Alcantara Gorges Full-Day Tour from Messina

Shore Excursions in Taormina

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The Gorges of Alcantara are a spectacular place unique in the world. With a height of 50 meters they create a real canyon originated by a cooling phenomena of antiques lava flows, generated by the cold water of the Alcantara river. The Botanic Park of the gorges allows visit to this show of nature in every moment of the year with the maximum comfort and safety. From May to September when the level of the water is lower it is possible to explore a part of the canyon, polished by the water during the years. During this 7-hour guided trek there is also a visit to Taormina, one of the most suggestive places in Sicily, rich in culture, art and history.
With a transfer from the port terminal of approximately an hour, you will arrive at the Alcantara Canyons, an extraordinary and unique place. Up to 50 meters high, the canyons had been originated by the cooling phenomena of very old lava flows in the middle of the cool waters of the Alcantara River. The Botanical and Geological Park of Alcantara Canyon lets you visit this natural sight in every moment of the year, in comfort and safety.The famous and renowned beach situated in front of the entrance of the canyon can easily be reached via lifts or by the stairs of Motta Camastra district. The interior part of the canyon is available for an initial stretch of about 25/30 meters due to safety restrictions and the meteorological conditions above the water level. The downstream area is characterized by lakes, rocks and little falls, and it is practicable wearing dungarees that protect from the cool waters. Dungarees are on hire.Thanks to the path network of the Botanical and Geological Park of Alcantara Canyon, you can visit all over the year through the Canyon Path and the Eleonora Path that run the canyon along its length, with many views along the canyons, plaques and charts that give information and descriptions about the places.After, enjoy a visit to Taormina, a wonderful village situated not far from the Alcantara Gorges. You will have the opportunity to spend some time by yourself on the main street, Corso Umberto, where you will be enchanted by the harmony of the structures and the richness of the shops and boutiques.

What’s included

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Collective tour

What’s not included

  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Family friendly
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included