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  • Holiday type
    Guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    hotel-to-hotel
    , and
  • Activity level
  • From $1949per person, tour only
  • Departures
    selected Sundays from 10 Apr to 9 Oct 2022 and from 9 Apr to 8 Oct 2023
  • What's Included?
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner 
  • All accommodation
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Stromboli summit trek led by volcanologist
  • Key Information
  • This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • 7 nights in hotels, apartments, and guesthouses
  • 8 days land only / flight inclusive
  • 5 days guided walking; moderate/challenging treks on Etna and Stromboli
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Maximum altitude 3350m (on optional Etna summit trek), average 800m
  • Travel by minibus, local buses, public, and private boats/hydrofoils
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Italy: Sicily

Mount Etna & Aeolian Islands

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Walk on Mt Etna, Europe's highest active volcano
  • See the continuous volcanic activity of Stromboli
  • Discover the picturesque villages of the Aeolian Islands
  • Walk around Vulcano's spectacular crater rim 

Striking active volcanoes, black beaches, thermal springs, and a stunning cobalt sea make the Aeolians Islands a unique must-see destination. Exploring the varied landscape by boat and on foot is without doubt the best way to take in the natural beauty and contrasts of this part of Sicily. During the week we trek on the archipelago’s best islands: Lipari, with its archaeological ruins and lively harbour, Vulcano, with its craters and famous fumaroles, and fiery Stromboli, which will hopefully greet us with spectacular shows of its explosive activity. The trip culminates with a memorable trek on the famous Mount Etna (3350m), the highest and most active volcano in Europe.



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

Typical holiday itinerary

Walking information

Overall Activity Level: 3 (Moderate). Most walks are classified as Level 2 (Leisurely/Moderate) or 3 (Moderate). Stromboli and Etna summit walks are level 4 (Moderate/Challenging).

Although during the week the walking is fairly easy and there is plenty of free time to relax, we do recommend that you have some previous hiking experience. Day walks will take between 3 to 5 hours on hilly-to-steep terrain of dried lava, rocky ash, and sand. The excursion offered on Stromboli and the optional summit trek on Etna are more demanding and you will need to be confident of your fitness if you decide to join these.

Please note that the summit treks to Stromboli and Etna are weather and volcanic activity-dependent. The local authorities may decide (without previous notice) to close the summits and suspend all excursions. In the unfortunate event this occurs on your departure, the leader will suggest some alternative optional activities. These walks are led by local volcanologist guides who will assess clients suitability to participate locally. Please note that people with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart conditions, serious asthma, and severe vertigo may not be able to participate.

 

Customers should be prepared for occasional short notice changes as required by local authorities or recommended by the Exodus Leader to maintain COVID-security for the group.

All timings of activities might be subject to change as they are dependent on ferry schedules. 



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: Start Milazzo.

We start in the harbour town of Milazzo, the gateway to the Aeolian Islands located in the northern tip of Sicily's mainland. We strongly recommend joining the group transfer at Catania airport and travelling to the start point with the group, as public transport connections from Catania to Milazzo are limited.

Day 2: Boat to Vulcano and trek to the crater to see the famous fumaroles; free afternoon for bathing in Vulcano's hot springs, beaches and mud baths.

Today we travel by boat across the cobalt waters to Vulcano (1hr), one of the seven Aeolian Islands, famous for its long stretches of black beaches and bubbling thermal springs. Our first walk takes us to Vulcano's crater rim to see the steaming 'Fumaroles' (vents of volcanic gas). In the afternoon there will be some free time for bathing in Vulcano's hot springs and mud baths. Hydrofoil back to Lipari and overnight in Lipari.

Day 3: Walk along Lipari's rugged southern coast; free time to explore Lipari historic town and the archaeological museum; wine and produce tasting.

This morning we will walk along the rugged southern coast of Lipari. Our 4-hours hike take us down to the southernmost point of the island, where we can enjoy a wonderful view of the crater of Vulcano. In the afternoon there is some free time to discover the historic part of the town, including the castle and the archaeological museum. We conclude the day with a well deserved Sicilian wine and produce tasting.

Day 4: Boat to Panarea; hike to the Panarea's summit to admire the magnificent view. Way back to the port, then boarding for Stromboli.

In the morning we embark for Panarea, the oldest and most charming of the Aeolian Islands. We first walk through tiny alleys decorated with brightly colourful bougainvillea, to reach the start of our hike. We then head to Panarea's summit, Pizzo Corvo (420m), from where we can enjoy a magnificent view of the other islands of the archpelago, the Lisca Bianca and Formiche rocks, as well as the beaches and creeks of Panarea. Way back to the port, then boarding for Stromboli in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Stromboli.

 (approx. 4 hours walking, ascent 420m descent 420m, approx. 8km).

Day 5: Travel to Etna’s southern slope; stop in charming Taormina en route.

Leaving Stromboli we take a boat ride to Milazzo (approx 3hrs journey) and transfer to Etna, at 1900m above sea level, from where we can enjoy great views over the sea and the east coast of Sicily. Our lodge is located very close to the most recent lava flow and on arrival, we will enjoy a short hike around Silvestri Craters, which date back to the eruption of 1892. Before reaching Etna, we stop in the charming hilltop town of Taormina. Get to know the town in your own time, paying an optional visit to Teatro Greco, a spectacular horseshoe-shaped Greek theatre with vast and impressive views. Overnight at Rifugio Sapienza.

Day 6: Walk the southern area of the Mount Etna or take an optional trek to the summit crater (3350m); transfer and overnight in Catania.

Today, you can decide between two walks: a hike in the southern area of the Mount Etna volcano (scheduled in the programme and accompanied by your tour leader) or an optional summit trek accompanied by a volcanologist to the top craters of Mt Etna (payable locally and volcanic conditions dependent). If you choose the first walk you will hike up past several lava flows to be rewarded with a dramatic panoramic view of the four craters that make up the top of this famous volcano, plus extensive views of the entire coast of Sicily (4 hours walking, ascent 400m descent 400m, 9km). Alternatively, if you opt for the summit trek, you will start with a ride by cable car and sometimes 4x4 jeeps up until 2900m and then further on foot to 3350m to walk along the rim of the Bove valley, an extensive depression that opened up thousands of years ago as a result of a massive landslide (6 hours walking, + 450 – 450 mt, 9km; depending on recent volcanic activity, the length, duration and altitude of this walk might vary). In the afternoon we will be transferred to Catania by a private minibus; overnight in Catania.

Day 7: End Catania.

The trip ends in the morning of day 8 in Catania.

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, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

7 nights in hotels, apartments and guesthouses

We spend 7 nights in hotels, apartments and guesthouses which have been chosen for their warm hospitality and their typical Sicilian character.

All hotels have Wi-Fi and en suite facilities although please be aware that a small number of rooms at the hotels in Catania may have private toilet facilities located outside of the bedroom.

List of hotels normally used:

1 night at Hotel Eolian in Milazzo

2 nights at Oltremare Residence, Hotel Oriente or Residence Baia Portinenti in Lipari

2 nights at Villa Petrusa or Hotel Ossidiana in Stromboli

1 night at Hotel Sapienza on Etna South

1 night Hotel Umberto House, Agathae Hotel Hotel or B&B Gattopardo House in Catania

To receive the up-to-date list of hotels for your departure please contact our Exodus Customer Operations team.


Meals

All breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner included.

In the itinerary, we state which meals are included on which day. Please note that the diet in this part of Sicily is heavily dependent on fish and meat. However, vegetarian options are widely available. Breakfast: usually a continental style buffet. Lunch: normally a picnic or taken in local cafes. Evening meal: dominated by Mediterranean flavours like pasta with rich tomato sauces, olive oil, cheese, salami and pizza. They combine an excellent variety of seafood and meat for the perfect taste of Southern Italy.

Travel

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.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

It is possible to reach the start hotel in Milazzo by public transport although the journey is rather long and services are limited. For this reason we strongly recommend to join the group transfer at the airport. If this is not possible, there is a services operated by Giuntabus which leaves Catania airport four times a day (approx. price €12, http://www.giuntabus.com/orari.htm). From more information about joining the trip in Milazzo, please contact our Customer Operations team.

 

Transportation

A mix of private minibus, boats and public buses will be used throughout the week. Road conditions are generally good.

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in MIlazzo and ending in Catania

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Milazzo in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Mr Pullinger, 13/09/2018

The guide on this trip was excellent in every way. Stromboli and Etna were as busy as you might expect but scaling them (in collaboration with local specialists) was so well organized that it wasn't an issue. Accommodation was never less than good and some of the included breakfast options could only be described as lavish. All venues provided more than just walking. There were some excellent places for evening meals at each location and everyone in the group found a way to connect with each other. This is an Exodus tour, facilitated by Headwater.



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 guided walking holiday includes:

All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner 

All accommodation

Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

Transfers for group flights

Stromboli summit trek led by volcanologist


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.

Key information

This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus

7 nights in hotels, apartments, and guesthouses

8 days land only / flight inclusive

5 days guided walking; moderate/challenging treks on Etna and Stromboli

Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

Maximum altitude 3350m (on optional Etna summit trek), average 800m

Travel by minibus, local buses, public, and private boats/hydrofoils

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

It is possible to reach the start hotel in Milazzo by public transport although the journey is rather long and services are limited. For this reason we strongly recommend to join the group transfer at the airport. If this is not possible, there is a services operated by Giuntabus which leaves Catania airport four times a day (approx. price €12, http://www.giuntabus.com/orari.htm). From more information about joining the trip in Milazzo, please contact our Customer Operations team.

 

Transportation

A mix of private minibus, boats and public buses will be used throughout the week. Road conditions are generally good.

Joining instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in MIlazzo and ending in Catania

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Milazzo in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.