8-days hiking & study tour on Mt. Etna volcano, Italy
In case of an eruption, the program will be adapted to prioritize accessing the activity if possible and conditions allowing.
- Get to know Etna in depth: 6 full days on Etna
- Good chances to see eruptive activity
- Flexibility on location
- Spectacular landscapes on an active volcano
- Unusual excursions off the beaten track with Etna experts
- See all 4 sides of Etna
- Excellent Sicilian food
- Full traverse of the summit of Etna from S to N
- Hike through the impressive Valle del Bove
- Wine tasting of the excellent Etna red and white wine
- Accompanying volcanologist
8 days Etna
Changes in the exact itinerary could be necessary due to unpredictable weather and volcanic eruption conditions. In case of an eruption, seeing it will be prioritized.
Arrival in Catania and own transfer to hotel in city center.
In the evening, we meet for dinner and a briefing of the tour ahead.
Transfer to Etna's south slope where we will spend 6 nights. We will have 6 days for excursions to explore Etna and its surroundings.
Depending on the conditions the program can be changed.
Full day excursion on the summit region of Mt Etna to observe its smoking craters, volcanic phenomena and moonlike landscapes (weather and volcanic activity permitting)
Whole-day excursion to Etna's summit region. Depending on circumstances, we visit the summit craters, the spectacular Valle del Bove or sites of possible volcanic activity if present.
Excursion to Castelmola and Taormina, gorge of Alcantara.
A full day excursion to Etna nord-est and climb to Serracozzo for an overview of the Valle del Leone, visit 1991-93 lava flow at Zafferana. Wine /oil/honey testing (extra cost)
Full day tour on Etna nord, starting from Mt. Sartorius (one of the biggest parasitic cone of Etna born on 1865) to the bottom line of 2002 eruption: from Piano Provenzana and cave exploration (Grotta Dei Ladroni or Grotta del Lamponi)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and departure to Catania with arrival at the airport at 12:00.
If you need an earlier transfer, we can arrange it at additional cost.
The tour starts and ends in Catania, Sicily´s second largest city, which is easily reached by plane or train from Rome or other large Italian cities. Travel arrangements to and from Catania are not included in the tour package in order to give everybody maximum flexibility to plan his/her trip. Please let us know if you like any assistance with your international travel to Italy and/or Catania - we will be happy to help.
Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging
Group size: 4-8
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Dates:1-8 May 2021
14-21 May 2022
Price (per person): 2480 € $£¥
- 7 nights accommodation in double rooms
- Half board (breakfast, dinners as indicated with B, D)
- Fully authorized volcanologist mountain guide during 2 excursions
- Entrance, park fees and taxes
- 2x Cable car and 4x4 transfer to Etna's summit region
- Transfers from and to Catania (Day 2 and 8)
- Accompanying English-speaking volcanologist from our team
Tour guide:Dr. Evelyne Pradal is a trained geologist and volcanologist with a passion of showing and teaching her subject to the general public. Born in Cantal, in the heart of the Auvergne French volcanic field, she studied in the renowned Center of Earth Sciences of the university of Clermont-Ferrand, one of France's leading research institutes in the field of volcanology.
Her research and trips led her to study volcanoes in Mexico, the Caribbean, East African Rift and other areas.
After completing her doctorate degree in 1990 she went on to work as consultant and teacher in earth sciences, and she has been organizing expeditions and study trips to volcanoes in Italy, France, the Caribbean, Ethiopia and Tanzania, Djibouti, Canaries islands, New Hebrides trench, Indonesia, ... designed to share knowledge and the fascination of her subject, the beauty of our living earth, to the general public. She is also (co-)authored the books: "Tout savoir sur les volcans" (2018, Ed. Fleurus jeunesse) ("A la découverte des volcans extrêmes" (2013, Vuivert De Boeck Ed) "Au coeur des volcans" (2004, Ed. Fleurus - Geo Ados). Evelyne with her charming smile joined our team in 2010 and guides trips to Ethiopia, the Caribbean, Canaries islands, Italy and new study trips such on Auvergne volcanoes, her homeland, and Tanzanian Rift Valley.