Catania

Etna: Winter excursion to 3.000mt

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Excursion on Etna with the Volcanological Guides

From $97.45

Select Date and Travelers

Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

    What's Included

    • Free rental rock helmet
    • High-necked hiking shoes
    • Windbreaker
    • Backpack 10/20 L
    • Bottled water
    • Snacks
    • Return cable car ticket

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza
      Unnamed Road, 95030, 95030 Nicolosi CT, Italy

      Meeting at our Ashàra info point located at Piazzale Rifugio Sapienza, Nicolosi - Etna Sud

    Start time

    09:00 AM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Traveler Tips


    Since the trip turned out to be too challenging to our kids, we agreed to take a shorter route.

    Reviews

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    Company was not great, guide was excellent
    Karen_N, Dec 2022
    First, there were many layers of companies between Viator and our guide. We booked with Viator who booked us with a local company called Ashara who then passed us off to another company called Etna Nord. The communication prior to the hike didn't really prepare us: what to pack and what specifically the hike would be like. Also, the company (Ashara) told us the day before our scheduled hike that we could not go on that day and only gave us the option of two days later. We had to change all our plans for the week. There were 11 others in the group and we had to move slowly so the guide could tell everyone the information - in English, Italian and French. THE GUIDE was EXCELLENT: lighthearted, knowledgeable, and managed well a group with diverse abilities. It was an interesting hike but people should know that it is demanding and best for an upper-intermediate hiker.
    Response from Host, Dec 2022
    Dear Karen, Thanks for your feedback! we would like to point out that there are no layers between us and other guide agencies. It is normal, especially during the low season, to collaborate with other guides in order to form groups, but in your specific case we have kindly asked you to move the reservation because precisely on the date chosen by you, there were expected strong gusts of wind over 80 km per hour and also there was not other people to reach to minimum number. These are more than valid reasons to ask (do not force) to change date. Regarding the information, in addition to those already on viator, we have the care to inform all our guests about the difficulties of the various experiences, but more than this we can not do, is the task of the guide to better manage the various situations that are created, and we seem to understand from your feedback, that the guide has been up to this task. As for the group, you have not booked a private excursion, so it is normal that you have to adapt to the abilities of other people. We are sorry for our answer, but it was due! Regards, Ashàra team
    DO THIS!
    ecbphx, Feb 2022
    We had an incredible experience on this tour. From the very start, communication from Mary was stellar. She even assisted us with finding transportation to the meeting point - no question for her was too small. Once we arrived, we had many gear options to allow us a safe, comfortable trek. Gloves, jackets, boots, hiking poles, and more were available for our use. We felt adequately prepared for the hike. Max led our group of 5 at a reasonable pace - stopping at just the right spots for us to catch our breath, and thinking about safety the entire time. I learned so much - he shared just the right amount of information (not too little, not too much!) Of course, the hike itself was amazing. Sinking into the volcanic material as we ascended was challenging, but do-able. The boots allowed us traction on icy spots, and the jackets kept us protected from the crazy wind!! The scenery of course was fantastic, and we were lucky during our lunch break to see a bunch of activity on the volcano. The landscape was phenomenal. We felt so lucky to be a part of a great group of participants, as well. Everyone had similar fitness levels, so that made things really nice. I totally, completely, absolutely recommend this experience. It is challenging in the winter, but great memories were made and we boarded the bus back to Catania feeling so very satisfied and happy. This is an experience that matched the description exactly. Entirely recommended!
    A magnificent experience!
    Patrycja_O, Jan 2020
    We took the trip to Etna with our guide, Giuseppe, who turned out to be a very easy-going and friendly person. We communicated well in English with him. Giuseppe told us interesting things about the volcano and guided us to beautiful views. Since the trip turned out to be too challenging to our kids, we agreed to take a shorter route. We had marvelous weather conditions and wonderful time. Thank you!
    Response from Host, Nov 2020
    Thanks for your kind words and thanks for leaving your feedback. We are very happy that the tour was to your liking. Best regards, Ashàra Team
    Spannende Tour auf 3000m Höhe
    Jens_F, Mar 2022
    Das Team von Ashara war sehr gut in der Kommunikation mit uns. Max war ein super Guide für den Trip auf den Ätna. Er konnte viele interessante Details zum Vulkan vermitteln. Die Tour war sehr abwechslungsreich und interessant.

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