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Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Taormina

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Taormina, 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 Taormina 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 delve deep into the Alcantara Gorges—home to lava formations shaped over millions of years.
  • Full-day tour of Mt. Etna and the Alcantara Gorges from Taormina
  • 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 Taormina hotel
Shuttle bus (round trip)
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 local guide in Taormina (on request)
All that is not specified under “the cost includes"

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotels, B&B, Port, bus and train stations in Taormina

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Begin your tour with a pickup at your hotel, the port, the bus station, or the train station in Taormina. Then, travel out of the city to the Rifugio Sapienza—a vantage point boasting panoramic views over Italy’s volcanic landscape. Stop at vantage 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 Taormina to conclude your tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Etna Tribe
excursion 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:  
Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna
visit of old Silvestri craters
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mount Etna
trekking through a natural path in mount etna
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Parco dell'Etna
trekking through natural path of parco dell'etna
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Funivia dell'Etna
altitude option cablecar and jeep of road
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Grotta dei Tre Livelli
visit of a lava caves with helmets 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 of 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 Taormina?
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 Taormina.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Taormina?
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 Taormina.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Taormina?
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 Taormina.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Taormina?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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

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The guide was nice. I liked the...
Linda Klára D
, Sep 2016
The guide was nice. I liked the places we went. The only problem was the weather and so we could not go up to Etna higher point.

Product code: 19933P4

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