Day trip

From Taormina: Mount Etna upper craters and Alcantara Gorges

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57 reviews

Activity provider: SAT Group
Day trip

From Taormina: Mount Etna upper craters and Alcantara Gorges

Activity provider: SAT Group
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From US$ 113.15 per person

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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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  • 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.

  • 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

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Meeting point

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

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please wear warm clothing and suitable shoes
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Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 57 reviews

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A very nice and interesting day trip! This excursion is 11 hours long, although most of the time was spent on transportation, during which the guide gave interesting facts and highlights. First stop was Alcantara Gorge... beautiful scenery! But we only had 1 hour there so we only went down to the gorge and walked in the cold water (Tip: wear shorts and sea-footwear to be able to walk deeper in the gorge) - we did not have enough time to walk above the gorge. Then with the coach we went to Randazzo and boarded the Circumetnea train... quite interesting but takes too long. Went round Etna and arrived at Adrano - from there to Rifugio Sapienza with coach. Went up with cable car to 2500m and then with jeep up to 2750m. Here we walked with the guide to the Caldera and on the way down we had the opportunity to walk up a crater (quite a tiring walk up-hill but worth the effort!). We had sufficient time here and finally made our way back to hotel.

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March 26, 2023

Trip as expected. The train ride was a peaceful change from the hectic roads. The gorge was a lovely calming place and Mount Etna was amazing. You need to be prepared for lots of walking and climbing as it’s strenuous but worth it. The guide was very knowledgable as well.

March 26, 2023

Amazing. Could have done with far more information prior to visit. There is a long trip to the gorge. Take beach shoes and a towel for this. Water freezing. Another long trip to the train. No cafe or anywhere to purchase food and drink at the station. An hour train journey through the country. This is unnecessary as add time onto the trip and there is already to much travelling. Another hour to etna, told we have 15 mins before we have to go up. This was not enough time if you wanted to buy something to eat. You get a pass and independently make your own way up on cable cars, then get onto cars to take you to the top. A 10 min walk on flat terrain to edge with amazing views if visibility good. Go back in car which drives to a crater and 10 min walk up steep hill (only if you want to or wait by the car) to the top of crater which rock is still warm! You do not stay as a group Time on etna was approx 1hr 45. It was enough time but more time prior to going up to eat would be good.

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March 26, 2023

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