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Be sure to take a window-side seat on the train ride so you can clearly see the contrasting countryside, with black volcanic rocks set against Sicilian shrubs!
The Gorges are unique and very accessible. The site on Mount Etna last erupted from Oct 15-Jan 16 - and the earth is still steaming. The alpine guides are knowledgeable and engaging. Highly recommend.
This tour was really exciting. The ride on the Circumetna train gave us a real chance to see the countryside and Mt. Etna. Unfortunately as we arrived at the mountain, the weather had changed for the worse and the gondola was shut down due to high winds. We were transported up the mountain in an all terrain 28 passenger bus, which was quite a ride. It was very foggy, windy, and started to rain so we chose not to continue on to the top of the crater. There was about a 45 minute wait for the bus to take everyone back down, but we made it safely.
The Alcantara Gorges were stunning and Mount Etna was impressive. Although it was a warm day, we got caught in a sleet storm at the summit, so the walking tour of the craters was cancelled. Luckily they hire ski jackets for 3 euros which came in handy as we were wearing summer clothing. Still worthwhile doing, but best come prepared for all weather conditions.
John V United Kingdom
A great experience - A full day out - the highlight is the Summit of Etna but the whole day was fun. The AirCon on the coach was a god-send
Great trip. so many things to see, so many things to remember. Especially the trip on Etna Mountain was very interesting and the guide was great.
This is a long day 10hours but worthwhile. Our guide Alfredo was knowledgeable and enthusiastic with a great sense of humor. The Circumetnea railway ride is a real plus but the Alcantara Gorges trip slightly irrelevant. Mount Etna is well organized and well worth while but, as advised, not for people with heart or breathing problems. I would happily recommend this trip to all fit and healthy people
Excellent day out and fantastic guide. Would recommend the tour to anyone!
Excellent guide.Good variety but gorge possibly not necessary for a good day.A bit early starting at 7.00 am
Fantastic tour. Lots of variety and activity.
Do not miss this trip! Fantastic view, feeling on top of the Volcano ...
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