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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.

From Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Tour

2. From Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Tour

Take a beautiful sunset tour of the famed Etna volcano. Explore a lava cave, walk around craters and watch the sunset on the spectacular landscape Begin with a stop at a farm for a sampling of delicious local products. Visit one of the town's most famous organic farms for a delicious sampling of typical local products, including honey and wine. Continue your tour to a lava cave created during the 1792 eruption and enter the stunning site to learn about lava flows and the forces that create them. Then, stroll along the mountain trails to Mount Etna's Sapienza Refuge, and enjoy a pleasant walk around the lava flows created from the latest eruptions and the ancient Silvestri craters dating back to the 1892 eruption. From this supreme peak, watch the sunset over the breathtaking landscape before returning to your hotel in the evening.

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.

Catania: Half-Day Buggy Tour of the Etna Volcano

4. 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.

Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

5. 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.

Mount Etna: Central Crater Guided Hike for Advanced Hikers

6. 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 Summit Craters 3,000m Altitude Guided Excursion

7. Mount Etna Summit Craters 3,000m Altitude Guided Excursion

Depart from the Sapienza Refuge square in Nicolosi. Take advantage of the Etna cableway, which will take you from an altitude of 1,900 meters up to 2,500 meters, where you'll begin your trek. The first stop bill be a crater that formed from a recent eruption in 2001. See the Escrivà Crater with your volcanological guide, who will be with you through the entire tour to explain the geogoraphy. Reach the base of the Barbagallo craters as you continue north. Once at the bottom, visit the effusive mouths and the respective "hot point" before entering the lava flow channel. Continue to the most recent lava flows from 2021 before taking a break. Continue climbing towards the Barbagallo Craters, formed in the autumn of 2002. Take a tour of the craters before going down inside them. Next, descend towards the Belvedere della Valle del Bove, a place where you can admire the majestic beauty of the great depression, after visiting the craters located at an altitude of 2920 meters. Continue in the direction of the Cisternazza crater before returning to the Etna cable car arrival station. The more fit will be able to continue the descent on foot to Rifugio Sapienza (1,900 m down).

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. 

Mount Etna Mountain E-Bike Enduro Tour

9. Mount Etna Mountain E-Bike Enduro Tour

When you arrive at the start point of your mountain bike trail, get kitted out with all the necessary equipment and your professional mountain e-bike.  Ride on a mixture of fun country trails with terrains ranging from volcanic sand to lava rocks. Listen to your certified mountain bike guide who will advise the most suitable route for you and explain the peculiarities of the trail. All guides are local, energetic and passionate about this sport, so they will be able to convey to you their passion and knowledge about this wonderful region.

Catania: Full Circuit of Etna in MTB

10. Catania: Full Circuit of Etna in MTB

Circumnavigate Mount Etna through the Altomontano trail, which has the following features: Difficulty: Difficult Total distance: 80.84 km Difference in height uphill: 963 m Difference in height downhill: 2.828 m Duration: about 6h During the tour you will pass through lava flows, both recent and ancient ones, which alternate to oak and pine tree woods. You will also stop to see some very interesting lava flow caves. At the end of the tour you will return to the starting place. The montain bikes and helmet rent are included in the tour.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Sadly we couldn’t go to the summit due to volcanic activity, but the trek was still fantastic and the sights were beautiful! Eduardo was an excellent guide, and everything felt very professional. I recommend borrowing hiking boots from them, they were a MUST! We had lovely weather so shorts and a tshirt were enough. The hike was challenging for me but the pace was slow and there were plenty of resting breaks so I was perfectly fine. A once in a lifetime experience, highly recommend!

Amazing experience! The tourist guide Giuseppe came to pick us up to our accommodation and we reached the Enoteca for the tasting and degustation of local products with Viviana, super expert and very nice girl ! We proceed exploring the volcano during the sunset and visited a cave created from the lava with Giuseppe, very well equipped and very informed. That was one of the best experience of my life !

A well organised trek. Easy to find Edo at the Rifugio. They make sure you are wearing appropriate shoes and clothing before leaving. Provided more appropriate gear at no extra cost

Our guide was Fantastic!!!!!! While host at Entoca Etna was very lovely, overall we did not enjoy the food. That was the only downfall from an excellent guide and host.

Very organized very professional very safe. Eduardo and his colleague were wonderful. You can’t go to Sicily and not do this tour.