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  2. Sicily
  3. Catania
  4. Mount Etna

Etna in the Morning: Half Day Excursion from Catania

Product ID: 77704
Discover the wonders of Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Experience the unique landscapes of the volcano on a nature trek that’s a perfect balance of adventure and learning. Take in views of the Valle del Bove and explore a lava cave.
About this activity
Duration: 5.3 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, Italian, Spanish

Pickup included

Pick-up is available at all hotels, B&Bs and other accommodations in Catania, except in the ZTL areas.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy nature at 2,000 meters surrounded by the unique moonscape
  • Explore an incredible lava flow cave
  • Discover Valle del Bove, the most important valley on the east slope of Etna
Full description
Your 6-hour excursion begins with a pick-up at your Catania accommodation and a drive by air-conditioned Jeep or minivan to Mount Etna. As you ascend to a height of 2,000 meters, your professional guide will tell you about the history of the volcano, and will be ready to answer all your questions.

Different aspects of the volcano will be highlighted, such as its nature and resources, its amazing landscapes and its huge lava flows that have destroyed buildings and roads.

At an altitude of 2,000 meters, you’ll take a guided walk among the ancient craters and recent lava flows, surrounded by a surreal unique moonscape. The trek is an easy one, suitable for everyone, including families with young children and older members.

After the trek and a short break you’ll take the car to your second stop. Wearing a helmet and with a flashlight, you’ll visit and explore a lava flow cave. Learn about its origin and the features inside from your guide.

The third and final stop will be at a viewpoint to take in the panorama of the Valle del Bove, the most important valley on the east slope of the volcano.
Includes
  • Pick-up and drop off at your accommodation in Catania
  • Professional multi-lingual guide
  • Helmets and flashlights
  • Trekking boots and K-Way raincoat rental
What’s Not Included
  • Etna cable car
  • Lunch and water
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes
Not allowed
  • Sandals or flip flops
Know before you go
• This activity is not recommended for anyone suffering from heart problems or high blood pressure
• Requests to rent trekking shoes should be made at least 1 day before the excursion
• Wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1406 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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On time pickup. Very friendly and outgoing guide, Joseph. Took time to explain what we saw around. He took us on a different road down on the way back just to change the scenery. Up it was much warmer than anticipated, so we had some additional layers that made the hike a bit challenging. For the ones that are more independent you can easily drive up with your own car, but then there is no one to actually give some info on what you are looking at, so I recommend a guided tour if you want a bit more out of the experience.

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January 4, 2020

From the moment we booked the trip through Get Your Guide with Etna Est, Etna East proved to me very punctual and replying to emails in less then hour. Guide Simone picked us up exactly at designated time and we had great trip to Etna. We learned a lot, had lots of fun with Simone and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The trip itself is very nice, not difficult to walk, but provides good experience of Etna and nice hike among craters. Simone was casual and fun, but at the same time took very good care of our group. Highly recomended!

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January 2, 2020

I really enjoyed the morning exploration of Mount Etna. Our guide was really helpful in explaning the geologic formation of volcanoes and the impact it has on the area. We got to explore a cave, have a nice view of the valley and trek to see two craters. Would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to get informative knowledge about volcanoes!

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December 16, 2019

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Etna Est

Product ID: 77704