AdventureLink

Walking Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

Starts: Catania, Italy
Finishes: Catania, Italy

Visit: Catania, Vulcano Porto, Calasetta, Ginostra, Taormina, Catania

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

Book
An explosive walking holiday on Sicily's beautiful UNESCO Aeolian Islands featuring Mediterranean sunshine, fantastic Sicilian hospitality and the awesome volcanoes of Etna and Stromboli! Lying off the coast of north-east Sicily, the dramatic World Heritage listed Aeolian Islands are fringed with black sandy beaches and pretty white-washed houses. Travelling between the islands by ferry and hydrofoil, we are rewarded with fantastic panoramic views of each volcanic island as we arrive by sea! Our exciting volcanic experience starts out on the beautiful island of Vulcano, where we ascend to the crater rim before enjoying the hot springs. Next is 2 nights on Lipari, where we take the hydrofoil to the volcanic island of Salina and climb to its high point at Fossa delle Felci (960m). After Salina we turn our attention towards the magnificent and fiery Stromboli, which should provide an unforgettable highlight of the trip! Returning to Sicily, we visit the beautiful medieval town of Taormina and also spend a day on Europe's tallest active volcano, UNESCO Mt Etna (3350m). Exploring from our hotel on the south side of the mountain, amongst lava flows, cinder cones and extinct craters, this grand finale offers a wonderful panorama of the southern coast of Sicily. If you are looking for an exciting Mediterranean walking holiday, which combines the very best of Italy's spectacular volcanoes and the country's excellent food and wine, then this is the only one to consider!

Is this holiday for you?

This is a real Mediterranean hiking holiday, with a reasonable amount of walking on most days. We average between 3 and 6 hours walking each day, with between 400 and 900 metres of ascent. Most of the time, the underfoot conditions are good, following tracks and trails and some sections of maintained pathway. However, on some parts of our day-hikes, we can also expect to encounter open scree and to cross rocky terrain with no discernable track. The excursion on Stromboli and the exploration on the upper slopes of Mount Etna are the most demanding of the day-hikes. Participants will carry just a small day-sack during the walking. This walking holiday is suitable for regular hikers looking for a holiday with a difference.

Highlights

    • 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

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 161408
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Catania, Italy
Finishes: Catania, Italy
Duration: 8 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • 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

Excludes

Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,380 ($172/day)

Deposit:

$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

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

Tour packages spare you the hassles of trip planning, a la carte booking, organizing and managing the logistics at a foreign location.

Itinerary

Personalize itinerary with your departure date

6a26b15d-9639-42a7-a592-a86f7858613f.jpg
See
Italy Catania, Vulcano, Gran Cratere, Lipari, Salina, Fossa Delle Felci, Stromboli, Taormina, Mount Etna
Do
Trekking

Availability

Reviews

Overall Rating

 

Guide

 

Value

 

Itinerary

 

Accommodations

 

Graham  

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.

Overall Rating

 

Guide

 

Value

 

Itinerary

 

Accommodations

 

John  

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.

Overall Rating

 

Guide

 

Value

 

Itinerary

 

Accommodations

 

Kevin  

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.

Overall Rating

 

Guide

 

Value

 

Itinerary

 

Accommodations

 

Helen F 

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!!

Tour Operator

KE Adventure Travel

KE is your number one choice for classic treks such as Everest Basecamp in Nepal, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Toubkal in Morocco or the Tour du Mont Blanc in the European Alps. Our record is also second-to-none on climbing expeditions to peaks as diverse as Mera Peak in Nepal, Mount Khuiten in Mongolia and Monte Rosa in Switzerland

In Business Since 1984

Operator Rating:   

http://www.keadventure.com

Save 5%

Book With 4 Friends/Family

4 or more: everyone saves 5%

The more friends you bring on a trip, the more you will save. Bring enough friends and you will travel for free!

Copy this promo code

PR392471125

Apply promo code while booking

Save 7%

Book With 6 Friends/Family

6 or more: everyone saves 7%

The more friends you bring on a trip, the more you will save. Bring enough friends and you will travel for free!

Copy this promo code

PU505690126

Apply promo code while booking

Save 10%

Book With 8 Friends/Family

8 or more: everyone saves 10%

The more friends you bring on a trip, the more you will save. Bring enough friends and you will travel for free!

Copy this promo code

PU054851131

Apply promo code while booking

Save 5%

Book a Trip priced $1900+

When you book a trip over $1,900; You save 5%

Copy this promo code

PU820719134

Apply promo code while booking