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.
9-hour tour of Mt. Etna and the Alcantara Gorges from Taormina
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 Taormina hotel
Cableway to reach 2500 m € 30.00 (to pay on the spot)
Cableway + 4x4 minibus + alpinist guide to reach 3000 m € 64.00 (to pay on the spot)
Authorized tourist guide in Taormina (on request)
Optional visit of Greek Theatre € 10,00
Museum of Art and folk traditions € 2,60
All that is not specified under “the cost includes
Departure & Return
Traveler pickup is offered Hotels, B&B, Port, Bus and Train stations in Taormina
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
Begin your 9-hour tour with a pickup at your hotel, the port, the bus station, or the train station in Taormina. Then, travel out of the city to the Rifugio Sapienza — a vantage point boasting panoramic views over Italy’s volcanic landscape. Stop at vantage 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 Taormina to conclude your tour.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Reviews by Viator travelers
The guide was nice. I liked the...
Linda Klára D
, Sep 2016
The guide was nice. I liked the places we went. The only problem was the weather and so we could not go up to Etna higher point.