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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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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 18 July 2018

As others have written below, Ernesto is best guide. He led us to the spot with fantastic view which other group tourists could never reach. We could enjoyed the trekking better owing to his specific knowledge about Etna volcano. Also, he was a expert. When...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

Ernesto was an amazing guide :) Everything was organized, he had extra gear for anyone who needs it. Even though we were supposed to make the tour with another group, he took us on our own to experience everything that smaller childer couldn't do. Amazing...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

Excellent trip with a great guide. Ernesto is knowledgeable and extremely helpful. We did a very memorable walk. Highly recommended!!

1  Thank WanderML
Reviewed 16 June 2018

We went on this trip from Catania, with EtnaTribe. The company was recommended by our hotel and we are happy to recommend them, too. Our guide, Enso, collected us from our hotel at 8.30 and it was like travelling with a knowledgeable friend. He spoke...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank JANET T
Reviewed 14 June 2018

Our trip was outstanding. Ernesto picked us up in a small truck and the other 6 hikers at their respective hotels then we headed up to the mountain. Absolutely gorgeous hike on a giant trail. Only 5 or 6 km total but takes several hours...More

Date of experience: May 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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