Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

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Activity provider: Etna Experience Excursion

Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

Activity provider: Etna Experience Excursion
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From US$ 178.40 per person

Enjoy an interesting day on Mount Etna. Catch the cable car and a special 4x4 vehicle to 2,900 meters to discover the base of the summit craters. Then, hike at 2,000 meters in a lunar landscape. Savor a tasty and included packed lunch of typical products.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Pickup optional
Pickup from your accommodation in Catania.
Private or small groups available


  • See the main crater of Mount Etna
  • Visit Mount Etna at two different altitudes of 2000 meters and 2950 meters
  • Enjoy a lunch of typical street food products and Mount Etna wine
  • Take a trek on the South side of Etna to visit a volcanic cave
  • Choose between a shared group or private excursion
Full description
Your expert guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Catania, or another central location, around 8:30 AM. The guide will drive you to Rifugio Sapienza where you will the cable car to 2500 meters. Here, a 4x4 vehicle will take you to 2950 meters. With the guide, enjoy the magnificence of the volcano in front of the impressive Central and South-Eastern Craters, which are surrounded by ancient and recent lava flows. Return to Rifugio Sapienza to head in the direction of Monte Nero Degli Zappini. Take a nature walk with your guide to discover the geological and botanical aspects of Etna. Stop for a delicious lunch of authentic Sicilian baked goods accompanied by water and Mount Etna wine. In the afternoon, you will visit a volcanic cave and use helmets and torches to safely explore the depth of the volcano. Your expert guide will teach you some basic information about speleology and the fascinating phenomenon related to eruptions.
  • Transportation in a jeep or minibus from Catania
  • Cable car ticket
  • 4WD vehicle ticket
  • Expert guide
  • Nature walk with a geologist, volcanologists, or agronomists
  • Picnic
  • Equipment, if required
  • Insurance
    Not suitable for
    • People with heart problems
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You must fill out a travel information form
    • Masks are required while indoors
    • A FFP2 mask (for participants over 14 years old) or a mouth-nose protector (for participants from 6-13 years old) must be worn in all indoor areas. We also recommend wearing a mask outdoors if a safe distance cannot be maintained

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Water

    Not allowed

    • Sandals or flip flops
    • Luggage or large bags
    • Unaccompanied minors

    Know before you go

    • Please note that you will not reach the summit of Mount Etna at 3343 meters, you will reach the base of the summit craters at 2950 meters
    • There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if the minimum number requirements are not met
    • If the weather conditions or volcano status do not permit access to the summit area the tour will reach the maximum altitude of 2000 meters and you will receive a 50% refund
    • When there is snow the cable car must use a snow cat vehicle, which increases the price by 30EUR per person
    • All children must be accompanied by an adult
    • You must advise us when booking if you require trekking shoes or a jacket
    • You must advise us when booking if you require an infant seat
    • Please advise us of any dietary requirements
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 15 reviews

    Review summary

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    • Value for money
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    delay in pick-up at the meeting point without being notified. pity that the excursion in nature did not take place your very high commission because on the spot the others paid 118 € against 169 € for us paid in advance .... small swindle I think. our guide Giovanni was great.

    June 23, 2019

    A sensational trip to the upper regions of Etna! Great organization of the trip, care for the safety of participants, excellent communication with the guide. The best ending to the old year we could ever dream of! Thank you, Agata and Przemek <3

    January 16, 2022

    This is a trip with a lot of geological explanation. The wind stopped the cable car, but with beautiful coarse buses we got a nice ride to almost as high as promised. The cave visit with lunch topped it off.

    March 1, 2020

    Product ID: 192573