Mt Etna and Surrounding area Day Excursions

Alcantara Gorges (full day)

Enchanting tour in the valley of the river Alcantara that we follow down the valley to reach the famous Gorges, formed thousands of years ago when, according to the most likely hypothesis, in a lava flow that followed the river opened a rift in which water penetrated and quickly cooled, giving those special forms in its walls which make it the most visited natural site in Sicily, where in spring/summer you can bathe in its icy waters.

Duration: full day (hours of riding: 6)
Price: €100.00 (including picnic)


Excursion to Mt Etna (full day)

Amazing ride that takes us from Agriturismo San Marco, in the territory of Castiglione di Sicilia, to the craters of the last great eruption of 2002, through forests, lava flows and stunning sceneries.
This excursion is reserved exclusively to experienced riders in good physical condition. For reasons related to weather and volcanological conditions, it is possible that the path is changed. In some places the path is done on foot, with horse on the hand.

Duration: full day (horse hours: 8) 
Price: €110.00 (including picnic and entrance fee to Etna Natural Park)

Excursion to the beach (4 hours)

Half a day in between the sea and the river.
It starts from Pasteria, in the territory of Calatabiano famous for its Castle dating back to bizantine period.
Along the bed of a small river until we get to the beach in the area of San Marco near Giardini Naxos.
Whenever possible, after a good ride on the shore and a refreshing swim, climb to the mouth of Alcantara river, until we get to Chianchitta.
Continue passing behind the Castle of Calatabiano returning to the starting point.

Duration: from 3 to 4 hours
Price:  €150,00 per person for 2 people
            €120,00 per person from three to four participants.
            €100,00 from 5 to 8 participants. 


Excursion "Fossa San Marco" (2 hours)

Pleasant and quiet loop excursion that takes place in the surroundings of the farm San Marco, on the northern slopes of Etna, through hazelnut and oak forests, fields used as pasture and lava flows more or less recent.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: €40 per person

Excursion “Small Alcantara Gorges” (3 hours)
The excursion starts at the Agriturismo San Marco.  The commence with a downhill ride towards the river Alcantara through a series of narrow streets bordered by dry stone walls in lava and paths in a territory in which alternate hazelnut trees, vineyards, olive groves and oak forests.

Almost reached the river, you reach the famous “Byzantine Cuba”, ancient church dating back to the Byzantine period (VI-VIII BC) and soon after you get to the “Small Gorges of Alcantara” where the river is channelled into the narrow fissures in basalt rock originated thousands of years ago by a lava flow and where you make a short break to enjoy the best of this highly suggestive place (in the summer you can even take a bath in the refreshing waters).

You come back from a different way that makes you go near the medieval village of Castiglione di Sicilia (where on demand is possible to stop) and switching from other forests of oak and hazelnut trees before returning to the Agriturismo San Marco.

Duration: 3 hours
Price: €50 per person