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Etna Excursions from Catania

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Highlights
  • 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
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Overview
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. The tour also includes exploration of a lava cave.
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 about 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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were three friends that went on this excursion and we all thought it was the best part of the trip. The tour guides knows everything there is to know about Etna and are very passionate about sharing their knowledge. Highly recommend to try this...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank ndozzi
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide Ernesto was great! He was Knowledgeable and friendly, we were able to see some amazing views. At the end he helped us with some really good recommendations for local food. Would highly recommend to anyone considering a trip to Mount Etna.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Nadezhda A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our guide Ernesto was lovely - friendly, knowledgeable about geology, passionate about Etna (shared interesting facts and stories all day round). He adjusted the pace and difficulty of climbing according to the group and constantly checked if everyone is well. Quite the highlight - we...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great trip ! We hiked on mount Etna (climbing the first portion is a bit rougher) and saw the spectacular volcanic landscape and the interesting vegetation. We saw the huge caldera filled with solidified lava, the larger craters above covered in snow...More

Thank Vlad N
Reviewed 18 May 2019

Bravo! Taormina and Siracusa are both magnificent towns with fascinating architecture, extraordinary views, and, in the case of Siracusa, amazing Greco/Roman ruins. Our Etnatribe guide, Georgia Lembo, was terrific. She was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, fun, and is an amazing driver,able to navigate the most difficult...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from guice g | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry I can not help you with that question as I am not aware of a cable car that will take you to Mount Etna from the port.. There is a cable car that will take you from the 2000 meter level on Mt Etna to the 3200... More
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Response from MatthewA689 | Reviewed this property |
I think they mean any hotel in central catania. You just have to call Ernesto and let him know where you are staying and he'll pick you up.
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