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Sicilian Volcanoes Family Adventure
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At a glance
Discover Mt Etna and the beautiful volcanic landscape of Sicily
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Catania
End Destination
Catania
What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners are included. In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day. Please note that the diet in this part of Sicily is heavily dependent on fish and meat. However, vegetarian options are widely available. Breakfast is usually a continental style buffet, whilst lunch is normally a picnic or taken in local cafes. For the evening meal, you can expect it to be dominated by Mediterranean flavours like pasta with rich tomato sauces, olive oil, cheese, salami and pizza. They combine an excellent variety of seafood and meat for the perfect taste of Southern Italy.

Itinerary
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Day 1
Fly to Catania; transfer to the hotel in the city centre.
Fly to Catania, a UNESCO-listed historic city located at the foot of Mt Etna. After a short briefing with the tour leader, and depending on the arrival time of the group, we will have an orientation walk in the historical city center and admire the baroque architecture and piazza.
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Day 2
Wander around Catania's famous food market before transferring to Vulcano; afternoon walk to the crater rim; pizza-making night.
This morning we visit the renowned Catania food market, where we shop around for the best local produce for lunch, which will include fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, olives and sundried tomatoes. We then take a private transfer to Milazzo (2 hours), the closest port to reach the Aeolian Islands. From here, we catch the hydrofoil boat and sail across to Vulcano (1 hour), famous for its black sand beaches and bubbling thermal springs. We settlle in at our hotel, located on one of the many black sand beaches. In the afternoon, we ascend 400m to the crater rim in Vulcano, to see the steaming 'Fumaroles' (vents of volcanic gas). Approx. walking time 3 hours. This evening kids will take part in a fun and entertaining pizza making demonstration!
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Day 3
Discover hidden caves and secret beaches while kayaking around Vulcano's coastline; afternoon visit to thermal springs and wine tasting for adults.
Today we discover the hidden caves and quiet black beaches of Vulcano, whilst kayaking on the island's coastline. After lunch, there is time to go to the famous black beach and take a dip in the bubbling thermal springs. In the evening adults can enjoy a wine tasting session.
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Day 4
Free day. Relax in one of the island's black beaches or take a day trip to the picturesque island of Lipari.
Today is a free day, with the opportunity to either relax on the island's black sand beaches or visit a sulphur mud bath. You can also take a day trip to the picturesque island of Lipari, the biggest of the Aeolian islands. A gelato tasting session can be arranged, or you could perhaps visit the archaeological museum or take a stroll on the south side of Lipari for stunning views of Vulcano's main crater.
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Day 5
Boat trip to Stromboli; easy walk to “Sciara del Fuoco” viewpoint to observe the incandescent volcanic explosions; return to Vulcano.
We take a private boat to the island of Stromboli, one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean with black sand beaches and contrasting white houses. The island is famed for being home to one of only three active volcanoes in Italy and an interesting place to explore for geologists and tourists alike. Although Mother Nature doesn't work with an exact schedule, today we should have the opportunity to witness the fiery nature of the volcano of Stromboli, which has been erupting for at least 2000 years at intervals of approximatly 15 minutes. On our way to Stromboli, we have time to stop off at hidden beaches for a refreshing dip in the sea. Upon arrival, we have an easy walk to "Sciara del Fuoco" ("Stream of Fire"); a fiery channel where the lava outflows can sometimes plunge directly into the sea. Returning from the walk, we take the boat back to Vulcano. Approx. walking time 3 hours.
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Day 6
Hydrofoil to Milazzo and transfer to Mt Etna. Stop en route at a typical Sicilian bakery to try delicious local sweets.
Leaving Vulcano behind, we take a boat ride to Milazzo and then a private transfer to Mt Etna to explore the most recent lava flows and extinct craters on this still very active volcano. We will stop at a typical Sicilian bakery ("pasticceria") en route to sample delicious local sweets. We then drive to our hotel at Mt Etna, located 1900m above sea level on the south slope. Here we will have a leisurely walk near the hotel.
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Day 7
Walk on the slopes of Mt Etna, Europe's highest active volcano. Transfer and overnight in Catania.
Today we have an easy walk on the slopes of Europe's highest active volcano. Cinder cones and craters are a feature of the desolate landscape of this upper part of Etna. From high on the mountain, there is a wonderful panorama of the eastern coast of Sicily. Depending on the weather and volcanic conditions, there is an optional climb where we can take 4x4 jeeps to 2900m and then further on foot to 3350m, escorted by a volcano or alpine guide. Price: €80 per person, payable locally in cash (price subject to change). In the afternoon we will transfer back to Catania, where we have our last dinner together. Approx. walking time 3 hours.
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Day 8
Transfer to the airport; fly to London.
The trip comes to an end after breakfast and those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport.
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