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Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania

  • 9-hour tour of Mt. Etna and the Alcantara Gorges from Catania
  • Enjoy panoramic views over Italy’s volcanic landscape from the Rifugio Sapienza
  • Explore lava caves and hiking routes in the Parco dell’Etna with a guide
Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Catania
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The volcanic landscapes around Mt. Etna draw travellers from far and wide, but reaching the highest peaks can be a challenge. This adventurous full-day tour from Catania includes food-tastings in Zafferana Etnea and a visit to the Parco dell’Etna. Delve into a lava cave with a guide, marvel at Italy’s volcanic landscape from the Rifugio Sapienza, and explore the Alcantara Gorges — home to lava formations shaped over millions of years.
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.
Reviews (23)
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Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile
Best trip

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
Fantastic tour!

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
Awesome tour!

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
Unforgetable Experience, Amazing Guide

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
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile
Best Guided tour ever /Tourguide Simone Pulvirenti

Thank you Simone for showing us around. We are really thankfull for this experience. unforgettable experience for all of us, let us know when you are visiting us in Stockholm / Sweden. :)

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