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A scenic walking journey on the historic and mythological Volcanic Aeolian Islands situated in the Mediterranean Sea north of Sicily and named after the demigod of the winds Aeolus. There are seven islands: Stromboli, Vulcano, Salina, Filicudi, Alicudi, Panarea and Lipari. Greek mythology comes to life here because ancient seafaring folk used the volcanic rock resources for widespread trade and many Homeric tales originate here. Great hikes, stunning views and sea air.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Small Group
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 colours, 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 savour and enjoy.
**** TIPS: Why not extend your trip and take the opportunity to explore another incredible destination? Our Small Group Walking Tour of Sicily is perfect a match with the Aeolian Islands tour!
- 2 experienced guides 24/7
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
- Wine, water & coffee with meals
- All accommodations
- Walking sticks
- Boat excursions as listed on the itinerary
- All gratuities for hotel porters and waiters
- Minibus transport from start to finish
- Entrance fees to museums, events and parks as listed on itinerary
- Local specialist guiding fees
- Air transport
- Transfer to the meeting point
- Travel insurance and other emergencies
- Visa fees and entry clearing fees
- Single room accommodations
- Day 1 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 Stromboli Volcano 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 sulphurous crater (1280ft). Free time in the afternoon to enjoy the town of Lipari, stroll round the characteristic fishing harbour or visit the archaeological museum up on the old Greek acropolis where you can also see excavations of prehistoric settlements. (4hrs)
- Day 5 Departure
We travel by hydrofoil back to mainland Sicily. Transfer by bus to Catania airport for afternoon flights.
Unspoiled Natural Beauty
An idea on what we mean for picnic :-)
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When considering a hotel, we look at more than just the rooms and wherever possible, we arrange for stays close to the places you most dream of seeing like historically iconic, coveted high-design or supremely located at the edge of a wilderness.
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