Etna tour by helicopter, with volcanological guide
Helicopter tour above Mount Etna
The Etna helicopter tour is a great experience that celebrates one of the major natural treasures of Sicily. If you are looking for a unique experience during your trip in Sicily, flying over the active craters at the summit of Mount Etna will surely meet your desires.
You can appreciate the contrast between the black rock, the clear blue of the Sicilian sky and the deep blue of the Ionian Sea. The majesty of the summit fiery craters and the lunar landscapes admired from the sky will offer a unique sightseeing experience.
At the top of Mount Etna there are 4 large active craters, always smoking. But the surprise is that at lower altitudes there are other craters. Etna is dotted with hundreds of eruptive mouths, it is the testimony of a complex geodynamic activity.
The activity of Etna is almost never-ending, with high plumes of smoke and spectacular lava flows. Volcanic activity often changes the appearance of the great mountain and influences life on the volcano.
The Etna helicopter tour allows you to understand the impact of the volcano on Sicilian territory. Come with us for a great flight tour over Mount Etna!
Helicopter tour highlights:
- Complete tour of the volcano
- View of the Summit Craters
- View of Valle del Bove
This formula has become a real success and is in great demand by enthusiasts of helicopter flight. We do things well, otherwise we don't do them at all.
When do you need to book, how long in advance? To make sure you find a place, it is better to book as soon as possible.
There are 2 options to do the helicopter tour:
Mount Etna group tour
Group flights are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The departure to visit the volcano Etna is scheduled at around 09:00 am, the flight last 30-35 minutes. The cost of this group flight tour is 300€ per person.
Reservations are required with 48 hours advance notice. If the minimum number of participants (min 4 - max 5) will not be reached for the desired day, we will propose you the next available date, otherwise the amount paid will be fully refunded.
Tourist guide on board and transfer service are not included.
Mount Etna private tour: you will have the helicopter at your disposal
Your pilot will follow a tailored tourist itinerary of 30-35 minutes in order to visit the most interesting places of volcano Etna. The cost of the private flight is 1300€.
We advise you to take the tour on the morning from 07:00 a.m. to 09:00 a.m. or in the afternoon two hours before sunset. If there is available space, for an additional fee of 100 € total, an English-speaking volcanologist guide will be on board with you to give explanations.
We can organize the transfer to and from your hotel in Sicily, in luxury vehicle (Mercedes GL or V-Class Extra Long ) with dedicated driver, to join the heliport of Calatabiano, the quote is upon request.
Helicopter Etna tour
This flight over Mount Etna starts from a certified aerodrome nearby Taormina (in Calatabiano) easily accessible, also from Catania.
The flight provides the passage close to the summit craters. The pilot will choose the best itinerary for a safe flight and in order to allow you to see the most beautiful places of the Etna volcano.
During the helicopter tour of Etna, you can admire the magnificent western slope and the famous Valle del Bove, which runs along the eastern slope in the heart of Etna Natural Park.
Private Transfer Service Sicily
Transfers to/from the aerodrome are not included, you can ask for a quotation. We offer several transfer services, our vehicles are equipped with every comfort and are driven by expert drivers with guaranteed efficiency, punctuality and courtesy.
For short or long journeys, you will always be our favourite guest. We will endeavour to meet all your demands throughout Sicily. If you also want to visit the Aeolian Islands in addition to Etna, the flight will last 95 minutes, and the fare is 3.700€.
Our helicopter for flying over Etna is AS 350 Écureuil de Aérospatiale.
Please remind to wear a jacket, it can be cold at altitude, even in summer, and do not forget to bring chewing gum to compensate the change in altitude and keep your ears open. The helicopter comfortably carries a maximum of 5 passengers.
We do not organize short flights of 20-25 minutes, which is not enough to correctly see the volcano. Each passenger will be equipped with a headset to speak to the pilot.
The flight may be affected by weather conditions and volcanic activity. These natural events can alter the normal flight plan.
Booking and payment method:
- Payment must be made in advance by credit card (or by bank transfer: only for European Union countries).
- Please give us your available dates for the flight and the list of participants: forename, surname and nationalities of each passenger.
Cancellation Policy, any cancellation will be subject to the following fees:
- No show or cancellation from 1 to 7 days before the flight: 100% penalty.
- Between 8 and 31 days before the flight: 10% penalty.
- If the weather conditions are unfavorable and you cannot reach or see the Etna summit area, the flight plan will be modified, you will see: Taormina, the Island Bella (Naxos), the Castle of Acicastello and the Cyclops Islands (Acitrezza) or the flight will be postponed to another available day.