Scenic Tour of Etna Round and Alcantara Gorges

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9 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Visit of the fascinating formations of the Alcantara Gorges
  • See the ancient medieval town of Randazzo
  • Take the special "Circumetnea" train to Adrano at the foot of Etna
  • Optional cableway and jeep ride to the main craters area
  • Optional trekking to the Silvestri's Craters
Overview
Visit Sicily and see the fascinating natural column formations of the Alcantara Gorges. Then proceed by Circumetnea train and bus up to Rifugio Sapienza on the south side of Mount Etna at 1900 meters.
What to Expect
Mount Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, standing 3,329m - the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps.

Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. Volcanic activity first took place at Etna about half a million years ago. Due to its history of much more recent activity and its nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations.

The power and romance of Mount Etna have attracted the attention of travellers, artists, poets and philosophers for centuries. Hiking on Etna represents an utterly unique experience.

The Alcantara Gorges represent an impressive natural work of art. Several thousand years ago the riverbed was blocked by a lava flow from Mount Etna. As a consequence of the lava cooling much more quickly by the water, it crystallized in the form of columns. Over the next millennia, the river naturally eroded a channel through these columns, resulting in impressive gorges.

Our tour will take you first to the intriguing formations of the Alcantara Gorges for a short stop and afterwards to the medieval town of Randazzo. From here we will then take a special train called the "Circumetnea" which goes to the ancient city of Adrano, right at the foot of Mount Etna. Finally we proceed comfortably by bus up to Rifugio Sapienza on the south side of Mount Etna at 1900 meters.

A possible ascent to the main crater area (dependent on weather conditions), trekking and lunch are optional.
What's Included
  • Transportation Tour leader service, VAT and taxes
What's Not Included
  • Ascent to the main crater area
  • Entry fee for Alcantara Gorges
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
  • Optional excursions and services, unless booked
Meeting Point

Meet at the Taormina Terminal Bus at Via Pirandello. Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before departure time. Pick-up is also available in the areas of Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Recanati and Letojanni. Please contact SAT Group office (office opening hours: 08:30 - 13:00 /16:00 - 19:30) to reconfirm the excursion at least the day before and to get more information about the closest pick-up point. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Warm clothes and suitable footwear are recommended

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