Etna Volcano: Geological Excursion on Active Volcano

Etna Volcano: Geological Excursion on Active Volcano

From $59.16 per person

Spend a half-day discovering geological features of the Etna volcano including lava streams, volcanic caves, and craters. You’ll take a hike to see the features of a recent lava flow, and enter a volcanic cave to learn how tunnel flows are created.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Pickup optional
Pick-up at Catania by AST public bus at 8:15 AM at the bus station near Piazza Giovanni 23.
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Hike along a trail on Etna to see a recent lava flow
  • Enter a volcanic cava to see how a tunnel flow is built
  • Observe a volcanic crater from inside and outside
  • Taste locally made products
Full description
Start out your Etna excursion on a low-to-medium-difficulty geological trail, where you’ll be able to observe the features of a recent lava flow. This unique 4-hour tour of the volcano begins with a pick-up at your accommodation. There are 2 departure options: the Zafferana/Riposto area, and Taormina.  You’ll have the opportunity to enter a volcanic cave to see how lava creates a tunnel flow. This type of cave is the result of the fast cooling of the lava, creating a crust of thermal insulation that keeps the internal temperature of the lava as high as 1,000 degrees Celsius. Next, see both the exterior and interior structure of a volcanic crater. Craters are created by explosive volcanic activity that produces ash and builds a cinder cone. Before returning to your accommodation you’ll enjoy a free tasting of typical local products.
  • Insurance
  • Helmets with head lamps (for volcanic cave visit)
  • Lunch
  • Tickets for the cable way, museums, adventure parks and anything else not included in the item "what's included"
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
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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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Pets
    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    • If weather conditions are not good or there are potential hazards, the tour may be canceled
    • This option only includes pick-up from the Catania area. For pick-up outside of the booked option extra charges will apply
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4 /5

    based on 8 reviews

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    Passionated well informed and specialized- on time

    We were very lucky to choose him and his services, as finally it was a value for money choice! He was lovely- passionated- well informed and specialized- friendly- on time- ready for any circumstances- well organised- very polite in contrast to other facilities in Sicily - clean and adequate car -good driving skills- he loves to surprise positively the others and explore with love and passion the surroundings- sensitive with narure- he gave as and a tiny tiny taste of nature grapping some tasty fruits for us- thank u

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    August 17, 2018

    Enjoyed every minute of it!

    The tour guide made the trip enjoyable and much more interesting than I had expected. Being a small group, it was nice to be able to ask question freely and made the whole experience more personal. Highly recommend. Only thing I would add to the tour description is to recommend what to wear, all 4 of the group were underdressed for the type of weather.

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    June 9, 2016

    Bad english speaking guide

    Tour was not really what we expected and the guide was a really bad english speaking person.

    May 24, 2016

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