Sicily walking vacation, Sicilian Volcanoes

“Our only Sicilian guided walking vacation where you stay overnight in the foothills of volcanoes, island hopping to take on five days of trekking lava fields, slopes and craters.”

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Mount Etna | Vulcano | Lipari | Stromboli | Night time hike

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Our top tip:
Walking poles are essential on this on hilly lava, rocky ash and sandy terrain. As are gaiters, to stop ash getting in your boots.
Trip type:
Small group vacation. Max. 16 people. Min. age 16.
Activity level:
Moderate to challenging, 3-5 hr/day on hilly or steep terrain.
Accomm:
4 nights apartment, 1 night mountain lodge, 2 nights 2* hotel, all traditional Sicilian style.
Included:
Flights from London, accommodation, all breakfasts, 4 dinners, transport, tour leader.
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Responsible tourism

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Environment
Activity:
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, and use shops to purchase traditional gifts and crafts.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend 4 nights in family run apartments in the small village of Canneto, 2 nights in hotels and 1 night in a comfortable mountain lodge. All of the accommodation we have selected is run by local people, which is good for the community. Tourism is particularly important for businesses on the very small islands and remote mountain ranges we visit. Where meals are provided, local and organic ingredients are used wherever possible. There will be a range of Mediterranean food on offer- pizza and pasta with rich tomato sauce, arancini, olives, fresh seafood, gelato and granita. Your local guide can suggest restaurants to suit your needs where meals are not supplied.

Local Craft and Culture:
A large amount of this tour is focused on nature and climbing volcanoes, however we encourage clients to engage with locals wherever possible. By using local services like hydrofoil transfers and authentic restaurants we encounter real people and can forge connections between clients and locals. One evening in Lipari we organise a wine tasting in a wine shop. Here we can try regional wine, cheeses and other bites in an authentic environment. There are other local crafts for sale throughout the tour and buying these generally has a positive effect on small businesses. However, we ask that clients do not buy obsidian stones as we donít like to encourage damaging larger rocks.

Charity:
If clients are interested, we can organise a meeting with a local N.G.O. called G.A.P.A. which we have supported in the past. This group actively helps children in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Catania by organising summer camps, school support, sports activities and neighbourhood improvement meetings. They are self-funded and usually make money by hosting dinners, concerts, shows and exhibitions so by visiting something like this we can make a large contribution to this worthy cause.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 16 Jul 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Climbing Stromboli at night to watch the volcano erupt into the dark night sky and the see the hot lava tumble down into the sea.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


to see the best sights you need to be fit. Walking uphill on volcanic ash isn't easy! Good boots essential.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


we stayed in small hotels and had most of our meals in local restaurants. Our guide was a local expert on the volcanic area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A great introduction to vulcanology and a good mix of strenuous exercise, gentle swimming , boat trips, and delicious food. Excellent all round, but too short!

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Hikes to Vulcano, Stromboli and Etna

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Money to the local economy

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


This vacation included four days on Lipari in a town called Canetto. Unfortunately, In April Canetto had not yet opened for the summer; my room was so cold I slept in my long underwear; and there is not much hiking on Lipari. The rest of the vacation was great

Reviewed on 28 May 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The optional trip on Etna was very interesting, even though we couldn't get to the top - trip notes need to be updated.
Stromboli would have been great if it hadn't been cloudy!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for a lot of boat travel around the islands.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Local people benefitted - restaurants & tour companies.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Good!

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