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Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Taormina

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    What to Expect
    Begin your 9-hour tour with a pickup at your hotel, the port, the bus station, or the train station in Taormina. Then, travel out of the city to the Rifugio Sapienza — a vantage point boasting panoramic views over Italy’s volcanic landscape. Stop at vantage points along the way, and listen as your guide sheds light on the Silvestri Craters and the region’s past volcanic eruptions.

    From the Rifugio Sapienza enjoy an optional trek (payable locally at own expense) into the Parco dell’Etna to an altitude of 6,561 feet (2,000 meters) above sea level. From here, continue onward via cable car and off-road vehicle (payable locally at own expense) to the Torre del Filosofo at 9,514 feet (2,900 meters). Marvel at sweeping views over the craters and ancient lava flows of Mt. Etna, then return to Rifugio Sapienza by minibus and cable car.

    Next, strap on your helmet and explore a lava cave in the Parco dell’Etna with your guide. Along the way, admire ancient rock formations in the molten landscape and gain insight into the Parco dell’Etna’s complex geology.

    Sample honey, olive oil, wine, and other traditional Italian products at an organic farm in Zafferana Etnea. Then, continue on to the Alcantara Gorges — home to a series of pools and bays hidden among high cliffs.

    Follow your guide along the winding trails and admire the ruins of Francavilla Castle. As you explore, discover rich lava formations eroded over millions of years by the gorges’ running waters.

    When your time in the Alcantara Gorges comes to an end, return to your starting point in Taormina to conclude your tour.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotels, B&B, Port, Bus and Train stations in Taormina
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    9h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Shuttle bus (return)
    • Multilingual guide
    • The kit for visiting the Cave
    • Sampling
    • Trekking shoes (on request)
    • Entry/Admission - Etna Tribe
    • Entry/Admission - Rifugio Sapienza
    • Entry/Admission - Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna
    • Entry/Admission - Monte Etna
    • Entry/Admission - Parco dell'Etna
    • Entry/Admission - Grotta dei Tre Livelli
    • Entry/Admission - Oro d'Etna
    • Entry/Admission - Gola dell'Alcantara
    • Entry/Admission - Gurne dell'Alcantara. Francavilla di Sicilia
    Exclusions
    • Cableway to reach 2500 m € 30.00 (to pay on the spot)
    • Cableway + 4x4 minibus + alpinist guide to reach 3000 m € 64.00 (to pay on the spot)
    • Authorized tourist guide in Taormina (on request)
    • Optional visit of Greek Theatre € 10,00
    • Museum of Art and folk traditions € 2,60
    • All that is not specified under “the cost includes
    • Entry/Admission - Funivia dell'Etna
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 8 May 2019 via mobile

    This trip was one of the highlights of our trip to Sicily! We stayed in Taormina where we were picked up by Danilo Caruso who was our guide for the day! The trip to Etna was incredible and Danilo was great at explaining everything about...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Austejabb
    Reviewed 18 October 2018

    Our tour of Mt. Etna and Alcantara was a highlight of our trip to Sicily. One of the main reasons was our guide Erminia. Her love of Etna is contagious and it was a pleasure to spend the day with her. Walking on an active...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    1  Thank Pam F
    Reviewed 18 July 2018

    Mt. Etna was a must do for our girls trip to Sicily. What we didn't anticipate was having too much fun the night before our tour. Thankfully we were lucky enough to have Nataliya as our guide. She recognized our struggle immediately, and because we...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
    1  Thank Cassycaz
    Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

    Nataliya Vinnyk was out tour guide and for once in a life time, i had the best tour guide ever ! She had been amaizin and kind and deserves all the compliments ! Apreciate her and her knowledges about ancient history! Its been by far...More

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