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Etna Excursions from Catania

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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
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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.
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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 23 November 2018

We reached Mt. etna when there was gog and rainy conditions. Hence could not have a good view of the colcano. You must preferably travel when the weather is clear.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

The tour was good and the company of people was great but I was disappointed that the highest we reached was 1900 m, while we could have gone till 2500 m. It wasn't even high enough to see the smoky tip of the volcano. If...More

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Ernesto M, Guest Relations Manager at Etna Guided Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2018

Mt Etna is an active volcano that means different state of alert for the visitors. You can well understand that the highest altitude reached the day of the tour was the incontestable discretion of the Guide according with the forecast of the weather and the...More

Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

It was fun ! Easy Communication, pick up near my Hotel in a Land Rover , Ernesto is a friendly, relaxed and helpful guy. The Tour depends on weather, activity of the mountain and the group! We Made a stop to Get some good Sandwich...More

1  Thank Dennis87nrw
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Go and see the incredibly beautiful view on 3000m high. If you can wee it on your own, do it ! We had to follow the group and couldn't enjoy the view enough.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Fantastic trip. Loved every minute of it. Stunning views. Great company with Ernesto and the rest of our tour group. Highly recommend.

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18 February 2019|
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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