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Mt. Etna and Alcantara Gorges Tour

Excursion information

Location North-East side of Etna
Altitude 2000 meters
Duration from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00/ 6.30 p.m
Difficulty Easy
Departure Departure from Piazza Federico di Svevia 32 in Catania. (We guarantee also a pick up at an agreed meeting point upon booking).
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First Stop

One of Etna Experience’s expert naturalistic guides will pick you up at 9:00 a.m. from your hotel in Catania or from an agreed meeting point, to take you aboard one of our 8-seater vehicles (jeep or minivan).

You guide will lead you to discover the fascinating volcanic phenomena, walking through ancient woods, on old craters and unique lava formations. During the trekking route you will be able to admire from various points, the summit craters on the landscape.

Second Stop

You will visit a volcanic cave using the equipment provided by us (helmets and torches).

Third Stop

At lunch we will stop in a farmhouse restaurant in a mountain road for a genuine and typical Sicilian lunch (made of appetizer, first course, water and wine). Please let us know in advance if you have food allergies or if you follow particular diets, like vegan or vegetarian.

Fourth Stop

Finally you will visit the beautiful Alcantara’s Gorges, formed thousands of years ago thanks to a lava flow that invaded the bed of the Alcantara river. The crash between the river’s extremely cold water and the incandescent lava created one of the most spectacular sceneries in nature.

The Mt Etna and Alcantara Gorges tour will finish at 6:00/6:30 p.m., when you will come back to Catania.

Participation Fee

The price for the Mt Etna and Alcantara Gorges tour is 75€ for adults and 65€ for children and students up to 24 years old.

Included in the booking

A professional and passionate naturalistic guide (our guides are geologist, volcanologists, agronomists, etc…). Transport service with jeep or minibus from Catania, directly from your hotel or from an agreed meeting point. Lunch in a farmhouse/Chalet. Insurance with our Tour Operator. Licensed Transport Service. Water and Wine. Equipment, if required when booking.


The excursion will take place in Italian and English. (Upon request and according to the availability also in Spanish and French).

Recommended equipment

We remind you to wear closed and sturdy shoes (sports or trekking) with thick socks, and to bring a jacket because the temperature at a higher altitude may be lower ( about 10° to 15° degrees lower than in Catania). If you believe you might not be well equipped, let us know when booking. In that case shoes and jackets will be provided.


We strongly advise not to attend the excursions to those who are not in good health, especially to people suffering from cardiorespiratory diseases.

Itinerary changes

The journey can endure little variations due to specific needs of the group and/or weather conditions and/or closing days of the Alacantare tourist parkeases.