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Alcantara River Park: River Trekking and Body Rafting

1. Alcantara River Park: River Trekking and Body Rafting

If you are a sports lover, then you can’t miss this unique opportunity: body rafting after river trekking up the Alcantara River. All the gear you need and entry to the Alcantara Gorges are included so you can get the most out of your time at Alcantara River Park. After a briefing on the experience, suit up in a wetsuit, helmet, and life jacket to start the trek along the riverbed. Face the rapid water that flows over you as you go upstream, clinging to the natural holds of the basaltic rock, the result of ancient volcanic eruptions and the constant flow of the river. Overcome the obstacles that you find along the way with the help of river guides that will be present throughout your adventure. Upon reaching the point where you will begin body rafting, stop for a few minutes to catch your breath and recover your energy. Enjoy a moment of pause to better appreciate the magic of the gorges, an uncontaminated natural landscape that seems to have come out of a prehistoric era. Once ready, embark on an adrenaline dive among the rapids that flow quickly through the gorges. Experience a thrill that will always remain in your memory.

Alcantara River Park: Hiking and Body Rafting Half-Day Trip

2. Alcantara River Park: Hiking and Body Rafting Half-Day Trip

Explore Sicily's beautiful Alcantara River Park and its famous gorges. Relax with a stunning view before ending your tour with an exhilarating experience of body rafting down the rapids of the Alcantara river. Begin your adventure at the Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park with a short briefing about your adventure course. While hiking through stunning gorges and eye-catching visits in Alcantara River Park, catch a glimpse of the ruins of a castle, an ancient Greek settlement, and local flora. Marvel at old stone walls, ancient mills, and sacred buildings. Pass through the Saje, ancient irrigation pipes that allowed Sicilian agriculture to flourish. At the Gorges of the Alcantara River Park, take a rest and enjoy the view. Don a wetsuit, helmet, and river jacket, and get ready to body raft. Enjoy the adventure of a free body descent down the river's rapids. End your nature adventure with an adrenaline rush.

Sicily: Mt. Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour

3. Sicily: Mt. Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour

Start your Sicilian adventure by meeting your guide in Catania, either at your accommodation or another agreed-upon location. Take a brief, scenic drive to either the Sartorius craters or the 2002 crater on the Northeast side of Etna. Be introduced, through your knowledgeable guide, to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena. Walk through ancient woods, extinct craters, and old lava flows. Witness deserts of lava and ashes, peculiar lava formations, and traces of previous eruptions. Reach a maximum altitude of 2000-meters. Have the opportunity to explore a volcanic cave like the Grotto del Ladroni or Grotta Cassone. Stop at a nice winery up along the mountain road for a genuine Sicilian lunch (lunch includes appetizer, first course, water, and wine) outdoors or indoors dependent on weather. Visit the Alcantara canyons, formed thousands of years ago due to lava flow that invaded the bed of the Alcantara river. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and bathe in the Alcantara River. End your day back in Catania where you were picked up.

Catania: Mount Etna Volcano and Alcantara Park Tour

4. Catania: Mount Etna Volcano and Alcantara Park Tour

With an expert guide by your side, discover the Mount Etna volcano, sitting at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. Explore ancient craters, lava flow caves, and admire the breathtaking landscape of the Ionian coast. Explore Alcantara Park in your free time. Dissected by the Alcantara river, Alcantara Park is a location brimming with unique vegetation, lava rock formations, and columnar basalts formed by the icy waters of the Alcantara. During the warm season, cool yourself off by taking a refreshing dip in these pristine waters or just stroll alongside the river.

Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour from Taormina

5. Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour from Taormina

Travel in a small group with an expert guide from Taormina to Etna on this full-day tour. Enjoy a 2-hour hike around the perimeters of extinct craters and along lava-covered paths at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. Visit the volcanic underground, discovering one of the wonders of Etna. Stop for lunch and visit a local winery for a guided tasting of Etna wines (DOC). The 3-course lunch features typical Sicilian antipasti, a main course, and a delicious dessert. Last on the itinerary is a visit to the Alcantara Canyons, formed thousands of years ago when lava flowed into the Alcantara River, from a panoramic view point.

From Taormina: Etna Summit Area (2900m), Lunch & Alcantara

6. From Taormina: Etna Summit Area (2900m), Lunch & Alcantara

Reach the summit area of Etna, ascending 2750 meters by either cableway or off-road vehicle on this tour from Taormina. Hike the base of the active craters with a naturalistic guide, experience the lunar landscapes, and savor a typical Sicilian lunch with local wine and drinks. Begin your tour with a pickup from your accommodation (or close vicinity in Taormina and the surrounding area). You'll travel in a small group of no more than 8 people for a more intimate and personalized experience. Drive to Mount Etna where you'll start the ascent to the summit area (2750-2800 meters of altitude). Depending on the availability and the circumstances, in order to guarantee an optimal service, the ascent can be carried out either by cableway or off-road vehicles only. Once at the summit area, enjoy light trekking with a volcanological guide and a naturalistic guide. Walk through a desert of black ashes and extinct craters, while admiring the lunar landscape and the spectacular view of the active craters from a close distance. Back at 2000 meters, you'll be given the proper equipment, such as helmets and torches, to visit one of the striking lava caves of the volcano. Then, enjoy a typical Sicilian light lunch with local wine and drinks during the midday break. Finally, you'll admire the Alcantara Gorges created when thick lava flows invaded the bed of the icy river Alcantara, giving rise to geometrically perfect rocks.

From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges

7. From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges

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.

From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

8. From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

Depart from Taormina and head to the Rifugio Sapienza on Mount Etna. Learn the history of the volcano and visit the sites of its last eruptions. Choose to trek along the nature paths of the Parco dell’Etna or take the cable car to an altitude of 2,504 meters and continue by 4WD minibus to the Torre del Filosofo. Get stunning views of the scenery stretching down to the sea and admire the craters and old lava flows that characterize the landscape. Explore a lava cave with all the proper equipment. Continue down the mountain and stop at the organic farm for a delicious sampling of local products, including honey, wine, and oil. Discover the different corners of the Alcantara River. Walk down small paths, past cultivated fields, and see the natural pools and waterfalls and continue to get up close to different basalt and unexpected lava formations.

Scenic Tour of Etna Round and Alcantara Gorges

9. Scenic Tour of Etna Round and Alcantara Gorges

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.

From Catania: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

10. From Catania: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation in Catania and journey by bus to Rifugio Sapienza on the slopes of Mount Etna. Visit the sites of recent volcanic eruptions and the old Silvestri craters. Choose from different options at Rifugio Sapienza and trek the nature paths of the park or ride the cable car to 2,504 meters above sea level. Continue by 4WD minibus to Torre del Filosofo for an additional fee. Get up close to the central and southeast craters and marvel at how the landscape has been shaped by lava flows. Visit locations where the volcano flourishes before you return to Rifugio Sapienza to look inside a lava cave using helmets and torches. Sample the local produce at an organic farm in Zafferana, and get stunning views of the Alcantara River. Walk the small paths past cultivated fields to see the natural pools of Gurne dell'Alcantara and the ruins of Francavilla Castle. Admire the basalt columns and lava formations of the gorge.

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What people are saying about Alcantara River

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Great experience and highly recommended. Contact and information the day before via Whatsup. Shoes and jacket can be borrowed. Our guide Giuseppe was very accommodating and knowledgeable. The tour was very varied and interesting.

Robert Copollino was an amazing guide who made our visit to Mt Etna so special. He was knowledgeable , full of humor, supportive and a lovely person. The lunch at the winery was very good and we enjoyed the wine tasting.

Excellent guide Roberto, really good and able to convey his enthusiasm to his travel companions. We also enjoyed lunch and wine tasting, an experience to recommend to everyone.

Fantastic day, our guide Salvo was awesome! Etna is an amazing place, don’t miss it.

Fab tour, a great day out and exploring Etna and Sciliy.