1. Italy
  2. Province of Catania
  3. Catania
  4. Mount Etna

Etna Volcano: Geological Excursion on Active Volcano

Product ID: 32793
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
Duration: 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Italian

Pickup included

Pick-up at 09:30 in the Riposto area Pick-up at 09:30 in the Zafferana Etnea area
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • 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)
What’s Not Included
  • 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

Prepare for the activity

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

Review summary

  • Service
    4.3 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.3 / 5
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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

Enzo ha explicado de forma muy amena todo sobre el volcan y nos ha mostrado las coladas. Se ha esforzado para que lo comprendieramos. Muy interesante.

October 14, 2019

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Product ID: 32793