Sicilian Volcanoes Family Adventure

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FEQ
Way to Travel:
Family Group
Activity:
Family
Min age:
8
Group size:
4–16

Walk on Mt Etna, observe volcanic activity on Stromboli and discover villages on the Aeolian Islands

Lying off the coast of North-east Sicily, the volcanic Aeolian Islands are fringed with black sand beaches and dotted by picturesque fishing villages. We start the trip by walking to the crater rim in Vulcano, taking a dip in the thermal springs and kayaking around the island's black beaches. Next, we head towards fiery Stromboli to observe unique volcanic explosions which will provide an unforgettable highlight of the trip. Returning to mainland Sicily, we explore the most recent lava flows and extinct craters on the very active Mt Etna. With fun-packed educational activities, and some free time to enjoy the beach, this holiday won't fail to entertain and interest kids and adults alike.

Highlights

  • Hike on three actives volcanoes
  • Kayak and swim in the cobalt Tyrrhenian Sea
  • Learn about the Aeolian Islands' geology
  • Enjoy boat trips and time at the beach

Key information

  • 7 nights comfortable 3-star hotels, all rooms en suite
  • 8 days land only/flight inclusive
  • 6 days, kayaking, boat trips, trekking and sightseeing
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 8 yrs.
  • Travel by private minibus, boat and on foot

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
(354) 567 8978
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Itinerary

Catania
to
Nicolosi
  • Day 1

    Flay to Catania; transfer to central hotel.

    Fly to Catania, a UNESCO-listed historic city located at the foot of Mt Etna. After a short briefing with the tour leader, and depending on the arrival time of the group, we will have an orientation walk in the historic centre and admire the Baroque architecture and piazzas. Overnight in Catania.

  • Day 2

    Wander around Catania's famous food market before transferring to Vulcano; afternoon walk to the crater rim.

    This morning we visit the renowned Catania food market, where we shop around for the best local produce for lunch, which will include fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese, olives and sundried tomatoes. We then take a private transfer to Milazzo (2 hours), the closest port to reach the Aeolian Islands. From here, we catch the hydrofoil boat and sail across to Vulcano (1 hour), famous for its black sand beaches and bubbling thermal springs. We settle in at our hotel, located on one of the many black sand beaches. In the afternoon, we ascend 400m to the crater rim in Vulcano, to see the steaming 'Fumaroles' (vents of volcanic gas). Approx. walking time 3 hours. This evening kids will take part in a fun and entertaining pizza making demonstration!

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Discover hidden caves and secret beaches while kayaking around Vulcano's coastline; afternoon visit to thermal springs and wine tasting for adults.

    Today we discover the hidden caves and quiet black beaches of Vulcano, whilst kayaking on the island's coastline. After lunch, there is time to go to the famous black beach and take a dip in the bubbling thermal springs. In the evening adults can enjoy a wine tasting session.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Free day. Relax in one of the island's black beaches or take a day trip to the picturesque island of Lipari.

    Today is a free day, with the opportunity to either relax on the island's black sand beaches or visit a sulphur mud bath. You can also take a day trip to the picturesque island of Lipari, the biggest of the Aeolian islands. A gelato tasting session can be arranged, or you could perhaps visit the archaeological museum or take a stroll on the south side of Lipari for stunning views of Vulcano's main crater.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Boat trip to Stromboli; easy walk to “Sciara del Fuoco” viewpoint to observe the incandescent volcanic explosions; return to Vulcano.

    We take a private boat to the island of Stromboli, one of the most beautiful islands of the Mediterranean with black sand beaches and contrasting white houses. The island is famed for being home to one of only four active volcanoes in Italy and an interesting place to explore for geologists and tourists alike. Although Mother Nature doesn't work with an exact schedule, today we should have the opportunity to witness the fiery nature of the volcano of Stromboli, which has been erupting for at least 2000 years at intervals of approximately 15 minutes. On our way to Stromboli, we have time to stop off at hidden beaches for a refreshing dip in the sea. Upon arrival, we have an easy walk to "Sciara del Fuoco" ("Stream of Fire"); a fiery channel where the lava outflows can sometimes plunge directly into the sea. Returning from the walk, we take the boat back to Vulcano. Approx. walking time 3 hours.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Hydrofoil to Milazzo and transfer to Mt Etna. Stop en route in a typical Sicilian bakery to try delicious local sweets.

    Leaving Vulcano behind, we take a boat ride to Milazzo and then a private transfer to Mt Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano. En route we will stop at a typical Sicilian bakery ("pasticceria") to sample some delicious local sweets. We drive to our hotel located at the foothills of Mt Etna , in the village of Nicolosi, where we have some free time for relaxation. Time permitting, we also recommend a visit to the interesting Etna Museum, one of the most visited scientific and educational centres in Sicily. The museum offers a modern and interactive explanation of volcanology and it is equipped with screening rooms, a new 3D cinema and a playroom.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Walk on the slopes of Mt Etna, Europe's highest active volcano.

    After a short transfer (30mins) we reach Rifugio Sapienza (1900m), the start point of our walk on the slopes of Europe highest active volcano. Cinder cones and extinct craters are a feature of the desolate landscape of this upper part of Etna. From high on the mountain, there is a wonderful panorama of the eastern coast of Sicily. Depending on the weather and volcanic conditions, there is an optional climb where we can take 4x4 jeeps to 2900m and then further on foot to 3350m, escorted by a volcano or alpine guide. Price: €80 per person, payable locally in cash (price subject to change). In the afternoon we transfer back to out hotel in Nicolosi, where where we stay for our last night.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Transfer to Catania and fly to London.

    The trip comes to an end after breakfast and a single group transfer to Catania airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included.

Please note that the diet in this part of Sicily is heavily dependent on fish and meat. However, vegetarian options are widely available. Breakfast is usually a continental style buffet, whilst lunch is normally a picnic or taken in local cafes. For the evening meal, you can expect it to be dominated by Mediterranean flavours like pasta with rich tomato sauces, olive oil, cheese, salami and pizza. They combine an excellent variety of seafood and meat for the perfect taste of Southern Italy.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

The Activity Level for this trip is 3 (moderate). During the week's holiday we will make day excursions from our base In Vulcano. There are 3 days of walks which will be around 3 - 4 hours. All the walks are at a moderate grade and conducted at a leisurely pace suitable for children. We'll also take a kayaking trip around Vulcano. No previous experience is necessary but participants must be able to swim. During the week we will travel by hydrofoil and boat to Stromboli and Lipari. There is plenty of time during the holiday to enjoy the beach, the sea and also a free day for families to make their own explorations or excursions. Please be aware that Sicily can be very warm, possibly reaching 30-35 degrees in the summer. Please note that the optional summit trek to Etna and the witnessing of the eruptions on Stromboli are weather and volcanic activity dependent. The local authorities may decide (without previous notice) to close the summits and suspend all excursions. In the unfortunate event this occurs, the leader will suggest some alternative optional activities.

Call for general departures:
(354) 567 8978
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

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Accommodation

3-star hotels

We spend the first night in a 3-star central hotel in Catania, 4 nights in a beach hotel in Vulcano and 2 nights in a family-friendly hotel in the village of Nicolosi, on the foothills of Mt. Etna. The hotels have been chosen for their warm hospitality and their typically Sicilian character. On the October departure we won't be staying in Vulcano but in Lipari, the biggest of the Aeolian islands which offers more facilities and services during the autumn season.

List of hotels normally used:

Gattpardo House or Hotel Valentino in Catania 

Hotel Conti in Vulcano

Hotel alle Pendici in Nicolosi

Call for general departures:
(354) 567 8978
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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(354) 567 8978
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  • Reviewed August 2016
    Eamonn Gallagher

    Sicilian Volcano Family Adventure

    First time on organised tour with family. Lovely to have everything sorted by someone else instead of Mum. Lots of varied activity. Ever base covered including the frequent luggage movements. Arrangements ran like clockwork or so it seemed to us, although our tour guide never stopped looking out for us all. Not a lazy trip but when did climbing volcanoes not involve effort. First time with Exodus - God willing we will be back.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Laying on the sun deck of a boat at the base of Stromboli, in total darkness, watching shifting stars across the Milky Way.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Frederick, ex circus performer and tour guide, was and is a star. Passionate about her country of Sicily and able to communicate that passion to us. A bundle of energy, in control, thoughtful and always, not just hearing but listening to her clients. Federica not only led the tour party but was part of the tour party. It takes a rare skill to combine herding cats with handstands and card tricks. A pleasure to have been part of her world.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    High ankle walking boots to prevent volcano sand, grit and dust getting inside your shoes.
  • Reviewed August 2016
    Mark Warne

    Family Volcanoes Sicily Trip - Warne/Fox Family

    Fantastic trip and our guide Frederika absolutely was the best. My 10year old thought she was 'awesome'. Volcano and the islands are beautiful and Etna is just another world.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The extra spent to go to the top of Etna is a must. At 3,400m you see how powerful and alive our planet is - it make you fell very humble to be there. The Etna Alpine guide was so passionate and informative about his 'island'.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Frederika (FA) was the best. She was informative, engaged with the kids brilliantly - even on our rest day - and could not have done more for us. She told us in advance what to expect the next day and couldn't have been more helpful She should gain a vote as your group leader

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The islands are more hot but more humid than you think. Scarves to cover your phase in the sulphur fumaroles on Volcano and Etna are helpful -e especially for the kids. The Etna Center provides you with mountain boots,gators and fleeced waterproofs all within the extra excursion cost if you are trekking to the summit. Sturdy walking trainers or trail shoes are suitable for all other hikes

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Fantastic trip - my 10 year old has voted it his best holiday ever - 8 days seemed longer when you were there as we we were very active but could easily have stayed for longer.

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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