You can’t visit Sicily without experiencing one of its main attractions – Mount Etna. This majestic, active volcano is a gorgeous sight, and on this trip you’ll climb through one of the craters and see the sunset from the top. Here’s what to expect…
What is the Mount Etna Sunset Select excursion?
Mount Etna Sunset Select is a TUI Collection excursion, which means it’s been specifically developed to give you a true taste of the destination. If you can tear yourself away from Sicily’s delicious food and pretty hilltop towns, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience the country’s star attraction. As well as getting a guided tour of the volcano by 4×4 and on foot, you’ll get to see the sunset from the top and tuck into a delicious dinner afterwards.
What will I do on the Mount Etna Sunset Select excursion?
You’ll be picked up from your resort to start the journey up the slopes of Mount Etna, learning all about the history, previous eruptions and the geothermal activity along the way. As you approach the smoking craters, you’ll make a stop at Oro d’Etna to try freshly-grown olives, capers, artichokes and honey which are all grown on the nutrient-rich volcanic soil. You’ll then switch to a 4×4 vehicle to drive up the rocky terrain stopping off at a few spots to grab some photos and stroll across the moon-like landscape.
Your final stop is the 2001 eruption crater where you’ll meet an expert alpinist who will take you to the top. You’ll climb up the lava slopes of the volcano, walk right through the middle of the crater and around the rim just in time to see a spectacular sunset. It gets pretty windy at the top but the lava rocks just below the surface are still warm to touch. Once the sun has dipped down below the peaks, you’ll head back down the volcano and enjoy a three-course meal with plenty of wine to toast your fabulous day.
Who would enjoy it?
Climbing through one of Mount Etna’s craters and walking on an active volcano is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so this trip is perfect for those who love to tick off the big bucket list activities. Families, couples and almost all ages are welcome – though this one might not be suitable for small children. For most of the journey you’re escorted by road vehicle, so the hiking part isn’t too strenuous. The trip also allows enough time to ascend the volcano and its winding roads gradually, with frequent stops so you can used to the altitude.
What do I need to bring with me?
You might be enjoying toasty temperatures while you’re at ground level in Sicily, but when you’re at the top of Mount Etna it can be around 4 or 5 degrees, coupled with winds. So, wrapping up warm is key – you can also hire thick jackets for 3 euros at the top if you haven’t packed your winter clothes (we don’t blame you). Closed shoes are also a must when you’re walking over the lava rocks as it can be a bit slippery. You should also bring a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.