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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 07/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
- We also remind you that access to passengers with a fever equal to / greater than 37.5 ° or flu symptoms is prohibited. - It is mandatory to use the mask to access the means of transport in addition to the regulatory distances
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Updated 07/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Explore two of Sicily’s most dazzling sights via vintage train on the Circumetnea Railway. Hop aboard a 1950s-era train in Taormina and ride through the picturesque countryside to the dramatic black lava canyons and pools of the Alcantara Gorges. Continue your journey to the foot of Mt. Etna, with the option of upgrading to include cable car and all-terrain vehicle transportation to the upper craters for a guided hike.
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 3 starting options
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  • 1
    Gola dell'Alcantara
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 2
    Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
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Highlights
  • Ride a historic train from Taormina to the Alcantara Gorges and Mt. Etna
  • Visit the Alcantara Gorges at your own pace (entry ticket not included)
  • Views over the lava fields and surrounding countryside from Mt. Etna
  • Upgrade option including transport to the upper crater and a guided hike
Important Information
Departure Point
Via Luigi Pirandello, 36c, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy Recanati Bus Terminal, Viale Dionisio, 12, 98035 Giardini Naxos ME, Italy 98037 Letojanni, Province of Messina, Italy
Duration
10h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Tour escort/host
  • Professional multilingual guide
  • Entry/Admission - Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fee to Alcantara Gorges
  • Wind jackets and boots rental
  • Entry/Admission - Gola dell'Alcantara
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Multilingual guide
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 79 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Nikolaos wrote a review Sep 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
In summary, I can only second the conclusions from TeamJoAdam review. However we had the additional misfortune of our bus back being 3 hours and 40 minutes late. Mount Etna is amazing. Having a bus take us to it was appreciated, as the roads are not nice. The bus drivers (more
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Traveler57455648382, Guest Relations Manager at Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
Responded Sep 13, 2019
Hello also_ni , we are so sorry about the inconvenience; it is true, you are reporting of a very unlucky day where most of the things went wrong. Sometimes the human factor cannot do so much against the unpredictable and the bad luck despite a fantastic view over Mount Etna. It is also true that communication between the garage and the tour guide was not excellent due to the situation changing minute by minute. Neverthless, we are sure that the emergency's handling was good considering that even a carrier like a plane can have a mechanical failure causing a consequential delay. SAT Group handled the emergency offering all kinds of refreshement to all customers such as food & beverages and a place to sit down and rest. The weather was not good and that did not help since customers were obliged to stay under the shelter instead of exploring the area a bit more. The coach, on the way back, stopped at all hotels avoiding to the customers an additional walk. We hope next time you will try our service at the best. We send you our warmest regards. Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
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TeamJoAdam wrote a review May 2019
Adelaide, Australia1,013 contribution194 helpful votes
We were picked up near our hotel in Giardini-Naxos at 6:45am and the double decker bus continued into Taormina to pick up the remaining passengers. The bus was FULL and the tour was conducted in English, German and Italian by the one tour guide. In hindsight this would have been
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Response from Traveler57455648382, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
Responded May 23, 2019
Hello TeamJoAdam, thank you for your feedback, although it is a pity you did not fully rate because you have chosen the wrong tour. As we insist all the time, it is very important that customers choose the appropriate tour suitable to their wishes and expectations since we have a very wide program and every tour is different from another. As we write on our Tours' conditions "it is the duty of the traveler to request all necessary information at the time of purchase". Thank you for taking note. Greetings from Taormina. Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
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1never2late wrote a review Nov 2018
Queensland, Australia174 contributions122 helpful votes
We joined the tour at the Taomina bus station at 7 am, before what seemed a long drive collecting people at various other pickup points. We had a full load on board, with several less than agile passengers, so getting on and off the bus every time was a slow process. We found
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from Freetraveller39, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
Responded Nov 22, 2018
Hello 1never2late, as you clearly write on your review, you have chosen the wrong tour, you should have chosen the Etna Basic Tour, a direct transfer to the Etna's station and longer time to spend on top of the volcano. We always stress the fact that customers should get all the information before chosing among our several tours, without complaining after. We thank you for the tips about the clothes to wear: "Recommend taking proper foot wear and warm clothes, gloves, beanie and scarf even if hiring the highly recommended warm jacket. It is COLD high on the Mt Etna slopes." Warm regards, Guest Relation Manager SAT Group
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helenwright36 wrote a review Oct 2018
Swindon, United Kingdom4 contributions7 helpful votes
Started slowly - lots of info on bus ( possibly too much as rambling on at times). Trip to gorge was disappointing as not there long and access very restricted ( would do this independently next time). Then train journey - didn’t see the point to begin with until we started to
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from Traveler57455648382, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
Responded May 23, 2019
Hello helenwright36, the Etna Round Alcantara Tour that you have chosen is a complete tour of the volcano and it is scheduled to give a quick idea of the dimension and the various aspects of it. After the gorges and the Circumetnea ride, guests arrive up to 3000 metres, all that in one day that is why the schedule must be precise. All the best, Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
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tweety492018 wrote a review Jun 2018
Frankfurt, Germany1 contribution4 helpful votes
First of all, I would like to thank the friendly and helpful staff of SAT Group! It was very nice to talk to them. They helped me before the trip with all my questions and sent me good information on where the nearest pick-up place for the trip would be. Extremely helpful!!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from Freetraveller39, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride
Responded Jun 21, 2018
Hello tweety492018, we recognize you, we have had such a nice contact during the preparation of your trip to Sicily. We are glad to have been important part of the organization. We hope to welcoming you again in the future. It was a pleasure! GUest Relations Manager SAT Group
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Great Activity in Taormina
Great couple of hours taking part in Italian cooking! See as it was during Covid-19, my partner and I were the only
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Finally Lava!!!
First we arrived at Panarea. We made a walk through this beautiful island. The ferry brought us to Stromboli. We sw
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We went to the market, made pasta under a lemonthree, ond ate frech fish. A beautiful day!!!! The location of the
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davrob555
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SUCH good value! Also included pasta and break making.
Giovanni was an amazing teacher, his English was very good and he just loves food. He also taught us pasta making a
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Blanche196
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Amazing cooking class
The best cooking class! We had a wonderful time, fantastic food, speaks perfect English and we learned a lot!
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Diana Z
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Not to be missed
After having read some of the reviews, I decided not to waste my time on this trip. Luckily we had bad weather in N
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G7324OUbrianh
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Quality (and tasty) family time in Taormina!
Had a blast with our 25-year old son & new Catania friends with the Cooking Class Taormina Team! Engaging conversa
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Awesome experience
Absolutely wonderful way to spend a few hours making fresh Sicilian fishes. Giovanni was funny and a wonderful chef
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funtimes0652
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Amazing temples
If you're not ruined-out after Pompeii, the Valley of the Temples is worth a visit. Be prepared for a lot of walkin
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Chris M
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Great exercise.
If you're in Catania, book a tour of Mt. Etna. It is unforgettable if you're an "outdoors person." I've been up tw
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Jeff B
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Day trip to mount Etna
Whilst touring Europe on a year long trip in our motorhome we found ourselves in aTaormina camp site for Euro a nig
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paulcliffsmith
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Great life time experience not to be missed.
We debated along with many others on our trip whether we should visit Mount Etna as the cost which varied between €
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babykong
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The Day From Hell!
I don’t drive and using public transport is not a viable option for visiting various sites/cities in Sicily. Hiring
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DMck62
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Really Great! Great fun, great food.
This was a really fun experience. Our hosts were great fun, lots of delicious food (and wine) consumed. Highly reco
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kathyp73413
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More Than “Just Pizza”
My friend and I feel so lucky that we signed up for this class! The entire staff works to make you feel welcome, th
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