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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.

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Catania: Mount Etna Trek and Cave Tour

2. Catania: Mount Etna Trek and Cave Tour

Embark on a trek of iconic Mount Etna. Take in outstanding views, learn history from your guide and tour a lava cave equipped with helmets and flashlights. 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 origin.

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Mount Etna: Winter High Altitude Trekking

3. Mount Etna: Winter High Altitude Trekking

Discover the high altitude wonders of Mount Etna’s southern slope on this epic, guided climb. Start the adventure from 2500 meters above sea level at the site’s cable car arrival terminal and learn about the fascinating 2001 Eruption while admiring the great Valle del Bove depression which deeply marks the eastern side of the volcano. As you climb, soak up once-in-a-lifetime views of the mountainous scenery and the sprawling countryside below. Highlights of the tour include the Summit Craters, the Craters of 2002, the Cisternazza, the Piano del Lago, and the ancient Montagnola Crater. At the end of an unforgettable experience, descend from the summit area of the volcano towards the cable car terminal which takes you back down. The excursion is carried out and adapted to the meteorological and volcanic conditions of the day, and respects the safety of the participants at all times.

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Mount Etna: Summit and Crater Guided Trek Tour

4. Mount Etna: Summit and Crater Guided Trek Tour

Enjoy a cable car and 4WD ride, before walking across Europe's highest active volcano. Take in the breathtaking scenery in the company of your expert guide. Get a briefing from your guide, then ride the cable car to an altitude of 2,500 meters above sea level. Transfer to a 4WD bus and continue up the mountain to reach 2,900 meters above sea level near the Torre del Filosofo. Then, start your 2-hour trek to the crater summit, and take breaks along the way to enjoy the scenery and views. Walk through the lunar landscape of the lava fields as you traverse the nature trails of the highest active volcano in Europe. Take in the panoramic views from the summit and then trek back down to the upper cable car station. Return to the meeting point by cable car and get your last views of the brooding mountain. 

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Catania: Mount Etna Volcano and Alcantara Park Tour

5. Catania: Mount Etna Volcano and Alcantara Park Tour

With an expert guide by your side, discover the Mount Etna volcano, sitting at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. Explore ancient craters, lava flow caves, and admire the breathtaking landscape of the Ionian coast. Explore Alcantara Park in your free time. Dissected by the Alcantara river, Alcantara Park is a location brimming with unique vegetation, lava rock formations, and columnar basalts formed by the icy waters of the Alcantara. During the warm season, cool yourself off by taking a refreshing dip in these pristine waters or just stroll alongside the river.

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Mount Etna: Half-Day Guided Tour and Hike

6. Mount Etna: Half-Day Guided Tour and Hike

Reach 2000 meters above sea level as you journey up Mount Etna, the world’s largest active volcano. Explore Mount Etna’s lunar landscapes and discover its lateral craters. Enjoy the services of a specialized Etna guide, who will ensure you are both safe and well-informed throughout the hike. Hewar about all of the mountain's most interesting aspects as you explore the volcano. Continue on with a walk along a path that leads to the scene of the latest spectacular eruption. Your guide will share stories of this massive volcano that influences the daily habits and lives of local residents.

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Etna: Craters of the 2002 Eruption Trekking Experience

7. Etna: Craters of the 2002 Eruption Trekking Experience

The starting point of the trekking route is along the dirt road that runs from Provenzana to the summit craters of the volcano. The first stop will allow you to see the ruins of the Hotel delle Betulle, the only visible structure from those destroyed by the lava flow of October 2002. Take your time studying the varying volcanic forms as you follow the route. Hear about how they are related to the series of eruptions on the northern side of Etna, particularly the flank eruptions in 1911 and 1923. The later occurrence threatened the city of Linguaglossa. After visiting the particular volcanic structures, called hornitos (small oven in Spanish), go up along the Bottoniera (cinder cones) of the 2002 eruption. Reach the maximum height of 2,100 meters and stand at the edge of the craters. Descend Mount Etna through a sandy channel to arrive back at the starting point.

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Etna: Guided Climbing Tour to Summit Craters

8. Etna: Guided Climbing Tour to Summit Craters

Enjoy a physical challenge with rewarding views on this guided climb to the summit of Mount Etna. Take breaks along the way and snap unique photos of the summit craters. After a briefing at the mobile information point, your excursion will start, up to the top of Mount. Etna at 3,300 meters. Take the cable car (payable in cash during the tour) to quickly gain altitude up to 2,500 meters and then with special 4x4 minibusses, go up to 2,900 meters, near Torre del Filosofo.  During the 2-hour ascent, take 2-3 intermediate breaks to enjoy the view. Travel through the lunar-looking lava fields that will lead you under the summit craters. With a final demanding climb, reach the summit of Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Admire the peculiarities that characterize the summit area.  Descend on foot to the upper station of the cable car that will take you back to the starting point.

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Taormina and Catania: Mount Etna Exploration and Cave Tour

9. Taormina and Catania: Mount Etna Exploration and Cave Tour

Begin your trip to Etna with an easy walk around the Sartorius Craters, whose eruption is dated back to 1865. This excursion to Mount Etna will allow you to understand the different types of eruptions that can take place on volcanoes, as you undergo an easy trek of about 4 kilometers up and down this interesting fissure eruption site. Afterward, head to the Etna Nord Ski Resort, where a lunch break is planned in a beautiful chalet at 1,900 meters above sea level. Following lunch, embark on a cave exploration of a lava tube. Created by a prehistoric lava flow, it is now enriched by the Etna birch forest which surrounds it. This cave was allegedly used for some time by bandits, whereas others say the tunnel was used to store snow during winter to then be used in the warmer seasons. Whatever the truth behind its common use during the past centuries, it's a wonderful place to explore with caving equipment such as helmets and torches to ensure a safe visit. If time allows, the excursion will conclude with a free tasting of Etna's finest products, including honey, wine, liqueurs and much more at a local producer in Zafferana Etnea. This village of honey sits along the Etna Wine Route, which will lead you back to your accommodation where you will be dropped off at the conclusion of your tour. Alternatively, upgrade your experience to a private tour and enjoy an itinerary adapted to your desires, specifications, and pace. The guide will follow a tailor-made itinerary based on your requests, a route that can also be reviewed during the day.

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From Catania: Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Catania

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,353 reviews

Our guide Marco was amazing. He had the knowledge to educate us and at the same time he was making jokes and we had a lot o fun. The atmosphere be created in the group was supper. The tour was very well organized. Marco is a very good driver. He provide us with shoes and warm clothes to be comfortable during the hiking. His colleague whose name I do not remember unfortunately was also very friendly. We made stops at amazing points of view. This tour is one of our best experiences so far. We were lucky because the weather was great, even though we whent at the end of November.

Loads of fun and well thought out, our guide picked us up from our hotel and Taormina and drove us up to several awesome places on Mt Etna. There was moderate hiking involved and the guide was super informed about volcano science and geology, which made each stop very interesting. The off-roaring was also very fun and the overall experience was great! Would recommend for anybody looking for a ln adventurous half day at Etna

This was really a great tour. Felt like it was worth it. The instructor was well educated and spoke very good English. I really enjoyed the hike.

It was a fantastic trip! Beautiful Nature! Marco took care of us and provided the necessary equipment!!!

The trip was very successful, it only started late