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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 16 July 2013

Ernesto was a great guide. He knew very much about Mt Etna and took us to some special places (incl. a lava cave and good photo spots) and provided good hiking shoes. In short: four amazing hours spend on a very special place! Tip: take...More

Date of experience: August 2012
Thank Jerseystone
Reviewed 8 July 2013

Ernesto was a brilliant guide, and gave us so much information about Mt Etna. He took us to a lava tunnel which you would not have known existed otherwise. His knowledge on the mountain and its surrounds was outstanding. We were in a five person...More

Date of experience: June 2013
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

A few friends and I flew down to Catania not really knowing what to expect. We heard of Mount Etna but nothing beyond that. At the last minute, we all decided we wanted to see the volcano, to have a real adventure. Marco's Etna Trekking...More

Date of experience: May 2013
Thank Justin G
Reviewed 20 May 2013

We went with our 2 teenagers trekking on the slopes of Mount Etna with Ernesto & Marco. The whole family loved it. The knowledge of the area of the 2 guides is exceptionnal. They have unlimited enthusiasm and passion. We enjoyed going off the beaten...More

Date of experience: May 2013
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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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