Mount Etna, Randazzo And Alcantara Gorges Day Trip From Taormina

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Via Luigi Pirandello, 36c, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Combine free time in the foothills of Mount Etna with a visit to Alcantara Gorges and the medieval town of Randazzo! After leaving Taormina, explore the rock pools of beautiful Alcantara Gorges (own expense), and then visit Basilica di Santa Maria in Randazzo and the local market.
Sampling of typical products and possibility (extra) of personalized tastings. In the afternoon, succumb to the allure of Mount Etna and explore the hiking trails around the volcanos northern refuge at leisure. When possible, upgrade to visit Mount Etnas upper areas and take a walking tour of the craters.

Highlights

  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach in central Taormina and travel to the nearby Alcantara Gorges, a series of deep incisions in the cliffs around the Alcantara River. Ancient volcanic eruptions created the gorges and now the area is peppered with deep canyons, caves and rock pools that beg to be explored.

After paying your entrance fee, head into the parkland and enjoy a short walk through the gorges with your guide, admiring the waterfalls and crystal-clear rock pools that abound. Return to your coach and relax on your journey to Randazzo, just outside Parco della Etna a scenic national park.

Basilica di Santa Maria Randazzo cathedral is the towns medieval masterpiece, so step inside and discover its beauty with your guide. Admire the columns that were built from local black lava stone and see a collection of 18th-century paintings. If you visit on a Sunday, your guide will also allow you some free time to browse the Sunday market at leisure.Sampling of typical products and possibility (extra) of personalized tastings.

Return to your coach and travel through Parco della Etna, into the foothills of Mount Etna, the smouldering volcano thats lauded as Europes most active. Travel to the north refuge point, at an altitude of 6,234 feet (1,900 meters), and then leave your coach to explore the area independently.

If you are hungry, enjoy a bite to eat and drink in the refuges cafe (own expense), and be sure to ask your guide for hiking trail recommendations. The volcanos rugged terrain matches the drama of its views, so sturdy walking shoes are just as necessary as your camera.

When possible, upgrade to skip the free time and head straight to the upper areas, instead. Optional 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 upper craters in the area of security.
Board your coach at the pre-arranged time, and then travel back to the start point in Taormina.

Inclusions

Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional multilingual guide

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Entrance fee to Gorges

Wind jackets and boots rental

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

Traveler Reviews

  • 17-Oct-2018

    Our tour went ahead despite the forecast of heavy rain. So it was armed with umbrellas and rain jackets that we ventured out. It rained constantly which meant we couldn’t get down into the gorge at Alacantara but took some photos from the top. At Randazzo, the markets were OK but nothing special. We were a large group of 47 and by the time I got to the food tasting, little was left. As the day went on the rain got heavier. At 1900 metres on Mt Etna, we exited the coach just long enough to take some photos from under our umbrellas and then opted for the tour guides recommendation to have lunch in the restaurant further down the mountain. Those who wanted to walk around at 1900 metres or go to the top we’re very disappointed, including us. We checked with the SAT office in Taormina that the tour was proceeding the day before and we spoke about the forecast for poor weather. They decided to still go ahead rather than cancel the tour, which had been cancelled in the previous days. We would like to mention that our tour guide, Alfredo, and our bus driver were fantastic.

  • 16-Oct-2018

    My trip occurred on a day of torrential rain storms. I felt that the tour company would cancel but that did not happen. We mostly accomplished to get soaking wet and have lunch on mt ETNA since the upper areas of the volcano were also closed that day. So basically we drove around all day wet in a bus. The tour guide and bus driver were very nice and did a wonderful job considering the day. The company should have reimbursed everyone on this trip or at least given us a credit for another trip.

  • 23-Aug-2017

    Probably could have done with longer in Randazzo but we saw the sunday market. Etna was really good and the food in the refuge restaurant was fabulous and really cheap. Alcantra Gorges was unbelievable and breathtaking and is well worth a full day visit. Great trip all round.

  • 21-Feb-2017

    Interesting tour. The gorges left me in awe

  • 11-Jul-2015

    We had a really fun day on this tour. It gives you a great chance to see what this part of Sicily has to offer, cramming quite a lot in to a relatively short space of time, without making it feel rushed. The star of the show is definitely the Etna trip - it's a fascinating place even though it was extremely cloudy at the top so there weren't many views to see!. I would urge people going on this trip to bring warm clothing, even if it feels like a hot day down below, as it's very cold at the high altitude and there were patches of snow on the ground even though we went in June and the temperature in Taormina down below was 30C..

    The Alcantara gorges provided a nice walk around, though we didn't think they were particularly spectacular. Personally I think the tour could ditch the Randazzo part completely as it's not an especially nice village and there's not much to do there although the stop-off does provide an opportunity to grab lunch.

    I feel it important to mention that a few things mentioned on the itinerary on the Viator tour didn't actually happen. For example:
    - the guide did not come around the gorges with us we were left to walk around on our own
    - there was no cable car on the trip and this was not even mentioned at any stage.
    - the guide did not come with us to the craters: we were basically dumped out of the 4x4 and left to wander around on our own.
    - disappointingly, we did not actually go to the summit. We went high up Etna, but not to the summit. The guide actually said to someone on the way back that it is not allowed for tourists to visit the summit any more - so why advertise otherwise?

    None of these issues were massively problematic and we still had a good day, but it seems odd to mention things like this on the itinerary if they're not going to be provided, or even mentioned. I would urge Viator to revise the details provided on this site, so that they match what is actually provided.

  • 08-Jun-2015

    I expected more. The tour had two stops before the Etna totally expendable. When we arrived it was after lunch, the worst time to see the volcano in activity. The best time is in the morning.
    The tour was so expansive for little.

  • 18-May-2015

    The trip was good but he only covered Mount Atna. This trip covers Randazzo and Alcantara Gorges. They never even mentioned those two places once in the trip. I paid for all three and got only one out of this.

  • 05-Nov-2014

    Enjoy the whole day. The highlight of the day was Mount Etna. We were so lucky to have had a beautiful and clear day. Would highly recommended this day tour to everyone. The tour company was excellent as they had organised the day before to pick us up from our hotel and take us closer to the pick up point for the tour.