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Volcanoes of Sicily Walk

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  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    and
  • Activity level
  • From $2449per person, tour only
  • NEW FOR 2022  
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 4 Jun '22 to 15 Oct '22
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
  • All continental breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • GPS route directions and maps
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • All walk transfers
  • Hydrofoil tickets
  • Guided walk on Mount Etna
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Hotel upgrade package available
  • Suitable for
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Art & history, swimming opportunities, vegetarian meals, coastal routes, island exploring

Italy: Sicily

Volcanoes of Sicily Walk

  • 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

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.



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Day-by-day itinerary

Walking information

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.




We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1 - Arrive in Catania

Arrive and settle in at your comfortable city centre hotel.

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.

Day 3 - At Stromboli 7km/4.5mi/3.5hr

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!

Day 4 - At Lipari 9km/5.5mi/4hr

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.

Day 5 - Vulcano 6km/4mi/3hr

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.

Day 6 - At Taormina 6km/4mi/4hr

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.

Day 7 - Mount Etna 5km/3mi/3.5hr

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.

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.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com


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Hotel Katane Palace, Catania

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The Katane Palace Hotel is in the heart of Catania's city centre, just a short walk to a choice of restaurants, cafes and shops. Bedrooms are simple but spacious and comfortable, whilst the public rooms are grand and classically decorated. There's a restaurant as well as a charming terrace within a courtyard where breakfast can be taken.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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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.


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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.


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Hotel Borgo Eolie, Lipari

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The Hotel Borgo Eolie is on the edge of Lipari town and 150m from the beach. Gardens of vibrant flowers provide a pretty contrast to the hotel's whitewashed buildings; there's also a sparkling outdoor swimming pool to take advantage of. Rooms here are prettily furnished and come with terrace or balcony.


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Hotel Victoria, Taormina

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Just 350 yards from the famous Greek theatre, the charming, familly run Hotel Victoria boasts an excellent location in central Taormina, on the pedestrianised Corso Umberto - perfect for the town's shops, bars and restaurants. The bright and cosy bedrooms come with prettily painted wooden furniture and wrought iron bedsteads, whilst breakfast is taken in the Baroque style breakfast room.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

Here at Headwater we thrive on feedback from our customers. It's the only way we can continue to develop, and where necessary improve, our services and ensure our holidays continue to be the best they can be. However, as this is a relatively new holiday, we don't yet have any customer reviews available.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels

All continental breakfasts

Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent

GPS route directions and maps

Headwater navigation app

Luggage transfers between hotels

All walk transfers

Hydrofoil tickets

Guided walk on Mount Etna


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
No minimum group size, however transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

Children
This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Departures
Selected Saturdays from 4th Jun 2022 to 15th Oct 2022, for 7 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.

Meals
All continental breakfasts

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.