Welcome drink and briefing with pilot.
Flight time: +/- 35 minutes.
Exclusive helicopter with pilot
Eurocopter AS350 (up to 5 passengers + 1 pilot)
Take-off from: Fiumefreddo Helipad ( Click here to view the map )
Pre and post tour swimming pool and solarium access
Tour description: Arrival of passengers at our private helipad in Fiumefreddo di Sicilia, welcome drink and briefing with the HeliSicily pilot. After take-off, the flight will proceed to the northern side of the volcano, flying over the municipalities of Piedimonte Etneo, Linguaglossa and during the ascent you can admire a majestic forest of conifers and the old lava flows that descend almost to the Etna villages. As you get ever nearer to the peaks, you will fly over the ski resort of Piano Provenzana, enjoying a unique view of the flows that formed the series of craters called “la bottoniera”; here, the vegetation ends and is replaced by the sciara that will leads you up to the majestic view of the summit craters.We are at an altitude of about 3500 meters and the view from here covers the whole of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands and Calabria. You will begin the descent along the volcano’s more rugged side to reach the Sapienza ski resort and refuge.From here, you will enjoy a unique view of the city of Catania and the Gulf. Proceeding east, we will fly over the old, extinct Silvestri Craters before passing over the ‘donkey’s back’ that leads to the vast Valle del Bove. We will survey the 2002 flows that destroyed the village of Zafferana Etnea. You will continue to descend until you reach the Riposto marina, a well-known and popular tourist port; from there, you will follow the coast, flying over the beaches and the turquoise sea until you reach Giardini Naxos, the Greek excavations and then turn towards Taormina (the Pearl of Sicily). The famous Greek theatre, symbol of the city, the castle, and down towards the famed gulfs and the coves, Cape Taormina, Isola Bella, and then up towards Castelmola. One last look at the coast, past Calatabiano Castle and it is time to go back at the Fiumefreddo helipad, where you may wish to take advantage of the large private pool with solarium (free of charge) and bar and catering services.