Italy : Sicily

Volcanoes of Sicily Walk

Trip code: W07AI 4.5 (6 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

19.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
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SUMMARY

  • Island hop between the stunning yet varied landscapes of Sicily's Aeolian Islands
  • Mighty Mount Etna; smouldering Stromboli; panoramic Taormina, Vulcano's famous fumaroles
  • Dramatic lava trails, natural bubbling mud baths, black sand beaches
  • Picturesque coastal paths, secluded bays, pretty harbours, traditional Sicilian fishing villages

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Briefing at the start of your holiday
  • Headwater navigation app
  • All walk and luggage transfers
  • Hydrofoil tickets
  • Guided walk on Mount Etna

TRIP DESCRIPTION

This 7 night walking holiday leads you on a self-guided adventure along Sicily's stunning eastern coast, taking in some of the island's most precious jewels, from the spectacular Greek theatre of Taormina to the immense Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. You'll also spend four days island hopping between the astonishingly beautiful Aeolian Islands, a string of seven volcanic islets that glimmer like black pearls off Sicily's Mediterranean shoreline. You'll stay two nights on the island of Stromboli, known also as the 'Lighthouse of the Mediterranean' for its constant volcanic eruptions and two nights on Lipari, the largest island of the Aeolian Archipelago.

The walks themselves are as varied as the places you'll visit. Highlights include climbing Vulcano's Gran Cratere della Fossa crater to see the fumaroles - vents from which a steady stream of gases and vapours eerily seep out of the ground - and ascending to a wonderful vantage point to witness the intermittent explosions on Stromboli. A day is spent on Mount Etna itself, where you are guided through an impressive volcanic landscape with infinite views over the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea.

Your hotels vary from an elegant, family run hotel just yards from the Greek theatre in Taormina to a sea front hotel overlooking one of Stromboli's black sand beaches.

Please note that the itinerary on this trip is subject to change in the event of bad weather or an increase in volcanic activity. This will be arranged locally for you by the local agent.

Terrain

This holiday follows mule tracks, stony coastal roads and footpaths through a volcanic landscape of dried lava rock and sand, with frequent, often stony, ascents/descents. Walking boots are essential, and poles strongly recommended.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1 - Arrive in Catania

Arrive and settle in at your comfortable city centre hotel.

You stay at Hotel Art and Jazz.

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Hotel Art and Jazz, Catania

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This pretty 3* hotel, just a short walk from Catania's historic Baroque town centre and the main railway station, lives up to its name with a contemporary design, complete with paintings and photos from the world of music, art and cinema. There's a welcoming courtyard area and bar for relaxation and drinks. There are plenty of eateries and bars to choose from in the immediate area.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 2 - Catania to Stromboli

After your briefing, we take you to Milazzo (90 mins), the gateway to the Aeolian Islands. There's time for lunch before taking the hydrofoil (130 mins) to the dramatic volcanic island of Stromboli. Relax on the island's black beaches and explore the lovely village of San Vincenzo, with its pretty whitewashed houses adorned with vibrant bougainvillea, before dinner.

You stay at Hotel Villaggio Stromboli.

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Hotel Villaggio Stromboli, Stromboli

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The Hotel Villaggio Stromboli is 900m from the port and 400m from the village centre, and sits overlooking the island's black sand beach and Strombolicchio. The hotel dates back to 1949, shortly after the film 'Stromboli' was made; the hotel has many photographs of the film in production and of its famous main actress and director, Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman. The spacious rooms at the Villaggio Stromboli are simple but come with ceiling fan, air conditioning and patio. There's also a bar and restaurant at the hotel.

Day 3 - At Stromboli (9km/5.6mi)

Set off this morning for the Sciara del Fuoco, a steep lava scar gorged deep into the volcano's flank; reaching a height of 250m, it's the perfect vantage point to marvel at the volcano's intermittent fiery explosions. In the afternoon, there's the option to take a boat to the scenic village of Ginostra on Stromboli's south western shores or take a evening group guided walk up to the observation point (400m; book locally) to enjoy the sound and light show by night!

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You stay at Hotel Villaggio Stromboli.

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Hotel Villaggio Stromboli, Stromboli

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The Hotel Villaggio Stromboli is 900m from the port and 400m from the village centre, and sits overlooking the island's black sand beach and Strombolicchio. The hotel dates back to 1949, shortly after the film 'Stromboli' was made; the hotel has many photographs of the film in production and of its famous main actress and director, Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman. The spacious rooms at the Villaggio Stromboli are simple but come with ceiling fan, air conditioning and patio. There's also a bar and restaurant at the hotel.

Day 4 - At Lipari (9km/5.6mi)

Take the morning hydrofoil to Lipari (110 min), then set out through the winding cobbled alleyways of Lipari's charming Old Town to Marina Corta, the island's tiny old fishing harbour. Continue to the panoramic Punta della Crapazza for sweeping views over to the faraglioni and Vulcano.

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You stay at Hotel Gattopardo.

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Hotel Gattopardo, Lipari

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The Hotel Gattopardo is a short walk from Lipari's pretty marina. The hotel consists of a series of typical Aeolian style whitewashed buildings surrounding an 19th century villa, with gardens dotted around the complex. Rooms here are traditional but comfortable and ensuite, with most rooms having an outdoor patio area. The hotel has a lovely swimming pool as well as a bar, reading room and restaurant.

Day 5 - Vulcano (6km/3.7mi)

A 10-minute hydrofoil takes you to the island of Vulcano, famous for its black beaches, hot springs and volcanic mud baths. Walk up to the Gran Cratere della Fossa crater for beautiful views over the other islands before descending back down to the beach in time for an optional mud bath.

Please note that if the local authorities have closed the walking paths on Vulcano, there is an alternative walk on the island of Salina on day 5

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You stay at Hotel Gattopardo.

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Hotel Gattopardo, Lipari

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The Hotel Gattopardo is a short walk from Lipari's pretty marina. The hotel consists of a series of typical Aeolian style whitewashed buildings surrounding an 19th century villa, with gardens dotted around the complex. Rooms here are traditional but comfortable and ensuite, with most rooms having an outdoor patio area. The hotel has a lovely swimming pool as well as a bar, reading room and restaurant.

Day 6 - At Taormina (6km/3.7mi)

Return to mainland Sicily this morning (70 mins) and transfer (75 mins) to Taormina, the jewel in Sicily's crown. Your afternoon is free to visit the town's historic Greek theatre, bathe in the azure waters of the Isola Bella Nature Reserve or admire the amazing view of mighty Mount Etna. Alternatively, climb the Sentiero del Saraceno up to medieval Castelmola, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy and enjoy superb vistas over Taormina and beyond.

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You stay at Hotel Isabella.

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Hotel Isabella, Taormina

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Just a few steps from the Greek-Roman Theatre in the heart of Taormina, Hotel Isabella has 30 well-equipped rooms overlooking the rooftops of the old town, the ancient Greek Theatre or the beautiful sea below. A shuttle bus connects guests daily (May - Sept) with their sister Hotel Caparena where you can enjoy the private pebbled beach and wellness centre.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 7 - Mount Etna (8km/5.0mi)

We take you (1 hr) up onto Mount Etna's northern flank to join a group walk with a guide, following a scenic path beside a deep volcanic fracture, carved out of the ground during Etna's last major explosion in 2002. Cross the lava strewn landscape, with sweeping views along the entire Ionian coastline, to the edge of the 2002 crater. Alternatively, ascend by cable car and jeep to 2900m and join a volcanologist guide to ascend to Etna's summit (3350m; book and pay locally).

Please note that today's walk is subject to change depending on weather and volcanic conditions.

You stay at Hotel Isabella.

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Hotel Isabella, Taormina

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Just a few steps from the Greek-Roman Theatre in the heart of Taormina, Hotel Isabella has 30 well-equipped rooms overlooking the rooftops of the old town, the ancient Greek Theatre or the beautiful sea below. A shuttle bus connects guests daily (May - Sept) with their sister Hotel Caparena where you can enjoy the private pebbled beach and wellness centre.

Should this accommodation not be available, an alternative of the same standard will be used.

Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Day 8: Leave Taormina

Given the island hopping nature of this trip, you are responsible for your luggage when using the hydrofoil services. Transportation of luggage to and from the hotels and the ports of Stromboli and Lipari is provided.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £274.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £274.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Hotel upgrade package available
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Excellent guide for the Etna walk. App was very good though we didn’t need it really.

Paul Walker, 8 May 2024

 

We enjoyed our holiday. It was affected by the weather but your local agents handled the situation very well.

John Bartram, 14 Apr 2024

 

Our experience of Headwater is very positive, the staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We liked that one person, Megan took care of our booking it made our holiday feel Taylor made for us. Many thanks.

Catherine Hill-kelly, 14 Oct 2023

 

I was very happy with the organisation of the holiday

Peter Costello, 23 Sep 2023

 

Headwater take care of the work required to produce a complex itinerary so we can relax and enjoy our holiday. We got to see a lot of Sicily in just one week and have returned home with some extraordinary memories. The highlight has to be the guided night hike up Stromboli to witness the volcanic fire show, very humbling.

Heather Patel, 9 Sep 2023

 

We felt very well looked after by Headwater both before and during our trip to Sicily this Spring. We have travelled with Exodus and Headwater on several guided and self-guided trips over the years, both with and without our family, and for activity holidays they would always be our first choice.

Shirley Payne, 13 May 2023

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 2
Moderate

19.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £1569

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Call: 01606 720199

 

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