Every effort is made to provide the tour as described below, however the itinerary may change due to situation beyond our control.
Today you are greeted at Taormina-Giardini Naxos port and driven to the Etna Natural Park-South Side (Rifugio Sapienza), a beautiful Volcano rich in sounds, perfumes, and colors. On arrival, those interested in experiencing the Etna craters will have the opportunity to explore the Silvestri Craters and also the option to ascent to the top (by Funivia dell’Etna Cable car company) purchasing cable car tickets (Cable Car Fee: not included) on the spot (weather and volcanic conditions permitting) to experience the lava fields and incredible landscape view from Europe’s highest and most active volcano.
How to Ascent to the TOP?
You can ascent to the top in two ways: up to 2.500 meters or you can continue the trip up to 2.920 meters:
AAA: how to ascent to the top up to 2.500 meters
from Rifugio Sapienza we can catch on the first cable car ride (Cable Car fee: around eur 30,00 per person payable on the spot) up to 2.500 meters (Montagnola). Upon arrival at 2.500 meters you can walk around or hiking or just take a cappuccino at the bar overlooking the area.
BBB: how to ascent to the top from 2.500 meters up to 2.920 meters
from the Montagnola (located at around 2.500 meters) you can jump on board on the UNI-MOG (mini-coach WD4X4) to reach 2.800 meters with Licensed Etna Guide (Ascent fees: eur 60,00 per person payable on the spot). Hiking to reach 2.920 meters.
Later we drive back to Taormina-Giardini Naxos port to be on time for your departure.
- Group of 1-3 People: Euro 375,00 Total
- Group of 4-8 People: Euro 420,00 Total
AS REGARDS THE VISIT TO MT. ETNA
Mount Etna is an important Sicilian highlights and it is an active volcano located on the east cost of Sicily. It is the largest volcano in Europe, reaching a height of approximately 3,326m (10,910 ft) above sea level. Etna covers an area of 1190 sq km (460 sq miles), which the base circumference of about 140km. This makes it the largest active volcano in Italy.
The ancient Greeks believed it to be the home of Vulcan, the god of fire - to them, Mount Etna erupting merely meant Vulcan was forging weapons for Mars, the god of war.
The fertile volcanic soil supports extensive agriculture. Vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad Plain of Catania to the south side of Sicily. In this side there are a multitude of vineyards and olive groves. As you climb higher, the lowlands evolve into dense woods sheltering a surprisingly large number of animal species that call the mountainside home, until you are left at the third tier of the mountain, a spartan wasteland of historic lava flows and volcanic ash. Dotted with snow most of the year, some of the lava is dated at 300,000 years old.
Mount Etna does not represent a great attraction exclusively for the presence of its eruptions. It’s also a wonderful natural park with evocative landscapes. The are forests green of the vineyards and beautiful walking paths for excursions on Etna. It’s easy to walk in the park and fell the nature renaissance into the destructive scenery of the past eruptions hear voices of animals and enjoy the peace. The vegetation of the Etna-North is subject to continuous changes due to the several eruptions that have changed its landscapes. At lower altitudes there nut forests apple forests and chestnut trees; At 2000 meters there are the faggio and the birch; between the 2500 meters and the 3000 meters there is the volcanic desert.
-from March to May & from October to November: pack winter coat and dress sturdy shoes or hiking boots;
-from June to September: pack a waterproof shell and dress in layers. Dress comfortable shoes or sneakers; do not forget you sun screen, sun glasses and sun hat.
We will adapt this excursion based on your Cruise Schedule.
For your acknowledge:
-Pick-up will be arranged 0,30 hour later estimated cruise dock;
-Drop-off to the port will be set 1 hour before cruise departure.
TAORMINA-GIARDINI NAXOS PORT:
You will join the docking pier by tenders. Our staff will be pleased to meet & greet you at the tender stops.
TAORMINA-GIARDINI NAXOS PORT: TRAVEL PLAN EXCHANGE
Changes of your travel plan in case of bad weather forecast and impossibility to dock by tenders, the cruise’s captain will decide to:
Cancel the stopover in Taormina-Giardini Naxos port or in Sicily OR he will decide, in accordance with the Port Authorities availability, to swap the stopover using different ports e.g. Catania port or Messina port. The Port Authority won’t share with us this information, as well as the cruise line, and because of it we have no chance to rearrange the excursion in accordance.
If you call us 24 hours before tour begins we can ask to our staff to meet you in a different port and you will pay an extra fee of euros 50,00 (total) cash directly to our staff up to 8 people. This extra amount is due to cover the extra miles from Giardini Naxos to Messina-Catania and vice-versa and highway tolls. Of course, we will do all our efforts to respect the itinerary but in case of less time disposal we will be forced to reduce or remove some visits in accordance with your new cruise schedule.
If you won’t call us 24 hours before tour begins, the excursion is considered cancelled and we will refund you in total as per shore-excursion cancellation policy.
TOUR CODE: TAOETNA