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Mount Etna: Cable Car, Jeep, & Hiking Tour to Summit

1. Mount Etna: Cable Car, Jeep, & Hiking Tour to Summit

Ascend to the summit of the craters of Mount Etna, one of the most coveted excursions a hiker can make. Hike in full safety with an authorized alpine and volcano guide, and marvel at the beauty and wonder of the highest active volcano in Europe.   Depart from Sapienza Refuge in Nicolosi, and ascend 2,504 meters by cable car. Then, ride in a 4x4 Jeep up to 2,900 meters, to begin your hike. You’ll hike 1.5 hours uphill, passing many craters and taking long pauses to take pictures and rest. Experience the incredible feeling of being on top of the world in this rocky, beautiful landscape with the giant sky above you. After reaching the summit, descend for 2 hours back to the cable car, which will take you to your departure point.

Nicolosi: Mount Etna Cable Car Excursion up to 3000 meters

2. Nicolosi: Mount Etna Cable Car Excursion up to 3000 meters

A valid alternative to the summit craters is the 3,000 m Etna excursion. You go up by cable car up to 2,500 meters. From here begins the path on foot. It will be possible to observe the summit craters, then we will stop on a lateral crater (barbagallo at about 3000 meters). You will admire the recent lava flows (2021) until you reach the inside of a lava channel. We will visit an effusive vent (2002 eruption) and from here we will descend along the sandbanks to the mound from where we will observe the Bove Valley, admiring, on fine days, a view that sweeps from the Ionian Riviera to the interior of Sicily. Duration 4/5 hours. Departures at 9.30 and 10.30, meeting time 30 minutes before departure (the departure at 10.30 is compatible for those arriving by bus (AST) from Catania). Meeting Point Shelter Alpine Guides Etna Sud, next to the Refuge Sapienza

Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

3. Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

After pickup from the designated meeting point, drive to Mount Etna to begin your tour. As you ascend to a height of 2,000 meters, your professional guide will tell you about the history of the volcano and explain its unique nature to you. Walk on paths away from the tourist areas to take in the flora and fauna away from the crowds.  Different aspects of the volcano will be highlighted, such as its nature and resources, its amazing landscapes, and the huge lava flows that have destroyed buildings and roads. You will be taken to a viewpoint to see the panoramic view of the Valle del Bove, the most important valley on the east slope of the volcano. Visit an area of ancient explosive activities, Hornitos, a semi-cave and a state refuge. Learn about its origin and the features inside from your guide. You’ll also have the chance to sample the wines, liqueurs, and honeys from this area. At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped back at your accommodation in Catania.

Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

4. Mt. Etna: Private Tour in 4x4 from Taormina

Break away from classic tourist itineraries to discover unique landscapes of Etna on this guided tour from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned, 4WD vehicle. Have your experience enriched by stories and fun facts from your guide.  Begin your private adventure with hotel pick up from Taormina or Giardini Naxos. Relax on the drive over regular and unpaved roads as you ascend the extinct craters that sit at an altitude of 2,000 meters.  Walk through lunar landscapes on Europe's highest active volcano at a UNESCO-listed site and view ancient lava flow. Admire the Etna forest, the Valley of Bove, and extinct craters. Put on your helmet and headlamp and make your way through a long, underground tunnel, formed by lava flow. Ascend the summit area at 3,0000 meters where you can purchase a cable car ticket on the spot. Be dropped off at your hotel at the end of your tour. 

Mount Etna: Central Crater Guided Hike for Advanced Hikers

5. Mount Etna: Central Crater Guided Hike for Advanced Hikers

Set off on a grand, one-of-a-kind adventure on Mount Etna, with spectacular features suitable for expert hikers. Discover volcanology with your licensed volcanological guide and immerse yourself in the evocative natural scenery among the lava flows of Etna. From the meeting point, which has an altitude of 1800 meters, go up on special 4x4 vehicles along the 8-kilometer-long panoramic road of the north side of the volcano up to a height of 2,825 meters. From this point, begin the 5 km uphill walk on a path surrounded by volcanic slag and large bombs to the edge of the great Central Crater of Etna. The total uphill altitude difference is 490 up to the edge of the main crater of Etna at 3,315 meters. Once there, stop to admire the grandeur and magnificence of the processes associated with the volcanic environment: gas emissions and low- and high-temperature fumaroles surrounded by the brilliant colors of the sublimates. Enjoy the rooftop view of Sicily if weather conditions or the amount of volcanic gas emissions permit. After admiring the spectacle of the summit, begin your journey downhill along the slag and volcanic ash slopes, to the base of the Volcanological Observatory, where you stop for lunch. Then, continue inside one of the large sandy channels, characteristic of the northeast side of the volcano. Surrounded by endemic plants and seasonal streams, you will reach the downhill path to Piano Provenzana, the endpoint of the excursion. The total time of the trekking route is 5 to 6 hours and the total kilometers (round trip) are 12 km of which 5 km is uphill and 7 km is downhill (variable values). The difficulty level is for experienced hikers accustomed to regularly going to the mountains. The maximum reached altitude is 3,315 m while the minimum reached altitude is 1,800 m. The downhill altitude difference is 1,500 m (may vary).

Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

6. Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

Your expert guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Catania, or another central location, around 8:30 AM. The guide will drive you to Rifugio Sapienza where you will the cable car to 2500 meters. Here, a 4x4 vehicle will take you to the maximum reachable height of 1.7 miles (2750 meters). With the guide, enjoy the magnificence of the volcano in front of the impressive Central and South-Eastern Craters, which are surrounded by ancient and recent lava flows. Return to Rifugio Sapienza to head in the direction of Monte Nero Degli Zappini. Take a nature walk with your guide to discover the geological and botanical aspects of Etna. Stop for a delicious lunch of authentic Sicilian baked goods accompanied by water and Mount Etna wine. In the afternoon, you will visit a volcanic cave and use helmets and torches to safely explore the depth of the volcano. Your expert guide will teach you some basic information about speleology and the fascinating phenomenon related to eruptions.

From Nicolosi: Mount Etna Quad Volcano Tour

7. From Nicolosi: Mount Etna Quad Volcano Tour

Explore the beautiful forest and lava flows surrounding the famous volcano, Mount Etna. Enjoy a guided adventure from Nicolosi, and ride quad bikes through forests, over old lava flows and an eruptive fracture. Travel through Etna's famous "broom trees" only found in Sicily. Descend along lava flow channels and ride on the basin of a dried torrent. See various volcanic features and evidence of past eruptions while on the tour, see explosive craters, and visit a lava flow cave with the tour leader. Return to the tour's starting point at the end of n exciting 2-hour quad bike tour of Etna.

Mount Etna Mountain E-Bike Enduro Tour

8. Mount Etna Mountain E-Bike Enduro Tour

When you arrive at the start point of your mountain bike trail, get kitted out with all the necessary equipment and your professional mountain e-bike.  Ride on a mixture of fun country trails with terrains ranging from volcanic sand to lava rocks. Listen to your certified mountain bike guide who will advise the most suitable route for you and explain the peculiarities of the trail. All guides are local, energetic and passionate about this sport, so they will be able to convey to you their passion and knowledge about this wonderful region.

Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

9. Full-Day Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

This day trip begins with a drive up to Rifugio Sapienza, with stops at viewpoints en route. The guide will provide commentary on the volcano's history and point out sites of previous eruptions. Trek along one of the nature paths up to 2,000 meters or take the Etna high altitude option. For the high altitude option, ride a cable car and special 4x4 minibus to Torre del Filosofo, at 2,900 meters. Afterwards, explore a lava cave, equipped with a helmet and flashlight. The final stop will be at one of the area’s top wineries, with a tasting session that includes a sparkling wine and 4 still wines. During the tasting session, enjoy local cold cuts, cheeses, pate and olive oil.

Nicolosi: Etna Guided Sky Trek with Cable Car Ride

10. Nicolosi: Etna Guided Sky Trek with Cable Car Ride

You’ll get to almost 3,000 metres above sea level, and marvel at rock formations which date back thousands of years. You’ll meet your expert volcanologist guide on the slopes of Etna at the Rifugio Sapienza, 1900 metres above sea level. One the introductions are out the way, you’ll take the cable car to an altitude of 2,500 metres where the excitement (and the trekking) truly begins! 2001 saw one of the biggest eruptions this millennium on Etna, and you’ll be climbing towards the crater that was created by that. The lunar landscape that was left behind is sure to take your breath away, so maky sure you have your camera at the ready. Then, you’ll carry on to the viewpoint on the Valle del Bove, at a dizzying height of 2,750 metres above sea level! Valle del Bove is considered the best panoramic spot on the mountain, with the dazzling depression dating back 64,000 years. You’ll get a chane to take in your surroundings, snap a few pictures, and pick out Taormina and Syracuse on the coast. You’ll also see summit craters as they constantly emit gases and water vapour. The last stop is visiting a crater depression called the Cisternazza before you take the cable car back to La Sapienza.

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What people are saying about Nicolosi

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,687 reviews

The trip was excellent and exceeded our expectations. Our guide Gianfranco picked us up at our hotel right on schedule and stopped at several great viewing locations on the way to and from Mt. Etna. He was very knowledgeable about Mt. Etna and also gave us a lot of great information about Sicily and other things to see and do in the area. I would highly recommend this excursion and Gianfranco as a guide.

An excellent excursion with a guide who explains the life of Etna well. Even if we could not climb to the top due to an access ban, we climbed up to 2900 m to admire the most recent lava flow. And we went through different places that would not be accessible without a guide. I recommend with eyes closed

My wife and I chose this tour, knowing that the itinerary had been changed due to increased volcanic activity. Eduardo was a fantastic guide who took us up through a lava tube and some craters, and gave us lots of information on the way. Not an easy hike, but not too difficult either.

We did the 6-hour tour to one of the top craters of Mount Etna and the guide explained us a lot about the nature, the minerals and the entire landscape. It was very well organized, we got all necessary equipment and had a super day!

Reaching the top was not possible because of volcanic activities but an alternative route was proposed and a partial refund given. It’s great they kept the hike, the colours and the views are amazing