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Our most recommended Catania Day Trips

  • Mount Etna: Cable Car, Jeep, & Hiking Tour to Summit

    1. Mount Etna: Cable Car, Jeep, & Hiking Tour to Summit

    Ascend to the summit of the craters of Mount Etna, one of the most coveted excursions a hiker can make. Hike in full safety with an authorized alpine and volcano guide, and marvel at the beauty and wonder of the highest active volcano in Europe.   Depart from Sapienza Refuge in Nicolosi, and ascend 2,504 meters by cable car. Then, ride in a 4x4 Jeep up to 2,900 meters, to begin your hike. You’ll hike 1.5 hours uphill, passing many craters and taking long pauses to take pictures and rest.

    Experience the incredible feeling of being on top of the world in this rocky, beautiful landscape with the giant sky above you. After reaching the summit, descend for 2 hours back to the cable car, which will take you to your departure point.

    Unfortunately due to volcanic activity it wasnt allowed to hike to the summit. We got messaged about this a day in advance with an offer for an alternative past previous lava flows and craters, which we took. It still was a beautifull experience with a very friendly, experienced and knowledgeable, multi lingual guide. We didn't get to take the 4x4 bus because we were hiking on a lowere altidtude but got that refunded through get your guide.

  • Catania: Mount Etna Morning or Sunset Day Trip with Tasting

    2. Catania: Mount Etna Morning or Sunset Day Trip with Tasting

    Enjoy an adventurous day trip to Mount Etna, including handy roundtrip transfers from Catania. Best of all, customize your tour according to your needs, choosing from either a private or small-group experience in a choice of languages. Explore the volcano’s ancient craters, a lava flow cave, and try some local produce, while taking in some breathtaking panoramic views along the way. Start your day with a pick-up from your Catania accommodation in an air-conditioned 4x4 or minivan. Digest some fun facts about the volcano from your professional guide as you drive 2000 meters up. Hear about everything from the volcano’s natural resources, memorable landscapes, and flora, to lava flows that have swallowed roads and buildings in past spurts of activity. Once you reach 2000 meters up, take a guided walk around the ancient craters, recent lava flows, and other-worldly landscape. Rest easy a...

    The tour was amazing and our guide Simone was great! I would definitely recommend it.

  • Catania: Mount Etna Trek and Cave Tour

    3. Catania: Mount Etna Trek and Cave Tour

    Following your pickup, you will head in the direction of Etna. Passing off road through Trazzere where you can see the lava flows of 1792, your guide will explain the fauna and flora of the volcano of Etna. They will tell you of Mount Etna's history as you travel in the direction of the Bove Valley, which is an ancient caldera formed about 64,000 years ago due to a collapse of 2 major eruptive centers. You'll soon arrive at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, where your hike starts. Follow quiet trails away from the tourist paths. Pass recent lava flows and soak up views of the coastline. During the trip you'll see the southeastern crater, Etna's most active area. Throughout the trek you can stop to taste sandwiches and local products, and will visit inside a lava cave with helmets and flashlights. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of...

    I absolutely loved the tour! Our guide was super friendly, had great (English) communication skills and was very informative. As we needed to do a covid test (for our flight back home) in the early morning before the tour (pick-up 8.15/8.30h), our guide suggested we could come over to their second stop (to buy lunch before the tour) at 9.30h. We just made it with a taxi! The guide bought our lunch, because we payed for the taxi. Which was very kind of him! Also he has knowledge about (medicine) plants. This was awesome!

  • Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Jeep Tour

    4. Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Jeep Tour

    Climb aboard a 4x4 Jeep and begin your half-day guided tour. Learn about the history and science behind the Etna volcano. Stop for a wine, liquor, and honey tasting to discover the flavors and smells of local products that are made in this volcanic region. Drive along roads that are framed by breathtaking views of the various dormant craters. Admire the beautiful Valle del Bove and explore an old lava flow cave with lamps. Finish your tour by enjoying the beautiful panoramas of the sun setting behind the landscape. 

    Thank you yo Horacio, a super guide for this tour. We enjoyed to this tour : tasting, history, view and for sur walk on the Etna !! Lucie & Wendie

  • Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

    5. Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

    Enjoy a hike on the highest, most active volcano in Europe. Start the tour with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Catania. Climb into a comfortable 4x4 vehicle and set off for Mount Etna. Arrive at the starting point for your off-the-beaten-track hike.

    As you begin to walk, admire the fascinating landscape of the Valle del Bove, the biggest depression of Mount Etna, and its moonlike deserts. From there take in the breathtaking views of the smoking summit craters and the surrounding landscape facing the Ionian Sea.

    The tour also includes the opportunity to explore a lava tube with helmets and flashlights. Experience the incredible natural phenomenon created when the surface lava solidified but magma continued to flow into the tunnel.

    Finally, in the afternoon, get dropped off back in Catania...

    Jó ár-érték arány jellemzi ezt a túrát. Nagy előnye, hogy Catania-bol visznek oda vissza. Ha a gerincre vagy minél magasabbra akarsz jutni, akkor nem ezt a túrát válaszd. Ezen látható a Vál Di Bove kalderaja,de nem a csúcs és a környéke. Ehhez szállást kell foglalni fenn, a Refugio Sapienza-n

  • From Catania: Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour

    6. From Catania: Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour

    Explore Etna Park on a 6-hour tour that takes you up to the Sapienza Refuge at 1,986 meters. Return transfers from your accommodation in Catania are included in the package. At the Sapienza Refuge you’ll see both the newest eruptions of the volcano and the old Silvestri craters, dating from the 1892 eruption. Afterwards you’ll trek along a nature path through Etna Park, enjoying breathtaking views over the Bove Valley. Enter a lava cave, with a helmet and head lamp, to learn how lava flows are formed. Later, stop in the town of Zafferana, on the eastern side of Etna. In Zafferana, known as the town of honey, you’ll visit one of the most famous organic farms in the area to taste delicious local products such as honey, olive oil, and wine. You’ll be transferred to your hotel in the early afternoon.

    Our guide was wonderful - very friendly, informative, and accommodating. A great basic package.

  • Sicily: Mt. Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour

    7. Sicily: Mt. Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour

    Start your Sicilian adventure by meeting your friendly guide in Catania, either at your accomodation or another agreed upon location. After a short meet and greet you will take a brief, scenic drive to either the Sartorius craters, or the 2002 crater on the Northeast side of Etna. Whilst here, you will be introduced through your knowledgeable guide to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena. Walk through ancient woods, extinct craters and old Lava flows. Witness deserts of lava and ashes, peculiar lava formations and traces of previous eruptions - all part of the unique landscape you will discover on the Northeast side of the volcano. During the excursions you will reach a maximum altitude of 2000-meters. Receive the opportunity to explore a volcanic cave like the Grotto del Ladroni or Grotta Cassone. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment, such as helmets and torche...

    Our guide was a studied volcanologist and geologist. He was incredibly engaging and friendly. Etna was very active on that day, so we were very lucky and had a fantastic experience. Food and wine was also amazing. Very nice and cozy place. Alcantara was also worth the trip. Very good value for money. Small group, hiking equipment was offered for free. Thank you for this unforgettable experience! Expectation was exceeded.

  • Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

    8. Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

    After pickup from the designated meeting point, drive to Mount Etna to begin your tour. As you ascend to a height of 2,000 meters, your professional guide will tell you about the history of the volcano and explain the unique nature to you. Walk on paths away from the tourist areas to take in the flora and fauna away from the crowds.  Different aspects of the volcano will be highlighted, such as its nature and resources, its amazing landscapes and the huge lava flows that have destroyed buildings and roads. You will be taken to a viewpoint to see the panoramic view of the Valle del Bove, the most important valley on the east slope of the volcano. Then with a helmet and a flashlight, you’ll visit and explore a lava flow cave. Learn about its origin and the features inside from your guide. You’ll also have the chance to sample the wines, liqueurs, and honeys from this area. At the end of ...

    Giovani our guide was the best, we had such a good time and he really made our day.

  • Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour from Taormina

    9. Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour from Taormina

    Travel in a small group with an expert guide from Taormina to Etna on this full-day tour. Enjoy a 2-hour hike around the perimeters of extinct craters and along lava-covered paths at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. Visit the volcanic underground, discovering one of the wonders of Etna. Stop for lunch and visit a local winery for a guided tasting of Etna wines (DOC). The 3-course lunch features typical Sicilian antipasti, a main course, and a delicious dessert. Last on the itinerary is a visit to the Alcantara Canyons, formed thousands of years ago when lava flowed into the Alcantara River, from a panoramic view point.

    Our Guide Alex was very passionate and had a Great knowledge about vulcanos. A wonderful combination of exploring Etna. Good Wine and Alcantara gorge. We had a wonderful day.

  • Etna Upper Craters Day Tour from Taormina

    10. Etna Upper Craters Day Tour from Taormina

    Be picked up at 8:30 AM and relax as you are driven to visit the highest volcano in Europe with its smoking peak seen throughout Sicily. Drive to the Mount Etna Refuge with the opportunity for refreshments as you ready yourself for further ascent.  Climb higher by cable car up to 2,500 meters and continuing on board jeeps up to the authorized crater zones at approximately 3,000 meters with the assistance of licensed Guides of the CAI, Italian Alpine Club. See the 4 distinct craters at the summit area and more than 300 vents on the flanks, ranging in size from small holes to large craters. Stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in a safety zone according to weather conditions. Gazing over an active volcano, make memories sure to last a lifetime.

    We enjoyed our tour in general, but most of the time we were driving in a bus, taking the cable cart or driving in a mountain bus. Though we didn't need to stand in a line to cable cart or mountain bus for too long, traveling took way too much time. We had less than an hour up at 2900 meters and it was just enough to take a guided tour around a crater, but not enough to explore. All that trouble for a mere 45 mins up the mountain was a bit of a disappointment. Going higher up the mountain was of course forbidden. The mountain guide who walked us around one crater was very informative and multilingual. Our own guide was very pleasant, efficient and attentive. She spoke the whole drive up and down in three languages. The bus driver was amazingly skillful and drove that monster bus like a.. well.. a pro. We had cloudy weather so no breathtaking views down, but the summit was clearly visible from 2900 and we were quite pleased to see it.

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What people are saying about Catania

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,479 reviews

We had a perfect day with Salvo (Salvatore) who was such a friendly and funny guide which a huge knowledge of Etna and its surroundings. We booked the cable car tour to the Etna which costs additional 67 Euros but its very much worth the money, would highly recommend! We also went into a Lava cave and a local Wine, Honey and Olive Oil producer where you can buy these items if you like to. Last stop was Taormina which is one of the most beautiful cities. The ride between these locations was very informative because Salvo is such a passionate Sicilian who really enjoyed our whole group of 8 people from all over the world. Can definitely recommend to book this tour! Thank you Salvo for this great day :-) Greetings from (cold) Duesseldorf!

We were lucky enough to witness an eruption of etna during this day which made it fantastic. The route proposed by the guide was clear and accessible to all. Our guide Eduardo was really wonderful with all his explanations that accompanied the excursion

Gaetano is a very kind and experienced person who accompanied us all the way, telling us in detail every single aspect of the place. Highly recommended for those who want to spend a different and fun day!

Great trip, wonderful landscape and very good guide :) friendly and informative. We received proper information on everything before the trip. Was on time. Etna with its various nature is wonderful.

Thank you yo Horacio, a super guide for this tour. We enjoyed to this tour : tasting, history, view and for sur walk on the Etna !! Lucie & Wendie