Special tour for special persons
Blue tours are special tours designed by very expert people who are top level on the Tour topic.
Mount Etna is the most active and the tallest volcano in Europe and has been recognized a World Heritage Site on the basis of its intense and persistent volcanic activity, as well as for the fundamental role it plays within the Mediterranean bio-geographical region. An enormous black cone visible from a distance of 250 km, mount Etna dominates the entire province of Catania. The huge volcano was formed hundreds of thousands of years ago from the overlapping of four different volcanoes. Today its height stands at 3323 meters. About 500.000 years ago, there was a large gulf in the Ionian sea where the Etna is situated now. The result of this long and complicated evolution is the majestic volcano that we see today, which continues to grow, to evolve and to incessantly modify the landscape. Even today, the majestic Mongibello (usually called Etna), characterized by fluid volcanism and therefore relatively safe, frequently erupts from the summit mouths or lateral craters often putting houses, woods and cultivated fields at risk. Visiting Mount Etna, we can often see two different faces of nature side by side: the moon-like landscape of recent lava flows and in surrealistic contrast, the extended green areas where the vegetation, after several centuries of struggle, has re-conquered old lava fields. There are numerous ways to immerse yourself in the natural wonders that is Mount Etna. Our tour is a mix of unforgettable experiences, history, legends and wonder that will stay with you for life!
- Day 1 Catania / Castiglione di Sicilia
Your private transfer meets you at the Airport and escorts you to the hotel ( Luxury Country Resort ) .
Dinner in hotel and overnight.
- Day 2 Etna and Taormina discovery
Jeep tour (Difficulty level: Easy)
Breakfast in hotel.
In the morning, departure for a day-long exciting jeep tour. ( approx 9.00 a.m / 6.00p.m. )
We will pick you up at the hotel with our off-road vehicles (among others the popular Land Rover 110) and head in direction Mount Etna. During our adventurous drive up to the volcano, partially off-road over cold lava streams, we will cross hundreds of years old forests and make several stops along the way to visit some of the most beautiful sites on Mount Etna by foot, accompanied at all times by our English-speaking guide.
The excursion includes an easy walk to the impressive “Monte Fontana” and a visit to the famous “Valle del Bove”valley. Wandering through old and new lava flows, walking on extinct craters and equipped with helmets and flashlights, you will enjoy an unforgettable experience visiting a real lava cave, where ice was produced centuries ago.
Our guide will show you the variety of plants and animals that populate our active volcano. While walking through ancient forests, you will learn a lot about Mount Etna’s vegetation and wildlife. The last stop before lunch is the cold lava streams at Piano Provenzana, which had been destroyed during the last big eruption in (year).
You will then enjoy typical Sicilian food at a quaint chalet.
In the afternoon, we will head to city of Taormina. During your unguided free walk of approx. 1 hour, you will have time to explore this historically rich town, founded in 1300 BC by the Sicles and later occupied by the Greeks and the Romans. Here you can visit the Greek-Roman amphitheatre, the dome, the Odeon theatre, Palazzo Corvaia and take a stroll on the famous Corso Umberto. On the main piazza you will have the most beautiful panoramic view over the Sicilian coastline.
Return to Hotel, dinner and
- Day 3 Catania, street food and history
Breakfast in hotel and departure to Catania. ( approx 09.00 a.m. / 5 p.m )
Our tour is a 4hr walking tour through the main squares and markets of the city centre that allows travellers to sample the best and most authentic street food. Along the walk, participants will stop at places where only real Sicilian hang out, such as food stalls and old bakeries. The group will be constituted by a maximum of ten participants in order to allow people to enjoy the walk and interact with their local tour guide. Our tour guides provide historical information about the monuments and churches found along the walk and share secrets of the local cuisine and habits.
The walking tour goes through the famed Pescheria market and the streets and alleys surrounding via Etnea.
We recommend… having only a light breakfast that morning as you will be sampling marvellous food along the way.
After lunch the tour will continue with the visit to Palazzo Biscari, followed by free time for shopping
5.00 p.m. Return to the hotel and free time
Dinner a and overnight
- Day 4 Alcantara Gorges - Grand adventure tour trekking and rafting*
(Difficulty level: Medium)
Breakfast in hotel.
Departure for our grand adventure tour, Alcantara Gorge ( approx. 9.00 a.m / 6.00 p.m. )
A volcano can create some pretty interesting terrain, and Sicily’s Mt. Etna is no exception. Some of the geographic impacts of Mt. Etna aren’t even visible above ground, as is the case with some of the Alcantara Gorges. Several thousand years ago, the Alcantara river's bed was blocked by a lava flow from Mount Etna. As the lava was cooled much more quickly by the water than it would have done otherwise, it crystalized in the form of columns. Over the next millennia, the river naturally eroded a channel through these columns, resulting in impressive gorges and ravines. It is calculated that the eruption from Mount Etna that formed this flow of lava took place around 2400 BC. During this excursion, you will see the amazing canyon created from ancient lava flows crossed in the center from the icy waters of the Alcantara River. For those who seek adventure, a body rafting experience will be provided along the Alcantara river. Diving gear and all necessary equipment will be provided. Once you reach Gole dell'Alcantara, you will wear the complete equipment (diving gear, helmet and jacket) and you will start going down the river to the valley, following an expert guide. Along the way you will explore rock formations of volcanic origin. The itinerary is approximately 2.5 km long, including both traveling by water and on land. You may also swim into some stretches of the river or let the river gently guide you afloat. At the end of the trip, a minibus will bring you back to the starting point.
Lunch in the botanical park’s restaurant.
Afternoon guided visit to the Alcantara geological and botanical park
Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
- Day 5 Etna Emotion tour at 3000 mt*
( cable car / special unimog vehicles - difficulty level: Easy/Medium)
Breakfast in hotel.
Departure to the highest viewpoint on Mount Etna ( approx. 8.30 a.m / 4.00 p.m. )
The excursions to the summit of our “gentle giant” are perhaps the most ambitious destinations for any Etna enthusiast. The beauty of this spectacular scenery created by the violent force of nature will make a lasting and powerful impression.
After a pleasant ride in our comfortable vehicles, passing through the small towns of Pedara and Nicolosi and the cold lava fields formed over the centuries, you will reach the “Rifugio Sapienza Etna”. Here the Etna Emotion 3000 m begins.
A cable car will take us to an altitude of 2500 meters. From there, we will eventually reach an final altitude of 2900 meters on our special unimog vehicles. The area you will find yourself in is called “Torre del Filosofo” at the foot of the main crater. Stunning views over the Mediterranean surrender to you from this vantage point, weather permitting.
A guide will accompany you during an approx. 40 minutes tour, visiting the still hot smoking craters, created by the 2002-2003 eruptions. Back at Rifugio Sapienza, the tour ends with a visit to a real lava cave, equipped with helmets and torches.
Lunch with a tasting of local products, immersed in the green woods of Mount Etna.
Return to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight
- Day 6 A taste of Etna Wines
Breakfast in hotel.
10.00 a.m Departure to visit one of the vineyards and the wineries in the ETNA DOC area.
Viticulture has very ancient roots here. Etna’s wine falls in three typologies (red, white, and white superiore). These were the first Sicilian table wines to obtain the recognition of its own Denomination of Origin. These incomparable wines are the fruit of a heroic viticulture of the par-excellence indigenous cultivars – Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio, Carricante – which only here, in Etna’s territory, can express their best. The viticulture practiced at these altitudes, in unique and unparalleled conditions, makes of Mount Etna the new frontier for Sicily’s oenological excellence in great part thanks to innovative winemakers, many of whom practice biodynamic winemaking.
Professional tasting and lunch during the tour.
Return to the hotel and free afternoon.
7.30 p.m Departure for Linguaglossa, dinner at the Shalai Restaurant, one star Michelin restaurant on the slopes of Mount Etna.
Great credit to the kitchen run by the young chef Giovanni Santoro, specializing in finding original and authentic dishes unique to the Etna region and accompanied by a careful selection of wines from the volcano.
- Day 7 Relax time & departure
Breakfast in hotel, free time for relax or shopping.
Private transfer to the airport
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Visit one of the few active volcano's in the world on the island that was created from one of its early eruptions. The expedition will be lead by a team of experts who have spent their adult life studying and examining every inch of this powerful giant and who will engage you in a fascinating climb to its massive crater. The group will take full day excursions and will have access to state of the art transportation by land, sea and air and technology to monitor the volcano's activity during the exploration. This is a full-immersion experience into the life of seismologists and geologists in this radically different part of our planet. We come in contact with our most true self in the exploration of the rugged planet and its natural wonders and we come away with a renewed understanding of our place and function in this complex ecosystem that is our living earth. All participants will be sent a preparation kit with instructions on what to expect and how to best experience this life-changing endeavor.
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VULCANO TOUR INFORMATION
ADD ON SYSTEM:
- Etna Helicopter tour
- Etna Sunset Tour (Difficulty level: Easy/Medium)
- Trekking tour Etna ( Difficulty level Medium/difficult)
- Sky touring and free-ride
- Mountain bike excursion
*PSYCHO-PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Not suitable for people with health problems, in particular problems with the cardio-respiratory system.
EXTRA STAY ON DEMAND:
- Day excursion to Siracusa and Noto: Visit of Syracuse and the “Archeological Park of Neapolis”(Parco Archeologico della Neapolis), the Ortigia peninsula where you can admire the Cathedral Located in the Valle di Noto is the baroque town Noto, UNESCO world heritage site.
- Day excursion Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina: During the tour you will visit the “Villa Romana del Casale” an ancient well-preserved roman residence Unesco site, built in 300 A.D. that is decorated with unusual mosaics. Caltagirone is the historic centre of the ceramic production in Sicily.
- Day excursion Sicily sailing experience: you will discover the wonders of the Cyclops Riviera, visiting the Acitrezza sea-life reserve.
- 2.500 Euro (one person)