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Half-day off-road tour of Etna

Half-day off-road tour of Etna

Duration
4 hours

Difficulty
Easy

Cancellation
Last minute

Participants
From 1 to 8

Highlights

  • Visit Etna's northern slope by off-road vehicle, between craters and lava flows
  • Enter the Thieves' Cave and discover the beauty of a lava corridor
  • Reach 1770 metres and enjoy the extraordinary landscape of the volcano
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Full description

Have volcanoes always fascinated you? Join us on a 4-hour off-road adventure to Mount Etna, Europe's highest active volcano, and be enchanted by its surreal atmosphere.

All you need is a pair of hiking boots to explore the north side of the volcano, among craters and lava flows. Not only that, at some point you will receive all the paraphernalia of a true explorer: with torch and helmet you will even visit a lava corridor.

And if you want to know all about the history of the volcano and its eruptions, that's no problem: the guide will be on hand to answer all your questions!

What we will do

The rendezvous is at your accommodation or hotel in Catania, where a jeep and van will be waiting for us for the pick-up (included). Once on board, we will reach the northern slope of Mount Etna. The absence of the tourist crowd will allow us to fully enjoy the uniqueness of the landscape and experience the charm of the volcano with the right amount of calm.

Once there, we will set out with the guide ready to tell us the history of the volcano and the various eruptions. When we arrive at the Grotta dei Ladroni, we will put on our helmets and go inside. The cave is a fascinating lava flow corridor which, according to legend, was used as a refuge by a group of bandits.

After visiting the cave, we will make a short technical stop at a refuge and begin the trekking route up to an altitude of 1770 metres. It is a very easy walk with a height difference of only 40 metres.

During the walk we will observe the wonder of the landscape, among craters and lava flows, and we will cover approximately 3 km in an hour 's time. The route will take us close to the edges of craters that are now extinct, from which we can enjoy an extraordinary view of Etna.

At the end of the walk, we will return to Catania. The entire experience, including off-road transfers, lasts a total of 4 hours.

Who it is aimed at

The activity is suitable for everyone, with no age limit. Children aged 0 to 2 years participate free of charge.

Very small children cannot be transported in prams during the trek, the use of a baby carrier is recommended. The vans and off-road vehicles have child seats for 0 to 3 years and booster seats for up to 9 years. To request these, please contact the organiser at the contact details that will be sent to you by e-mail with your booking confirmation.

Other information

The activity takes place all year round and is confirmed with a minimum of 2 participants.

Three 6-seater off -road vehicles and two 8-seater off-road vans are available.

If the participants' accommodation is located in a ZTL area, a pick-up service is guaranteed. The staff always choose a meeting point at the shortest distance from the customer, so as to facilitate reaching them.

Off-road vehicles are not equipped to transport dogs. Only small dogs are allowed inside backpacks, carriers and pet carriers. However, please notify the staff in advance and inform them of the presence of dogs.

In the event of light rain, the staff will provide rain jackets. The activity is only cancelled in the event of heavy rainfall or volcanic eruptions.

Recommended clothing

  • Windbreaker or jacket
  • Hiking shoes or trainers

What is included

  • Volcanological guide
  • Pick-up at hotel/accommodation
  • Off-road tours
  • K-way in case of rain
  • Guided trekking
  • Helmets and torches

How it works

  • Book
  • Gift
  1. 1
    Send a booking request

    We will only pre-authorise the payment

  2. 2
    Receive confirmation within 48 hours

    In case of confirmation, you will be charged the cost of the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

  1. 1
    Buy a gift voucher

    Valid 12 months from the date of purchase

  2. 2
    Choose your preferred date

    Get in touch with the guide with the contact details on the voucher and choose the day for the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

Meeting point
Catania

Catania
Exact location provided after booking

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

If you have made a fixed date reservation and the weather conditions are not suitable for the safe conduct of the activity (in the expert opinion of the guide), you will be refunded the full amount paid. The guide may suggest an alternative date or time for you to conduct the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you can’t retrieve it, we will process a full refund! If you have set the date for your Gift Voucher and bad weather did not allow the activity to take place, the Voucher remains regularly valid until the expiration date indicated on it.

If I cancel the reservation, can I get a full refund?

For this activity, the cancellation policy is last minute. You get a full refund if you cancel within 24 hours from the activity start. You can find the full policies in the Policy di cancellazione section.

What payment methods do you accept?

On Freedome, you can pay with any rechargeable credit card or prepaid card (including Postepay) from Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB networks. We also accept debit cards enabled for online payments. You can also use the digital wallets Apple Pay and Google Pay.

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