Etna excursions, Etna tours, Etna Guided Tour, Taormina Tours
Duration: 8 hours
Location: Etna and Alcantara
Price: € 79 min 3 person
SPECIAL PRICE! : € 65 min 3 pers.
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Etna Tour available every day

A tour day dedicated to water and fire, from the Gorges of Alcantara river to the highest active volcano in Europe. Visit the Alcantara Fluvial Park a wonderful nature reserve between Catania and Taormina, a unique place with its Alcantara. After this visit we move towards Mount Etna and visit ancient craters and lava flows, volcanic caves to explore in complete safety.

The Alcantara river originates from the Mounts Nebrodi at an altitude of 1400 meters a.s.l., the Alcantara Gorges are about 45/50 minutes from Catania, situated between the Municipality of Francavilla di Sicilia and Motta Camastra.
The visit includes: 
entry “Alcantara River Park”, visit from the top of the Alcantara river, various panoramic viewpoints that will enjoy breathtaking landscapes, including  the famous columnar basalts.

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Tour Program

  • We will give you a meeting point.
  • An easy-going trekking at about 2000 meters above sea level, to explore ancient and recent craters and observe the whole Ionian coastline. (Trekking suitable for any fitness levels).
  • Exploration of a typical lava cave formed during the past eruptions. (Helmets and caving lights are provided by our guides).
  • Visit of Valle Del Bove (Valley of the Ox) a huge Caldera formed as a result of the collapse of some ancient craters.
  • Visit of lava flow 1991-1993
  • Free tasting of a selection of honey and wines in a typical beekeeping family-run business.
  • Visit to the Alcantara Fluvial Park to observe the Alcantara Gorges, a unique set of meandering cliffs created about 300,000 years ago.

DIRECT BOOKING
Price € 49 per person, up 10 persons
Price € 55 per person, min. 7 persons
Price € 65 per person, min. 3 persons
Price € 85 per person, min. 2 persons
Price € 170 for a single person
Children up to 12yrs € 39

 


 

Warnings for winter and spring time

In case of adverse weather condition the tour could undergo changes.

In some periods of the year (NovemberMarch) the Alcantara Gorges may remain closed due to floods of the Alcantara River, entry will be made from different points according to Mayor ordinance.
The entrance at the Alcantara Gorges could take place inside the “Alcantara River Park”, by paying a ticket  € 6 per person (according to the seasonal periods ).

The rate does not include: ticket entrance Alcantara gorges, ticket museums, theatres, expo tickets, parking, meals and any other kind of extra cost. Tour available every day.

If you have any queries, questions or need clarification about some aspects of the tour program outlined above, please try read the section EXCURSIONS in our F.A.Q.s page, before booking. Booking terms and Condition – Cancellation Policy, click here

Excursion information

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Departure time: 7:30 am / 8:00 am
Duration: 8 hours
Refreshments: Yes (free tasting of local Etna produce)
Dinner: No
Brunch: No
Difficulty level: Easy

Recommended equipment

We suggest to wear sturdy shoes as sneakers, wear long trousers and bring a jacket in case of windy weather.
Bring a towel, swimsuit and  shoes for  walking on the stones  in the water.

Additional charges optional on request

Additional charge will be applied to pick-ups & drop-offs from some locations outside Catania shown below (the list of locations is not exhaustive). The cost of the additional is to be shared by the number of paying passengers picked up from a given location.

CATANIA AIRPORT + € 20
ACITREZZA E ACICASTELLO + € 35
ACIREALE + € 60
SAN GREGORIO DI CATANIA + € 30
TAORMINA: + € 100
SIGONELLA + € 90
MOTTA SANT’ANASTASIA: + € 60
COSTA SARACENA: + € 120
RIPOSTO: + € 75
GIARRE: + € 70
MASCALI: + € 90
LINGUAGLOSSA: + € 130

The activities outlined above are intended for Excursions in Sicily members only. However, because the cost of the tour includes, in addition to the insurance quota, even the membership fee, the Excursions in Sicily membership is automatically acquired.

HIKER REVIEWS

Etna and Taormina Tour - 8 april 2019 - TripAdvisor reviews We had a great day with Antonio, even though the weather forecast was rain and fog. He was nice enough to pick us up closer to where we were staying rather than in Catania, and drove us carefully around the winding streets so we didn’t get sick. He is very knowledgeable about the region, its history, botany, geology and weather. He timed our tour well so that we were on Mt Etna at the right time to catch an opening in the clouds and fog. Very friendly, we enjoyed Antonio’s company and hope to see him again!
Kait McNally
Excellent sunset tour – 28 march 2019 – Tripadvisor Review Had a great tour, plenty to do - food tasting, lava caves and a short hike at ~2000m - and moved at a nice pace. Watching the sunset from Etna was spectacular. Our guide (Ludovico) really knew his stuff and kept things interesting. Highly recommended!
c7h16fo2p - Bristol, UK

Great tour to Etna 3000 and walk around high craters. Ideal to known the south face of the volcano. The guide Ludovico is a friendly and great expert in geology, geography and historic of this beautiful place.

Jrambaud

We had the 1/2 day Etna tour and it was perfect! The guide appeared on time, he had a lot of information about Etna and the tour includes really nice places around the volkano.

 
Virgin Gorda

We took a half day morning tour with the lovely Florinda from Excursions Etna. Extremely well organised, and perfectly timed to avoid the large groups arriving by coach. We were blessed with clear blue skies, and fantastic views. And what Florinda doesn't know about Etna, isn't worth knowing. We were staying in Palermo, so we got the train down to Catania and picked up the tour from there. The train was cheap, easy and on time (a refreshing change if you're from the UK!). This is a must see for your trip to Sicily.

 
Horsham, United Kingdom

Picked up at 7:30 am and headed up to Etna. What at first seemed very early for an average lazy tourist, it turned out to be a great trick as we were the first there and were able to enjoy the scenery in piece and quiet. On the way down we ran into numerous tourist buses piling up, so definitely to go up before everybody else.

All together we were a small group of 4, guided by Lucia who was super great. Always cheerful and with vast knowledge of vulcanoes and Etna's nature. All together it was a fantastic half day excursion I would recommend to anyone. Just be careful: when you get to Catania it seems like everybody with a car is also offering excursions to Etna, but obviously the quality of service may be questionable and eve though these agencies (or 'agencies') will most likely have Etna in their name, it is not the same company. However, the real Etna Excursions are very fast at answering to all inquiries, so it shouldn't be a problem to book with the right people.
Fantastic day on Etna with Lucia!
Breathtaking Experience! - 24 august 2018 - Tripadvisor Review Excursions Etna 3000 surpassed all expectations! Our guide Roberto R was so fantastic and chill. The hiking boots provided were the most comfortable walking shoes I have ever worn. Roberto tailored the day to our needs spending the perfect amount of time at each location. The hike at the summit was spectacular and worth the money just be be up there! Once in a lifetime experience.
Brenda R.
Just perfect! Learnt so much about volcanoes! - 16 july 2018 - Tripadvisor Review We had chosen the Morning Tour to Etna with pick-up starting at 08:00... during our drive up our tour guide Luigi started to explain a lot of historical and scientific information about volcanoes, not just Etna but volcanoes across the world. We totally enjoyed this tour mostly because Luigi was so good at explaining! You could sense his enthusiasm and passion for this subject. Highly recommended!
Patrizia
Luigi knows stuff about Etna! 16 june 2018 - Tripadvisor review. Read all review

We were there a couple of days ago with my brother and my mother. The half day Etna tour was real fun and also Very informative. Luigi is doing a really good job! Very passionate about volcanoes, explains everything in detail, also has very good English. We would recommend with both hands! Boyan, Yasen, Irina from Bulgaria.

Boyan, Yasen, Irina
Brilliant and informative half day tour - 18 April 2018 - Tripavisor review read all

After comparing a number of tours to Etna we chose this company as it had such good reviews, was possible to book at short notice (after checking the weather) and provided a half day tour. Luigi was our tour guide for the trip and picked us up on time outside our B&B. Luigi was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Etna and nature, history and Catania. For the drive up to Etna he pointed out so many items and gave us the history to the area, it was totally enlightening. We managed to arrive before the crowds and had a wonderful trip around the crater, lava cavern and so much more. The time flew by and we are now so much more informed and interested in both Etna and various other volcanoes throughout the world. Excellent tour and top guide, thank you Luigi and Excursion Etna

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