Aeolian Islands & Etna

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Itinerary (8 days)

Day 1: Arrival in Catania on Sicily
Arrival at Catania. Meeting with the guide at 7pm at the hotel in Catania, placed in the very heart of the city centre. Briefing on the program.
Acc.: hotel*** in downtown Catania (D)

Day 2: Transfer to the Vulcano Island - La Fossa's crater and fumaroles, hot springs
Transfer to Milazzo harbour (1h30 drive). Hydrofoil or ferry transfer to the island of Vulcano (ca. 1-2h) famous for its hot thermal springs. Hike up to Vulcano’s impressive crater and its steaming yellow fumaroles and sulphur deposits. There is time for going to the beach and bath in the thermal springs before we continue to nearby Lipari island.
Acc.: hotel*** or good B&B in Lipari (B, D)

Day 3: Lipari island
In the morning we take an walk to the southern side of Lipari island to Monte Guardia, from where we have enchanting views over neighboring Vulcano island and its crater. The afternoon is free for own activities, e.g. to visit the pumice and obsidian deposits near Aquacalda, and the colorful and lively Medieval centre of Lipari town with its interesting Archaeological Museum.
(3 hours hiking, +250 - 250 m)
Acc.: as before (Lipari) (B, D)

Day 4: Vulcano - Stromboli - Sciara del Fuoco
A hydrofoil brings you to the island of Stromboli (1 hour and 50 minutes), where we will stay in a friendly small hotel. Most of the day is free at your disposal,- you could explore the unique black-sand beaches or take a tour around the tranquil village with its characteristic white houses and gardens full of flowers. In the afternoon, we hike to a viewpoint over the Sciara del Fuoco, from where we have a magnificent view on its active craters and their eruptions. We’ll have dinner in nearby pizzeria with a viewing terrace from where you can enjoy both pizza and volcanic eruptions!
Acc.: hotel*** on Stromboli (B, D)

Day 5: Stromboli Island - climb the active craters
The morning on Stromboli is free. For those who want, an optional 3hrs round-trip of the island by a small boat can be arranged.
In the late afternoon, equipped with sandwiches for the evening, we prepare for the 3-4 hours climb to the summit craters. At around sunset, we arrive on a natural viewpoint at 918m, located directly above the active craters. From here, one can observe the several active craters' eruptions from very close range,- with a good portion of caution. Many people agree that this is one of the most awe-inspiring spectacles of nature they have seen in their lives,- be warned: this is where you might become addicted to volcanoes… After enjoying the fireworks for some time, we descend on a different route that brings us quickly down a steep sand slope directly to the village of Stromboli, in probably less than an hour.
(5 hours hiking, +924 – 924 mt.)
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Note:
In case access to Stromboli's summit is prohibited by authorities, e.g. during times of particularly high levels of activity, the excursion will instead go to a viewpoint above the Sciara del Fuoco at 400m.
Acc.: as before (Stromboli) (B, D)

Day 6: Stromboli - Etna
After breakfast we take a speed boat back to Milazzo on Sicily Island. In the early afternoon, we continue by private minibus directly to the southern side of Mount Etna at 1900 m a.s.l. (2h transfer). On Etna, before dinner we make a short walk the the famous Monti Silvestri craters and around the recent lava flows from 2001 and 2002.
Acc.: Mountain hotel*** on Etna at 1900 m a.s.l. (B, D)

Day 7: Excursion to Etna's summit craters
After a copious breakfast from the buffet, we prepare for a long day of hiking. First, we take a cable car and/or jeeps to reach quickly about 2700 m elevation and then continue on foot,- if weather and activity permitting, we can climb one or several of the summit craters of Etna.
Back down from the summit craters, we walk back towards our hotel, descending along a variety of interesting volcanic features, such as the still warm craters that had formed in 2001 and 2002-03.
Back at our hotel, we drive down to Catania where we will spend the last night and enjoy a delicious Sicilian dinner in one of the many excellent trattorias in the centre of Catania.
Acc.: hotel*** in historic center of Catania (as on D1) (B, D)

Day 8: Departure from Catania
End of our services.
Acc.: none (B)

Self-guided version (8 days)

Day 1: Arrival in Catania on Sicily and transfer to Milazzo
Arrival at Catania airport / train station. A private car brings you straight to the port of Milazzo, where you spend the night in a B&B.
Acc.: B&B in Milazzo

Day 2-8: as day 2-8 in group tour program
Acc.: 2xhotel**-*** / B&B on Lipari, 2xhotel*** on Stromboli, 1 night in hotel*** on Etna, 1 night in hotel*** in Catania as on day 1 (B)

Custom and group dates only

Additional info:

Included:

  • Accommodation in double (shared) rooms in family-style hotels (***)
  • Group tours: all transfers and hydrofoils from and to the hotel in Catania
  • Self-guided tours: all transfers on Sicily from Catania airport to Milazzo, Milazzo-Etna, Etna to Catania
  • Half board (breakfast and dinners) (self-guided tours: breakfast only)
  • Entrance fees to the Aeolian Islands & taxes to climb Vulcano and Stromboli
  • Volcanologic guide in Stomboli and Etna
  • Cable-car and 4X4 vehicles on Mt Etna (group tours only)
  • Local Italian & English speaking guide for all the tour (group tours only)
  • Comprehensive road book (self-guided version)

Not included:

  • Transfer airport to hotel in Catania (group tours, 1 EUR by bus, 25 EUR by taxi from airport)
  • Transfer from the hotel Catania to the airport on day 8
  • Drinks, lunch (sandwiches)
  • Personal equipment
  • Self-guided: option for excursion to Etna's summit area (60 EUR p.p. to be paid locally)

Add-ons:
Extra night in Catania double/single room 125 € / 75 €
Extra night in B&B in Siracuse double/single room 100 € / 75 €
Extra night in hotel*** in Taormina double/single room 160 € / 110 €
Private transfers (e.g. Catania - Taormina) on request

Physical requirements:
This tour is moderate, with 3 to 6 hours walking each day on hilly-to-steep terrain. Some hiking experience is recommended. The excursion on Stromboli and to the summit of Etna are the most demanding, and require you to be in good physical shape. People with respiratory problems are likely to suffer discomfort in areas with volcanic fumes.

Arrival info:
Travel arrangements to and from Catania are not included in the tour package, in order to give everybody the best chance to plan his/her trip according his preferences. Catania is easily reached by plane or train (e.g. from Rome airport or other cities). We will be happy to make suggestions and can help you with such travel arrangements, as well as assist you with your international travel to Italy.

Accommodation:
2 nights in hotel*** in historic down town Catania, 2 nights in hotel*** or B&B on Lipari, 2 nights in hotel*** on Stromboli, 1 night in hotel*** on Etna South

Customized tours:
This tour or similar itineraries can be fully customized, e.g. for complete groups, school classes etc. If you are interested, please contact us directly.

Preceding / additional days:
Southern Italy and in particular Sicily with their incredibly rich cultural and natural background have so much to offer that it is impossible to list all. As well, this tour could be a perfect starting point on a longer trip. Whether you want to spend some more time relaxing on a beach, enjoy the up-class resort ambience of Taormina, or be active,- the choice is yours.

Планирани дати: 
15-22 Apr 14
6-13 May 14
27 May - 3 Jun 14
10-17 Jun 14
1-8 Jul 14
22-29 Jul 14
2-9 Sep 14
30 Sep - 7 Oct 14
14-21 Oct 13
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