This full day journey covers all your Volcano Etna “must do” experiences and more.
This unforgettable Volcanic trip, led by an expert Guide, is an amazing blend of history and culture, set in the splendor of Sicilian’s nature that will change the way you see the island.
Our day begins with convenient pickup locations at most hotels and resorts. If you have not been able to prearrange a picnic lunch, along the way we will make a stop in order to let you get some of the traditionals sicilian products, you will be followed by our guide, who will advise you on the various local products.
As we make our way up towards the South side of Etna we will reach the base of the sky resort where then by cablecar, we move up to 2500 meters of altitude, all long the way you will be able to admire the astonishing panorama over the 1892 eruption with its multiples volcanic cones and in the background, the city of Catania and the long golden sandy beach called “Plaia”. The ascent towards the 3000 meters will be done by 4×4 vehicles called “UNIMOG”. From here the hike begins, it is a moderate difficulty trekking in a dangerous volcanic environment with uneven and rocky terrain. A Volcanologist Guide will lead us up to the very summit, learn about the history and legends of Etna Volcano from a scientific and cultural perspective.
Once back at 2500 meters of altitude by 4x4 UNIMOG, the visit continues with a nice and easy hike (about 1 hour) climbing on the hot crater of 2001 eruption. Lunch, a picnic with typical products of the Sicilian tradition, will take place at the base of the hot crater of 2001 with a magnificent view over the caldera "Valle del Bove".
After lunch we going back to our vehicle by cable car and the visit continue with the exploration of a lava tube, one of the most interesting for length and shape, equipped with helmet and torch you will discover the "dark side" of this beautiful mountain.