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Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters

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Enjoy an adventurous day on Mount Etna. Catch the cable car and a special 4x4 vehicle to a height of 1.7 miles to the base of the summit craters and then hike 1.2 miles on a lunar landscape.


  • See the base of the summit crater
  • Visit Mount Etna at two different altitudes of 2000 meters and 2750 meters
  • Enjoy a lunch of typical street food products and Etna DOC wine
  • Take a trek on the South side of Etna to visit a volcanic cave
  • Reach the highest possible altitude while visiting the volcano with a guide


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.


Transportation in a Jeep or minibus from Catania Guide Cable car ticket 4x4 unimog ticket Trekking with a geologist, volcanologists, or agronomists Picnic, water, and wine Equipment, if required Insurance

Important Information

  • 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

Easy cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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