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Etna Crossing

A long journey to explore the volcano: from south to north, passing through the summit area.
A unique experience that will let you admire breathtaking landscapes and walk
on lava soils leaving you with unforgettable memories.

179 per person

*Price valid for a minimum of 6 participants **. 
Children 3- 12 y.o.: 10 off!

Babies 0- 2 y.o.: free!

**Do not reach the minimum number of participants or want to customize the tour?
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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 6 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 boots, two pairs of long socks, 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.

Itinerary

Once on-board of our 4×4 jeeps, we will make our way towards Etna’s hill. We will leave the wonderful “Riviera dei limoni” (Lemons’ coast), to approach Etna’s villages. We will then get on the road that leads through the volcano’s slopes, crossing old mulattiere (ancient mule drivers’ roads) and coalmen paths, we are soon at about 1000m altitude where a protected area of 720km² of begins. We also come across cold and dried lava flows, that like black highways, tear the mountainside.

Direction: Etna Park

From the south slope ski station (Rifugio Sapienza), the cableway will bring us from 1800m up to 2500m. From this point, we start our trekking path that runs among the lava flows’ eruptions of 2002. That eruption gave life to the Barbagallo Craters, at 2900m. We continue our walk on lava flows which sprung out from the South East Crater in 2017, towards Summit Craters.

Ascent

Once we reach the top, you will find yourself immersed in a lunar-like landscape: total absence of vegetation, sulphur smell, uninterrupted gas emissions blown by wind, clouds below you, and all around you the neverending skyline. We are on the world’s rooftop. From this point the view is spectacular, in the clearest day you can even see the Aeolian Island, the Calabrian coast and a great part of the Sicilian hinterland.

Top

After the walking on Central Crater edge, we will start descending the North slope. On this path, we will step on rocks shaped by fire, and we will sink our boots in the volcanic sand as well. Walking down sandy canyons, entirely covered by ashes and lapilli, we reach Piano delle Concazze, a wide highland with a peculiar look, where the volcanological Observatory is located (2800m).

Descent

We will stop for a pic-nic once a comfortable area will be found.
Packed lunch is not included in the tour price.
You can bring your own lunch or grab something at the local shops at the beginning of the tour.

Lunch

After the break, we continue to go down until we meet the path which will lead us to the 2002 lava flow’s eruption, the beech forest and lastly to Piano Provenzana, the final step of the excursion, at 1900m.

Descent

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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