Walking Sicily and the Aeolian Islands
Visit: Catania, Vulcano Porto, Calasetta, Ginostra, Taormina, Catania
Tour Type: Small Group
- Walk on the mighty Italian volcanoes of Etna, Stromboli, Vulcano and Lipari
- Relax in hot springs and visit white-washed villages including charming Catania
- Explore the medieval town of Taormina and its beautiful Roman theatre
- Mediterranean walking at it's best in the colourful Italian region of Sicily
Product Code: 161408
Tour Type: Small Group
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh
Starts: Catania, Italy
Finishes: Catania, Italy
Duration: 8 days
Physical rating: Basic
- An experienced English-speaking local guide
- Additional expert guide on Stromboli
- All land transport involved in the itinerary
- All ferry transport between the islands
- All accommodation as described
- Meals as per the Meal Plan
- Airport transfers as described
Price person (sharing double) $1,380 ($172/day)
$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure
Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure
Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)
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A good time was had by all. the walking was not over challenging but up and down rather than flat. Stromboli was the highlight with watching the eruptions safely from the top . coming down in the dark was done in a safe and controlled way . Our leader worked tirelessly and efficiently to make sure the trip went well. Good English The accommodation was quite varied but all comfortable. Downside....... on the last day from Etna ( top sometimes cannot be reached due to high winds etc but nevertheless going as far up as possible in cable car and then four wheel drive and then walking down with professional guide at cost of eur 85 was still a great experience ) However after this we had to get TWO public buses with luggage in peak traffic to get to our hotel in Catania.... this needs to change ...... another competitor on similar trip still had their own bus to transfers its clients ! first bus from Etna was full so if we had not managed to get on ............???????? I recommend that luggage has wheels as there is a considerable amount of transferring due to nature of holiday unless you are happy carrying 15 kg everywhere. a good holiday that I would recommend.
We enjoyed our trip around various volcanoes and the Aeolian islands. The hotels are rather basic and the food provided ranging from very poor to quite good. The cost has been kept down by using local transport and this was a mistake. An example being the use of a local bus after the Etna visit. We could not go to the top due to bad weather so had to wait a long time for the local bus which dropped us off at the railway station in Catania. The plan was to take another bus and then walk for 15 minutes (with all our luggage) to the hotel - most people took a taxi instead. Maybe it would have been cheaper overall to have a private bus as the Explore group that we met had done..... Having said all the above we enjoyed the trip - just remember to take a wheeled bag as otherwise you will end upon carrying your luggage a long way.
This was our 2nd trip with you and you exceeded our expectations again. The programme was well constructed, a nice combination of walking and hiking with sightseeing and relaxation. The Aeolian Isles were a wonderful discovery for us, thanks to you and our brilliant and knowledgeable guide. We found out half way through the week that we were his first English-speaking group with you , but we would have never guessed. He kept us safe throughout and he went above and beyond the call of duty in looking after all our needs. A great start! We would recommend this tour and our guide to anyone.
It was a trip of a lifetime. I do not see that we would have enjoyed it half as much trying to make all the plans ourselves. Our guide had an excellent knowledge of the area and managed a perfect balance between sharing information and allowing us to just soak up the culture and nature.Thank you!!
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