• Location: Taormina, Italy
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

What You Can Expect

Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

Explore Alcantara Gorges and then visit Mount Etna!

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

Customer Reviews

Sharon H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Fantastic trip. Such varied scenery.

Rosemary H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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 .

gperozzi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

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

Emmie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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 Viator.com 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!!!

THANK YOU!!

Linda Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.

Lorena F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This tour was absolutely breath taking. The tour guide was amazing as well, unfortunately I don and #39;t remember her name. She helped me when I was having a trasportation issue, she went above and beyond to help me.

manette

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

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.

freiberg3

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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.

Susan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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

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