From Taormina & Catania: Guided Mount Etna Summit Base Hike

From Taormina & Catania: Guided Mount Etna Summit Base Hike

From $189.32 per person

A guided hike of Mount Etna in which you will ascend to 3000 meters to experience craters, lava flows, lava channels and the ever-impressive caldera Valle del Bove.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, Italian
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Tak a tailored round-track hike around Etna
  • Visit the Etna hot craters
  • View Valle del Bove, a huge depression covering the whole eastern flank of Etna
Full description
During this Etna hike, you will visit the most devastating eruption sites which occurred along the years of 2001, 2002/2003. You will also visit a lava channel, a natural conduit formed by flowing lava which moves beneath the hardened surface of a lava flow. Afterwards, visit the great caldera "Valle del Bove" (theater of recent eruptions), which provides a beautiful panorama over the Mediterranean Sea, from Taormina to Catania. At 3,000 meters altitude, you will prize being able to approach the several active craters of the summit, complete with their high plumes of smoke. This is an exclusive route tailored to stay away from the usual crowd of tourists. A picnic break is then planned along the way in the middle of the ash volcanic desert. You will be able to take a break and enjoy a lunch composed of traditional Sicilian specialties. If time allows, the excursion will conclude with a free tasting of Etna's finest products, including honey, wine, liqueurs and much more at a local producer in Zafferana Etnea. This village of honey sits along the Etna Wine Route, which will lead you back to your accommodation where you will be dropped off as the tour concludes.
Includes
  • Pick-up and drop off from your hotel
  • Breakfast and a picnic lunch
  • Bilingual guide
  • Cave exploration equipment
  • Cable car tickets
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with mobility impairments
    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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      •  The hike to the summit is dependent on weather and the geo-dynamic activity of the volcano, i.e. eruptions, explosions, lava flows, volcanic alerts, etc. These events may alter the original schedule of the visit. In these cases, the hike will be carried out to the maximum authorized altitude.
      • You will have access to basic hiking equipment such as backpacks, hiking poles and hiking boots.
      Customer reviews

      Overall rating

      5 /5

      based on 13 reviews

      Review summary

      • Guide
        5/5
      • Transportation
        5/5
      • Value for money
        4.9/5
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      A superb hike, we saw the snowy summit and lucked with clear weather to admire splendid views Our guide Roberto is passionate and fascinating, we learned a lot about the volcanoes and the Etna region, it s '' adapts to the level of each and goes off the beaten track (if you want to deviate from the classic paths offered for tourists) Grazie mille

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      November 27, 2019

      We had a simply wonderful day on Etna. Our guide Roberto was absolutely amazing. He made the experience so memorable with his knowledge of the volcano. We saw much more and went much further than we would have thought possible. All possible because of the enthusiasm of our guide. Thoroughly recommended.

      November 19, 2019

      Expérience parfaite, très enrichissante. De superbes paysages à voir Excursion en tête à tête avec le guide qui était à l'écoute. Les connaissances du guide sur l'histoire et le fonctionnement du volcan ont été un réel plus. Le pique nique à 2600m d'altitude a été un vrai régal. Je recommande vivement cette activité à tous les amateurs de randonnées.

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      July 15, 2021

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