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. Our nature guides will enrich your excursion by illustrating the innumerable natural phenomena of the largest volcano in Europe, named UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013. 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.
OLD LAVA FLOWS
The most impressive manifestations of the Etna volcano are the lava flows that descend along the sides of the volcano even for many kilometers. Over the centuries there have been hundreds, some have even reached the sea! On board our 4x4 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
The 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. Most of the Etna lava flows flow into this "valley", 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. We will explain the formation processes of this place and the geological history of the volcano (still evolving ...) object of interest to volcanologists from all over the world.
VISIT INTO A LAVA TUBE
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.
AROUND LATERAL CRATERS
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 because 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.
VISIT WINEYARDS & WINE TASTING
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. Therefore, there will also be the opportunity to purchase wines and other products. A food and wine experience that you will remember!
- PeriodAll year
- Type4×4 Jeep tour
- Departure CityTrecastagni
- Timing9,00 - 16,00 (from meeting point)
- DifficultyLow. For everyone
- AltitudeMax 2000 Mts.
- Durations 7 hours
- LanguagesEnglish, French, Italian, Spanish
- Adult fee : 90 € / person.
- Promo 3+ adults: 75 € / person.
- Formula exclusive (Guide and private vehicle - flex timetable): + 100 €
Associate the wine tasting:
- Light wine experience: 30 €
- Full wine experience: 40 €
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- Cave visit equipment
- Nature Hiking Guide – Local Expert
- Transfer from the meeting point by jeep
- Wine tasting and Etna specialties
What should i bring?
For this excursion, closed shoes with a rubber sole are sufficient. Trekking shoes are mandatory if you choose the trekking route. Also recommended: sunglasses, windproof jacket / sweatshirt. If you need it, you can take advantage of our rental for shoes, jackets, etc.
In case of bad weather?
It depends. If the conditions are not prohibitive, i.e. it is cloudy or raining but there is a fair visibility, usually the tours are carried out without any difficulty. In any case, the guide carries out an evaluation based on his experience and if the conditions are not met, he can decide to move or cancel the excursion in agreement with our guests. In case of cancellation due to bad weather, decided between the parties, the reimbursement of any advance membership fees paid is made.
What Wine Tasting Light includes?
4 glasses of white and red wines paired with: Tastings of Etna Dop olive oils; Sicilian cutting board with salami and typical Sicilian cheeses in association with homemade etna fruit jams. Olives and dried tomatoes. Homemade bread baked in a wood oven. Water and cover included. Excluding extras.
What Wine Tasting Full includes?
4 wines by the glass (bubbles, white and red) paired with: Selection of 3 semi-aged cheeses accompanied by homemade jams with Etna fruit and organic chestnut honey. - Fresh or baked ricottina. Nebrodi black pig salami. Cherry tomato from Pachino and Etna olives in oil. Bis of Chickpea Panelle and Fried Pumpkin Flowers in Batter. Homemade Sicilian caponata pie. Taste of cold pasta with Sicilian red pesto. Bruschetta with Pistachio Pesto di Bronte DOP Homemade bread baked in a stone oven. Water and cover included. Excluding extras.
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