Guided tour

Etna: Guided Climbing Tour to Summit Craters

Etna: Guided Climbing Tour to Summit Craters

From US$ 55.73 per person

Climb to the top of Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Challenge yourself and enjoy panoramic views of the unique landscape alongside a certified Alpine guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Admire an amazing landscape from the highest volcano in Europe
  • Discover Sicily's stunning scenery
  • Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience
Full description

Enjoy a physical challenge with rewarding views on this guided climb to the summit of Mount Etna. Take breaks along the way and snap unique photos of the summit craters.

After a briefing at the mobile information point, your excursion will start, up to the top of Mount. Etna at 3,300 meters. Take the cable car (payable in cash during the tour) to quickly gain altitude up to 2,500 meters and then with special 4x4 minibusses, go 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 under the summit craters.

With a final demanding climb, reach the summit of Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. Admire the peculiarities that characterize the summit area.  Descend on foot to the upper station of the cable car that will take you back to the starting point.

Includes
  • Trekking shoes and trekking pole
  • Volcano or Alpine guide
  • Insurance coverage in the event of an accident
  • Rock helmet
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Cable car and Unimog 4x4 (will be paid in cash on the day of the tour)
Not suitable for
  • People with high blood pressure
  • People with heart problems
  • People with respiratory issues
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with vertigo
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza at the Ashàra Volcanological Guides center,

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Important information

What to bring

  • Packed lunch
  • Snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Long pants

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags
  • Pets
  • Baby strollers

Know before you go

  • This excursion is aimed at moderately trained hikers who are comfortable hiking on sandy or uneven terrain
  • Children aged 10 and over are welcome to join the tour
  • To avoid taking risks, it's a good idea to know your health condition before booking
  • At the guide's discretion, the excursion may undergo variations in regard to weather conditions, environmental factors, or possible volcanic risk that present any danger
  • The guide is entitled to stop the excursion for any reason that could compromise safety or physical integrity of an individual or the group
  • This excursion may be canceled if the minimum number of 2 participants is not reached
  • Please wear the listed items and bring an extra T-shirt, light jacket, backpack (10-20L), water, snacks, and a packed lunch
  • It is recommended to wear long pants, a hat, sunglasses, and sun protection
  • Trekking boots with high socks, trekking poles, rock helmet are available for free
  • All guests are covered by insurance
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 347 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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This was a great tour. Our guide, Max, was really helpful and informative about the volcano and the views from the top were incredible. It is not an easy hike if you’re a bit out of shape (like me) - it’s not too steep but the loose lava gravel underfoot makes it feel like climbing through sand at times. It’s well worth the effort though!

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October 21, 2021

Very good experience! Arrived at the top of the cable car we started the hike around 10 am, through the various craters. We took a break around noon for a picnic (you can buy something to eat at the refuge at the bottom of the cable car if necessary, before leaving) and left for a 1h45 walk. The guide adapts to all levels, the hike is not technical but you still need to be in good physical condition. The excursion is really very beautiful, I recommend. Even if our English-speaking guide was very good, I regret not having had more explanations / anecdotes on volcanoes (beware, he did give some!), Or even on his experience around volcanoes. We were 2 groups of 15 to follow each other (each with a guide), which still made a large group in the end. You have to add 30 € per person for the cable car, to be paid in cash in the morning. Overall it was a good experience, I recommend.

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September 28, 2021

Funny, knowledgeable, and easy going guides took us on a wonderful hike up the volcano. We were never concerned about safety or pushing the limits. Max did an incredible job navigating the terrain and explaining every feature we encountered! Super easy to book and clear instructions were sent to us before arrival.

September 22, 2021

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