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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

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    What to Expect
    After meeting your host in Taormina, travel via comfortable coach to Alcantara Gorges, where numerous deep ravines and cliffs surround the Alcantara River. Pay the admission and then let your guide take you to see the amazing waterfalls and gorges, all created by ancient volcanic eruptions.

    Later head back to the coach and ride to the town of Randazzo. After make your way to the Circumetnea Railway, a private railway in which the mid-century train is the highlight. Hop on board and get ready for some great views while cruising around on the vintage train. Marvel at the sights of majestic Mount Etna. Drink in the views of a vineyard and olive grove-clad landscape. Enjoy fields of flowers.

    Spend an hour riding on the train and then hop off, riding in the coach to Etna south station, which has an altitude of 6,234 feet (1,900 meters). Take some free time here to do some exploring, strolling along the trails. If all this hiking has built up an appetite, sit down at the station's cafe and indulge in a snack. 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
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    Departure Point
    Via Luigi Pirandello, 36c, 98039 Taormina ME, 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    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...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank also_nikolaos
    Traveler57455648382, Guest Relations Manager at SAT Group Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    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...More

    Reviewed May 17, 2019 via mobile

    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...More

    2  Thank TeamJoAdam
    Traveler57455648382, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at SAT Group Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 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...More

    Reviewed November 18, 2018

    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...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
    4  Thank 1never2late
    Freetraveller39, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at SAT Group Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 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...More

    Reviewed October 26, 2018

    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...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    5  Thank helenwright36
    Traveler57455648382, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at SAT Group Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 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...More

    Reviewed June 18, 2018

    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...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
    3  Thank tweety492018
    Freetraveller39, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at SAT Group Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 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...More

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