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Mountain-Bike Adventure on Mount Etna

Mountain-Bike Adventure on Mount Etna

Duration
5 hours

Difficulty
Medium

Cancellation
Moderate

Participants
From 1 to 12

Highlights

  • An adventurous MTB tour on Etna through volcanic paths, craters, lava flows and birch forests.
  • A variety of landscapes on a 20 km long, 600 m difference in altitude trail.
  • Test your legs on one of Sicily's most fascinating routes!

Your guide

L.
Ivano L.

Always a globetrotter and lover of outdoor sports, for the past nine years this great passion has turned into a profession.

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Full description

Set off on a sporty, fun-filled adventure and discover Europe's largest active volcano, Mount Etna, whose charm never ceases to amaze visitors from all over the world.

A hiking guide will take you along volcanic paths, past lava flows and craters from the most recent eruptions, but also through dense pine and birch forests scattered here and there like green oases in the barren lava desert.

Prepare yourself for an itinerary 20 km in length and 600 m in altitude difference on mixed terrain and with fairly technical sections, but don't let yourself be intimidated: the effort will be amply rewarded by the wonder of nature and landscapes. Guaranteed!

What we will do

The activity is scheduled to start in and around Taormina at around 9am. You will be picked up at your hotel or at a point convenient to you (you can agree this with your guide after booking) and in about 40 minutes you will reach Piano Provenzana, on the north-eastern slope of Etna, at 1950 m above sea level. This will be the starting point for themountain-bike excursion.

First we will have a briefing on the route and the rules of behaviour and safety. Then we will start cycling for about 5 km through a lush pine forest, on off-road trails with a sandy surface in places and several short but rather steep climbs.

The second section, about 6 km, is mostly flat and characterised by a lunar landscape of craters and ancient lava flows. At a certain point, the landscape changes abruptly and we find ourselves immersed in a wonderful forest of white birch trees.

The third section is the shortest but most technical. It is a 3-kilometre single track in a lava desert, with several short but steep climbs on a sandy surface. Here the quadriceps will be put to the test, but only until the next stretch, which is relaxing and fun.

We will tackle almost 4 km downhill on a wide cycle track through a pine forest, while on the south side we can observe the large lava flow from the 2002 eruption.

After that, we will prepare for the grand finale of our mountain-bike excursion on Etna with a 3-km uphill stretch on an asphalt road that will lead us to a refuge where we can rest and refresh ourselves.

After a well-deserved refreshment break, we will return to Taormina by shuttle bus. The activity lasts a total of 5 hours, of which about 3 hours will be required to complete the mountain-bike route.

For the less energetic, there is the possibility of doing the tour by e-bike, renting it for an additional price of €25 (to be requested after booking and paid on site). In this way, they can use the assisted pedalling in the more demanding sections and finish the route without any particular fatigue!

Who it is aimed at

This activity is of medium level and is intended for cyclists with good training and experience. However, thanks to the possibility of hiring pedal-assisted e-bikes, the tour can also be undertaken by people who are not particularly well trained. Participation is possible from 15 years of age.

Other information

This activity is bookable from April to November, with the exception of July and August due to high temperatures, and is confirmed upon reaching at least 4 participants.

After booking, you can tell the guide theaddress for the pick-up if you live in the area of Taormina, Giardini Naxos and surroundings. If you come from outside, the appointment will be at the car park just outside the Giardini Naxos motorway exit.

The participation fee includes the hire of a 29" MTB trek. If you wish to do the tour on an e-bike with pedal assistance, you will have to request it after booking and pay an additional cost of €25 on site.

A different departure time can be arranged with the guide, depending on availability.

Recommended clothing

Sportswear and trainers

Don't forget to bring

  • backpack
  • extra water
  • sunglasses

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What is included

  • Hiking guide
  • Shuttle transport
  • Mountain-bike
  • Helmet
  • Water
  • Fruit
  • E-bike (can be rented on request)

How it works

  • Book
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  1. 1
    Send a booking request

    We will only pre-authorise the payment

  2. 2
    Receive confirmation within 48 hours

    In case of confirmation, you will be charged the cost of the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

  1. 1
    Buy a gift voucher

    Valid 12 months from the date of purchase

  2. 2
    Choose your preferred date

    Get in touch with the guide with the contact details on the voucher and choose the day for the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

Meeting point
Taormina, Messina, Italy

Exact location provided after booking

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

In case of weather conditions that do not allow to carry out the activity safely, you will get a full refund. The guide may propose you an alternative date or time to reschedule the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you cannot reschedule it, we will process a full refund!

If I cancel the reservation, can I get a full refund?

For this activity, the cancellation policy is moderate. You get a full refund if you cancel within 8 days from the activity start date. Within 7 and 5 days from the activity start date you will get a 50% refund. You can find the full policies in the Cancellation Policy section.

What measures are implemented to prevent COVID-19?

All activities on Freedome strictly follow regulations issued at national, regional and federal levels. Sports associations and freelancers commit to carry out activities in full compliance with such regulations, sanitize equipment and environments, and limit their maximum capacity.
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