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tour etna summit craters top
Duration: 5 / 6 hours
Location: Etna
Price: € 59 min 3 person
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Etna Summit Tour at 2900mt

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The Summit Craters represent the area of the volcanic activity where there is a persistant fumaroles activity, are the site of explosive events of various types as: strombolian activities, foutauns of lava, phreatic activities that continually change the morphology of the vulcano.

Etna Tour Program
Tour available every day

  • We will give you a meeting point.
  • Arrive at Rifugio Sapienza at 1900mt. (cable car ticket/jeep  not included)* See additional charge to pay at  the cable car ticket office.
  • The ascent is by cable car and jeep up to 2900 mt (Torre del Filosofo), for there on foot towards the crater formed during the eruption of 2002/03. Accompanied by Alpine Vulcanological Guides.
  • Due to intense volcanic activity at the south-east crater, the maximum safety altitude reached is 2750 meters, as established by local law.
  • Exploration of a typical lava cave formed during the past eruptions. (Helmets and caving lights are provided by our guides).
  • During the tour you will see different ancient lava flow (1991/1993)
  • A pleasurable interlude at a beekeeping family-run business and its honey-extracting lab to taste a selection of honey and  wines.

Price € 45 per person, min 7 persons
Price € 49 per person, min 3 persons
Price € 65 per person, min 2 persons
Price € 130 for a single person
Children up to 12yrs € 29

All costs are to be intended per person, with departure from Catania.
The cost includes: Return Transfer service from your hotel and Naturalist Guide.
Once at Sapienza refuge (2000mt) the tour includes one of the following options:
Additional charge to pay at the cable car ticket office*

  • € 67 per person to climb up to 2900 metres by cable car +jeep +mountain guide (children 4-10 years price € 50 per person);
  •  € 30 per person to climb up to 2500 metres by only cable car (children 4-10 years price € 23 per person);
  • On demand rental hiking shoes and high altitude equipment.


In case of adverse weather condition the tour could undergo changes.
The excursion will be taken at lower altitude.

In some periods of the year (December – April), the cost of the tour Etna summit craters  3000 meters may vary, in relation to heavy snowfall.
In case of  adverse weather conditions (windy /snowy weather) at high altitudes, the Etna summit craters tour could not  be carried out for the closure of the Company “Funivia dell’Etna”.
In the winter/ snowy season, The Company “Funivia dell’Etna”, that manages the ascend up to 3000 meters, may reserve the use of  the snowcat,  with different prices compared to the ones shown on the website.
We will inform you, in case we had some news before the date of your tour.

In the winter season and/or in case of adverse weather conditions, the Company Funivia dell’Etna reserves the right to cancel the excursion or part of its. The excursion will be taken at lower altitude.
If you have any queries, questions or need clarification about some aspects of the tour program outlined above, please try read the section EXCURSIONS in our F.A.Q.s page, before booking. Booking terms and Condition – Cancellation Policy, click here

Excursion information

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Departure time: 7:30 am / 8:00 am
Duration: 5-6 hours
Lunch: No
Refreshments: Yes (free tasting of local Etna produce)
Dinner: No
Brunch: No
Difficulty level: Easy

Recommended equipment

Spring, Summer:
We suggest to wear sturdy shoes as sneakers and wear long trousers and bring a jacket in case of cold windy weather.
Autumn, Winter: 
We suggest to wear trekking shoes, wear long trousers, Warm Jackets, Hat and gloves.

Additional charges optional on request

Additional charge will be applied to pick-ups & drop-offs from some locations outside Catania shown below (the list of locations is not exhaustive). The cost of the additional is to be shared by the number of paying passengers picked up from a given location.

TAORMINA: + € 100
RIPOSTO: + € 75
GIARRE: + € 70
MASCALI: + € 90

The activities outlined above are intended for Excursions in Sicily members only. However, because the cost of the tour includes, in addition to the insurance quota, even the membership fee, the Excursions in Sicily membership is automatically acquired.


Etna and Taormina Tour - 8 april 2019 - TripAdvisor reviews We had a great day with Antonio, even though the weather forecast was rain and fog. He was nice enough to pick us up closer to where we were staying rather than in Catania, and drove us carefully around the winding streets so we didn’t get sick. He is very knowledgeable about the region, its history, botany, geology and weather. He timed our tour well so that we were on Mt Etna at the right time to catch an opening in the clouds and fog. Very friendly, we enjoyed Antonio’s company and hope to see him again!
Kait McNally
Excellent sunset tour – 28 march 2019 – Tripadvisor Review Had a great tour, plenty to do - food tasting, lava caves and a short hike at ~2000m - and moved at a nice pace. Watching the sunset from Etna was spectacular. Our guide (Ludovico) really knew his stuff and kept things interesting. Highly recommended!
c7h16fo2p - Bristol, UK

Great tour to Etna 3000 and walk around high craters. Ideal to known the south face of the volcano. The guide Ludovico is a friendly and great expert in geology, geography and historic of this beautiful place.


We had the 1/2 day Etna tour and it was perfect! The guide appeared on time, he had a lot of information about Etna and the tour includes really nice places around the volkano.

Virgin Gorda

We took a half day morning tour with the lovely Florinda from Excursions Etna. Extremely well organised, and perfectly timed to avoid the large groups arriving by coach. We were blessed with clear blue skies, and fantastic views. And what Florinda doesn't know about Etna, isn't worth knowing. We were staying in Palermo, so we got the train down to Catania and picked up the tour from there. The train was cheap, easy and on time (a refreshing change if you're from the UK!). This is a must see for your trip to Sicily.

Horsham, United Kingdom

Picked up at 7:30 am and headed up to Etna. What at first seemed very early for an average lazy tourist, it turned out to be a great trick as we were the first there and were able to enjoy the scenery in piece and quiet. On the way down we ran into numerous tourist buses piling up, so definitely to go up before everybody else.

All together we were a small group of 4, guided by Lucia who was super great. Always cheerful and with vast knowledge of vulcanoes and Etna's nature. All together it was a fantastic half day excursion I would recommend to anyone. Just be careful: when you get to Catania it seems like everybody with a car is also offering excursions to Etna, but obviously the quality of service may be questionable and eve though these agencies (or 'agencies') will most likely have Etna in their name, it is not the same company. However, the real Etna Excursions are very fast at answering to all inquiries, so it shouldn't be a problem to book with the right people.
Fantastic day on Etna with Lucia!
Breathtaking Experience! - 24 august 2018 - Tripadvisor Review Excursions Etna 3000 surpassed all expectations! Our guide Roberto R was so fantastic and chill. The hiking boots provided were the most comfortable walking shoes I have ever worn. Roberto tailored the day to our needs spending the perfect amount of time at each location. The hike at the summit was spectacular and worth the money just be be up there! Once in a lifetime experience.
Brenda R.
Just perfect! Learnt so much about volcanoes! - 16 july 2018 - Tripadvisor Review We had chosen the Morning Tour to Etna with pick-up starting at 08:00... during our drive up our tour guide Luigi started to explain a lot of historical and scientific information about volcanoes, not just Etna but volcanoes across the world. We totally enjoyed this tour mostly because Luigi was so good at explaining! You could sense his enthusiasm and passion for this subject. Highly recommended!
Luigi knows stuff about Etna! 16 june 2018 - Tripadvisor review. Read all review

We were there a couple of days ago with my brother and my mother. The half day Etna tour was real fun and also Very informative. Luigi is doing a really good job! Very passionate about volcanoes, explains everything in detail, also has very good English. We would recommend with both hands! Boyan, Yasen, Irina from Bulgaria.

Boyan, Yasen, Irina
Brilliant and informative half day tour - 18 April 2018 - Tripavisor review read all

After comparing a number of tours to Etna we chose this company as it had such good reviews, was possible to book at short notice (after checking the weather) and provided a half day tour. Luigi was our tour guide for the trip and picked us up on time outside our B&B. Luigi was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Etna and nature, history and Catania. For the drive up to Etna he pointed out so many items and gave us the history to the area, it was totally enlightening. We managed to arrive before the crowds and had a wonderful trip around the crater, lava cavern and so much more. The time flew by and we are now so much more informed and interested in both Etna and various other volcanoes throughout the world. Excellent tour and top guide, thank you Luigi and Excursion Etna