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From Taormina: Etna Summit Area, Lunch & Alcantara Tour

1. From Taormina: Etna Summit Area, Lunch & Alcantara Tour

Reach the summit area of Etna, ascending 2750 meters by either cableway or off-road vehicle on this tour from Taormina. Hike the base of the active craters with a naturalistic guide, experience the lunar landscapes, and savor a typical Sicilian lunch with local wine and drinks. Begin your tour with a pickup from your accommodation (or close vicinity in Taormina and the surrounding area). You'll travel in a small group of no more than 8 people for a more intimate and personalized experience. Drive to Mount Etna where you'll start the ascent to the summit area (2750-2800 meters of altitude). Depending on the availability and the circumstances, in order to guarantee an optimal service, the ascent can be carried out either by cableway or off-road vehicles only. Once at the summit area, enjoy light trekking with a volcanological guide and a naturalistic guide. Walk through a desert of black ashes and extinct craters, while admiring the lunar landscape and the spectacular view of the active craters from a close distance. Back at 2000 meters, you'll be given the proper equipment, such as helmets and torches, to visit one of the striking lava caves of the volcano. Then, enjoy a typical Sicilian light lunch with local wine and drinks during the midday break. Finally, you'll admire the Alcantara Gorges created when thick lava flows invaded the bed of the icy river Alcantara, giving rise to geometrically perfect rocks.

From Catania: Trekking at the Alcantara Gorges

2. From Catania: Trekking at the Alcantara Gorges

You will make the pick-up at your accommodation in Catania and you will reach Francavilla di Sicilia. From here you will follow the path that will lead you to the Gurne delle Gole dell'Alcantara, along the path you will even meet the excavations of a Greek settlement, dating back to the fifth century. BC and the ruins of the ancient Norman castle of Francavilla di Sicilia. Continuing the trek to the Alcantara Gorges you will reach a footbridge that crosses the Alcantara river. From here you will enjoy the splendid landscape of the Gurne: small lakes along the river created by the erosion of water on the lava stone, surrounded by lush vegetation: poplars, downy oaks, willows and oleanders. You will end this part of the experience with the observation of the Ciappa Mill, where the production of hydroelectric energy was experimented in the late nineteenth century. During this trek you will be able to experience, in addition, the experience of Body Rafting. You will dive along the watercourse of the Alcantara River. At the end of the experience you will be taken back to your accommodation in Catania or Taormina.

From Catania: Etna and Alcantara Gorges Tour

3. From Catania: Etna and Alcantara Gorges Tour

A different experience that will allow you to visit two of the wonderful natural attractions of our island: Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, and the spectacular Alcantara Gorges. The two treks will be enlivened by an intermediate stop in one of Etna's renowned wineries. Begin by meeting your nature guide at the designated meeting point or near your accommodation. Start by visiting Etna and reach an altitude of about 2000 meters on the north side of the volcano. Walk along a beautiful nature trail that will lead you to some of Etna's inactive side craters, admiring the majesty of the central mouths in front of you. Have the opportunity to visit a cave of lava origin or lava tunnels formed as a result of eruptions. Helmet on your head and torch in hand you'll go inside the cave to discover it. In the afternoon, head towards the last stop of the day, the Alcantara Gorge. Enter the canyon with its spectacular basalt gorges. You will be fascinated by its unique shapes and details caused by the erosion of the river Alcantara that made them famous throughout the world.

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What people are saying about Gole dell'Alcantara

We had an excellent day on this tour! The communication with Etna People was great, even though the website wouldn’t let us choose our accommodation for pick up we just emailed them and they arranged it for us! Our tour guide Roberto was brilliant! He was great fun and very knowledgeable, he definitely made the tour something to remember! The volcano trip was great, we had a van driven by Roberto for the day (6 people I n our group) then to do the 2nd part of the Etna ascent we joined a bigger bus which took us so high, again with great tour guides (Roberto stayed with us). We did a little cave trip too. Lunch was amazing! 2 courses plus wine. The Gorge was beautiful and we had time to go for a dip (take your swimwear). All of this is included in the cost, they even supplied walking boots, coats, helmets and torches. We didn’t want the day to end! A huge thank you to Roberto and the team!

A very complete activity. We were accompanied by Toni, a very nice guide, passionate about his job. His explanations are very handy but also very detailed. Despite the fact that we were not able to do the activity in French but in English, the explanations were very understandable and Toni answered all our questions with great pleasure. Note that the climatological conditions and / or the volcano can slightly modify the route of the visit.

An incredible experience! We had a private guide just for my 8 year old son and me. The guide, who was very nice and considerate, completely adapted to our desires. We had the opportunity to go body-rafting in the gorges of Alcantara Zmres having done a short trek. It was great, we outdid ourselves! We loved it !!!

Robert Copollino was an amazing guide who made our visit to Mt Etna so special. He was knowledgeable , full of humor, supportive and a lovely person. The lunch at the winery was very good and we enjoyed the wine tasting.

Very complete and varied day, led by a pleasant, considerate and very informative guide. Everything is done to make the day unforgettable.