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Mount Etna: Summit and Crater Guided Trek Tour

Mount Etna: Summit and Crater Guided Trek Tour

From $64.50 per person

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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian

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
  • Trek to the summit craters of Mount Etna
  • Volcano guide
  • Helmet
  • Cable car ticket €30
  • Hiking boots
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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Date

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Meeting point

• Meet at the information desk at the Crateri Silvestri Restaurant on Piazzale Crateri Silvestri • The exact meeting time will be communicated to you by email or WhatsApp

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes
  • Warm clothing

Know before you go

  • 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
  • Bring sunglasses (recommended) and sun cream (recommended)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 698 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.1/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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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

Even if you cannot (October 2019) hike to the crater rim because Mount Etna is too active, the tour gives a very good insight into the world of volcanism. Without a guide, you won't get far from the height to which the all-wheel drive vehicles drive. Therefore, booking a tour is definitely worth it. Our guide (geologist from Catania) gave very interesting geological information and also told a lot while hiking, so that he was able to convey the enthusiasm for volcanoes and seismography very well. Our 14-year-old son was also able to follow the English tour very well and was very impressed by the forces of nature. Unfortunately, there was a bit of a rush at the cable car.

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November 26, 2019

everything as agreed (9am on site, departure to cable car at 9.30am), with cable car from 2000 to 2500m, with jeep from 2500 to 2900m, then go on foot to look at various craters with a vulcanologist (super guide with lots of explanation). The top crater has not been going to the top crater since Sept 2019 due to too much activity (smokes constantly), but this will only be communicated by text message 20 hours before. However, if you go out of season (we on 1 Nov) you pay 30 euros too much via get your guide because on the spot you only pay 65 euros for the whole (cable, jeep and guide) and you don't have to wait anywhere ...

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November 1, 2019

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