Normally tours on Etna allow you to visit only one side. Our exclusive Etna Grantour excursion allows you to get to know 3 sides of the volcano by moving, between one stage and another, on board 4 × 4 vehicles. This excursion is the most complete solution ever to see Etna in a single day. A pleasant intermediate stop to taste the delicacies offered by the Sicilian territory with particular attention to the “fruits” of the volcano. The first part of the itinerary, in the morning, will be dedicated to trekking (about 2.5 / 3 hours, medium difficulty) in exploration within the Etna Park and its most fascinating places. In the second part of the day there are several stops to visit two other sides of the volcano.
Solcheremo the lava fields that threatened entire countries. You will walk on the rim of extinct craters and the Valle del Bove, you will be shown the endemic flora of the Etna park and much more. We will also let you experience the thrill of descending into the meanders of the volcano by visiting a lava flow cave ( lava tube ) with lights and helmet. All accompanied by the explanations of our expert guides.
VISIT 3 SIDES OF ETNA VOLCANO
Etna Grantour is the only excursion (created by EtnaExcursion) that allows you to get to know 3 sides of the Etna Park starting from the Etna countries up to a maximum altitude of about 2000 meters. Normally we prefer to make the excursion in trekking on less touristy slopes then West or North and then move aboard our 4x4 the East and South sides and admire the panorama of the Valle del Bove and the "lunar" landscape. There is no more complete tour in a single day!
HIKING INTO ETNA NATURAL PARK
In the morning we will dedicate it to trekking in places and paths among the least explored of the volcano for close contact with the countless naturalistic and volcanological aspects of the Etna Park. We will then step on the paths created on the lava to climb to the edge of the lateral craters. The trek can vary from one hour to half to 3 hours depending on the group's ability.
VISIT INTO A LAVA TUBE
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 outermost 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. We will provide you with lights and helmets to visit, going down inside, a fascinating volcanic cave in order to understand some truly unique and interesting dynamics.
LUNCH - TYPICAL FOOD
The refreshment stop of Etna Grantour is characterized by local specialties. So do not expect "gourmet" restaurants because we will stop at a characteristic Etna structure (a refuge, a farm or a millstone according to the season) to taste simple and genuine products accompanied, of course, by Etna wine.
SAFARI 4X4 & LANDSCAPES
We will cover a total of over 60/70 km along the roads that climb the volcano on board 4 × 4 vehicles and in the afternoon in particular we will devote ourselves to "offroad" routes thanks to which we will also cross ancient and recent lava fields, forests, rural areas to discover of scenic and impactful places, to live a fun experience for everyone. The itinerary will be interspersed with interesting stages.
VALLE DEL BOVE
An essential stop of our Grantour will be in Valle del Bove, a huge natural amphitheater that covers almost entirely the eastern side of the volcano. Its walls are up to 800/1000 meters high. Most of the Etna lava flows flow into this "valley", making it a place of raw beauty, so from its edges, a panoramic passage point for many of our excursions on the volcano, it is often possible to admire volcanic activity. We will explain the formation processes of this place and the geological history of the volcano (still evolving ...) object of interest of volcanologists from all over the world.
- PeriodApril to October
- Type4×4 Jeep tour
- Departure CityTrecastagni
- Timing8,45 - 18,00 (From meeting point)
- DifficultyAverage. Good walkers
- AltitudeFrom 500 to 2000 meters
- Durations 9 hours
- LanguagesEnglish, French, Italian, Spanish
- Adult fee : 140 € / person.
- Book online min. 4 pax: 99 € / person.
- Children 6/13 years: € 65
- Private tour service (Guide and private vehicle - flex time / day): + 150 €
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- Cave visit equipment
- Excursion on 3 sides of the volcano
- Nature Hiking Guide – Local Expert
- Refreshment based on typical products
- Transfer from the meeting point by jeep
What should i bring?
Sneakers, sunglasses, windproof jacket / sweatshirt, water. If you need it, you can take advantage of our rental where you will find shoes, jackets 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.
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