Catania, Italy
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clock-o9 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

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.
  • 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
  • Sample locally made honey, olive oil, and wine in Zafferana Etnea
  • Discover ancient lava formations and clear pools in the Alcantara Gorges
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from your Catania hotel
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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L
, Nov 2017

Fabulous tour. Tour guide Julia was professional, fun and knowledgable. The bus was a few minutes late to arrive, but we made it to all our destinations. The tour went by quickly, as it was designed to jam-pack a lot of destinations into one day. This tour is for a sample of the region and not to meditate on it. If you want a glimpse of Etna and Alcantara just to see it but not embrace it fully, then pick this tour. We had limited time when we visited Sicily and needed a tour like this just to see it.

W
, Sep 2017

We loved this tour. Our guide Giulia was fantastic! If you book this tour we hope you get her as your guide. She was very knowledgeable about volcanos and the surrounding area. She was also very pleasant and fun.

H
, May 2017

Great tour. Great guide. Thank you Enzo!

S
, Jul 2016

Verry nice tour with a verry good guide! The only thing we would have like to know before we go is you will need a swimsuit at the Alcantara river and some water shoes as well since the river is on some rock and it hurts the feet!

It was a verry nice tour!

Thank you for the experience!

d
, Jun 2016

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