What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Ascent of Stromboli, reaching the summit at dusk to view the spectacular active craters.

What did you think of your group leader?

First rate. Organised with a light touch, resourceful and witty. As a Sicilian he knew the ropes and took us to interesting places, to eat for example.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

The concept of the trip is excellent and it is good in October, just the right temperature for hiking and sight-seeing and prolonging your summer!

Is there anything else you would like to add?

The accommodation in Catania was rather basic, but in a conveneint location near the attractions of the city. Remind trippers they can fly from Manchester, an opportunity some were peeved to miss.