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clock-o10 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 2 more


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.
  • 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
  • Optional upgrade to visit the upper craters of Mount Etna and walk around its craters in a safe area with an Alpine guide
After meeting your host in Taormina, travel via comfortable coach to Alcantara Gorges, where numerous deep ravines and cliffs surround the Alcantara River. Pay the admission and then let your guide take you to see the amazing waterfalls and gorges, all created by ancient volcanic eruptions.
Later head back to the coach and ride to the town of Randazzo. After make your way to the Circumetnea Railway, a private railway in which the mid-century train is the highlight. Hop on board and get ready for some great views while cruising around on the vintage train. Marvel at the sights of majestic Mount Etna. Drink in the views of a vineyard and olive grove-clad landscape. Enjoy fields of flowers.
Spend an hour riding on the train and then hop off, riding in the coach to Etna south station, which has an altitude of 6,234 feet (1,900 meters). Take some free time here to do some exploring, strolling along the trails. If all this hiking has built up an appetite, sit down at the station's cafe and indulge in a snack. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended.
Optional upgrade to ascend 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


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, Jun 2018

The time on Mt. Etna was about right, but we had to keep moving to get everything in and did not have lunch. The guide really didn't do much for us. The railroad was okay, but we were all confused about where to get off. The Gorges were a huge disappointment. You aren't given a map or shown one about the options of where to go to see the gorge. I ran up and down and saw at the end that there was a way to go to the bottom pool, but without directions at the beginning, there was not enough time to do it. There were too many people stuffed on the bus...then at the few gorge viewings to really see anything. if you do this, and I recommend that you look for another tour, perhaps another company...take a sack lunch to eat on the bus.

, Nov 2017

We loved this experience but the bus ride was just too long for my husband and I to sit through. We did venture up to the summit of Mount Edna and we're prepared that the temperature would drop at the top so we dressed warm. Unfortunately we were very surprised by the strong gusts of wind...I could not catch my breath at all so we had to turn around and head back down.

, Nov 2017

Fantastic trip. Such varied scenery.

, Oct 2017

I did this trip on my own as my friend wasn't well . This was no problem at all - a fantastic trip really well organised . The views from mount Etna were amazing every aspect of this trip was really well organised . I'm glad I chose to do the extra trip up the cable car and in the jeeps around the cratorsv . The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful . A very early start but a wonderful day .

, Oct 2017

Guide was knowledgeable and engaging. Time at each site was sufficient so didn't feel rushed.

, Oct 2017

Great trip, informative, professional guide. We also signed up for the upper ascent, and the alpine guide was superb.

, Sep 2017

I was visiting a friend in Sicily and decided to book some day trips while he was at work. I looked online at the different companies and the tours that they offered. I booked this SAT tour online at and it was everything that was advertised!

GREAT TOUR!! I went on the Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride WITH the Mount Etna Upper Crater Option. Luckily, the weather was just PERFECT and BOTH sites were AMAZING! I highly recommend getting the Mount Etna Upper Crater option!

Since it is an all day tour time is limited at each site. The time at the Alcantara Gorges was just right. I did feel a little rushed at Mount Etna. We had 3 hours to eat lunch, shop, and do the upper crater tour which takes about 2 hours. The cable car/gondola lift and then huge 4 x 4 bus to the top takes about 40 minutes or so. Then there's a tour guide that takes the group around the crater.

We were also given coupons to buy lunch at the local restaurant there. For 7 Euro I got a slice of pizza, orange, chocolate, and a bottle of water. I opted to take my lunch to go so that I could tour the upper craters and get back to the bus in time!

The tour was well organized and the double decker bus was clean, comfortable, and air conditioned!

Last but not least...our tour guide, MARCO, was AWESOME!!!


, Jul 2017

TO be honest this was a disappointing tour. Firstly Alcantara Gorge was not very scenic and the gardens we walked through were very poor. Then the train ride around Etna was a complete waste of time. They seem as if they want to give you something else to do instead of being on the coach for longer. Views nothing special. Going up the Chair Lift and the 4 wheel coach were very good and the 30 min walk around the crater were interesting. All round a bit did appointing.

, Jul 2017

Up close and personal with an active volcano. Mt Etna was spewing some smoke when we got to the top. Truly an amazing sight to see. The tour guides were knowledgeable. The bus was air conditioned, absolutely necessary in July. The vintage train was not.

, May 2017

This tour was absolutely breath taking. The tour guide was amazing as well, unfortunately I don't remember her name. She helped me when I was having a trasportation issue, she went above and beyond to help me.

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