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Etna 2700mt Excursion

Our expert guide will lead you and reveal all those secrets that only those who live every day on the volcano can know. You will spend a whole day at the safety altitude between 2500 and 2700 m above sea level. And in the afternoon he will show you a fascinating lava cave and the remains of a house buried by lava.

● Meeting Point cableway 85€ p.p.
● Pick up Giarre (SP gas station) 115€ p.p.
● Pick up in Hotel 125€ p.p.

*The cable car ticket is included in the tour price.
Children under 12 pay € 10 less! Children under 3 years free!

Why should I choose Etnaway

Because we offer the best services for you:
– Small groups max 12 pax.
– Authorised guides with great knowledge and multiple languages skills.
– Authorised experienced drivers.
– Authorised and fully insured cars.
– Walkie-talkie in each car to keep safe and in communication.
– Full insurance during the whole tour.

Itinerary
8 amHeading towards south Etna, Sapienza shelter.
9 amArriving at Sapienza shelter, cable station.
9:30 amGetting from 1900 to 2500 mt above sea level, through the cable.
10:00 pmTrekking on the craters: Montagnola, Cono piano del lago (2001), Cisternazza, looking above the Bove Valley, getting back.
12:30 pmAccording to the weather, we will have a picnic at the panoramic spot above the valley. (If all of you prefer, you can request lunch at restaurant/shelter*).
1:30 pmHoney, pastes, liquor tasting
1:45 pmGetting back from 2500 to 1900 mt through the cable.
2 pmlunch at restaurant or shelter at your own costs (if we did not have the picnic previously)
3 pmVisiting lava flow cave and a house buried by lava.
4:00/4:30 pmHeading back to the hotel
*The time table is subject to change.
*Before getting on the cable we will get plenty of local food. You can choose whatever you prefer, from sandwiches to Sicilian specialities to take away.

Tour option with pick up
If you choose the pick up option from your hotel or the meeting point:
You will benefit from our guide’s knowledge during the journey on a safe and comfortable transport.
The expert English speaking guide will share with you the basic information about the creation of Etna, the most active volcano of the entire Eurasian plaque.dc
The guide will show you how the volcano effects customs and traditions of the local people living around it.
You will travel on a safe and comfortable off road 6 seater Toyota, Nissan or Mitsubishi, or on a 7 seater Mercedes minivan.
– Full NCC license cars.
– Authorised and professional
driver.
– English speaking guide.

 

Cable square option
If you have chosen to meet us at the square in front of Sapienza shelter, you will already be at 1900 mt a.s.l., right inside the protected UNESCO site called “Etna natural Park”.
Here you will meet our guide and by cable you will reach 2500 mt a.s.l., where the trekking begins.

Meeting Point

Leaving the arrival station of the cable car we will see the summit craters, and with our expert guide we will visit the craters of the eruptions of 1762, 2001, 1792, we will walk on cooled lava flows and we will face the Valle del Bove¹.
We will walk on lava fields, craters and lava flows of various ages and colors, on an alternation of sometimes harsh and irregular soils, other times soft and sandy.

¹The Valle del Bove is a depression, about a kilometer deep and an extension of about 35 sq km, almost unique in its kind that allows you to recognize the ancient layers of the volcanic building.

Trekking

Arriving at the lookout of the Valle del Bove we will stop for a picnic break *,
with the wonderful view of the summit craters, the Bocca Nuova crater and the South East crater, the fantastic panorama of the Bove valley and the whole side of the volcano, framed by the cerulean background of the Mediterranean sea.**

* (you will be able to get supplies from the dealers at the cable car square before departure),
** if the weather conditions do not allow a stop for a picnic lunch break at the viewpoint of the Valle del Bove, or at the request of the group, lunch can be made at the refuge / restaurant).

Lunch

If you like you can enjoy a food tasting of typical Etna products such as honey, pistachio, almonds or hazelnut paste, sun dried tomatoes, olives and mushrooms paste etc.

Etna’s honeys, pastes and liquors tasting

Let’s deeply penetrate in the heart of the wood to discover what’s hiding below the volcanic hard surface. Suddenly a crevice in the ground appears by our eyes: one of the about 190 Etna lava flow caves. We start our underground adventure: leaving the surface, we enter into the mountain deepness to discover its most hidden secrets, visiting a lava flow cave¹.

¹These lava tubes are created during eruptions, through the flowing of the incandescent lava, still fluid, between 700 and 1100 °C (1292 – 2012 °F).

Lava flow cave

After a lengthy exploration of Mt. Etna and after having satisfied our senses, we will have reached the end of our adventure together. Once down, we will cross the Etna Park again (Parco dell’Etna), and, going through antique lava flows, we will be going back home, tired but happy. See you on the next adventure!

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Info
  • Pick up time

    About 8 a.m., to be agreed upon during the booking confirmation.

  • Pick up location

    Pick up at your hotel or agreed place (Catania, Acireale, Giarre, Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Letojanni or close areas).

  • Drop off time

    About 5 p.m.

  • Included services

    Jeep 4x4;
    Authorised English tour guide (volcano guides, touristic guides, hiking guides AIGAE-GRE in possession of BLSD certification);
    Insurance;
    Pick up/drop off at your location;
    Ticket for transportation up to 2800 m (the ascent slope will be chosen according to the logistics);
    Equipment: Helmets and torches;
    Typical products tasting, such as honey, liquors, creams;
    Hiking sticks and baby car seats will be available if requested in advance.

  • Not included services

    Anything not specified in the "Included services"

  • Extra cost services by request

    You can rent other equipment (shoes, jackets, etc.) by requesting it in advance paying an extra fee.

  • We advice

    Trekking or running shoes, proper clothes depending on the season, the weather conditions and to the altitude: during winter season we recommend snow clothing (hat and gloves essential), during summer season you should wear a wind jacket, a hat and bring sunscreen. Bring some water, some lunch, a snack, and don't forget your camera!

  • Important communications

    Tell us in advance about any special needs or health issues, such as allergies, heart disease, pressure problems, walking difficulties, handicaps.
    We will do our best to let you enjoy the tour to its full extent. Hiking at this altitude is not permitted to women over 3 months pregnant.
    Thank you!

    The tour could be modified or interrupted by the guide, in case of dangerous weather or volcanic conditions that may undermine everyone safety.

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