Etna Tour 4×4 is one of the most requested excursions. The tour includes an itinerary in stages in which the 4 × 4 movements alternate and off-road routes with short walks, in order to appreciate places of great naturalistic interest within the Etna Park. Starting from the lava flows that have threatened entire countries, we will visit some extinct craters and the viewpoint of the majestic Valle del Bove. We will also let you experience the thrill of descending into the meanders of the volcano by visiting a lava flow cave (lava tube) equipped with a helmet and speleologist lights, to include the methods related to the lava flow. Our nature guides will enrich our excursion by illustrating, in simple and clear language for everyone, the countless natural and volcanological aspects of the largest volcano in Europe, named UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.
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Historical lava flows
The most impressive manifestations of the Etna volcano are the lava flows that descend along the sides of the volcano even for many kilometers. Over the centuries there have been hundreds, some have even reached the sea! On board our 4x4 vehicles we will plow the dark scoriaceous surfaces of ancient and recent lava flows and we will let you touch the transformation of these volcanic rocks from an apparently sterile surface to one of the most fertile in the world.
La Valle del Bove (Ox valley)
"Valle del Bove" is a huge natural amphitheater that covers almost the entire eastern side of the volcano. Its walls are up to 800/1000 meters high. Within this "valley" most of the Etna lava flows flow together, making it a place of raw beauty, so from its edges, a panoramic point of passage 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.
Visit to 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.
The lateral craters - 2000 meters above sea level
The lateral craters are cones normally generated along eruptive fractures at even low altitudes, due to the accumulation of volcanic slags in the same point for the duration of the eruption (therefore days / months). Etna has about 250 along its sides and their number is increasing since almost every eruption these cones are formed upstream of the lava flow. They are on average about 100 meters high and from their top you can have a privileged overview of the surrounding area having almost the sensation of flying. We will let you experience the thrill of climbing some of these craters from the relevant altitude of about 2000 meters.
ETNA SPECIALTY TASTING (Upon request)
If in addition to the natural and landscape aspects, you are also interested in the specialties that the area offers, you can plan a visit to a farm (or its store / store) selected by us for a tasting of typical products, included in the quotas and without purchase obligation.
- PeriodAll the year
- Type4×4 Jeep tour
- Departure CityTrecastagni
- Timing9 - 13.30 AM (From meeting point)
- AltitudeFrom 500 to 2000 meters a.s.l.
- Durations 4 hours 30 mins
- LanguagesEnglish, French, Italian, Spanish
- Standard adult rate: 75€/per person.
- Promo booking online: 59€/per person.
- Children 4/13 years old: 30€ | Baby 0-3: 15€
- Private tour (Guide & vehicle only for you - flex timetable): +100€
- Baby seat 0/3 (by reservation)
- Cave visit equipment
- Nature Hiking Guide – Local Expert
- Tasting of Etna and Sicilian specialties
- 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
Can I bring my dog?
On this excursion it is possible to bring your 4-legged friend if you book in exclusive formula, as the presence of the dog may not be welcome or possible due to allergies within the same means of transport with other participants. Report the presence of your faithful friend to the secretariat during the booking phase.
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