Etna Safari & Boutique Winery Shore Excursion
A Day of Volcanic Excursion
DURATION: UP TO 7.5-HOURS
Mt. Etna is the biggest active volcano in Europe currently standing 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high. Due to its history of recent activity and nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations. Etna Safari is an exciting excursion out of the mass route along “the realm of Vulcan the god of fire” by jeep for the adventurous.
The itinerary is a combination of traditional road and off-road tracks, with several interesting stops along the way: the fishermen villages of Acicastello and Acitrezza, the lava village of Milo, an easy and safe speleological descent into a lava grotto, land light trekking along the extinct craters of Sartorius Mounts.
Finally, you will indulge in a light lunch at a local boutique winery with typical Sicilian rustic dishes and wine tasting. Located in the woods of the National Park and facing the sea of Taormina, this winery is one of the best models of Etna vineyards of high altitude: in an exclusive natural environment, at 900 meters above sea level, the vineyards lay on sunny and airy terracing that have a breathtaking panorama.
At the highest altitudes the changes of temperature between night and day (which are considerable, up to 13-15°C in July and August) allow a phenol and aromatic ripening that is essential for the colour and taste of the red grapes and for the aroma of the white wines. The distinctive environment of Mt Etna and from the use of autochthonous vines such as Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante derive fresh and elegant wines.
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your driver will meet you at Taormina Pier. At the conclusion of the tour, your driver will drop you back at the pier to re-board your ship.
Includes: Private jeep and driver for up to 7.5-hours, knowledgeable English-speaking guide, lunch with wine tasting.
Excludes: Gratuity, Extra Hours, Extra Kilometres.