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From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Guided 4x4 Tour

4.7 / 5

79 reviews

Activity provider: Go-Etna Excursions

From Catania or Taormina: Mount Etna Guided 4x4 Tour

Activity provider: Go-Etna Excursions

From US$ 78.22 per person

Head to the highest volcano in Europe in an off-road vehicle. With a local guide, learn about the flora and fauna that live in the surroundings as you trek along Mount Etna.

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
German, English, Italian, Spanish, French
Pickup included
Your hotel, campsite, pension, holiday cottage, railway station, port in the area around Taormina and Catania. If you are staying outside of Catania or Taormina and you are traveling by car, it is also possible to meet at the highway exit (please indicate during the booking). Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/bAq1x8uNPgM2

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a complete experience discovering Mount Etna
  • Have an off-road adventure in a 4x4
  • Discover a real lava cave with helmets and torches
Full description
The half-day excursion includes an easy walk to the impressive Monte Fontana and a visit of the famous valley Valle del Bove. Wander through old and new lava flows, walk on extinct craters, and visit a real lava cave equipped with helmets and flashlights, where ice was produced centuries ago. Your guide will show you the great variety of flora and fauna here - plants and animals which populate the active volcano. While walking through ancient forests you will learn a lot about the vegetation and the wildlife of Mount Etna. Your last stop of the half-day tour will be around the cold lava streams of Piano Provenzana, which were destroyed during the last big eruption in 2002. At the end of the tour you will be driven back to your accommodation. Altogether this will be an unforgettable experience.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guide
  • 1 small bottle of water per person
  • Equipment like trekking poles, helmet, and torch (if requested)
  • Food (available for purchase)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 79 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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Pick up from hotel and on time. Interesting tour out in the woodlands and nature of Mt Etna. Volcano was also active at at the time but we stay at a safe distance. The trekking part of the tour is very hard as expressed by other participants. It is suited for the physically fit. I turned back immediately but still enjoyed the surroundings. Those who did not do this part of the event were kindly driven to a nearby facility for coffee and toilets. No need for jackets etc as we did not reach a very high altitude, good walking shoes are a must. Well worth the money. Our pick up was at 8.30 and returned to Taormina at about 15.30.

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May 22, 2022

We really liked the Etna tour, which was mainly due to our guide Christian. His enthusiasm for Mount Etna could be felt at all times and was very contagious. He was able to immediately answer every question with some interesting additional information and stories. Unfortunately, the off-road part (which we were really looking forward to) was not quite as exciting as we had hoped, since we drove the route with a large Mercedes and not a small jeep due to the size of our group. So we were very slow, which took away a lot of the tension. For maybe EUR 10.00 less per person you can do without that part, then the tour would be very good! I would still recommend the tour at any time because of Christian, and the colleagues who led the tour in the foreign languages also made a very good impression.

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October 2, 2021

Very nice driver who told us a lot about the history of Etna. For the walk through the lava field, sturdy shoes are an advantage, as differences in height have to be mastered. Not extreme but sneakers etc tend to slip on this surface. Finally, we visited a lava cave that had icy spots. On February 24th, sneakers weren't the best footwear either. Nothing dramatic, our driver helped us, there were enough helmets and lamps. In addition, the cave was only about 15m long. The tour was very nice for us, we can only recommend it. The 5 hours are a guide, please do not put them on the gold scales. Our tour was nearing the 6th hour

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February 25, 2020

Product ID: 214272