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  • Location: Taormina, Italy
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Leave Taormina and ride around Mount Etna by 1950s-era train on the Circumetnea Railway! This exciting day trip also includes trips to the rock pools and canyons of Alcantara Gorges (entrance own expense) and the foothills of Sicily’s vivacious volcano. If you want to see Mount Etna’s smouldering summit, upgrade to include transport to the top and a walking tour of the craters.

Highlights

  • Mount Etna day trip from Taormina
  • Explore volcanic canyons and rock pools on a walk through Alcantara Gorges
  • Loop around Mount Etna on the Circumetnea Railway, traveling by 1950s-era train (only from April to October)
  • Enjoy free time to hike around Mount Etna’s foothills at leisure
  • Upgrade to visit the summit of Mount Etna and walk around its craters with a guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Be sure to take a window-side seat on the train ride so you can clearly see the contrasting countryside, with black volcanic rocks set against Sicilian shrubs!

What You Can Expect

Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

Explore Alcantara Gorges and then visit Mount Etna!

Meet your host in Taormina and travel by air-conditioned coach to Alcantara Gorges, a series of deep incisions in the cliffs around the Alcantara River. Pay your entrance fee, and then follow your host around the incredible waterfalls and gorges, created after a series of ancient volcanic eruptions.

Return to your coach and travel to the small town of Randazzo. If you visit on a Sunday, your host will allow you free time to browse the town's Sunday market. Then, head to Circumetnea Railway, a private train station that operates a 1950s-era train around Mount Etna. Take a seat aboard the delightfully old-fashioned train, and relax as it weaves its way around the entire circumference of the volcano. The route offers unique views of the volcano with valley vineyards and flower-frescoed meadows to one side and old lava fields of Mount Etna on the other.

After an hour on the train, disembark and swap back to your coach. Travel to Etna south station, at an altitude of 6,234 feet (1,900 meters), and enjoy free time to hike the trails in the foothills at leisure. Grab a snack at the station’s cafe (own expense) and ask your host for hiking trail recommendations; sturdy walking shoes are recommended.

Please note: During winter months (November to March) you proceed from Randazzo by bus and not by train to Etna south station. Ascent by cable car or jeep is not possible, only optional trekking to Silvestri craters.

Upgrade to skip the free time and head straight to the top, instead. Ride by cable car to a height of 8,202 feet (2,500 meters), and then travel the remaining distance by 4x4 jeep, stopping at a dizzying 9,843 feet (3,000 meters). Follow your host around the summit’s craters and peering into hornitos (small openings that release lava) while learning about volcanic activity.

Board your coach at the pre-arranged time, and then travel back to the start point in Taormina.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

I only wish I'd paid to ascend Etna on the day...
It was a wonderful trip, the villages were beautiful to travel through and the train, although very very hot and uncomfortable, offered us the chance to view Etna and the flat lands from a different view point.
The guide was excellent and knowledgable

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This was one of the best paid day excursions I have ever been on - wonderfully organised and fascinating. The bus driver Francesco was an artist who drove down scenic small roads with breathtaking aplomb. Elizabeth's commentary was very informative and the experience of climbing up Mt Etna's slopes was wonderful. An unforgettable experience that I would highly recommend to anyone. One bit of advice - if you book directly via Viatour don't forget to give them your hotel address so that they can collect you.

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