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What’s included

  • An experienced English-speaking Italian leader
  • Single timed group transfers to/from Catania airport at the start and end of the holiday
  • Transfers by boats and vehicles between destinations throughout
  • 7 night's accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • All excursions and applicable entry fees as described in the itinerary
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport.
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive only)
  • The option to attend one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece

Mount Etna Volcanic Islands

Walking & Trekking

Italy | Walking & Trekking

Mount Etna Volcanic Islands
Moderate / Vigorous

Moderate: Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

Vigorous: Suitable for enthusiastic hill/mountain walkers.

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Grade: Moderate / Vigorous ? Moderate / Vigorous
Duration:  8 days from the UK  
Walks on: 6 days

Flight inclusive from £1,220,
Land only from £985

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An adventurous island-hopping walking holiday in the stunning Aeolian archipelago

Highlights

  • Walk the five main islands of the Aeolian archipelago off Sicily
  • Swim in azure-blue seas from black-sand beaches
  • Summit fiery Stromboli – if volcanic activity allows
  • Discover Mount Etna, walking on the highest active volcano in Europe
  • Enjoy the delicious regional cuisine; fresh fish, capers, pasta and semi-frozen granita
  • Relax in thermal springs and take a revitalising mud bath

Reviews          

The trip was extremely well organised by Alessandro whose extensive range of local contacts made all the different. He was a very knowledgeable and comparable guide and we can't speak too highly of him.
Mr G & Mrs M, Gwynedd

The views were incredible and well worth the hike to the summits. Each summit being totally different and getting higher across the week, I felt a wonderful sense of achievement each time.
D Edwards, Mountain Kingdoms

The Aeolian Islands were exquisite: Vulcano, wreathed in sulphurous emanations; Salina, green and luxuriant, Lipar; rich in history and glistening with obsidian; Stromboli, rumbling with fire and brimstone and a great night-time ascent followed by Panarea, a most beautiful island of Alma-Tadema-like settings in sun and colour. Etna on the mainland was very impressive. We climbed to the summit at...
appointed refuge. Catania and Siracusa were both interesting and photogenic.

Combination of nice walks and some swimming in the sea. What I enjoyed was the attention to detail and not feeling part of a herd!
Mrs T, Herefordshire

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Seven small but stunning UNESCO World Heritage listed islands lie off the northeast corner of Sicily, their dark volcanic flanks rising dramatically from azure seas; these are the islands of the Aeolian archipelago. All have wild landscapes, sun and sea, making them heaven for hikers who love coastal walking. On our island hopping week we explore Stromboli, Vulcano, Lipari, Salina and Panarea on foot, travelling between them by boat and hovercraft. The islands are varied; each has its own distinctive personality and attractions but the excellent regional cuisine is a real highlight throughout; fresh fish, capers, lots of locally grown fruit and vegetables, and icy cold granita made from island oranges and lemons.

Mount Etna (3,350m) dominates the horizon here and we will have the chance to walk between lava flows and extinct craters on her inhospitable smouldering flanks, and on a clear day take in the superb views across southern Sicily. On Stromboli we have included a guided climb to the spectacular summit, but as the volcano erupts violently on a regular basis this may not be possible on the day.

As well as the explosive walking there will be the chance to cool down with swims in the inviting waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

During the eight-day trip we’ll base ourselves in pleasant three-star hotels on the islands of Lipari and Stromboli, and start and end in the vibrant town of Catania on Sicily’s east coast.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate / Vigorous
Moderate / Vigorous

Duration:  8 days from the UK  
Walks on: 6 days

Max. Altitude: 3,350m/10,990ft on Mount Etna

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Catania

Accommodation types: Hotels

Meal arrangements: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 1 Dinner.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1
Fly London to Catania. Single group transfer to hotel.
2
Transfer to Vulcano Island via Milazzo and walk to Fossa Crater. Time at leisure after lunch. Transfer to Lipari.
3
Boat to Salina Island and bus to Malfa. Hike to Monte Delle Felci and back to the harbour. Return to Lipari.
4
Bus to Cavallo Arena. Walk to the summit of Monte Pilato volcano and descend to Canetto beach for lunch. Afternoon at leisure.
5
Ferry to Panarea Island, explore on foot. Boat to Stromboli Island. Trek to the summit of Stromboli (dependent on volcanic activity) and stay for night viewing. Descend for dinner.
6
Take the ferry to Milazzo and transfer to Mount Etna. Walk the Silvestri Craters.
7
Walk up Mount Etna to 2,900m (locally payable option to go higher). Descend through Valle del Bove. Transfer to Catania.
8
Single group transfer to the airport. Fly to London.
Leader: Local Leader, Aeolian Islands, Italy
Local Leader, Aeolian Islands, Italy

Your trip to the Aeolian Islands will be led by a professional, local, English-speaking guide and in their company you will certainly be shown the best that these fascinating volcanic islands have to offer.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Catania.

    You will be met on arrival by your guide for the single group transfer. If you are booking your own flights please check these transfer timings.

    There will be a briefing in the hotel by your guide where you will meet the other members of the group and be able to ask any questions you might have.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Rigel or Similar, Catania
  2. Day 2 - Transfer to Vulcano Island via Milazzo and walk to Fossa Crater. Time at leisure after lunch. Transfer to Lipari.
    mount etna volcanic islands vulcano islands.

    After an early breakfast you take a 2-hour private transfer to the port of Milazzo, situated on the northern shore of Sicily. Milazzo is the main port for departure to the Aeolian Islands and is very busy. You will catch a morning ferry to Vulcano, which is the nearest of the Aeolian Islands and famous for its black beaches, mud baths and hot springs. Your luggage will be stored while you hike up the crater.

    It is an easy hike up to Vulcano's Fossa crater. With 391m of ascent the round trip will take about 3 ½ hours and there are wonderful views of the island from the top. The crater has been inactive since the 1880's but there are still some fumaroles and a pervading smell of sulphur throughout.

    Returning to the shore, lunch will then be taken in the nearby restaurant. You will then have a couple of hours of free time to explore. You could enjoy the mud baths (there is currently a charge of 3 euros, which includes a shower) or you could visit either of the two beaches.

    In the late afternoon, you will collect your luggage for the onward journey to Lipari and take a 30 minute boat ride to Lipari, where you stay for the next 3 nights. There is a short walk to your hotel, you need to carry your own luggage.

    The evening is yours to enjoy the typical Mediterranean atmosphere of this historical village, sampling fantastic food and wine.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Oriente or Hotel Villa Augustus or Similar, Lipari
  3. Day 3 - Boat to Salina Island and bus to Malfa. Hike to Monte Delle Felci and back to the harbour. Retunr to Lipari.

    Salina has a steep, rugged coastline and is the most unspoilt of the Aeolian Islands. It is formed by two extinct volcanoes, "Monte Fossa delle Felci and "Monte dei Porri". The saline lake after which the island is named was originally used as a salt works, with the salt being traditionally used since Roman times in the preservation of fish and capers.

    From Lipari Harbour you take a 30 minute boat crossing to Santa Marina, Lingua, at the west end of Salina Island. There is a short walk to the local bus stop, where you take the local bus to Malfa, which takes 20 minutes.

    You will hike in the unique archipelago forest, above vineyards, to Monte Delle Felci. The first 500m is steep in ascent, but, there are plenty of opportunities to stop and take photographs the views are absolutely amazing. On reaching the top you will have a picnic lunch, then take a pleasant walk back to the harbour in Rinella. You will go through the XVII century sanctuary named Madonna del Terzito, the name referring to legendary tinkling of a bell heard when the ruins of the ancient church were discovered.

    Besides its natural beauty, the island is renowned for the production of capers and "Malvasia", a distinctive wine with a very sweet flavour and aroma vaguely similar to raisins.

    From Rinella harbour the taxi boat will take you back the Lipari. If there is enough time the boat will stop for about 15 minutes to allow those who wish take a swim off the back of the boat.

    Evening at leisure. You can either eat as a group or choose to dine elsewhere.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Oriente or Hotel Villa Augustus or Similar, Lipari
  4. Day 4 - Bus to Cavallo Arena. Walk to the summit of Monte Pilato volcano and descend to Canetto beach for lunch. Afternoon at leisure.

    There is a short walk to the bus stop where you catch the local bus to Lipari's north eastern corner, Cavallo Arena.

    The volcano Monte Pilato is a mountain of pumice and obsidian formed by a volcanic explosion in AD 700. You start your walk in Cavallo Arena to reach the top Monte Pilato. Along the way you will find obsidian deposits. In addition the path leads you close to a recently closed pumice quarry.

    Towards the top, the main path has been washed away, so the climb is a little more awkward and at times you will need to clamber across small crevices. But the views when you reach the top are panoramic.

    The easy hike down takes you past beautifully manicured gardens, and whited washed buildings to reach the beach at Canneto, where you will have a picnic lunch before departing back to Lipari on the local bus.

    You will have a free afternoon in Lipari for sightseeing. Definitely worth visiting is the Archaeological Museum in Lipari's old walled citadel and maybe a spot of shopping!

    This is your last night on the Island of Lipari.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Oriente or Hotel Villa Augustus or Similar, Lipari
  5. Day 5 - Ferry to Panarea Island, explore on foot. Boat to Stromboli Island. Trek to the summit of Stromboli and stay for night viewing. Descend for dinner.
    mount etna volcanic islands junco creek panarea island.

    Today you leave the island of Lipari to continue your journey to another two of the Aeolian Islands. The first of these islands is the exclusive and expensive Panarea. This is the smallest and most fashionable of the Aeolians. You then continue to Stromboli Island.

    Firstly you take a 10 minute walk to the port to catch the early morning ferry to Panarea, a journey of 45 minutes. In Panarea a typical Aeolian white houses, perched around the churches next to lava rock or hidden amongst century-old olive trees, offer the most beautiful contrasts of colour. With the absence of cars and with its rich and colourful sub-tropical vegetation, Panarea is a prime example of how life can still be lived at nature's pace.

    From the harbour you will take your luggage to a local restaurant and then explore on foot the prehistoric village and Junco creek with its beautiful colours. You will have lunch on the beach and a chance to take a dip in the sea, but be careful of the jellyfish (locally called 'Medusa'). Later you walk back to the harbour, collect your luggage and then take the ferry for the onward journey to Stromboli, a journey of about 55 minutes.

    From the harbour your luggage will be transported to the next hotel. The walk is about 15 minutes up a slight incline. On arrival you will be shown to your rooms where you can have a quick freshen up before meeting your guide to make your way on foot to the base of Stromboli.

    You will be given a brief safety talk by the local guide and be issued with a hard hat. Your path follows a regular incline from the centre of the village to reach the slopes of the volcano, where the steeper incline starts. The eruption of Stromboli has been going on for 2,500 years and during the hike, wherever you are, you can regularly hear roaring sounds from this living mountain. You will stay at the top of Stromboli until night fall (about 1 hour) so that you can enjoy the magnificent spectacle of a shower of rocks of lava exploding in to the night air and then watch as they roll down the slopes of the volcano into the sea below.

    After your night time viewing, your descent from Stromboli will take about 2 hours, back to your starting point.

    The guide will have arranged for you to go to the local pizzeria for your evening meal.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Casa Pergola or Similar, Stromboli
  6. Day 6 - Take the ferry to Milazzo and transfer to Mount Etna. Walk the Silvestri Craters.

    You will have a slightly later start this morning; your luggage will be transported back down to the harbour where you will catch the ferry back to Milazzo. The ferry journey is 2 ½ hours. You will then take a private bus transfer to Mt. Etna, with a picnic lunch taken along the way.

    You will check in at the hotel and then meet back up with your guide again for your first walk on Mt. Etna. Depending on your arrival time it is hoped that there will be time for you to walk around the Silvestri Craters which are situated below the top of Mount Etna at 1,900m. They all originated from the massive eruption in 1892. The scenery just shows how immensely destructive the power of Mother Nature can be!

    Your evening meal will be taken at the Rifugio Sapieza.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Rifugio Sapienza Hotel or Similar, Mount Etna
  7. Day 7 - Walk up Mount Etna to 2,900m (locally payable option to go higher). Descend through Valle del Bove.
    mount etna volcanic islands walking on etna.

    Mt. Etna is the highest volcano in Europe. It extends for approximately 1,250 square km and reaches a height of 3,350m. With all its repeated eruptions over the last few years, it can be considered to be one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

    If you wish to go above 2,900m on Mt Etna a local guide is mandatory at a charge of 70 euros per person, paid locally. Your guide will let you know first thing in the morning whether it is possible.

    Today's walk will start at 1,900m, and the first part of the hike will take you to 2,500m and will take about 90 minutes, if you would prefer to take the cable car for this part then the cost is around €30 one way/€45 return (subject to change). On reaching the 2,500m point, it's time to catch your breath and take a look at the stunning views, before continuing to 2,900m where you will be able walk on the edge of the craters, in the huge lunar plateau. Then the hike down following the Valley Del Bove, overlooking Catania and the sea.

    In the mid-afternoon you will be taken by private transfer to Catania.

    In the evening your guide will co-ordinate a farewell group meal. This will be at your own expense, or you are welcome to choose to dine elsewhere. There are plenty of choices.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Rigel or Similar, Catania
  8. Day 8 - Transfer to the airport. Fly to London.

    Today there is a single group transfer to the airport for your flight home to London.

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What’s included

  • An experienced English-speaking Italian leader
  • Single timed group transfers to/from Catania airport at the start and end of the holiday
  • Transfers by boats and vehicles between destinations throughout
  • 7 night's accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
  • All excursions and applicable entry fees as described in the itinerary
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option). If you are travelling land only, check with our office for joining time at the airport.
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive only)
  • The option to attend one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips
  • Optional sightseeing / activities
  • Locally paid bar bills and laundry
  • Evening meals except on day 6


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Reviews

Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 4 reviews)

Mount Etna walking holiday          

Combination of nice walks and some swimming in the sea. What I enjoyed was the attention to detail and not feeling part of a herd!

The most splendid trip          

This is just to say it was a most splendid trip, flawlessly planned and designed and a great delight. Everything worked perfectly and we enjoyed fine weather.The Aeolian Islands were exquisite: Vulcano, wreathed in sulphurous emanations; Salina, green and luxuriant, Lipar; rich in history and glistening with obsidian; Stromboli, rumbling with fire and brimstone and a great night-time ascent followed by Panarea, a most beautiful island of Alma-Tadema-like settings in sun and colour. Etna on the mainland was very impressive. We climbed to the summit at 10,000ft from the Refugio Sapienza which itself was an extremely well-appointed refuge. Catania and Siracusa were both interesting and photogenic.A very fine educational and interesting holiday!

Excellent guide          

The trip was extremely well organised by Alessandro whose extensive range of local contacts made all the different. He was a very knowledgeable and comparable guide and we cant' speak too highly of him.

Incredible views          

The views were incredible and well worth the hike to the summits. Each summit being totally different and getting higher across the week, I felt a wonderful sense of achievement each time.


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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