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Etna Excursions from Catania provided by Etna Guided Tours

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Etna Excursions from Catania

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 06/15/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Large bus tours usually take visitors to the Etna visitor center and easily accessible craters, but this tour offers a small, personalized exploration of other parts of the mountain. Travel in a 4WD vehicle or minivan to areas inaccessible by larger transport, and visit the Valle del Bove, a canyon-like depression with an interesting landscape, and the Silvestri Craters. The tour also includes exploration of a lava cave.
  • You'll start at
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    Mount Etna
    Stop: 5 hours
    To admire the fascinating landscape of the Valle del Bove depression and it's moon like desert from where we will have a breathtaking view of the smoking craters of Mount Etna and the surrounding landscapes facing the lonian sea.
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  • You'll end at
    Catania, Province of Catania, Italy
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  • Hike through the Vale del Bove, a striking, lesser-known geological area
  • Travel in a smaller vehicle to reach areas of Etna that are inaccessible to larger transport
  • Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on a small-group tour
  • Round-trip transportation from Catania
What to Expect
Begin with pickup at a central Catania hotel in a 4WD vehicle or minivan and set off for Etna. Arrive at the volcano and drive up to 6,560 feet (2,000 meters) above sea level. Your vehicle takes you to areas inaccessible to large transport. Then, take a moderate hike through the Valle del Bove, a horseshoe-shaped depression more than 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) deep. See the moon-like desert and the surrounding landscapes facing the Ionian Sea. Your guide tells you about the geology of the local area. Afterward, don a helmet and explore a lava tube. Finally, make the journey back to Catania and get dropped off at your original departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Catania, Province of Catania, Italy
6h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local, professional guide
  • Environmental guide hiking certified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Insurance
  • Use of helmet
  • Equipment if requested at time of booking
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The program of the excursion may be subject to changes. (Adverse weather conditions, as well as restrictions on access to the volcano by the competent authorities)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Egle wrote a review Aug 2020
3 contributions
Had a perfect time. Ernesto picked us from B&B from Catania. Both Marcus and Ernesto were very experienced and professional guides making sure every member of the tour were safe. Marcus told a lot historical information about Etna, also explained how volcanos work. Nor
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Date of experience: August 2020
Evy H wrote a review Feb 2020
Moscow, Russia549 contributions118 helpful votes
We had a wonderful trip. Ernesto met us near our accomodation, we picked up some sandwiches and then drove to the trailhead. Ernesto provided hiking poles and gear so it was great since we usually dont use hiking poles to hike but you will feel much better on the volcano with
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Chad Holmes wrote a review Jan 2020
Houston, Texas1 contribution
Ernesto met us at our hotel and provided us with a solid day's experience viewing different aspects of Mount Etna and eventually hiking one of the craters. We were concerned about the possible language barrier since we only speak English, but Ernesto took care of us and made
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Date of experience: December 2019
Emma G wrote a review Jan 2020
9 contributions
I am myself from Catania and already had similar experience, but I can sincerely say that this is surely the best tour offered on the Aetna! Super reliable and expert guide, great value for money, very efficient organisation, totally customisable trips and unforgettable moments
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Date of experience: December 2019
Cosmin C wrote a review Dec 2019
16 contributions
We spent 6-7 hours with Marco and Ernesto on out day trip to Etna. Both were very funny and informative.
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Response from Ernesto M, Owner at Etna Excursions from Catania
Responded Dec 21, 2019
Thanks you Cosmin, Great time! All the best Ernesto
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

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Ruta S
Great tour, good company
Ernesto was very knowledgeable, friendly and made us laugh :) it was a great excursion, we did not go where all the
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Marce L
Excellent trip with amazing tour guide!
We were picked up by Marco from our hotel early in the morning and the atmosphere was great! Marco was very friendl
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best journey with best guide :)
I was there at end of may 2017. Views was awsome! Guide know many stories and for our group much more that we expec
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Amazing Etna
Marco, our guide picked us up from the B&B. he is very experienced and knowledgeable about the volcano. He has gear
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Linda R
Great trip on Etna
Great trip. Quite difficult terrain as there was still snow on some of the paths and coming back down was tricky on
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Walk the Unique Walk
If you are able to walk and enjoy nature. you will see a different nature and a different walk, even if you have do
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Due to physical problem, Ernesto had to organize an alternative program, what he did with best skills and great variety.
We spent some most interesting hours together with Ernest and Marco. The highlight was without any doubts "la calde
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Sam O
Fab trip to Mount Etna area
Did the half day experience and lucky enough to have Marco as our tour guide. His English was excellent and geologi
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Great Hiking
this tour was recommended by our b&b. We don't like tours and were very skeptical. Happily we were proven wrong!!!!
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Highly recommended
We had a tour with young children and it was great. We all loved it. The service is very professional (material, s
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Worth the effort
We had a really good all-day trek. We learned a lot about volcanos but not in a boring way. Our guide was suitably
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Bradley K
Fantastic guide, and amazing place
Fantastically awe inspiring place, made even more impressive by Our guides great knowledge and clear passion to sho
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Great experience!
A wonderful day thanks to Ernesto's professional comments and his deep knowledge of the region and volcanoes in gen
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One of the best trips I have ever experienced, thoroughly worth every penny! Ernesto is the best guide ever, he rea
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Relaxed and well balanced etna trip
Ernesto picked us up at our holiday address and made it a very enjoyable day for us and the children in the group.
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Key Details
  • Duration: 6h 30m
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English, French, Italian
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