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  • 10

    Sicilian volcanos

    A brilliant trip, with a great group of people. Aeolian islands beautiful and scenery amazing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the summit on Etna and the fireworks from stromboli

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alessandro was the perfect group leader. He was friendly, caring and very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area. He went out of his way to ensure we all had a great time. Thanks Alessandro.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 8

    Sicilian Volcanoes

    Walking, Boating and enjoying the coastal Islands off Sicily.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Skiing down the ash sands on the side of Etna. Watching the Lava eruptions at night on the top of Stromboli and yes we saw a Lava lake when the wind changed and the smoke drifted away. Lipari was a lovely relaxed island a far cry from the Chaos of the mainland

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Great leader, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his country and surrounding area

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Gaters worked really well with Ash descents. And don't be like me and forget the Mozzie repellant; it might be Sicily, but the little critters can bite

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great Trip, Great people, Great weather. A nice relaxing break away from the hectic office world

  • 8

    A wonderful walking holiday - beautiful Aeolian islands and fantastic walks up volcanoes. What a combination!

    A wonderful walking holiday - beautiful Aeolian islands and fantastic walks up volcanoes. What a combination!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The top of Stromboli was incredible - the elation amongst our group, being under the stars. One of many awesome moments on this trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Federica was a lively caring group leader. I would be thrilled to have her lead another of my walking holidays in the future.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It was very very hot for our group - you acclimatise but the first couple of days are tough because of the heat, not because of the walking!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do it!

  • 10

    Sicilian Volcanoes

    Incredible week in the Aeolian Islands of Sicily. Hiking was incredibly beautiful and quite challenging at times. The views were extraordinary. Each meal was better than the last. Trip was incredibly organized and well-planned. Sicilian wine is so delicious, and the pizza and eggplant was outstanding.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I actually had several inspirational moments. When we gathered near the church in Stromboli before our climb began, I realized that I was about to embark on an amazing trek. Being on the summit of Stromboli under the beautiful stars, sitting on the edge of the crater and watching the volcanic eruption bursts was so surreal. I was so excited to be on that part of the earth! Climbing on the summit of Mt. Etna and seeing the lunar landscape was also extremely inspirational and very unique. Just realized another moment--being on the boat on the coast of Salina and seeing the incredibly landscape and imagining what Odysseus saw.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Federica Fassari is an amazing guide and a wonderful caring very enthusiastic person who represents Exodus extremely well. Of my three Exodus trips, Federica was my favorite guide. She was always there for us and stayed with us even on her day off. She was also extremely knowledgeable and a tremendous amount of fun. All of Federica's restaurant suggestions were outstanding.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    DO THIS TRIP!!!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Relaxing islands and easy volcano hikes

    A great trip that has built-in free time so that you can make it feel like your very own holiday. Experienced/fit hikers will find the hikes extremely easy.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The three volcano hikes are all completely different. Vulcano is not very high but delivers superb views as you walk through the sulphur fumaroles on the crater rim. Experienced hikers will be very frustrated at the slow pace on Stromboli because you have to go with a guide in a group of about 20, some of whom will definitely not be hikers but it's all worth it when you see the first eruptions. The summit area of Etna is often closed and the alternative hike with a guide is not worth paying 62 Euros for, instead you can do your own hike by taking the cable-way and then spending a few hours hiking around all the craters that are accessible.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alessandro Viani was the perfect leader: he was organized yet flexible; spoke perfect English and was excellent company; and as a film maker he lives &amp; breathes volcanoes. We were lucky enough to be able to watch his documentary on Etna after dinner at the Sapienza Rifugio. Top leader!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are several periods of free time in between the itinerary activities so bring a mask and snorkel if you plan on going to the beach as the water is perfectly clear but also bring water shoes as not all of the beaches are sandy. For the free day, a boat tour of Salina is a wonderful experience if the weather is good and the sea is calm, with lots of swimming opportunities. Gaiters proved indispensable for the descents of Vulcano, Stromboli and Etna. You will need a headlight/torch for Stromboli as you descend after dark. We experienced mosquitoes at night so bring some counter-measures and anti-itch ointment for when you do get bitten.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The mix of hikes and free time worked for us but some of the hikes could easily be longer and more involving. For example, it would be no problem to take in the highest point on Vulcano as well as the crater itself. For times when the summit of Etna is closed you need an alternate plan as the guided excursions are very poor value and only take 1/2 a day.

  • 8

    Volcanoes up close and personal

    A varied trip with some great activities

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the lava on Stromboli. The Acropolis on Lipari is deserted after lunch - ideal time to visit and see all the sleeping cats.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent leader, organised and friendly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    All the included trips except the climb on Mt Etna can be done in trainers. The tap water on Lipari can be drunk so bring a water bottle. There are fridges in the room too to keep drinks cold. The pizza evening was interesting - Italian pizza is not the same as that served in the UK! Take food and drink for the boat trips - there is nothing available onboard. The Streetfood restaurant in Catania was a nice venue for the final meal. On Etna there is the option to go to a top crater via cable car and bus - definately worth it if you don't want to do the optional summit climb, and you can always walk back down.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Sicilian Volcanoes

    This trip is a "once in a lifetime" experience. You can see and feel the energy of the sea and the active volcanoes. Add the food and wine experience. It becomes the perfect combination of challenge and pleasure. Je n'oublierai jamais ce voyage qui m'a permis de voir des volcans en action tout en profitant de l'Italie a son meilleur.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Waiting almost an hour, in the fog, on the top of the Stromboli. It finally, like a miracle, lifted in a few seconds so we were able to see the fire, the fumes, the volcano alive, in action. And then, after, walking and running back in the ashes with our head light on, an unusual experience that made me feel lucky to be one of the 80 persons allowed on the crater that evening. I have to admit, I fell in love with...the Stromboli and would have stayed longer.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had a great athlete, Giusseppe (PEPE), who was able to adapt his pace to everyone, who knows everybody in each location and who could find us the best local guides for each trekking. He is Sicilian and loves his island. He accompanied us on our free day on Salina. He also was of great help in getting my luggage lost by the air flight company during 4 days. Et il parlait francais. Merci PÉPÉ!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The gathers, long or short are a must for the Stromboli and the Etna. And if you know how to ride a scooter, take the day on that island. The roads are hilly and winding but, the experience is worthwhile.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I always loved Italy. Now I love it even more and want to go back in the the South of Italy again.

  • 10

    Sicilian Volcanoes

    I went specifically for the volcanoes to Sicily and I'm certainly not disappointed. It truly was an amazing trip. I recommend this trip to everyone!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There is no guarantee that you will see a volcanic eruption, but we were very lucky. We saw the Etna erupting. Alessandro took us on an extra evening hike because he knew she was erupting. For me it was the best night of the entire trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide, Alessandro Vianni is a great guy. He was very enthusiastic about HIS islands. He knew and told us so much about the history, geology and of course his passion with volcanoes.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go to it and love these beautiful islands!

  • 10

    Erupting with fun and lava

    This was a truly outstanding trip - amazing scenery, food and company. Our leader Alessando Viani, was overflowing with enthusiasm, for the scenery, the volcanoes and of course the granitas. As well as the volcano adventures, we had amazing walking in a beautiful country, marvellous food in the evenings coupled with a hugely well informed group leader.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The best part of the trip was watching Etna errupt by night, with glowing lava streams and jet of flame from the crater.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alessandro Viani, our group leader was truly exceptional. Not only was he very well informed, enthusiastic and cheerful, he enriched our trip with historical information and his "thoughts for the day". His passion for volcanoes is amazing and almost equalled by his passion for granitas.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Sicilian volcanoes

    Although the volcanoes are the focus of this trip, it also includes beautiful islands, great beaches and good food. The volcanoes are not predictable but whether they perform or not there is still lots to see.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The highlight was seeing red lava flowing from Etna after Alessandro had led us on an extra evening hike because he knew she was erupting. We felt virtually alone on the mountain in contrast to the hundreds that had climbed Stomboli the day before.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alessandro shows his love of his islands and the volcanoes and his wish to share all this with the group. He went out of his way to give us the best experience and also to organise activities for the free time we had. His local knowledge of the area, the people and in particular the volcanoes made the trip run smoothly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The volcanoes are very dusty/sandy so consider goggles or mask if you have any concerns about asthma or have sensitive eyes or need to wear contact lenses. Some are provided on Stromboli but may not fit very well. Gaiters are also very useful on the Stromboli evening hike.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The planned walks are quite short and tend to finish by early afternoon to avoid climbing in the heat. The extra excursions are more difficult as they are steep. Volcanoes are not controllable so you may be disappointed and excursions may have to be altered but Etna outperformed all our expectations.

  • 10

    Sicilian volcanoes

    Each island has its own charm and character. Vulcana, Stromboli and Etna all have individual features of interest whether is it fumeroles on Vulcana or lava flows that we witnessed on Etna. There is no guarantee of seeing eruptions as we found on Stromboli, however, the climb itself was amazing and thanks to our guide we got to see Etna in full flow. From start to finish we were looked after by our guide, Alessandro Vianni, who kept us informed at all times of where and when we needed to be in each location. We were lucky to be in a great group of travellers as well from many walks of life and new friends were made during the trip. I will not forget this adventure and look forward to the next one.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sitting in a sheltered cave watching Mount Etna as lava flowed down into the lava field.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was Alessandro Vianni and his enthusiasm and knowledge was second to none. He ensured our safety and nothing was too much trouble for him to resolve.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Good strong boots and goggles for Stromboli as the dust up there when you return is phenomenal.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Plenty of walking before the trip as you really need to be prepared for the climbs.

  • 10

    Sicilian Volcanoes- A definite must do trip!

    This trip was a great mix of walking and exploring. To an amature geologist Sicily and Islands was heavenly and our local guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area. I would recommend it to anyone.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sitting on a flank of Mt Etna as the sun was setting and watching the erution before our eyes. We were so fortunate and privileged to see such a wonderful site. As it got darker , more and more of the lava flow appeared before us. Truly awesome!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alessandro Vianni was fantastic. His local knowledge was excellent and he was so enthusiastic about the local geology. He was very approachable and had a great sense of humour. So a huge thank you to him for managing our group and making it a trip to remember.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just a few suggestions...as most of what we needed was already on the trip notes. -bring some goggles for the descent from Stromboli, it does get very dusty -be careful with your camera on the descent from Stromboli, make sure you can keep it dust free

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trip was a real adventure and we met some really lovely people. Don't miss out on this memorable adventure!

  • 10

    Sicilian Volcano Trek

    An Excellent, well organised and structured tour. The walking covered 3 islands at the same time including the chance to sample the local cuisine, including a Wine tasting evening.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Trekking around the crater of Vulcano with the views of the other islands, not to mention the activity (and Smells) from the crater itself.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Maria, was very attentive, well organised and as such the itinerary went very well to plan, allowing enough time for lunch, sightseeing stops as well as some free time either before group evenings out or to have some free evenings to yourself.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take the appropriate gear - read the dossier ! A few people forget or didn't bother to read it and didn't bring the essentials such as good study walking boots, Water and windproof gear as well as an essential Head-torch for the night decent of Stromboli.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Sicilian (Eolian) Volcanoes

    A fine walking holiday mainly on the Eolian Islands north of Sicily.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A different volcano each day! Sunset on Stromboli, standing on Etna and looking down through the clouds at Catania, and reaching various summits on different islands during the week.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Chiara was simply excellent, taking very good care of the entire group and going beyond her remit time and again to ensure that we were looked after and happy - aided by Virginie (who was also incredibly good) on this occasion; it's unusual to have two guides in my experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The walks are fairly short and the ascents/descents are not too difficult. Travelling to Lipari takes a lot of the first day, it would perhaps be an idea to extend the holiday for a day or two on Sicily if you have the time. If you normally walk with poles then take them, if not then you'll manage fine. Hot mud bath on Vulcano - it's perhaps an idea to just dump the swimming togs afterwards, the sulphurous smell still hasn't washed out of mine! Also perhaps wear old trainers/water shoes if you plan to swim to the fumeroles on Vulcano, the sea bed is slippery and stony thanks to the nutrients in the sea. We didn't quite reach the peak of Etna due to the snow, but the cable car and snow cat ascent were interesting with a small ascent afterwards. Take a scarf for your face if taking the snow cat, the diesel fumes are quite strong. Arancini, Pizza, Pastas, Pistachio Gelato and Ricotta Cannoli...

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Some early starts to make the most of the day/get the hydrofoils on time. Pay attention to the kit list, the night time descent of Stromboli does need a torch! Gaiters handy too. Pack layers for warming up/cooling off between sea level and summits, and take sun tan lotion. Perhaps go out of season to avoid the tourists and the biting insects. A walk to the peak of Monte Fossa delle Felci, Salina was good use of the free day in the middle of the week. A grand walking holiday, good local food and friendly people.

  • 10

    Sicilian Volcanoezs Adventure!

    Very well organized, not a minute wasted in the whole trip! A great balance of walking/trekking alongside visiting/free time. Often trekking was around half a day, so it gives you time to enjoy other things. Extra trek options available to push yourself!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The difference and contrast of scenery, landscapes and experiences in just one week!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Could not of had a better one!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Even though we spent the first 4 nights in the same hotel, the last 3 were all different. So if moving around and packing a few times is not what you're looking for- this might not be the trip for you however...it is worth it! Especially as transport is all organized. Be wary of traveling during low season- food may not be as good (certain bars/restaurants not yet opened) though not having the place swarming with tourists would definitely encourage me to take a trip during low season again!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The only downside of the trip was not enough time was spent on mainland Sicily, it would have been great to have an extra day there at the end of the week part guided/part free time.

  • 10

    Sun, Sea and Sulfur

    Highly recommended for anyone who likes hot weather and a good mix of walking and leisure. I think this is a great intro to walking holidays, with less walking than a lot of other trips according to the experienced members of the group. Buffet breakfasts were plentiful, and the inclusive evening meals were generally reasonable; the Sicilian wine and cheese (and other nibbles) night was a fun novelty. The food on the nights that weren't inclusive was better but understandably so given that we got to choose where and what to eat. Allesandro's (one of our guide's) food tip was try the granita. Good tip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Strombili was spectacular but my vote goes to the whole group. Complete strangers at the start but everyone was friendly and welcoming right from the beginning and this really added to the whole experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tancredi was fun outgoing and wherever we went he seemed to know everyone there, Allessandro was friendly, always helpful and both were knowledgeable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Pack some old swimmers if you go for a therapeutic soak in the mud pool on Vulcano and then throw them away after use. Or at least don’t pack them with the rest of your laundry unless you want everything to smell of sulfur.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Take a good camera to photograph the lava on Stromboli or if you don’t have one just sit back and enjoy the experience. Also, this was my first time using walking poles and although not essential for the trip they can help.

  • 8

    Sicilian Volcanoes

    Comprehensive schedule covering the Aoelian Islands and northern Sicily, including some good walks around the volcanoes.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Two really: seeing Etna from the plane en route to Catania, and exploring Stromboli town and volcano slopes

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Extremely enthusiastic, knowledgeable and good fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The core (non-optional) walks are on the whole on the easy side of moderate, in my view, in terms of duration and degree of difficulty. The optional walks (to upper slopes of Etna and Stromboli) would apparently have fallen more in to the moderate category.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A good trip all round giving interesting insights into the islands ... and always good to sample the dilapidated grandeur which Italy carries off so stylishly.

  • 10

    unbelievable

    Trecking on the volcanoes was amazing. Words can't justify the splendour of Mt Etna summit. The smells, views and sound. Especialy with knowing trecking on Mt Etna was suspended just prior to departure.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Volcanoe to Mt Etna.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    good.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If the optional trecks are available I can recomend Mt Etna summit. Couldn't do Stromboli summit due to weather.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Sicilian volcanoes

    A great group, guide, weather and location. An excellent itinerary with a mixture of contrasting activities and locations, from hiking and swimming on the peaceful Aeolian islands, to climbing the moonscape of Etna, whilst there is still free time to do other things.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing Etna and walking around the main craters, listening to the distant rumbles from within. Also watching Stromboli erupt at night with lava rolling down to the sea.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Chiara was excellent - she was knowledgeable, friendly, very good at organising the group and making sure that everything ran smoothly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go on the optional trip up Etna, it's well worth the expenditure. Stromboli is (as of early Oct 2014) more active so the top is closed - nor would you want to go there - the view from halfway up is excellent. If the weather is good and you like to swim, a boat trip onto and around Salina on the free day is recommended. Also I went to Siracuse for a day or so before the holiday started to see more of mainland Sicily - I enjoyed this and there's a good bus service from Catania airport (see Interbus web site). If you are wheat intolerant the holiday is doable, but I advise you to take some of your own snacks.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Book it!

  • 8

    Sicilian Volcanoes

    Very good trip...great location, impressive volcanoes, good group, friendly and helpful guide, amazing photos. Only complaint was not having enough time on Stomboli to fit in. trek and a boat trip (there are lava flows to the sea at the moment so the night time boat trip is a must). Would have rather had one less day on Lipari and one extra day on Stromboli

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Trekking to the crater rim of Mt Etna

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Friendly, helpful, knowledgable....very good.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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