Regions

East

Starting Point

Catania

Best time to travel

All year

Recommended Length

3 - 5 days

Minimum Age*

Adventure Getaway

Activity Level **

4/5

The Eastern side of Sicily is largely shaped by the impressive Mount Etna, which is not shy to show of its force with the odd eruption. This adventure getaway is all about the active giant, where you will discover the smoking slopes on fantastic hikes and cycling tours and also venture beyond to explore volcanic gorges and tubes. You will stay in the historic town of Taormina, where you will have the evenings to enjoy the lively atmosphere.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ discover Sicily's most active volcano Mount Etna by foot and by bike
✓ enjoy the taste of Sicily on a guided foodie walking tour through historic Taormina
✓ explore the rich volcanic heritage of the area by visiting lava fields, volcanic tubes and gorges
✓ soak up the lively atmosphere in the beautiful historic town of Taormina

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival to Sicily and transfer to Taormina - overnight in Taormina
Day 2 - biking tour on the slopes of Mount Etna - overnight in Taormina
Day 3 - day at leisure in Taormina - culinary walking tour - overnight in Taormina
Day 4 - Etna and Alcantara discovery tour - overnight in Taormina
Day 5 - departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
Welcome to Sicily. A private transfer will take you to your accommodation in Taormina, where you will have the rest of the day to stroll along the cobbled historic alleys, soak up the lively atmosphere or relax on the beach at the foot of the hilltop town.
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 2 - BIKING TOUR ON VOLCANIC GROUNDS
An exciting cycling tour will take you through lush forests, sleepy mountain villages and along impressive eruptive sites. Discover vast lava fields, explore a volcanic cave and enjoy the fantastic views over the eastern part of Sicily from an altitude of 1,700m before enjoying the thrill of the descent back to the foot of Mount Etna. You will cover a difference in level of 800m and you can choose between a mountain bike or e-bike.
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 3 - RELAX IN TAORMINA - CULINARY WALKING TOUR
You will have the day to relax around Taormina, visit the buzzing small cafes, bars and restaurant, pay a visit to the Greek theatre or a enjoy a sea kayaking tour around the beautiful Isola Bella. In the late afternoon, a guided culinary walking tour will take you through town and you will not only learn about Taormina's history and culinary heritage, but will also have plenty of opportunities to taste the some wonderful delicacies and wines from the region.
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 4 - MOUNT ETNA AND ALCANTAR DISCOVERY TOUR
Another active day lies ahead of you, taking you once more to the smoky slopes of Mount Etna and the fascinating Alcantara Gorge in the North-East of Sicily. A hiking tour will take you through dense forests, along old lava flows and up to the volcanic cones at a height of 2,000m. You will then explore the fascinating geological heritage of Etna's longest lava tube with helmets and torches before continuing to the Alcantara Gorge to admire the beautiful surroundings and to relax on the shores of the crystal clear fresh mountain river carving its way down the gorge.
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 5 - Departure
Transfer to the airport and departure.

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels, quintas and/or guesthouses
- private care hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

When to travel
It is possible to visit Sicily all year long, but the best times to travel are May, June, September and October. Summer is lovely, but it can get very hot over July and August and the seaside resorts and towns can become crowded.
While the weather is quite changeable and sometimes rainy in spring, the summer months are arid and temperatures can go as high as 34 degrees. Once the temperatures fall in autumn, the rainy period begins. Temperatures fall further over the winter months, but apart from the higher areas, most of Sicily hardly ever experiences temperatures below freezing.
The northern and particularly the northeastern parts of Sicily get the most rain over the year, which is mainly down to the more mountainous terrain. Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall during the warm summer months are common, especially in the areas East of Mount Etna. The flatter plains in the southern and southwestern part of Sicily get relatively little rainfall throughout the year.

How to travel
The international airports in Sicily are Trapani in the west, Palermo in the northwest, Catania in the east and Ragusa in the southeast of the island. International connections within Europe are good and Sicily is served by all major and some regional European airlines. Direct long-haul connections from outside Europe are rare, in this case it is easiest to connect in mainland Italy like Milan or Rome.
It is possible to take flights from mainland Sicily to the island of Pantelleria from Trapani or Palermo.
The other islands can be reached by ferry. The hydrofoils for the Aeolian Islands leave from Milazzo to Lipari, from where it is then possible to connect to the other islands. As connections are not always frequent and perfectly timed, you should plan the whole day for traveling if you plan to connect from Lipari to another island. The Egadi islands can be reached by hydrofoils from Trapani. Sailings take place frequently over the day and the trip takes less than one hour.
Sicily has a good network of motorways and national roads, making it easy and fast to get around. Infrastructure tends to be a bit more remote in the south, center and mountainous areas. Toll is required on the A18 and A20 motorways.

Travelling with children
Travelling in Sicily with children is easy and Sicilians love children. Hotels, restaurants and bars are eager to accommodate families and children. Menus don’t usually serve a dedicated kids menu, but offer smaller or half portions.
Siesta plays an important way of life in Sicily and shops close between 1 and 5pm. Dinner time in Sicily is usually not before 9pm and especially over the summer months kids are out and about until midnight.
Not all activities are suitable for small children, but Sicily has plenty to offer if you are looking for a fulfilling trip for the whole family. Kids will love to explore the cobbled ancient streets of the historic towns, will be fascinated by the volcanic heritage and of course love the outstanding Sicilian food. The sandy beaches in the south are perfect for a couple of relaxing days and farms and agri-tourism accommodation especially cater for families and offer activities centered around nature and the outdoors.

What to bring
If you are travelling to Sicily between May and September, prepare for warm, sunny and dry days, so light summer clothes, light shoes, swimming gear, sun lotion, sunglasses and sun cover should all make it into your luggage. For those heading to Sicily's mountains and volcanoes, steady hiking boots, a headlight/torch, warm jumper and a rain and windproof jacket are advisable. Also mosquitos tend to annoy people over the summer months, so an insect repellent will do no harm. Some of the churches and religious buildings require covered shoulders, so bring a scarf or t-shirt.
While casual leisure wear is totally fine during the day, you should pack a nice outfit for going out in the evenings. There is no dress-code in most bars or restaurants, but clubs might be a different story. Sicilians like to dress to impress at nighttime, so unless you want to stand out, you might want to do the same.

For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting to Sicily, please visit our Useful Information on Sicily page.

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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