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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.

Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Jeep Tour

2. 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. 

Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

3. 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, Isole Ciclopi: Snorkeling Trip

4. Catania, Isole Ciclopi: Snorkeling Trip

Meet your guide in Catania and drive along the rocky volcanic coast of the municipality of Aci Castello. Here you will find various diving spots suitable for snorkeling and easily accessible directly from the coast or by using boats. Get equipped with snorkeling equipment all suited to your needs in order to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Begin your underwater adventure and admire the incredible volcanic formations including columnar basalts, corded lavas, and submarine cushion lava floes. Marvel at the colorful flora and marine fauna, learning about the incredible wildlife from your expert marine biologist guide. 

Mount Etna: Summit Craters Walking Tour

5. Mount Etna: Summit Craters Walking Tour

Embark on this off-road minibus, cable car, and climbing tour and see the peak of Etna in all her majesty. Follow your volcanological guide on an adventure to uncover the secrets of this active volcano. Be picked up on south side of the volcano north of Nicolosi. Sit back and enjoy the scenic drive up to the cable car. Take in the views of the countryside as take the cable car up. Board a special off-road minibus to reach 2900m above sea level. Begin your walk to 3300 meters with an authorized volcanological guide. From this altitude, you can admire the impressive summit of Etna and view the colors and formations of its active craters. Learn about the history and geology of the volcano from your guide. Explore the craters of recent eruptions during your descent on foot to 2500 meters where you will board the cable car once more before transferring back to the meeting point.

From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

6. From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

No trip to Sicily would be complete without a visit to the tempestuous territories of Mount Etna. Just jump in the shuttle bus and head out into the lunar landscape of one of the world’s most active volcanoes. At over 6,500 ft (1,981 meters), this majestic mountain dominates the coastline, concealing plenty of treasures within its lair. Starting at Rifugio Sapienza, follow the line of the old Sivestri craters down into a cave of lava formed during the eruption of 1792. From here, head to the province of Zafferana, where you'll visit a local organic farm and sample honey and wine, cultivated in the fertile soils of the region. En route to Taormina, look at the spectacular wildlife reserve of Isola Bella from above. Upon arrival, spend lunch at your leisure, then re-group to check out the highlights of this unique historical town. From the old-world charm of the ancient Greek theater to the breathtaking views of the Bay of Nexus and the striking architecture of Palazza Corvaja, this town steals the heart of every visitor.

From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

7. From Catania: Day Trip to Mount Etna and Taormina

You will be picked up from your accommodation or agreed upon meeting point in Catania by your guide around 9:00 AM and you will be on your way to Etna. Your guide will introduce you to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena, walking through ancient woods, extinct craters and past lava flows on Etna. You will get to explore a volcanic cave and the surrounding landscape of Edna with your guide. Enjoy a packed lunch with some typical street food products in a nice area on Etna. In case of bad weather you will go to a refuge to have lunch of sandwiches. Then, in the afternoon, you will have a self-guided visit to the historical center of Taormina, where you will admire the Ionian coast from one side and Mount Etna on the other, immersed in a picturesque and unforgettable atmosphere. You will have the chance to visit the elegant avenue that separates the medieval city gates, Porta Catania and Porta Messina, explore the beautiful view down the alleys and to admire the extraordinary Greek theater. After your visit to Taormina, you will make your way back to Catania arriving around 6:30 PM.

From Catania: Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour

8. From Catania: Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour

Explore Etna Park on a full-day tour that takes you up to the Sapienza Refuge and admire views from 1,986 meters. Learn how craters and lava tunnels are formed from your guide and try local products. At the Sapienza Refuge, see both the newest eruptions of the volcano and the old Silvestri craters, dating from the 1892 eruption. Enter a lava cave, with a helmet and head lamp, to learn how lava flows are formed. Later, stop in the town of Zafferana, on the eastern side of Etna. In Zafferana, known as the town of honey, visit a well-known farm and taste local products, such as honey, olive oil, and wine.

Mount Etna: Hiking Trip to the Top from 2825 Meters

9. Mount Etna: Hiking Trip to the Top from 2825 Meters

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 and immerse yourself in its striking natural scenery. Ascent with special off-road vehicles along the panoramic street on the northern side of the volcano to a height of 2,825 mt. From this point, you'll start the ascent by walking for 4 kilometers on a path surrounded by volcanic scoria and bombs. The total climb uphill is 470 mt until you arrive at the edge of the Central Crater of Etna at a height of 3,300 mt. 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 mt, 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).

Sicily: Mt. Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour

10. Sicily: Mt. Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour

Start your Sicilian adventure by meeting your guide in Catania, either at your accommodation or another agreed-upon location. Take a brief, scenic drive to either the Sartorius craters or the 2002 crater on the Northeast side of Etna. Be introduced, through your knowledgeable guide, to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena. Walk through ancient woods, extinct craters, and old lava flows. Witness deserts of lava and ashes, peculiar lava formations, and traces of previous eruptions. Reach a maximum altitude of 2000-meters. Have the opportunity to explore a volcanic cave like the Grotto del Ladroni or Grotta Cassone. Stop at a nice winery up along the mountain road for a genuine Sicilian lunch (lunch includes appetizer, first course, water, and wine) outdoors or indoors dependent on weather. Visit the Alcantara canyons, formed thousands of years ago due to lava flow that invaded the bed of the Alcantara river. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and bathe in the Alcantara River. End your day back in Catania where you were picked up.

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What people are saying about Province of Catania

Unfortunately due to bad weather we didn't get to climb Mount Etna as the original tour date had to be moved due to bad weather. I've given 5 stars as Edoardo (our guide?), kept us informed on whether we could climb Etna the following day. Unfortunately, the weather gods were against us. Edoardo arranged a full refund for our trip, which we were very grateful for.

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.

Very nice excursion on the snowy Etna. Thank you to our 2 Guides Edoardo and Biagio for their explanations and their professional support

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.

Superb hike Exceptional landscapes and super friendly guide