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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 .
Great trip, informative, professional guide. We also signed up for the upper ascent, and the alpine guide was superb.
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!!!
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.
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.
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
Do not miss this trip! Fantastic view, feeling on top of the Volcano ...
I only wish I'd paid to ascend Etna on the day...
It was a wonderful trip, the villages were beautiful to travel through and the train, although very very hot and uncomfortable, offered us the chance to view Etna and the flat lands from a different view point.
The guide was excellent and knowledgable
This was one of the best paid day excursions I have ever been on - wonderfully organised and fascinating. The bus driver Francesco was an artist who drove down scenic small roads with breathtaking aplomb. Elizabeth's commentary was very informative and the experience of climbing up Mt Etna's slopes was wonderful. An unforgettable experience that I would highly recommend to anyone. One bit of advice - if you book directly via Viatour don't forget to give them your hotel address so that they can collect you.
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.
Guide was knowledgeable and engaging. Time at each site was sufficient so didn't feel rushed.
This was a very nice tour of Mt Etna. Unfortunately, we could not reach the summit due to inclement weather, but it was still very interesting to visit. Even at the altitude we were at, it was very windy and cold I went in October, so if you go outside of the summer months be sure to dress warmly. I thought the Alcantara Gorges was an unnecessary stop and not very interesting, but that is just my opinion. The train ride was very nice. Alfreddo was our guide and he kept us very well informed during the day trip. I would recommend it and would go again if I have the opportunity in the future.
Enjoyable trip a long day traveling if your not a good traveller. We enjoyed the trip and the scenery well worth the cable car journey. The food in the store at the base was very tasty.
The tour was very interesting and the guide was also very knowledgeable.
The tour was great - be prepared for lots of travel, but so worth it
All in all, a worthwhile trip. However, I feel you could eliminate the visit to the Alcantara Gorges. Also, I think there was too much time allotted for the Mount Etna ascension.
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