Regions

East Coast Sicily

Starting Point

Catania

Best time to travel

All year

Recommended Length

3 - 5 days

Minimum Age*

Family Getaway

Activity Level **

3/5

With it's endless coastline, sandy beaches along deep blue water and mountainous terrain shaped by active volcanoes, the Mediterranean island of Sicily is a wonderful destination for a getaway full of adventure.
This getaway to the Eastern shores of Sicily is filled with many fun-filled activities and experiences to explore Sicily's fantastic geological heritage and the islands gastronomic highlights. Venture off body-surfing in the stunning Alcantara Gorge, learn how to prepare an authentic Sicilian pizza and take to the deep blue Mediterranean sea on a dolphin watching tour.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ water fun on a canyoning adventure along the Alcantara Gorge
✓ discover the fascinating volcanic heritage of Mount Etna on a family friendly guided trekking tour
✓ meet Sicily's gentle marine inhabitants on a dolphin watching tour and go snorkeling with dolphins
✓ learn about the secrets of making a real Sicilian pizza during a family cooking class
✓ enjoy the historic flair and the lively atmosphere in the beautiful town of Taormina

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival and transfer to Taormina, overnight in Taormina
Day 2 - body rafting adventure in the Alcantara Gorge - overnight in Taormina
Day 3 - whale watching and snorkeling with dolphins boat tour - overnight in Taormina
Day 4 - guided family trekking tour on Mt Etna - pizza making class - overnight in Taormina
Day 5 - transfer to the airport and departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL AND TRANSFER TO TAORMINA
Welcome to Sicily After your arrival, a private transfer will bring you to your accommodation in the historic town of Taormina. Depending on your time of arrival, you will have the rest of the day to explore the lively cobbled street of this beautiful ancient town set on a cliff, visit the Greek amphitheatre or stroll down to the beautiful town beach set on the foot of the cliff.
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 2 - BODY RAFTING IN THE ALCANTARA GORGE
The day starts with a fun and unique water adventure. You will transfer to the Alcantara Gorge on the foot of Mount Etna, a beautiful narrow gorge which has been formed by waters carving the volcanic rock. You will explore the gorge on a guided tour, taking you deep into the gorge to fully enjoy the abstract beauty of this wonderful place. You will walk in the riverbed, slide down natural water-tubes, climb over rocks and jump into the refreshing water. A fantastic fun outdoor adventure to fully enjoy Sicily's rich volcanic heritage.
Overnight in Taormina

DAY 3 - WHALE WATCHING AND SNORKELING WITH DOLPHINS
Today's adventure will take you to the open waters outside Sicily's Eastern coast. Escorted by a mrine biologist, you will set sail to meet Fin and Sperm whales, different types of dolphins and turtles in their natural habitat outside Catania. You will be introduced to the art of whale and dolphin spotting and learn about the marine environment of Sicily before dipping into the sea and getting close to the nosy dolphins on a snorkeling stop.
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 4 - FAMILY TREKKING TOUR AT MOUNT ETNA
You will set to explore the North -East side of Mount Etna today, where a guided family friendly tour will bring you to see some of the beautiful natural wonders along Sicily's eruptive volcano. Visit the site of the eruption of 2002 and follow the volcanic path along the fracture all the way to the crater, after a short climb you will be rewarded with a magnificent view over eastern Sicily and the Ionian Sea. Finally, you will visit a volcanic cave and learn more about the fascinating volcanic activity on Mount Etna while walking through a lava tube.
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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