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At a glance
Discover Mt Etna and the beautiful volcanic archipelago of Northern Sicily
Trip Highlights
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What's included
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

All breakfasts and 5 dinners are included, two of which will be a picnic dinner in the evening of Day 5 and a generous wine and produce tasting on day 3. 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: usually a continental style buffet. Lunch: normally a pic-nic or taken in local cafes.

Day 1
Fly to Catania; transfer to Milazzo harbour and boat to Lipari.
Arrival at Catania airport and transfer to Milazzo harbour (1h30), where we catch the boat to Lipari, one of the biggest and most beautiful of the islands.
Day 2
Boat to Vulcano and trek to the crater to see the famous fumaroles; free afternoon for bathing in Vulcano's hot springs and mud baths.
Today we catch the boat and sail across the cobalt waters to Vulcano, one of the seven Aeolian Islands, famous for its long stretches of black beaches and bubbling thermal springs. Our walk takes us to Vulcano's crater rim to see the steaming 'Fumaroles' (vents of volcanic gas). In the afternoon there will be some free time for bathing in Vulcano's hot springs and mud baths. Hydrofoil back to Lipari and overnight in Canneto (3 hours hiking, +390m -390 m).
Day 3
Morning walk to Lipari's north coast and up to Mt Pilatus for wonderful views over extensive pumice quarries; afternoon walk to the south coast of the island.
Our morning begins with an easy hike to the northern coast of Lipari. During the walk we get to appreciate a wonderful view over an ancient crater formed after a volcano eruption in 700 AD. The fields around this crater are well known for the occurrence of massive pumice deposits and obsidian flows. In the afternoon we take an additonal walk to the south coast of the island, which offers stunning views of Vulcano's big crater. We end our excursion at the historical centre of Lipari, where we enjoy a well deserved Sicilian wine and produce tasting (morning: 3 hours hiking, + 300m – 300 m, 8km; afternoon: 2 hours hiking, + 240m – 240m, 7 km).
Day 4
Boat to Stomboli; free time to explore the island before a sunset hike to the 'Sciara del Fuoco' (Stream of fire), to witness the volcanic activity.
Our day begins with a one-and a half hour boat journey to Stromboli, a unique island famed for being home to one of only three active volcanoes in Italy and a interesting place to explore for geologists and tourists alike. Once there, we have free time to relax on the island's black sandy beaches. At sunset we walk to the western side of Stromboli to reach the spectacular “Sciara del Fuoco” , a fiery channel where the lava outflows plunge directly into the sea (4 hours hiking, +400 - 400 m).
Day 5
Free half day in Stromboli to visit the town of St Vincenzo or relax in the island's black beaches; sunset trek to the summit of Stromboli.
After enjoying some free time in the town of St. Vincenzo or in one of the island's beaches (seasonal), we take a guided excursion to the summit area of Stromboli at 942m accompanied by a certified volcano guide. Although Mother Nature doesn't work with an exact schedule, here we can usually witness the pyrotechnical activity of the volcano with nightfall emphasising the dramatic red-hot spurts of molten rock. Please note: the excursion is weather and volcanic conditions dependent; the descent is very dusty so it may not be suitable for asthma sufferers. You will need a torch (a head-torch is best) as you descend after nightfall (5 hours hiking, +924m -924m).
Day 6
Boat ride to Milazzo and transfer to the town of Taormina for a short hike and sightseeing; continue to the comfortable mountain lodge on Etna’s southern slope.
Leaving Stromboli we take a boat ride to Milazzo and transfer to the pretty mediaeval town of Castelmola. After a short hike, mostly downhill, we reach the elegant town of Taormina. There is free time to visit the town's Greek Theatre – originally built during the 3rd century BC and still used for performances during Taormina's annual summer arts festival – or take advantage of the town's great shopping opportunities and perhaps sample some refreshing mulberry gelato. We spend the night in a mountain hut at 1900m above sea level, from where we can enjoy great views over the sea and the east coast of Sicily. The hotel is located very close to the most recent lava flow.
Day 7
Walk on the southern side of Mt Etna and optional 4WD and trek to the summit crater (3350m); transfer and overnight in Catania.
Starting from our hotel, we enjoy a spectacular walk on the southern area of the Mount Etna volcano. We will hike up past several old lava flows to be rewarded with a dramatic panoramic view of the four craters that make up the top of this famous volcano, plus extensive views of the entire coast of Sicily (5 hours hiking, +500m -400m). There is a chance to add an optional climb by cable car and 4x4 jeeps up until 2900m and then further on foot to 3350m to walk along the rim of the Bove valley, an extensive depression that opened up thousands of years ago as a result of a massive landslide. The optional extra climb is weather and volcanic conditions dependent and willl be escorted by a volcano or alpine guide. Price: €80 per person, payable locally in cash (price subject to change). You are strongly advised to take a waterproof/windproof jacket, a warm top and to wear long trousers and gaiters. In the afternoon we transfer to Catania where we take a short orientation tour before our goodbye dinner (not included).
Day 8
Fly to London.
Transfer to Catania airport and fly to London.
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The terrain on all the volcanoes can be steep and uneven underfoot with lots of loose ash and other material. Walking poles can help you steady yourself and also take some of the pressure off your knees. Although not compulsory, they are recommended for this trip. It is strongly recommended that you wear gaiters to help keep the ash out of your walking boots during the optional climbs of Mt Etna and Stromboli so that you don't have to keep stopping to empty them.

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