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Mount Etna: Summit and Crater Guided Trek Tour

Mount Etna: Summit and Crater Guided Trek Tour

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Trek to the top of the highest active volcano in Europe with an expert guide. Admire the dramatic beauty of Mount Etna and the surroundings from the summit craters.

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Experience

Highlights
  • Trek to the top of Mount Etna
  • Learn about Europe's most active volcano from an experienced guide
  • Hike through lava fields and get stunning views from 3,300 meters above sea level
  • Ride a cable car up the side of an active volcano
Full description

Enjoy a cable car and 4WD ride, before walking across Europe's highest active volcano. Take in the breathtaking scenery in the company of your expert guide.

Get a briefing from your guide, then ride the cable car to an altitude of 2,500 meters above sea level. Transfer to a 4WD bus and continue up the mountain to reach 2,900 meters above sea level near the Torre del Filosofo. Then, start your 2-hour trek to the crater summit, and take breaks along the way to enjoy the scenery and views. Walk through the lunar landscape of the lava fields as you traverse the nature trails of the highest active volcano in Europe. Take in the panoramic views from the summit and then trek back down to the upper cable car station. Return to the meeting point by cable car and get your last views of the brooding mountain. 

Includes
  • Mount Etna guided tour
  • Access to Mount Etna
  • Access to Cratere Centrale dell'Etna
  • Access to Silvestri Craters
  • Live tour guide
  • Transport for activity duration: Cable car, bus / coach
  • Helmet
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with mobility impairments
    • Children under 10 years
    Covid-19 precautions

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

    Safety measures in place
    • 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

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Sunglasses
    • Hiking shoes
    • Sunscreen
    • Warm clothing

    Know before you go

    • The ticket (EUR 30) for the cable car is not included in the price and must be paid directly on the day of the excursion
    • This activity is suitable for those with medium physical training and who are accustomed to walking on sand and rock when there are no trails. Some parts of the path may be exposed
    • Please inform the guide of any health conditions or concerns
    • This activity is not suitable for people with heart disease or who suffer from asthma or vertigo
    • The use of contact lenses is forbidden due to the presence of volcanic ash spread by the wind
    • Wear trekking boots with high socks and bring a trekking pole (recommended)
    • Bring an extra T-shirt, long trousers (recommended), a pullover and anorak, gloves and a hat (recommended)
    • Bring a 10 to 20-liter backpack, at least 1.5 liters of water, a snack and packed lunch
    • Hiking boots will not be provided
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 722 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Transportation
      4.2/5
    • Value for money
      4.5/5
    • Safety
      4.8/5

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    I would absolutely recommend this tour and doing with a guide instead of on your own. If you have your own hiking equipment (hiking shoes and clothes) and are willing to bring your own lunch, this tour is perfect. It was perfect for me (middle level), some beginners found it quite hard. It was just great and I would always do it again! We were thinking about doing it on our own in the beginning but I'm glad we didn't because we learned so much from the guide during our tour, received and wore helmets (essential due to security reasons - there are always lava pieces that can fall on your head) and we wouldn't even have found the paths because everything is just black lava. Highly recommend.

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    September 30, 2021

    It was amazing, Luca was a great guide and I learned a lot about volcanos. We started out on 1900m and took the cablecar up to 2500m, where we started hiking up to ~3000m. The summit at 3300m cannot be climbed at the moment due to the Etna activity and code red. Luca led us through the dried lave streams and fields, some of which were still warm, and provided lots of information. He also showed us videos of recent Etna activity. The whole landsscape was mesmerising.

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    September 16, 2021

    We had a very nice trip. Luca our guide was great. He took us as far up as possible. Due to some restlessness of the volcano we could not reach the highest point, but we were quite close. It certainly didn't make it any less spectacular and the situation of the mountain was well explained so we also understood that it would be irresponsible. In my opinion, our group went along further and more unique routes than many other tours around us. A lot was explained along the way, very interesting. The walk was quite strenuous but definitely doable!

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    September 15, 2021

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