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1-week Trekking and Beach Holiday on the Aeolian Islands, Sicily

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Join Daniele, a UIMLA certified guide on this guided trip to Sicily! On this week-long trip in the Aeolian Islands, you will get to experience the magic of volcanoes up close.

Group

7 Days

Sep

Occasional

Intermediate


Highlights

* Private boat rides around the islands

* The islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

* The perfectly clear blue sea

Description

Are you an adventurous trekker looking to spend some time in Italy? Then join me on this week-long trekking trip on the Aeolian Islands!

The Aeolian Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Mediterranean part of Italy, Sicily, is the apex of culture and history. Named after the god of the winds, Aeolus, it encompasses seven islands, all of which we will get to explore on this magical week-long adventure.

We begin our trip in the island of Lipari, where we will get to explore both the ancient culture and nature that envelop the island. As we tour the kaolin quarries, you will see how the thousand-year-old developments, such as the thermal baths completely take shape against the backdrop of the pure blue sea. The next day we get to enjoy a private boat trip to the island of Vulcano to trek the “La Fosse” crater. In the days to follow, we will get to discover the islands of Alicudi and Salina, and make our way to Stromboli, finding many breathtaking sites in each place. On Alicudi, you will discover the San Bartolo Church (17th Century) as well as the rustic village of Montagna. On Salina, we will trek through the nature reserve known as Monte Fossa delle Felci, in order to see forests and high peaks. We will eventually be rewarded with a trip to Stromboli, where you will have the option to climb to one of the region’s most famous volcanoes.

We will be staying in the four-star Gattopardo Park Hotel for the duration of this trip, which is a wonderful place to retire to at the end of a jam-packed day. And there will be plenty of free time available to you to swim in the irresistible water close by.

Request to book this trip if you have been waiting to adventure in the Aeolian Islands!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

Price details

It is also possible to pay €190 extra for a single room.

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Price does not include: 4 dinners at restaurants in Lipari (about €20 to €25), ticket for the ascent up Stromboli (optional) €30.00 with a Volcanology guide, the dinner in Stromboli (guests are free to decide where they want to eat), lunches, round-trip transportation to and from place of residency, tourism tax (to be paid if requested at check-out).

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There is also an additional cost of €60, which can be paid on site. It includes a food and wine tasting at the wine cellar Fenech, professional Aeolian trekking guides for the excursions, ticket for the ascent up Volcano, preparation for the excursions, personal expenses, local assistance from local guides


Itinerary

Day 1: Meeting

Meet at 6pm at the hotel in Lipari for a group briefing with a presentation of the itinerary, dinner and overnight stay.
As an alternative, and upon individual request, we can assist with other travel arrangements to Lipari.

Day 2: Lipari Island Excursion

We will take a private bus to Quattropani. The excursion will then start with the kaolin (china clay) quarries, a fascinating place that has been abandoned for almost half a century, facing the wild western coast; along the route we will meet the colorful kaolin formations, a field of fumaroles that testifies the volcanic activities on the island, the cliffs of a big fossil lake filled with volcanic deposits from about 100,000 years ago and splendid prairies with scatterings of miniature palm trees. We will continue along the coast, climb up to the Thermal Baths of San Calogero and then have a tour of the 19th century structure and of the archaeological site. We’ll then head back on a private coach to Lipari where we will have some free time. Most of the roads and paths on the route will be downhill.

Level of difficulty: easy to moderate
Change in elevation: 350 m

Day 3: Excursion to the Island of Vulcano

We’ll transfer to Vulcano on a private boat. We’ll trek to the crater called “La Fosse”, which was the scene of a devastating eruption in 1888, and today it is characterized by intense secondary phenomena; on the tour we will be able to observe the volcanic deposits emitted from various past eruptions, as well as the morphology of the area around the crater (that rises up out of a vast caldera marked by a series of volcanic domes) and the peninsula of Vulcanello, the last portion of the island that was formed around 2000 years ago. After visiting the fields of fumaroles, we will return to our base taking an off-track sandy path that goes through wild broom, the very first form of vegetation of the volcano. After arriving at the port of Vulcano, we will have some free time for having lunch, swimming, visiting mud puddles and enjoying the warm waters of the beach in Levante or the black beaches in Ponente. We will then head back to Lipari on a private boat with a quick stop at the sea stacks of Pietra Menalda and Pietra Lunga.

Guests will either take a packed lunch or choose to have lunch in one of the restaurants on the island.
Level of difficulty: easy to moderate
Change in elevation: about 400 m

Day 4: Excursion to the Island of Alicudi

We’ll transfer to Alicudi on a private boat. After arriving in Scalo Palomba, we will start the ascent up and we will see the 17th century Saint Bartolo Church (350 m), the village of Montagna (480 m) and the “plains” below Filo dell’Arpa (550 m), along stone stairs with more than 1500 steps. We’ll break for lunch on the border of the sea stacks, which dominate the inaccessible western coast, a shelter for wild goats, Eleonora’s falcons and rare botanical species. We will return to the base using the same route, passing through magical places of an island where time seems to have stopped. We will return to Lipari on a private boat. During the crossing, it might be possible to see some dolphins.

We willl eat packed lunches.
Level of difficult: easy to moderate
Change in elevation: 550 m

Day 5: Excursion to the Island of Salina

We’ll transfer on a private boat to the port of Rinella where we will take a private boat to Valdichiesa. We will go trekking through Monte Fossa delle Felci, the first nature reserve to be instituted on the Aeolian Islands, which is characterized by thick woods, Erika shrubs and strawberry trees (some of which are particularly large). The route, winding partially along trail no. 12 and partially through forests, will take us up to the highest peak of the archipelago (962 m.). We will return on trail no. 7 stopping in the village of Malfa where we will take a break for food and wine tasting at the Fenech wine cellar. We will then take a private coach to S. Marina to board the boat for Lipari.

Level of difficulty: easy to moderate
Change in elevation: about 580 m

Day 6: Excursion to Stromboli

After breakfast, check-out.
Transfer to Stromboli by hydrofoil and check-in to the hotel. Participants will then have free time to have lunch and go to the beaches. In the afternoon, an excursion to the craters of Stromboli: this excursion to the craters is truly fascinating, allowing you to admire a magnificent show of nature. For thousands of years the volcano erupted, non-stop, at such regular intervals that it earned the name the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”. For participants who are not interested in climbing to the top, it’s possible to reach the area called the “Observatory” , which is a natural terrace where you can admire the “Sciara del Fuoco” (which is the blackened laval scar running down Stromboli) with immense explosions and hear the noise made by the lava as it rolls down the valley and makes contact with the water. The drastic change in temperature is exactly what causes the fragments of lava to become volcanic glass. For those interested in climbing Stromboli, the appointment is in the afternoon at the tour guide office to get ready and make sure you have all the gear. The ascent will take about 3 hours with a break at the summit, whereas the descent will take about 2 hours. Packed dinners or dinner in one of the restaurants in the village. Overnight stay in the hotel.

Level of difficulty: easy in terms of technique. However, the ascent will require a certain level of strength.
Change in elevation: 850 m

Day 7: Final Day

After breakfast,  we will check-out from the hotel. Transfer to Lipari by hydrofoil and then departure for original destinations.

 

About the guide

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Daniele

Mountain Leader

I'm a full-time hiking guide and I own the brands "Dimensione Attiva" and "Prowalking". I like to propose active holiday trips in Italy especially in the south, combining trekking and sea but also on the Dolomites and on all the Alps, on foot or with eBike.

Languages

Italian | English

Certificates

AGAI-AMM | UIMLA


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