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From Taormina: Mount Etna upper craters and Alcantara Gorges

4.5 / 5

46 reviews

Activity provider: SAT Group

From Taormina: Mount Etna upper craters and Alcantara Gorges

Activity provider: SAT Group

From US$ 93.13 per person

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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English, German, Italian


  • 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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted

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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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 46 reviews

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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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September 13, 2022

Nice experience, very nice Alcantara gorges (I recommend boots for cold water and stones.) As for the train ride I only appreciated the view of the Bronte pistachio plants, so I would recommend skipping it to have some 'more time when you arrive on Etna because those who go up with the cable car and jeep have time limited and cannot enjoy even a quiet meal or a longer ride. Overall I liked it

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August 18, 2022

The excursion was well organized. Our very nice tour guide Renate was very competent and gave us a lot of information in German, English and Italian about the sights. The bus driver was great and super punctual! The guide on Mount Etna accompanied us with the jeeps and on the hikes! Overall, the trip was a real experience and is highly recommended!

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August 13, 2022

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