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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: Etna Hiking Tour

2. Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

Enjoy a hike on the highest, most active volcano in Europe. Explore a fascinating landscape, take in breathtaking views on this climbing adventure. 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. Take advantage of a helmet, flashlight, and all the equipment you need for your 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. Finally, in the afternoon, get dropped off back in Catania where your tour concludes.

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Catania: Mount Etna Trek and Cave Tour

3. 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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Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

4. 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 your tour you’ll be dropped back at your accommodation in Catania.

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From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Morning Trek

5. From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Morning Trek

Following pick-up at a pre-arranged pick-up point, depart Taormina at about 08:30 and journey to the foothills of Mt. Etna. Travel in a small group of no more than 8 people for a more intimate and personalized experience. You will be accompanied by a guide trained in volcanology, biology or geology for your convenience. Upon arrival at the active volcano, hike for approximately 1.5 hours around the perimeters of some of its extinct craters. Walk through ancient woods and along paths covered with lava about 2,000 meters above sea level. Get a better appreciation of this emblem of Sicily and its surrounding landscape from a different perspective. Learn about the fascinating volcanic phenomenon, before heading underground to explore one of the lava caves. Then, head to a local café for a typical savory snack of a sandwich, wine, a dessert and a tasting of almond wine, which is a typical Sicilian sweet wine. Return to your hotel at around 14:30 at the end of the tour services.

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Etna 4x4 Half Day Tour

6. Etna 4x4 Half Day Tour

The half-day excursion includes an easy walk to the impressive Monte Fontana and a visit of the famous valley Valle del Bove. Wander through old and new lava flows, walk on extinct craters, and visit a real lava cave equipped with helmets and flashlights, where ice was produced centuries ago. Your guide will show you the great variety of flora and fauna here - plants and animals which populate the active volcano. While walking through ancient forests you will learn a lot about the vegetation and the wildlife of Mount Etna. Your last stop of the half-day tour will be around the cold lava streams of Piano Provenzana, which were destroyed during the last big eruption in 2002. At the end of the tour you will be driven back to your accommodation. Altogether this will be an unforgettable experience.

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Mount Etna: Winter High Altitude Trekking

7. 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

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

9. 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

10. 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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What people are saying about Catania

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 971 reviews

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 an incredible tour! Alessio was a well-informed, extremely polite, and made the trip exciting and also educational. I learned a lot about both Mt. Etna and the town of Taormina, while also seeing craters, cool caves, and beautiful views of Isola Bella and the town of Taormina. I HIGHLY recommend this tour and thank you Alessio for the wonderful day. It made my trip.

Gita spettacolare ed organizzata benissimo. La guida (Francesco) ci ha raccolto all'albergo e scaricato nello stesso punto alla fine della gita. Puntuale, preciso, competente e bravo a coinvolgere il gruppo. Una gita spettacolare.

Alessio is so friendly and nice, he gave us many useful info around aetna as well as sicily in general. Definitely worthy

Gianfranco was great: friendly, didactical! Would highly recommend.