Catania: Mount Etna Volcano and Alcantara Park Tour
- Pickup available
- Duration: 9 hours
With an expert guide by your side, discover the Mount Etna volcano, sitting at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. Explore ancient craters, lava flow caves, and admire the breathtaking landscape of the Ionian coast. Enjoy a traditional Sicilian meal and free time time to explore Alcantara Park at your leisure. Dissected by the Alcantara river, Alcantara Park is a location brimming with unique vegetation, lava rock formations, and columnar basalts formed by the icy waters of the Alcantara. During the warm season, cool yourself off by taking a refreshing dip in these pristine waters or just stroll alongside the river.
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 differen...
Nathalie our guide was an open leksikon and such a polite and friendly person -she sure made our day at Etna the best -Thanks a lot
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. Ad...
Angelo was a super guide, we had an excellent day with great informations, in French, about Catania, Etna, honey, Alcantara, Sicilia.
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Theresa is a very good guide! She speaks good English, drives the old minivan safely through the area and knows a lot! You could ask her anything and you knew a lot! Very interesting and highly recommended! The Alcantara Gorge is also super beautiful! There are a lot of stairs going down, but they are definitely worth it! We couldn't bathe because it had rained shortly before and was still cold, but I couldn't help walking through the shallow water! Was a great day!
Interesting and nices guides, who were able to explain us all in french. In the middle of the tour we have been given the choice between two ways, which allowed us to do the tour we wanted. The etna was impressive, seen from a very good place with no other tourists. The caves of Alcantra where also worth the view, even if the water was very cold. Would recommend this tour
If the view is reasonable (you can check on monitors in front of the cable car ticket sales), you should invest additional money (currently € 67 pp) and drive up to the possible 2,750m, it's worth it! Make sure you have suitable shoes with you for the gorge!
Simone is a great guide! We had a great tour to Etna, then we went to a small farm and then to the Alcantara Cave - the madness!
Our guide, Theresa is an volcano expert. we have learned a lot of things about Etna's history. Nice excursion, we recommand.