Highlights of this tour
- The Alcantara Gorge
Your English-speaking driver guide greets you at the cruise terminal or you will meet him at your accommodation, with private adapted transport. You find him by the sign he is holding with your name on it, and together you make your way to Taormina and the Alcantara Gorge.
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, you have magnificent panoramic views over the Straits of Messina, as well as the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna.
After some free time for exploring and shopping, 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 lunch, the tour continues to the north slopes of Mount Etna, and your driver 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 the Island 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, which resulted 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 guide brings you to the cruise port or your accommodation.
*Lunch is not included, needs to be paid on the day itself and costs approximately 35 euros p.p.
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