1. Italy
  2. Sicily
  3. Catania
  4. Mount Etna

Mount Etna: Summit Craters Excursion

Product ID: 216684
Enjoy the thrill of climbing the highest active volcano in Europe, admire the eastern coast of Sicily surrounded by a lunar-like landscape. This guided tour will be led by a highly experienced mountaineering guide.
About this activity
Duration: 6 hours
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English, Italian, French
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  • Enjoy the view from the highest active volcano in Europe
  • Admire the eastern part of Sicily
  • Climb an active volcano with an expert guide
Full description
Embark on this climb and see the peak of Etna in all her majesty.

The departure is from the south side of the volcano, north of Nicolosi.

First, you will take a cable car and then a special off-road minibus to reach 2900m above sea level, where, with an authorized volcanological guide, you will walk until you reach 3300 m. From this altitude, you can admire the impressive summit of Etna and it's active craters.

During the descent, it will be possible to explore the craters of recent eruptions. The descent will be on foot, in the company of the guide from 3300m to 2500m, where you will board the cable car again. 

This is a small group tour and is also dependent on fine weather conditions and the volcano being calm. It lasts about 5 and a half hours and requires a reasonable level of fitness.
  • Trekking shoes
  • Helmet
  • Alpine/volcanological guide
What’s Not Included
  • Cable car and jeep (obligatory fee to be paid on the spot, €66 adult/€60 children)
  • Pickup and drop-off at your hotel
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Water
  • Cash
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• There is a fee of €66 to be paid on the day for the cable car and jeep
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 88 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Really enjoyed the day. Couple of basic tips- you need boots and pull the socks over your boots to avoid half of etnas rocks ending up in your boots. Piedro is a very good guide but sometimes forgets to tell up what’s coming up- like a steep down hill that requires you to dig your heels in on the way down. It was a great excursion but be in time and dont forget to bring your lunch and water- ps u don’t need poles and they are a pain for other walkers.

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September 7, 2019

Great experience!

Very good hike, quite physical, with several guides including one French, which was very significant. Only small downside, the price of the cable cars + all-terrain bus which were not in the initial price of the excursion (65th per person). It will still be an incredible day, knowing that without a guide, you cannot climb more than 2900m.

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June 25, 2019

On top of the world

Took this tour with Pietro La Rosa and what a fantastic experience. The trip was well organised. We were met promptly at the meeting point and taken to get any additional equipment we needed. The staff were careful to make sure that everyone had appropriate footwear and poles. Some of the gear was tired but still serviceable. We then ascended the mountain in the cable car and 4 x 4 and started our walk. Pietro was a very informative and careful guide. there were about 20 in the group but we were accompanied at all times by at least 2 guides and translators. Our commentary was given in French, English and German. Pietro paced the walk well - slowly on the way up and slightly quicker coming down - and took particular care of some of the more mature members of the group to encourage them to complete the walk by enlisting further help for them so the rest of the group could move more quickly. An amazing experience and one I would heartily recommend.

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May 28, 2019

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Product ID: 216684