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Mount Etna: Excursion to the Base of the Summit Craters
220 USD
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Embark on an unforgettable adventure atop Mount Etna, Europe's highest active volcano. Take a thrilling ride on the cable car, followed by a rugged 4x4 vehicle, which will transport you to an astonishing altitude of 1.7 miles, nearly touching the base of the majestic summit craters. From there, lace up your hiking boots and embark on a 1.2-mile trek across a surreal, moon-like landscape, an experience that will leave you breathless.
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Your adventure begins with a convenient pickup from your Catania accommodation or a central location, around 8:30 AM. Your knowledgeable guide will then transport you to Rifugio Sapienza, where you'll board a cable car to soar to an altitude of 2500 meters. Next, a sturdy 4x4 vehicle will take you to a breathtaking height of 1.7 miles (2750 meters), offering a thrilling panorama of the volcano's majestic Central and South-Eastern Craters, surrounded by ancient and recent lava flows. After taking in the awe-inspiring vistas, you'll return to Rifugio Sapienza and head towards Monte Nero Degli Zappini. Embark on a guided nature walk to uncover the fascinating geological and botanical secrets of Mount Etna. To refuel, indulge in a delicious lunch featuring authentic Sicilian baked treats, accompanied by refreshing water and a glass of Mount Etna wine. In the afternoon, get ready to venture into the heart of the volcano by exploring a magnificent volcanic cave. Equipped with helmets and torches, you'll embark on a thrilling adventure, guided by your expert leader. Learn about the intriguing science of speleology and the captivating phenomenon of volcanic eruptions.