Etna excursion 3000
Greatest expérience close to the summit of Etna
The most fascinating experience to discover the volcano, Etna guided tours, up to 3000 meters above sea level, right at the base of the main active craters in the summit of Etna. Etna Excursion 3000, a whole day in contact with the volcanic nature of this alive mountain.
Trip to Etna that starts early in the morning with a small group; Etna guided tour, with our English speaking guide, for 7 hours of full immersion on Mount Etna!
An easy hike on hot craters close to the summit. A real volcanic adventure guaranteed for all hikers. Spend a whole day on volcano Etna to discover its history, functioning and its eruptive activity. A qualified mountain leader will explain you all secrets behind volcano Etna.
We offres you a unique experience away from the usual crowd. All cable car and 4x4 Unimog tickets included.
The Etna 3000 excursion
is the ideal choice for an easy hike to the base of the active craters of volcano Etna. We can pick you up at your hotel or at our meeting point by 07:30 with our 4x4 offroad vehicle and have the pleasure to offer you an all-you-can-eat breakfast (coffee, cappuccino, juice and pastries or granita and brioche).
We will drive trough the tipycal volcanic villages of Etna to reach a lava stone quarry and have a better understanding of the different layers of lava that made Etna as the highest active volcano in europe. Continuing the ascent through the lava flow of 1983 and the various evidences of its inexorable passage.
Walk on hot craters very close to the summit
We will reach the sky resort at the South side of Mount Etna, where then by cablecar and 4×4 vehicles called “UNIMOG”, we will reach the 2900 mt of altitude, right at the base of the summit craters. In this area, close to the summit, you will enjoy a group walk with your alpine volcanologist guide around the crater edge of the eruption dated 2002. A unique opportunity to have also a closer look at the summit active craters of Mount Etna with its fumaroles and sulphuric soil, the great caldera "Valle del Bove", theatre of recent eruptions and the panorama of the Mediterranean sea.
Etna tour, keeps on with a pleasant downhill hike on volcanic ash to go and reach an overlooking spot to the wide caldera Valle del Bove, magnificent place where we will have lunch. Once at the base of the hot crater of the 2001 eruption you will have completed the 4 km and you will be free to choose to keep on hiking down and finish the 8 km trek or ending back down by cablecar.
From June 1st to September 30th - Picnic lunch
In order to make the most out of the volcano, lunch at the restaurant will be replaced by a picnic in nature (the price from June 1st to September 30th is: € 140,00 / adult and € 120,00 / child under 12). If you have not been able to prearrange a picnic lunch, along the way we will make a stop in order to let you buy some of the traditional Sicilian products, you will be followed by our guide, who will advise you on the various local specialities. (consider around € 5,00 / person).
From October 1st to May 31st - Lunch at Villa Dorata
Lunch will take place in a charming restaurant called "Villa Dorata", a former princely residence built in 1900. The menu is rich in flavours and essences of the Sicilian tradition: starters, a pasta dish made with traditional Sicilian recipes, dessert, coffee, water, Etna DOC wine. Please tell us in advance if you want a vegetarian menu or else. In winter all excursions may be subject of changes due to weather and snow covers conditions. From early November to late May, due to the presence of snow covers, the ascent and descent to 3000 meters of altitude is achieved only by cable car, no trekking planned.
Caving into a Lava Tube
The visit continue with an easy caving experience into a lava tunnel, a natural conduit formed by flowing lava which moves beneath the hardened surface of a lava flow. Tubes can drain lava from a volcano during an eruption, or can be extinct, meaning the lava flow has ceased, and the rock has cooled and left a long cave.
Tasting of honeys, wines and liqueurs in Zafferana Etnea
If time allows, the excursion will end with a free tasting of Etna's best products as honeys, wines, liqueurs and much more at a local producer in Zafferana Etnea, village of honey makers on the Etna Wine Route.
We organise daily excursions, for your comfort it is also possible to drive to our meeting point with your own vehicle and get on our 4×4 offroad vehicle. We do only make small groups of 12 partecipants at the time, all followed by expert multilanguage mountain leaders. Our excursion starts early in the morning to allow you to fully appreciate the beauty and majesty of the volcano, thanks to carefully chosen itineraries far from the usual crowds.
Volcanoes are places of particular interest, either when they are inactive, with their rough and lunar landscape, and when they are in activity, with fiery scenarios that arouse, together, fear and curiosity. Etna stand-up more than others, for its size and for its almost incessant activity, visible from land and sea, and for its long history that crossed with the ancient Mediterranean civilisations.
- Warm hiking clothes
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Headgear and gloves
- Sturdy hiking boots
- At your hotel between Catane and Taormina ( please confirme-us the correct pick-up address).
- 07h30 at Viagrande. Adresse: Bar Très Joli, Via Aldo Moro, 39, 95029 Viagrande CT
- More pick-up places: quote on demand