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Mount Etna: Cable Car, Jeep, & Hiking Tour to Summit

1. Mount Etna: Cable Car, Jeep, & Hiking Tour to Summit

Ascend to the summit of the craters of Mount Etna, one of the most coveted excursions a hiker can make. Hike in full safety with an authorized alpine and volcano guide, and marvel at the beauty and wonder of the highest active volcano in Europe.   Depart from Sapienza Refuge in Nicolosi, and ascend 2,504 meters by cable car. Then, ride in a 4x4 Jeep up to 2,900 meters, to begin your hike. You’ll hike 1.5 hours uphill, passing many craters and taking long pauses to take pictures and rest. Experience the incredible feeling of being on top of the world in this rocky, beautiful landscape with the giant sky above you. After reaching the summit, descend for 2 hours back to the cable car, which will take you to your departure point.

Catania: Mount Etna Guided Hiking Tour

2. Catania: Mount Etna Guided Hiking Tour

Climb up to an altitude of 3,000 meters and admire breathtaking views near the top craters of Mount Etna. Join a certified guide on a unique adventure in Catania and explore an active volcano safely, by staying away from the danger zone. Starts from the Sapienza refuge at 1,900 meters above sea level. Take the cable car up to an altitude of 2,500 meters. Begin your trek up to the maximum allowed altitude, passing by the still-steaming lava flows of the most recent eruptions. See the caves where lava travels to the base of the most active crater at the moment, the Southeast Crater. Afterward, be taken to the great craters of 2002, and then descend by a fun sand trail to the cable car station to return to the starting point.

Nicolosi: Mount Etna Cable Car Excursion up to 3000 meters

3. Nicolosi: Mount Etna Cable Car Excursion up to 3000 meters

A valid alternative to the summit craters is the 3,000 m Etna excursion. You go up by cable car up to 2,500 meters. From here begins the path on foot. It will be possible to observe the summit craters, then we will stop on a lateral crater (barbagallo at about 3000 meters). You will admire the recent lava flows (2021) until you reach the inside of a lava channel. We will visit an effusive vent (2002 eruption) and from here we will descend along the sandbanks to the mound from where we will observe the Bove Valley, admiring, on fine days, a view that sweeps from the Ionian Riviera to the interior of Sicily. Duration 4/5 hours. Departures at 9.30 and 10.30, meeting time 30 minutes before departure (the departure at 10.30 is compatible for those arriving by bus (AST) from Catania). Meeting Point Shelter Alpine Guides Etna Sud, next to the Refuge Sapienza

Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

4. Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

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 the maximum reachable height of 1.7 miles (2750 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.

Mount Etna: Summit Craters Walking Tour

5. Mount Etna: Summit Craters Walking Tour

Embark on this off-road minibus, cable car, and climbing tour to see the peak of Etna in all her majesty. Follow your alpinist guide on an adventure to uncover the secrets of this active volcano. Get picked up on the south side of the volcano north of Nicolosi. Sit back and enjoy the scenic drive up to the cable car. Take in the views of the countryside as take the cable car up. Board a special off-road minibus to reach the highest altitudes allowed with an authorized alpinist guide.  From this altitude, admire the impressive summit of Etna and view the colors and formations of its active craters. Learn about the history and geology of the volcano from your guide. Explore the craters of recent eruptions during your descent on foot to 2500 meters where you will board the cable car once more before transferring back to the meeting point.

Nicolosi: Etna Guided Sky Trek with Cable Car Ride

6. Nicolosi: Etna Guided Sky Trek with Cable Car Ride

You’ll get to almost 3,000 metres above sea level, and marvel at rock formations which date back thousands of years. You’ll meet your expert volcanologist guide on the slopes of Etna at the Rifugio Sapienza, 1900 metres above sea level. One the introductions are out the way, you’ll take the cable car to an altitude of 2,500 metres where the excitement (and the trekking) truly begins! 2001 saw one of the biggest eruptions this millennium on Etna, and you’ll be climbing towards the crater that was created by that. The lunar landscape that was left behind is sure to take your breath away, so maky sure you have your camera at the ready. Then, you’ll carry on to the viewpoint on the Valle del Bove, at a dizzying height of 2,750 metres above sea level! Valle del Bove is considered the best panoramic spot on the mountain, with the dazzling depression dating back 64,000 years. You’ll get a chane to take in your surroundings, snap a few pictures, and pick out Taormina and Syracuse on the coast. You’ll also see summit craters as they constantly emit gases and water vapour. The last stop is visiting a crater depression called the Cisternazza before you take the cable car back to La Sapienza.

Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

7. Mount Etna and Taormina Full-Day Excursion from Palermo

Europe’s highest active volcano is studied extensively by scientists and is popular with trekkers and nature lovers as well. Visit Mount Etna and the clifftop village of Taormina on this 11-hour excursion from Palermo. From Crateri Silvestri you’ll take the funicular with a local mountain guide all the way up to 2,500 meters above sea level. From this point you’ll experience unforgettable panoramic views. Just south of Taormina is the nature reserve of Isola Bella, and further south you’ll see the popular seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Visit the village of Taormina, a 45-minute drive from Mount Etna. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, the village features an ancient Greek theater, many old churches, antique shops, lively bars and fine restaurants.

Mount Etna: Winter High Altitude Trekking

8. Mount Etna: Winter High Altitude Trekking

Discover the high altitude of Mount Etna’s southern slope on this guided hiking tour. Meet at the Ashàra Info point located in Sapienza Refuge and hop onboard the cable car to reach 2500 meters high on the mountain. Learn about the fascinating 2001 eruption while admiring the great Valle del Bove depression which deeply marks the eastern side of the volcano. Set off on your trekking adventure until you reach 3000 meters, passing by the still-steaming lava flows of the most recent eruptions. Visit a lava channel, the craters of Barbagallo, and other stunning snowy landscapes. After enjoying the spectacular views, head along the trail to the upper cable station to return to the starting point.

From Catania/Taormina: Mount Etna Cablecar & 4WD Tour

9. From Catania/Taormina: Mount Etna Cablecar & 4WD Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, set off in the direction of Mount Etna. Embark on an adventurous drive up to the volcano, passing by the small towns of Pedara, Nicolosi, and Zafferana Etnea and cold lava fields. Reach the Rifugio Sapienza Etna starting point where the next portion of the tour begins. Your English-speaking guide will explain to you the most interesting phenomena of the active volcano and about the plants and animals of the region. Climb into a cable car and soar up to an altitude of 2500 m. Next, continue upwards to 2900m in a special jeep. Explore the area at the foot of the main crater known as Torre del Filosofo. Marvel at the stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea if it is a clear day. During a 40-minute tour of the area, your expert alpine/volcanology guide will explain all about the geology of the area and how the hot smoking craters were formed after the 2002-2003 eruption.  After this, return to the Rifugio Sapienza to enjoy a traditional Sicilian lunch at a chalet. Once you've filled your belly, get kitted up with helmets and flashlights and begin on an unforgettable adventure inside a real lava cave. At the end of the tour,  you will be driven back to your accommodation in Catania or Taormina.

Etna: Guided Tour to the Summit Craters

10. Etna: Guided Tour to the Summit Craters

Explore the volcanic landscapes of Etna with an Alpine volcanological guide on a shared or private tour. Reach the Bocca Nuova and Barbagallo craters and learn more about the volcano that has shaped Sicily. Be greeted by your guide in front of the Etna cableway ticket office at an altitude of 1900 meters. Have a short briefing with your guide and purchase cable car tickets to ride to the summit area at 2,900 meters. Take in views of the mountain as you travel to 2,900 meters where you will stop and begin your hike to 3,300 meters. Climb between sand and lava flows until you arrive at the Bocca Nuova crater. Stop to enjoy views of the crater and Sicily. Descend toward the Barbagallo craters and continue towards Valle del Bove. Observe a valley formed by the collapse of a series of ancient eruptive events.

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4.5 / 5

based on 562 reviews

Our guide Vincenzo was amazing! He was very patient with me being slow and made sure I finished the tour in one piece. Also he gave us a lot of information about Etna and was happy to answer all questions. I really recommend this tour, I would hire him anytime again. Thank you for an amazing experience and for not giving up on me when I almost did!

This is a serious hike and be prepared for adverse weather conditions depending on the time of year. Not a hike for the out of shape or fear of heights. Bring a lunch and water.

It was really very impressive and the guide Vincenzo was a super expert and entertaining at the same time.

An amazing day! Incredible views and excellent to hear information from our guide along the way.

Great support staff on the ground, great guide, well organized activity and amazing views!