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A once in a lifetime experience but not for the unfit or faint-hearted

Massimo (Max) was exceptional at sharing his passion and knowledge of the volcano and we learnt much about the history of “The Etna”. He was also very vigilant with safety and seemed to know just when to take a break and allow us to catch our breath, whilst still keeping us moving. A highly qualified mountain guide, he made route choices reflecting the conditions: ice underfoot and sulfur gas making it hard to breathe (no place for those with lung conditions). He calmly rescued my friend after a fall. The tour description underplays the level of fitness required for 15km (four hours) of hiking at an altitude of over 2500 metres (less oxygen), particularly if the conditions are difficult, as they were this day. Hiking boots, helmets (compulsory) and walking pole are all included in the price, making it exceptional value (although being at the end of the season my shoes had seen better days and had little tread left, making trekking on ice very slippery). Highly recommend, thanks to Max!

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by Jane, 10/25/2018

Outstanding, a bucket list perfect tick...trekking an active volcano

This was a brilliant experience of the highest quality. It was exactly as described and more. It was an adventure experience with helmets, proper boots that we hired (at no cost!) from the company and this meant we had full confidence in the equipment and the company. They took safety seriously, which enabled us to take on an exciting endeavour without unnecessary risk. We were all of a good fitness , as required by this trek meaning that we felt accomplished afterwards. The explanations by a proper volcanic geologist were interesting and appropriate, providing insight without being overwhelming. The meet-up point was clear and convenient to leave your car. Owing to the early start, a hire car is the best way to get there and amazing views en-route. Although there are hairpin bends, they are not scary as there are no steep drops below, like alpine roads. Overall, a fabulous experience which I couldn't have been happier with , especially the periodic crater smoke billowing up.

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by Gail, 10/06/2019

I completely enjoyed my guided hike to Etna

Everything went well. Meeting the guide, being oriented, getting the helmet and setting off to the gondola. Our guide took us up an old volcano which was great, but being 72 years old, I had a tough time. I am not certain I am recommending anything, but perhaps just a slight warning. The rest of the time, I was tired, but the hiking was not too strenuous and the guide was excellent. He explained what we were about to do and described the science of the volcanos, and the history of this particular volcano. I was drained by the end, but it was a fantastic experience and I would recommend the guide highly.

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by barry, 07/02/2019

A fantastic experience even with the summit closed.

The booking went smoothly. We were later notified that the summit was closed due the the recent eruption, so the route would be different, and the price was reduced. We were met by our guides, and taken up to the mountain by cable car. We then started the trek, which lasted for about 5 hours, and the guides showed us many of the highlights, including the location of the recent lava flows. It was a fantastic experience, and the guides were really knowledgeable and helpful.

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by Szabolcs, 06/11/2019

Excellent activities with great guide (Vincenzo)

Vincenzo was an amazing and passionate guide. We really enjoyed the excursion a lot! Everything was well prepared and went well, we highly recommend this agency for the tour! We also recommend to take the shoes they are offering (we did not want first) as you are going down on some sandy paths and your shoes are full of black sand.

Mount Etna Summit and Crater Trek Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/07/2019