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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.

Mount Etna: Summit and Crater Guided Trek Tour

2. Mount Etna: Summit and Crater Guided Trek Tour

Enjoy a cable car before walking across Europe's highest active volcano. Take in the breathtaking scenery in the company of your expert guide. After a briefing with your guide, ride the cable car to an altitude of 2,500 meters above sea level. Then, start your 2-hour trek to the crater summit, and take breaks along the way to enjoy the scenery and views. Walk through the lunar landscape of the lava fields as you traverse the nature trails of the highest active volcano in Europe. Take in the panoramic views from 3,000 meters, then trek back down to the upper cable car station. Return to the meeting point by cable car and get your last views of the brooding mountain. 

Catania: Mount Etna Morning or Sunset Day Trip with Tasting

3. Catania: Mount Etna Morning or Sunset Day Trip with Tasting

Enjoy an adventurous day trip to Mount Etna, including handy roundtrip transfers from Catania. Best of all, customize your tour according to your needs, choosing from either a private or small-group experience in a choice of languages. Explore the volcano’s ancient craters, a lava flow cave, and try some local products, while taking in some breathtaking panoramic views along the way. Start your day with a pick-up from your Catania accommodation in an air-conditioned 4x4 or minivan. Digest some fun facts about the volcano from your professional guide as you drive 2000 meters up. Hear about everything from the volcano’s natural resources, memorable landscapes, and flora, to lava flows that have swallowed roads and buildings in past spurts of activity. Once you reach 2000 meters up, take a guided walk around the ancient craters, recent lava flows, and other-worldly landscape. Rest easy as the trek is an easy one, suitable for both families with younger children and older family members. Try a mini-sampling of Sicilian delicacies during the trek, with some "cantucci" biscuits and "zibibbo" wine both up for tasting. After a short break, head to your next stop — a lava flow cave. Using a helmet and flashlight, you’ll discover the cave’s origins and stand-out features in ample time with your guide. Your last stop is a panoramic viewpoint at Monte Pomiciaro, granting you unforgettable views and photo opportunities over the Valle del Bove, the volcano’s most important valley. If the sunset option is selected, take in breathtaking views of Etna during 'Golden Hour'. After your volcanic adventure, head back to Catania, where your tour will conclude.

Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Jeep Tour

4. Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Jeep Tour

Take a guided tour of iconic Mount Etna. Discover the natural landmark's history, sample local produce, and watch the sun set over the outstanding landscape. Climb aboard a 4x4 Jeep and begin your half-day guided tour. Learn about the history and science behind the Etna volcano. Stop for a wine, liquor, and honey tasting to discover the flavors and smells of local products that are made in this volcanic region. Drive along roads that are framed by breathtaking views of the various dormant craters. Admire the beautiful Valle del Bove and explore an old lava flow cave with lamps. Finish your tour by enjoying the beautiful panoramas of the sun setting behind the landscape. 

Etna: Guided Trekking Tour to Summit Craters

5. Etna: Guided Trekking Tour to Summit Craters

Enjoy a physical challenge with rewarding views on this guided climb to the top of Etna. Take breaks along the way and take unique photos of the summit craters. After the initial briefing at the mobile information point, your hike will begin, up to the top of Mount Etna at 3,300 meters. Take the cable car to quickly gain altitude up to 2,500 meters and then with special 4x4 minibuses, climb up to 2,900 meters, near Torre del Filosofo. During the 2-hour ascent, take 2-3 intermediate breaks to enjoy the view. Travel through the lunar-looking lava fields that will lead you below the summit craters. With a last challenging climb, reach the top of Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Admire the peculiarities of the summit area with its craters and frequent activity Downhill for the return, visit other ancient craters, a lava flow channel, the Valle del Bove and take the cable car back to the starting point.

Catania: Mount Etna Trekking Trip off the Tourist Path

6. Catania: Mount Etna Trekking Trip off the Tourist Path

Embark on a trek of iconic Mount Etna with a naturalist guide. Take in outstanding views, learn local history from your guide, visit a lava cave, and see the southeastern crater, Etna's most active area. Enjoy included trekking poles, shoes, and warm clothing. Following your pickup, you will head in the direction of Etna. Passing off-road through Trazzere where you can see the lava flows of 1792, your guide will explain the fauna and flora of the volcano of Etna. Learn Mount Etna's history as you travel in the direction of the Bove Valley, which is an ancient caldera formed about 64,000 years ago due to the collapse of 2 major eruptive centers. You'll soon arrive at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, where your hike starts. Follow quiet trails away from the tourist paths. Pass recent lava flows and soak up views of the coastline. Throughout the trek you can stop to taste sandwiches and local products, and will visit inside a lava cave. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin.

Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

7. Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

Enjoy a hike on the highest, most active volcano in Europe. Explore a fascinating landscape and take in breathtaking views on this climbing adventure. Start the tour with an early morning pickup from the meeting point chosen. On the way, there will be a stop for a coffee and to buy something to eat if you'd like (costs not included). Arrive at the starting point for your off-the-beaten-track hike. Take advantage of a helmet and all the equipment you need for your hike. As you begin to walk, admire the fascinating landscape of the Valle del Bove, the biggest depression of Mount Etna, and its moonlike deserts. From there take in the breathtaking views of the smoking summit craters and the surrounding landscape facing the Ionian Sea. Finally, in the afternoon, get dropped off back in Catania where your tour concludes.

Catania: Half-Day Buggy Tour of the Etna Volcano

8. Catania: Half-Day Buggy Tour of the Etna Volcano

Take part in a buggy adventure on Mount Etna. Take in scenic sights, walk around the top of Silvestri Craters and explore the Cassone lava cave. Explore the Etna volcano by buggy on this unique 4-hour activity. After a quick briefing on how to drive your buggy, head off with the guide to the villages of Pedara and Nicolosi. Continue along a track that passes an old lava rock quarry, and experience the buggy’s off-road abilities. Drive on a scenic road leading to Rifugio Sapienza. After a coffee break, take a walk around the top of the Silvestri Craters. Next, take the road down to the Cassone lava cave. Enjoy a quick visit inside, equipped with a helmet and a flashlight. Continue on the route, stopping to admire the immense Valle del Bove from Mount Zoccolaro on the way to Zafferana Etnea, Viagrande and San Gregorio.

Etna: Craters of the 2002 Eruption Trekking Experience

9. Etna: Craters of the 2002 Eruption Trekking Experience

Embark on a guided trek along Mount Etna's north side. Discover the craters at the summit, wander through the forests, stare in awe at the lava streams, and admire the eruptive fractures. Begin the trekking route along the dirt road that leads from Piano Provenzana to the summit craters of the volcano. Make a stop to see the ruins of the Hotel dell Betulle, the only visible structure that stands from the lava flow that occurred in 2002. Along the route, take the time to visit and study several volcanic morphologies, all related to a series of eruptions that have occurred overtimef on the north side of Etna. In particular, the flank eruptions have left the most evidence, especially the last one, which threatened the city of Linguaglossa. See the structures called Hornitos, which means, small over, and go up along the cinder cones. Once at the summit, look over the edge of the craters and go down inside a sandy channel to get back to the starting point.

From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Morning Trek

10. From Taormina: Half-Day Mount Etna Morning Trek

Following pick-up at a pre-arranged pick-up point, depart Taormina at about 08:30 and journey to the foothills of Mt. Etna. Travel in a small group of no more than 8 people for a more intimate and personalized experience. You will be accompanied by a guide trained in volcanology, biology or geology for your convenience. Upon arrival at the active volcano, hike for approximately 1.5 hours around the perimeters of some of its extinct craters. Walk through ancient woods and along paths covered with lava about 2,000 meters above sea level. Get a better appreciation of this emblem of Sicily and its surrounding landscape from a different perspective. Learn about the fascinating volcanic phenomenon, before heading underground to explore one of the lava caves. Then, head to a local café for a typical savory snack of a sandwich, wine, a dessert and a tasting of almond wine, which is a typical Sicilian sweet wine. Return to your hotel at around 14:30 at the end of the tour services.

Planning Your Visit

  • What should I wear?

    Decent hiking boots are a requirement, as well as comfortable clothes that won't get too stuffy in warm weather. You may also want to bring a scarf or similar to breathe through, as sulfuric fumes intensify as you reach the top. Sunscreen is a must, too.

  • When should I go?

    For the hike, definitely March to September - in the winter there's sometimes snow, and it turns into a ski paradise! Get there in the morning so that you reach the top at midday for the sunniest view - it's worth the early start.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    10:00 - 23:00. Closed on Sundays.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to look at from the outside. Prices vary based on what you'd like to do.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    From Catania, take the AST bus. From the A18, go to Rifugio Sapienza. From Taormina, take the SAT shuttle.
  • Additional information
    ** Check weather conditions in advance. Webcams to the summit, available at some locations, can rule out a trip. | Dress appropriately for the weather and make sure you have comfortable shoes!*

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What people are saying about Mount Etna

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 6,465 reviews

This was an amazing experience. The only way it could have been better was if we went on a cloudless day to see the craters and scenery more.

Great experience, if there is one thing to do in Sicily it is this hike. Many thanks to Édouardo (the guide) for the explanations in French.

It was a very informative tour with a great food/wine tasting afterwards. Our guide (Dan) was personable and made us feel at our ease.

The weather wasn’t great (pretty cold for May) but the guide Luca was excellent and made it a great day

Superb hike Exceptional landscapes and super friendly guide