Volcanoes of Sicily

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  • I very much liked the self-guided nature of this trip, where all the maps and detailed hiking suggestions are provided but we were free to walk at our own pace or make different activity choices. I'd love to see this type of tour offered for more destinations! B. Philibosian Paris, France.
To the north of the island of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea is the beautiful Aeolian Archipelago, made up of 7 diverse islands including Lipari, Vulcano and Stromboli, whose active volcanic cone dominates the horizon. Dramatic cliffs and winding coastline, black beaches and thermal hot springs, a deep blue sea and charming port towns are all characteristic of this enchanting group of islands. Four days have been set aside to explore these islands on foot including a guided ascent of Stromboli (subject to conditions), where a fiery lava trail streams down one side of its cone. The daily walks are interspersed with opportunities to relax on the beach, snorkel, explore the ports and villages or bathe in therapeutic hot mud. Back on the mainland of Sicily the focus shifts to the delightful seaside town of Taormina and the famous volcano, Mt Etna, where the 2002/03 eruption opened a line of gaping craters, before returning to Catania.
brief itinerary
DAY 1 Arrive Catania, transfer to Milazzo DAY 2 Transfer to the island of Lipari, walk to San Calogero (4hrs) DAY 3 To Vulcano Island by hydrofoil, visit crater (3hrs) DAY 4 Explore Lipari then transfer to Stromboli Island, trek to the 'Sciara del Fuoco' (4hrs) DAY 5 Visit San Vincenzo, afternoon climb Stromboli with a certified volcano guide* (6hrs) DAY 6 Transfer to Taormina and continue to Mt Etna, afternoon walk to 'crateri Silvestri' (1.5hrs) DAY 7 Discover the craters and viewpoints on Mt Etna (6hrs), transfer to Catania DAY 8 Trip concludes
trip dates
Daily from 1 Apr to 24 Oct (except 25 Jul to 31 Aug)
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Hydrofoils, public bus to airport from Taormina and taxes to enter islands are extra - allow approx. EUR 85-95. High season is from 25 Jun to 24 Jul and a supplement applies. On day 7 it is possible to climb to the summit of Etna, with a guide. This is dependant on the weather conditions and volcano activity. Allow EUR85 for this optional activity.

what's included
MEALS: *7 breakfasts, 1 dinner ACCOMMODATION: *7 nights in 2-3 star hotels and B&Bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities (hotel taxes extra, payable locally - allow 10-15) BACKUP & SUPPORT: *information pack including route notes and maps per room booked *emergency hotline TRANSPORT: *transfers as per the itinerary PLUS: *group volcano excursion at Stromboli
Volcanoes of Sicily
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trip grading:
8 days
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US $1,330
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