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Mountains of Fire - Stromboli to Etna

- walking & study tour with a volcanologist to Etna, Vulcano, Lipari and Stromboli -

"Hey, Tom! Thanks again for a really terrific trip. I think I can easily say that it was the most memorable trip of my life! If you ever need anyone else to give a recommendation, feel free to call on me." (Steve L., Chicago)
Etna in eruption, lights of Giarre in the backgroundOn the crater of Vulcano's La Fossa volcano
Tour itinerary: Catania - Taormina (1n) - Vulcano (1n) - Stromboli (3n) - Lipari - Etna (3)
Tour itinerary: Catania - Taormina (1n) - Vulcano (1n) - Stromboli (3n) - Lipari - Etna (3)
Boat trip around Stromboli islandObsidian at Lipari IslandAt the summit crater of Etna volcano
Tour code: ITA_EST
Tour type: Walking & study tour
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Duration: 9 days (8 nights)

Dates:

24 May - 1 Jun 2014
7-15 Jun 2014
12-20 Jul 2014
5-13 Oct 2014
19-27 Oct 2014

Price (p.p.): 2580 €  ? 


Included:

  • Accommodation in double (shared) room
  • Half-board (except on day to climb Stromboli), usually dinner menu (including water and table wine or beer, coffee in reasonable amounts)
  • All transports and excursions as described in the program
  • Entry fees to museums, volcanoes, archaeological sites etc. as described
  • Fully authorized volcanologist mountain guides
  • Experienced volcanologist from our team (usually Tom Pfeiffer or Marco Fulle)
On this classic among our volcano tours, we visit some of the most active and most interesting volcanoes in the world: Etna, the giant, ever-changing volcano that dominates Sicily; Vulcano, in the Ancients' belief home to Vulcanus, God of Fire; Lipari with its spectacular obsidian and pumice deposits; and last, but not least Stromboli,- the "Lighthouse of the Tyrrhenian Sea", the permanently active volcano that gave a whole type of eruptions its name.
  • Active volcanic activity on Etna and Stromboli
  • Small group size
  • Beaches and accommodation
  • Good levels of effort and relaxation
  • Delicious south-Italian food and wine
  • Accompanying volcanologist from our team

Itinerary 9 days

Day 1: Arrival in Catania on Sicily
Arrival and pick-up in Catania, private transfer to the hotel in the old city of Catania
Acc.: : hotel**** in old town of Catania (D)
Day 2: Catania - Vulcano Island
Transfer to Vulcano Island, visit of fumaroles on the beach, volcanic mud pools, swimming. Climb Vulcano's active crater.
Acc.: : Beach hotel*** on Vulcano Island (B, D)
Day 3: Vulcano - Stromboli Island - climb active craters
Transfer to Stromboli. Free time until afternoon, climb to Stromboli's active craters, eruption viewing from close range.
Acc.: : Beach hotel on Stromboli *** (B)
Day 4-5: Two full days on Stromboli
Two full days on Stromboli: boat trips around the island and to the Sciara del Fuoco at night. Optional other excursions (e.g. day-trip to Panarea). Optional additional climbs to the active craters of Stromboli.
Acc.: : as before (Stromboli) (B, D)
Day 6: Stromboli - Lipari - Etna
Transfer to Lipari island, visit of castle, archeological museum and obsidian deposits. In the afternoon, transfer to Etna.

Acc.: : Mountain hotel*** on Etna at 1900 m a.s.l. (B, D)
Day 7: Excursion to Etna's summit craters
Full day excursion towards the summit region of Etna, to observe its smoking craters and volcanic activity if present..
Acc.: : Acc: as before (Etna) (B, D)
Day 8: Etna: Valle del Bove
Second full day excursion on Etna. An interesting option includes a spectacular hike into the giant Valle del Bove depression on the SE flank.
Acc.: : as before (Etna) (B, D)
Day 9: Departure or tour extension
Departure from Catania or extension program
Acc.: : none (B)
Note:
Due to weather conditions and volcanic activity, the exact itinerary might vary slightly.

Arrival info:

Travel arrangements to and from Catania are not included in the tour package, in order to give everybody the best chance to plan his/her trip according his preferences. Catania is easily reached by plane or train (e.g. from Rome airport or other cities). We will be happy to make suggestions and can help you with such travel arrangements, as well as assist you with your international travel to Italy.

Accommodation:

Throughout the trip, the accommodation comfort (3 nights on Etna, 1 night on Vulcano, 3 nights on Stromboli and 1 night in Catania) is high and fits perfectly into each place's particular ambiance. On the islands of Stromboli and Vulcano, the comfortable hotels*** are right on beautiful beaches, with inviting terraces overlooking the sea.

The castle of Lipari town (Lipari island)
The castle of Lipari town (Lipari island)
Pumice beach on Lipari
Pumice beach on Lipari
On the rim of Fossa del Vulcano (Vulcano Island)
On the rim of Fossa del Vulcano (Vulcano Island)
Etna in eruption
Etna in eruption
Walking on the slopes of Etna
Walking on the slopes of Etna
Group arriving on Stromboli island
Group arriving on Stromboli island
Volcanic mud pool (Vulcano island)
Volcanic mud pool (Vulcano island)
Flowers in springtime on Stromboli island
Flowers in springtime on Stromboli island
Travelling on a ferry between the Eolian Islands
Travelling on a ferry between the Eolian Islands

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If you are looking for a more budget-oriented group or self-guided tour to Stromboli, Vulcano, Lipari and Etna, look at the The Aeolian Islands & Etna tour run by a local partner agency on Sicily.
The difference of this trip is: 1 day more, designed for very small group sizes, generally higher standard (accommodation, meals etc), and that it is accompanied by a volcanologist from our team (usually Tom or Marco).
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