- 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.
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.
Day 1: Arrive in Catania
Day 2: Catania to Stromboli
Day 3: At Stromboli
Day 4: At Lipari
Day 5: Vulcano
Day 6: At Taormina
Day 7: Mount Etna
Day 8: Leave Taormina
- 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of HHH and 3-star hotels,Luggage transfers between hotels
- All continental breakfasts
- Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
- GPS route directions and maps
- Headwater navigation app
- All walk transfers
- Hydrofoil tickets
- Guided walk on Mount Etna
- Travel insurance
- Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
- Solo traveller supplements (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)
- Visas or vaccinations
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Volcanoes of Sicily Walk tour. You can cancel the tour up to 71 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 70 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 16 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 16 December 2022, a deposit of 15% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 70 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Volcanoes of Sicily Walk tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Volcanoes of Sicily Walk tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
- Group sizes are kept small to maintain a low risk ‘small group bubble’, with an average of 10 guests in each group.
- Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
- Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
- All travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated no less than two weeks prior to travel.
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