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Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania

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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 Catania. Then, travel out of the city to the Rifugio Sapienza — a vantage point boasting panoramic views over Italy’s volcanic landscape. Stop at sightseeing 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 Catania to conclude your tour.
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    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time
    8:30 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 - 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
    • 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 13 September 2019 via mobile

    We took the Etna tour (without the cable tour) + Alcantara river ; Salvo was an excellent guide, he learn us more than we expected ! Etna first, lava caves, degustations (so good !) and Alcantara River !!

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Naphtea
    Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

    Our guide was Danilo Caruso and he was awesome for the way he presented everything and the history about buildings and places. Besides italian he knows english and france. Thnx Danilo for a beautiful day.

    Thank AlexMinca
    Reviewed 31 July 2018

    Thank you Salvo for a fantastic tour! It was very enjoyable and extremely informative. We learned a great deal about the different volcanic eruptions, lava formation, underground caves, honey processing, and most importantly the Catanian culture! I highly recommend this tour!

    Date of experience: July 2018
    Thank R H
    Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

    My mother and I spent the day yesterday with Danilo who was an amazing guide! He was very informative about the different fauna and flora on the volcano and down in Alcantra. We chose to stay at the bottom of the volcano and not take...More

    Thank haileac3
    Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

    Two days ago me and my friends went on a tour to the top of Etna and around it with the ErnaTribe. We had the most amazing guide - Simone Pulvirenti. The fact that we were a small group of six people made us more...More

    Thank Diāna V
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