VOLCANIC ISLANDS ADVENTURE
Best time to travel
Explore & Relax
Explore the areas of the latest eruptions on Mount Etna
Climb, jump and splash around the Alcantara Gorge on a canyoning adventure
Witness the mini-eruptions on Stromboli on a guided sunset hike
Enjoy an exclusive wine tasting at sunset on Lipari
Snorkel in the warm waters around Vulcano Island
Our 9 days itinerary is all about the volcanic landscape and the ongoing activity on Sicily. Spend a few days venturing around Etna and discover the most beautiful spots on guided tours before escaping to the wonderful Aeolian Islands to witness a real volcanic eruption of the always active Stromboli volcano, venture off Vulcano Island and enjoy the excellent culinary heritage in the most beautiful scenery.
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. Overnight in Taormina.
DAY 2 – HIKING ON MOUNT ETNA'S SOUTHERN SLOPES (B, L)
Dominating the Eastern side of Sicily, Mount Etna is Europe's largest volcano, with several vast craters and a height of 3,300m. Etna is also one of the world's most active volcanoes and it offers breath-taking views and great hiking for visitors. Today, your guide will take you along the Southern and Western slopes, characterized by small volcanic cones, cultivated crops and recent lava flows. You will enjoy a late lunch in a panoramic winery offering fantastic views over the slopes and the surrounding area. Overnight in Taormina.
DAY 3 - NORTHERN ETNA SUNSET HIKE (B, D)
Today you will explore the Northern area of the Etna National Park with its amazing scenery of large woods and volcanic formations like lava caves and grottoes. 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 IN THE ALCANTARA GORGE (B)
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. Enjoy a few hours of canyoning along the gorge, jumping off the rocks into the cold, crystal-clear waters and floating in the rivers rapids between the 24m high basalt walls. Overnight in the Etna area.
DAY 5 - ETNA QUAD BIKE TOUR (B, L)
Today's fun quad bike tour takes you to the black lava flows between the Ragabo pine and the white birch forests to an altitude of 1,850m. You will get to witness the remains of the last great eruption from 2002 on the North side of Etna. Visit a lava cave before enjoying a rustic lunch and some excellent local wine at a mountain refuge. Overnight in the Etna area.
DAY 6 - STROMBOLI SUNSET TREK (B)
Transfer to Stromboli by ferry in the morning. Explore the small town in the afternoon before heading off on a fantastic evening hike to the top of the active Stromboli volcano. You will arrive to the volcano's peak by sunset, just on time to witness the repeated eruption of red hot lava from the volcano in the dark. A truly unforgettable experience. Overnight on Stromboli.
DAY 7 - LIPARI ISLAND - SUNSET WINE TASTING (B)
After breakfast, you will transfer from Stromboli to Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian Islands. You will have the day at leisure to enjoy the lively marina, visit the castle overlooking the village or visit the scenic viewpoint Belvedere Quattrocchi for the best views over Lipari and the neighboring Vulcano Island. An unforgettable wine tasting with fantastic panoramic views over the islands is awaiting you to finish the day at sunset. Overnight on Lipari.
DAY 8 - HIKING ON VULCANO ISLAND AND SNORKELING IN THE HOT SEA (B)
Today's trip will take you to the neighboring island of Vulcano, characterized by its smoking volcanic crater and sulfurous fumes rising to the surface. Spend the day climbing the crater and strolling over black beaches before discovering the amazing underwater scenery on a snorkeling adventure in the crystal clear, naturally heated waters that can be found all around the island. Overnight on Lipari.
DAY 9 - DEPARTURE (B)
You will wave goodbye to the beautiful Aeolian Islands and will transfer back to Catania. Departure in the afternoon.
OUR SERVICE FOR YOU
The itinerary is flexible and we have plenty of adventure in store, so should you wish to make minor changes to the suggested itinerary or extend your stay, we will be happy to help you plan.
Superior middle-class hotels and guesthouses
Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as outlined
Activities, tours & visits as outlined
Qualified, English speaking guide on all tours, activities and experiences
Expert travel planning, trip preparation and on tour support
Taxes and insurances for the activities