TAKE YOUR GROUP OF FRIENDS ON A FOUR-DAY ADVENTURE ON MOUNT ETNA
Flying into Catania you’ll be privately transferred to your boutique property at the slope of Mount Etna.
Kick off your adventure right away with an easy guided trek. Setting off from home base, you’ll hike along a trail through hazelnut groves and reach a nearby village.
A fabulous dinner and fabulous wines awaits you once back to your home on Etna.
Tomorrow you’ll go on a beautiful trek along the craters of the most important eruption of the last few decades. You’ll cross the flow of the lava coming out of some old side craters on a suggestive path that runs along the lava flow channel, a deep canyon cut by the enormous magmatic mass that invaded and partially destroyed the centuries-old pinewood. You’ll see one of Etna’s longest lava flow tunnels and continue to a beechwood and pine forest. Great scenario for a grigliata (BBQ) and some off-road fun with a quad bike riding.
Helmet, wetsuit and safety jacket on, this morning you’ll go rafting in a unique canyon of basaltic lava, shaped over thousands of years by the waters of the Alcantara river. We’ll start our adventure ascending a stretch of the river channeled into an imposing basalt gorge more than 30 meters high, overcoming some small rapids, jumping into the water and at times swimming. Then, we’ll start the descent using our body as a raft in the rapids with splashes, slides, adrenaline and fun.
Now you deserve a bit of relax, a generous lunch in a winery, with some good wine while watching our photos and videos shot at the gorges.
Tonight dine in the nearby village on some authentic regional food -think grilled meat, sausages and country recipes.
Today is the day you’ll conquer the summit craters. Hearty breakfast and hiking boots on, you have to climb a 3300 mt active volcano. We catch up qt. 2500 by cable car, then by special 4WD vehicles up to 2900 and from there we start hiking to the summit craters. It’s hard but it’s well worth it. Arriving at the top is an overwhelming emotional experience. Were Heaven and hell so close? Feeling like intruders and as small as ants in front of such a power, we tiptoe along the edge of the smoking mouth of the central crater, hearing “her” voice and keeping an eye out for bursting bubbles and yellow sulphur stones.
It’s downhill time and it will be a fun way down along the crater wall and the steep return path over ash and volcanic scoria, back to 2500 mt where the cable car awaits us.
The home chef is well advised: your farewell dinner must be as epic as your day.
The present itinerary and the suggested accommodation are just examples to give you an idea of what your customised trip may look like. Get in touch to design together your very own trip to Sicily.
when to go
From April to December
Private Driver / Self-drive
where will you stay
About SAILING & ADVENTURE Way of Travel
Whether you want to set sail with your family for a multi-activity sailing adventure to the Aeolian Islands or you’re on a 4-day escape packed with stunning treks, lunar landscapes, and delicious dinners washed down with Etna's natural wines at the end of exciting days, get in touch to design the adventure just perfect for you and your party.