Nicolosi Jeep & 4WD tours

Our most recommended Nicolosi Jeep & 4WD tours

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.

Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

2. 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 its 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. Visit an area of ancient explosive activities, Hornitos, a semi-cave and a state refuge. 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.

Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

3. 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.

Etna: North Etna Summit Craters 3353 m. Trekking Tour

4. Etna: North Etna Summit Craters 3353 m. Trekking Tour

Learn the history of Mount Etna while traversing its sandstone trails and peering into its famous craters. Embark on an adventure under the careful guidance of a certified volcanological or alpine guide. The tour begins in Piano Provenzana Square (Linguaglossa - Etna North). Meet the guide by the ticket office and ascend to a height of 2,800 meters in a specialized 4x4 jeep. Start with a 1.5-hour climb along an easy section of trail that leads to the edge of the Bocca Nuova Crater (also known as La Voragine), at 3,250 meters. Along the way, your guide will explain the geology and historical background of the Etna Volcano. Continue in a clockwise direction along a nimble path to the Central Crater and then to the North East Crater, formed in 1911. If the weather conditions allow, you may even be able to walk up to its rim and take a quick peek into the depths below. Enjoy the vistas from the summit of Mount Etna. If the weather permits, hikers can admire panoramic views of the Aeolian islands as well as the coasts of Taormina, Catania, Calabria, and Stromboli with full clarity. Last but not least, explore the South East Crater, one of Etna's most active. From here, look over the valley del Bove below. After touring all 4 craters, start the 30-minute descent through a steep but manageable sandstone section that brings you down to 3,000 meters. Here, choose to walk along a sand gully to Piano Provenzana (1800 meters above sea level), or return to the meeting point by jeep.

Mount Etna: Central Crater Guided Hike for Advanced Hikers

5. Mount Etna: Central Crater Guided Hike for Advanced Hikers

Put your walking shoes on and head off on a sights-filled trekking adventure around Mount Etna for experienced hikers. Discover the history and symbolism of the area with your guide, and immerse yourself in the striking natural scenery. From the meeting point, ascend in an off-road vehicle along the panoramic street on the northern side of the volcano to a height of 2,825 meters. From this point, begin the 4-kilometer walk on a path surrounded by volcanic scoria and bombs to the edge of the great Central Crater of Etna The total climb uphill is 470 meters until you arrive at the edge of the Central Crater of Etna at a height of 3,300 meters. Once there, stop to admire the greatness, uniqueness, and processes of the volcanic environment. Enjoy the view from the roof of Sicily (visibility can change according to the weather or volcanic conditions). Then, start the downhill journey on soft scoria and volcanic ashes, passing through Piano delle Concazze (at 2,750 meters, the base of the Volcanological Observatory). Continue inside of one of the sandy, big channels, characteristic of the north-east side of the volcano and surrounded by endemic plants and seasonal torrents. Reach the downhill path and the beech forest up to Piano Provenzana, the arrival point of the excursion. The total time of the trekking trail is 6-7 hours and the total kilometers (round-trip) is 11.2 km or about 7 miles (may vary). The difficulty level is E (experienced hikers). The maximum altitude reached is 3,300 mt and the minimum altitude reached is 1,800 mt. The difference in height is 470 mt (may vary) and the difference in downhill is 1,500 mt (may vary).

Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

6. Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

Your expert guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Catania, or another central location, around 8:30 AM. The guide will drive you to Rifugio Sapienza where you will the cable car to 2500 meters. Here, a 4x4 vehicle will take you to 2950 meters. With the guide, enjoy the magnificence of the volcano in front of the impressive Central and South-Eastern Craters, which are surrounded by ancient and recent lava flows. Return to Rifugio Sapienza to head in the direction of Monte Nero Degli Zappini. Take a nature walk with your guide to discover the geological and botanical aspects of Etna. Stop for a delicious lunch of authentic Sicilian baked goods accompanied by water and Mount Etna wine. In the afternoon, you will visit a volcanic cave and use helmets and torches to safely explore the depth of the volcano. Your expert guide will teach you some basic information about speleology and the fascinating phenomenon related to eruptions.

Catania: Mount Etna Trekking and Summit Craters

7. Catania: Mount Etna Trekking and Summit Craters

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.

Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

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

Break away from classic tourist itineraries to discover unique landscapes of Etna on this guided tour from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned, 4WD vehicle. Have your experience enriched by stories and fun facts from your guide.  Begin your private adventure with hotel pick up from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. Relax on the drive over regular and unpaved roads as you ascend the extinct craters that sit at an altitude of 2,000 meters.  Walk through lunar landscapes on Europe's highest active volcano at a UNESCO-listed site and view ancient lava flow. Admire the Etna forest, the Valley of Bove, and extinct craters. Put on your helmet and headlamp and make your way through a long, underground tunnel, formed by lava flow. Ascend the summit area at 3,0000 meters where you can purchase a cable car ticket on the spot. Be dropped off at your hotel at the end of your tour. 

Catania: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Guided Tour

9. Catania: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Guided Tour

Learn about the biology and geology of the Etna Volcano on this guided 8-hour tour. Wander around and explore the area's pathways surrounded by nature which has grown upon several dormant craters. The fauna and flora of Etna provides a stunning backdrop for this tour as you discover the fascinating surroundings including an exciting cave exploration. Then, relax with a wine tasting session and enjoy the flavors of the volcano as you try the region's liqueurs, honey and more. With Etna behind you, it's time to explore the beautiful Alcantara Gorges which were formed from lava and are among the most famous in the world. Next, cross the river, which is lined with basalt walls as high as 50 meters, and enter the wonderful natural setting of the Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park.

From Catania: Private Mount Etna Trek

10. From Catania: Private Mount Etna Trek

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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What people are saying about Nicolosi

Perfect day ať all. We have been picked up with Pepe and drive one hour to reach cable station bellow Etna first peak, where we deciced to pay extra 68€/person to use cable car and 4x4 bus to reach 2750 m (guided tour as well) and see one small Etna crater. This is to be sad that no permission to go upper is prohibited due to safety reason. Also do not underestimated temperature and take some wind jacket and outdoor shoes . After that we enjoy nice and tasty degustation at Palmento Arena. Very recommended. And Pepe was a really nice and friendly Guide.

This was an amazing tour both at Mount Etna and at the winery. There was enough time at Mount Etna to explore on your own or do nothing. The experience at the winery was exemplary great wine tasting delicious lunch very knowledgeable and overall just a great time. I highly recommend this tour

Tour guide Eduardo was absolutely excellent very informative and amusing too, managed to conduct the tour in Italian, French and English extremely well, really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

It’s a must on to do list if you visiting Sicily. Shame we couldn’t climb any higher, but overall good experience

Amazing but a bit tough hike. To enjoy, need to be in pretty good physical condition as also altitude impact.