1. Italy
  2. Sicily
  3. Catania
  4. Mount Etna

Sicily: Mt. Etna & Alcantara Day-Trip

Product ID: 192627
Enjoy a full day of adventure and discover two of Sicily's most mesmerising natural wonders; Mount Etna and the Alcantara Gorges. Go on a trek with your experienced tour guides who will help you uncover the beauty of these majestic landmarks.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, French, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Trek up Mount Etna and reach an altitude of 2000-meters
  • Enjoy lunch in a nice farmhouse
  • Visit the natural wonder of Alcantara Gorges
  • Witness lava formations centuries old
Full description
Start your Sicilian adventure by meeting your friendly guide in Catania, either at your accomodation or another agreed upon location. After a short meet and greet you will take a brief, scenic drive to either the Sartorius craters, or the 2002 crater on the Northeast side of Etna.

Whilst here, you will 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 - all part of the unique landscape you will discover on the Northeast side of the volcano. During the excursions you will reach a maximum altitude of 2000-meters.

Receive the opportunity to explore a volcanic cave like the Grotto del Ladroni or Grotta Cassone. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment, such as helmets and torches. Stop at a nice farmhouse restaurant up along the mountain road for a genuine Sicilian lunch in a convivial atmosphere (lunch is made of an appetizer, first course, water and wine), outdoor or indoor dependant on weather.

After lunch, you will visit the Alcantara canyons, formed thousands of years ago due to lava flow that invaded the bed of the Alcantara river. The crash between the river’s extremely cold water and the incandescent lava created one of the most spectacular sceneries in nature. In the Alcantara river you can bathe, participants are urged to bring their swimsuits and beach shoes. End your day back in Catania at around 18:00 to 18:30. You will be dropped off in the same location you were picked up. 
Includes
  • A professional and passionate naturalist guide
  • Transportation from your hotel with a minibus or Jeep from Catania
  • Lunch, water and wine
  • Insurance
  • Equipment (helmets and torches)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Pick-up available at your Catania located accomodation or other agreed upon meeting point.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
Know before you go
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• Trekking shoes and jackets are available for free at the moment of the booking if requested
• Infant seats are available on request if requested at the time of booking
• Please advise of any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking
• Vegetarian, vegan and celiac options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
• Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
• Not wheelchair accessible
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 67 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Great trip with lovely guide.

We got picked up in front of out hotel and with a small group (8) we had a wonderfull day. The guide was passionated and told us a lot. Some explanation was giving while driving in the car so that was hard to understand in the back. The lunch was good (bruschetta, pasta, water and wine). After that we went to Alcantara. I advise the where loose pants that you can roll above your knee and some water sandals because you will go in the river with lots of stones, that was not mentioned in the description.

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October 7, 2019

Great adventure, cool trail, lot of interesting facts

We had a really good time on this excursion. Our guide Giovanni was very pleasant and knowledgeable and he shared lot of information about the mountain, environment, volcanic activity, plants, etc. You can really see that he enjoys what he does :) The trail was full of cool elements (craters, viewpoints, lava exit points, etc.). Lunch afterwards was also very nice and we drank a pretty tasty wine ;) In the end, Alcantra Gorges were wonderful :)) All in all, I highly recommend this classic tour.

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September 24, 2019

Well worth it

We had Giuseppe as a guide and I think it was great. Interestingly the best thing to see was Alcantara. Remember to take swimsuit, the water is chilly but it's very refreshing and you'll want to take a small walk in the gorges. Also the lunch in the restaurant was decent. I recommend

July 20, 2019

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Etna Experience Excursion

Product ID: 192627