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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 Morning Jeep Tour

3. 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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Mount Etna: Winter High Altitude Trekking

4. 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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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 Morning Jeep Tour

6. Mount Etna: Half-day Morning Jeep Tour

Your guide will pick you up at the meeting point and from there, you will begin a wonderful adventure to discover the beauty of Mount Etna. It's the highest active volcano in Europe and, since 2013, has also been a UNESCO heritage site. With the help of the Jeep, you will cross the remains of ancient lava flows that destroyed villages and the Etna woods. Equipped with a helmet and torch, visit a beautiful volcanic cave that was formed from a lava tube. You will also discover the incredible Valla del Bove, an ancient volcanic caldera. Accompanied by your hiking guide, take a walk around the now extinct side craters (there are about 300 side craters around Etna in total) at a height of 2000m. Cross the volcanic desert and discover the few endemic plants that survive here. Throughout the journey, your guide will tell you everything that you'd like to know about the history, fauna, flora, and geology of Mount Etna as you admire its unique landscapes At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to the meeting point.

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Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

7. Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

This private adventure begins with hotel pick up from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. In the comfort of an air-conditioned, 4WD vehicle, take on regular and unpaved roads as you ascend to the extinct craters at an altitude of 2,000 meters. Break away from the classic tourist itineraries to discover unique panoramas enriched by stories and fun facts from your experienced guide.  Walk amongst lunar landscapes on Europe's highest active volcano and UNESCO World Heritage Site and view the ancient lava flow, the Etna forest, Valley of Bove, and extinct craters. What's more, put on your helmet and headlamp, provided by your guide, and make your way through a long, underground tunnel, formed by the lava flow.  To ascend the summit area at 3,0000 meters, you may purchase a cable car ticket on the spot. After a full day of touring, hotel drop-off is provided.

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Taormina and Catania: Mount Etna Exploration and Cave Tour

8. 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

9. 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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Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

10. Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

This day trip begins with a drive up to Rifugio Sapienza, with stops at viewpoints en route. The guide will provide commentary on the volcano's history and point out sites of previous eruptions. Trek along one of the nature paths up to 2,000 meters or take the Etna high altitude option. For the high altitude option, ride a cable car and special 4x4 minibus to Torre del Filosofo, at 2,900 meters. Afterwards, explore a lava cave, equipped with a helmet and flashlight. The final stop will be at one of the area’s top wineries, with a tasting session that includes a sparkling wine and 4 still wines. During the tasting session, enjoy local cold cuts, cheeses, pate and olive oil.

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What people are saying about Catania

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 283 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

Escursione piacevole e suggestiva da fare assolutamente. La nostra guida, Ernesto ha contribuito al 100% nella riuscita di quest'avventura. Dall'ospitalità nel paesino Tre Castagni dove ci ha portato per fare colazione e prendere un panino per il pranzo, all'arrivo sulla cima dell'Etna. Assistenza da parte di Ernesto ottima. Non potevamo trovare guida migliore.

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

Horatio was excellent guide!He was very kind,.helpful and told everything about Etnea. We enjoyed it!!!

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