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Meet your host in Taormina and travel by air-conditioned coach to Alcantara Gorges, a series of deep incisions in the cliffs around the Alcantara River. Pay your entrance fee, and then explore the park and admire the gorges, created after a series of ancient volcanic eruptions. Return to your coach and travel to the small town of Randazzo. Then, head to Circumetnea Railway, a private train station that operates a 1950s-era train around Mount Etna. Take a seat aboard the delightfully old-fashioned train, and relax as it weaves its way around the entire circumference of the volcano. The route offers unique views of the volcano with valley vineyards and flower-frescoed meadows to one side and old lava fields of Mount Etna on the other. After an hour on the train, disembark and swap back to your coach. Travel to Etna south station, at an altitude of 6,234 feet (1,900 meters), and enjoy free time to hike the trails in the foothills at leisure. Grab a snack at the station’s cafe (own expense) and ask your host for hiking trail recommendations; 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 Board your coach at the pre-arranged time, and then travel back to the start point in Taormina. Please note: During winter months (November to March), the tour travels from Randazzo to Etna south station by bus, not train. A visit of Randazzo town is provided. The optional upgrade to the top is also not possible. Winter tours only include free time for trekking at leisure around the foothills.
Professional multilingual guide
Entry/Admission - Circumetnea Railway
Food and drinks
Entrance fee to Alcantara Gorges
Wind jackets and boots rental
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Please contact the supplier to reconfirm the excursion at least the day before and to get more information about the closest pick-up point
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 tour does not reach the summit but with the upgrade you reach an height of approx. 3000 meters.
During winter minimum of 12 people . There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
The main departure place for all excursions is the Bus Terminal at Via 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 the supplier to reconfirm the excursion at least the day before and to get more information about the closest pick-up point.