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Mount Etna: Summit and Crater Guided Trek Tour

Mount Etna: Summit and Crater Guided Trek Tour

Activity provider: Etna Est
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From US$ 58.09 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

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy the scenery on a trek to the top of Mount Etna
  • Learn about Europe's most active volcano from an experienced guide
  • Hike through lava fields and get views from 3,000 meters above sea level
  • Ride a cable car up the side of an active volcano
Full description

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

After a briefing with your guide, ride the cable car to an altitude of 2,500 meters above sea level. 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 3,000 meters, 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
  • Access to Mount Etna
  • Access to Cratere Centrale dell'Etna
  • Access to Silvestri Craters
  • Live tour guide
  • Helmet
  • Hiking shoes
    Not suitable for
    • Pregnant women
    • People with mobility impairments
    • People with heart problems
    • People with vertigo
    • People with respiratory issues
    • 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

    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

    • 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
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 805 reviews

    Review summary

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

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    Our guide was a very experienced and knowledgeable expert in the area and the related topics. It was really great to see, hear, touch and smell the craters, caldera, etc. But as it was a very windy day, and as I am pretty small and light-weighted, it was very tough to follow him and the group. I recommend that you train yourself before to fit the tough program and fully enjoy the tour. It could have been little better, if a little-longer break was allowed to take photos and to have a snack. Though it was warned, it was quite cold up on the mountain. Even if you take your tracking shoes, I would recommend that you rent shoes from the tour, as your shoes may get damaged from the heat from the hot rocks from the recent eruption.

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    April 27, 2022

    It was an unforgettable experience! With cloudy skies and very strong winds, we started on Mount Etna in April 2022. Luca, our guide, kept stopping in between and told expert and interesting stories about the special features that were about to be discovered. For me, this tour is one of the highlights of our stay in Sicily - even if it wasn't always pleasant during it. The forces of nature are clearly noticeable on the volcano: the wind almost blew us over again and again, lava dust was everywhere, and it was really cold. But it's all worth it: seeing the craters up close (the tours haven't gone directly to the crater rim for years, too dangerous), walking across the lava fields, sometimes feeling the heat coming out of the open crevices in the rocks - a great experience! And an extra compliment to Luca: Great tour, great guidance! Thanks a lot for this!

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    April 21, 2022

    The ascent to the crater took a little longer. Our guide has repeatedly loosened up the path with videos of previous hikes where lava actually flowed. After about 1 hour you came to an area where you could see volcanic activity (steam, heat) but there was no lava that day because the volcano was calm. After lunch there was a lot of exciting things to see as we hiked through old chimneys until the descent.

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    April 20, 2022

    Product ID: 163935