Catania: Mount Etna Day Trip with Tasting and Cave Trip
- Small group
- Transportation included
- Duration: 6 hours
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One of the best mountain experiences I have ever had! Our guide Pepe was very friendly, experienced and took care of us really good. He knows Etna very well and as we had very strong wind that day, we had to skip some of the parts he had planned. Nevertheless he showed us other parts of the mountain that were also super interesting! The hiking to the summit was challenging but it was definitely easier than it looks like. He had managed to keep good pace comfortable for everyone and as we were on the top it was totally worth it! The day was very good organized by Mary, who is VERY responsive to messages and has helped us a lot finding transportation to the meeting point. In case you don't have appropriate hiking shoes or jacket, they will provide you with some at the beginning. All in all this guys have great organisation, are really professional with what they are doing and are super friendly and nice! I highly recommend them! PS. Bring sun glasses and a scarve,super important if windy
Fantastic experience! So pleased that my boyfriend and I chose Etna Tours to go with! This excursion was fantastic value for money, and what an incredible experience looking down into the craters of Europe’s most active volcano to see it spewing molten lava! They provided walking boots, jackets, helmets and walking sticks. We were able to pay the additional €33pp for the cable cars and 4x4 bus on card. The hike was relatively difficult but we took it at a nice gentle pace and every direction you looked the views were breathtaking. Because we were lucky enough to have such good visibility out guide took us over the centre of the volcano to the north east side and we got to gaze down into an additional crater to the one on the itinerary and this was rumbling and intermittently spewing molten lava, what a thrill! The first crater was beautiful as well, huge and moon-like with impressive plumes of smoke all around. The two guides were very jovial and handed out treats at lunch. Amazing!
Max was fantastic. He was incredibly patient with a member of our group who was not able to handle the strenuousness of the hike. This hike really is for intermediate or advanced hikers. The altitude, terrain and steepness can be difficult. He did a great job of taking some breaks to teach us about the volcano and its activity. Unfortunately it was too cloudy at the top to see into the crater. I picked this tour because the gear was included and it was definitely needed! My husband only had shorts and Max gave him some long pants. We both needed boots (and we bought hiking socks in the gift shop), ski jackets and gloves. It is incredibly windy and cold at the summit!! An amazing adventure to trek across lava fields from just a few years ago.
This trek was made extra special by our guide Max, one of the best guides we have come across anywhere in our travels. His knowledge, enthusiasm and humour were fantastic. We were able to see craters up close and have the most amazing views. His care for those with a fear of heights (and it was higher and steeper than the description) was very sympathetic. We are fit, but the altitude can affect anyone so be prepared. Hiking boots a must. You can borrow a thick coat, boots, poles and gloves - all a must for October weather even though we had sun. The cable car was not in operation so we had to use the bus and their service was extremely disappointing (and sadly out of anyone’s control but the operators!). So, enjoy, it’s amazing!
The transport is comfortable and our guide was friendly. There is only one winery we visited. It was picturesque and the wine tasting was endless although not a wide selection. Each wine was first accompanied with a selection of cheeses. We also had olives, eggplant and bread with olive oil. From here it was short trip to the restaurant where we were served a pre set menu of 4 or 5 shared dishes and a jug of red and white wine plus water. The restaurant location is lovely and full of locals which is a good sign.