ETNA AND THE AEOLIAN ISLANDS
VOLCANO TREK

Highlights:
- Mt Etna: Europe’s highest active volcano
- The continuous volcanic activity of Stromboli
- The Aeolians Island, Unesco world heritage site

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Catania
Arrival at Catania. Transfer to the hotel** in the city centre (very close to the Cathedral) on your own (taxi or public bus). Catania shows many baroque churches and buildings, all placed in the very heart of the city centre. Moreover there is a huge variety of pubs, restaurants, pizzerias and trattoria to be chosen for dinner and nightlife. Overnight stay in hotel with breakfast included.

Day 2: Lipari (3 heures de marche / déniv : + 100m – 100 m)
Private transfer from the hotel to Milazzo harbour (2h). Hydrofoil from Milazzo to Lipari (1 h). Check-in at the family run hotel near the small harbour of “Marina Corta”. In the late morning hiking to “Punta Caprazza”, Lipari’s southernmost point, with a wonderful view over Vulcano’ crater. Overnight stay in Lipari.

Day 3: Vulcano (3 hours hiking, +390 - 390 mt.)
In the morning hydrofoil to Vulcano (10 min.). Vulcano, one of the seven Aeolian Islands, famous for its black beaches and Thermal Springs. Excursion to Vulcano’s crater to see the “fumaroles”. Time for going to the beach and to the Thermal Springs. In the afternoon hydrofoil back to Lipari. Overnight stay at the same hotel with breakfast included.

Day 4: Lipari – Stromboli (4 h hiking, + 400 – 400 mt.)
In the morning free time for discovering the old city centre of Lipari. Also worth of being visited is the Archeological Museum. Transfer by hydrofoil from Lipari to Stromboli (1 h). Check in at the hotel and relax in Stromboli unique black beaches. In the late afternoon trekking to the “Sciara del Fuoco” where we can have a first approach to the activity of the Stromboli. Wonderful panoramic view on the craters. Overnight stay in hotel with breakfast included.

Day 5: Stromboli (6 hours hiking, + 924 – 924 mt.)
In the morning free time to visit the lovely village of “San Vincenzo” or sea bathing. In the afternoon leaving for the excursion to the active volcano with certified volcano guides. The volcano is 924 mt high and people are allowed to climb up the top in groups max of 20, escorted by a certified volcanic guide. The volcano guide reserve the right of deciding not to climb the volcano according to safety measures that are constantly monitored, the weather and also the physical condition of the trekkers. Overnight stay in hotel with breakfast included.

Day 6: Etna (2 hour hiking, +100 -100 mt.)
In late morning hydrofoil from Stromboli to Milazzo (2 h). Private transfer from Milazzo harbour to the mountain hotel in the southern side of Mt Etna, 1900 mt. Short walk over the track called “crateri Silvestri” for a first approach to the Etna activity. Dinner at the hotel with local dishes. Overnight stay with breakfast included.

Day 7: Etna (6 hours hiking, + 1000 – 1000 mt.)
Excursion till 2900 mt. where people without guide are allowed to walk. We’ll discover the line of big craters opened during the 2002/03 eruption. Amazing view on the Ionian coast of Sicily. Return back to our hotel, passing on the edge of the “Bove Valley” en huge “caldera” formed from a collapse of a old volcano. At 17h00 private transfer from Mt Etna to the hotel in Catania. Overnight stay with breakfast included.

*Option: according to the weather condition and volcano activity it’s possible to climb till the summit at the central craters (3350 mt), guided by a mountain escort with cable way and 4WD vehicle till 2900 mt. then trek to the top. From there we walk back to our hotel (price 60 euros per person).

Day 8: Catania
Transfer by public bus from Hotel to Catania airport.

Trip Notes

Holiday Type: self-guided
Duration: 8 days/7 nights
Departure: from April to end October
Number of participants: minimum 2 people

Essential info

Accommodation: hotels and family-run pensions with breakfast, in double or triple room.
2 nights in Hotel** Catania, 2 nights in family run hotel in Lipari, 2 nights in hotel** in Stromboli, 1 nights in hotel*** on the Etna with dinner included

Equipment: good and solid trekking boots, frontal torch with batteries, trekking trousers and shorts, bathing suit, hat and gloves, wind jacket, sun glasses, sun cream, multitask knife, trekking sticks.

Luggage: we advise you to use two kind of bags. A big one with wheels where you put all your staff. A backpack (40 litres) for your trekking. All transfers are made by car. Anyway sometimes you have to carry your luggage for short distances (for example when you catch buses and hydrofoil).

Included:
- Transfer from the hotel to Milazzo harbour (day 2)
- Transfer from Milazzo harbour to Mt Etna (day 6)
- Transfer from Mt Etna to Hotel in Catania (day 7)
- Accommodation as described in the program, with breakfast
- 1 dinner at Etna hotel
- Volcano Guide at Stromboli
- Maps, road book and assistance in case of emergency

Not included:
- Transfers airport hotel on day 1 and day 8. (about 1 € with bus and 20 € with taxi)
- Hydrofoils at the islands: about €70 during low season and €80 in high season (june-sept)
- Taxes to enter the islands and to climb Vulcano and Stromboli (€ 7 per person)
- lunches and dinners (except day 6)
- option for Etna Summit craters, guide + cable way + jeeps (60 € per person)


 

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