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“Uninspired Guide made for an uninspiring tour”

Etna Experience Excursions
Ranked #1 of 20 Food & Drink in Catania
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We are in love with the volcano Etna! But, differently, we offer excursions more informal and engaging with outstanding itineraries.Our guides, professional and adept, will lead you to the discovery of the volcanological and ethnographic aspects of Etna, as well as its flora and fauna. A picnic of Sicilian flavors for a festive break accompanied by good local wine will also enable you to remember this day not just as a simple excursion but also as an experience brightened by colors and emotions. The collected feedback from all the B&Bs and Hotels have left us able to individualize suggestions, itineraries and qualified people able to transform the excursions around the volcano into an authentic experience.
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Our guide Giuseppe picked us up for the Etna tour about 20 minutes late and dropped us an hour early at 5:30pm, instead of 6:30 as is advertised. When he picked us up he didn't ask anyone's name or talk until we prompted to tell us something about the volcano. Touring around the volcano was interesting though you only go to 2100 feet, not even close to the top. Giuseppe was very informed about the volcanco as he had studied vulcanology.

Essentially, you are touring old craters and very tiny lave cave (maybe 20-30 meters long). We were excited about Alcantarra canyon, but Giuseppe did warn us it might rain there. When we pulled up it did start to rain - we didn't wait around but left immediately, leaving the afternoon as mainly driving for 2 or 3 hours with no sites other than the tunnel.

We did not find it worth nearly 70 euros. Lunch was included, but consisted of two types of fairly cheap pasta, one piece of bruschetta and a bit of wine - maybe 7 euros in value. It is hard with these Etna tours since they are not allowed to the top anymore it makes me question whether any of them are worth it.

1  Thank Nezzen
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

We had a half day to Etna from our cruise ship on the way up to the top where is a large selection of restaurants, shop and other attractions, the rain and cloud was moving in making the whole experience somewhat magical… until you couldn’t see 50ft in front of the van! We got to the top to a complete white out - passed some time with a rather nice coffee- and then were shown what we could see of a crater. When all of a sudden in a matter of seconds the wind changed and the clouds parted in some movie-esk magical scene for a stunning view.

With the views (in the end) and the information and options available well worth the trip up, obvious ally you are at the mercy of mother nature and if the clouds not parted I’m sure I’ll be typing something different but worth it none the less

Thank Kalaika
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Wonderful, well organised day tour walking aound the Etna area, caves, a gorge and off-roading in a Landrover Defender. Our guide Danillo was informative, funny and spoke fluent english. Lunch was fantastic. Couldnt have asked for a better tour!

1  Thank sarah h
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

The whole thing was perfectly put together and the guide was the best! We learned a lot and enjoyed the whole day. To be recommended!

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

We arranged all of this on line and chose a morning tour (9.45 to 14.30). It involved a tour in a jeep (there were 7 on the trip), stopping at various points for the excellent guide (Paolo) to point out things of interest. He spoke English very well and was extremely knowledgeable and humorous. Then we walked around a few craters, up a steep one, went on for a picnic lunch (provided) and into some caves.

My children (15 and nine) were kept interested and entertained.

Good value for money. Recommended.

2  Thank olliemolly
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