Sicily and the Aeolian Islands hiking vacation
US $820ToUS $1130 excluding flights
Description of Sicily and the Aeolian Islands hiking vacation
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetBy choosing a walking vacation you are already opting for one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel, meaning that your vacation is a low impact option. The Aeolian Islands are one of the most visited places during summer, we recommend traveling outside the summer season to help support the local economy and communities as well as the environment. The Etna volcano is accessible with a local guide only, there are control measures in place to make sure it is not overvisited and that safety procedures are followed at all times. Our clients have the opportunity to climb this iconic peak alongside supporting the local community and respecting the environment.
To help reduce our impact on the environment we list in the route notes given to all clients how they can help reduce any negative impact of their stay on the Islands. This includes the following;
Limit the use of plastic wherever possible. To avoid buying bottled water, always take with you a refillable container as tap water is safe to drink in Italy. Limit your use of air-conditioning as much as possible. If in use, please choose a temperature within 5 °C of the outside temperature. Let hotel staff know if you wish to use your towel for another day. When shopping, take a tote bag or put things in your day pack, instead of using plastic bags. Where possible, avoid plastic cups and choose not to use plastic straws. At bars/restaurants, prefer dishes prepared with local ingredients: better for the environment AND the local community. If you visit a protected area, you may consider making a donation or buying a book in the park shop.
PeopleStaying in small, family run hotels and eating at local restaurants along our journey enables us to support a variety of local businesses like the Hotel Oriente in Lipari. This family owned hotel has stacks of history and an impressive collection of local crafts and bizzare objects. We’re confident it ensures you get a better experience as you relax and enjoy the hospitality of the local people and get the chance to sample lots of the delicious local specialities after a day’s walking! Maybe try Caponata a delicious side dish made with aubergine, capers, olives, celery, tomato sauce and olive oil. We only choose local providers in country for the luggage transfers and any necessary transfers to help the local economy.
We also choose not to include all meals in the trips, we believe that the best way to get to know a destination is leaving you free to choose where and what you want to eat, chatting with the locals for suggestions and trying things that you may have never heard of instead of having something prepared every single day. This also helps support multiple local business rather than one restaurant or hotel.
In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.