Alcantara Gorges Tours

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Alcantara Gorges
Following the path of an ancient Mt. Etna lava flow, Sicily’s Alcantara River carved intricate ravines and underground passages through the volcanic rock. The resulting Alcantara Gorges are part of the Alcantara River Park, popular with travelers drawn to the beautiful rock formations and the refreshing river water, especially in summer.

The Basics
A visit to the Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell’Alcantara) can include a simple walk through the park, or a more challenging hike down into the canyons—including some more than 200 feet (61 meters) deep—for river trekking. By far the simplest way to manage the logistics of getting to and from the Alcantara Gorges from the Sicilian cities of Taormina, Messina, and Catania is to join a small-group tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off, round-trip transportation to the Alcantara River Park, and an expert guide. Many full-day tours of Mt. Etna and Alcantara also offer wine tastings at the nearby vineyards, hikes up to the active volcano crater, and a ride on the historic Circumetnea Railway.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring sturdy footwear, a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water, especially if you plan to hike down into the gorges.
  • The Alcantara River Park entrance fee is not included in many group tours.
  • Because of the rough terrain, hiking the gorges is not recommended for young children or those who are not in good physical condition.
  • Along the top of the ravines, there are easy trails, suitable for all ages and physical conditions, that take you through the park’s botanical gardens and past a number of scenic viewpoints.

How to Get There
The main entrance to the Alcantara River Park is about 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) from Taormina. You can reach it easily by car, tour bus, or public bus.

When to Get There
The park is lovely to visit year-round due to Sicily’s mild climate, though is most pleasant in summer’s cooler early morning or late afternoon hours. The park can be very crowded in August, when Italians traditionally go on summer vacation, so it’s best to avoid visiting during this time if you want to appreciate the park in relative peace and quiet.

Alcantara River Park Facilities
The Alcantara River Park entrance fee gives you access to two swimming pools, a 3D film presentation explaining the evolution of the canyon, a botanical museum, a restaurant, and an elevator down into the canyon. 
Address: Alcantra, Sicily, Italy
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Etna & Alcantara Gorges by Land Rover from Taormina

Access parts of the Etna and Alcantara Gorges that traditional tours can't reach on this off-road tour via 4WD vehicle. Departing from Taormina, you'll see the otherworldly landscapes around the volcano, including the caves and lava flows and a stop at Mount Fontana. Stop at a local country restaurant to refresh yourself with a traditional Italian lunch, including wine, before returning to Taormina.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Small-Group Tour: Etna Wine and Alcantara from Taormina

Mount Etna is Europe's largest active volcano, but you don’t have to climb the mighty peak to experience the natural wonder. On this full-day tour from Taormina, hike through the ancient woodlands and lava caves of Mt Etna; indulge in a Sicilian-style lunch and wine tasting; and explore the Alcantara Gorge. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

See southern Italy in style with this eye-pleasing trip around Mount Etna via a vintage mid-20th-century train on the Circumetnea Railway. The train journey includes visits to the canyons of Alcantara Gorges (admission at own expense), an amazing natural setting made up of black lava rock walls up to 160 feet (50 meters). And then explore the base of Mount Etna, Sicily's legendary volcano that is 11,000 feet (3,300 meters) tall. Optional upgrade to ascent by cable car up to 2,500 meters and continuing on board jeeps up to the authorized crater zones at approximately 3,000 meters with the assistance of licensed guides of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club); stop to admire the eventual activity of the upper craters in a safety zones according to weather conditions. From November 1 to March 31, this tour does not include the train ride nor the optional upgrade.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Taormina

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 Taormina 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 delve deep into the Alcantara Gorges — home to lava formations shaped over millions of years.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Etna 4x4 Full Day Tour

Daily Etna Tours to the highest volcano in Europe. We will pick you up at your accommodation in Sicily with our off-road vehicles (among others the popular Land Rover 110) and head in direction to Mount Etna. During our adventurous drive up to the volcano, partially off-road, we will cross old lava fields as well as hundreds of years old forests. We will make several stops to visit some of the most beautiful sites on Mount Etna by foot, accompanied all the time by our English-speaking guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private 6-Hour Alcantara Gorges Small-Group Tour from Catania

Italy’s Alcantara Gorges were formed by water running from the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna. On this private, full-day tour, you’ll get to explore the striking, 50-meter black lava walls and the clear waters of the Alcantara River. The trip is limited to small groups of no more than eight participants.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Alcantara Gorges Tour from Messina

Explore the natural beauty of the Alcantara Gorge on this day trip from Messina. Marvel at the geologic formations of lava turned to stone. Splash around in the cold water of the river that runs through the gorge. Enjoy visiting a part of Sicily's very special heritage many tourists miss.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Natural park of Sicily

On this immersive, four-day tour of Sicily’s nature parks, don’t worry about arranging the logistics yourself: you’ll have ample time to discover the island's most scenic corners without the hassle of planning your own itinerary. Explore Mt. Etna, the Alcantara Gorges, the forested Nebrodi National Park, and the lofty Madonie Mountains. The tour also includes comfortable hotel accommodation, select meals, and round-trip coach transit from Catania to the nature parks.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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