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Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania

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Catania, Italy

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 4 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Overview

The volcanic landscapes around Mt. Etna draw travelers from far and wide, but reaching the highest peaks can be a challenge. This adventurous full-day tour from Catania includes food-tastings in Zafferana Etnea and a visit to the Parco dell’Etna. Delve into a lava cave with a guide, marvel at Italy’s volcanic landscape from the Rifugio Sapienza, and explore the Alcantara Gorges—home to lava formations shaped over millions of years.
  • Full-day tour of Mt. Etna and the Alcantara Gorges from Catania
  • Enjoy panoramic views over Italy’s volcanic landscape from the Rifugio Sapienza
  • Explore lava caves and hiking routes in the Parco dell’Etna with a guide
  • Sample locally made honey, olive oil, and wine in Zafferana Etnea
  • Discover ancient lava formations and clear pools in the Alcantara Gorges
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from your Catania hotel
Shuttle bus (return)
Multilingual guide
The kit for visiting the Cave
Sampling
Trekking shoes (on request)
Cableway to reach 2500 m € 30.00 (to pay on the spot)
Cableway + 4x4 minibus + alpinist guide to reach 3000 m € 66.00 (to pay on the spot)
Authorized tourist guide in Taormina (on request)
All that is not specified under “the cost includes"

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotels and B&Bs in Catania only

Departure Time

8:30 AM
Begin your tour with a pickup in Catania. Then, travel out of the city to the Rifugio Sapienza—a vantage point boasting panoramic views over Italy’s volcanic landscape. Stop at sightseeing points along the way, and listen as your guide sheds light on the Silvestri Craters and the region’s past volcanic eruptions.

From the Rifugio Sapienza enjoy an optional trek (payable locally at own expense) into the Parco dell’Etna to an altitude of 6,561 feet (2,000 meters) above sea level. From here, continue onward via cable car and off-road vehicle (payable locally at own expense) to the Torre del Filosofo at 9,514 feet (2,900 meters). Marvel at sweeping views over the craters and ancient lava flows of Mt. Etna, then return to Rifugio Sapienza by minibus and cable car.

Next, strap on your helmet and explore a lava cave in the Parco dell’Etna with your guide. Along the way, admire ancient rock formations in the molten landscape and gain insight into the Parco dell’Etna’s complex geology.

Sample honey, olive oil, wine, and other traditional Italian products at an organic farm in Zafferana Etnea. Then, continue on to the Alcantara Gorges—home to a series of pools and bays hidden among high cliffs.

Follow your guide along the winding trails and admire the ruins of Francavilla Castle. As you explore, discover rich lava formations eroded over millions of years by the gorges’ running waters.

When your time in the Alcantara Gorges comes to an end, return to your starting point in Catania to conclude your tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Etna Tribe
tour made by etna tribe
Duration: 9 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Rifugio Sapienza
Stop for break
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mount Etna
trekking in path up to volcano Etna
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna
trekking through the old craters
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Parco dell'Etna
Trekking through natural path of parco dell'Etna
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Funivia dell'Etna
altitude option with cablecar and jeep of road
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Grotta dei Tre Livelli
visit of a lava cave with hekmets and lamps
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Oro d'Etna
Sampling of typical products in a biological farm
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gola dell'Alcantara
visit of alcantara gorges
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Gurne dell'Alcantara. Francavilla di Sicilia
Visit og alcantara gurne
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY EtnaTribe

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania.

Traveler Tips


  • "Also chance to spend a day with knowledgeable local person can’t be appreciated enough, because you get lot of information and hints about Catania." See review
  • "If you want a glimpse of Etna and Alcantara just to see it but not embrace it fully, then pick this tour." See review

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guligos
, Jun 2019
Our experience with this guided tour was amazing! We were part of group of 6 people together with guide Danilo. We got picked up at our hotel in Catania first, drove to one of caves, then to Etna with enough time to reach 2900 meters mark, enjoyed local delicacies and then had a nice chill at Alcantara valley. All of that throughout the day was accompanied by great stories about Sicily, Catania, Etna and surrounding towns. It was great value for the price we paid, because in exchange we got day full of new impressions and unbelievable natural sightseeings. Also chance to spend a day with knowledgeable local person can’t be appreciated enough, because you get lot of information and hints about Catania. Me and my girlfriend really enjoyed this tour and highly advise it to everyone wishing to hike Etna and explore surrounding areas.
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Fabulous tour. Tour guide Julia was...
Leah S
, Nov 2017
Fabulous tour. Tour guide Julia was professional, fun and knowledgable. The bus was a few minutes late to arrive, but we made it to all our destinations. The tour went by quickly, as it was designed to jam-pack a lot of destinations into one day. This tour is for a sample of the region and not to meditate on it. If you want a glimpse of Etna and Alcantara just to see it but not embrace it fully, then pick this tour. We had limited time when we visited Sicily and needed a tour like this just to see it.
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We loved this tour. Our guide...
Wendy P
, Sep 2017
We loved this tour. Our guide Giulia was fantastic! If you book this tour we hope you get her as your guide. She was very knowledgeable about volcanos and the surrounding area. She was also very pleasant and fun.
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Verry nice tour with a verry good...
Sylvain O
, Jul 2016
Verry nice tour with a verry good guide! The only thing we would have like to know before we go is you will need a swimsuit at the Alcantara river and some water shoes as well since the river is on some rock and it hurts the feet! It was a verry nice tour! Thank you for the experience!
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Super Führung
AndreasBiedermann
, Oct 2019
Unsere Familie war die einzige Gruppe des Guides. Sehr zuvorkommend und flexibel. Ohne Guide hätten wir nur einen Bruchteil der Eindrücke gewonnen. Können wir nur empfehlen.

Product code: 19933P15

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