"Aeolian Island Adventure"
A scenic walking journey to the historic and mythological Volcanic Aeolian Islands off the north coast of Sicily. Here Greek mythology comes to life: Ulysses rests from his maritime adventures on the treacherous Straits of Scylla and Charybdis; Zeus makes Aeolus guardian of the winds and Vulcan works his forge inside the crater of a volcano.
We hike among wild flowers, figs and caper bushes – ever changing colors, textures and perfumes. The Aeolian Island archipelago is a made up of of seven volcanic islands, the sleeping giants in the emerald blue Mediterranean Sea. Settlers have been here since 4000 BC, trading valuable volcanic rocks like obsidian and pumice across the ancient world. This unspoilt corner of paradise seems frozen in time and exudes a natural harmony and tranquility for us to savor and enjoy.
from € 1,915
per person shared occupancy
Included in the Tour:
♦ All accommodation
♦ All meals – except one lunch
♦ Wine, water & coffee with meals
♦ All transport within the tour
♦ Everything except postcards, stamps and phone calls
♦ No hidden extras!!
| DAY 1 | Catania airport – Panarea
We meet at 11.00 drive from the airport to Milazzo and catch a hydrofoil to Panarea, the smallest and arguably most charming of the Aeolian Islands. Settle into our hotel, stroll along the narrow streets and absorb the island’s soothing atmosphere at sunset over a glass of wine.
| DAY 2 | Panarea & Stromboli by Night
Enjoy a scenic circular walk around the island and onto the ancient crater to a Bronze Age village. Afternoon boat excursion to the active volcano island of Stromboli returning at sunset past the eruptive firework spectacle called the ‘Sciara del Fuoco’. (4hr walk; boat excursion)
| DAY 3 | Salina
Salina lies at the heart of the Aeolian archipelago and is notable for its twin volcanic peaks. We walk among Malvasia vineyards, ferns, juniper and heather. ‘Il Postino’ was filmed on this island. Return to Panarea in the afternoon to swim in the sea or relax at our hotel. (3hr walk)
| DAY 4 | Lipari & Vulcano
An excursion to Vulcano for the unforgettable experience of walking up a volcano, going around the rim and looking into the smoldering sulfurous crater (1280ft). Free time in the afternoon to enjoy the town of Lipari, stroll round the characteristic fishing harbor or visit the archaeological museum up on the old Greek acropolis where you can also see excavations of prehistoric settlements. (4hrs)
| LAST DAY | Departure from Catania Airport
We travel by hydrofoil back to mainland Sicily. Transfer by bus to Catania airport for afternoon flights.
The secret of our small group walking tours lies in choosing exciting itineraries and turning them into relaxing vacations for others to enjoy. A journey with us is like a chapter in a good book you cannot put down, a discovery trail of treasures, an active vacation outdoors where you meet like-minded people and create wonderful memories to take home.
• WHAT WE OFFER YOU •
We offer you the luxury to relax, be carefree and totally immerse yourself in the local atmosphere, making the most of your precious time.
We take care of all the logistical arrangements and tiny details you would hope to think of if only you had the time.
• VALUE FOR MONEY •
Our priority is to give you a tour of the highest standard and excellent value for money; prices are fully inclusive with no hidden extras. We believe you will only need to buy postcards and the occasional cappuccino.
• WE ARE UNIQUE •
We are unique through our personal devotion to your tour. We don’t rely on others to provide the quality and service we expect, we make sure it happens ourselves.
We spend a lot of time finding attractive walks and seeking the best places to visit. We take small groups and guide all our own tours employing local experts where detailed knowledge is beneficial.
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