Catania: Mount Etna Day Trip with Tasting and Cave Trip
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 6 hours
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Fantastic experience! So pleased that my boyfriend and I chose Etna Tours to go with! This excursion was fantastic value for money, and what an incredible experience looking down into the craters of Europe’s most active volcano to see it spewing molten lava! They provided walking boots, jackets, helmets and walking sticks. We were able to pay the additional €33pp for the cable cars and 4x4 bus on card. The hike was relatively difficult but we took it at a nice gentle pace and every direction you looked the views were breathtaking. Because we were lucky enough to have such good visibility out guide took us over the centre of the volcano to the north east side and we got to gaze down into an additional crater to the one on the itinerary and this was rumbling and intermittently spewing molten lava, what a thrill! The first crater was beautiful as well, huge and moon-like with impressive plumes of smoke all around. The two guides were very jovial and handed out treats at lunch. Amazing!
I really enjoyed my hike up to the craters of Etna. The guide waited at the meeting point and drove us over to the office with a bus, where we were provided with equipment such as jackets and helmets. I had to pay an extra 66€ for the cable car (cash, but credit card is possible too). Sandwiches at the top station were better than at the restaurant. It got really cold and windy in the clouds up at the top so I was happy about the jacket. We walked to the base station of the cable car, went up and then took the vans up as far as they would go. Then the hike to the actual crater started, which is only possible with a guide. The views into the caldera were spectacular. Gas, steam, clouds, ash, crazy rocks and more made this experience otherworldly. Unfortunately the weather changed when we reached the top. At first it made for very special photos, but we had to quickly make our way back down so not to get trapped in a thunderstorm. All in all a very impressive experience.
Excellent organization, very safe and great guides (even gave us some Etna vine for lunch! :)). Only possible improvement would be that the meeting point seemed a bit messy, we didn't know where to find our guide or if they will give us any equipment (shoes/poles/helmet/jacket). Ended up working out perfectly fine afterwards.
We loved this excursion. We found it physically hard but really interesting. It was the highlight of our trip to Sicily.
Pietro is an amazing tour guide! Bring good and long socks, food and water! It’s an amazing experience really recommend