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From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges

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31 reviews

From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges

Activity provider: SAT Group
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From US$ 100.23 per person

Experience a full-day tour to ascend Mount Etna, have a nice ride on the Circumetnea train and see the impressive natural sculpture of Alcantara Gorges.

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Duration 10 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit of the fascinating formations of the Alcantara Gorges
  • Learn all about the history of Mount Etna from your guide
  • Enjoy a cableway and jeep ride to the main crater's area
  • Experience the Circumetnea train
Full description

Enjoy a full-day tour of the highest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna. Tour guests meet at the bus terminal in Taormina, Via Pirandello. The tour is led by a knowledgeable tour leader. You can enjoy exclusive information of the history of Mount Etna and the surrounding areas. An air-conditioned coach will transport you to the Alcantara Gorges (entry extra). This is an impressive natural sculpture. Thousands of years ago the riverbed was blocked by lava flow from Mount Etna, and as the lava cooled more quickly than the water it crystallized. Tall columns of lava have since stood here and as the river eroded through the lava it has created a series of impressive gorges. Don’t forget your camera. The trip continues on board the Circumetnea, a traditional train that winds around the foot of the volcano reaching up to Adrano in the south. Then. by coach, reach Rifugio Sapienza, at an altitude of 1.900 meters on the southern side.

Then, ascend via cable car and jeep to the authorized crater zones, assisted by licensed guides of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club). Stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in the area of security. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Taormina where the tour ends.

Includes
  • Ascent to the main crater area
  • Transportation by coach and Circumetnea Train
  • Tour Leader and Alpine Guides service
  • Entry fee for Alcantara Gorges
  • Drinks and meals
  • Wind jackets and boot rental
Not suitable for
  • People with heart problems
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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Meeting point

Terminal Interbus Taormina, Piazza Luigi Pirandello, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please wear warm clothing and suitable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 31 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Very nice tour of the process and organization. From the Alcantara gorge one would have expected more but I think you would have to experience it again from the water side. The trip with the Ferrovia Circumetnea (FCE) was fine but the train was too full for two groups (sometimes standing room). Conclusion not bad what you can see in the short time but most of it is probably about Etna.

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September 29, 2019

Our guide (Isabelle or Isabella?) was knowledgeable but was not very approachable. At time she was not very clear and would seem frustrated if asked for more clarification. I also felt constantly rushed during the trip due to a combination of the tight schedule and the tone of our guide. The sites visited in particular the Alacantara gorges and Mt. Etna was perfect. I would have preferred spending less time at Randazzo and instead have more time to visit Mt. Etna. For those who went up to the 3000m of Mt. Etna, we did not have any time to visit the souvenir stores and amenities at 2000m whereas I felt that the trip to Randazzo was too long. Overall, the trip was great.

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October 9, 2018

The tour was very nice. The transport went on for too long. The train ride can be omitted.

September 10, 2021

Product ID: 167897