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Mount Etna, Randazzo and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip from Taormina

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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide aboard an air-conditioned coach in Taormina's city center to start your day trip with a drive to the Alcantara Gorges, a series of ravines carved into the ancient volcanic rock by the Alcantara River.

    Once you've paid your entry fee to the gorge, you'll follow your guide into the park to explore the canyons, caves, rock pools, and waterfalls. After your visit to the gorge, you'll head back to the coach and settle in for the drive to the town of Randazzo, near the border of the Parco della Etna national park surrounding the volcano.

    Randazzo's main attraction is its cathedral, the Basilica of Santa Maria, which you will visit with your guide to learn about the columns made from lava rock and to see the 18th-century paintings inside. If your visit falls on a Sunday, there will also be some time allowed for you to go treasure hunting at Randazzo's weekly Sunday market.

    From there, the coach will transport you through the national park to the base of Mount Etna, notorious as Europe's tallest active volcano, in a near-constant state of activity. You'll be driven to an altitude of 6,234 feet (1,900 meters) to the north refuge point, from which you'll be able to get a snack in the refuge cafe (own expense) and explore the area at your leisure.

    There are different hiking trails to choose from, so get a recommendation from your guide before you set off. Also, be sure you've worn good walking shoes – the landscape is sometimes challenging.

    If you prefer, you can upgrade your tour to skip the free time at the north refuge and continue straight to the upper craters of the volcano. 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 summit craters in the area of security

    At the end of the day trip, you'll meet your coach at the pre-arranged time and relax for the drive back to Taormina.
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    Departure Point
    Via Luigi Pirandello, 36c, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Professional multilingual guide
    • Entry/Admission - Basilica di Santa Maria
    • Entry/Admission - Piano Provenzana
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Entrance fee to 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
    • 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
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    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 July 6, 2018

    With so many tours on offer, we really wanted to find one that was value for money, so we went to the Tourist Information office in Taormina and had a chat with the people there. They asked us what we were after, what days we...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
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