Highlights of this tour
- The Alcantara Gorge
Your English-speaking guide greets you at the cruise terminal. You find him by the sign he is holding with your name on it. He helps you get into the private wheelchair accessible van by means of a ramp. Once you are sitting comfortably, your Taormina and Alcantara Gorge tour begins!
Your first visit is the beautiful town of Taormina, the most famous touristic town of Sicily. Get to see the impressive ruins of the Greek-Roman Theatre, which has inspired many writers, artists, and musicians. From the theatre, which is situated on the top of the hill, admire magnificent panoramic views over the Straits of Messina. You see the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna.
After some free time for shopping and exploring, you proceed to a local farm for a heavenly lunch*. This consists of delicious authentic Sicilian dishes, prepared exclusively with local products, and regional wine.
After the lunch, the tour continuous to the north slopes of Mount Etna. Your guide brings you to the famous Alcantara Gorge. The Gorge is a gorgeous nature reserve along the course of the River Alcantara. It is one of the few rivers on that runs year round.
Several thousand years ago the path of the river was blocked by a large lava flow from Mount Etna. The river caused lava to cool very quickly. Resulting in the lava crystalizing and forming the unique rock columns. The river stream kept on carving a path through the columns, which is the Gorge that visitors admire today.
At the end of the day, your driver brings you to the cruise port.
*Lunch is not included, needs to be paid on the day itself and costs approximately 35 euros p.p.
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