VOLCANIC ISLANDS FAMILY ADVENTURE

Regions

Northeast, North

Starting Point

Catania, Palermo, Trapani

Best time to travel

all year

Recommended Length

9 - 12 days

Best for

from 4 years

Activity Level **

3/5

This exciting family tour will take you from the beautiful town of Taormina in eastern Sicily to the wonderful Aeolian Islands and along the northern coast to the beautiful seaside towns of Cefalu and Scopello. Fun and exciting family activities centered around nature and volcanic heritage are the focus of this tour as you will feel and witness Sicily's amazing active volcanic heritage on Mount Etna and the Aeolian Islands and enjoy unspoiled nature, flora, and fauna in the Madonie and Nebrodie Mountains. Enjoy plenty of time to relax on the beaches of your seaside accommodation after outdoor fun filled days of hiking, snorkeling, swimming or boating. This exciting and varied adventure ticks all the boxes if you are looking for an authentic and active tour close to nature to enjoy with the whole family.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ family adventure tour between Taormina, the Aeolian Islands and Cefalu
✓ hiking tour to the latest craters on the smoking slopes of Mount Etna
✓ discover the fascinating geological heritage and ongoing volcanic activity on the Aeolian Islands
✓ snorkeling and kayaking adventure in the crystal-clear waters around Vulcano and Lipari Island
✓ explore ancient culture and history in the beautiful old towns of Taormina and Cefalu
✓ fun-filled family treasure hunt in the Madonie Mountains

 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Taormina (55km)
Day 2 - adventure tour along the craters of Mount Etna - overnight in Taormina (150km)
Day 3 - transfer to Vulcano - walking and snorkeling in the warm thermal waters of Vulcano Island - overnight on Lipari (100km)
Day 4 - free time on Lipari Island - Pizza making class - overnight on Lipari (50km)
Day 5 - SUP or kayaking between Lipari and Vulcano - overnight on Lipari (50km)
Day 6 - transfer to Cefalu - free afternoon to enjoy in Cefalu - overnight in Cefalu (150km)
Day 7 - treasure hunt in the Madonie Mountai6ns - Madonie Mountains Nature Park - overnight in Cefalu (150km)
Day 8 - Tibero Gorge - Catania/Palermo - overnight in Catania/Palermo (250km)
Day 9 - departure

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO SARDINIA
Arrive to Sicily and transfer to Taormina. You will have the rest of the day free to stroll through the lively alleys of this charming, historic towns or spend the afternoon lazing on the beautiful beaches at the foot of the town.
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 2 - VOLCANIC HERITAGE AND CRATERS OF MOUNT ETNA
Mount Etna is Europe's most active volcano and has shaped the natural and cultural landscape of Sicily in many different ways. Today you will learn more about the formation, geology and importance on a guided tour which will take you around the geological wonderland to discover distinct craters, lava tubes and vast slopes. Scramble over young black lava fields, beautiful colorful slopes made off volcanic dust and sands and enjoy the terrific views over the valleys and flanks of Sicily's mightiest mountain.
Overnight in Taormina.

DAY 3 - HIKING AND SNORKELING ON VULCANO ISLAND
The Aeolian Islands off the northeastern coast of Sicily are a beautiful archipelago shaped by ongoing volcanic activity. You will take the ferry over to the island of Vulcano, where the activity is still present with hot springs and steam rising from the underground. Explore the amazing volcanic heritage with bizarre formations and fumaroles before emerging on a unique water adventure for the whole family in the afternoon, where you will get to explore some of the island's amazing submarine world on a snorkeling tour in the thermally heated Mediterranean waters.
Overnight on Lipari.

DAY 4 - LIPARI ISLAND - PIZZA MAKING CLASS
Lipari is the largest of the islands, and you will have the day to explore the beautiful island by foot to enjoy the wonderful views across the islands and take a dip in the crystal clear waters around Lipari. In the early evening, a traditional cooking class will introduce you to the secrets of preparing the perfect Sicilian pizza in a traditional kitchen.
Overnight on Lipari.

DAY 5 - KAYAKING OR SUP ADVENTURE
Explore the beautiful coastline with fantastic cliffs, caves and bizarre rock formations on a guided kayaking or SUP tour along the coast of Lipari or Vulcano Island. Enjoy the afternoon relaxing at the beach or swimming in the clear waters around Lipari.
Overnight on Lipari.

DAY 6 - TRANSFER TO CEFALU
You will leave Lipari after breakfast and take the ferry back to mainland Sicily. Your next stop is the charming historic resort town of Cefalu, set on the northern shores of Sicily. Explore the narrow and buzzing lanes with its small shops, bars and restaurants in the stunning old town sitting right beside the sea and relax on the beautiful sandy Cefalu beach.
Overnight in Cefalu.

DAY 7 - TREASURE HUNT IN THE MADONIE MOUNTAINS
The Madonie mountain range includes some of the highest peaks of Sicily and you will also find extensive woodlands and diverse flora and wildlife. A great family adventure is waiting for you in the morning as you will follow in the footsteps of a local bandit or solve the mystery of the "Guardian of Nature" as you embark on a fun treasure hunt taking you through the beautiful nature park.
You will have time to explore the nature park a little bit more in the afternoon and visit some of the historic towns and villages with their beautiful medieval centers.
Overnight in Cefalu

DAY 8 - TIBERO GORGE
You will visit the Gorges of Tibero, which have been carved into the rock by water for thousands of years. After a nature walk through the ancient olive and orange groves you will cross the gorge on a rubber dinghy before enjoying a swim in the crystal clear fresh waters of the gorge.
Depending on your flight itinerary, you will continue to Palermo or Catania, where you have the rest of the afternoon free to explore the historic highlights of the cities or spend a last afternoon on the sandy beaches!
Overnight in Palermo/Catania

DAY 9 - DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.

 

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SERVICES INCLUDED

 

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- accommodation in good standard family friendly hotels or guesthouses
- private car hire or transfers for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, accompanied 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 Sicily, please follow the link below.

 

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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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