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Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour from Taormina

1. Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour from Taormina

Travel in a small group with an expert guide from Taormina to Etna on this full-day tour. Enjoy a 2-hour hike around the perimeters of extinct craters and along lava-covered paths at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. Visit the volcanic underground, discovering one of the wonders of Etna. Stop for lunch and visit a local winery for a guided tasting of Etna wines (DOC). The 3-course lunch features typical Sicilian antipasti, a main course, and a delicious dessert. Last on the itinerary is a visit to the Alcantara Canyons, formed thousands of years ago when lava flowed into the Alcantara River, from a panoramic view point.

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From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

2. From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

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.

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Sicily: Mt. Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour

3. Sicily: Mt. Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour

Start your Sicilian adventure by meeting your guide in Catania, either at your accommodation or another agreed-upon location. Take a brief, scenic drive to either the Sartorius craters or the 2002 crater on the Northeast side of Etna. Be introduced, through your knowledgeable guide, to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena. Walk through ancient woods, extinct craters, and old lava flows. Witness deserts of lava and ashes, peculiar lava formations, and traces of previous eruptions. Reach a maximum altitude of 2000-meters. Have the opportunity to explore a volcanic cave like the Grotto del Ladroni or Grotta Cassone. Stop at a nice winery up along the mountain road for a genuine Sicilian lunch (lunch includes appetizer, first course, water, and wine) outdoors or indoors dependent on weather. Visit the Alcantara canyons, formed thousands of years ago due to lava flow that invaded the bed of the Alcantara river. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and bathe in the Alcantara River. End your day back in Catania where you were picked up.

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From Taormina: Etna Summit Area (2900m), Lunch & Alcantara

4. From Taormina: Etna Summit Area (2900m), Lunch & Alcantara

Start your tour with 8:30 AM pickup at your accommodation, or in its close vicinity in Taormina and the surrounding area. You will travel in a small group of no more than 8 people for a more intimate and personalized experience. Drive to Etna South where you will start the ascent, first by cableway and then by off-road vehicles up to 2900/3000 meters. Here you will hike for approximately 45 minutes, walking through deserts of black ashes and extinct craters. Back at 2000 meters, you will be given the proper equipment, such as helmets and torches, to visit one of the striking lava caves of the volcano. Enjoy a typical Sicilian light lunch with local wine and drinks during the midday break. Finally, you will admire the Alcantara Gorges created when thick lava flows invaded the bed of the icy river Alcantara, giving rise to geometrically perfect rocks.

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Private Tour of Alcantara Gorges. Including Food and Wine

5. Private Tour of Alcantara Gorges. Including Food and Wine

During this private tour by comfortable air-conditioned car, you will visit a Sicilian natural phenomenon - Alcantara Gorges National Reserve. This tour is private - only for your party, nobody else, to ensure the highest standards for clients, and includes pickup and drop-off at your accommodation or the port in Taormina, Catania, or Messina. Several thousand years ago, the river Alcantara's bed was blocked by a lava flow from Mount Etna. As the lava was cooled much more quickly by the water than it would have done otherwise, it crystallized in the form of columns. Over the next millennia, the river naturally eroded a channel through these columns, resulting in impressive gorges and ravines. During this private tour to Gole Alcantara, you will visit the Alcantara park relaxation area. Your friendly private English-speaking guide will explain to you about the origins of this natural phenomenon, about Etna, and Sicily itself. After this refreshing experience, your guide will chauffeur you to the charming seaside town of Giardini Naxos - the first Greek colony in Sicily. You will visit one of the best wine bars and have a delicious and hearty food and wine tasting. You will taste different types of Sicilian Etna DOC red and white wines with locally produced organic food - cheeses, salami, prosciutto, bresaola, olives, mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh bread.

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From Catania: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

6. From Catania: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation in Catania and journey by bus to Rifugio Sapienza on the slopes of Mount Etna. Visit the sites of recent volcanic eruptions and the old Silvestri craters. Choose from different options at Rifugio Sapienza and trek the nature paths of the park or ride the cable car to 2,504 meters above sea level. Continue by 4WD minibus to Torre del Filosofo for an additional fee. Get up close to the central and southeast craters and marvel at how the landscape has been shaped by lava flows. Visit locations where the volcano flourishes before you return to Rifugio Sapienza to look inside a lava cave using helmets and torches. Sample the local produce at an organic farm in Zafferana, and get stunning views of the Alcantara River. Walk the small paths past cultivated fields to see the natural pools of Gurne dell'Alcantara and the ruins of Francavilla Castle. Admire the basalt columns and lava formations of the gorge.

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What people are saying about Alcantara River

Die Tour war klasse organisiert! Nachdem morgens alle 5 Leute aus unserer Gruppe eingesammelt wurden, sind wir zuerst zum Weingut der Etna People gefahren. Dort konnte jeder Wanderschuhe und Jacke für die Tour ausleihen und umziehen, wenn nötig. Die Gruppen wurden super zusammen gestellt. So waren die Leute in unserer Gruppe um die 30 Jahre alt. Unser Guide Ezio, war Klasse! Er konnte uns vieles über die Geschichte der Gegend und zum Leben um den Ätna erzählen. Zusätzlich haben wir etwas off-road die Umgebung erkundet und Ezio hat auch darauf geachtet, dass wir nicht mit den anderen Touri-Gruppen unterwegs sind - vielen Dank dafür! Der Ätna war sehr beeindruckend und wir haben viele kleine Krater entdeckt und haben erfahren, wie diese entstehen. Am Nachmittag sind wir dann noch in die Alcantara Schluchten gefahren, was sehr beeindruckend war. Wir hatten kurz Zeit die Schluchten etwas zu erkunden. Insgesamt ein sehr gelungener Ausflug mit einem super Guide!

Our guide was a studied volcanologist and geologist. He was incredibly engaging and friendly. Etna was very active on that day, so we were very lucky and had a fantastic experience. Food and wine was also amazing. Very nice and cozy place. Alcantara was also worth the trip. Very good value for money. Small group, hiking equipment was offered for free. Thank you for this unforgettable experience! Expectation was exceeded.

Great experience and friendly guide who had a great knowledge. Etna was beautiful, the food and wine were lovely and Alcantara was also very beautiful. We felt we got a lot for our money, the trip is definitely recommended.

It was an excellent trip, with experience, food and wine However, could use to know with swimwear and shoes so you could go in the water in the alcantar gorge

Very interesting and a beautiful experience. Tour guide was very informative, friendly and fun. Food and wine tasting was delicious