Volcanoes of Sicily
To the north of the island of Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea is the beautiful Aeolian Archipelago, made up of 7 diverse islands including Lipari, Vulcano and Stromboli, whose active volcanic cone dominates the horizon. Dramatic cliffs and winding coastline, black beaches and thermal hot springs, a deep blue sea and charming port towns are all characteristic of this enchanting group of islands. Four days have been set aside to explore these islands on foot including a guided ascent of Stromboli (subject to conditions), where a fiery lava trail streams down one side of its cone. The daily walks are interspersed with opportunities to relax on the beach, snorkel, explore the ports and villages or bathe in therapeutic hot mud. Back on the mainland of Sicily the focus shifts to the famous volcano, Mt Etna, where the 2002/03 eruption opened a line of gaping craters, before returning to Catania via the delighful seaside town of Taormina.
|DAY 1||Arrive Catania, transfer to Milazzo|
|DAY 2||Transfer to the island of Lipari, walk to San Calogero (4hrs)|
|DAY 3||To Vulcano Island by hydrofoil, visit crater (3hrs)|
|DAY 4||Explore Lipari then transfer to Stromboli Island, trek to the 'Sciara del Fuoco' (4hrs)|
|DAY 5||Visit San Vincenzo, afternoon climb Stromboli with a certified volcano guide* (6hrs)|
|DAY 6||Transfer to Mt Etna, afternoon walk to 'crateri Silvestri' (1.5hrs)|
|DAY 7||Discover the craters and viewpoints on Mt Etna (6hrs), transfer to Taormina to visit the main sites before continuing to Catania|
|DAY 8||Trip concludes|
I very much liked the self-guided nature of this trip, where all the maps and detailed hiking suggestions are provided but we were free to walk at our own pace or make different activity choices. I'd love to see this type of tour offered for more destinations!