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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 5 May 2019

We booked the trip through the internet. Our guide Ernesto contacted us a few days before the trip and then on the evening before to let us know where he would pick us up in the next morning. Before we headed to the Etna, there...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Kai T
Reviewed 21 April 2019 via mobile

My boyfriend and I specifically booked this trip over others as I wanted to go inside a lava cave and this trip was supposed to include this. Unfortunately we didn’t do this which was very disappointing for me as it was the only reason I...More

Date of experience: April 2019
4  Thank Danielle T
Reviewed 29 March 2019

Well organised trip, informally facilitated by our airbnb host. One phone call to Ernesto, who was very welcoming and flexible, did the trick. Very clear about what was included in the fee. Clear updates through whatsapp before pick-up (where, when). Had gear for us (shoes,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank smattys
Reviewed 28 March 2019

My other half and myself booked this tour through the person we rented from. It was 49 euro each. The tour guide,Natasha and her partner picked us up about 08.45 from outside out hotel. We then travelled to Mount Etna, on the way we stopped...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank JoeDamian
Reviewed 27 November 2018

Salvo was a great guide and we had a great day exploring Mt. Etna. The conditions were great and so we able to ascend to over 3,000 meters.

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
15 October 2018|
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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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