Grade

Moderate

Duration

12 Hours

Category

Day Tour

Tour Type

Small Size

Season

June - October

Small Group Tour to Etna Volcano from Palermo, with weekly departures on Monday and Friday with minimum 4 and maximum 8 People on the vehicle.
This is a very long day tour –around 12 hours– which involves the team to drive for around 3 hours each way.
Transfer service with English Speaking Driver from Palermo to Mt. Etna up to 1800 meters (and return transfer) with a short stop on the way climbing up the Volcano and free time to explore the area or ascent to the top on your own.
Private tour to Mt. Etna on request at different rates. Click here for more details or inquire us.

Palermo > Etna Volcano: South side > Palermo
Approximately Travel Time and Unit: Full Day  –  350 Miles (560 Kilometers)
Season: from June to October
Weekly departures: Monday & Friday

Dress Code: use sturdy shoes, wind jacket and do not forget sun screen

Small Group Size: min. 4 & max 8 People
Full day from h 7:30AM to around 7:30PM

Today meet our staff at the meeting point and depart for the Etna Natural Park to discover a beautiful Volcano rich in sounds, perfumes, and colors. Along the scenic drive we will stop at the the 2002 lava flow reachable through a winding curvy road surrounded by chestnut and oak forests. The 2002 eruption lasted from October 27th to January 29th 2003 and it is considered one of the most explosive eruptions of the past one hundred years. Continuing our excursion we will reach Rifugio Sapienza (1800 meters above sea level), a ski resort, theater of the great eruption of 2002.
Once arrived at Rifugio Sapienza you will have approximately 3 or 4 hours of free time to enjoy an excellent espresso and take a short walk to visit the Silvester Craters and the ruins of the hotel Le Betulle destroyed by a molten lava flow.

Ascent to the top is optional, bookable purchasing cable car tickets directly on the spot (Cable Car Fee: not included) – weather and volcanic conditions permitting – to experience the lava fields and incredible landscape view from Europe’s highest and most active volcano.

After your independent ascent to the top or hiking around Rifugio Sapienza, meet again your Driver and get back to Palermo.

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SUMMIT CRATERS
Ascent to the TOP is optional. Ascent fees NOT included
How to Ascent to the TOP?

Ascent from Rifugio Sapienza (Funivia dell’Etna) up to 2.500 mt (Montagnola)
Our staff will drive you to Rifugio Sapienza next to the Funivia dell’Etna. From here you can catch on the first cable car ride (Cable Car fee: around eur 30,00 per person payable on the spot) who moves you 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.
Ascent to the Summit from 2.500 mt (Montagnola) up to 2.920 mt
From the Montagnola (located at around 2.500 meters) you can jump on board on the UNI-MOG (Jeep WD4X4) to reach 2.800 meters with Licensed Etna Guide (Ascent fees: eur 70,00 per person payable on the spot included of the cable car ride tickets). The jeep will stop at around 2.800 at the Torre del Filosofo. From here guided hiking around the crater to reach 2.920 meters.

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This tour is collective and operated with English speaking Driver.

From March to November we provide a private tour to Mt. Etna from Palermo with similar routing. If collective date is not available or if you wish a vehicle and driver only for you and your group, inquire us for rates of the private tour. Click here for more details.

TOUR DETAILS & BOOKING INFORMATION 

APPOINTMENT WITH OUR STAFF: 
7:30AM at Palermo, Piazza Ruggero Settimo 15 (between the Hotel Politeama and PRADA store)
Please be ready at least 10 minutes before departure.
Meeting point at Mondello (Palermo beach) is available on request at around 7am. Inquire us for more details.

PLEASE NOTE:
This tour is provided with a minimum of 4 clients. In case this number will not be reached, the tour will be cancelled even after Confirmation and all the amount paid refunded.

DRESS CODE:
Please dress in layers, use sturdy shoes or hiking boots and in case you wish to ascent to the summit do not forget your winter jacket because there’s cold at 2.900 mt. Do not forget your sun screen, sun glasses and sun hat.

TOUR CODE: PMOETNACOL

Included
  • Collective excursion
  • Credit Card fees
  • English speaking Driver
  • Legal Invoice
  • Small group experience
  • VAT
  • Vehicle with air conditioning
  • Visit as per itinerary
Not Included
  • Admission fees
  • Ascent fees
  • Beverages and meals
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Licensed Tourist Guide