Antarctic Explorer

Just a belated thank you to World Expeditions for the wonderful trip to the Antarctic my sister and I joined last December. From the first day, it was agreed that 1 day on a plane and 2 1/2 days on a ship was a small price to pay to have the chance to enjoy such an amazing experience. The ship was comfortable and crewed by an excellent staff; the size of the vessel was perfect to allow maximum opportunity for the four dozen or so passengers to enjoy the experience (contrasted to many of the other vessels we saw in port in Ushuaia).
Furthermore, the guides provided were professional, knowledgeable and friendly, adding to the great atmosphere of the journey. Our fellow travellers were an outgoing and welcoming bunch too, which made for a wonderful time. I wholeheartedly commend World Expeditions to anyone as a first rate provider of adventure travel - I can't wait for my next opportunity to try another experience (perhaps Kenya at a quiet moment). My sincere thanks to the team.

Andrew Hunter | Norwood, SA
 
 

Volcanoes of Sicily - Guided

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, Salina, 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 fiery lava explodes regularly from its active crater. 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. From our hotel at the base of Mt Etna, the walks include an ascent to 2900m where it is possible to observe the craters and appreciate panoramic views all the way to the Ionian coast.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive Catania
DAY 2 Transfer to the island of Vulcano by road and hydrofoil, walk to crater summit and continue to Lipari Island (3hrs)
DAY 3 Walk on the southern side of the island with afternoon free to explore the lively town (3hrs)
DAY 4 Explore old centre of Lipari then transfer to Stromboli Island. Afternoon trek to the 'Sciara del Fuoco' with panoramic views to the craters (4hrs)
DAY 5 Free time to relax or explore village of San Vincenzo, before afternoon climb of Stromboli with a certified volcano guide* (6hrs)
DAY 6 Hydrofoil to mainland Sicily then transfer to Etna South, afternoon walk over 2002 lava flow (2hrs)
DAY 7 Guided walk to discover the craters and viewpoints on Mt Etna (4hrs), transfer to Catania
DAY 8 Trip concludes

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Trip Code: VOG
Trip Grading: Moderate
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