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TREKKING ON THE VOLCANOES OF SICILY: ETNA, STROMBOLI AND VULCANO

Sicily, land of a thousand contrasts, is the most fascinating island of the Mediterranean and a real paradise for trekkers. The walks take you to where the sea meets the sky, leading you to discover the Sicilian volcanoes; the majestic Etna, Stromboli ('Terra di Dio') and Vulcano, the only volcano still active on the Island of Vulcano. You will visit the marvellous sun-soaked islands of Lipari, Stromboli and Vulcano, which will continue to surprise you with incredible views.

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

Day 1 

Arrival at Milazzo

Arrival at your accommodation at the foot of Mount Etna.  

 

Day 2 

 

 

Milazzo - Lipari

This morning a transfer will take you to the harbour of Milazzo (1hr 30). The hydrofoil will then take you to the island of Lipari (1hr). Lipari, mountainous and jagged, is the largest and most populated island of the Aeolian Archipelago. On arrival you can visit the Museo Archeologico Regionale Eoliano, which houses a spectacular collection of objects recovered from archaeological sites around the Aeolian Islands, including many from shipwrecks. Alternatively you may choose to go for a walk on the west side of the island. Overnight stay at Lipari.  

Time: 3 ore (8 km;5 miles); ascent-descent +290m/- 290m

 

Day 3   

 

Lipari-Vulcano-Lipari

After breakfast you will take the hydrofoil to the island of Vulcano (10 min). This island incorporates several volcanic sites, including one of the four active non-underwater volcanoes in Italy. The biggest volcano, Vulcano della Fossa, is extinct. You can walk up to the Great Crater where the fumaroles of the active volcano can be seen. It is a hard climb, but you will no doubt agree that it was worthwhile given the magnificent views over the other six Aeolian islands. You can then relax in the mud pools and hot springs close to the harbour. For your overnight stay you will return to Lipari by hydrofoil.

Time: 3 ore (6 km / 3,7 miles); differences in altitude +390m/- 390m

 

Day 4 

 

Lipari- Stromboli

After breakfast you board for Stromboli, where you will have free time to explore the island, enjoy the black beaches or dive from the rocks. You may choose to take a boat trip around the island to visit the enchanting village of Ginostra, one of the loveliest corners of the Archipelago. In the afternoon you will be accompanied by an expert guide on your walk to explore the Stromboli volcano. Your overnight stay is on the island of Stromboli.

Time: 4 hrs (10 km/ 6,2 miles); differences in altitude +400m/- 400m

 

Day 5 

 

 

Stromboli

Today you can enjoy the beaches and walk to the ‘Sciara del Fuoco’, a special spot on the island, where you will have a good impression what vulcanic activity means. You can also take the boot to the island of Panara and walk to the Cala Junco 

Time: 6 ore (10 km / 6,2 miles); difference in altitude +924m/- 924m 

 

Day 6 

Stromboli - Milazzo- Taormina 

This morning you will leave by hydrofoil for Milazzo from where you will be taken to Taormina, a small town built on a hilltop. There is a lot to see and you can take a walk around the town to visit some of the fascinating sites, such as the cathedral dedicated to San Nicolò, the many other churches and impressive historic buildings and of course the well-known Greek theatre, one of the most celebrated ruins on Sicily. The theatre is built on the slopes of a mountain from where one's gaze drops down to the deep blue sea and across to Etna, an unsettling presence that manages to stay in harmony with the landscape. Overnight stay near Taormina (2 nights).

 

Day 7   

Trekking on Etna 

Today is dedicated to exploring Etna on foot. You will be accompanied. You will see the line of craters opened during the 2002-2003 eruption and will have amazing views of the Ionian coast of Sicily. The itinerary depends, of course, on the weather conditions and the activity of the volcano, but the objective is to have a marvellous day of adventure. Returning to the hotel you will pass the edge of the Bove Valley (valley of the oxen), a huge depression on the side of the volcano.

Time: 4,5 hours (10 km / 6,2 miles); differences in altitude +300m/ -300m

 

Day 8

Departure

 

 

 

 

 

The tour includes:

  • 7 overnight stays in *** hotels/B&B/holiday farms with breakfast

  • transfer from you hotel to and from the harbour of Milazzo

  • transfer to the Etna

  • excursion with guide on Stromboli

  • Luggage transportation: luggage is transported together with the guests for the transfers. The only exception is on the Aeolian islands.

  • route instructions with maps (Italian, German or English) and other tour information 

  • local back up service in English

 

 

The tour doesn't include:

  • Transfer to and from the airport

  • Tickets for the hydrofoils (about 70,00 €)

  • Entrance fees

  • local tourist taxes

  • Dinners and extra's

 

 

Period

Daily from April till October except the month of August. High Season: Juli and Eastern

Level  3

Walking on mountain tracks and easy road walking, tough climbs to the top of Stromboli and Etna. Walking time between 3 till 7 hours; daily kilometres between 7 and 10 km

Participants

minimum two persons ( a single person on request)

Prices p.p. 2017

Double room sharing     € 750,00

In single room     € 895,00

Supplement high season  € 160,00 

It is possible to have a guided tour: details and prices on request.

                                                

                

 

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