way to end the trip. A very enjoyable day. Highly recommended.
star-5
Never to forget.
Helen_F
, Jun 2022
A Fantastic day all round. Our guide was excellent. Very informative. The winery was fab. The food and wine tasting made a great lunch break. The gorge at Alcantarra was great fun. A great experience.
star-5
Excellent
Michele_S
, Jun 2022
The guide was knowledgeable and nice. Overall a great experience. Lunch and Vinyard outstanding. Wine was excellent.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great trip and guide to mount Etna!
Rose_E
, Jun 2022
Saro was an amazing guide who told us everything we could have wanted to know about mt Etna. It was a really enjoyable trip from start to finish. The wine tasting and lunch was also very good in a great setting. A quick visit to the gorge was also fun and good to see as well. Felt very good value for money and loved the fact it was a small group - felt more personal. Pick up and drop off great as it’s from the hotel too. Thank you!
star-5
Excellent day on Etna
Janet_P
, May 2022
This trip was a great experience. Ezio was an excellent guide. The hiking was a little harder than I expected but Ezio and Antonio were patient and helpful. Lunch was very good. Having hiking boots and jackets furnished was definitely a plus.
star-5
Excellent , informative tour
Kate_B
, May 2022
The guide, Alex, was excellent. Very knowledgeable, and we learnt a lot. Lunch was good, simple but delicious Sicilian food.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The Guide Etzio was the...
Fanny_B
, Apr 2022
The Guide Etzio was the greatest and it was such a pleasure Meeting him! I would recommend that Trip totally!
star-5
Exhilarating Experience
SEAN_J
, Mar 2022
Tony was an absolutely fabulous guide! Extremely knowledgeable & deeply passionate about Sicily & Etna. Couldn’t have asked for better! For future travelers on the Etna portion, please be sure to follow the guidance on dressing for the elements. And take the extra clothing they provide. The wind & cold are likely more than you estimate. Plus the weather there is always changing. We watched other groups with less reliable or knowledgeable guides on our snowy day & we’re thankful for going with this team. They were prepared for everything.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Very interesting tour
Olof_O
, Nov 2021
Very good guide and it was nice to be in a company of only six persons. The climbing wasn’t to tough and we are 68 my wife and I.
star-5
Best tour ever!
Bernard_h
, Oct 2021
Our guide Eizo was amazing. Very interesting, knowledgeable and warm. One of the best tours we have experienced. Would recommend him and your tour to all of our friends.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
NOT WORTH IT IF YOU HAVE LIMITED TIME AROUND TAORMINA/ETNA
Monica_P
, Dec 2020
I had only 1 day and half to spend in Taormina and visit the Etna, so this tour seemed the perfect combination for it. However IT WAS A COMPLETE DISAPPOINTMENT to NOT SEE THE ETNA but only wonder around the low areas/base of the park from which we could not even see the volcano! The next day unfortunately it was raining with thunders so I could not go up with the official Etna guides. Very disappointing and I will need to go back to Taormina to really see the Etna and its activity. Besides that this tour included a tour in nearby winery where the wine was good but the food not exceptional. The final stops was at the alcantara tour, which is beautiful but unfortunately we were hurried up by our guide while taking pictures but then needed to wait for him afterwards before jumping in the car again to go back to Taormina. I would not recommend this tour because I did not see the Etna, waited for 15 min along a road to be picked up in the morning, the car was a jeep so don't wait for something very comfortable, the tour guide wanted to be funny but in my opinion he was not very helpful or knowledgeable enough about the volcano formation itself but rather an average local guy.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent
Iseult_L
, Oct 2020
I can't recommend this tour enough! Our tour guide Roberto was excellent. Really knowledgeable and very funny. Mount Etna is absolutely stunning as is the Alcantara Gorge. Our meal and wine tasting were really superb too. All in all it was a great day and I would do it again next time we are back in Sicily.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience from Taormina
Christian_H
, Sep 2020
Great tour and great guide. He knows a lot about the etna and volcanos in general. Also a fair price.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Oh well windy day made it harsh
Lei_W
, Sep 2020
I would rate if better if the weather was not so harsh. We were a bit unlucky with mother nature of sudden colder weather and extreme high end. It was difficult to stand in the mountain due to high wind. Some places we were not allowed to go due to safety concern. Our tour guide was trying his best to give us a good time. The wine tasting was much more enjoyable after harsh trekking. The food was quite good. Some of the wine were nice. Alcantara was interesting. If I knew I would bring beach shoes as the water was freezing and it was painful to walk on stones. My advice (1) bring warm cloth (2) bring beach shoes for pointy stones.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent day out
ivona_p
, Sep 2020
Excellent day out with Guiseppe as tour leader: We trekked midway up Etna for about two hours, saw a lava cave, had a wine tasting lunch and finished at the Alcantara gorge. This excursion doesn't go to the top of mount etna, but its a valid, worthwhile experience. Highlights were seeing the lava flows, craters and pyrochlastic deposits intermingled with mature flora. Being in a small group was convenient. We liked this tour so much we booked the Syracuse and Noto tours as well as the godfather tours with this company (under the style of Sicily day by day Taormina) with Guieseppe which were also fantastic tours. Highly recommended.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
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.
star-5
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!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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