Full day

excursion Etna and Alcantara gorge

With this full-day excursion of Etna and Alcantara Gorges Dream Island will make you discover two of the most splendid landscapes of Sicily: Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe and the Alcantara Gorges.

Etna and Alcantara gorge

This excursion Etna and Alcantara gorges will start in an SUV or minivan (up to 8 people) with an out of the way up to the lava front of 2002, through the Pineta Ragabo. Then it proceeds to the starting point of the trek and our excursion will continue by foot. It will start at an altitude of 1650 meters and will reach an altitude of 1700 meters. We will walk along easy paths between birch trees and then the lateral button craters called Craters Sartorius on the north-east side of Etna. Once at the top we will reach some panoramic points from which you can admire the Ionian Sea and the mountain chains of the Nebrodi and Peloritani. Before starting the descent, we will visit, the thieves’ cave, a lava flow tunnel where, equipped with helmets and torches, we will go inside to discover its formation and its history.

We will then take a lunch break, a first or second course dish are included in the price along with a drink and coffee.


After lunch, crossing Castiglione di Sicilia, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, we will reach the Alcantara Gorges located in the Alcantara valley (also called Larderia gorges) where the mountain ranges of Peloritani ends, in the Municipalities of Castiglione di Sicilia and Motta Camastra (one of the places where the Godfather was filmed).

The Alcantara river

flows between lava stone which forms its characteristic riverbed 6 km long and easily accessible for 3 km. The beauty of this gorge consists in the structure of the walls, created by basaltic lava flows (poor in silicon but rich in iron, magnesium and calcium). The lava then cooled very quickly creating pentagonal and hexagonal prismatic forms, which recall the molecular structure of the materials that make it up. During this easy excursion you will be accompanied by our expert guides.


  • Off-road until the lava front of 2002, through the Ragabo Pinewood
  • Trekking on the lateral button craters called Craters Sartorius on the north-east side of Etna
  • Visit to a lava flow cave
  • Lunch break (included in the price)
  • Visit to the Alcantara Gorges



Alcantara Gorges

Departure time


Return time



  • Adult (ages 10 and up): € 80,00
  • Teenagers (aged 3 to 10): € 60,00
  • Children (under 3 years): Free of charge

Tour duration

8 hours

Path lenght

5 km


1650-1780 mt


All year rounds



What is included

Transport, guide, insurance, ticket for the Alcantara Gorges (municipal entrance), visit to a cave, off road, trekking, trekking shoes on request (5€ / pair), water bottle. A lunch with first or second course dish and drink is also included.

What to bring (recommended equipment)

Hiking / gym shoes, bag, hat

Means of transport

  • Suv or minivan
  • Trekking walks

Minimum number - Maximum number

  • Minimum number: 2
  • Maximum number: /




Free pick-up and drop-off are possible at the hotel or at a set point.