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Etna: Guided Trekking Tour to Summit Craters

1. Etna: Guided Trekking Tour to Summit Craters

Enjoy a physical challenge with rewarding views on this guided climb to the top of Etna. Ride the cable car then trek to the summit. Take breaks along the way and capture unique photos of the summit craters. Meet your guide in Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza. After getting your equipment and enjoying an initial briefing, begin your hike to the top of Mount Etna at 3,300 meters. Take the cable car to quickly get up to an altitude of 2,500 meters, then a special 4x4 bus to 2,900 meters, near Torre del Filosofo. From there, start the 2-hour ascent, taking intermediate breaks to enjoy the views during the trek. Walk through the lunar-looking lava fields that will lead you right to the summit of Etna: the highest active volcano in Europe. Admire the peculiar features that characterize the summit area. Begin the descent through fun sands. Visit Mount Etna's Barbagallo flank craters and a lava flow channel. Finally, take the cable car downhill again to return to the starting point.

Mount Etna: Cable Car, Jeep, & Hiking Tour to Summit

2. 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 Craters Guided Trekking Tour

3. Mount Etna: Summit Craters Guided Trekking Tour

Trek to the top of the highest active volcano in Europe with a guide. Admire the dramatic beauty of Mount Etna and marvel at the surroundings from the summit craters. Explore one of Mount Etna's lava tunnels and enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding area while walking with a guide on this day tour. Begin the tour with an ascent by cable car and 4 × 4 minibusses up to an altitude of 2900m in the Torre del Filosofo area. Hike uphill for about an hour and a half to reach the edge of the central crater. Observe the Bocca Nuova, a crater that opened in 1968 and is one of the area's most impressive craters. Travel around the Bocca Nuova until you find yourself on the edge of the Voragine, the heart of the Central Crater. Wander the top and enjoy a 360° view and if the weather allows, it is possible to see the Aeolian islands and almost all of northern Sicily. Descend the mountain, steep but not challenging, and pass through the craters of the 2002 eruption. Walk inside a lava tunnel and admire the volcanic amphitheater of Valle del Bove, a spectacular 8 km long and 4 km wide caldera. Return to the cable car arrival station at the end of the tour, at an altitude of 2500 m.

Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

4. 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.

Mount Etna: Summit Craters Walking Tour

5. Mount Etna: Summit Craters Walking Tour

Embark on this off-road minibus, cable car, and climbing tour to see the peak of Etna in all her majesty. Follow your alpinist guide on an adventure to uncover the secrets of this active volcano. Get picked up on the 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 the highest altitudes allowed with an authorized alpinist guide.  From this altitude, 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.

Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

6. Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

Europe’s highest active volcano is studied extensively by scientists and is popular with trekkers and nature lovers as well. Visit Mount Etna and the clifftop village of Taormina on this 11-hour excursion from Palermo. From Crateri Silvestri you’ll take the funicular with a local mountain guide all the way up to 2,500 meters above sea level. From this point you’ll experience unforgettable panoramic views. Just south of Taormina is the nature reserve of Isola Bella, and further south you’ll see the popular seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Visit the village of Taormina, a 45-minute drive from Mount Etna. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, the village features an ancient Greek theater, many old churches, antique shops, lively bars and fine restaurants.

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.

From Taormina: Etna Summit Area, Lunch & Alcantara Tour

8. From Taormina: Etna Summit Area, Lunch & Alcantara Tour

Reach the summit area of Etna, ascending 2750 meters by either cableway or off-road vehicle on this tour from Taormina. Hike the base of the active craters with a naturalistic guide, experience the lunar landscapes, and savor a typical Sicilian lunch with local wine and drinks. Begin your tour with a pickup from your accommodation (or close vicinity in Taormina and the surrounding area). You'll travel in a small group of no more than 8 people for a more intimate and personalized experience. Drive to Mount Etna where you'll start the ascent to the summit area (2750-2800 meters of altitude). Depending on the availability and the circumstances, in order to guarantee an optimal service, the ascent can be carried out either by cableway or off-road vehicles only. Once at the summit area, enjoy light trekking with a volcanological guide and a naturalistic guide. Walk through a desert of black ashes and extinct craters, while admiring the lunar landscape and the spectacular view of the active craters from a close distance. Back at 2000 meters, you'll be given the proper equipment, such as helmets and torches, to visit one of the striking lava caves of the volcano. Then, enjoy a typical Sicilian light lunch with local wine and drinks during the midday break. Finally, you'll admire the Alcantara Gorges created when thick lava flows invaded the bed of the icy river Alcantara, giving rise to geometrically perfect rocks.

Etna: Private Guided Tour to the Summit Craters

9. Etna: Private Guided Tour to the Summit Craters

Explore the volcanic landscapes of Etna with a Alpine volcanological guide on this private tour. Reach the Bocca Nuova and Barbagallo craters and learn more about the volcano that has shaped Sicily. Be greeted by your guide in front of the Etna cableway ticket office at an altitude of 1900 meters. Have a short briefing with your guide and purchase cable car and 4x4 bus tickets to the summit area at 2900 meters. Take in views of the mountain as you travel to 2900 meters where you will stop and begin your hike to 3300 meters. Climb between sand and lava flows until you arrive at the Bocca Nuova crater. Stop to enjoy views of the crater and Sicily. Descend toward the Barbagallo craters and continue towards Valle del Bove. Observe a valley formed by the collapse of a series of ancient eruptive events.

From Catania/Taormina: Mount Etna Cablecar & 4WD Tour

10. From Catania/Taormina: Mount Etna Cablecar & 4WD Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, set off in the direction of Mount Etna. Embark on an adventurous drive up to the volcano, passing by the small towns of Pedara, Nicolosi, and Zafferana Etnea and cold lava fields. Reach the Rifugio Sapienza Etna starting point where the next portion of the tour begins. Your English-speaking guide will explain to you the most interesting phenomena of the active volcano and about the plants and animals of the region. Climb into a cable car and soar up to an altitude of 2500 m. Next, continue upwards to 2900m in a special jeep. Explore the area at the foot of the main crater known as Torre del Filosofo. Marvel at the stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea if it is a clear day. During a 40-minute tour of the area, your expert alpine/volcanology guide will explain all about the geology of the area and how the hot smoking craters were formed after the 2002-2003 eruption.  After this, return to the Rifugio Sapienza to enjoy a traditional Sicilian lunch at a chalet. Once you've filled your belly, get kitted up with helmets and flashlights and begin on an unforgettable adventure inside a real lava cave. At the end of the tour,  you will be driven back to your accommodation in Catania or Taormina.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 630 reviews

I was skeptical at first since I didn't know the website and I could find all kinds of variations for trips to Etna for very different prices with unclear descriptions, however, I went with this one for the summit since it was clear from the title that we will aim for as high as possible and loved it! Massimo, the guide was very clear in explanations and had a good sense of humor. he kept us motivated and engaged throughout the climb such that the 6 hours have passed very easily. Hiking on a volcano is a unique experience you should totally try!

Our climb up Mount Etna with guides Marco and Peppe was the highlight of our trip to Sicily. We are a family of four with teenage children and the pace was perfect for us. We were given lots of interesting information as we walked and the descent was a lot of fun. Highly recommended and good value.

Nice experience however it remains quite sporty!!! Between 4h and 5h of walking with a lot of climbing, you need to be a minimum of trained but the experience is worth it.

The tour was excellent!!! Our guide was really amazing funny man! Thank you Eduardo, you made our Etna experience unforgettable

Was a very special experience, very good guide Still a reasonable effort, trip lasted 6 hours,