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Mt. Etna (Monte Etna) Tours

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Mt. Etna (Monte Etna)
Set on the eastern coast of Sicily, Mt. Etna (Monte Etna) is among Europe’s tallest (and the world’s most active) volcanoes. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013, the volcano has shaped Sicilian history and continues to impact life on the island today. Visitors can explore the mountain’s smoldering volcanic craters and lava fields.

The Basics
You can hike, ride, or take a cable car up Mount Etna, with full- and half-day tours from the nearby cities of Catania, Taormina, and Messina. The Funivia dell’Etna runs a cable car from the Rifugio Sapienza up the mountain to about 8,200 feet (2,500 meters). From there, you can join a guided hike of the volcanic area known as the Valle del Bove, or a less strenuous 4x4 jeep ride. Combine a visit to Mount Etna with a stop at the nearby Alcantara Gorge, carved out by an ancient lava flow. Mount Etna sunset tours are especially spectacular, and wine enthusiasts can choose a tour that combines a visit to Mount Etna with wine tastings at some of the wineries located along the slopes.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If you’re exploring Mount Etna on foot, be sure to wear appropriate shoes, a hat, and sunblock, and carry ample water.
  • You’ll want to capture the breathtaking sunset views; don’t forget your camera.
  • For kids, a visit to the volcano can be a welcome break from sightseeing, so consider a family-friendly hike or fun 4x4 tour.
  • The cable car is accessible to wheelchair users, as is one mountain trail. 
  • There is only one public bus daily from Catania to Mount Etna, so it’s best to visit on a private tour that includes transportation to the mountain.

How to Get There
The closest major city to Mount Etna is Catania, and buses run daily to the Rifugio Sapienza, the starting point for many hikes and jeep tours. Otherwise, take the Catania-Messina highway and exit at Gravina di Catania to visit the south side of Etna, or at Giarre to visit the north-east side.

When to Get There
Eruptions occur on Mount Etna with such regularity that there’s always the possibility of witnessing one. Eruptions that come from the summit of the mountain (rather than out from the side) can be the most visually stunning, especially at night, when brilliant orange lava spits into the dark night sky.Sunset is also a beautiful time to visit. 

Wine and Food at Mount Etna
Despite the fact that eruptions have been responsible for serious damage to the cities and towns near Etna for millennia, people still continue to inhabit the mountain. The rich volcanic soil is particularly fertile for raising fruit, vegetables, and vineyards—many prestigious wines come from these mountain slopes, and it’s easy to sample these labels by joining a tour that includes wine tastings.
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Etna Morning TripHalf-day Tours

Etna Morning Trip

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Located on the island of Sicily, Mt Etna is the tallest active volcano in Europe. Explore its different aspects on this active tour from Catania that includes hiking up the volcano along a trail to the inner crater. See lava flows, learn about the geological history of the volcano, admire panoramic views and hike into a lava cave.
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Etna Morning Jeep TourDay Trips

Etna Morning Jeep Tour

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The excursion will start discovering old basalt lava flows, volcanic caves, secular woods and it will continue with the tastes and smell of Sicily. The lunar landscape of “Bove Valley” and the black ash’s desert will make your excursion a gorgeous day. Finally a tasting of honey, wines and typical Sicilian product
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Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from CataniaFull-day Tours

Etna and Taormina Full-Day Tour from Catania

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Marvel over the geological wonders of Mount Etna, then visit the elegant resort town of Taormina on this action-packed full-day tour from Catania. Soak up the dramatic scenery of Europe’s highest active volcano as you visit the hilltop resort of Rifugio Sapienza; ride the cable car to the 9,514-foot (2,900-meter) peak of Mount Etna (optional) and explore a natural lava cave. Then, cool off with a swim on Isola Bella island, before spending the afternoon enjoying Taormina’s medieval churches, ancient Greek theater and lively shopping district.
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Excursion to the top of Mount Etna 3300 meters4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Excursion to the top of Mount Etna 3300 meters

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Discover the top of the highest active volcano in Europe with a licensed Volcanological Guide. This place, rich in charm, put together the man's curiosity and the mysterious face of the volcano.- Possibility of renting shoes/jackets on site.Schedule: Meeting in front of the Restaurant "I Crateri Silvestri" 09:00 AM.Departure planned at 09:30AM.The Guides will collect the money 50€ per person for the transports.Initial briefing and buying of the tickets for the cable car (round-trip) and for the 4x4 jeeps (one way).Arrival at a height of 2500 mt with the cable car.Departure with 4x4 jeeps towards Torre del Filosofo at a height of 2900 mt.Start of the trekking route of 2 km till the Summit Craters - altitude 3250 mt.Trekking downhill for 4 km till the arrival point of the cable at a height of 2500 mt.Trip back to Rifugio Sapienza, 1800 mt.Total time: 5 hoursTotal kilometres: 7,5 kmDifficulty: For excursionists accustomed to walk at altitude - E (Excursionists).
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Etna Summit Tour4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Etna Summit Tour

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The experience allows you to reach an altitude of 3000m and to admire the summit craters up close. You will reach Torre del filosofo with the cable car and off-road vehicles and then walk along the edge of one of the great craters of the 2002 eruption.Possibility to organize further Guided trekking tour up to 3300m, with the help of a volcanological guide. Contact us for booking info and prices.
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Etna: High altitude winter excursionHiking & Camping

Etna: High altitude winter excursion

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The Ashàra volcanological guides will make this excursion unique, giving unforgettable moments and sensations to your Etna holidays. You will be able to observe the craters closely and in complete safety, the safety that only a certified and recognized guide can give you.
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Etna, Summit CratersDay Trips

Etna, Summit Craters

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A trek that allows us to climb to the top of theHighest active volcano in Europe and to hear the breath of a living mountain. The ascent is made by cable car and 4 × 4 minibus up to 2900m in the Torre del Filosofo area, from here after about 1.5 hours uphill you reach the edge of the central Crater from which you can see the Bocca Nuova (3250m ), opened in 1968, probably the most impressive crater.
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Etna jeep tourDay Trips

Etna jeep tour

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The Etna Tour excursion involves traveling on jeep routes to let you know and appreciate places of particular natural value within the Etna Park reserve up to an altitude of about 2000 meters. The itineraries are in fact formulated, thanks to the experience of our staff, to live an interesting and at the same time enjoyable experience. Starting from the lava flows that have threatened entire villages, we will visit the extinct craters and the belvedere of the majestic Caldera del Valle del Bove . We will also let you experience the thrill of descending into the meanders of the volcano by visiting a lava flow cave (lava tube) equipped with a helmet and speleologist lights, to understand the phenomena connected to the lava flow. Our naturalistic guides will enrich your excursion by illustrating, with a simple and clear language for everyone, the innumerable natural and volcanic aspects of Europe's largest volcano, named UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.
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Etna Summit Summit Craters - Ashàra Volcanological GuidesWalking Tours

Etna Summit Summit Craters - Ashàra Volcanological Guides

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Experiencing the unique experience of the summit craters of active volcanoes, flanked by volcanological guides of proven experience and capable of transmitting the passion for these exceptional activities in the midst of nature.
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Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour from Catania4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour from Catania

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This tour makes it easier than ever to get up close and personal with Mt. Etna: Europe’s highest active volcano, and one of Sicily’s most visible landmarks. Journey to Rifugio Sapienza, at Etna’s base, before your trek; all equipment is included, and an add-on journey to its crater is available (own expense). Next, explore the volcano’s lava caves before stopping at an area farm for a sampling of local products.
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Etna Excursions from Catania4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Etna Excursions from Catania

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Explore Mount Etna, the world's most active stratovolcano, on this small-group hiking tour from Catania. Travel in a 4x4 vehicle or minivan to reach a departure point for a moderate hike through Mount Etna's moon-like landscape in the Valley del Bove depression, including a lava tube exploration, and the Silvestri craters. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Catania included.
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Etna Sunset Jeep Tour4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Etna Sunset Jeep Tour

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From a meeting point, you will head for Zafferana Etnea, a little town important for its honey production, where you will visit one of the most famous organic farms for a delicious sampling of typical products such as honey, wine, oil etc.Panoramic tour of the enchanting Valle del Bove. Helmet and torch to visit a picturesque lava cave. Arrived at 2000 meters above sea level, we will start the walk through ancient and recent craters, surrounded by a unique landscape. The route will conclude with the fascinating sunset on Mount Etna.
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Mount Etna Half day Jeep 4x4 Tour from Catania or Taormina4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Mount Etna Half day Jeep 4x4 Tour from Catania or Taormina

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Daily Etna Tours to the highest volcano in Europe. We will pick you up at your accommodation in Sicily with our off-road vehicles (among others the popular Land Rover 110) and head in direction to Mount Etna. During our adventurous drive up to the volcano, partially off-road, we will cross old lava fields as well as hundreds of years old forests. We will make several stops to visit some of the most beautiful sites on Mount Etna by foot, accompanied all the time by our English-speaking guide.
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Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from CataniaHalf-day Tours

Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Catania

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Enjoy a physical perspective of Sicily on a tour to Mt. Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe. Do a little trekking, check out an old crater and lava flow caves, and admire gorgeous views of the mountain and surrounding landscape at sunset. Plus, stop by a farm to taste local products like honey and wine. Hotel pickup in Catania is included.
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Etna Trekking4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Etna Trekking

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The ETNA TREKKING excursion involves the traverse of trekking trails within the Etna Park. The difficulties vary from medium difficulty routes suitable for people in good health for the half-day excursion (Morning trekking) to challenging itineraries for the full day solution (full day trekking), dedicated to lovers of pure trekking and so be prepared to face several hours of walking. Our guides will accompany you to discover the less touristy places, to discover the most fascinating glimpses of the volcano. UNESCO heritage since 2013 for its important geological phenomena. Etna however is not only lava and eruptions. Nature on Europe's largest active volcano has created real wonders. These facets can be fully captured only by walking, slowly, in contact with nature. Choose whether to do a half-trek (suitable for everyone in good health) or full day (for sportsmen)
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Etna Morning: transfer, guide, lunch includedHistorical & Heritage Tours

Etna Morning: transfer, guide, lunch included

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Mount Etna looms over eastern Sicily with lunar-like volcanic landscapes and rugged wilderness. This tour allows you to explore to volcano without the hassle of planning your hike or transportation. Start at the south side of the mountain, visit the Silvestri Craters, continue to a ridge over the Valle del Bove, and finish with a tour of a lava cave. Plus, your tour includes a typical Sicilian lunch and convenient round-trip transportation from Catania.
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Etna 3000Day Trips

Etna 3000

Do you want to spend a whole day on the Sicilian volcano? You can do it with this tour! Visit with us Etna’s most fascinating places: caves, craters, landscapes, woods. But don’t stop here. Push your self… dare the 3000 m!
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Etna & Alcantara jeep tourDay Trips

Etna & Alcantara jeep tour

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The Etna and Alcantara tour allows you to visit, in a single day, some of the most beautiful places of the Etna volcano and in the afternoon the famous Alcantara Gorges. Accompanied by our nature guides in the morning you will visit, moving aboard 4x4 vehicles, some of the points of interest of great naturalistic value on the eastern and northern slopes of the volcano, among which the secondary button craters and the most recent lava flows and will not Visit the immense caldera of the Valle del Bove. The tour also includes a visit to a lava cave equipped with a helmet and speleologist lights to understand how these fascinating natural ravines are formed. At the end of the first part of the day we will stop at an Etna shelter where we will offer a refreshment based on typical products, accompanied by homemade bread and Etna wine. In the afternoon we will dedicate it to the transfer and visit to the beautiful Alcantara Gorges. 
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Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from CataniaFull-day Tours

Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania

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The volcanic landscapes around Mt. Etna draw travellers from far and wide, but reaching the highest peaks can be a challenge. This adventurous full-day tour from Catania includes food-tastings in Zafferana Etnea and a visit to the Parco dell’Etna. Delve into a lava cave with a guide, marvel at Italy’s volcanic landscape from the Rifugio Sapienza, and explore the Alcantara Gorges — home to lava formations shaped over millions of years.
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Easy Etna Nord TrekkingHiking & Camping

Easy Etna Nord Trekking

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The visit to the last big lateral eruption of Mount Etna. Really amazing landscape and extraordinary panorama.
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Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from TaorminaHalf-day Tours

Etna at Sunset Half-Day Tour from Taormina

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The volcanic landscapes around Mt. Etna are widely considered among the most fascinating in Italy, but they’re not always easy to explore without a guide. This adventurous half-day bus and hiking tour from Taormina includes food-tastings in Zafferana Etnea and a visit to the Parco dell’Etna. Delve into a lava cave with a guide, follow winding trails to the Rifugio Sapienza at 6,200 feet (1,900 meters) above sea level, and watch the sun set over the Silvestri craters.
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Etna and Wine Tour from CataniaDay Trips

Etna and Wine Tour from Catania

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Experience a different side of Sicily on a full-day tour to Mt Etna, the largest live volcano in Europe. Your guide shares informative commentary about the history, geology and wildlife of Mt Etna as you take nature walks, tour a cave created by lava flows and see old volcanic craters. Select from hiking or cable car options to customize your visit, then end the day with a wine tasting with five wine samples accompanied by a platter of delicious local foods. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Catania.
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Tour of Mt Etna Off-Road with Quad Bike4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Tour of Mt Etna Off-Road with Quad Bike

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Enjoy the thrill of the great outdoors with a quad bike tour on Mt Etna or in the Alcantara Valley in Sicily. Soak in the views of the enormous volcano as you ride around its base. Steer the quad bike yourself or ride along with a passenger.
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Mount Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour from Taormina4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Mount Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour from Taormina

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Spend a day discovering Europe’s highest active volcano and lava caves on this Mt. Etna tour. As you travel from Catania, you’ll learn all about the infamous Sicilian volcano from a guide. Then, leave the vehicle to trek along the trails of Parco dell’Etna, and visit an intriguing lava cave back at ground level. On your return to Catania, you’ll have time for a last stop at an organic farm where samples of wine and honey await.
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