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Etna Excursions from Catania

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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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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.
  • Hike through Mount Etna's Valle del Bove depression
  • Travel in a smaller vehicle to reach areas inaccessible to larger vehicles
  • Small group ensures an intimate atmosphere
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Catania
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Local, professional guide
Environmental guide hiking certified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Use of helmet
Equipment if requested at time of booking
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Piazzale Crateri Silvestri, 95030 Nicolosi CT, Italy

Outside the bar

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The program of the excursion may be subject to changes. (Adverse weather conditions, as well as restrictions on access to the volcano by the competent authorities)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Etna Excursions from Catania
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Etna Excursions from Catania?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Etna Excursions from Catania?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Etna Excursions from Catania.
What is the social distancing policy during Etna Excursions from Catania?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Etna Excursions from Catania.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Etna Excursions from Catania?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Etna Excursions from Catania.

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Expedition with training
, Sep 2021
This was a great experience for me even though i was exhausted getting back at the hotel. I was with a great group and Ernesto was a very laidback guy. I only wish it was a little better communcation ahead of the tour, what to expect, the equitment, the lunch, but it all turned good and we reached 2400 m . I can recommend it, but be prepared for some training here - and downhill was the hardest, but good feeling when back at the car. Thanks, Tommy
Beautiful Hike, but Tour had Issues
, Aug 2021
Mt. Etna was absolutely gorgeous, and this was by far the most cost effective option we found for getting there from Catania and touring it with a guide. However, the company did not give us nearly enough information about the nature of the hike and the necessary equipment. The terrain was much more challenging than expected. Parts of it are very steep and the sandy soil makes it hard on the knees. I am in relatively good shape, but still found it to be a challenge, and two hikers had to turn back at the beginning because it was too difficult. We also did not get accurate information about what to wear. I hiked in sneakers and was mostly fine, but got a shoe full of rocks and dust and had to keep stopping to empty my shoes. Next time, I would definitely hike with hiking boots or at least with high socks. Even the base of the trail is much cooler than Catania, and the top is quite chilly (probably 50 degrees Farenheit). I was fine in long pants, at shirt, and a sweatshirt at the top, but many people were wearing shorts and looked extremely cold. Regardless, the path is lined with thorny cactuses, so long pants are a must to keep your legs covered. Finally, our guide, Ernesto, was extremely knowledgeable, but I wish he had given more information. He had to give all of his information in both English and Italian, so we didn’t get much in the way of background info. The ride there was over an hour, so he certainly could have given us some history about Mt Etna on the bus ride over so that we were more educated about what we were seeing. All in all, I’m glad I took the trip, because the hike was so lovely. However, this company needs to do MUCH more to make sure people are adequately prepared for the trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
, Aug 2021
The tour was well organized, the ticked included the transfer starting from Catania till the hut at the feet of the Etna. The ticket also included an helmet or shoes for people that weren’t equipped! It took around 8 hours if we considered the transfer, the hike and the transfer back to Catania! Ps: Our guide decided for the most enjoyable way back to the bus: starting from 2300 altitude my. we started running down the solidified lava corridors. Unique experience!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Bad tour, great views
, Aug 2021
As a former tour manager I can safely say with a level of objective expertise that this was a bad tour. The tour guide did not set proper expectations at all through the tour, the tour did not match the description that was advertised (used a van without working AC, group was close to 40ish people not a small group, the tour lasted much longer than advertised, etc), the guide was ill prepared for the weather and conditions and did not tell anyone on the tour how to prepare with enough water or the correct equipment. The redeeming part of the tour was the breathtaking views, but I would recommend that friends and family find a different tour and guide to get those views. If you choose to go, be prepared that this is a 7 mile (11.2 km) hike with over 1,000 feet (305 m) in elevation gain. Make sure to bring at least 2 liters of water per person, sturdy shoes you don’t mind ruining, and be in decent shape.
Great trip with smaller hiccups
, Jul 2021
+ Very nice and exciting trip with beautiful sight. + guides were fantastic + final run down Mt Etna was incredible - Hygiene concept was not really safe in COVID-19 times (lent shoes with pre worn socks) - air condition was on and off Overall would recommend it.
Very good tour with Ernesto
, Jul 2021
Very good tour, but know that you and your clothes will get quite dirty due to the ashes, so dress accordingly
An ablsolute MUST !!!!!
, Jul 2021
We booked the tour two days before the actual trip. It was just what we expected and even a little more. Our guide Ernesto and the other guys Marco and Alessandro did a great job in leading the group (15 people) through the black sand of Etna. Sometimes we stopped and they explained some things about the vulcanic actions on the mountain. On our way back we slides downhill. It was so much fun ! I need to say that our group was very young, so the tempo was not that slow. Highly recommended !!
Etna tours
, Jun 2021
Had a really nice experience out on Etna with this tour over the weekend. Transport was efficient and the guide was knowledgeable. If you want to see Etna this is the way to do it. Highly recommended
Great day trip!
, Oct 2020
Great adventure with Etna putting on a show. They provided all equipment including appropriate shoes and windbreakers. The tour guides were friendly and comedic. The pace of the tour is quite slow, which suited us. On the way to Etna we stopped to pick up sandwiches for lunch on the volcano which are 3euro each.
15 minute thrill seeking descent
, Aug 2020
Great experience. Ernesto was very prepared for all eventualities, with jackets, bags and lots of pairs of boots!

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