Volcano Tour

An exciting and fantastic experience, trekking to the summit of three active volcanoes in Sicily guided by a Volcanology Guide. Explore the crater-rim of Europe's highest active volcano, Mount Etna (3326m), the Aeolian islands and the fascinating experience of Stromboli with its 916 meters and finally hike to the top of the Gran Cratere on Vulcano Island, in an unique scenery.

Day 1


Our adventure starts in Catania airport from where we head to our base for the next 2 nights, rifugio Manfrè located in the pine and birch forests on Etna's southern slopes. This guesthouse is popular for the trekkers during the summer months. It has a great restaurant that serves up typical local specialities such as home-made antipasti, all washed down with local wines.
Luca Cosma is a Sicilian volcanology guide and will be the Guide in this tour. Born on the Aeolian island of Stromboli, Luca has been leading walking groups in Sicily for over 20 years and is proud and passionate about his homeland. He'll share both his scientific knowledge and stories of growing up in the shadow of these volcanoes. He leads a warm-up walk this afternoon to see lava field and introducing his big love for the mountain. Today's three kilometre walk is expected to take around in one different track of Etna.

escursionisti

Trekking level: easy and introductory trekking to the tour 2 hours.

hotelAccomodation: 1st night standard hotel in refuge.
ristoranteMeals provided: Dinner included, drink not included.
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Transport included.

 

Day 2

Our hike this morning will take us to the very top of Mount Etna the highest volcano in Europe, at 3326 meters, it has been in a state of eruptive activity since 2001, and espeally in the past 2 years.Travelling by minibus to the cable car station on Etna's southern flanks, we take the cable car from 1900 to 2500 meters then swap to a four-wheel drive truck to reach 2900 metres.
(***weather and volcanic activity allowing,) Here the trekking start heading to the top craters, and avoiding the exposure to the gas ‘d be possible walk along the rim of the Central Crater (the oldest at 2000 years old), the Bocca Nuova, which formed after the eruption in 1968 and the Southeast Crater, the youngest dating formed in 1971. We should be able to enjoy some superb views all the way to the north coast of Sicily and the volcanic Aeolian Islands lying offshore. Our descent follow a track made of sand, sometimes really funny to across. On the way will possible walk through the lavas dated July 2019 eruptiones us past the eruptive cones from the eruptions of 2001 and 2002 with an overview of the Valle del Bove Caldera, back to the cable car station.
Today's nine kilometre walk is expected to take around 4/5 hours with a total ascent of 500 metres and a descent of 900 metres.

escursionisti

Trekking level: easy and introductory trekking to the tour 2 hours.

hotelAccomodation: 1st night standard hotel in refuge.
ristoranteMeals provided: Dinner included, drink not included.
auto

Transport included.

 

 

trekking level:
Accomodation: 2nd night standard hotel in refuge.
Meals provided: Dinner included, drink not included.
Transport included.

 

 

 

Day 3

We make an early start this morning to drive to the port of Milazzo on Sicily's northwest coast, gateway to the Aeolian Islands which are a UNESCO listed World Heritage site. We catch a fast hydrofoil to the awe-inspiring island of Stromboli, a classic cone-shaped island volcano which rises dramatically from the depths of the sea to 900 metres with a cloud of smoke almost permanently gracing its peak. Around its base are some small communities, whose white-washed houses splashed with scarlet
bougainvillea, provide a vivid contrast to the dark volcanic rock of the powerful crater behind. The walking on Stromboli is a one of a kind and a spectacular experience as the volcano here is constantly erupting. In the afternoon we climb on a zig-zagging path all the way to the crater rim, a hike of around four hours at a slow and steady pace with plenty of stops to admire the tremendous view. Our aim is to reach the
summit for sunset and then to relax and spend some time observing the volcanic activity after dark, the best chance to observe the light show caused by the lava erupting from the volcano. Our descent by the light of our head torches is expected to take around two-and-a-half hours. The top section of the climb and descent of the mountain is on volcanic ash so it's important to have good walking boots and you may
find walking poles helpful too. Today's eight kilometre walk is expected to take approximately six-and-a-half hours in total with a total ascent and descent of 980 metres.

escursionisti

Trekking level: easy and introductory trekking to the tour 2 hours.

hotelAccomodation: 1st night standard hotel in refuge.
ristoranteMeals provided: Dinner included, drink not included.
auto

Transport included.


trekking level: .
Accomodation: 2nd night standard hotel in refuge.
Meals provided: Dinner included, drink not included.
Transport included.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4

This morning we take an hydrofoil to the island of Vulcano, named after Zeus' son Vulcan, the God of fire and metalworking. Although now quiescent, Vulcano has erupted spectacularly
throughout the centuries - the last dramatic explosion being only 100 years ago. In 183 BC a huge
eruption gave birth to Vulcanello (the Little Volcano) visible from the harbour. Today, Vulcano puffs out a steady stream of gases and vapour. Even offshore the presence of the sulphur, which was once mined here, is obvious. Our hike on the island takes us up to the crater rim, 'Gran Cratere' (400 m) for great views of the islands scattered around us. After descending, you may wish to try a mud bath, excellent cure for arthritic complaints followed later of a dip in the azure sea - the water here is very warm, an indication of how close the boiling interior of the earth comes to its crust. We return to Milazzo for our final night in Acitrezza. Today seven kilometre walk is expected to take approximately 3/4 hours with a total ascent and descent of 500 meters.

Day 5

Depending by the time of the flight free time probably would be a good idea for visit Acitrezza, small fisher town which at the same time with its crags ( I Faraglioni ) represent in geology the begin of the formation of Etna about 550.000 years ago. Transfer to Catania airport and end of the tour.

 

INDIVIDUAL EXCURSION

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The private Guide service provides customized excursion and tours according to needs.

It is a service for individual, small groups or especially for families, who want to spend a day taking advantage of being able to exit the rules dictated instead by a group exit.

The service offered all year with special rates is available not only on Etna, but also for personalized excursion on Stromboli Volcano and Vulcano Island.

  

  Other itineraries:

- Excursion to the Summit Craters.
- Etna North: 2002 Eruption and Grotta dei Lamponi from Piano Provenzana.
- Etna North: Serra delle Concazze and grotta del Serracozzo and view of Valle del Bove.

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Stromboli Excursion

stromboliStromboli offers one of the most unique and spectacular scenery in Sicily. A unique place, made even more fascinating by "Iddu", one of the most active volcanoes in Europe.
Starting point Piazza San Vincenzo. Departure time of the hike depends on the season but ussually 3 hours before sunset. The ascent take about 2/3 hours. The summit area is reached at sunset, and the duration of stay depends on the activity of the volcano and weather conditions. The descent is made along the canyon of the big rein which in about 2 hours leads to the starting point

EQUIPMENT.

Short trousers for climbing, long trousers for downhill, ***Trekking boots, ***torch, 2 T-Shirts, Sweatshirt, Jacket, Leggings, Bandana, gloves, cap, ***Trekking poles, lunch, water 2lt.
** Possibility to rent on site

DIFFICULTY
Stromboli is 916 m high and requires determination and good physical condition. The biggest enemy is the heat especially in June, July and August, but a good step and frequent stops can represent the right solution. Futhermore climb with light equipment and cover your self on top is a good deal. is absolutely not recommend the climb for those who suffer of heart or serious physical problems.

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SUMMIT CRATERS FROM NORTH

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Surely the most interesting excursion of Etna, which will give you emotions and satisfaction, at the center of a truly unique natural setting.

Meeting and departure at the Piano Provenzana tourist station north side of Etna.

By off road Minibus 4x4, we reach Pizzi Deneri at 2920m, where the ascent to the craters begins. After about 1 hours and 30 minutes of climbing, we reach the rim of the Bocca Nuova crater at 3250m formed in 1968. After circulating the crater of the new mouth and the central crater begins the descent along easy sand slopes in the north direction that can easily lead us to the starting point.

Duration Excursion:approx. 4/5 hours.

Difference in altitude: +400 mt. - 1500 mt.

Price: 100,00 € per person

EQUIPMENT:  Trousers, high trekking boots, sweatshirts, goggles, gore-tex jacket, bandana, gloves, hat, sack lunch, 2 lt water, hiking poles, sunscreen, sunglasses.

DIFFICULTY: The excursion to the Summit Craters does not present great difficulties, requires good physical condition and determination. Furthermore is always better to start with a suitable equipment for any sudden changes in weather. The excursion is absolutely prohibited to people with cardiovascular problem.

SUMMIT CRATERS FROM SOUTH

summit

Surely the most interesting excursion of Etna, which will give you emotions and satisfaction, at the center of a truly unique natural setting.

Meeting and departure at the Rifugio Sapienza square. south side of Etna.

By cable car first, and  off road Minibus 4x4 after, we reach the Torre del Filosofo at 2900m, where the ascent to the craters begins. After about 2 hours of climbing, through the lava fields dating february-March 2021, we reach the rim of the Bocca Nuova crater at 3250m formed in 1968. We walk along the rim of it and once reached the Central Crater it starts a downhill along an easy sand slopes in the South direction. We also walk through the Belvedere from where you can admire a unique panorama of the Valley del Bove.

Reached the  Montagnola at 2500m, we will be able to reach the starting point ( Rifugio Sapienza 1800m ) by cable car.

Duration Excursion:approx. 5/6 hours.

Difference in altitude: 600 mt.

Price: 45,00 € per person + cable car

EQUIPMENT:  Trousers, high trekking boots, sweatshirts, goggles, gore-tex jacket, bandana, gloves, hat, sack lunch, 2 lt water, hiking poles, sunscreen, sunglasses.

DIFFICULTY: The excursion to the Summit Craters does not present great difficulties, requires good physical condition and determination. Furthermore is always better to start with a suitable equipment for any sudden changes in weather. The excursion is absolutely prohibited to people with cardiovascular problem.

VALLEY DEL BOVE

valle del boveThe Bove Valley is a unique place, and partly of geological interest. We are inside a caldera, an horseshoe-shaped amphitheater, a place of continuous transformations caused by continuous erosions, and center for the pouring of the recent lava flow of Etna.
The departure takes place from the square of Rifugio Sapienza at 1800 mt. Once  reached the 2500 mt by cable car we climb up the Montagnola 2640 mt from where we take the fun and charming  downhill path of the Canalone della Riina.

Once down we walk through the lava flows of 1991/93, within a unique scenery. Following the southern ridge base of the valley  we reach the Canalone dei Faggi. After a short ascent of the southern ridge of the valley del Bove the excursion end in  Piano del Vescovo.

EQUIPMENT
Trousers, hiking boots, sweatshirt, long sleeve vest, short sleeve jersey, goretex jacket, leggings, bandana, gloves, cap, lunch bag, 2 lt water, hiking poles, sunglasses, sunscreen.
DIFFICULTY
Easy and enjoyable the excursion does not have any particular difficulty but it requires good physical condition because of the duration of the trek. 

EXCURSION DURATION: 5/6 Hours 

ASCENT: 450 mt

DOWNHILL GRADIENT: 1100 mt

COST: 65,00 € : price per person for groups of 6 people (cable car included)

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Siete la nostra felicità!

Esperienza meravigliosa, scenari unici, la nostra guida Luca impeccabile e preparata. Da consigliare.

angivg
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Unique experience, highly recommend it. I highly recommend this trip, it was way above my expectations. The place has such great energy, so alive, so uncommon, so surprising. Our guide, Luca, is very knowledgeable and inspirational as he shared his passion for the volcanoes with us. What I really appreciated was that, even though Etna had very intense activity and we couldn’t use the regular route, Luca was flexible to propose us a different one, so that it is both safe and mind-blowingly beautiful.

manujurca
da Tripadvisor

Great day on the etna The hiking tour on the etna was organized by whatsapp contact and very uncomplicated. ... I absolutly recommend to do this tour when you want to go on Etna.

maddin20192019
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