From Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Tour
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 6 hours
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.
Unfortunately due to volcanic activity it wasnt allowed to hike to the summit. We got messaged about this a day in advance with an offer for an alternative past previous lava flows and craters, which we took. It still was a beautifull experience with a very friendly, experienced and knowledgeable, multi lingual guide. We didn't get to take the 4x4 bus because we were hiking on a lowere altidtude but got that refunded through get your guide.
From the meeting point at Funivia dell'Etna, you’ll start the day by catching the cable car and bus to the trailhead. After trekking for about 2 kilometers, you will reach the western portion of the summit crater terrace where it is possible to admire the stateliness of the Central Crater. The trekking will continue along the crater wall before starting downhill on the steep path constituted by ash and volcanic scoria along the southern portion of the summit. Complete the extraordinary journey back to Rifugio Sapienza by cable car.
Biagio was a terrific guide! Incredibly knowledgeable and friendly - the hike was unforgettable due to our guide
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.
Danilo our guide was great! He was really nice and welcoming, explained a lot and gave us recommendations for the rest of our visit in Catania. The added value of this tour was the easy pick-up and the vineyard visit with tasting of great wines. Now with covid they don't accept visitors that are not part of a private tour, so it was a great opportunity (and the tastings are actually quite a big lunch). the cave was nice but a bit underwhelming. We paid additional 67 euros pp to go the the max altitude allowed (2750).
Enjoy a hike along one of the lesser-followed trails on Mount Etna and discover the region's spectacular wildlife. After getting picked up from your hotel in Catania, head to the trailhead and begin your trek. See everything from lush woods to volcanic deserts. Admire some of the local flora (such as poplars, beeches, birches, chestnuts, oaks and pine trees) and fauna (such as buzzards, hawks, eagles, foxes, wild rabbits) of the volcano. During the hike, stop for a short picnic lunch composed of local products. Finish your trek with a visit to a lava cave and explore the cave with the torches and helmets provided.
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Our guided tour was absolutely amazing and a must if you are visiting Catania. Our guide Angelo was very kind and told us all about Catania and of course most importantly, Etna. The trip to the organic honey farm was a nice stop to learn a bit more about the local products in Catania. Only thing that didn't happen was the wine tasting, kind off forget about it myself to be honest. We spend enough time at Etna and got to take amazing pictures. But most importantly, we had plenty of time to take in the incredible views.
Great trip! The guide online didn’t say to bring warm clothes. The honey spot was a little weird as they didn’t offer wine like the guide online stated and it was very quick stop. The cave was cool as well, but the sunset at the crater was amazing!
Very knowledgeable and friendly guide. we tasted the flavors of Etna and lived a unique experience. The walk on the side craters was very pleasant and not at all difficult to deal with. Definitely an experience worth doing!
Great discovery! A very nice guide who speaks good French and English and who gives you lots of information about Etna and the towns on our route. The tasting of local products is also nice.
Nice experience, made even more great by the guide Giuseppe! Too bad the rain that spoiled the view from the top a bit.