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Alcantara National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sicily: Mt. Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour

1. Sicily: Mt. Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour

Tick off two of Sicily’s must-see attractions in one day on this tour with hotel transfers from Catania. Explore volcanic caves and rock pools on a trek through Alcantara Gorges. Walk around the craters of Mt Etna with an Alpine guide. Make a stop at a local winery for a traditional lunch with wine. Start your Sicilian adventure by meeting your guide in Catania, either at your accommodation or another agreed-upon location. Take a brief, scenic drive by an air-conditioned van to either the Sartorius craters or the 2002 crater on the Northeast side of Etna. Let your guide introduce you to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena. Walk through ancient woods, extinct craters, and old lava flows. Witness deserts of lava and ashes, peculiar formations, and traces of previous eruptions. Reach a maximum altitude of 2000 meters. Then, strap on your helmets and lamps to explore a volcanic cave like the Grotto del Ladroni or Grotta Cassone. Stop at a nice winery up along the mountain road for an authentic Sicilian lunch including appetizer, first course, water, and wine, which will be served outdoors or indoors depending on the weather. Visit the Alcantara canyons, formed thousands of years ago from the lava flow that invaded the bed of the Alcantara river. Enjoy the spectacular scenery along the Alcantara River. End your day back in Catania where you were picked up.

From Taormina: Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour

2. From Taormina: Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour

Travel in a small group with a guide from Taormina to Etna on this full-day tour. See craters, walk along the volcanic underground, enjoy a typical lunch, and visit the Alcantara Canyons. Enjoy a 2-hour hike around the perimeters of extinct craters and along lava-covered paths at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. Visit the volcanic underground, discovering one of the wonders of Etna. Stop for lunch and visit a local winery. Enjoy local products and a tasting of Etna wines. Last on the itinerary is a visit to the Alcantara Canyons, formed thousands of years ago when lava flowed into the Alcantara River, from a panoramic viewpoint.

Motta Camastra: Quad Bike Tour to the Alcantara Gorges

3. Motta Camastra: Quad Bike Tour to the Alcantara Gorges

You'll be able to choose the tour that suits you best, for beginners or experts, without giving up the discovery of this beautiful area at the foot of Mount Etna. You will be accompanied by our open-top guide, who will allow you to explore in complete safety. You will start from the Alcantara Gorges and then head to Francavilla di Sicilia, a historic village of 3,000 inhabitants located in the heart of the Valley. During this route you will travel along both dirt paths and asphalt, always remaining enveloped by a picturesque and characteristic landscape. From time to time there will be a pause that will allow you to admire the landscape and the Alcantara River. If you choose the 2 1/2-hour route, always accompanied by our guide, you will be able to arrive as far as Castiglione di Sicilia.

From Taormina: Mount Etna upper craters and Alcantara Gorges

4. From Taormina: Mount Etna upper craters and Alcantara Gorges

Enjoy a full-day tour of the highest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna. Tour guests meet at the bus terminal in Taormina, Via Pirandello. The tour is led by a knowledgeable tour leader. You can enjoy exclusive information of the history of Mount Etna and the surrounding areas. An air-conditioned coach will transport you to the Alcantara Gorges (entry extra). This is an impressive natural sculpture. Thousands of years ago the riverbed was blocked by lava flow from Mount Etna, and as the lava cooled more quickly than the water it crystallized. Tall columns of lava have since stood here and as the river eroded through the lava it has created a series of impressive gorges. Don’t forget your camera. The trip continues on board the Circumetnea, a traditional train that winds around the foot of the volcano reaching up to Adrano in the south. Then. by coach, reach Rifugio Sapienza, at an altitude of 1.900 meters on the southern side. Then, ascend via cable car and jeep to the authorized crater zones, assisted by licensed guides of the Italian Alpine Club (Italian and English speaking). Stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in the area of security. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Taormina where the tour ends. Boots and jacket rentable on site.

From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

5. From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

Depart from Taormina and head to the Rifugio Sapienza on Mount Etna. Learn the history of the volcano and visit the sites of its last eruptions. Choose to trek along the nature paths of the Parco dell’Etna or take the cable car to an altitude of 2,504 meters and continue by 4WD minibus to the Torre del Filosofo. Get stunning views of the scenery stretching down to the sea and admire the craters and old lava flows that characterize the landscape. Explore a lava cave with all the proper equipment. Continue down the mountain and stop at the organic farm for a delicious sampling of local products, including honey and oil. Discover the different corners of the Alcantara River. Walk down small paths, past cultivated fields, and see the natural pools and waterfalls and continue to get up close to different basalt and unexpected lava formations.

Alcantara River Jumps and Canyoning, a real Adventure

6. Alcantara River Jumps and Canyoning, a real Adventure

We start this activity getting you ready with a wetsuits, helmet, life jacket and footwears. Once the group is ready for action we will get on board of a minivan and with a five minutes drive we will reach a country lane where we will walk for 8 minutes to get to the river banks. This river adventure starts with our first jump that can vary from 5 to 6 meters, who does not feel like jumping can use a natural slide to get into the water. We will swim to get to the second, third and forth jump before having fun on a slide that leads to a fourth pond. To reach the fifth pond we will do some river trekking and Body rafting. The end of the tour will be at oour head quarter where you have left your car and your personal belongings. Our tour is truly unique cause it takes place away from the mass tourism and in a stretch of the river Alcantara truly wild and with a stunning landscape, made of crystal water lakes and water falls. River Jumping is a new entry in the Alcantara river, do not miss this opportunity to discover the Alcantara River and to leave the best adventour that Sicily can offer.

EtnaTour: Etna 3000 and Alcantara Gorges

7. EtnaTour: Etna 3000 and Alcantara Gorges

Enjoy your tour to Mount Etna up to the top of the Volcano. Transfer by bus from your pick up point to Piano Provenzana. Ascent to the top with off - road vehicoles, accompanied by an alpin guide. Soft trekking at the top to see Bove Valley and main craters. Transfer by bus from Piano Provenzana to Alcantara Gorges. Explore the famous park of Alcantara, a lava canyon with a freezing river. Tasting of tipycal sicilian product. To the Botanical Park it is possible buy food and drink. Entry to the Gorges not included in the price.

Etna: Etna Nord Basic and Alcantara Gorges

8. Etna: Etna Nord Basic and Alcantara Gorges

This tour allows you to reach the highest Volcano in Europe. Transfer by open bus or gran turismo. Once at the refuge at 1810m, free time to do soft trekking up to craters of 2002. Upon returning, continue to reach the Alcantara Gorges: a lava canyon crossed by icy waters. Entry not included. Inside the botanical and geological park, it will be possible to taste typical sicilian product.

Alcantara River: Body Rafting & 'Pasta Alla Norma' Lunch

9. Alcantara River: Body Rafting & 'Pasta Alla Norma' Lunch

Your guide will meet you at your hotel, or a meeting place of your choice in Taormina, and take you by comfortable private car the Alcantara river. The river is an ecological wonder, with limestone rocks that make it perfect for letting the rapids take your body on an exciting descent. When you arrive, our specialized guides will take you on your body rafting adventure. Enjoy the views of the rocks as this unique experience allows you to use your body as the raft, with the upmost confidence in your safety. At the end of the tour, your guide will accompany you to the nearby village of Giardini Naxos where you can have lunch with the traditional "pasta alla norma" with good local wine – a just reward for all of your exercise earlier.

Catania: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Guided Tour

10. Catania: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Guided Tour

Learn about the biology and geology of the Etna Volcano on this guided 8-hour tour. Wander around and explore the area's pathways surrounded by nature which has grown upon several dormant craters. The fauna and flora of Etna provides a stunning backdrop for this tour as you discover the fascinating surroundings including an exciting cave exploration. Then, relax with a wine tasting session and enjoy the flavors of the volcano as you try the region's liqueurs, honey and more. With Etna behind you, it's time to explore the beautiful Alcantara Gorges which were formed from lava and are among the most famous in the world. Next, cross the river, which is lined with basalt walls as high as 50 meters, and enter the wonderful natural setting of the Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park.

Alcantara National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Sicily: Mt. Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour

Sicily: Mt. Etna, Wine and Alcantara Tour

Tick off two of Sicily’s must-see attractions in one day on this tour with hotel transfers from Catania. Explore volcanic caves and rock pools on a trek through Alcantara Gorges. Walk around the craters of Mt Etna with an Alpine guide. Make a stop at a local winery for a traditional lunch with wine. Start your Sicilian adventure by meeting your guide in Catania, either at your accommodation or another agreed-upon location. Take a brief, scenic drive by an air-conditioned van to either the Sartorius craters or the 2002 crater on the Northeast side of Etna. Let your guide introduce you to the fascinating world of volcanic phenomena. Walk through ancient woods, extinct craters, and old lava flows. Witness deserts of lava and ashes, peculiar formations, and traces of previous eruptions. Reach a maximum altitude of 2000 meters. Then, strap on your helmets and lamps to explore a volcanic cave like the Grotto del Ladroni or Grotta Cassone. Stop at a nice winery up along the mountain road for an authentic Sicilian lunch including appetizer, first course, water, and wine, which will be served outdoors or indoors depending on the weather. Visit the Alcantara canyons, formed thousands of years ago from the lava flow that invaded the bed of the Alcantara river. Enjoy the spectacular scenery along the Alcantara River. End your day back in Catania where you were picked up.

From Taormina: Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour

From Taormina: Full-Day Etna, Wine & Alcantara Canyons Tour

Travel in a small group with a guide from Taormina to Etna on this full-day tour. See craters, walk along the volcanic underground, enjoy a typical lunch, and visit the Alcantara Canyons. Enjoy a 2-hour hike around the perimeters of extinct craters and along lava-covered paths at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level. Visit the volcanic underground, discovering one of the wonders of Etna. Stop for lunch and visit a local winery. Enjoy local products and a tasting of Etna wines. Last on the itinerary is a visit to the Alcantara Canyons, formed thousands of years ago when lava flowed into the Alcantara River, from a panoramic viewpoint.

Motta Camastra: Quad Bike Tour to the Alcantara Gorges

Motta Camastra: Quad Bike Tour to the Alcantara Gorges

You'll be able to choose the tour that suits you best, for beginners or experts, without giving up the discovery of this beautiful area at the foot of Mount Etna. You will be accompanied by our open-top guide, who will allow you to explore in complete safety. You will start from the Alcantara Gorges and then head to Francavilla di Sicilia, a historic village of 3,000 inhabitants located in the heart of the Valley. During this route you will travel along both dirt paths and asphalt, always remaining enveloped by a picturesque and characteristic landscape. From time to time there will be a pause that will allow you to admire the landscape and the Alcantara River. If you choose the 2 1/2-hour route, always accompanied by our guide, you will be able to arrive as far as Castiglione di Sicilia.

From Taormina: Mount Etna upper craters and Alcantara Gorges

From Taormina: Mount Etna upper craters and Alcantara Gorges

Enjoy a full-day tour of the highest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna. Tour guests meet at the bus terminal in Taormina, Via Pirandello. The tour is led by a knowledgeable tour leader. You can enjoy exclusive information of the history of Mount Etna and the surrounding areas. An air-conditioned coach will transport you to the Alcantara Gorges (entry extra). This is an impressive natural sculpture. Thousands of years ago the riverbed was blocked by lava flow from Mount Etna, and as the lava cooled more quickly than the water it crystallized. Tall columns of lava have since stood here and as the river eroded through the lava it has created a series of impressive gorges. Don’t forget your camera. The trip continues on board the Circumetnea, a traditional train that winds around the foot of the volcano reaching up to Adrano in the south. Then. by coach, reach Rifugio Sapienza, at an altitude of 1.900 meters on the southern side. Then, ascend via cable car and jeep to the authorized crater zones, assisted by licensed guides of the Italian Alpine Club (Italian and English speaking). Stop to admire the eventual activity of the summit craters in the area of security. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Taormina where the tour ends. Boots and jacket rentable on site.

From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

From Taormina: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Tour

Depart from Taormina and head to the Rifugio Sapienza on Mount Etna. Learn the history of the volcano and visit the sites of its last eruptions. Choose to trek along the nature paths of the Parco dell’Etna or take the cable car to an altitude of 2,504 meters and continue by 4WD minibus to the Torre del Filosofo. Get stunning views of the scenery stretching down to the sea and admire the craters and old lava flows that characterize the landscape. Explore a lava cave with all the proper equipment. Continue down the mountain and stop at the organic farm for a delicious sampling of local products, including honey and oil. Discover the different corners of the Alcantara River. Walk down small paths, past cultivated fields, and see the natural pools and waterfalls and continue to get up close to different basalt and unexpected lava formations.

Alcantara River Jumps and Canyoning, a real Adventure

Alcantara River Jumps and Canyoning, a real Adventure

We start this activity getting you ready with a wetsuits, helmet, life jacket and footwears. Once the group is ready for action we will get on board of a minivan and with a five minutes drive we will reach a country lane where we will walk for 8 minutes to get to the river banks. This river adventure starts with our first jump that can vary from 5 to 6 meters, who does not feel like jumping can use a natural slide to get into the water. We will swim to get to the second, third and forth jump before having fun on a slide that leads to a fourth pond. To reach the fifth pond we will do some river trekking and Body rafting. The end of the tour will be at oour head quarter where you have left your car and your personal belongings. Our tour is truly unique cause it takes place away from the mass tourism and in a stretch of the river Alcantara truly wild and with a stunning landscape, made of crystal water lakes and water falls. River Jumping is a new entry in the Alcantara river, do not miss this opportunity to discover the Alcantara River and to leave the best adventour that Sicily can offer.

EtnaTour: Etna 3000 and Alcantara Gorges

EtnaTour: Etna 3000 and Alcantara Gorges

Enjoy your tour to Mount Etna up to the top of the Volcano. Transfer by bus from your pick up point to Piano Provenzana. Ascent to the top with off - road vehicoles, accompanied by an alpin guide. Soft trekking at the top to see Bove Valley and main craters. Transfer by bus from Piano Provenzana to Alcantara Gorges. Explore the famous park of Alcantara, a lava canyon with a freezing river. Tasting of tipycal sicilian product. To the Botanical Park it is possible buy food and drink. Entry to the Gorges not included in the price.

Etna: Etna Nord Basic and Alcantara Gorges

Etna: Etna Nord Basic and Alcantara Gorges

This tour allows you to reach the highest Volcano in Europe. Transfer by open bus or gran turismo. Once at the refuge at 1810m, free time to do soft trekking up to craters of 2002. Upon returning, continue to reach the Alcantara Gorges: a lava canyon crossed by icy waters. Entry not included. Inside the botanical and geological park, it will be possible to taste typical sicilian product.

Alcantara River: Body Rafting & 'Pasta Alla Norma' Lunch

Alcantara River: Body Rafting & 'Pasta Alla Norma' Lunch

Your guide will meet you at your hotel, or a meeting place of your choice in Taormina, and take you by comfortable private car the Alcantara river. The river is an ecological wonder, with limestone rocks that make it perfect for letting the rapids take your body on an exciting descent. When you arrive, our specialized guides will take you on your body rafting adventure. Enjoy the views of the rocks as this unique experience allows you to use your body as the raft, with the upmost confidence in your safety. At the end of the tour, your guide will accompany you to the nearby village of Giardini Naxos where you can have lunch with the traditional "pasta alla norma" with good local wine – a just reward for all of your exercise earlier.

Catania: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Guided Tour

Catania: Mount Etna and Alcantara River Guided Tour

Learn about the biology and geology of the Etna Volcano on this guided 8-hour tour. Wander around and explore the area's pathways surrounded by nature which has grown upon several dormant craters. The fauna and flora of Etna provides a stunning backdrop for this tour as you discover the fascinating surroundings including an exciting cave exploration. Then, relax with a wine tasting session and enjoy the flavors of the volcano as you try the region's liqueurs, honey and more. With Etna behind you, it's time to explore the beautiful Alcantara Gorges which were formed from lava and are among the most famous in the world. Next, cross the river, which is lined with basalt walls as high as 50 meters, and enter the wonderful natural setting of the Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park.

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What people are saying about Alcantara National Park

Overall rating

4.8
(523 reviews)

Our guide Toni really delivered: with background knowledge and humor, he guided us through the day in the small group of seven. Beforehand, we had really smooth contact with the organizer, arranging a meeting point and having questions wasn't a problem. Hiking boots and a jacket were also provided. There was good food and nice conversations with the other participants at the winery. We had Americans, Brits and a Chinese with us - it was great. We were out from about half past eight in the morning until half past five in the evening, but it was extremely entertaining and interesting. We would book it again at any time.

The trip was excellent. The guide - Marco - answered every question we had - and often even anticipated them. He has extensive knowledge about Sicily itself, the volcano and the gorge. He also took care of our safety at all times. The food and wine tasting were also great. I recommend!

We really enjoyed this tour and it's mix of activities. Tony was very informative and entertaining. His passion about Mt. Etna was contagious! Would highly recommend to others visiting the area.

Giovanni was an excellent guide full of information and happy to answer any questions we had a top man. Food at the winery was so so wine was fine A great day out on Etna and the gorge

we really enjoyed our guide Nicola, he was really educated and smart. gentelman we loved good as well