From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Mountain Bike Tour
- Private group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 4 hours
When you arrive at the start point of your mountain bike trail, get kitted out with all the necessary equipment and your professional mountain e-bike. Ride on a mixture of fun country trails with terrains ranging from volcanic sand to lava rocks. Listen to your certified mountain bike guide who will advise the most suitable route for you and explain the peculiarities of the trail. All guides are local, energetic and passionate about this sport, so they will be able to convey to you their passion and knowledge about this wonderful region.
After being picked up from your hotel in Taormina or Giardini Naxos, your tour will start from the northern part of the Etna volcano. The bike tour follows a dirt path for a total height difference of about 1,200 meters, between ancient craters and recent lava flows. You’ll arrive at the Etna Observatory at an altitude of 2,800 meters, with your guides, where you can admire an extraordinary panorama: the summit craters of Etna, the Ionian Sea and the Valle del Bove. The descent will take place along a sandy and exciting track.
Visiting Mount Etna and the surrounding area by mountain bike is a unique experience that will give you the chance to see uncontaminated landscapes, between ancient lava flows and old craters, passing through oak and pine woods. The tour will start from the southern part of the Volcano, which in recent years has been hit by lava flows. This is one of the most beautiful sides of the volcano because during the tour it is possible to admire the contrast between the dark rocks and the vegetation (like the broad-leaved woods). On the path there are some alpine houses and a beautiful fracture cave "Santa Barbara". The climate of the region makes it possible for tours to operate all year around.
Your cycling adventure begins with traveling to the northern part of the volcano. Upon arrival, get kitted out with all the necessary biking equipment and then get ready for the ride of your life. Follow your guide along a dirt path that journeys upwards, passing by vast ancient craters and fascinating lava flows. Along the way, admire the stark contrast of the volcano landscape that is unlike anything else on earth, and marvel at the views back down to the towns below. Arrive at the Volcanological Observatory at an altitude of 2800 meters and regain your strength as you relax against a backdrop of panoramic views. Gaze upon the summit craters of Etna, the Ionian Sea and the Valle del Bove, as well as giving yourself a pat on the back for your achievement.
Take a ride through the most distinctive streets of Catania and admire magnificent monuments dating back to various historical periods, from ancient Greek and Roman to Baroque and much more. Go beyond the city center and explore panoramic coastal roads while hearing the stories and legends of the area from your expert guide. Then, arrive at Aci Castello, and marvel at the Norman castle built high up on the rock with spectacular views of the sea. Next stop: Aci Trezza. Visit this quaint fishing village with views of the Cyclopean Isles, home to the mythic cyclopes. Admire the natural beauty of the Ionian coast before heading back to the city.
Following pickup from your hotel in Taormina, your tour will start from the southern side of the volcano. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy mixed country trails, which range from volcanic sand to lava rocks on Etna, all whilst riding on a professional e-mountain bike. Your certified mountain bike guide will advise the most suitable route for you, explaining the peculiarities of the trail as you go. The guides are all local, energetic, and passionate about the sport, and will therefor be able to convey to you their passion and knowledge about the wonderful region. At the conclusion of your experience, you will finally be able to say that you "dropped a volcano".
Admire untamed landscapes, lava flows, and volcanic craters as you cycle on a mountain bike in Mt Etna, passing through oak and pine woods along the way. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to the southern part of the volcano, which in recent years has been hit by lava flows. During the tour, admire the contrast between the dark rocks and vibrant colored vegetation on this side of the volcano. On the path, you can also see some alpine houses and the beautiful Santa Barbara cave. The climate of the region makes it possible for tours to operate all year round. Choose from a number of trails that are suitable for all ages and availabilities, from downhill descents on lava sand and single trails through woods to free-ride and endurance trails.
Start your tour with a pickup from your hotel in Taormina and head up to 1,700m where the trail begins. With your expert guide, get familiar with your mountain bike and set off on the biking trail circumnavigating Mount Etna along the Altomontano trail. During the tour you will pass through ancient and recent lava flows as well as oak and pine tree woods. You will also stop to see a lava flow cave with all the necessary equipment. At the end of the tour, you will return to your hotel by bike.
After being picked up from your hotel in Catania, head for the southern part of Mount Etna where the tour will begin. You'll be in good company with a qualified mountain bike guide who will share with you a passion for this land and sport. Reach the top of the mountain to begin the trail downhill by bike with climbs and unique descents around old and new lava flows on the highest active volcano in Europe. The proposed trails are able to meet the needs of all bikers and after the tour you will return to Catania.
Circumnavigate Mount Etna through the Altomontano trail, which has the following features: Difficulty: Difficult Total distance: 80.84 km Difference in height uphill: 963 m Difference in height downhill: 2.828 m Duration: about 6h During the tour you will pass through lava flows, both recent and ancient ones, which alternate to oak and pine tree woods. You will also stop to see some very interesting lava flow caves. At the end of the tour you will return to the starting place. The montain bikes and helmet rent are included in the tour.
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