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Mount Etna: Guided Volcano Summit Hiking Tour with Cable Car

Mount Etna: Guided Volcano Summit Hiking Tour with Cable Car

Ascend to the summit of the craters of Mount Etna, one of the most coveted excursions a hiker can make. Hike with guide, and marvel at the beauty and wonder of the highest active volcano in Europe, up to 3,000 meters. Depart from Sapienza Refuge in Nicolosi, and ascend 2,504 meters by cable car and begin your hike. You’ll hike 1.5 hours uphill, passing many craters, in particular toward the crater of the 2001 eruption and the moon-like landscape that marks out the area. During the hike you will take long pauses to take pictures and rest. You will then carry on exploring on your hike towards the Cisternazza and the Belvedere on the Valle del Bove, considered the best panoramic spot on Mount Etna on a dazzling volcanic depression dating back to 64000 years ago! Here you will take a break to cherish the surroundings, take a few pictures and simply admire the landscape as from up there you are able to see the coast from Taormina until Syracuse. From here you will reach the Barbagallo craters, up to 3,000 meters, the highest point allowed, and enjoy a privileged view on the summit craters and their constant emission of gases and water vapours. Then you will march back to 2500 mt and take the cable car back to the Rifugio Sapienza. Experience the incredible feeling of being on top of the world in this rocky, beautiful landscape with the giant sky above you.

Nicolosi: Mount Etna with Cable Car, 4x4, and Trek Excursion

Nicolosi: Mount Etna with Cable Car, 4x4, and Trek Excursion

A valid alternative to the summit craters is the 3,000m Etna excursion. You go up by cable car up to 2,500 meters, then by 4x4 up to 2800 meters. From here begins the path on foot up to 3000 meters. 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 (1-December-2023) 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 hours walking / 5 hours total tour. Departures at 9.30 and 10.30, meeting time 45 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

Etna Volcano: South Side Guided Summit Hike to 3340-Meters

Etna Volcano: South Side Guided Summit Hike to 3340-Meters

Trekking carried out by a certified company of alpine and volcano guide who will be happy to accompany you with professionalism and safety up to the top of Etna. Take breaks along the way and capture unique photos of the summit craters as you admire the stunning natural beauty all around you. After meeting and departing from Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza (Etna South), with the cable car and jeep 4x4 you reach an altitude of 2,800 meters and from here in about 2 hours of walking through lava flows and lunar-looking environments, we will reach the Etna Summit Craters at 3340mt. Here we will walk on the spectacular rim of the Central Crater, we will face the vertiginous Northeast Crater and we will see at our side the famous Southeast Crater, author of the most recent and impressive eruptions. In addition to the vastness of the summit craters, you will admire a unique volcanic environment, with gas emissions, volcanic bombs, and the sparkling colors of the ground due to the sublimation of various elements, including sulfur in particular. During the descent we will visit Barbagallo craters and cross a lava flow channel. Once again at 2500 masl with the Etna cable car we will return to the starting point. Remember that we are always talking about an active volcano so there may be variations of itinerary if necessary

Mount Etna: Summit Crater Trek with Cable Car and 4x4 Option

Mount Etna: Summit Crater Trek with Cable Car and 4x4 Option

Hike to the top of Europe's tallest active volcano with a volcanologist guide. Discover the views from the summit craters, explore a lava tunnel and the Valle del Bove. Meet your guide at the local partner's office opposite the station of the southern Etna cableway. From the top of the cable car you will cross lunar landscapes aboard a 4x4 up to an altitude of 2850-meters in the Torre del Filosofo area. Begin your trek until we reach the edge of the Bocca Nuova (3300-meters) a crater which opened in 1968, one of the most impressive in the area. Stroll to the top and enjoy 360° panoramas and, if the weather permits, see as far as the Aeolian Islands and almost all of northern Sicily. Descend from the summit craters and pass through the craters of the 2002 eruption, then walk down a fun descent of volcanic sand and admire the volcanic amphitheater of the Valle del Bove, a spectacular caldera 8 km long and 4 km wide. Return by cable car to the starting point.

Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

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.

Etna: Trek to the 3000-Meter of Mount Etna with Cable Car

Etna: Trek to the 3000-Meter of Mount Etna with Cable Car

- Meeting at 8:30am at Bar/Restaurant “Terrazza dell’Etna” (directly at 2000 m) - The volcanological/alpine guide, after a briefing, will lead you towards the cable car to begin the ascending up to 2500 m a.s.l - We’ll begin the trekking until 3000 m a.s.l going through volcanic sand extensions, old and recent lava flows - Once you reach the base of the Summit Craters, you’ll observe the suggestive scenery unique in the whole world; from here, you can feel the greatness of this amazing volcano - We’ll begin descending towards 2500 m a.s.l with a break to have lunch (not included) with the visit of the 2001 crater, still fuming, at 2700 m a.s.l - We’ll then be back to the starting point to end the excursion

From Taormina: Etna Upper Craters Day Tour

From Taormina: Etna Upper Craters Day Tour

Explore the highest, active volcano in Europe on this day tour from Taormina. Travel by coach to the top of Mount Etna with an expert tour guide. After being picked up, relax as you are driven to visit the highest volcano in Europe with its smoking peak seen throughout Sicily. Drive to the Mount Etna Refuge with the opportunity for refreshments (extra) as you get ready for further ascent.  Climb higher by cable car up to 2,500 meters. Continue by jeeps up to the authorized upper crater zones with the assistance of licensed guides of the Italian Alpine Club (Italian and English explanations). See the 4 distinct craters at the summit area and more than 300 vents on the flanks, ranging in size from small holes to large craters. Stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in a safety zone according to weather conditions. Boots and jacket rentable on site.

Catania: Etna Morning Tour with Tastings and Pickup

Catania: Etna Morning Tour with Tastings and Pickup

Stroll on ancient craters at 2,000 meters above sea level on this tour of Mount Etna from Catania. Walk through ancient lava flows and find out about the volcano’s history from your guide. Afterward, enjoy tastings of typical local products. Begin the tour with pickup in Catania, then drive toward Mount Etna and hear about the highest volcano in Europe from your guide. Upon arrival, marvel at the lunar landscapes of the volcano and take a walk on the Silvestri Craters at 2000 mt, is a soft trekking suitable for everyone. Admire the varied colors, immerse yourself in the aroma of Etna’s vegetation, and explore volcanic caves where the lava used to flow. Visit the famous Bove Valley, where lava flows down during volcanic eruptions and the famous 1991 lava stream that almost reached a village. Then, taste different local products such as honey, olive oil, and wine, at a local company. At the end of the tour, your guide will drop you off in Catania.

Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

Europe’s highest active volcano is studied extensively by scientists and is popular with trekkers and nature lovers as well. Visit Mount Etna and the clifftop village of Taormina on this 11-hour excursion from Palermo. From Crateri Silvestri you’ll take the funicular (ticket not included) with a local mountain guide all the way up to 2,500 meters above sea level. From this point you’ll experience unforgettable panoramic views. Just south of Taormina is the nature reserve of Isola Bella, and further south you’ll see the popular seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Visit the village of Taormina, a 45-minute drive from Mount Etna. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, the village features an ancient Greek theater, many old churches, antique shops, lively bars and fine restaurants.

Catania: Mount Etna Adventurous Trek with a Guide

Catania: Mount Etna Adventurous Trek with a Guide

Enjoy a hike on the highest, most active volcano in Europe. Explore a fascinating landscape and take in breathtaking views on this climbing adventure. Start the tour with an early morning pickup from the meeting point chosen. On the way, there will be a stop for a coffee and to buy something to eat. Arrive at the starting point for your off-the-beaten-track hike. Take advantage of a helmet and all the equipment you need for your hike. As you begin to walk, admire the fascinating landscape of the Valle del Bove, the biggest depression of Mount Etna, and its moonlike deserts. From there take in the breathtaking views of the smoking summit craters and the surrounding landscape facing the Ionian Sea. Finally, in the afternoon, get dropped off back in Catania where your tour concludes.

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What people are saying about Cratere Centrale dell'Etna

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It's an interesting way to discover Etna. The hike coupled with the guide's explanations was really relevant. The landscapes are lunar, you must bring walking shoes and warm clothes. Thanks to our guide Antonio, who is a local and proud to share his heritage with us

Superb outing, the guide is very nice, loves his region. The pace of the walk is just fine, with small breaks enhanced by the guide's enthusiastic comments. As for the landscapes: wow

Great excursion to do once in your life. Thanks to our guide Eduardo for the hike. Thank you Bruna also for the transport.

This was an amazing experience and a highlight of our trip to Sicily. Highly recommended 😉

Very nice Guide. Everything was Perfect. You definitely have to try this excursion!