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The Aeolian Islands & Sicily volcano trek

€665 per person

Sicily is one of the most peculiar places in Italy. A colorful island of contrasts, it combines the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea, the vibrant hills of many shades of green, the white color of the houses in the fishing villages, jagged cliffs and the black lava of the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands. The numerous active volcanoes of the Aeolian islands and the remarkable presence of Mount Etna (3323m) certainly give this destination an interesting adventurous twist. The diverse landscape offers great panoramas with different highlights suitable for all tastes. Do not miss to try the delicious traditional meals prepared with locally-grown vegetables, local wine, and mouthwatering fish delicacies.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Difficulty: 2/3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    7 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo with en-suite facilities incl. breakfast; Detailed roadbook and map in English; People & luggage transfer Stromboli harbor - Hotel (Day 5) and Hotel - Stromboli harbour (Day 6); Full day guided tour Etna, Wine & Alcantara (pick up and drop off in Taormina on Day 7); Emergency hotline
  • What is not included
    Drinks and other meals; Use of public transportation; Possible CITY TAX to be paid in cash on the spot (it varies depending on the city and on the hotel’s category); Guided tour f Stromboli; Travel insurance;
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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Day 1. Arrivаl at Lipari island
Arrival at Catania Airport. Take a bus or train to Milazzo or Messina from there and board the boat to Lipari where your first four overnights will be. You can also book a private transfer from Catania to Milazzo/Messina in advance if this is the more convenient option for you. Lipari is the main center of the Aeolian Islands - take the time to explore the old fortress, walk around the traditional fish market and enjoy a taste of the local atmosphere and cuisine in one of the many bistros.
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Days 2-4. Selection of walks of Lipari, Vulcano and Salina islands (5-11km, 2-4,30hrs, +330m to +380m/ -300m to -700m)
You have multiple self-guided hiking options to choose from for the next three days. The are of various length, difficulty grade, and location.
OPTION A (11km, 4,30hrs, +350m/-350m): This independent walking route will take you to the southern part of Lipari island and Mt. Guardia. This is a circular walk starting and ending at the Port. You will follow a trail to an astronomical observatory looking over to the Island of Vulcano and the curious cliffs named ‘faraglioni’. You will then descend to the old town center of Lapari.
OPTION B (5km, 2hrs, +350m/-350m): Another walk on Lipari island - from Acqualcalda to Canneto. You reach Acqualcalda by bus and follow trails across beautiful beaches enjoying the green Mediterranean scenery and the company of the turquoise sea. This trails offers beautiful views of the other islands and passes by curious pumice caves. You will have multiple opportunities to take some fabulous photos including a wonderful viewpoint. The walk ends at Canneto - the most famous beach on Lipari island where you can spend the rest of the day swimming and relaxing. Whenever you are ready, take the local bus back to Lipari.
OPTION C (14km, 4,30hrs, +330m/-700m): This option for a self-guided walking route on Lipari island is from Quattropani to Lipari. Take the bus to Quattropani in the morning to reach the starting point for this hiking route. You walk will be along the western part of Lipasi which is also the wildest part of the island. After some hours spent in the wilderness, you will reach the San Calogero thermal baths, the oldest SPA center in Italy, dating back to the Mycenaean times. Walk back to Lipari and wander upon some incredible fumaroles along the way.
OPTION D (8km, 3hrs, +390m/-620m): A self-guided hiking route on the Vulcano island. Walk to the Gran Cratere of the small Vulcano island on the peculiar moon-like terrain. From the top, you will have a great panorama of the whole volcanic archipelago. The descent through the green slopes contrasts dramatically with the surrounding black rocks and blue sea water in the background. Return to the island of Lipari by boat in the afternoon.
OPTION E (8km, 3hrs, +390m/-620m): This walk is dedicated to the enchanting Salina island. Take the hydrofoil boat from Lipari, then the bus to Semaforo of Pollara to reach the starting point for this hike. The hike is dynamic with steep ascents and descents but you will see that the views of the Filicudi and Alicudi islands will be absolutely worth it. The hike ends in Rinella where you can take the bus back to the port and the boat back to Lipari.
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Day 5. Stromboli Island and its active volcano (8 or 14km, 2,30hrs or 6 hrs, +325m/-325m or +1000m/-1000m)
Today you bid Lipari farewell and head for the island of Stromboli. A driver will meet you at the port and take your luggage to the hotel while you set for the hotel on foot exploring the charming narrow streets of the town center. The walk on the Stromboli island is truly an exciting adventure, as the volcano is very active and has been erupting almost constantly for the past 2,000 years! You have two options for your independent hike today - a short and easy one and a challenging one.
OPTION A: A circular trek ascending to 272m above sea level from where you can observe the lava flow field called the “Sciara di Fuoco”. This option is available for everyone and usually always accessible.
OPTION B: A steep climb to the top of Mt. Stromboli. It is compulsory to join a guided group tour on spot with an authorized volcanologist guide. The guided walk starts in the late afternoon so you can reach the top at sunset and observe the continuous volcano eruptions up close. It will already be dark by the time you descend, so you must bring a flashlight with you. The terrain you will be walking on the top half of the volcano is volcanic ash.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You can only climb to the top of the volcano only if accompanied by a volcanologist/mountain guide. The groups are limited to 80 people. The tour can be restricted or cancelled at short notice due to volcanic activity or bad weather conditions. The guided tour to the top of Mt. Stromboli is booked in advance (via Magma Trek) but paid on spot (it is not included in the tour price). The tour usually starts around 3-3,30hrs before sunset (that is around 17:30-18:00 in summer, and around 15:30 in October). Trekking shoes and flashlights are mandatory! Mind that due to the explosion of Stromboli Volcano in 2019 the guided tour in Stromboli (that has to be paid on the spot anyway) may not be available (in this case we will provide a walking option that clients can do by themselves).
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Day 6. Taormina
After breakfast, you take the hydrofoil boat from Stromboli to Milazzo (Sicily) and continue by train or bus to Taormina. The entire afternoon is dedicated to the city. Walk around the center, visit the Cathedral and the ancient Greek Theatre from the 3rd century BC. Pamper your taste buds with some local beverages such as the refreshing granita and some tasty traditional dishes.
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Day 7. Guided hiking group tour on Mount Etna (10km, 4,30-5hrs, +450m/-450m)
A morning transfer to Piano Provenzano takes you to the starting point of this guided walking trip up the imposing Mt. Etna. You will walk pass old and new lava flows and even enter a lava flow cave carved into the mountain. Lunch in a local winery is included. In the afternoon you will visit the amazing Alcantara Gorge with its uniquely-shaped rocks due to the interaction of lava and the cold water of the river. You will be back in Taormina around 6:30 PM to enjoy your last evening in town.
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Day 8. Departure day
Your tour ends after breakfast.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
665 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (01/4-28/5 and 01/10-31/10)
695 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (29/5-27/6 and 16/9-30/9)
775 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (28/6-27/7 and 25/8-15/9) 765 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (July, September till 15/9)
Single room & Solo Traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 260 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 495 Euro (incl. sgl room supplement)
Tips
Daily departures between April and the end of October (except most of August and the very end of July, when it is too hot). The walks are along well trodden, uneven trails, footpaths, mule tracks and some asphalt roads. Private transfers (optional): Catania airport-Milazzo harbour (140 Euros per car with up to 3 pax); Milazzo harbour-Taormina (125 Euros per car with up to 3 pax). The best airport to flight into is Catania Airport “Fontanarossa”. Your flight must reach Catania by 4.15pm. From here you can take a bus to go directly to Milazzo or take a local bus to reach the railway station to go to Milazzo or Messina. Then you take the hydrofoil/boat from Milazzo or Messina to Lipari.
Luggage transfer is only provided on Stromboli Island between the port and the hotel. On arrival and departure, when you travel with public transport, you always take your luggage with you.
Accommodation
In Lipari and Stromboli you stay in a cozy centrally located and family run 3* hotel. In Taormina you stay in a modern centrally located 3* hotel. All rooms have private en-suite bathroom and a buffet breakfast will be served every day. Possible CITY TAX to be paid in cash on the spot (it varies depending on the city and on the hotel’s category).

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