Every effort is made to provide the tour as described below, however the itinerary may change due to situation beyond our control.
Today you are greeted at Catania port and driven to the Etna Natural Park-South Side (Rifugio Sapienza) a beautiful Volcano rich in sounds, perfumes, and colors. On arrival, those interested in experiencing the Etna craters will have the opportunity to explore the Silvestri Craters and also the option to ascent to the top (by Funivia dell’Etna Cable car company) purchasing cable car tickets (Cable Car Fee: not included) on the spot (weather and volcanic conditions permitting) to experience the lava fields and incredible landscape view from Europe’s highest and most active volcano.
How to Ascent to the TOP?
You can ascent to the top in two ways: up to 2.500 meters or you can continue the trip up to 2.920 meters:
AAA: how to ascent to the top up to 2.500 meters
from Rifugio Sapienza we can catch on the first cable car ride (Cable Car fee: around eur 30,00 per person payable on the spot) up to 2.500 meters (Montagnola). Upon arrival at 2.500 meters you can walk around or hiking or just take a cappuccino at the bar overlooking the area.
BBB: how to ascent to the top from 2.500 meters up to 2.920 meters
from the Montagnola (located at around 2.500 meters) you can jump on board on the UNI-MOG (mini-coach WD4X4) to reach 2.800 meters with Licensed Etna Guide (Ascent fees: eur 60,00 per person payable on the spot). Hiking to reach 2.920 meters.
Later we drive back to Catania port to be on time for your departure.
TOUR CODE: CTAETNA
PRICE & BOOKING INFORMATION
- Group of 1-3 People: Euro 375,00 Total
- Group of 4-8 People: Euro 420,00 Total
Booking process system:
Send us all Your details by filling in the automatic form - no payment is required at this stage - Your booking will be in pending as long as we will confirm the availability. If available, the tour will be confirmed and we will charge a deposit of Euro 100,00 (total per vehicle) on Your credit card. As per our policy, this deposit is needed to guarantee the booking.
The balance will be charged automatically on the same credit card used for the deposit 15 days before tour begins.
*If you prefer to pay the full amount at time of booking, please specify this preference during the booking procedure.
***** IMPORTANT TO KNOW *****
AS REGARDS THE VISIT TO MT. ETNA
Mount Etna is an important Sicilian highlights and it is an active volcano located on the east cost of Sicily. It is the largest volcano in Europe, reaching a height of approximately 3,326m (10,910 ft) above sea level. Etna covers an area of 1190 sq km (460 sq miles), which the base circumference of about 140km. This makes it the largest active volcano in Italy.
The ancient Greeks believed it to be the home of Vulcan, the god of fire - to them, Mount Etna erupting merely meant Vulcan was forging weapons for Mars, the god of war.
The fertile volcanic soil supports extensive agriculture. Vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad Plain of Catania to the south side of Sicily. In this side there are a multitude of vineyards and olive groves. As you climb higher, the lowlands evolve into dense woods sheltering a surprisingly large number of animal species that call the mountainside home, until you are left at the third tier of the mountain, a spartan wasteland of historic lava flows and volcanic ash. Dotted with snow most of the year, some of the lava is dated at 300,000 years old.
Mount Etna does not represent a great attraction exclusively for the presence of its eruptions. It’s also a wonderful natural park with evocative landscapes. The are forests green of the vineyards and beautiful walking paths for excursions on Etna. It’s easy to walk in the park and fell the nature renaissance into the destructive scenery of the past eruptions hear voices of animals and enjoy the peace. The vegetation of the Etna-North is subject to continuous changes due to the several eruptions that have changed its landscapes. At lower altitudes there nut forests apple forests and chestnut trees; At 2000 meters there are the faggio and the birch; between the 2500 meters and the 3000 meters there is the volcanic desert.
-from March to May & from October to November: pack winter coat and dress sturdy shoes or hiking boots;
-from June to September: pack a waterproof shell and dress in layers. Dress comfortable shoes or sneakers; do not forget you sun screen, sun glasses and sun hat.
We will adapt this excursion based on your Cruise Schedule.
For your acknowledge:
-Pick-up will be arranged 0,30 hour later estimated cruise dock;
-Drop-off to the port will be set 1 hour before cruise departure.
The Port Authority in Catania has limited the access in the Port area and our staff will be pleased to meet & greet you outside the Docking Pier. Despite the long distance between the docking pier and the port exit (around 900 meters walking distance) we are unable to solve this matter because, the Catania port authority has introduced a really expensive fee to allow private vehicles to enter inside the port area. At time of booking, we will provide you all the necessary details and emergency cell phones.
DRIVER ESCORT INFORMATION:
We customized this excursion using a Driver-Escort. A Driver Escort is a chauffeur specialized to drive you around our amazing island. He is able to provide basic historical information, he can show you the main highlights ... he is knowledgeable and he has an umbrella of information. Our Driver Escort will take care to give adequate time at all stops and to accommodate special requests when possible, he will assure that your experience in Sicily will be both memorable and enjoyable.
The Driver Escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide (Licensed Tourist Guide: are the only professionals -- with a Regional license -- permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city) and he cannot escort you inside the monuments because this is not allowed by Italian Rules. In case you need a Licensed Local Guide you must pay a surcharge and we will arrange for Licensed Guide to meet you directly on the spot.
LICENSED LOCAL GUIDE (Service is available on request)
This excursion doesn't include Licensed Local Guide. We are able to book this service on request, subject to availability.
GRATUITIES (We Suggest):
- We recommend to pay an average of eur 50,00 to the Driver Escort --if you are satisfied of him-- based on the efficiency and service you receive.
-Gratuities to restaurants are never included in the bill. The restaurant cover charge is not a tip. If paying with credit cards in Italy & Sicily, please be so kind as to pay your tip separately in cash to the waiter. This should be 10% of the total bill.
-The use of public toilets requires a payment to the attendant of EURO 0,50 cents.
Please be so kind as to share with us, before your arrival, if you have walking restrictions.
SHORE EXCURSIONS | CANCELLATION POLICY:
-Total refund up to 15 working days before arrival
-25% of total amount won’t be refunded from 14 to 10 days before arrival
-50% of total amount won’t be refunded from 9 to 6 days before arrival
-75% of total amount won’t be refunded from 5 to 3 days before arrival
-100% of total amount won’t be refunded from 2 to the day of the services or after (No refund for no show)
IMPORTANT: in case the cruise won’t dock to the port for any reason, we will refund you in total.