Excursion on the Mount Etna and the Alcantara Gorge from Catania or Taormina

9 h
Day Trips & Excursions
difficulty Easy
Wheelchair Not Accessible
Pick up included

Excursion on the Mount Etna and the Alcantara Gorge from Catania or Taormina

Experience magnificent sights and legends of Etna with a unique activity from Catania or from Taormina. Join our enchanting tour of Etna and Alcantara, exploring the heights of the volcano and visiting the most fascinating places, while also discovering the splendid attractions of Alcantara River.

Unique tour of Etna and Alcantara River from Catania or Taormina
Admire the unique panorama of Sicily from the top of Etna
Learn about the past and present of Etna and the surrounding area
Visit an organic farm in Zafferana and taste their products
Discover the beautiful landscape of the Alcantara River

Uncover the amazing secrets of the majestic Etna, a place of myth and legend that has dominated the island of Sicily for thousands of years.

Experience the magnificent Etna volcano and its ancient tales

Our tour of Etna and Alcantara starts from Catania or from Taormina, where we will pick you up from your hotel and start the transfer towards Etna. The magnificent volcano will be waiting with unforgettable tales and stunning panoramas. You will first reach Rifugio Sapienza, at almost 2000 meters, stopping along the way to take in the beautiful views of the island from above. You will also get to learn more about the history of the Etna volcano and its surrounding area, the last eruptions and more amazing things.
You will certainly fall in love with Sicily and Etna though this unique Italy experience.

Visit the most impressive attractions of the imposing Etna volcano

The exclusive activity from Catania will continue on the Etna volcano and you will have to options to continue. You can either choose to hike along one of the nature paths of the natural park up to 2000 meters, or you can take the cable car from Rifugio Sapienza to about 2500 meters and continue with a special 4x4 minibus to the impressive Torre Del Filosofo, at 2900 meters.
From there, you will have an unbelievable panorama of Etna down to the Sea. The amazing tour of Etna from Catania will also allow you to visit the famous craters, the lava flows and lava caves, guided by experienced alpinists in complete safety.

Discover the magical beauty created by the Alcantara River

On the way off the mountain, you will also have the opportunity to visit the an organic farm in Zafferana Etna, famous for its delicious products like honey, wine and oil. The next highlight of this wonderful activity from Catania will be a tour of the Alcantara River, exploring the splendid scenery it creates. Walking along the cultivated farms along the river, you will have the chance to admire the natural ponds and waterfalls of Alcantara, known as Gurne, with lush vegetation.
You will also discover the ruins of the Francavilla Castle. The tour of Alcantara River will conclude with a visit of the impressive gorges created into the lava basalt of Etna, creating unbelievable rock formations. This unforgettable tour of Etna and Alcantara is the perfect option to discover the natural beauty of the mighty volcano and its legends.

  • Natural Park of Mount Etna
  • Zafferana Etnea
  • Alcantara Gorge
  • Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel
  • Multilingual tour-escort
  • Trekking shoes (upon request)
  • Kit to visit the cave
  • Tasting of typical food
  • Cable car up to 2500 meters (30 €, optional)
  • "Etna to the Top Package": Cable car, 4x4 jeep, guide (Italian or English), up to 3000 meters (62 €, optional)
  • Tips (optional)
Meeting point: 

Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.


This tour departs from:

  • Catania - 8.30 AM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Taormina - 9.00 AM on Thursday and Sunday.

We recommend choosing the appropriate date and time.
We recommend comfortable clothing and shoes, suitable for an outdoor excursion. Also, bring a bottle of water.
Once arrived at the "Rifugio Sapienza" you can choose to continue to trekking up to 2000 meters, accompanied by our guide, or you can purchase the "Etna high-altitude" (optional), through which you will arrive to a height of 2,504 meters (30 € per person), or with a special 4x4 jeep you can reach the "Tower of the Philosopher" at an altitude of 3000 meters (62 € per person).

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability. Once your booking is confirmed we will email you a voucher. This is your ticket and proof of purchase.