Province of Catania
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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.

    Unfortunately due to volcanic activity it wasnt allowed to hike to the summit. We got messaged about this a day in advance with an offer for an alternative past previous lava flows and craters, which we took. It still was a beautifull experience with a very friendly, experienced and knowledgeable, multi lingual guide. We didn't get to take the 4x4 bus because we were hiking on a lowere altidtude but got that refunded through get your guide.

  • Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Jeep Tour

    2. Catania: Mount Etna Sunset Jeep Tour

    Climb aboard a 4x4 Jeep and begin your half-day guided tour. Learn about the history and science behind the Etna volcano. Stop for a wine, liquor, and honey tasting to discover the flavors and smells of local products that are made in this volcanic region. Drive along roads that are framed by breathtaking views of the various dormant craters. Admire the beautiful Valle del Bove and explore an old lava flow cave with lamps. Finish your tour by enjoying the beautiful panoramas of the sun setting behind the landscape. 

    Thank you yo Horacio, a super guide for this tour. We enjoyed to this tour : tasting, history, view and for sur walk on the Etna !! Lucie & Wendie

  • Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

    3. Catania: Etna Hiking Tour

    Enjoy a hike on the highest, most active volcano in Europe. Start the tour with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Catania. Climb into a comfortable 4x4 vehicle and set off for Mount Etna. Arrive at the starting point for your off-the-beaten-track hike.

    As you begin to walk, admire the fascinating landscape of the Valle del Bove, the biggest depression of Mount Etna, and its moonlike deserts. From there take in the breathtaking views of the smoking summit craters and the surrounding landscape facing the Ionian Sea.

    The tour also includes the opportunity to explore a lava tube with helmets and flashlights. Experience the incredible natural phenomenon created when the surface lava solidified but magma continued to flow into the tunnel.

    Finally, in the afternoon, get dropped off back in Catania...

    Jó ár-érték arány jellemzi ezt a túrát. Nagy előnye, hogy Catania-bol visznek oda vissza. Ha a gerincre vagy minél magasabbra akarsz jutni, akkor nem ezt a túrát válaszd. Ezen látható a Vál Di Bove kalderaja,de nem a csúcs és a környéke. Ehhez szállást kell foglalni fenn, a Refugio Sapienza-n

  • From Catania: Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour

    4. From Catania: Etna Nature and Flavors Half-Day Tour

    Explore Etna Park on a 6-hour tour that takes you up to the Sapienza Refuge at 1,986 meters. Return transfers from your accommodation in Catania are included in the package. At the Sapienza Refuge you’ll see both the newest eruptions of the volcano and the old Silvestri craters, dating from the 1892 eruption. Afterwards you’ll trek along a nature path through Etna Park, enjoying breathtaking views over the Bove Valley. Enter a lava cave, with a helmet and head lamp, to learn how lava flows are formed. Later, stop in the town of Zafferana, on the eastern side of Etna. In Zafferana, known as the town of honey, you’ll visit one of the most famous organic farms in the area to taste delicious local products such as honey, olive oil, and wine. You’ll be transferred to your hotel in the early afternoon.

    Our guide was wonderful - very friendly, informative, and accommodating. A great basic package.

  • Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

    5. Catania: Mount Etna Morning Jeep Tour

    After pickup from the designated meeting point, drive to Mount Etna to begin your tour. As you ascend to a height of 2,000 meters, your professional guide will tell you about the history of the volcano and explain the unique nature to you. Walk on paths away from the tourist areas to take in the flora and fauna away from the crowds.  Different aspects of the volcano will be highlighted, such as its nature and resources, its amazing landscapes and the huge lava flows that have destroyed buildings and roads. You will be taken to a viewpoint to see the panoramic view of the Valle del Bove, the most important valley on the east slope of the volcano. Then with a helmet and a flashlight, you’ll visit and explore a lava flow cave. Learn about its origin and the features inside from your guide. You’ll also have the chance to sample the wines, liqueurs, and honeys from this area. At the end of ...

    Giovani our guide was the best, we had such a good time and he really made our day.

  • Etna Upper Craters Day Tour from Taormina

    6. Etna Upper Craters Day Tour from Taormina

    Be picked up at 8:30 AM and relax as you are driven to visit the highest volcano in Europe with its smoking peak seen throughout Sicily. Drive to the Mount Etna Refuge with the opportunity for refreshments as you ready yourself for further ascent.  Climb higher by cable car up to 2,500 meters and continuing on board jeeps up to the authorized crater zones at approximately 3,000 meters with the assistance of licensed Guides of the CAI, Italian Alpine Club. See the 4 distinct craters at the summit area and more than 300 vents on the flanks, ranging in size from small holes to large craters. Stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in a safety zone according to weather conditions. Gazing over an active volcano, make memories sure to last a lifetime.

    We enjoyed our tour in general, but most of the time we were driving in a bus, taking the cable cart or driving in a mountain bus. Though we didn't need to stand in a line to cable cart or mountain bus for too long, traveling took way too much time. We had less than an hour up at 2900 meters and it was just enough to take a guided tour around a crater, but not enough to explore. All that trouble for a mere 45 mins up the mountain was a bit of a disappointment. Going higher up the mountain was of course forbidden. The mountain guide who walked us around one crater was very informative and multilingual. Our own guide was very pleasant, efficient and attentive. She spoke the whole drive up and down in three languages. The bus driver was amazingly skillful and drove that monster bus like a.. well.. a pro. We had cloudy weather so no breathtaking views down, but the summit was clearly visible from 2900 and we were quite pleased to see it.

  • From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

    7. From Catania: Full-Day Mount Etna and Taormina Tour

    No trip to Sicily would be complete without a visit to the tempestuous territories of Mount Etna. Just jump in the shuttle bus and head out into the lunar landscape of one of the world’s most active volcanoes. At over 6,500 ft (1,981 meters), this majestic mountain dominates the coastline, concealing plenty of treasures within its lair. Starting at Rifugio Sapienza, follow the line of the old Sivestri craters down into a cave of lava formed during the eruption of 1792. From here, head to the province of Zafferana, where you'll visit a local organic farm and sample honey and wine, cultivated in the fertile soils of the region. En route to Taormina, take a look at the spectacular wildlife reserve of Isola Bella from the top. Upon arrival, spend lunch at your leisure, then re-group to check out the highlights of this unique historical town. From the old-world charm of the ancient Greek t...

    Great tour. Maybe a little less Etna and more Taormina. The honey shop should be skipped and therefor we could have more time in Taormina.

  • Catania: Mount Etna Volcano and Alcantara Park Tour

    8. Catania: Mount Etna Volcano and Alcantara Park Tour

    With an expert guide by your side, discover the Mount Etna volcano, sitting at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. Explore ancient craters, lava flow caves, and admire the breathtaking landscape of the Ionian coast. Enjoy a traditional Sicilian meal and free time time to explore Alcantara Park at your leisure. Dissected by the Alcantara river, Alcantara Park is a location brimming with unique vegetation, lava rock formations, and columnar basalts formed by the icy waters of the Alcantara. During the warm season, cool yourself off by taking a refreshing dip in these pristine waters or just stroll alongside the river.

  • Catania, Isole Ciclopi: Snorkeling Trip

    9. Catania, Isole Ciclopi: Snorkeling Trip

    Meet your guide in Catania and drive along the rocky volcanic coast of the municipality of Aci Castello. Here you will find various diving spots suitable for snorkeling and easily accessible directly from the coast or by using boats. Get equipped with snorkeling equipment all suited to your needs in order to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Begin your underwater adventure and admire the incredible volcanic formations including columnar basalts, corded lavas, and submarine cushion lava floes. Marvel at the colorful flora and marine fauna, learning about the incredible wildlife from your expert marine biologist guide. 

  • Catania: Vendicari, Marzamemi and Noto Day Trip

    10. Catania: Vendicari, Marzamemi and Noto Day Trip

    Meet your local guide and enjoy comfortable air-conditioned transportation from Catania. The first stop will be the Natural Reserve of Vendicari, the most important wildlife oasis in Italy. Discover the beautiful beaches of fine sand and large saltwater marshes. Also, try to spot migratory birds and plant species that grow on the dunes and cliffs. The day continues with a stop in Marzamemi, a small fishing village looking out over the Ionian Sea. Visit the ruins of the Tonnara, an ancient structure used to catch tuna. Be delighted by a profusion of colors, flowers, old buildings and one photogenic spot after the other. Finally, visit Noto, the capital of Sicilian Baroque. Get lost in its charming squares and marvel at its churches, buildings, facades and balconies all heavily adorned in the traditional style.

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What people are saying about Province of Catania

We had a perfect day with Salvo (Salvatore) who was such a friendly and funny guide which a huge knowledge of Etna and its surroundings. We booked the cable car tour to the Etna which costs additional 67 Euros but its very much worth the money, would highly recommend! We also went into a Lava cave and a local Wine, Honey and Olive Oil producer where you can buy these items if you like to. Last stop was Taormina which is one of the most beautiful cities. The ride between these locations was very informative because Salvo is such a passionate Sicilian who really enjoyed our whole group of 8 people from all over the world. Can definitely recommend to book this tour! Thank you Salvo for this great day :-) Greetings from (cold) Duesseldorf!

We really enjoyed the tour! The guides have a lot of information to share about Etna and they speak multiple languages. We stopped off at a few different important sites for an explanation and the chance to take photos. The tour included tasting some local wine, olive oils, and honey which was delicious and we bought some to take home. The tour ended with an impressive view from 2000 metres before heading back to Catania. It really feels like nowhere on Earth!

Perfect choice . Private 4x4 pick up . Us 2 and Rosario (local expert) We wanted to have an unique experience, if you visit the ätna minimum ones in your life. The extra cost for the private tour was worth every cent. Thank you for that highlight of our holidays.

We were lucky enough to witness an eruption of etna during this day which made it fantastic. The route proposed by the guide was clear and accessible to all. Our guide Eduardo was really wonderful with all his explanations that accompanied the excursion

Thank you yo Horacio, a super guide for this tour. We enjoyed to this tour : tasting, history, view and for sur walk on the Etna !! Lucie & Wendie