Discover Europe’s highest volcano during a shore excursion with our Mount Etna Jeep Tour. You will visit old and new lava flows, an impressive volcanic landscape and the Alcantara-Gorge during the off-road part with the jeep as well as during an easy hike – always accompanied by an English-speaking guide.
Etna Excursions from cruise ship in Messina: Highlights
Experience an off-road adventure with a 4x4 vehicle
Take a hike along the old and new lava flows
Equipped with helmets and flashlights you will explore a lava cave
Pick-up and drop-off – Port of Messina
During this shore excursion for cruise ship passengersfrom Messina you will have the perfect mix of an adventurous Jeep experience and the Sicilian culture. Discover one of the most active volcanoes in the world with our Etna Jeep Tour. We will pick you up at the Port of Messina with one of our off-road vehicles (including the popular Land Rover 110) and heading in the direction of the volcano.
We are passing idyllic Sicilian villages and some of Sicily’s most famous wine-growing regions and whilst gaining altitude, you will learn a lot about the country, the population and their culture. You will certainly remember the impressive play of colours of the black lava and the extraordinary vegetation on Mount Etna. As we pass by the lava flows of recent years, we will see centuries-old forests and we will stop at some of the most beautiful places on Mount Etna. During an easy hike of approx. 45 min. on the craters in the surrounding, you will see the unique landscape with the old and new lava.
Of course, a competent English-speaking guide will accompany you during this guided trip on Mount Etna and you will learn a lot about the history of the volcano with its myths and the current situation there. You will continue the adventurous jeep tour on an off-road track through the pine forests and you will get further insight into the unique and diverse flora and fauna which inhabits the lava rocks.
Like the speleologists, you will be equipped with helmets and flashlights to explore one of the famous lava caves on foot with your guide. These caves were created by a lava flow and they still have special properties. Centuries ago, residents close to Mount Etna used these caves for the ice production.
As the last stop of the half-day tour we will drive to the hardened lava flows, which destroyed the local ski lift during the last big eruption.
After all these unforgettable impressions we will return to your cruise in Messina.