Private tour to explore Mount Etna volcano departing from port of Messina
- Mount Etna Park
- See volcano's craters
- Lava cave exploration
- Pick-up at port (or hotel)
- Private guide/driver
- 4WD vehicles
This Mount Etna tour will begin with a private driver pick-up at the port of Messina from where you will travel together to Mount Etna (3,550 mt, 11,000 ft), one of Sicily’s most impressive natural sites.
This is a great shore excursion for people arriving to Sicily by cruise but can also be arranged with pick-up at your hotel. Onboard a 4WD you will reach the Etna Park and experience the change in the landscape while you ascend to an altitude of 1,400 meters (4,600 ft) to the extinct craters of the volcano. Here your expert guide will take you for an easy walk around the craters to learn about the volcano and its eruptions before heading to an intriguing lava cave where, equipped with helmets, ropes and flashlights you will explore the old lava flows.
Next stop of your private Etna tour will be Valle del Bove where we will reach the altitude of 2,150 meters (7,000 ft) and have a breathtaking panorama on the volcano and its surroundings. After admiring the scenery it will be time for a typical Sicilian lunch in a local chalet on the slopes of the Etna where, if you wish, you can sample the Sicilian specialties and taste the renowned Etna wines.
Last stops of this day tour will be the Dagala valley and Piano Provenzana, areas that were affected by the 2002 eruption, the largest in recent decades. At the end of the tour your driver will take you back to the port of Messina on time to board your ship. Since this will be a private tour we will set the timing based on the schedule of your cruise. You will have a local private driver/guide with great experience of the area and a 4WD vehicle entirely dedicated to you.
The hiking part of the tour is easy and will be adjusted to the experience and conditions of the participants. In any case, please inform us in advance for any physical limitation or health issue you may have.
Private driver/guide, all transportation cost
At the dock of the port of Messina. Please contact us to arrange a pick-up from other places
Closed shoes (hiking boots or sneakers), hat, sunscreen, warm clothes (windjacket) as we will go at high altitude and it can be cold also during summer time
Please inform us in advance for any physical limitation or health issue you may have