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Summit Craters 3300mt:Guide Service+Cable car+jeep(one way)from Rifugio Sapienza

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Nicolosi, Italy

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Overview

Most Mt. Etna excursions stop at the Silvestri Craters on the lava-covered slopes, but with this exclusive tour you can reach the top of Europe’s highest active volcano with a volcanologist guide. Take a cable car and off-road vehicle to Torre del Filosofo and then continue on foot about a mile (2 kilometers) to the summit craters. Learn about the volcano’s history from your guide and enjoy sweeping views over the coastline.
  • A rare opportunity to climb to the summit craters of Mt. Etna
  • Learn about Sicily’s active volcano with a volcanologist guide
  • Take in views from an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,250 meters)
  • Helmets and trekking poles provided for a safe hike
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Licensed Volcano Guide
Trekking sticks
Helmets
Insurance in case of accidents
Cable car (round trip) from 1900 mt to 2500 mt + Jeep 4x4 (one way) from 2500 mt to 2900 mt
Lunch
Bottled water
Transport service from your accommodation
Hat and gloves (during autumn, winter and spring)

Departure Point

Esagonal, Piazzale Funivia Etna Sud, 95030 Nicolosi CT, Italy

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This type of itinerary, in relation to the type, is suited to people in good physical health, not suffering from particular diseases (breathing ones, or hypertension).
  • The excursion could be subjected to variations at the discretion of the Guides, or it could be interrupted in case of changes of the environmental, climatic or volcanic conditions, so as to undermine the safety of the entire group.
  • For the success of the excursion and for its correct carrying out, it’s good to know perfectly your health conditions and, if necessary, let the Guide know about them, in order to reduce the occurrence of any problems and to avoid any risks.
  • The excursion will be carried out according to the limits established by the ordinance in force published by the competent authorities in case of volcanic explosions, the volcano guides must respect it. In this case the guides must stop where it is still safe to arrive for the safety of the entire group.
  • The route consists of the ascent and the walking along the crater edges, this may cause dizziness to susceptible individuals.
  • We recommend not to use contact lens, because of the exhaled volcanic gases and of ash. This last one could easily cause problems, if pushed.
  • The trekking requires a discrete preparation on a physical level. Being a path that develops at high altitude, it will be easy to accuse symptoms of fatigue. It is required attention, since it is a volcanic active area, subjected to constant gaseous exhalations and composed by a soil constituted by inconsistent and unstable rocks.
  • Without adequate shoes you are not covered by insurance.
  • Pregnant women who have passed the third month of pregnancy are not allowed to take part to any excursion activity.
  • Because of the continuous and unpredictable evolution of the volcanic activity, the excursions could undergo variations, or, in extreme cases, be cancelled, at the discretion of the guide for safety reasons.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Guide Vulcanologiche Etna Nord

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Summit Craters 3300mt:Guide Service+Cable car+jeep(one way)from Rifugio Sapienza?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Summit Craters 3300mt:Guide Service+Cable car+jeep(one way)from Rifugio Sapienza.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Summit Craters 3300mt:Guide Service+Cable car+jeep(one way)from Rifugio Sapienza?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Summit Craters 3300mt:Guide Service+Cable car+jeep(one way)from Rifugio Sapienza.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Summit Craters 3300mt:Guide Service+Cable car+jeep(one way)from Rifugio Sapienza?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Summit Craters 3300mt:Guide Service+Cable car+jeep(one way)from Rifugio Sapienza.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Summit Craters 3300mt:Guide Service+Cable car+jeep(one way)from Rifugio Sapienza?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Summit Craters 3300mt:Guide Service+Cable car+jeep(one way)from Rifugio Sapienza.

Traveler Tips


  • "Strongly recommend this tour for a once in a life experience on MT Etna!" See review

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Close ups of Mt Etna
Chris
, Sep 2020
The trip provided everything I'd hoped for. I saw the current active main crater exploding lava bombs into the sky and heard them too. We were also taken to see all the recent volcanic activity like craters and lava flows.
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MT Etna hike
Madalina
, Sep 2020
We were a group of 6 friends and we enjoyed very much the tour. We thought the hike was done at a very good pace to accommodate for everyone in the group, with plenty of breaks where our knowledgeable guide Nikos gave us detailed explanations regarding the history and formations of the volcano. Strongly recommend this tour for a once in a life experience on MT Etna!
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Unique Etna experience
Anna_B
, Aug 2020
Fantastic tour, so well organised from start to finish. Really clear instructions on where to join and what was / wasn’t included. You have to pay 50 euros per person for the cable car and jeep on top of the tour fee but you pay this to the tour guide on arrival and they sort everything out. So it’s hassle free. Also the guides kit you out with really good boots, jackets and helmets before you go up. It was great to go up Etna so early in the morning - we felt like we were the first group up. The guide, Nikos, was excellent, well paced, stops just when needed and interesting explanations of the volcanic activity. It’s an amazing feeling when you first walk over the crater edge and have the first view inside. I would say this is not an easy walk. Probably 10K all in all and some tough uphill zigzags and downhill skidding. We have an 11 year old and he managed fine though (better than his parents)! We arrived back down at the foot of the cable car around 3pm. A fabulous and unique experience. Highly recommended.
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Excellent excursion
James_H
, Aug 2020
The tour was very well organised and Nikos was a great guide. They made us feel safe at all times and shared lots of information about the volcano and the different craters. Would highly recommend.
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A memory for life
Suzanne
, Aug 2020
This tour was more than expected! Nicos, our english speaking guide, was wery knowlegdable and helpful/kind. He explained a lot about voulcanic activity and guided us well to cool viewpoints throughout the trip. The vulcano was super impressive, and this was definitly worth the time and money. The best part of my trip to Sicily. Just a small note: 5 hours is not the case. From the meeting-time at 08.30 it took about 6,5 hour until we were down at the parking lot again.
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Amazing tour and great guide
Anna
, Jul 2020
Highly recommended tour, where you have a chance to reach the 3300m and see more than in many of the other Etna tours. We had a good weather, so the views were fantastic and our volcanologist guide was very knowledgable and passionate about the volcano. We walked around 10,5km and almost 5h in the mountains. Would recommend wearing sports clothes and long pants as you will get some sand in your shoes on the way down, but it's lots of fun as well.
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A beautiful and interesting day
MarkZ756
, Nov 2019
Everything was well organized. Received messages a day before with all the necessary info. Guide Daniele was excellent. He really could explain everything so it was understandable and interesting.
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Mt Etna tour
muppy53
, Oct 2019
Interesting, informative and wonderful experience. Hard to describe the sensation of being so high and hearing the wind whistle throughout the walk - you just gotta go! Pack lunch- whatever you bring tastes even better eating outdoors and after the hardest part. Wear sturdy boots/ otherwise you'll have to rent theirs (only 5 E) pack lightweight gloves to help with hanging onto lava rock when needed for balance.
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great tour with great Guide's but there is a caveat
SteffenSch80
, Oct 2019
well organized tour, Guide's were great and fulfilled our expectations. our Guide for the english party expalined a lot and gave us a good impression about the Etna history. But there is a caveat as the tour description tells an excursion to the top of Mount Etna 3300 meters...well...since last eruption in July 2019 the top of mount Etna is closed due to constant activity. We got a whatsapp at evening before the tour - and after free cancelation deadline - telling because of explosions we go as high as possible: 3000m in my opinion this is not fair to the customers offering a tour to 3300m by knowing the area is closed and just sending a note such short before the tour. we passed a "road closed" barrier with the comment being kind of illegal on track now. And that barrier lasted not since a day... @Guide Vulcanologiche Etna Nord: be fair and inform @any interessed: inform about accessibility to / activity of Etna
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Steffen. We are glad that you enjoyed our tour and thanks for your review . In our trip advisor profile is possible to read the “supplementary informations” (we are the only ones to write it) and we have written : “The excursion will be carried out according to the limits laid down by the ordinance in force published by the competent authorities in case of volcanic explosions”. All the volcano guides have to respect these rules of course. The Italian law provides that these professional figures are the only ones qualified to lead groups on the active volcanoes that’s means that our guides may pass the “road closed” it’s their responsibility, but they have to observe the volcanic activity each moment and if it persist or is lower then the previous hours or days logically they prefer to go as hight as possible (3050-3100-3200 mt it may vary according to the volcanic activity) just to satisfy our customers. Naturally if one volcanic activity is over without any risks for everyone we may reach the top every day without problems , but safety first.
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Very memorable experience
yipper1958
, Oct 2019
Our guide, Daniel, who has so much knowledge of Etna, is the reason I would recommend tour. Weather was excellent so our views were amazing. The trek was manageable for someone with no experience in such an area although Daniel was good to reassure when I was a little nervous. Everyone in our group had questions that Daniel could answer easily. Best excursion on our trip to Sicily.
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