Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
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
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.
I really enjoyed the Mount Etna part of the trip, it was fun going up to the top. The Circumetnea was a bit boring. The view from my side of the train was rubbish and it was hot and cramped. I would rather have had longer either at Etna or at the Alcantara Gorge which I felt was a little rushed and I didnt have time to really enjoy.
A well organised tour with helpful guides and comfortable double decker coach.
A little more time may have been useful in the gorges a bit rushed as you only get about an hour and with a early start about 7am, does not give enough time for a food or drink break.
The train ride is pleasant as you can see the surrounding countryside which lasts about an hour.
The trip to Etna is the best with sufficient time to see everything and worth paying the extra to reach the summit.
We went at the end of May and would advise if you go at this time to take a jacket, hat and gloves as it is pretty cold as snow was still at the top with a cold wind.
Although the views and experience were remarkable, the tour itself lacked a uniting narrative. The guide was pleasant and knowledgeable, but the overall impression was of several discrete bits rather than a holistic journey into the history etc of Sicily. I suggest an overarching theme as much better way to present a tour.
I was also very unimpressed withe price we paid when other people on the tour had paid less for the same tour..
I think that the experience was good, but the time dispensed was too much, for what was offered. We wake up so early and have to pick-up several persons before arrive at our first destin: Alcantara Gorges were we spent five minutes to see the gorges and twenty-five minutes at the restaurant.The trip by Circumetnea Railway was good, and the time at the Etna very long . I didn´t recomended for my friends.