Italy

Sicilian Volcanoes Hike

Level

moderate

Duration

8 days

Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, is just off the “toe” of Italy’s “boot.” Its rich history is reflected in sites like the Valley of the Temples, the well-preserved ruins of 7 monumental, Doric-style Greek temples, and in the Byzantine mosaics at the Cappella Palatina, a former royal chapel in capital city Palermo. On Sicily’s eastern edge is Mount Etna, one of Europe’s highest active volcanoes.

This week long trip offers the opportunity to explore the dramatic volcanic landscapes of Sicily’s Aeolian Islands and Mt Etna. The seven islands that make up the archipelago are named as UNESCO World heritage sites and you can see why: Black sand beaches, thermal springs and active volcanoes. Here we trek on Vulcano, Lipari and Stromboli and take in the culture and beauty of the area. On Sicily mainland we trek on Mount Etna (3350m), the highest active volcano in Europe with its diverse landscape. Lava flows and vast plains of black sand at the summit contrast with the green and fertile lower slopes. This trip to Sicily offers a great mix of interesting walks, optional challenging treks, town visits and great food ‐ all in a week.

Italy is a fantastic blend of luscious landscapes, amazing food, cultural riches and compelling history. Rome, A heady mix of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life. Capri Island is full of whitewashed stone buildings, sub-tropical gardens and tiny car-free streets, Pompeii’s sprawling ruins are Europe’s most fascinating archaeological site and you can peer into the crater of Mount Vesuvius and learn about its infamous eruption centuries ago.

Facts

Activities:

trekking,  sailing, cultural sightseeing 

Our operation:

  • All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity and understanding of the local culture and environment.
  • Our staff is highly experienced and has excellent knowledge, committed to provide exceptional service at all times.

Sustainability:

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

We are committed to employing local people to the maximum extent possible. We pay our staff well and, just as important, we provide them with periodical training. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrival in Sicily- Catania (D)

Arrival at Catania airport. According to the flight arrival welcome and transfer to Catania

Check‐in at hotel in Catania ***.

Dinner and overnight stay at Catania.

Note: 2 group arrival transfers will be arranged. Timings will be advised in due course. Additional transfers are at extra cost.

DAY 2: Vulcano (B, L,D) (3 hours hiking, +390m ‐ 390 m, 8 km)

Today transfer from Catania to Milazzo (1.45 hrs) and we catch the hydrofoil and sail across the sparkling waters to Vulcano, one of the seven Aeolian Islands, famous for its long stretches of black beaches and bubbling thermal springs. Excursion to Vulcano’s crater to see the steaming “Fumaroles” (gaseous eruptions).

In the afternoon free time for bathing or mud bath. Hydrofoil to Lipari.

Overnight stay in Lipari.

DAY 3: Lipari (B, L) - (4,5 hours hiking, +360m – 500m, 11.5 km, 390 mt highest point)

In the morning clients get a public bus to the village of Quattropani. Start walk that takes them along the west

coast of Lipari, the wildest and less known one, passing the Old roman spa of St. Calogero along the way. In the afternoon free time for discovering the historic part of Lipari including the castle (the archaeological museum). In the morning clients get a public bus to the village of Quattropani. Start walk that takes them along the west coast of Lipari passing the Old roman spa of St. Calogero along the way. In the afternoon free time for discovering the historic part of Lipari including the castle (the archaeological museum). End of the walk at the historical centre of Lipari where we taste some Sicilian delicious local food specialties. Overnight stay in Lipari .

(Meals:B/L/‐)

DAY 4: Stromboli (B, D) - (4 hours hiking, +400 ‐ 400 m, 9 km, 400 mt highest point.)

Hydrofoil to Stromboli (1h). Check in at the hotel. At sunset we make some easy walking on the western side of the island to discover the “Sciara del Fuoco” and to approach the famous Stromboli eruptions. Dinner in a special place during the excursion (Meals: B/‐/D)

DAY 5: Stromboli summit (B, D) - (5 hours hiking, + 924 – 924 m, 12 km, 920 mt highest point)

Free morning to visit the lovely village of San Vincenzo, or relax in Stromboli black beaches. In the afternoon hike with a certified volcano guide to the summit area of Stromboli Here we can witness the pyrotechnical activity of the volcano, with nightfall emphasizing the dramatic lava fountains and red‐hot spurts of molten rock. Packed dinner on top area and night at Stromboli (B/‐/D)

DAY 6: The medieval Taormina at the shadow of Mt. Etna ( B, L, D)

Hydrofoil from Stromboli back to Milazzo (2h30 sailing ) then transfer to Taormina (2h drive). There is free time to visit the town’s Greek Theatre – originally built during the 3rd century BC and still used for performances duringTaormina’s annual summer arts festival – or take advantage of the town’s great shopping opportunities and perhaps sample some refreshing mulberry gelato. After transfer to southern side of Etna. We will accommodate in a mountain hotel at 1900 mt of altitude, from where you can enjoy a spectacular view over the sea and the east coast of Sicily. The hotel is located very closed to the most recent lava flow in a lunar landscape. Tonight we will enjoy a dinner with local products.

*Optional walk from Castelmola town down to Taormina, according to the time schedule and the group will (1hour walk approx).

DAY 7: Etna Challenge ( B, L, D) - (6 hours hiking, + 450 – 450 mt)

Today, starting from our hotel, we enjoy a spectacular walk on the southern area of the Mount Etna volcano. According to the weather and volcanic conditions there is a chance to climb by 4×4 jeeps up until 2900 metres and then further on foot to 3350 metres. You will be escorted by a volcano or alpine guide. We 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. In the afternoon we will be transferred to Catania hotel by a private minibus.

Overnight stay in Catania

DAY 8: Departure Catania Airport (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Catania airport.

Note: 2 group departure transfers will be arranged. Timings will be advised in due course. Additional transfers are at extra cost.

2,450 EUR

per person in a group of 6,  Double Occupancy.

Trip Dates

20 September 2018

NOTES

• This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies

• This rate is valid for Sep 2018

• This rate is subject to 5% UAE VAT

• All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

THIS INCLUDES

  • All transfers (hydrofoils, private and public buses)
  • Day 1 and day 8 from/to the airport two group  transfers
  • Accommodation in hotels and apartments (1 night in hotel*** in Catania; 2 nights in hotel *** at Lipari hotel ‐ 2 nights in hotel** in Stromboli (Villa Petrusa); 1 night in hotel*** ( hotel Sapienza) on Etna South;  1 night in hotel***(hotel Aghate or similar) in Catania
  • Meals as described B, L, D
  • Local English speaking guide during the whole week
  • Certified volcano guided at Stromboli and Etna Mountains
  • Local Tourist taxes

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

International and domestic flights
Visa fees
Travel Insurance
Single Supplement
Meals not mentioned above
Optional activities
Beverages
Tips and gratuities
Personal expenses
5 % UAE VAT

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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