At almost 11,000 feet, Mount Etna is the highest active volcano in Europe and a World Heritage Site since June 2013!
Its eruptions represent a significant threat to human property and dwellings due to the frequency of eruptions on the flanks, sometimes at low elevation and thus close to inhabited areas.
On our full day trip to Etna, you will travel by luxury car to reach the cable car station at 2000 meters a.s.l.(7000 feet).
As you go up your expert driver will entertain you with commentary about the history and the geological features of Etna and will point out ancient lava flows such as the 1992 one. The scenic road to reach the cable car area runs through spectacular vineyards, amazing alpine vegetation and small beatifull medieval villages recently threatened by the fury of the volcano.
Once we reach the 2000 meter line, we will walk around some extinct craters and get ready for an easy to moderate trek, suitable for families with children as well.
The ascension starts with a cable car and continues with special off-road busses that will take you all the way up to the summit where lunar landscape and stunning views will take your breath away. At this point you can start the trek near the impressive Central and South-East craters accompanied by expert guides who will get you as close as safety regulations allows to recent lava flows. After returning from the climb you'll have time to look at the souvenir shops, relax over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and savor a typical Sicilian lunch in one of the eateries and great restaurants.
Don't miss the chance to explore Sicily’s iconic volcano on this private tour with us.
Located near the east coast of the island of Sicily, Mount Etna is 10,900 feet tall and has four distinct summit craters. It is one of the world’s most active and iconic volcanoes and an outstanding example of ongoing geological processes and volcanic landforms. Its exceptional volcanic activity has been documented by humans for at least 2,700 years – making it one of the world's longest documented records of historical volcanism. Today Mount Etna is one of the best-studied and monitored volcanoes in the world and continues to influence volcanology, geophysics and other earth science disciplines. The volcano has a substantial environmental impact on the local area. Indeed, the Etna region is one of the most prosperous and densely populated parts of Sicily. This derives in large measure from the ample water supply from the porous lavas and the fertile volcanic soils. It is one of Sicily's main tourist attractions, with thousands of visitors every year, and one of the most important wine producing areas in the world.