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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 27 August 2018 via mobile

Very satisfied with this trip. Ernesto is the best :) very beautiful views. Thumbs up. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

This was a great trip and our guide Ernesto was very knowledgeable about the mount. The pickup & return from our hotel was also a huge convenience that was well appreciated. We would highly recommend this trip to anyone looking to get a good view...More

2  Thank stephenbM1847ZN
Reviewed 31 July 2018

To be able to walk in areas just recently effected by Lady Etna was a fantastic experience. Personally I wasn't as impressed with Ernesto as many other reviewers. He didn't interact much with the group and at times we seemed to be just wandering along...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank billc984
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Our guide Ernesto was easy to contact via WhatsApp and picked us up right around the corner of our hotel room and was perfectly on time. He picked us up in a typical safari vehicle (Land Rover), with which we escaped the city traffic. First...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank luisaaa00000
Reviewed 24 July 2018

This is a really fantastic trip. Ernesto has a huge amount of knowledge about the geology and also wildlife and history of the volcano. He took us to quieter places, away from the crowds. He had all the necessary equipment to keep us safe in...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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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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