3000 Classic Excursion (4×4 Bus and Group Guide)
The Etna 3000 excursion (currently reaching just below this altitude at 2850 meters at the Volcanological Observatory. See Maps) proposed by us takes place with the help of the tourist transport service authorized on the northern side of Etna which they allow you to easily ascend from an altitude of 1800 to the base of the summit craters of the Etna volcano. Once you reach Piano Provenzana you will take special 4×4 bus vehicles. There are 2 stages, one intermediate and one at the highest altitude currently reachable by motor vehicles on the volcano (2850 m) always accompanied by a volcanologist guide. Etna 3000 is a tour suitable for everyone (excluding heart patients and newborns due to the altitude). N.B.: This excursion is provided by the Etna Travel Service company ( acts as a reseller and only requires secretarial and reservation ticket rights).

Excursion 3000 Full (4×4 Bus + Volcanic Cave + Dedicated Guide)
Upon request we can also offer a Full excursion package which includes a naturalistic and/or volcanological guide dedicated to our guests starting from the Trecastagni meeting point. In this way you will have more explanations already along the journey of about 30 km which from 600 meters above sea level will lead you to Piano Provenzana crossing the villages of the volcano, then the woods which alternate with various lava flows. Always choosing the Full package you will visit a volcanic cave with lights and speleologist helmets (stage NOT included in the Basic excursion).

Tour Program


    From our meeting point (or from your hotel) the guide will begin to illustrate the peculiarities of the Etna area. Along the roads that ascend to the volcano there are already many points of interest, from the lava flows to the "dagale", to the vegetation that has managed to adapt to particular environmental conditions. In about 30/50 minutes you will reach the famous Rif. Sapienza at an altitude of 1950 where you will leave our vehicle and continue with the Etna cableway.


    The first part of the ascent - from 1950 to 2510 meters - will therefore take place with the cable car. A pioneering ski lift project that has challenged the volcano since 1955. 5 times this tourist facility has been devoured by lava. The panorama of the Gulf of Catania and the slopes of the southern slope with recent and ancient tongues of lava will stand out higher and higher.


    From the Etna cableway station, where there is also the possibility of a short stop at the bathroom or for a coffee, we will board the special UNIMOG vehicles, unstoppable off-road vehicles with 28/30 seats. We will then cross the Piano del Lago, so called because of the presence in the past of a seasonal lake that was formed due to the melting of the snow. After the 2001 eruption it no longer exists and has been covered by a volcanic cone (the cone of the pond) about 80 meters high. In about 15 minutes you will reach the base of the summit craters in the area called Torre del Filosofo (about 2900 meters)


    Once at the former Torre del Filosofo (the refuge was submerged by lava in 2013!), A non-demanding walk will take place on the edge of the side craters that were the protagonists of the 2002 eruption (excursion suitable for everyone, not recommended due to the altitude only to newborns and heart patients). From these altitudes it will be possible to admire the panorama that sweeps from the nearby summit craters, located a few hundred meters in front of us, up to the Ionian Sea, Calabria and on clear days a good part of Sicily.


    Returning to the parking lot, the tour will continue with our guide for an interesting visit in a lava flow cave, adequately equipped with helmet and front light. Etna is very rich in volcanic caves, over 250 known ones, which were formed due to the thickening of the lava due to the solidification of the outer layer of the eruptive flow in contact with the air. Once the cooling is complete, the extraordinary morphologies connected to the passage of the fluid and incandescent lava remain visible: remelting stalactites, bubbles, shelves, rolls and more.



  • PeriodApr / Nov
  • Type4×4 Jeep tour
  • Departure CityPiano Provenzana - Etna North 1800 mts
  • Timing9,15
  • DifficultyAverage. Suitable for healthy people
  • AltitudeUp to 2900 Mt.
  • Durations 3 hours
  • LanguagesEnglish, Italian


  • Adult fee Etna 3000 Classic : 74 €/person (69€ ticket + 5€ Booking rights)
  • Children 5/12 years Etna 3000 Classic:€ 55 (50€ ticket + 5€ Booking rights)
  • Adult Etna 3000 Full: 120€/person (Classic ticket + Volcano cave + Dedicated guide)
  • Children Etna 3000 Full: 100€

Tour Includes

  • Coupon for tasting Etna specialties
  • Guida alpina – Vulcanologica

Meeting Point

Piano Provenzana - Etna Travel Service - Ticket office

General FAQs

  • What should i bring?

    Trekking shoes are recommended for this excursion. Also recommended: poles, sunglasses, windproof jacket / sweatshirt, water. If you need it, you can take advantage of our rental where you will find shoes, jackets, sticks and more.

  • What can i rent?

    At our meeting point in Trecastagni, you can rent trekking shoes, insulating jackets, trekking poles and request seats for children up to 3 years. You can book the equipment in the online booking form.

  • In case of bad wheather?

    It depends. If the conditions are not prohibitive, i.e. it is cloudy or raining but there is a fair visibility, usually the tours are carried out without any difficulty. In any case, the guide carries out an evaluation based on his experience and if the conditions are not met, he can decide to move or cancel the excursion in agreement with our guests. In case of cancellation due to bad weather, decided between the parties, the reimbursement of any advance membership fees paid is made.

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