Scenic Tour of Etna Round and Alcantara Gorges

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Scenic Tour of Etna Round and Alcantara Gorges

From $59.33 per person

Visit Sicily and see the fascinating natural column formations of the Alcantara Gorges. Then proceed by Circumetnea train and bus up to Rifugio Sapienza on the south side of Mount Etna at 1900 meters.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Visit of the fascinating formations of the Alcantara Gorges
  • See the ancient medieval town of Randazzo
  • Take the special "Circumetnea" train to Adrano at the foot of Etna
  • Optional cableway and jeep ride to the main craters area
  • Optional trekking to the Silvestri's Craters
Full description
Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, standing 3,329m - the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. Volcanic activity first took place at Etna about half a million years ago. Due to its history of much more recent activity and its nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations. The power and romance of Mount Etna have attracted the attention of travellers, artists, poets and philosophers for centuries. Hiking on Etna represents an utterly unique experience. The Alcantara Gorges represent an impressive natural work of art. Several thousand years ago the riverbed was blocked by a lava flow from Mount Etna. As a consequence of the lava cooling much more quickly by the water, it crystallized in the form of columns. Over the next millennia, the river naturally eroded a channel through these columns, resulting in impressive gorges. Our tour will take you first to the intriguing formations of the Alcantara Gorges for a short stop and afterwards to the medieval town of Randazzo. From here we will then take a special train called the "Circumetnea" which goes to the ancient city of Adrano, right at the foot of Mount Etna. Finally we proceed comfortably by bus up to Rifugio Sapienza on the south side of Mount Etna at 1900 meters. A possible ascent to the main crater area (dependent on weather conditions), trekking and lunch are optional.
  • Transportation Tour leader service, VAT and taxes
  • Ascent to the main crater area
  • Entry fee for Alcantara Gorges
  • Food and drinks
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  • Pregnant women
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  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Taormina Terminal Bus at Via Pirandello. Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before departure time. Pick-up is also available in the areas of Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Recanati and Letojanni. Please contact SAT Group office (office opening hours: 08:30 - 13:00 /16:00 - 19:30) to reconfirm the excursion at least the day before and to get more information about the closest pick-up point.

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    What to bring

    • Warm clothing

    Not allowed

    • Open-toed shoes

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    • Warm clothes and suitable footwear are recommended
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    It's worth it!

    Very nice trip around and on Etna. The Alcantara Gorge is well worth seeing, the train journey was very interesting and you really drove across the planted fields. And the Etna very high - you just have to do it - that's a completely different world up there !! The guide was good and you understood it well! The organizer was very helpful in advance and took good care of you! It was a great trip that I can only recommend.

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    June 18, 2018

    Wonderful trip, wear warm clothing!

    I was disappointed that Alfredo, our guide, seemed to skimp on the English tour info and provided more details to the French and Italian tourists. Mt. Etna, was my first and probably only visit to a volcano. It was amazing. The weather was very cold and windy. The ride was interesting- random train ride- was ok. Restaurant was excellent and I bought the honey from the local shopkeeper. The gorges was a short trip- definitely buy the ticket for the botanical park.

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    May 21, 2014

    Great tour

    Getting on the bus was a little hectic but the tour itself was informative. Going up to the top of mount Etna was really nice but I wished there was a bit more walking.

    September 27, 2016

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