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Day trip (destination A to B)
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach in central Taormina and travel to the nearby Alcantara Gorges, a series of deep incisions in the cliffs around the Alcantara River. Ancient volcanic eruptions created the gorges and now the area is peppered with deep canyons, caves and rock pools that beg to be explored. After paying your entrance fee, head into the parkland and enjoy a short walk through the gorges, admiring the waterfalls and crystal-clear rock pools that abound. Return to your coach and relax on your journey to Randazzo, just outside Parco della Etna –a scenic national park. Basilica di Santa Maria – Randazzo cathedral – is the town’s medieval masterpiece, so step inside and discover its beauty with your guide. Admire the columns that were built from local black lava stone and see a collection of 18th-century paintings. Enjoy some free time to browse the Sunday market at leisure. Sampling of typical products and possibility (extra) of personalized tastings. Return to your coach and travel through Parco della Etna, into the foothills of Mount Etna, the smouldering volcano that’s lauded as Europe’s most active. Travel to the north refuge point, at an altitude of 6,234 feet (1,900 meters), and then leave your coach to explore the area independently. If you are hungry, enjoy a bite to eat and drink in the refuge’s cafe (own expense), and be sure to ask your guide for hiking trail recommendations. The volcano’s rugged terrain matches the drama of its views, so sturdy walking shoes are just as necessary as your camera. When possible, upgrade to skip the free time and choose an optional ascent by jeeps to the authorized crater zones at approximately 3,000 meters assisted by licensed guides of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club). Stop to admire the eventual activity of the upper craters in the area of security. Board your coach at the pre-arranged time, and then travel back to the start point in Taormina.
Professional multilingual guide
Food and drinks
Entrance fee to Gorges
Wind jackets and boots rental
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Warm clothes and comfortable shoes are recommended
The high-altitude ascents are not indicated for heart passengers, asthmatics and pregnant women.
This tour is operated in English, German, Italian. All 3 languages will be spoken during the tour.
Please note the upper craters we visit are at about 3000 meters height, the tour does not go to the summit of the vulcano
Near public transportation
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
The main departure place for all excursions is the Bus Terminal at Via Luigi Pirandello in Taormina. Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before departure time. Pick-up is also available in the areas of Taormina by the sea, Giardini Naxos, Recanati and Letojanni. Please contact SAT Group to reconfirm the excursion at least the day before and to get more information about the closest pick-up point. Traveler pickup is offered