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Come face to face with Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano; reach mountain summits and soak up spectacular panoramic views. Our new Sicilian walking holiday is guaranteed to bring out the adventurer in all of us!

Walking Grade: Easy to Medium

7. ETNA (3)

Why Go?

  • Exciting brand new walking holiday
  • 4 guided walks highlighting the delightful Aeolian Islands
  • Experience the beauty of the famous Mount Etna
  • Island hop to Vulcano

Itinerary

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After arriving at Catania Airport, we will transfer by private coach to Zafferana Etnea. Here we will be greeted with a welcome drink and information meeting before enjoying a welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight Zafferana Etnea

  • Accommodation Hotel Primavera dell'Etna ***
  • MEALS Dinner included

After breakfast, we will take a private transfer to the starting point of today’s excursion. Admire the spectacular scenery as we hike along the slopes of Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Here we will have the chance to observe the craters up to a height of 2,100m! Once we reach the top, we will be rewarded with a vast panorama over the Gulf of Catania. After transferring back to the hotel, you will have some free time to spend however you choose.

Overnight Zafferana Etnea

Length of walk: 7km (5 hours)

  • Accommodation Hotel Primavera dell'Etna ***
  • MEALS Breakfast included

In the morning, we will take a private transfer after breakfast to the botanical and geological Park of the Alcantara Gorges. Once here, we will enjoy a trek inside the park, starting with a visit to the Museum of Land exhibition where we’ll learn about the formation of the Gorges and admire our surroundings. We will then continue along the nature trail inside the park and up to the source of Venus to admire the basaltic walls from above. Finally, we will travel to the small Gorge beach by elevator (depending on weather and the river conditions). At the end of the excursion, we can enjoy a tasting of some typical local products if we wish before transferring back to the hotel. Overnight Zafferana Etnea


Length of walk: 4km (2 hours)

  • Accommodation Hotel Primavera dell'Etna ***
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Today we have a free day; explore the area on our own or join an optional excursion to Catania and Taormina. When evening comes, we will gather together for a group dinner at a typical restaurant in Zafferana Etnea.

Overnight Zafferana Etna

  • Accommodation Hotel Primavera dell'Etna ***
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast, we take a private transfer to Milazzo, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. From here we will board a ferry to the island of Vulcano, part of the Aeolian Archipelago Natural Reserve, and check in at our second hotel. Once we’re settled, we will head out for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Vulcano

  • Accommodation Hotel Rojas Bahia ***
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

This morning we will set off on an excursion to the summit of Vulcano’s steaming volcano. Once we reach the Gran Cratere of Vulcano, we will be rewarded with a breathtaking view; this is the only place where you can admire the whole archipelago of the Aeolian Islands in one glance! The crater, a depression of vast dimensions with a diameter of about 500 meters, offers amazing fumaroles, the only visible manifestations of its activity after the last eruption in 1890. After transferring back to Vulcano by ferry, in the afternoon we will take another ferry to Lipari and independently explore the capital of the archipelago, before returning to Vulcano by boat. Overnight Vulcano

Length of walk: 5km (3 hours)

 

  • Accommodation Hotel Rojas Bahia ***
  • MEALS Breakfast included

This morning we will embark on an excursion to Salina around Monte Fosse delle Felci, the highest peak of the archipelago. Once we’ve reached the summit, we can see the Sicilian coast open on the horizon. Explore the church of Madonna del Terzito, the picturesque village of Malfa and the imposing crater surrounded by ancient trees. This excursion will allow you to really feel part of the wonderful surrounding natural environment. We will then take the ferry back to Vulcano and enjoy the afternoon at leisure before embarking for Milazzo where we gather together for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Milazzo


Length of walk: 4km walk (2.5 hours)

  • Accommodation 3 * Hotel Cassisi
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

After breakfast, we will transfer to Catania Airport for our flight home.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Added Value

  • Drinks with included four evening meals (2 courses)
  • Expert English Speaking Walking Guides
  • Services of a Solos Tour Leader
  • Twin Centre Holiday - Experience two hotels

More To Explore

  • Visit Catania and Taormina
  • Ferry to Lipari to explore the capital of the archipelago
  • Wander around Vulcano at your leisure
APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

2 hours 30 minutes

TEMPERATURE

Average daily maximum: 
21°C May, Sep

TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 1 hours

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What's Included

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Double/Twin rooms for sole use
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast daily, 4 dinners (2 courses) with drinks
  • Expert English Speaking Hiking Guide
  • Private minibus for all transfers
  • Return ferry boat tickets - Milazzo / Vulcano
  • Return ferry boat tickets - Vulcano / Lipari
  • Return ferry boar tickets - Vulcano / Salina
  • 4 guided walks

 

What's Extra

  • Insurance - see here
  • All city taxes - €1.50 per person per night (payable locally in hotel)
  • Any optional excursions and entrance fees
  • All meals not mentioned (price of a local lunch/dinner is estimated to be from €20.00)

Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer time from Catania Airport to our hotel takes approximately 1 hour, depending on weather and traffic.

Walking programme
Four guided walks are included in the programme. Your walking guide will advise you in resort of the daily programme. The walking programme is graded as Easy to Medium and you can expect to walk between 7 to 10km per day, with some ascents/descents, rough underfoot terrain and high altitudes involved. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking. You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solos Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

Walking Notes
Grade: Easy – Medium
Distance: 7 to 10km per day
Walking boots: Essential

What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort. Whilst we would hope for good weather during your holiday, it is of course impossible to guarantee this. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

  • Walking boots with good ankle support
  • Waterproofs – jacket and trousers
  • Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery
  • Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets
  • Shirts or t-shirts for walking in
  • Walking socks – several pairs
  • Lightweight fleece or jumper
  • Daysack/rucksack for walking
  • Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain
  • Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking
  • Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc
  • Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses

More to Explore
There may be optional activities available to you during the course of your holiday, full details of which will be given out at your Information Meeting by your Tour Leader. All tours should be paid for in euros only. The exact amount will be given at your Information Meeting. Your Tour Leader will help arrange these for you but may not necessarily accompany you.

Gratuities
We suggest a Group Collection to cover transfer drivers, and hotel staff of €15.00 per person. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate percentage on.

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16 May 2019 23 May 2019 7 All Ages £ 1399 Guaranteed Departure BOOK
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26 Sep 2019 03 Oct 2019 7 All Ages £ 1499 BOOK

What's Included

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Double/Twin rooms for sole use
  • Welcome drink and information meeting
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast daily, 4 dinners (2 courses) with drinks
  • Expert English Speaking Hiking Guide
  • Private minibus for all transfers
  • Return ferry boat tickets - Milazzo / Vulcano
  • Return ferry boat tickets - Vulcano / Lipari
  • Return ferry boar tickets - Vulcano / Salina
  • 4 guided walks

 

What's Extra

  • Insurance - see here
  • All city taxes - €1.50 per person per night (payable locally in hotel)
  • Any optional excursions and entrance fees
  • All meals not mentioned (price of a local lunch/dinner is estimated to be from €20.00)

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