Etna Jeep Safari

Experience the thrill of crossing the off-road roads of Etna on a 4×4 jeep driven by expert nature guides. You will walk around the beautiful paths of the Etna Park, to appreciate landscapes of extraordinary beauty. Equipped with helmet and lights for speleologist, you will discover what is hidden inside the volcano exploring the lava tubes, lava flow caves excavated from the passage of lava during eruptions.

Technical overview

  • Period: all year.
  • Daily departures.
  • Jeep 4×4 not for exclusive use (max 8 places/each).
  • Private tour (Guide & vehicle in exclusive) on request with supplement.
  • Meeting point:  Trecastagni (Catania).
  • Pickup from Catania or Taormina (area) hotel with supplement.
  • Timing 9 – 13.30 AM (from meeting point) – 08 – 13.30 AM (from hotel).
  • Low difficulty level. Also suitable for children.
  • Altitude: MT 2000.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 mins.
  • Languages spoken: English, French, Italian, Spanish.

TOUR PROGRAM

Historical Lava Flows

The lava flows that descend along the sides of the volcano even for many kilometers are the most impressive manifestations of the Etna volcano. Over the centuries there have been hundreds, some have even reached the sea! On board our 4×4 vehicles we will plow the dark scoriaceous surfaces of ancient and recent lava flows and we will let you touch the transformation of these volcanic rocks from an apparently sterile surface to one of the most fertile in the world.

“Valle del Bove” is a huge natural amphitheater that covers almost the entire eastern side of the volcano. Its walls are up to 800/1000 meters high. Within this “valley” most of the Etna lava flows flow together, making it a place of raw beauty, so from its edges, a panoramic point of passage for many of our excursions on the volcano, it is often possible to admire volcanic activity.

Etna is very rich in volcanic caves, over 250 known ones, which were formed due to the thickening of the lava due to the solidification of the outermost layer of the eruptive flow in contact with the air. Once the cooling is complete, the extraordinary morphologies connected to the passage of the fluid and incandescent lava remain visible: remelting stalactites, bubbles, shelves, rolls and more. We will provide you with lights and helmets to visit, going down inside, a fascinating volcanic cave in order to understand some truly unique and interesting dynamics.

The lateral craters are cones normally generated along eruptive fractures at even low altitudes, due to the accumulation of volcanic slags in the same point for the duration of the eruption (therefore days / months). Etna has about 250 along its sides and their number is increasing since almost every eruption these cones are formed upstream of the lava flow. They are on average about 100 meters high and from their top you can have a privileged overview of the surrounding area having almost the sensation of flying. We will let you experience the thrill of climbing some of these craters from the relevant altitude of about 2000 meters.

If in addition to the natural and landscape aspects, you are also interested in the specialties that the area offers, you can plan a visit to a farm selected by us for a tasting of typical products, included in the quotas and without purchase obligation.

Rates

Individual prices Supplements
Adults € 59
Children (4/13 years)€ 35
Light lunch + glass of wine€ 20
Wine tasting light (4 wines + sicilian specialties)€ 30
Wine tasting full ( 5 wines + sicilian specialties)€ 40
Private tour (private vehicle & guide)€ 100
Supplement pick-up from Catania hotel (per person)€ 15
Supplement pick-up from Taormina hotel (per person)€ 30

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