Etna & Alcantara Tour Experience

River Park

Visit to the Alcantara river park


Easy trekking activity at about 2000 meters

Duration Excursions

Approx 8 hours

Meeting Point

Start from Catania or meeting point

Etna and Alcantara Excursion: Adventure Between Fire and Water

With this excursion Etna and Alcantara Gorges departing from Catania and surroundings you can visit in one day,  two of the most fascinating places in eastern Sicily.

Discover the thrill of a unique journey between the majesty of Mount Etna and the wonderful Alcantara Gorges!

This exclusive tour, available every day, will take you to the heart of Eastern Sicily, where the fire of Europe’s highest volcano meets the crystal-clear freshness of the Alcantara waters. Lasting 8 hours, the excursion promises unforgettable adventures among lunar landscapes and pristine nature. Are you ready to experience a day full of discoveries and emotions? Book now and be amazed by this extraordinary combination of natural elements.

Your adventure begins in the morning at a predetermined meeting point, where comfortable transportation awaits to take you to the heights of the legendary Mount Etna. The first stop on our journey is dedicated to exploring the famous Silvestri Craters, formed during the 1892 eruption and located near the Sapienza Refuge. Here, you’ll face almost extraterrestrial scenarios, where the earth turns black and the sky seems incredibly closer.

Continuing the excursion, we will visit a spectacular lava flow cave, a fascinating journey into the subsoil of Etna where, equipped with helmets and torches provided by us, we will explore the hidden geological wonders beneath the surface. The experience continues with a visit to the Valle del Bove, a vast volcanic caldera that extends beneath your feet, a witness to millennia of eruptions and breathtaking panoramas that dominate the horizon.

After savoring the grandeur of the volcano, the tour will move towards the fresh and lush Alcantara Valley. Here, trekking makes its way among columnar basalts formed thousands of years ago, a landscape that enchants for its beauty and uniqueness. The Alcantara Gorges, with their walls up to 25 meters high, divided by the cold and crystal-clear river, offer an extraordinary contrast with the fire of Etna, showing how varied and surprising nature is in this part of the island.

Before concluding our tour, we will stop at a local farm where you will have the opportunity to taste honeys and wines produced on-site, discovering the authentic flavors of the Sicilian land. Each tasting will tell a story of tradition and passion, indissolubly linked to the territory.

Our excursion concludes with the return to the starting point, but the emotions and images collected during the day will stay with you forever. This tour is not just a simple visit, but a profound experience that connects you with the history, geology, and culture of one of Italy’s most fascinating regions.

Do not miss the opportunity to join us on this incredible adventure between the water and fire of Etna and the Alcantara Gorges. Book your place today!

The Etna and Alcantara excursion is the ideal experience to visit the wonders of the Volcano and the Alcantara gorges in a single day. The ease of the trekking routes make it an excursion suitable for the whole family. Discover the other excursions to the Alcantara gorges.


  • Excursion to lava flow caves
  • Visit Columnar Basalts
  • Visit to the Alcantara river park
  • Transfer from the meeting place
  • Tasting of typical Etna products
  • Park entrance tickets not included.

Tour Plan

What You'll Do with Our Guide Etna Alcantara Tour Program
  • Start from Catania or meeting point.
  • Meeting point in Catania: Edicola Mannino Piazza Stesicoro, Pasticceria Savia.
  • The transfers from one site to another will be made by car, Jeep, or Minivan.
  • Trekking at 2000 meters above sea level, to explore ancient and recently formed craters and observe the entire Ionian coast from above. (Trekking suitable for any fitness levels).
  • Exploration of a typical lava cave formed during the past eruptions. (Helmets and caving lights are provided by our guides).
  • Visit of Valle Del Bove (Valley of the Ox) a huge Caldera formed as a result of the collapse of some ancient craters.
  • Visit of lava flow 1991-1993
  • Free tasting of a selection of honey and D.O.C. wines in a typical beekeeping family-run business.
  • Visit to the Alcantara Fluvial Park to observe the Alcantara Gorges, a unique set of meandering cliffs created about 300,000 years ago.
Excursion Details Departure and Useful Tips
  • Departure time: 8:00 / 8:30 AM
  • Duration: approximately 8 hours
  • Lunch: No
  • Tasting: Yes
  • Dinner: No
  • Difficulty: Easy

Ticket for access to the Gorges

The entrance to the Alcantara Gorges to descend to the valley and see the river and the columnar basalt lava can be done in two ways:

  1. Along the municipal path (cost per person 2 euros), a series of steps will lead along the riverbanks.
  2. Private entrance to the Geological and Botanical Park (cost 11 euros per adult, children 6/12 years 9 euros), we will visit the park along paths that offer enchanting views throughout the Alcantara River valley, and it includes an elevator ride down to the river and back up.

Winter and Spring Warnings

In winter, due to adverse weather conditions or in case of ice and/or snow on the roads, the excursion may take place at lower altitudes.

During certain times of the year (November – March), the Alcantara Gorges may be closed due to flooding of the Alcantara River. Entry will be made, always safely, at different points depending on municipal ordinances. The entrance could be within the Alcantara Gorges River Park, which costs 6 euros per person depending on the season.

What to Wear Recommended Clothing

According to the season, comfortable “layered” clothing, trekking shoes or sports shoes.

In winter: long trousers , heavy jacket, scarves, polar fleece, hat and gloves
In summer: long trousers, sunscreen and a spare shirt.

We recommend you to bring enough water , Bring a towel, swimsuit and footwear for walking in the water.


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Reduced rate for children up to 12 years

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Min - Max (Persons)Adult PriceChildren Price
2 - 3 99.00 60.00
4 - 7 95.00 60.00
8 - 11 85.00 55.00
12 - 25 75.00 55.00

Policy cancellation booking

Within 2 days of the scheduled tour date, the customer is refunded 100%. of the amount paid for the reservation, excluding any bank commission charges.

In case of adverse weather condition the tour could undergo changes.
If you have any queries, questions or need clarification about some aspects of the tour program outlined above, please try read the section EXCURSIONS in our F.A.Q.s page, before booking.
The activities outlined above are intended for Excursions in Sicily members only.
The fee includes:
registration to our association, transfer A / R, guide. Payment method: Credit Card, PayPal account.


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In caso di condizioni meteorologiche avverse, il tour potrebbe subire modifiche.

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