Private Tour of Alcantara Gorges. Including Food and Wine
- Private group
- Transportation included
- Duration: 4 hours
Per group up to 2
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We enjoyed our tour in general, but most of the time we were driving in a bus, taking the cable cart or driving in a mountain bus. Though we didn't need to stand in a line to cable cart or mountain bus for too long, traveling took way too much time. We had less than an hour up at 2900 meters and it was just enough to take a guided tour around a crater, but not enough to explore. All that trouble for a mere 45 mins up the mountain was a bit of a disappointment. Going higher up the mountain was of course forbidden. The mountain guide who walked us around one crater was very informative and multilingual. Our own guide was very pleasant, efficient and attentive. She spoke the whole drive up and down in three languages. The bus driver was amazingly skillful and drove that monster bus like a.. well.. a pro. We had cloudy weather so no breathtaking views down, but the summit was clearly visible from 2900 and we were quite pleased to see it.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip! The guide (Joshua) speaks perfect English. He was very friendly and also was very careful with driving, as I've informed him about my car sickness. He told us a lot of interesting facts about Sicily. We were lucky with weather on top of Etna, so we could clearly see other craters and Sicily. Taormina was a very nice addition, cute small town with an amazing amphitheater. Overall, we had a blast! :)
Danilo was incredible! His English was perfect, he was down to earth, understood all our questions, did not rush anyone. Couldn’t have asked for a better guide! Etna was amazing but beware it’s freezing at the top but you can rent a coat for 4 euros, Danilo will also give you walking boots if you text him the day before which was really helpful. Fantastic day! Thank you Danilo!
Unfortunately the horseback riding was less than 1 hour and not 1,5 hours which allowed us only to go a short walk outside the ranch. The view of the landscape including the mount Etna was spectacular but for me not really a horse back riding really inside the national park. The team of the ranch was very friendly. The food at the Agritourismo was very good.
Wonderful, knowledgable guide, Michael, who kept us entertained and educated throughout the day. I was surprised at how smooth the ride was to the other side of the island and how good the roads are - it is vitally a continuous motorway viaduct. Having experienced Corsica and Crete it was a welcome relief! Etna and Taormina were a revelation.