Sicilian Volcanoes

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Trip code: 
TELA
Way to Travel:
Guided Group Adventure Holidays
Activity:
Walking & Trekking Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Walk on Mt Etna, see the continuous volcanic activity on Stromboli and discover villages on the Aeolian Islands

Striking active volcanoes, black beaches, thermal springs and a stunning cobalt sea make the Aeolians Islands a unique must-see destination. Exploring the varied landscape by boat and on foot is without doubt the best way to take in the natural beauty and contrasts of this part of Sicily. During the week we trek on the archipelago’s best islands: Lipari, with its archaeological ruins and lively harbour, Vulcano, with its craters and famous fumaroles and fiery Stromboli, which will hopefully greet us with spectacular shows of its explosive activity. On the mainland we explore Taormina and trek on the famous Mount Etna (3350m), the highest and most active volcano in Europe. This trip to Sicily offers a great mix of interesting walks, town visits and excellent local cuisine.

Highlights

  • Walk on Mt Etna, Europe's highest active volcano
  • See the continuous volcanic activity of Stromboli
  • Discover the picturesque villages of the Aeolian Islands
  • Walk around Vulcano's spectacular crater rim

Key information

  • 6 nights 3-star hotels/apartments and 1 night comfortable mountain lodge
  • 8 days land only / flight inclusive
  • 5 days guided walking; moderate/challenging treks on Etna and Stromboli
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 3350m (on optional Etna summit trek), average 800m
  • Travel by minibus, local buses, public and private boats/hydrofoils
  • Not suitable for severe asthma sufferers
  • Trip can be combined with ADZ: Treasures of Sicily

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners 
  • All accommodation
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Stromboli summit trek led by volcanologist

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Local city taxes
  • Optional Etna summit trek (volcanic conditions dependent)
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Pace:

Moderate: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude on most of the walks; good paths with some steep ascents. Optional climb on Etna: maximum altitude 3350m.

Day by day breakdown
Day 28.0km/4.0miles
Day 312.0km/7.0miles
Day 49.0km/5.0miles
Day 512.0km/7.0miles
Day 79.0km/5.0miles

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Itinerary

Milazzo
to
Catania
  • Day 1

    Start 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.

  • Day 2

    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 (1hr), 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).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    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).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    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 four 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, 9km).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Free half day in Stromboli to visit the town or relax on the island's black beaches; sunset trek to the summit of Stromboli.

    The morning is free to take a walk in Stromboli town, relax on 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 head-torch as you descend after nightfall (5 hours walking, ascent 924m descent 924m, 12km).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    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 may 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. Time permitting, it may be possible to 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    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 sometimes 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 landslide (6 hours walking, + 450 – 450 mt, 9km; depending on recent volcanic activity, the lenght, duration and altitude of this walk might vary). In the afternoon we will be transferred to Catania by a private minibus; overnight in Catania.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Catania.

    The trip ends in the morning of day 8 in Catania.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

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.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

Overall Activity Level: 3 (Moderate). Most walks are classified as Level 2 (Leisurely/Moderate) or 3 (Moderate). Stromboli and Etna summit walks are level 4 (Moderate/Challenging).

Although during the week the walking is fairly easy and there is plenty of free time to relax, we do recommend that you have some previous hiking experience. Daywalks will take between 3 to 5 hours on hilly-to-steep terrain of dried lava, rocky ash and sand. The excursion offered on Stromboli and the optional summit trek on Etna are more demanding and you will need to be confident of your fitness if you decide to join these.

Please note that the summit treks to Stromboli and Etna are weather and volcanic activity dependent. The local authorities may decide (without previous notice) to close the summits and suspend all excursions. In the unfortunate event this occurs on your departure, the leader will suggest some alternative optional activities.All timings of activities might be subject to change as they are dependent on ferry schedules. 

 

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

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Accommodation

3 and 4-star hotels

We spend one night in 4-star hotel in Milazzo, two nights in 3 or 4-star hotel or apartments in Lipari, two nights in a basic guesthouse in Stromboli, one night in a comfortable mountain lodge on Etna and one night in a 3-star hotel in central Catania. All rooms at the hotels are en suite, and most of them have free Wi-Fi. The hotels have been chosen for their warm hospitality and their typical Sicilian character.

List of hotels normally used:

Hotel Milazzo in Milazzo

Hotel Rocce Azzurre, Hotel Residence Oltremare or Hotel Zagara in Lipari

Villa Petrusa or Hotel Ossidiana in Stromboli

Rifugio la Sapenza on Mount Etna or Hotel Pendici in Nicolosi

Hotel Gresi, Gattopardo or Valentino in Catania

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed September 2017
    Alan Thornton

    Sicilian Volcanoes

    An interesting trip, but there is - of necessity - quite a lot of travelling between locations. Sea conditions can lead to cancellation of the hydrofoils, which disrupts the holiday schedule. If you are a poor sailor, take pills / seabands etc. Hotels were generally of reasonable standard, but the final one in Catania (Hotel Gresi) is unacceptable for a trip of this nature: awful breakfast, no working wifi, mold in the shower, peeling wallpaper, broken electical fittings in the bathroom, loose carpet on marble steps, unhelpful reception staff. There must be far better options.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching lava eruptions on Stromboli. Free time for lunch in Lipari.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Rafaele worked hard to make the trip a success, and was very helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    See summary.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Timothy Whitaker

    Extraordinary!

    There really aren't words for the experience of standing on the rim of an active volcano at night and watching it explosively erupt. It is a full frontal assault on all of the senses. It starts with a brilliant flash of orange light followed closely by a boom that you feel as much in your chest as you hear with your ears. Then the pyrotechnic fountain of lava congeals into bombs that pound into the ground around the crater with a resounding chorus of heavy thuds. This is followed shortly by a shower of ash and a wafting cloud of sulfurous vapors. To say it is awe inspiring does the experience a serious misjustice. I can't recommend this trip highly enough. Our guide was excellent, the treks were well paced, and sights were magnificent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Unquestionably standing on the rim of the Stromboli volcano and watching it erupt.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Nicoletta was great and did a good job of setting the pace of the treks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just book it.
  • Reviewed September 2017
    Valerie Speirs

    Erupting volcanoes

    This was a great trip and I'd strongly recommend it. A reasonable level of fitness is required as the Stromboli night trek is quite tough but it was truly memorable and a great experience to sit around the crater in the dark watching the eruptions.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing active volcanoes was an amazing experience. The sunset Stromboli trek was truly excellent and will live in my memory for a long time. The sheer size of Etna was incredible and was a great days walking, if a little windy with a howling gale at times which made it difficult to stay upright. But this just added to a memorable experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Raffaelle was a good leader and quite knowledgeable. The volcanologist guide on Etna really knew his stuff and his passion for volcanoes shone through.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is one of the best Exodus trips I've been on so would highly recommend to others
  • Reviewed August 2017
    Moira Kent

    Sicilian volcanoes

    An enjoyable way to see Sicily. The walks on Stromboli and to the top of Etna were the highlights. Other walks were quite easy. A fair amount of free time which could be difficult to fill in small villages.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of Mount Etna. The views were spectacular. Being on an active volcano is something that I have always wanted to experience and it was thoroughly worth all of the volcanic ash!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Genny was organised and efficient. She tried hard to speak to all of us and to cater for our different needs.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Despite the weather conditions, do take a fleece or a wind-proof jacket on the Stromboli walk: it gets cold at the top. Walking boots and poles are essential for the Mount Etna climb. Food is quite expensive and you have to buy bottled water on the islands. It was quite an expensive holiday. The Mount Etna trip was 90 euros.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Accommodation varied from a suite on the island of Lipari to very small rooms on Stromboli and in Catania. I had a later flight so had seven hours to spend in Catania. There really is very little to do once the historical things have been done (half a day at the most).
  • Reviewed July 2017
    Tim Douglas

    Sicilian Volcanoes

    A great week touring and trekking the main volcanoes on Vulcano,Stromboli and Etna.The week was really well organised from start to finish and all our family including our daughters of 18 and 21 enjoyed it tremendously. Our group of fellow travellers were diverse and great fun and this made the trip even better. We packed so much in to the week we did not have time to worry about tired legs. Exodus have put together a great trip here.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing Stromboli volcano erupt and glow against the beautiful evening sky then trek back to a restaurant and carry on watching it was amazing. Also seeing the crater of Vulcano and to the top of Etna was brilliant too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader and guide Nicoletta made sure our week was perfect.She attended to all the groups needs and there was nothing that was too much for her.She organised us so well and made all our travelling,transfers straight forward.She was clearly very knowledgable about the volcanoes and area and communicated this effectively to us.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    A great trip.I would really encourage anyone thinking of doing it to do it and get it booked.You will not regret it.The temperatures were high when we went in mid July but that is to be expected.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A real thanks to our group of travellers (non of whom knew each other before hand) as we have made some great friends on it.Also thanks to Nicolleta our great guide.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Susan Evans

    Sicilian Volcanoes

    The tour guide Nicoletta was superb. Worked hard to ensure the rooms were allocated at the end of each day. Well organised meals out and extra excursions available for those who wanted to do something else. The tickets were organised for the bus and hydrofoil so transport was seamless. The only hitch was with the occasional member of the group not being available for boarding when required. Hotel rooms were great along with the breakfast. The only breakfast that was limited was the hotel on Stromboli. Rooms should have had air conditioning as I found it very hot and hard to sleep after coming from the cooler English temperatures. There was a prominence of preserved meat and bread where I was looking forward to fish and vegetables which I was surprised to find were hard to acquire in the islands. The food was over all very good.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trip up Stromboli was the most inspiring part of the trip and worth the effort.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The tour guide Nicoletta was superb. 10 out of 10. She got on with all the group accommodating dietary and health requirements for one person. Worked hard to ensure the rooms were allocated at the end of each day. Well organised meals out, packed lunches, snacks and extra excursions available for those who wanted to do something else. All flowed smoothly indicating the considerable effort made on the trip. The tickets were well organised for the bus and hydrofoil so transport was seamless. Well done Nicoletta.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The variety of walks and location was very good as well as being able to see more than one island and many local towns. Walking each day was great and the weather brilliant but after working hard just before the trip I would have liked one rest day.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Sarra Adams

    Sicilian Volcanos

    Great trips, nice pace, well organised and the volcanos were amazing!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing Stromboli and sitting and watching it erupt

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Good, very organised and set a good pace in the walking

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    No the trip notes are pretty accurate - definitely take the head torch and gaiters!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Martin Weatherhead

    Scicilian Volcanoes

    Most memorable but strenuous.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many memorable moments but finally reaching the summit of Stromboli as the sun was setting and we were stood on a high rim looking down on fiery eruptions from four craters was the most rewarding experience. The descent in total darkness meant we all had to wear head torches and the long lines of lights snaking down the volcano is another moment fixed in the memory.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alessio was helpful and cheery and we learnt much about Sicilian ways. By the end we were all joining in with "amuninni" - lets go! In his own time he took us on a personal guided tour of his home town Catania and also escorted us to the airport. We would also like to give special mention to Alberto our specialist mountain guide for the Stromboli ascent. He took exceptional care of ALL members of the group making sure that EVERYONE reached the summit and descended safely!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip is rated a "moderate 3". We found the climbs strenuous/challenging and would suggest a level 4 rating. Head torches rather than hand held torches are essential for Stromboli, also walking poles are highly recommended on all the walks/climbs.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food provided and the accommodation varied considerably. The first hotel and breakfast in Milazzo was outstanding, Lipari was lovely, Stromboli was fine but the food provided in Catania was disappointing.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Courtney Roper

    Amazing experience

    A well-organised and fun tour.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the eruptions from the top of Stromboli and running down Mount Etna through the knee-deep ash.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Frederica was well-organised, flexible, fun, patient and caring.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Please consider your fitness level before undertaking. You don't need to be super fit, but everyone will enjoy it more if you're able to walk up hills at a reasonable pace.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Sian Flynn

    Sicilian Volcanoes

    Really enjoyed this holiday. Very varied, with excellent walking experiences, combined with plenty of downtime, and the chance to sample the local cuisine.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting up Stromboli, watching fireworks from the volcano on two successive days, one up close and personal and then yomping down 500m in the dark. Spectacular.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It can be dusty!

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