- All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included. In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day. Please note that the diet in this part of Sicily is heavily dependent on fish and meat. However, vegetarian options are widely available. Breakfast: usually a continental style buffet. Lunch: normally a picnic or taken in local cafes. Evening meal: dominated by Mediterranean flavours like pasta with rich tomato sauces, olive oil, cheese, salami and pizza. They combine an excellent variety of seafood and meat for the perfect taste of Southern Italy.
- Accom: hotel/lodge
- Solo departures
- Walking & Trekking
- Guided Group
Fly to Catania and transfer to Milazzo.
Start in the harbour town of Milazzo, the gateway to the Aeolian Islands located in the northern tip of Sicily's mainland. We strogly recommend to join the group transfer at Catania airport and travel to the start point with the group, as public transport connections from Catania to Milazzo are limited.
Boat to Vulcano and trek to the crater to see the famous fumaroles; free afternoon for bathing in Vulcano's hot springs and mud baths.
Today we travel by boat across the cobalt waters to Vulcano, one of the seven Aeolian Islands, famous for its long stretches of black beaches and bubbling thermal springs. Our first walk takes us to Vulcano's crater rim to see the steaming 'Fumaroles' (vents of volcanic gas). In the afternoon there will be some free time for bathing in Vulcano's hot springs and mud baths. Hydrofoil back to Lipari and overnight in Lipari (3 hours walking, ascent 390m descent 390m, 8km).
Walk along Lipari's unspoilt western coast; free time to explore Lipari historic town and the archaeological museum; wine and produce tasting.
This morning we travel by public bus to the village of Quattropani, the start point of today's walk which follows a panoramic trail along Lipari's western and wildest coast. We continue to Lipari town past pretty villages and steaming volcanic fumaroles. In the afternoon there is some free time to discover the historic part of Lipari town, including the castle and the archaeological museum. We conclude the day with a well deserved Sicilian wine and produce tasting (4,5 hours walking, ascent 360m descent 500m, 12 km).
Boat to Stomboli; free time to explore the island before a sunset hike to the 'Sciara del Fuoco' (Stream of fire), to witness the volcanic activity.
Our day begins with a two hours' boat journey to Stromboli, a unique island famed for being home to one of only three active volcanoes in Italy and an interesting place to explore for geologists and tourists alike. Once there, we have free time to relax on the island's black sandy beaches. For sunset we walk to the western side of Stromboli to reach the spectacular 'Sciara del Fuoco', a fiery channel where the lava outflows can sometimes plunge directly into the sea (4 hours walking, ascent 400m descent 400m, 8km).
Free half day in Stromboli to visit the town of St Vincenzo or relax in the island's black beaches; sunset trek to the summit of Stromboli.
The morning is free to take a walk in the town of St. Vincenzo, relax in one of the island's beaches (seasonal) or enjoy a boat trip around the island. In the afternoon we take a guided excursion to the summit area of Stromboli at 942m accompanied by a certified volcano guide. Although Mother Nature doesn't work with an exact schedule, here we can usually witness the pyrotechnical activity of the volcano with nightfall emphasising the dramatic red-hot spurts of molten rock. Please note: the excursion is weather and volcanic conditions dependent; the descent is very dusty so it may not be suitable for asthma sufferers. You will need a torch (a head-torch is best) as you descend after nightfall (5 hours walking, ascent 924m descent 924m, 12km).
Travel to the town of Taormina for a short optional walk and sightseeing; continue to the comfortable mountain lodge on Etna’s southern slope.
Leaving Stromboli we take a boat ride to Milazzo (approx 3hrs journey) and transfer to the elegant town of Taormina by private minibus (approx. 1hr). There is free time to visit the town's Greek Theatre – originally built during the 3rd century BC and still used for performances during Taormina's annual summer arts festival – or take advantage of the town's great shopping opportunities and perhaps sample some refreshing mulberry gelato. Those who wish can take an optional short walk which starts from the pretty mediaeval town of Castelmola (45 minutes walking, descent 320m, 3 km). We spend the night in a mountain lodge at 1900m above sea level, from where we can enjoy great views over the sea and the east coast of Sicily. The lodge is located very close to the most recent lava flow.
Walk the southern area of the Mount Etna or take an optional trek to the summit crater (3350m); transfer and overnight in Catania.
Today you can decide between two walks: a hike in the southern area of the Mount Etna volcano (scheduled in the programme and accompanied by your tour leader) or an optional summit trek accompanied by a volcanologist to the top craters of Mt Etna (payable locally and volcanic conditions dependent). If you choose the first walk you will hike up past several lava flows to be rewarded with a dramatic panoramic view of the four craters that make up the top of this famous volcano, plus extensive views of the entire coast of Sicily (4 hours walking, ascent 400m descent 400m, 9km). Alternatively, if you opt for the summit trek, you will start with a ride by cable car and 4x4 jeeps up until 2900m and then further on foot to 3350m to walk along the rim of the Bove valley, an extensive depression that opened up thousands of years ago as a result of a massive landslid (5 hrs walking, ascent 400m descent 400m, 9km). In the afternoon we will be transferred to Catania by a private minibus; overnight in Catania.
The trip ends in the morning of day 8 in Catania.