ADVENTURE WEEK ALONG SICILY'S EASTERN COAST

Regions

East

Starting Point

Catania

Best time to travel

March - early November

Recommended Length

6 - 8 days

Minimum Age*

Outdoor Adventure

Activity Level **

3/5

Relax on the Eastern shores of Sicily and discover the beautiful scenery around Mount Etna while hiking on the vast slopes at sunset and enjoying body rafting in the wild Alcantara gorge. Explore the rich marine life around the island on a kayaking and big game fishing adventure before discovering ancient history of the magnificent magna graecia outside Syracuse,

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ discover the eastern part of Sicily between Taormina and Syracuse
✓ guided hiking tours and wilderness BBq on the smoking slopes of Mount Etna
✓ thrilling body-rafting adventure in the fascinating Alcantara gorge
✓ ancient Greek and Roman history in the beautiful towns of Taormina and Syracuse
✓ big game fishing day in some of Europe's best fishing waters
✓ delicious traditional Sicilian cuisine, seafood and wine all along the way

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TOUR OVERVIEW

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Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Taormina
Day 2 - sea kayaking - seafood lunch - free time in Taormina - overnight in Taormina
Day 3 - sunset hike on Mount Etna - wilderness BBQ - overnight in the Etna area
Day 4 - body rafting adventure in the Alcantara gorge - overnight in the Etna area
Day 5 - big game fishing day - overnight in Syracuse
Day 6 - historic walking tour in Syracuse and the Pantalica Necropolis - overnight in Syracuse
Day 7 - departure

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DETAILED ITINERARY

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DAY 1 - WELCOME TO SICILY
Arrive to Sicily and transfer to your accommodation in Taormina. You have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the old city, stroll through the historic cobbled alleys, visit the Greek theatre or enjoy La Dolce Vita in the many traditional bars and restaurants.
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 2 – SEA KAYAING AT TAORMINA - SEAFOOD FEAST
You have the morning free to relax in Taormina and to explore more of the towns historic heritage. Take to the waters in the afternoon for a sea kayaking tour around the Isola Bella off the coast of Taormina. The big rocks were formed by an submarine eruption around the little island and you will discover hidden caves, bizarre volcanic formations and spot some marine inhabitants while paddling in the crystal clear blue waters. Enjoy some delicious and freshly prepared seafood in a local restaurant for lunch.
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 3 - ETNA SUNSET HIKING
Today you will explore the northern area of the Etna National Park with its amazing scenery of large woods, lava fields, colorful valleys and volcanic caves and grottoes on a guided hiking tour over the northern slopes of Sicily's active volcano. You will spend the night in the mountain area and will enjoy a real Sicilian BBQ on the mountain in the evening before settling for the night.
Overnight in the Etna area.

DAY 4 - BODY RAFTING AT THE ALCANTARA GORGE
The Alcantara River is one of the few rivers on Sicily that runs all year round and has carved its path into the basalt over a period of several thousands of years. Today you will have the chance to explore the gorge in a unique and fun way on a canyoning adventure. Follow the course of the river along rocks, small beaches and steep gorges while making your way jumping off cliffs, swimming through crevices, sliding down rapids and walking along the riverbed while enjoying the unspoiled volcanic scenery.
Overnight in the Etna area.

DAY 5 - BIG GAME FISHING
Today will take you out to the open waters on Sicily's eastern coast for a day of big game fishing in one of the best fishing areas in Italy and the Mediterranean. Swordfish, Tuna, Amberjacks and many more await you in the wildest parts off the mainland with great crystal clear waters and endless opportunities. Overnight in Syracuse.

DAY 6 - UNESCO HERITAGE OF SYRACUSE
Your local guide will take you through the historic streets of Syracuse, notable for its rich Roman and Greek history and one of the oldest and historically most significant settlements on Sicily. Visit the historic center and the cave necropolis of Pantalica, the city's two UNESCO World Heritage sites, before enjoying a traditional street food lunch at the food market.
Overnight in Syracuse.

DAY 7 - DEPARTURE (B)
Transfer to the airport and departure.

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels and/or guesthouses
- private transfers or 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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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.

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

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