Etna Hiking

Etna Hiking (half day)

Etna Hiking Hd (Half Day) includes itineraries with walking on undemanding paths, within about 10 km of walking (3/4 hours). This excursion is suitable for those who are in good health and used to walking. Our guides will accompany you to discover the less touristic places and the most fascinating glimpses of the UNESCO World Heritage volcano. You will discover that Etna is not just lava and eruptions. Nature on Europe’s largest active volcano has created real wonders.

It will be a gratification for your senses: the view, with the great views. The sense of smell, with the scents of the woods and endemic plants. Hearing, with the sound of footsteps or roars, if the volcano erupts. These are just some of the emotions that can be enjoyed with trekking on Etna.

Technical overview

  • Period: All year.
  • Daily departures
  • Jeep 4×4 (8 pax).
  • Private tour (Guide & vehicle in exclusive) on request with supplement.
  • Meeting point:  Trecastagni (Catania)
  • Pickup from Catania or Taormina (area) hotel with supplement
  • Timing: 8.30- 15.30 / 15.30 – 20.00
  • Difficulty: Medium.
  • Altitude: MT. 2000
  • Duration :  5 hours.
  • Languages: English, Italy, French, Spanish.

Tour Program

ITINERARY 1 | ETNA EAST – VALLE DEL BOVE

The most recommended route in case of good weather conditions is to reach the Valle del Bove, a spectacular and gigantic depression of several kilometers in which most of the Etna eruptions converge, from which it will be possible to enjoy the panorama of the summit craters from a privileged position and in case of eruptions it is often possible to admire volcanic activity. Depending on the preparation of the participants, the guide will decide the difficulty and length of the route.

Main itineraries: Schiena dell’asino(7 km A / R) or Serracozzo (9 km A / R).  

With winter snow or with any dog in tow, the itinerary will be carried out in Val Calanna (lower Bove valley).

The Ne Etna side is characterized by a landscape rich in lateral craters, including the eruptive vents of 2002 which devastated the ski resort of Piano Provenzana and many other fractures whose lava reached the Etna villages of the same side.

You will be struck by the alternation of dense pine and beech woods with black and barren lava fields. The route is of medium difficulty and for the more trained it may involve passing through a volcanic cave.

The west side of the volcano has remained the wildest side since it is further away from the Etna tourist centers, but this is not the least fascinating.

For lovers of trekking in nature it will be a very interesting experience to follow paths that will lead you within a dense vegetation, ancient and recent lava flows and on the edge of lateral craters that will allow a breathtaking, wide-ranging view of the Simeto valley, the Sicilian hinterland and the town of Bronte. Yes, he is, the territory of the Pistachio that grows on the roughness of the lava.

The itinerary follows the first stretch of the Etna high mountain track, a forest path that goes around the volcano for 3/4. Despite the beauty of the places and the wide panoramas that the route offers, it is not very popular for tourists except by trekkers and mostly by cyclists. Based on the preparation of the participants, the guide will be able to close some more or less wide rings to visit some of the volcano’s most interesting volcanic caves, reachable with old mule tracks built on lava stone.

The south side hosts the famous tourist resort of Rifugio Sapienza and the Etna cableway, but not only. The area is also interesting for the volcanic landscape or also called “lunar“.

Craters, expanses of sand and volcanic rock will not disappoint the eyes of hikers, especially in summer it will be possible to admire the blooms of the Etna endemic flora that turns from the white of the chickweed, to the pink of soapstone and to the yellow of the senecio and the tansy.

In case of snow we will move further downstream to visit practicable areas such as the forest ring of the mouths of 1886.

Rates

Invdividual prices Supplements
Adults€ 70
Child (4 – 13 years)€ 35
Private Tour (exclusive Jeep)€ 100
Light lunch + glass of wine€ 20
Wine tasting light (4 wines + sicilian specialties)€ 30
Wine tasting full ( 5 wines + sicilian specialties) € 40
Supplement pick-up from Catania hotel (per person)€ 15
Supplement pick-up from Taormina hotel (per person)€ 30

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