Our full day trip on 15.10.2018 Etna and Taormina was excellent. Our guide was knowledgeable, cheerful and caring, "Crazy Driver". She told a lot of interesting details about the history of Catania, Etna, Taormina and Sicily.She was very concerned about her group and she was very helpful. Unfortunately, the weather at the Etna peak was foggy, so we left without great views down to sea and valleys. The visit to Vulcanic cave was interesting and the sightseeingtour in the sunny Taormina was great and good value for money.
Imagine our surprise that EtnaTribe operated our tour and we were the only two on it! Very very kind of them. Carmelo was extremely friendly and attentive, and knew when to back off to let us have time to ourselves to enjoy. He was very informative about all things Etna, and the weather was great so we went up to 3000m! Wear a hoodie or bring a scarf to protect Your ears, is my advice. After descending we were off to Taormina, a quaint sea side town to wander around for 2 hours or so. A very memorable day, thank you Carmelo!
We only had a couple of days in Sicily, so this tour was perfect for us. Our guide Enzo was excellent - he was very passionate about his beloved Mt Etna, and Sicily. He was very knowledgeable and explained everything well. Our group had four couples, which was a good size. Enzo picked up the four couples from our hotels. We started our day at Mt Etna. I was nervous about visiting the mountain as I have asthma and haven't travelled up this high before, but Enzo was a great help and I was fine!. Our group decided to stay at 2000m, so Enzo took us around the crater, explaining how Mt Etna was formed, and let us have some free time to walk around and buy souvenirs. It was a little windy but not too cold. Enzo then took us inside a lava cave and provided helmets - it was very interesting. We drove to a small village on the side of Mt Etna, where we tasted lots of different olive oils, pastes and wines. Afterwards we went to Taormina, which was a beautiful town. Enzo gave us about 2.5 hours of free time, which let us have lunch, walk through the streets, get ice cream and also see the greek theatre a must see - the views are amazing!. Then we were dropped back at our hotel at about 5pm. This tour was the highlight of our trip to Sicily and we would highly recommend. We learnt so much about Mt Etna, Taormina, Catania and Sicily. Thanks Enzo!
Giulia is one of the best tour guides you can imagine - highly knowledgeable, proficient in several languages, full of energy and enthusiasm. There's no question left answered - they go out of their way to make the tour as exciting and enthralling as possible.
Hiking up Mt Etna is quite the experience, get ready for quite an awe-inspiring and memorable tour!
This is a MUST do tour. Etna Tribe and Simone were absolutely awesome. The tour was perfect... getting to go up Mt. Etna, sampling the food in Zafferana and visiting the shops/site in Taormina. We got to see a lot of the best sites in eastern Sicily. Simone was one of the best guides too. Very friendly, full of real interesting information and an excellent driver. He looks out for everyone and anticipates what is needed. For those considering this, to tour takes you by 9-passenger minibus to the excursion center on Mt. Etna. From there we had the option to ride the cable car which is actually a ski lift gondola and then take a 4x4 bus to about 2900M. You will not go all the way to the top of Mt. Etna, but you will get to see and go down into one of the larger craters on the east side of the mountain. The wind at the top of Mt. Etna is very strong, bring layers to be prepared. For Taormina, we found an open restaurant to have late lunch but didn't save enough time to buy tickets for the Greek Theatre which others said was worth the ticket price. Taormina is later in the day, so you may need to plan on a snack or there is a chance to eat when you arrive at the excursion center on Mt. Etna. I hope this helps. Again, I highly recommend this tour! Enjoy.