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From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

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25 reviews

From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

From US$ 113.01 per person

Explore the highest volcano in Europe on a full-day tour of Mount Etna and the Alcantara River from Taormina. Visit a lava cave in safety and marvel at different volcanic landscapes, including craters and curious rock formations.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian, German, Spanish, French
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Visit the Silvestri craters on Mount Etna and see the result of more recent volcanic activity
  • Trek the paths of the Parco dell'Etna or ride the cable car to get breathtaking views
  • Explore a lava cave in safety
  • Sample the typical produce of Sicily at an organic farm
Full description
Depart Taormina and journey to the Rifugio Sapienza on Mount Etna. Learn the history of the volcano and visit sites of its last eruptions. Choose to trek along the nature paths of the Parco dell’Etna or ride the cable car to an altitude of 2,504 meters and continue by 4WD minibus to the Torre del Filosofo. Get stunning views of the scenery stretching down to the sea and admire the craters and historical lava flows that characterize the landscape. Return to the Rifugio Sapienza to explore a lava cave in safety. Continue down the mountain and stop at the organic farm of Zafferana to sample local produce, including honey, wine and oil. Explore the different landscapes of the Alcantara River. Walk down small paths, past cultivated fields, and see the natural pools and waterfalls of the Gurne dell'Alcantara. Discover the ruins of Francavilla Castle, and continue to get up close to different basalt and lava formations.
  • Pick-up and drop off by shuttle bus
  • Pick-up is available from the city center
  • Multilingual guide
  • Trekking shoes (on request)
  • Helmets and torches to visit the cave
  • Food and drinks tastings
  • High altitude access to 2,500 meters by cable car (30€ per person)
  • High altitude access to 2,900 meters by cable car and 4WD minibus with guide (65€ per person)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Pets
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 25 reviews

Review summary

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We enjoyed the excursion very much, our guide Enzo did it really well, very personable he was able to tell us a lot about the history, the Etna and the surroundings in German, English or Italian. Above all, everything worked without compulsion, on the way to the gorges we made a short stop at a beekeeping where you could try various types of honey and other products without being forced to buy anything indirectly. We found the whole daily routine to be very pleasant and well organized and we can recommend this with a clear conscience. LG Fabio and Toni

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September 4, 2019

It was a really great experience!

Our tour guide Giuseppe was great! He picked us up at the hotel and we got a private tour because we were the only ones that booked the tour that day. We went to the top of the Etna and got a tour by a vulcanologist. That was really cool! The only minor thing was that the price of going to the top was not included in the tour price. Our next stops were a lava cave and a little farm where we could taste different kinds of honey, olive oil, and wine. Both were really nice. Our last stop was the Alcantara river. This was amazing to see. We recommend wearing water shoes. Our guide Giuseppe told us a lot of interesting things during the ride.

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August 9, 2019

A pleasant and very interesting experience

I loved spending this day visiting Etna and the Alcantara Gorge. In addition, our guide was attentive, spoke French very well and was very smiling. In addition to that, there were very precise explanations on his part. It was very beautiful and very impressive. Great experience. I advise you to climb to the top of Etna which was fabulous especially since it was active when we got it. But beware of the risk

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August 27, 2018

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