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Alcantara Gorges Tours

Following the path of an ancient Mt. Etna lava flow, Sicily’s Alcantara River carved intricate ravines and underground passages through the volcanic rock. The resulting Alcantara Gorges are part of the Alcantara River Park, popular with travelers drawn to the beautiful rock formations and the refreshing river water, especially in summer.

The Basics
A visit to the Alcantara Gorges (Gole dell’Alcantara) can include a simple walk through the park, or a more challenging hike down into the canyons—including some more than 200 feet (61 meters) deep—for river trekking. By far the simplest way to manage the logistics of getting to and from the Alcantara Gorges from the Sicilian cities of Taormina, Messina, and Catania is to join a small-group tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off, round-trip transportation to the Alcantara River Park, and an expert guide. Many full-day tours of Mt. Etna and Alcantara also offer wine tastings at the nearby vineyards, hikes up to the active volcano crater, and a ride on the historic Circumetnea Railway.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bring sturdy footwear, a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water, especially if you plan to hike down into the gorges.
  • The Alcantara River Park entrance fee is not included in many group tours.
  • Because of the rough terrain, hiking the gorges is not recommended for young children or those who are not in good physical condition.
  • Along the top of the ravines, there are easy trails, suitable for all ages and physical conditions, that take you through the park’s botanical gardens and past a number of scenic viewpoints.

How to Get There
The main entrance to the Alcantara River Park is about 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) from Taormina. You can reach it easily by car, tour bus, or public bus.

When to Get There
The park is lovely to visit year-round due to Sicily’s mild climate, though is most pleasant in summer’s cooler early morning or late afternoon hours. The park can be very crowded in August, when Italians traditionally go on summer vacation, so it’s best to avoid visiting during this time if you want to appreciate the park in relative peace and quiet.

Alcantara River Park Facilities
The Alcantara River Park entrance fee gives you access to two swimming pools, a 3D film presentation explaining the evolution of the canyon, a botanical museum, a restaurant, and an elevator down into the canyon. 

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Small-Group Tour: Etna Wine and Alcantara from Taormina, Taormina, null
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Small-Group Tour: Etna Wine and Alcantara from Taormina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

During the friendly and engaging full day excursions on Mount Etna you will be led to the discovery of all colours and fascinating histories of our volcano. ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.31
Alcantara Gorges Tour from Messina, Messina, Full-day Tours
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Alcantara Gorges Tour from Messina

Join this tour to see the Alcantara Gorge which boasts a very special heritage.

Location: Messina, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.81
Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride, Taormina, Half-day Tours
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Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorges Day Trip with Circumetnea Railway Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

Leave Taormina and ride around Mount Etna by 1950s-era train on the Circumetnea Railway! This exciting day trip also includes trips to the rock pools and ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.87
Private Day Tour of Gole Alcantara with Food and Wine Tasting in Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Day Trips
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Private Day Tour of Gole Alcantara with Food and Wine Tasting in Giardini Naxos

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Live this amazing adventure visiting the main national park of Sicily Gole Alcantara, followed by walking tour in famous resort Giardini Naxos and food & ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $152.03
Etna & Alcantara Gorges by Land Rover from Taormina, Taormina, Full-day Tours
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Etna & Alcantara Gorges by Land Rover from Taormina

Full day Off-Road experience to Etna Volcano to discover the amazing landscapes, Mount Fontana, Caves, lava flows dated 2002 and delicious lunch in a local ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.68
Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Taormina, Catania, Day Trips
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Etna and Alcantara Full-Day Tour from Taormina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This full-day tour allows you to go from a morning visit to Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, to the beautiful and surprising valley of Alcantara ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.34
Private 6-Hour Alcantara Gorges Small-Group Tour from Catania, Catania, Full-day Tours
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Private 6-Hour Alcantara Gorges Small-Group Tour from Catania

Join this tour to see the Alcantara Gorges which boasts a very special unique landscape. Enjoy an amazing experience among the spectacular 50-meter, black lava ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.78

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